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Newsletter - January 2017

31 December 2017

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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

Welcome to 2018.

Our monthly column aims to help you enjoy your gardening while keeping costs down. 80% of our members do not have an allotment but still enjoy the benefits of our bulk buy prices and seed scheme. Membership is just £5 per annum.  You can join by visiting ‘The Hut’, going on line to our web site or by e-mailing us.

THE VEG PLOT: - Continue winter digging incorporating well-rotted manure or composted garden waste. Apply bone-meal. Sow peas & broad bean's. Plant rhubarb. Empty compost bins and rebuild if necessary.

FRUIT: - Apply Winter Tree Wash to control over-wintering insect pests. Order & plant trees & bushes with a dusting of bone meal. Feed trees grown in grass with nitrogen and potash. Prune soft fruit bushes removing a third of old blackcurrant stems to ground level. Other currents and gooseberries reduce side shoots to two buds and cut out dead, diseased and over- crowded branches.

GREENHOUSE: - Empty greenhouse & wash down with Jeyes. Line with bubble plastic. Spray white fly. Sow main crop onions, leeks, lettuce & sweet peas in pots. Sow Broad Beans in plugs. Water plants sparingly. Make a final sowing of carrots in a large pot. Wash pots and trays on a warm day.

FLOWERS: - Tidy boarders & mulch with chipped bark or peat. Plunge dahlia stools into dry peat and protect from frost.

LAWNS: - Aerate badly drained areas. Lay turf in favourable weather. 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. 


‘THE HUT’ - The Hut will be open from Saturday 3rd February 10am to 12 noon for our members.

SITE VISITS - If any groups would like to visit the site and the wild life area please email Philippa Brandon to discuss what is available to you.

AND finally the committees of the Allotments Association and the Allotment’s Management Committee wish all of our members and readers a Happy & Healthy New Year.