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'Premiere' (1st early), 'Kestrel' (2nd early) and 'Cara' (main crop) seed potatoes available from the Hut
Season's greetings to all our members and readers.
VEG PLOT: - Pick frost tender crops, clear ground & get started on winter digging incorporating well-rotted manure, composted garden waste or mushroom compost (contact Capel Mushrooms on 01473 310380 for more details). Sow broad beans, lettuce under cloches & peas under fleece. Plant garlic cloves. Apply slug pellets. Cut back yellowing asparagus foliage to 2". Feed compost heaps with sulphate of ammonia.
VEG PLOT :- Pick frost tender crops, clear ground & get started on your winter digging incorporating well rotted manure, composted garden waste or mushroom compost. Plant spring cabbage & onion sets.
The judging of the best kept allotment plot, best kept polytunnel plot and Best Newcomer has been completed and the results are available.
Hoe weekly to stop weed seeds germinating. Cut down uncultivated areas and spray re-growth with Bio Glyphosate ready for next season. Scatter slug pellets. Apply path weed killer. Water plants thoroughly, do not waste time & water by indiscriminate spraying. Top-dress containers with horticultural 4mm grit. Feed weekly with Maxicrop or Phostrogen. If going on holiday arrange for a friend to water plants in containers, frames, greenhouse, outdoor tomatoes, marrows, courgettes & cucumbers. Encourage them to pick ALL sweet peas, courgettes, french & runner beans as these will stop producing if left on the plant. Stock up with ‘Restaurant Quality’ lump wood charcoal for those impromptu barbecues.
Tribute to Graham Whybrow who died tragically on Sunday 23rd May 2021
Clear weeds with Weedol £4.90, or ready mixed, 1ltr £3.30 or Bio Glyphosate (100ml £1). Rotovate cleared areas (Cultivator available on site @ £10 for the first two hours). Scatter slug pellets (824g £2.50 & £4). Rake in 4oz sq. yd. Growmore (5kg £4.50) prior to sowing or planting. Kill weeds on paths, patios and drives (Path Clear £2 1ltr rtu). Set up the barbecue (12kg lump wood charcoal £10). Protect fruit & plants from bird attacks with bird netting from 80p per meter. Check the water softener and top up with salt (25kg £8.50 and 2 x 4kg blocks @ £5). Water plants thoroughly with an open ended watering can, do not waste time & water by indiscriminate spraying by using a rose once seedlings have emerged. Seed potatoes will not need watering until June at the earliest.