The shop is now open for the 2022 growing season every Sunday morning between 10am and midday.
New Products for Spring
Lawn sand with iron at £2.50 per 5lb bag.
Fast Grow Seaweed plant fertiliser at 70p a pound for a limited time only
and for organic growers with a slug problem:
Vitax Slug Gone wool pellets at £2.40 a pound
Rosedale premium professional brand is now a peat reduced formula. Please note this compost comes in 60 litre bags and costs £6. See below for a picture . We also now stock Melcourt Peat Free Multi purpose compost at £5.50 for a 50 litre bag (as endorsed by the RHS) together with all versions of Westland John Innes compost. Please note although we try and keep everything in stock we do occasionally sell out of some products.
Maxicrop original seaweed extract concentrate is now available for £2.75 per 500 ml (just under a pint) . Bring your own bottle or container as we have bought in bulk which means a substantial discount compared to the pre-bottled price. This can be used as liquid fertiliser, foliar feed, seed and cutting stimulant, amongst other things. See below for instructions for use including dosing rate. Highly recommended. Maxicrop tomato fertiliser also available. at @2.75 per half litre.
Fine and medium Vermiculite and Perlite (ideal for covering small seeds or for mixing into compost to improve water retention) and Perlite is now available loose for 80 pence per half lb. DIY stores typically sell this in small 10 litre bags for around £8.50- you get a lot more for your money with us.
The Shop is based in the large brick building just inside the main gate to Pippenhall Allotments on the Bexley Road between Eltham and Avery Hill. It is open every Sunday morning from 10am to 12pm from late February to November.
The shop is run by Pat and David Middleton (Plot 44A) and a group of volunteers to whom the society are most grateful for giving up their time to provide this valuable service to members and plotholders at Pippenhall. Solar powered lighting and gas heating has now been installed inside the shop which has made it a more welcoming environment than before.
If you should need something from the shop at times other than Sunday morning and Graham is working on his plot or David and Pat on theirs(45B and 44A respectively- there's a map on the notice board to help you find them) they will be happy to open up the shop for you.
We are also able to provide a free delivery service to local residents for heavy or bulky items which may help those who do not have access to a car. To arrange this please contact Pat and David.
We sell a wide range of garden products including seeds, seed potatoes, slug pellets, twine, canes, compost (multi purpose, John Innes. organic), potting grits and sharp sand.
There is also a very wide range of loose fertiliser by the pound (such as bonemeal, growmore, fish blood and bone, superphosphate, potato, flower and veg, sulphate of potash, sulphate of iron, lawn, rose, superphosphate, Epsom Salts), plus compost activator. Prices are around half what you have to pay in B&Q plus you can buy as much or as little as you want.
We try hard to make sure our prices are always competitive and we are nearly always cheaper than the DIY stores or local garden centres.
Please try to use the shop whenever you can, save money and help support the society as it is our single largest source of income.
Currently we can only accept cash to pay for goods. Cash is not kept on site when the shop is closed.
Other stock available
Slug pellets , Miracle Gro general purpose fertiliser in two sizes, and two types of jute garden twine- natural and green.
If you are fed up with pigeons or ring neck parakeets eating your brassicas or fruit why not try our strong black plastic netting? The mesh size is 10mm square and it is 2 metres wide and costs £1.20 per metre and it can be cut to any length you need.
Also available are chicken manure pellets in large buckets at only £6.50- this is an ideal organic general purpose fertiliser as an alternative to growmore or fish, blood and bone. We also sell the pellets by the pound if you don't want a whole bucket.
Peat, sharp sand and potting grit have also been added to the range of multipurpose and John Innes composts.
We stock Bordeaux mixture- this is one of the most effective ways for keeping your potato and tomato crop free from blight. It is permitted in most organic systems and is widely used in the grape growing industry. It can also be used to treat shothole and bacterial canker on plum and cherry trees.
A wider range of top quality bamboo canes now in stock, including 3ft, 4ft, 5ft , 6ft and finally 8 foot now available. They 8ft canes are ideal for all types of climbing bean, sweet peas etc.
The allotment shop at Pippenhall is now open for the 2022 growing season every Sunday between 10am to midday.
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.
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
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
Eltham and Avery Hill Gardens Society
London SE9 2PE
(please do not use this address for correspondence)