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August 2020

31 July 2020

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Hoe weekly to stop weed seeds germinating. Cut down uncultivated areas and spray re-growth with Bio Glyphosate (100ml £1) ready for next season. Scatter slug pellets (845g £2.50). Apply path weed killer (£2 r.t.u). Water plants thoroughly, do not waste time & water by indiscriminate spraying. Top-dress containers with horticultural 4mm grit (£5.50). Feed weekly with Maxicrop (£2.50 ltr) or Phostrogen (160 can £4.30). If going on holiday arrange for a friend to water plants in containers, frames, greenhouse, outdoor tomatoes, marrow's, courgettes & cucumbers. Tell 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 (12kg £10) for those impromptu barbecues.

VEG PLOT: - Plant brassicas & leeks. Sow lettuce & carrots (cover with cloches in October), spring cabbage, pak choi, carrots, radish, spinach, turnips and main crop onions.  Pinch outside shoots of non-bush tomatoes, tie plants regularly to their 4' support canes (30p). Feed weekly. Spray potatoes every 14 days with Fruit & Veg Fungal Killer (£1 a sachet) when leaves touch to protect against potato blight.

FRUIT: - Pick soft fruit & tie in new shoots. Tidy strawberry's by removing & burning old leaves, runners & straw. Apply 2 oz. sq. yd. Growmore (5kg £4.50). Dig up three year old stock & destroy. Create a new bed on well manured ground now for a good crop next year.

GREENHOUSE: - Ventilate, provide shade & maintain humidity. Water daily. Take cuttings of heathers, geraniums and fuchsias. Insert into sandy compost (potting grit £5, Compost £5.30) in pots (from 5p). Full size rigid trays @ £1.70 & half size flexi's @ 10p are available. Control insects with a ready to use Insect Gun (1ltr.£2) or Sprayday (30ml £6.80). Tie tomato, cucumber, pepper & aubergine's plants to their support canes with PVC plant rings (100 for £2). Feed weekly when fruits begin to swell with tomato feed (£2.50 per ltr.) Tomato plants tend to ‘stress’ through August, in very sunny conditions the leaves fold inwards. Water twice a week with a heaped teaspoon to a 2 gallon watering can of epsom salts (for its magnesium). Feed cucumbers & melons with a teaspoon of dried blood weekly & water in.

FLOWERS:- Order spring bulbs. Remove old heads to keep them flowering. Mulch borders with chipped bark or peat (100ltr bale £10).

LAWNS: - Mow weekly. Apply lawn weed killer (500ml £8).

All horticultural products are available to our members from a range of quality commodities provided to meet basic gardening needs.


THE HUT - Is open 10 to 12 noon Saturdays only through to the end of October. Plants @ surplus veg available throughout the week.

We are happy to continueon-line deliveries for members living in the local area who continue to self-isolate or cannot get to the hut when we are open. If you wish to pre-order for collection on Saturday please order by Friday evening (see details below)

A limited supply of a £3 bunches of seasonal flowers is available on Saturdays or to pre-order, including table centres or a presentation arrangement & price contact Sue via hut.manager@capelallotments.co.uk

JOIN’N’SAVE - Membership is just £5 a year and is open to both plot holders and non-plot holders alike, wherever you live. A visit to ‘THE HUT’ should easily recoup this investment when you take advantage of our special bulk buy prices.

CULTIVATOR HIRE - A cultivator is available for hire for on-site use only. The fee is £10 for the first two hours. Hire time runs from handover and ceases when the machine is returned to the machinery shed. Please give Dennis advance notice to hire this equipment or for any matters relating to the site please contact Dennis.

THE ALLOTMENT SITE - Remains open. Please remember to social distance & use the hand washing facilities near The Hut & at the BBQ area.

SHEDS - The site manager must be contacted before construction commences or alterations to an existing shed take place.

PLOTS -  The site is full & we have a waiting list for vacated plots. Please complete the form on our web site to add your name to the waiting list. Should a plot become available the Site Manager will then contact you to see if you are still interested.

POND & WILDLIFE AREA - Although the water level has dropped this area is looking very good as more plants & shrubs come into flower attracting butterfly’s, hoverflies, bees & other insects. Check the information boards if you see something interesting that you can’t identify.


PICNIC ON THE PLOT. Presently on hold.

Online Sales From "The Hut"

Preferably payment will be by Bank Transfer (BACS) to Capel St Mary Allotments Association, Lloyds Bank, Sort Code 30-94-55 Account Number 01298209 with your name in the reference box or by card or cash for those who do not use online banking.

Members can place your order by email to hut.manager@capelallotments.co.uk stating the exact description of each item, the price, how many are required and the total price of the item. The total cost of the whole order must also be included. Please also include a contact number and your address and indicate how you wish to pay. You will receive confirmation of your order by email and delivery information for members living in the local area