May 2015 update

Discover the progress made on the First World War allotment during May 2015.

Sandra Eder, Southlands Road Allotment and Gardens Association

Tools used for tending the allotment plot.
Southlands Road Allotment and Gardens Association
The allotment plot is taking shape!
Southlands Road Allotment and Gardens Association
Southlands Road Allotment and Gardens Association
Volunteers hard at work using only tools which would have been available in 1914.
Southlands Road Allotment and Gardens Association
A panoramic view of the allotment plot
Southlands Road Allotment and Gardens Association

Weeding and watering

Another busy month keeping up with the weeding and watering especially at the beginning of the month when it was very dry. In the middle of the month we had hail stones, these were quite large and it was fortunate that we did not have any ‘tender’ plants out.

We have prepared the ground for planting runner beans, a trench was dug and filled with manure as beans are a very hungry vegetable.


Herbs were grown at this time and the Sutton Seed catalogue of 1915 sold these in pots, we have planted some herbs on the border of the plot, these include lavender, sage, rosemary, mint and marjoram, we have also planted Nasturtiums close to the beans and tomatoes.

Horticulture session

On 23 May we had another Horticulture session, 14 volunteers helped at this session and the plot was transformed. We transplanted, beans, peas, tomatoes, squashes and sweetcorn. We used peas sticks from hazel twigs and bean poles from hazel tree branches. The nights have been quite chilly and this has had an effect on the tender crops which are looking unhappy but with some day time warmth they should recover.


The shelter for the interpretation panels has been built (it can be seen in the background of the first photo), it was intentional for it to look similar to an Anderson shelter which is a link between the First and Second World Wars. The shelter will be used to house the information panels on the history of allotments and details of our project.

This month I contacted Waitrose Community Fund and asked if they would make a contribution to the purchasing the ingredients we will need to make some of the recipes from our WW1 recipe leaflet, they have given us a voucher which I will use to buy our ingredients.

The Women’s Institute (WI) who celebrate their centenary this year have offered to help out on our open day.

Did you know?

Children were asked to collect wild blackberries because they were rich in vitamin C

This page was added by Ian Grant on 15/07/2015.

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