Work has started on an extension to the water-harvesting project at the allotments, with the help of more than £1,200 of local authority grants.
Dover District Council has given £860 to the scheme and Deal Town Council £400.
There are already 14 barrels collecting rainwater from the roof of the composting area in the top car park.
In the next phase, nine more barrels will be installed on individual plots.
Terry Johnson and Ron Barton have been working on the levels for the new barrels and installing slabs for them to stand on.
Within the next few weeks a pipe will be run along the fence from the car park then trenched along the path to carry stored water to the new barrels as shown on this water map.
Once work on that part of the scheme is complete, a similar system will be installed at the other end of the allotment site, using water collected from the roof of the composting area in the main car park.
* Photos by Iris Faulkner
The Kings Seed Catalogue orders have arrived. If you placed an order you can now collect your seeds from Ron Barton. He will be available tomorrow morning (Saturday, November 24) from 10am to noon, either on one of his plots, 21B or 22B, or at the large container.
The clocks change over the weekend and with that comes a change in the rules for bonfires.
From Sunday you will be able to start a bonfire from 3pm.
Please remember, though, to check for hedgehogs and other wildlife before you light any fire.
Chairman Tony Fursland is once again hosting a bonfire and fireworks on his allotment (plot 60) on Friday, November 2. The fun starts at 7pm.
All plotholders and their families are invited.
A pile of manure has been delivered to both main car parks. The cost for plotholders is 75p per barrowload. Please make your payments to any committee member.
Plot fees fall due at the beginning of November (Rules) but you may find it convenient to pay at the end of the AGM on Monday (Annual General Meeting).
The fees for next year will again remain at £25 for a full plot and £12.50 for a half plot.
You will also be able to place your orders from the Kings Seeds Catalogue (Kings Seeds) after the meeting. Please note, though, that if you are intending to pay both your plot fees and for seeds you will need to make separate payments. You won’t be able to pay for both using just one cheque.
It may feel as if it’s only five minutes since you dug up this year’s potatoes but it’s already time to start thinking about next year’s crop.
The Association is, once again, offering a range of seed potatoes at the bargain price of just £1.10 per kg.
There will be nine varieties on offer.
First Earlies: Pentland Javelin, Casablanca, Duke of York white
Second Earlies: Charlotte, Marfona, Kestrel
Maincrop: Sarpo Mira, Cara, King Edward
They come in 2kg bags.
If you want to buy some, please place your order with Terry Johnson ( plot 18) by October 16.
Payment will be due when you receive your seed potatoes.
Because the Association is offering these bargain-priced seed potatoes we will not accept any orders for seed potatoes through the Kings Seeds Catalogues.
Any other orders from the Kings Seeds Catalogue must be placed by November 1. Please pass your order to Pearl or Ron Barton (plots 21b and 22b ) with full payment, either by cheque or in cash.
The annual general meeting of the Deal & Walmer Allotment Holders Association will be held on Monday October 15 at The Royal Marines Social Club, The Strand, Deal. Please arrive in good time for a 7.30pm start.
The agenda for the meeting and the minutes of the 2017 AGM can be found below.
DWaha Minutes for AGM 16th Oct. 2017
Summer may be drawing to a close but it’s never too late for a barbecue!
Join us by the large container on Sunday, September 9 from 1pm. All plotholders are welcome with their family and friends.
We will be holding a raffle so prize donations would be greatly appreciated. Bring them along on the day or give them to committee members in advance.
Any profits will go into association funds.