• Dry Spring

    This spring has been remarkably dry. On the plus side I see no slugs chomping on my greens on the negative side we have to consider how this might impact us. Watering just the plant you are trying to grow is one way to meet the challenge. Of course our weather is subject to fluctuations and May Day bank holiday saw intense rain here in Barnet and even a clap of thunder. Managing our soil is always important and no doubt using your own compost or indeed "the black stuff" to increase the water retention of your plot is one way to work with nature. Please ensure you have a means to collect rainwater from your shed roof. This will provide a key source of water and without chlorine is good for your plants too.

  • Dig vs No Dig

    Here is an interesting website dedicated to the concept of No-Dig gardening.

    If your back aches from the toil of turning over your soil or indeed you wish to let nature follow its course you will find this interesting:

    Please Read On :


    "Why No Dig

    Save time and effort by helping natural processes to work with you: undisturbed soil can develop its own aerated structure so vegetables/flowers grow more easily and weeds grow less."

  • Becoming a new plotholder

    New plots do become available. Please email us on the Contact Us Page or complete the forms also on the Contact Us page and bring them to the South Field Trading Hut on a Sunday Morning.

    Your name will be put on a waiting list and we will contact you if a plot becomes free.

    It can be daunting taking over a plot that may need grass dug out and weeds removed but once you get going, enjoying the fresh air and planting in some vegetables, fruit bushes or even fruit trees then it won't be long before you are enjoying the fruits of your labours!

  • New North Field Meeting Hut

    The Meeting Hut is now fylly stood up and nicely varnished. With Autumn rain and winds this week we can look forward to some winter comforts as the year progresses.

    Hope you enjoy the before and after pictures....

  • 2015 Trading Hut Opens today Sunday 15th February

    2015 is well and truly underway and today was a warm sunny day in Barnet. And now the Trading Hut is open too.

    The Trading Hut is (apart from rent) our only major source of income, so running it effectively is vital to our future. We need more volunteers to lighten the load for everyone.

    Don’t forget that regular helpers are entitled to a 10% discount on Trading Hut prices – a very worthwhile benefit. A new roster begins in July which will include new helpers.

    New helpers please contact John Bartley, your Plot Steward, or any committee member – telephone numbers are listed above.

    A big thank you to all our past and current helpers and – in advance – to those who join us this season.

  • New Pavilion on North Field Takes Shape

    The first stage is now complete and will allow contractors to erect the remainder of the structure 18th to the 20th September. Dont forget to leave the car park clear!!

  • Geology of Brook Farm visible in foundation trench for new Pavillion

    As the ice age advanced and retreated gravel and sand deposits on which the City of London is founded were successively laid down. These deposits form a series of layers visible in this snap and expaining why some plots are stony whilst others have fine tilth.

  • July Plot Inspections

    Plot Inspections in which both fields will be judged by members of the Barnet Allotments Federation. on Saturday 19th July.

    10 am on North Field

    12pm on Southfield

  • Flowers beneficial for wildlife

    All members are encouraged to have an area planted with flowers on their plots to assist in the wellbeing of bees and other beneficial insects as well as to provide a splash of colour to both fields. Flowering vegetables take some time but there is a wide variety of easy to sow half hardy annuals to grow as well as established planting such as buddleia (the butterfly plant) and well-liked by bees and other insects.

    Wildlife volunteers are always welcome and any members who can assist in this area please advise any of the field team.

    Why not plant flowers along busy communal areas such as the main paths for all to enjoy.

  • Plot Inspections:

    These will be carried out three times a year and the next Inspection will be at the end of June with our last inspection in October 2014. All plots will be inspected and the required standard is that they remain clear of rubbish and considered by the inspection team to be cultivated to seasonal order. Pathways and drains must be cut and kept clear of becoming overgrown.



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