There are lots of ways to get involved in Craigentinny Telferton allotments. If you have been thinking about taking on a plot, but aren’t sure, read our starter veggie patch section below.
There are also a number of plots available for local community groups; please contact us and we would be delighted to discuss this further.
Craigentinny Telferton has a number of working groups and committees that assist with the management of the site and events throughout the year, please contact us if you wish to help with any of these.
WEEKLY FOOD BOX
Wondering what to do with your surplus fruit and veg when even your friends and neighbours are fed up with courgettes?
We've been given an opportunity to reduce waste and support a local project, the Basics Bank, running at Kekewich Church across the road from the allotments. The Basics Bank helps people of all ages through times of crisis by providing a program of care and support to those in need.
The Basics Bank relies on donations and are looking for fresh fruit and veg - no matter how small the quantity - for the food bank. Your surplus home-grown produce will make a big difference to the mealtimes of people in need.
A food box will be located at Rachel's front door (18 Inchview Terrace - just by the allotments) and will be taken to the Church each Tuesday morning starting from 1 April 2016. The food will be given to those in need and will not go to waste.
So the next time you have any surplus, pop around to Rachel's and drop it in the collection box.
This project provides the opportunity to share the benefits of locally grown food, to support the health and well-being of people in difficult circumstances within our community.
Taking on the responsibility of an allotment can sometimes be a daunting prospect.
There are lots of places you can find help and support, for example the BBC’s guide to starting your veggie patch or Sarah Raven’s webpages.
Other plot holders are a great source of expertise on local conditions – if in doubt, just ask!
Seeds can be ordered every spring at a discounted price, drop us a message on the Contact Us tab for further details on seed orders and how to apply for a plot.
PLANTS & VEGETABLES
One of the joys of an allotment is the wide variety of produce you can grow which simply does not appear in the supermarkets.
Fruit and vegetables with a short shelf-life, heritage varieties or simply those that have gone ‘out of fashion’ can add colour, flavour and interest to your mealtimes.
If you've had any particular successes or grown an unusual variety, we’d love to hear about it. Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org with details of what you grew and any photos, and we will include it in our blog with a relevant recipe.