COVID-19 advice from the National Allotment Society

The National Allotment Society has published comprehensive advice on what to do during the Corona Virus crisis. Read full information at National Allotment Society – Coronavirus Emergency Measures >>>

NSALG recommended basic precautions

Any plot-holder who is self isolating because a household member is ill with corona-virus should not be visiting the site.

  • Keep hand sanitiser in your shed and wash your hands regularly
  • Use hand sanitiser before opening and closing any gate locks*
  • Observe “Social Distancing” with each other 2-3 metres
  • Do not share tools
  • Minimise the contact with each other, for example no handshakes

*Elisabeth comment: Sanitiser may need to be substituted with antiseptic wipes because at the time of writing this, gel and liquid sanitiser are very difficult to find in the shops.

Watering your plot

Ground water levels are low. I got a leaflet from the Affinity Water company yesterday about the rainfall over the winter being too low to fully replenish the groundwater resources.

Here is a quote from the leaflet:

“Hang up your hose: A garden hose uses as much water in an hour as the average family of 4 uses in a day and a half – try to use a watering can instead.”

So, remember to stick to the allotment rules:

  • No sprinklers allowed
  • Hose to be held during watering (not left on ground in the strawberry patch with tap turned on while you get on with a bit of weeding round the peas )
  • Choose the watering can over the hose whenever you can