Monday, 31 December 2018

Dig In needs YOU!!!!

Your Community Allotment needs YOU!
Dig In is a friendly, peaceful oasis in Stapleford, where you can spend a couple of hours away from the hustle and bustle of a busy life!
To help Dig In to continue and grow, we need people from all walks of life.
You don't have to be a knowledgeable gardener to come along although you may pick up a few tips! We need people who enjoy or like the idea of all aspects of gardening; may also enjoy just being outside; woodwork; design; committee work; liaising with people; tea-making (very important) and many more skills!
We are open Wednesdays and Saturdays 10.00am-12.00 midday so if your interest has been piqued, why not come and visit us for a no-obligation tour around the site? If you time it right, you may also get a cup of tea!
There is no membership or cost to join Dig In just wear suitable clothes and footwear. All tools are supplied by us.
Look forward to seeing you and please scroll down for our latest news updates.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Spring at last!

It's been a funny old spring this year - snow, rain, sun, rain again... The plants just didn't know what to do! But May arrived and it has brought spring at last - we hope! It has also brought children to us - over the last few weeks we have had classes from all three of our local schools, plus Brownies and Beavers. Tadpoles are popular...

Dig In isn't just a place for gardening, it is somewhere to learn about nature. We've been finding what minibeasts we can find in the grass, in the trees, and in the compost bins.

Here's a slug!

The longed-for nice weather has allowed us to get to grips with the grass...

  ...and the kale which has done us so well throughout the winter.

 We've also been cleaning tools ready for next week's groups...

 ...and Roy has been cleaning labels so we can re-use them and not buy more plastic.

 We've loads of seedlings growing in the polytunnel...

 ...and finally got the weather for cleaning the roof! H one side, D the other, "To You To Me To You To Me"

Must be time for a cuppa by now!
If you'd like to join us, we have volunteer sessions on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10am to noon. That does include a tea break! Just get in touch and pop down to have a look.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Willow obelisk workshop

Saturday 26th May 2018 from 1pm - 3pm
Come along and make a willow obelisk for your garden. Perfect for growing beans or sweet peas. To book, please email us 
Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Henry the Giant!

On Wednesday 25th April, Year 4 and 5 pupils from Albany Juniors came to do some gardening with us. They helped us create a giant's head just peering out of the soil. Apparently his name is Henry... The group also did pond-dipping and sowed Climbing Bean seeds. THANKS ALL!

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Bird Feeder Workshop

A chilly day for April but there was warm company in the polytunnel this afternoon at Dig In for our Bird Feeder Workshop.

 Making different lard and seed mixes

 Yummy! Apricots and.... mealworms!

Making sure it is all well mixed in!

Pine cones make good bird-feeders...
  ...when bird seed and lard are squidged into them.

 David drilled holes into some rather lovely hazel logs.

 We put some of the mixture in here too.

 Mealworms and cheesy maggots! Nom nom nom
  Yep! That's a loo roll. Spread with peanut butter and rolled in bird-seed!

 Displaying what we've made - some went up round Dig In, the rest has gone all round Stapleford and beyond.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Monday, 12 March 2018


It's much warmer now, and spring does feel as if it is on it's way.

 Can you spot the frogs?

Here's one! Not at all bothered by a phone taking it's pic, only 20cm away.

But this chap (a lovely leech!) was not in the pond - the ground was so wet it had climbed out and was in a puddle!

Amy, Tiffany and Emma spreading compost on one of the Sunray Beds. Getting the soil ready for growing!

 Rocket and komatsuna (sort of Japanese spring greens) in the polytunnel.

 Rhubarb raring to go.

 Onions starting to grow, and we've still got kale too.

 Daffodils and hyacinths.

And garlic looking good! Roll on Spring!

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Minus Three Degrees!

Well, we thought about cancelling today, but didn't and we had 6 people turn up! We had two tea breaks and moved lots of the brash from the tree-cutting on Saturday's mega 11-people session. Just about kept warm!
Here's a few pics of the snow.

 Foxy footprints - nicer 'evidence' than what we occasionally find!

Yep - there's a pond under there. Martin broke the ice to let oxygen in. David took loads of weed out last week and has started pond-dipping platform repairs for the school visit season.

 Raised beds...

Sunray Beds... I like the patterns on the plastic sheeting!

And here's some real sunrays! Spot the icicles though!

Willow Wreath Workshop

We had a great time at our Willow Wreath Workshop back in December! Scroll down to see how we made them (look out for some expressions of intense concentration - it's not easy!) and look out for our super-crafty wreaths at the end.

First you get your willow, and twist it into a ring...
...Kathy makes it look so easy!
Roy getting to grips with willow.
It helps to pre-bend your willow!
Angela choosing decorations.
Lots of choice!
Even slices of orange.

Done it at last!
Now to decorate it...
A pair of super wreaths ready to go home and go on the front door.
Didn't we have a lovely time!