Veg4Reading blog

The Veg4Reading blog covers the experience of Veg4Reading volunteers.

18th August 2020: Steve

I’ve been volunteering at the Whitley Allotments since late June. And along with a number of regular volunteers under Imke’s direction it has been a very busy time. I’ve really enjoyed being involved in the progress of the site.

With the lockdown restrictions it meant nature had slowly taken over the site, the weeds certainly ignored any social distancing measures! So initially the focus was claiming back the beds and the polytunnel.

Photo of a weed filled bed at Whitley GrowAllot

Before the Veg4Reading project work started

Clearing them and planting a range of vegetables, tomatoes, beans, brassica, sweetcorn, beets, cabbage, cauliflower etc.

Now the results are starting to show…..

Whitley bed with new plants growing

Recently regular watering is a focus as the high temperatures have meant it has been really too hot during the day to be outside for long.

We are waiting on confirmation from the Met office but the polytunnel may have been the hottest place in the UK!!

Whitley polytunnel

With tomatoes ripening the produce is starting to come through and the partner charities will now begin enjoying the fruits (and veg) of everyone’s labour.

Recently I’ve been dropping off the produce at a couple of the charities we work with and the feedback has been really positive and very much appreciated

Steve Powell