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Improving your soil


One-hour practical sessions continue to be offered every year, in Spring and Autumn, to share ideas about

  • soil management, soil conditioners, crop-specific fertilisers
  • making trouble-free compost and using it

Where: the Top Shed, beside the car park

NEXT WORKSHOP: Autumn 2016 - watch for date on site noticeboards

With limited space, we can accommodate a maximum of 10 participants. If necessary, an additional workshop may be offered early the same afternoon.

The response from participants is always very positive. If you'd like to reserve a place for this workshop in May 2016, please email Peter Campbell [ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ]


2016 workshop

Another successful workshop took place on Saturday 14 May 2016. While stocks last, surplus leaflets from these workshop are available free from the CHADAHS Trading Shed.


2015 workshops

Eight plot-holders from across the Ally Pally site attended a session in late March, and another eight attended a session in mid-October.


A report on the Spring 2014 workshop

On Saturday morning 26 April 2014, Peter Campbell and Sally Chubb ran a first-ever APAA workshop about ways to improve the texture of the heavy, London clay-type soil found on most Ally Pally allotments. Ten people had registered in advance and a half dozen attended the session, held in the Top Shed.


Using soil samples and perennial weed specimens, Peter suggested ways of making soil texture and structure easier for roots to grow in, while also providing all the food that plants need. Sally then described how to make good compost, fully illustrated with samples of compost ingredients and final results of 4 kinds (standard compost, leafmould, well-rotted wood-chips, a special compost made purely from pernicious weeds). Pamela Harling assisted Sally with prompts when necessary.

As for refreshments, Anne Elliot-Evans supplied a delicious cake and Nigel supplied scrummy flapjacks, to accompany coffees and teas. This wasn't formal, classroom-style training. It was a hands-on (if you wanted!) session of about an hour, sharing practical ideas that can readily be implemented on the plot.