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Newsletter - June 2018

17 June 2018

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ANNUAL BBQ (NOW with  Real Ale & Wine Bar) - TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE NOW! - (@’The Hut’ or call Graham)

BUNCHES of FLOWERS for £3 now on ‘The Hut’ Stall

Hoe weekly to keep weeds at bay or apply Weedol or Bio Glyphosate (100ml £1). Scatter slug pellets (854g £2.50). Rake in 4oz sq. yd. Growmore (5kg £4.50) or Chicken Pellets (20kg £9) prior to sowing or planting. Kill weeds on paths and drives (£1.20 a sachet). Top-dress containers with grit (£5). Feed weekly with Maxicrop (£2.50 ltr) or Phostrogen (160 can half our normal price while stocks last, only £4.60). Stock up with lump wood charcoal (12kg £9) for those impromptu barbecues.

Please make an effort to save water by watering 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 July at the earliest.

THE VEG PLOT: - Plant cauliflower, cabbage, sprouts, broccoli, sweet corn, leeks & celery. Sow or plant runner beans to grow up 8' canes (50p) set in two rows 2 ½  to 3 feet apart, cross canes as low as 3 feet from the ground to allow the maximum number of beans to hang outwards and grow straight for easy picking and for the show bench. Tie in other canes at 45o and through the cross over point to strengthen the structure. Sow salad crops; french beans, carrots & swede. Plant marrows, courgettes & tomatoes inserting a pot in the ground beside each plant with the top at soil level. Watering & feeding via the pot will directly benefit the roots. Earth up potatoes. Harvest asparagus, new potatoes, carrots, peas & broad beans & Japanese onions. Thin seeds sown in May.

FRUIT: - Spray fruit trees which are affected by scab or codling moth (trap £5.50) and protect against plum moth (trap £5.50). Check for green fly and spray with Sprayday (30 ml £5.90) or Bug Killer (400ml £6.20). On soft fruit apply Py powder ten days after flowering to protect against raspberry beetle and red spider mites. Protect fruit & plants from bird attacks with netting. 8m wide £2.50 per linier meter .

GREENHOUSE: - Ventilate, provide shade & maintain humidity. Water daily. Take softwood & semi-ripe cuttings, rooting powder £1.50. Insert into sandy compost (potting grit £5 or use john Innes seed £4) in pots (from 3p). Sow hardy perennials. Full size rigid trays and gravel trays @ £1.30 & half size flexi's @ 10p are available. Support plants with 2' green canes (50p per 15). Control insect pests with Bug Gun (£3). Plant tomato, cucumber, pepper & aubergines in 10 or 15ltr pots of Multi-purpose compost (75ltr £5). Feed weekly when fruits begin to swell with tomato feed (£2.50 per ltr.) Pinch out all but four side shoots on melon plants & stop these when they reach the corners of the cold frame or tops of netting or tumble off a shelf or bench. Hand pollinate (brushes 10p) when each shoot has a female flower. Keep the main stem dry.

FLOWERS: - Plant out half-hardy annuals. Tie in sweet peas to grow up 6' canes (30p). Cut back flowered heather's & mulch with peat (100ltr £9). Plant containers with summer bedding (75ltr Compost £5, 50ltr Horizon Peat Free compost £5 or 20 kg John Innes £4) incorporate slow release granules, £4.60 for 1kg. Stake tall herbaceous plants using 4' canes at 30p (cane caps 10p) & pea & bean netting at 30p a mtr. Mulch borders with chipped bark (80ltr £5.50) or fill a bag, wheelbarrow or trailer from the south - east or north – west bins on site.

LAWNS: - Mow weekly. Apply a feed to treat 140sq mtrs @ £5.50. Weed, Feed & Moss Killer 5kg bag @ £5.50 or Weedol (Verdone) Lawn weed killer, 500ml £7.50.

All horticultural products are available to our members from a range of quality commodities provided to meet basic gardening needs. Please note that you need to be a member to purchase items from The Hut.


MEMBERS SUMMER BBQ 2018 (now with Real Ale & Wine Bar) - Members & their guests can come and join us from 5.30pm at the Pound Lane Allotments Site on Saturday July 28th  Join in the games, quiz & treasure hunt or just sit back and relax. A three course meal (plus cheese board) will be served from around 7.30pm.  Tickets at £9 each are available from ‘The Hut’ or Graham or info@capelallotments.co.uk. (sub teens £6, up to 3yrs free) Use ‘THE BAR’, draft Real Ale & Red & White Wine or if you prefer b.y.o. drinks. Free Tea & Coffee available all night from our ‘pop-up kitchen’. Limited seating will be available so please bring your own. There is a proposed menu on our web site & more details about the bar.

ROTOVATOR AND CULTIVATOR HIRE - A rotovator and a cultivator are 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 on site.manager@capelallotments.co.uk or 07594344493.

POND & WILDLIFE AREA - The Purple Allium are looking stunning at the moment. The bank is covered with Pink Campion and the rough prickly leaves of  Teazles. Some Shrubs are in flower. There is an established stock of Newts in the deeper water & a myriad of pond skaters, numerous diving beetles, water snails & dragon fly larvae.  Please make sure children are supervised if visiting the area, we are sure they will find the information boards very helpful to identify pond life, butterfly’s & other wild life in this corner of the Allotments Site. We are delighted that several groups have again taken up our offer to visit us over the next couple of months. Please contact us for more information.

The "PHOTOGRAPHY TROPHY" - Subjects for 2018:- A Bridge, Garden Wildlife, Woodland Scene, A picture to Portray a Song (name of song to be stated), Picture of Your Choice. All photographs to be colour, minimum size 150x100mm/6" x 4" and maximum size 190 x 130mm/7.5" x 5" and mounted and taken within the last eighteen months.

TWO DAY OPENING - THE HUT is open 10-12 noon Saturdays & Sundays throughout June.

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

SHEDS - If you are thinking of erecting a shed on your plot there are a few regulations that need to be followed. The shed must be of appropriate construction, no larger than 6’ x 4’ x 8’ high, gable ended with the ridge running East West, be in the corner of the full plot, be adjacent to the central foot path (plots behind the Polytunnel, on the east end) and the door must open onto your plot so as not to inconvenience others. All sheds must be securely anchored to the ground by metal or wooden posts & painted brown. The site manager must be contacted before construction commences or alterations to an existing shed take place.

‘THE BONFIRE’ - This will be CLOSED after Sunday 17th June & re-open on Friday 3rd August. Please keep materials on your plot.

Open Gardens -  For information on local gardens which are open this month visit www.opengardens.co.uk. Click on the date search & add month & county.


And Finally - Another visit this month by the best kept allotment judge.


BBQ 2018

SATURDAY 29th July















or PHONE Graham

or email info@capelallotments.co.uk

A sample menu is available here