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Newsletter archive

 

Published: 1998 - 2015.

First issue, no. 1 published June 1998, final issue, no. 44 published September 2015.

 

  • Plotholder no. 44, September 2015

    Plotholder no. 44, September 2015

    In this issue:

    • The Seed Store turns red
    • Compost toilet appeal
    • Reports and Photos from Seedy Sunday, the Plant Sale, the Summer Produce Show and the Hampton Wick Festival
    • The latest episode of ‘A Plot in the dark’, our Mrs Maple detective story
    • How Growmore Grows More Part 2 – Potassium

    Click here to download the PDF.

  • Plotholder no. 43, February 2015

    Plotholder no. 43,  February 2015

    In this issue:

    • New series on how Growmore grows more: N, P, K and your veg
    • Results and photos from the Autumn Social
    • The ancient art of hedge-laying
    • The latest instalment in our Mrs Maple whodunnit

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  • Plotholder no. 42, July 2014

    Plotholder no. 42, July 2014

    Contents include:

    • Scouts visit to the plots
    • What’s in our water? News of a study being carried out on the site
    • Plotholders on Parade at the Hampton Wick Festival
    • Swarm! Fred the beekeeper to the rescue!
    • Dandelion wine – learn to love your weeds
    • Memoirs of long-time plotholder George Loosemore

    and the plot thickens as Mrs Maple is drawn further into the mysterious spate of crimes on the allotments….

    Click here to view/download this Newsletter (PDF).

  • Plotholder no. 41, November 2013

    Plotholder no. 41, November 2013

    Contents include:

    • A fantastic write-up of the Seed Store project by Nick Baylis
    • Results and photos from the Autumn Social
    • A report on the AGM including Best Plot prize winners
    • Updates on bonfires, workdays and the vehicle gate

    and… for all of us feeling bereft after the conclusion of ‘Tarragon of Virtue’ we’ve a new series by Helen Nix. This time it’s a murder mystery set on the allotments and introducing the plotholder sleuth Mrs Maple.

    Click here to view/download this Newsletter (PDF)

  • Plotholder no. 40, July 2013

    Plotholder  no. 40, July 2013

    Contents include:

    • Start of the Seed Store Rebuild
    • Plant Sale 2013 – some great photos of this successful event
    • Making wine from your produce
    • Gulp… it’s the finale of ‘Tarragon of Virtue’ – don’t miss the moving,funny conclusion.
    • Amazing Maize – a history
    • Another Buried Treasure
    • Ashley’s Quacking Adventure

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF),

  • Plotholder no. 39, November 2012

    Plotholder  no. 39, November 2012

    Contents include:

    • Sue’s Big Swim
    • Café News
    • Bees settle in to new homes
    • The Autumn Social 2012 – all the prizewinners and many great photos from the day
    • ‘Tarragon of Virtue’ – catch up with the next instalment of our tense, romantic serial
    • Sarah’s Winning Recipes
    • Buried Treasure Mystery
    • Shed competition

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF),

  • Plotholder no. 38, March 2012

    Plotholder no. 38, March 2012

    Contents include:

    • What should happen to our fire-damaged Seed Store?
    • Collapse of a section of the boundary wall
    • Committee news
    • AGM 2011
    • Cafe news
    • Royal Paddocks Allotments bees
    • Your soil by Alan Buckingham

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  • Plotholder no. 37, October 2011

    Plotholder no. 37, October 2011

    Contents include:

    • Autumn Social and Produce Show report
    • Forthcoming AGM
    • Committee news
    • Christmas Cafe
    • Sue Croft – channel swimmer
    • Rebuilding of the park wall

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  • Plotholder no. 36, May 2011

    Plotholder no. 36, May 2011

    Contents include:

    • Seedling sale report
    • Tackling the clubroot menace
    • Security
    • Pump workshop
    • Seedy Sunday
    • Barbara Wood farewell interview

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF).

  • Plotholder no. 35, Christmas 2010

    Plotholder no. 35, Christmas 2010

    Contents include:

    • AGM report
    • News from your committee
    • First frost of the winter
    • 2010 Autumn Social
    • Tarragon of Virtue
    • Soil know-how

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  • Plotholder no. 34, Summer 2010

    Plotholder no. 34, Summer 2010

    Contents include:

    • Keeping our water pumps working
    • News from your committee
    • All-new website
    • Seedling sale picture gallery
    • Hedging and coppicing
    • Summer pest watch
    • Book review

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  • Plotholder no. 33, Winter 2009/10

    Plotholder no. 33, Winter 2009/10

    Contents include:

    • Prizewinners 2009
    • Aminopyralid is back!
    • New faces on the committee
    • Autumn Social picture gallery
    • “Tarragon of Virtue”, chapter one
    • Winter pruning

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF).

  • Plotholder no. 32, Autumn 2009

    Plotholder no. 32, Autumn 2009

    Contents include:

    • New site shed
    • Autumn Social
    • More monthly workdays
    • Pumpkin carving
    • Home-made fungicide
    • Green manures
    • Chutney recipes

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF).

  • Plotholder no. 31. Spring 2009

    Plotholder no. 31. Spring 2009

    Contents include:

    • Fire!
    • Monthly workdays
    • February snow
    • Site security
    • Life underground: get to know your earthworms
    • Bring in the bees

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  • Plotholder no. 30, Winter 2008/09

    Plotholder no. 30, Winter 2008/09

    Contents include:

    • George Loosemore: 2008 cup winner
    • Inside our composting toilet
    • The native hedge
    • Jobs for winter and spring
    • Highlights of the Autumn Social
    • Couch potato shopping

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF).

  • Plotholder no. 29, Summer 2008

    Plotholder no. 29, Summer 2008

    Contents include:

    • Seedling sale
    • Our water supply
    • New constitution
    • Gardening for climate change
    • Book reviews
    • Pigeons
    • Recipes
    • The upside-down world of gardening

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  • Plotholder no. 28, March 2008

    Plotholder no. 28, March 2008

    Contents include:

    • Committee news
    • Making organic liquid feed
    • Firebug on loose
    • Review of last year’s Autumn Social
    • Fedging the compost toilet
    • Useful and interesting websites and blogs
    • Sarah’s suggestion for using rhubarb

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF).

  • Plotholder no. 27, September 2007

    Plotholder no. 27, September 2007

    Contents include:

    • New constitution
    • Queries answered by experts
    • Allotments hit the big screen
    • What’s cooking
    • Wildlife matters

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  • Plotholder no. 26, April 2007

    Plotholder no. 26, April 2007

    Contents include:

    • At your convenience
    • Top 10 least wanted diseases
    • Welcome…
    • Plot inspectionsIt’s hot to crop
    • Attention

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  • Plotholder no. 25, February 2007

    Plotholder no. 25, February 2007

    Contents include:

    • All hands to the pumps
    • In at the deep end
    • Welcome…
    • Meet the committee of 2007
    • Top of the crops

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  • Plotholder no. 24, May 2006

    Plotholder no. 24, May 2006

    Contents include:

    • Birdwatch
    • Top 10 pests
    • Welcome…
    • Plot inspectioRespect thy neighbour
    • Push power

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  • Plotholder no. 23, February 2006

    Plotholder no. 23, February 2006

    Contents include:

    • Hop to it
    • Straight As
    • Well done!
    • Man the pumps

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  • Plotholder no. 22, September 2005

    Plotholder no. 22, September 2005

    Contents include:

    • Preserving your homegrown produce
    • Head turning brassicas
    • Digging the dirt
    • An orderly Kew
    • Blight insight

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  • Plotholder no. 21, May 2005

    Plotholder no. 21, May 2005

    Contents include:

    • Wildlife on the edge
    • Plant profile – nasturtium
    • Welcome…
    • Plot inspections
    • New parking rules
    • RHS top 10 crops

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  • Plotholder no. 20, February 2005

    Plotholder no. 20, February 2005

    Contents include:

    • Birdwatch part 2
    • Raised beds
    • Companion planting
    • Welcomes and goodbyes
    • Rents to rise

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  • Plotholder no. 19, October 2004

    Plotholder no. 19, October 2004

    Contents include:

    • A wet summer but wonderful growing weather
    • Autumn Social and AGM
    • Welcome…
    • A sad goodbye
    • Hanging gardens of Hampton Wick
    • Are you gastronomically challenged?
    • One cucumber plant is enough
    • Making a path

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  • Plotholder no. 18, July 2004

    Plotholder no. 18, July 2004

    Contents include:

    • The same dilemma every summer
    • Children at the Paddocks
    • Picture this
    • Beginner’s diary
    • The mowers and strimmers
    • Birdwatch in the Paddocks
    • Home grown ladybirds, the gardener’s friend

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF).

  • Plotholder no. 17, March 2004

    Plotholder no. 17, March 2004

    Contents include:

    • Spring’s round the corner
    • Plotholders’ Committee 2004
    • First aid jottings
    • Welcomes…
    • Angie Barker
    • Road safetly
    • Cucurbitae
    • Roasted squash with herbs
    • Prospect and refuge

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF).

  • Plotholder no. 16, September 2003

    Plotholder no. 16, September 2003

    Contents include:

    • Gardeners, like farmers, always find a reason to complain
    • Restoration 1
    • Letters
    • Carots can be difficult
    • Welcomes etc
    • Restoration 2
    • Well well well…

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  • Plotholder no. 15, May 2003

    Plotholder no. 15, May 2003

    Contents include:

    • Many Gardeners’ Question Times ago
    • The cup winner for 2002
    • It takes all sorts
    • Welcomes and goodbyes
    • The rules
    • Road safetly
    • First find your path

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF).

  • Plotholder no. 14, September 2002

    Plotholder no. 14, September 2002

    Contents include:

    • It’s that time of year again
    • Site news
    • The bonfire notice
    • The buildings project
    • Spare time – is it going out of fashion?
    • One (or more) allotment persons went to mow
    • Well preserved
    • First aid on the allotment
    • Tetanus injections

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF).

  • Plotholder no. 13, May 2002

    Plotholder no. 13, May 2002

    Contents include:

    • Sunday parking trial to be extended
    • Welcomes, goodbyes and get well soons
    • A real beginner? Start here with some advice form Hans
    • 21st century arrives – The Paddocks online
    • A graduate writes back

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF).

  • Plotholder no. 12, February 2002

    Plotholder no. 12, February 2002

    Contents include:

    • Questionnaire results – outbuilding renovation plans
    • Welcomes, goodbyes and sadly, two deaths
    • Mike Veysey’s committee retirement
    • A number of tenants would like sheds
    • Money for rubbish
    • Rent rise
    • Sunday parking
    • Dutch Master

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF).

  • Plotholder no. 11, September 2001

    Plotholder no. 11, September 2001

    Contents include:

    • Inside this issue is a questionnaire (see below for view/download link)
    • Open day – the hottest of the year?
    • Welcomes, goodbyes and congratualtions
    • Twickenham Farmers’ Market
    • A touch of the east
    • Three buildings – our opportunity to decide

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF).

    Click here to view/download the questionnaire accompanying this newsletter (PDF).

  • Plotholder no. 10, May 2001

    Plotholder no. 10, May 2001

    Contents include:

    • Open Day at the Paddocks – 80 years young
    • Plotholders do it in bulk
    • Judgement Day
    • Estate management
    • At your convenience
    • John Frith’s apple wine

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF).

  • Plotholder no. 9, February 2001

    Plotholder no. 9, February 2001

    Contents include:

    • 2001 – A Space Odyssey?
    • The plotholders’ Committee
    • New double gates
    • Muck makes magic
    • Buildings
    • The work of The National COuncil for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens (NCCPG) by Nicky Hartopp

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF).

  • Plotholder no. 8, October 2000

    Plotholder no. 8, October 2000

    Contents include:

    • Open Day review
    • Committee business
    • RHS membership
    • Nepali vegetable curry
    • Slug stats
    • “You’ll never guess what we’ve just done…”

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF).

  • Plotholder no. 7, June 2000

    Plotholder no. 7, June 2000

    Contents include:

    • Open Day June 2000
    • Anyone for squash?
    • Welcome to new tenants
    • Gardening can sometimes endanger your health
    • The Locher’s gardening year

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF).

  • Plotholder no. 6, February 2000

    Plotholder no. 6, February 2000

    Contents include:

    • Chairman’s report
    • Committee members’ introductions
    • Thank you Derek (Shails)
    • Thank you Fred (Adams)
    • The Locher’s Gardening Year

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF).

  • Plotholder no. 5, October 1999

    Plotholder no. 5, October 1999

    Contents include:

    • The end of the gardening year…
    • …and the AGM takes place on Friday 12th November
    • Putting the plot to bed
    • Good manners with Roundup
    • Chairman’s report to the AGM
    • Veteran plotholder clocks up more than 50 years’ service
    • Extract from Sarah Onion’s Diary of a London Allotment

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF).

  • Plotholder no. 4, June 1999

    Plotholder no. 4, June 1999

    Contents include:

    • Keeping our house in order
    • …and site rulesPlot Inspections
    • The Carlin Pea
    • Saving seed
    • Slugs
    • Car parking
    • Crime wave?
    • Watering
    • Social scene…
    • …and drinks

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF).

  • Plotholder no. 3, March 1999

    Plotholder no. 3, March 1999

    Contents include:

    • 1998 AGM report
    • Committee targets
    • Roundup (weedkiller)
    • Runner Beans
    • The Seed Store is open again
    • A load of manure
    • Companion planting
    • Grandfather in the garden
    • Two digging tips
    • Spinach with pinenuts
    • Come and celebrate the first day of spring

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF).

  • Plotholder no. 2, October 1998

    Plotholder no. 2, October 1998

    Contents include:

    • AGM 1998
    • Plot Lettings
    • The Growing Year
    • The Henry Doubleday Research Association
    • Reference Books
    • Paddocks Wildlife
    • The Seed Store
    • Manure
    • And Finally…

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF).

  • Plotholder no. 1, June 1998

    Plotholder no. 1, June 1998

    Contents include:

    • Paddocks Millennium Project
    • Plot Inspections
    • Vandalism and Theft
    • Rubbish Removal
    • Reference Books
    • Annual Prizes
    • Horse Manure
    • And Finally…

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF).