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Newsletter - December 2017

28 November 2017

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GUIDE TO GARDENING IN DECEMBER

1977 to 2017 “We’ve been growing for 40 years”

E-mail info@capelallotments.co.uk

Web site – www.capelallotments.co.uk

 

CALLING ALL POLYTUNNEL PLOT HOLDERS

PLEASE CLEAR ALL SUMMER CROPS BY CHRISTMAS DAY

and cover any over wintering plants as we will be washing down & disinfecting The Tunnel the following week.

 

ALLOTMENT PLOTS ARE AVAILABLE in CAPEL

Half plots are available NOW at £16 per annum plus membership.

So if you live in or around Capel and fancy a go at ‘Growing Your Own’ please contact Dennis on 01473 310988

or at sitemanager@capelallotments.co.uk.

 


Season's greetings to all our members and readers.

VEG PLOT: - Continue with your winter digging incorporating recycled garden waste. Mushroom Compost at £30 a ‘Bucket’ load delivered to your plot, phone 310380 or call in to the Mushroom Farm to order a load.  Sow or plant lettuce under cloches. Feed compost heaps with sulphate of ammonia. Check brassicas for white fly & spray as necessary. Harvest sprouts & winter cabbage. Leeks & parsnips can be left in the ground until needed. Check, clean & oil tools including secateurs, lines, watering cans, sprayers & wheelbarrows. Replacements make excellent Christmas presents! Check stored crops for rat or mouse damage (bait sachets £1).

FRUIT: - Apply a Winter Tree Wash (500ml £8.90) to fruit trees and bushes to control over-wintering insect pests. Order & plant trees & bushes with a dusting of bone meal.

GREENHOUSE: - Empty greenhouse & wash down with Jeyes. Line with 1.5m wide bubble plastic (£2 a mtr.). Bring in all frost tender plants. Check for & spray white fly with Insect Gun (£3.40). Sow carrots in a large pot and main crop onions & leeks in pots on Boxing Day.

FLOWERS: - Tidy boarders & mulch with wood chips or chipped bark (80ltrs £5).Ventilate chrysanthemum stools in cold frames. Wrap potted plants in fleece.

LAWNS: - Aerate badly drained areas. Mow with blades set high. Clean & overhaul equipment . Contact Steve Blake for repairs & service on 07813814623 or TGC Garden Machinery Services Tattingstone  for repairs & service & new equipment at very competitive prices on01473 327737. CARE. STALE FUEL OVER 4 WEEKS OLD can damage carburettors and cause poor starting & engines to run rough. Use fuel additives to keep fuel fresh.

All items are available to our members from a range of quality products provided to meet basic gardening needs. Membership is just £5 per annum. Find an application form on our web site.


ALLOTMENT NEWS

THINGS TO DO

Jimmy’s Farm Christmas fayre was again worth a visit last year. December 2nd & 3rd 10:00 am -  4:00 pm the 100+ stalls were varied and interesting with lots of samples , local produce and Christmas gifts and demos which were motivating and entertaining. Mulled wine & cider, beer tent & live entertainment.

Also Blackthorpe Barn at Rougham Estate near Bury St Edmunds for freshly cut trees every day up to Christmas, decorations & a wonderful selection of 60 British Craft stalls weekends only 11th November to 17th December 10am – 5pm. Check their web site to see what craft stalls are on which weekends. £3 entry (oap’s £2).

Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses at Whitegate Farm on the A140 north of Needham Market make their own cheese from their Guernsey cows & sell local & home produced meats & chutneys & freshly cut Christmas Trees. Well worth a look for something a bit special & tasty for Christmas. Check their web site for opening times or phone 01449 710458 or 07787 584386.

And we have a CHRISTMAS STALL @ ST MARY’S on SATURDAY 2nd DECEMBER – see you there for Garden Sundries, Christmas Lights, Curly Willow, Bird Food, Cyclamen and Fresh Wreaths. To pre-order a wreath, @ £12 each, call Sue.

THE HUT-winter closing

THE HUT is now closed for the winter and will reopen on Saturday 3rd February 2018. Members are very welcome to phone Graham any time for any items they require while we are closed.


2017. It has been a busy year with additional ventures to celebrate our 40th Anniversary which included trawling through 40 years of minutes to produce a history of the Pound Lane Allotments Site & three & a half thousand photographs to produce a 600 photo display for Fun Day, the AGM, the BBQ & The Flower & Produce Show. We had a presentation to four plot holders who were there from 1977 . Developed a new computer programme to assist in running our Show. Updated the web site. Also held two work-ins, a promotional stall at Bentley Family Fun Day & we grew & displayed plants & provided support for the SSALG Gold Medal & Best in Show winning stand at The Suffolk Show. We have adopted the new computerised ordering system for the seed scheme from Kings.  We also facilitated several group visits to our wildlife area, supported several other events by supplying tables, & raffle prizes & organised a visit to Mauldons Brewery. All in addition to maintaining & running the site & The Hut. Our thanks to all our members for your continued support throughout 2017.


AND finally we hope you have had a productive year and are looking forward to the new season. We have already ordered our stock for ‘The Hut’, planned improvements for the site and we are in advanced stages of preparation for The Show & Summer BBQ. See you in 2018.