Tubers of Oca

Elizabeth writes:

Some of us have tubers of Oca, thanks to this year’s seedling swap. I have found a useful website, see below, explaining how to grow these but the key points seems to be:

  1. Do not harvest the underground tubers until the last remnants of foliage has become frosted and died off from late November and into December.
  2. Each tuber makes quite a bushy plant so allow at least 90cm (36″) between plants

Good luck!


Tea and cake on Sunday

Stacey says:

Hello Everyone

We were aiming for a bench making sunday 17th but haven’t come up with the goods.
Instead we are coating the site next to the hut with black plastic to try to kill off the weeds that are flourishing and enjoying this lovely summer far too much.

The plan is to leave it covered until next spring when we can try again to create a meadow for the wildlife and for the users of the allotment to enjoy.

If you would like to come and join us we are meeting Sunday at 2pm at the Hut on the upper site.

There will be cups of tea and cake to enjoy while we watch Paul digging.

Best wishes

Here’s a picture of the committee planning the work.

Regency Town House Rhubarb Cake

From Stacey:

Thanks everyone for contributing to a beautiful Sunday afternoon with your generous offerings of seedlings and cake

If you have a surplus of rhubarb here’s the delicious recipe for Ellen’s Rhubarb cake.

Regency Town House Rhubarb Cake

  • 200g brown sugar 200g butter
  • 350g self raising flour 4 eggs
  • 350 – 400g rhubarb
  • Juice and zest of 1 orange

Chop the rhubarb and marinate in the juice and zest with a tablespoon of the sugar for an hour.

Cream the butter and remaining sugar, then add the eggs in small quantities with a teaspoon of flour.

When the eggs are fully mixed in, fold in the remaining flour. Add a splash of milk if it is very stiff. Then add the rhubarb and juice. Mix well.

Pour into a greased 25 cm cake tin and bake for 45-50 minutes at 180c fan / 200c.

Break-ins this week at the allotments

Hello Everyone

I am sorry to inform you of break ins reported at the allotment, please see PC Savills message and details below

If you need to cheer yourself up at this news there is our pub get together on tuesday 1st May at the Charles Napier and our seedling swap sunday for a cuppa and cake on Sunday 13th May at 1pm.

Come and join us and see how the wildlife meadow is coming along next to the hut.

Stacey the Secretary at plot 70


I wanted to make you aware that over the past 48 hours, we have received two reports of Allotment sheds being broken into and property having been stolen. Please could you make your Allotment users aware of the shed breaks and to report any suspicious activity to the Police as quickly as possible either by calling 101 for non- emergencies or 999 if a crime is taking place at that time.

There will be extra Police patrols around Allotments to try and deter any offenders.

Thank you for your time.

Kind regards

PC Matt Savill CS056

Prevention, East Team
Brighton & Hove Division
Crowhurst Road Police Station, Hollingbury, BN1 8AF
Contact 101 ext 558171

You can report crime and incidents online at

The weed garden


The weed garden – sorry, I mean the wildflower garden – up by the Hut is coming along nicely. Maybe not quite as planned, but at least as interesting:


I’m reliably informed this is grass.


Team Pollinate looking for volunteers and event tomorrow 8th April


There is a citizen science project from University of Sussex called TEAM POLLINATE which is working with growers across the city to learn more about the importance of pollinators and their role in the harvesting of home grown food.

This is co ordinated by Dr Beth Nicholls and she is looking for volunteers to sign up.
more info here

A reminder for a free event tomorrow you can attend which explains more
8th April 10-noon at Moulsecoomb Forest Garden.
More info here:

If you need any further information about whats involved please don’t hesitate to contact Beth and her team at the website.