Eltham and Avery Hill Gardens Society
Eltham and Avery Hill Gardens Society

Calabrese Growing Trial 2018

One of our members who is particularly adept at growing prize winning vegetables has experiemented this year with changes to the growing media for some calabrese 'Marathon' seedlings with interesting results:


Here at Glenlea



I''ve borrowed the title from Monty Don! Have you noticed how he loves saying " Here at Long Meadow!"


Reent ga s main replacement n Glenlea Road has shown tht we are on pure sand with the resul t that any wter goes straight through. This coupled with a south facing garden is a lethal combination ! The eastern border of the garden I call "Death Row!" To combat this I use raised bed and container growing. In the same vein I sow all seeds in nodules or pots and not directly into beds. This Ifeel gives them a better start.


Pat and David (Pippenall Allotment  Shop) mentioned a few weeks ago that they had in stock some new seaweed pellets so I thought I would do a trial. I had eight Calabrese "Mara thon" plants ready for potting on which I did using Rosedale Multipurpose compost  (from the shop). To three I added the seaweed pellets, to another three I added chicken pellets and the last two were just in the Rosedale multipurpose compost.


So far there doesn't seem to be any difference between the three that had the seaweed pellets added and the three that had the chicken pellets added .The big difference is that the two that didn't have anything added got badly attacked by aphids and had to be sprayed with Provado bug killer. The six that had the pellets added (three w ith chicken pellets and three with seaweed pellets) were completely untouched .This would indicate that their immune system was stronger.


All eight have now been planted in the raised beds and I will see how they grow. The two that were attacked by the aphids have recovered but they are way behind the other six!

Allotment shop 2019 season

The allotment shop at Pippenhall is now open every Sunday morning from 10am until midday.

Pre -ordered seed potatoes are now available for collection.

Help Eltham Hill School encourage the next generation of gardeners

Eltham Hill School are turning a spare piece of land into a school garden and fruit and veg growing area and need help to access some funding from the Tesco Bags for Life Scheme this spring.
See how you can help them here

Annual Show Saturday 9th September

Our 65th Annual show was a great success in September. Please click here for more details on the show and a selection of pictures of the event.

Site Security

Please could all tenants make sure the gate is always shut fully after entering or exiting the site and not to let anyone on site who does not have a key for the gate. There have been a number of instances of theft and sheds being broken into in recent weeks and we would ask tenants to report any suspicious activity to both the police and Greenwich council parks and open spaces department.

Multipurpose Compost

Please note that Violet Farm multipurpose compost is no longer available due to the change in peat regulations. We now stock the Rosedale premium professional brand multipurpose compost at £5.25 for a 60 litre bag

Outing to Nymans Garden Tuesday 13th June 2017

Click here for more details

Shop Opening Hours 2017

The Pippenhall allotment shop is now open every Sunday morning until further notice between 10.00am and midday

May 2017 Newsletter

Available to download here soon

Growing Potatoes in bags

One of our members has experimented with growing potatoes in bags over the last two years. Read about his experience and advice to other container growers here

Annual Show 9th September 2017

The 65th annual show will place on the 9th September 2017, further details to follow. The show report for 2016 and a list of trophy winners can be found here. Photos of the 2016 event can be found here

Pippenhall Allotment blog

One of the tenants at Pippenhall has recently started a Pippenhall allotment blog. Have a look for yourself and register if you would like to contribute to this community. Click here to visit the blog

Petrol Strimmer 

We regret that the strimmer is no longer available for hire.

Eltham and Avery Hill Gardens Society

Pippenhall Allotments
Bexley Road

London SE9 2PE

(please do not use this address for correspondence)



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