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Newsletter - November 2021

28 October 2021

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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. 

FRUIT: - Apply a Winter Tree Wash to fruit trees and bushes to control over-wintering insect pests. Remove summer fruited raspberry canes & tie in new shoots. Order & plant trees & bushes with a dusting of bone meal.

GREENHOUSE: - Empty greenhouse & wash down with Jeyes. Line with 1.5m wide bubble plastic. Bring in all frost tender plants. Check for & spray white fly. Apply slug pellets. Wash all pots & trays in Jeyes. Try sowing carrots, spring onions, radish and lettuce in large pots, transplant lettuce when large enough. Polytunnel plot holders please clear all summer crops by Christmas.

FLOWERS: - Plant spring flowering bulbs in pots or outside as soon as space is available. Plant wallflowers, sweet williams, carnations, pinks, pansies, polyanthus & heathers. Sow sweet peas. Mulch borders with chipped bark. Divide perennials.

LAWNS: - Re-seed worn areas. Aerate & scarify with a wire rake. Apply an autumn feed. Mow with blades set at medium height


SEED SCHEME - Any member wishing to order seeds via our dedicated scheme are encouraged to do so by 17 November. Orders can be placed online or via paper. Please contact Phil Hickley for more information.

AUTUMN Work-In 17th October 2021 - Thanks to everyone who was able to join us for the Autumn Work-In where we cleared another batch of jobs to keep the site looking smart and we found time to enjoy a steaming mug of tea or coffee & refreshments.

THE HUT- winter closing - ‘The Hut’ will re-open for the next season on Saturday 5th February 2022 although, over the winter period we intend to trial a new system of opening the Hut on the first Saturday of each month in November (6th), December (4th) and January (8th rather than the 1st). Outside of these dates, members are welcome to contact Dennis for items they require, and order -  preferably using the 'click and collect' facility.

FEED THE BIRDS - We supply a choice of feeds to encourage wild birds into your garden.

ANNUAL FLOWER AND PRODUCE SHOW 2021 - The full list of major prize winners, winners of the individual classes, best kept allotment and details of the mamoth vegetable record breakers along with grand prize draw winners, hut draw winners and a range of pictures from the Show can now be found on our web site.

ANNUAL FLOWER AND PRODUCE SHOW 2022 - The dates for next year's Show are confirmed - Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September 2022. For those interested in the 2022 photography classes, these have been decided and are as follows:

  • A Single Bloom (in close up)
  • Motion
  • Depict a TV programme (please show name)
  • A Gate or Door
  • A Picture of your choice

All photographs to be colour, minimum size 150 x 100mm / 6" x 4" and maximum size 190 x 130mm / 7.5" x 5". Must be mounted and taken within the last 18 months.

News From National Allotment Society

Amended Pages for Kings 2022 Catalogue - Kings Seeds would like to apologise for the printing error in the latest catalogue that resulted in inaccurate prices on pages 41 and 52. Refunds will be given by Kings to anyone who has over-paid.

New E10 petrol and garden machinery - Standard unleaded petrol on garage forecourts now contains 10% ethanol, this petrol may not be compatible with many items of garden machinery such as strimmers and lawnmowers. The AA have advised gardeners to use super unleaded from September onwards. The government website advises checking the appliance manual or asking the manufacturer or dealer before using E10. Even if your appliance is compatible the new petrol may cause problems if the mower or strimmer is left unused over the winter months.

EVIDENCE WEEK IN WESTMINSTER- Let's get the allotment movement noticed.Sense about Science, a UK charity that champions the public interest in sound science and ensures evidence is recognised in public life and policy making is asking National Allotment Society members to get involved in Evidence Week in Westminster 2021. They are inviting different communities from across the UK to ask how well-equipped the government and parliament are to understand and use scientific information. Brand new for 2021 is our Ask an MP discussion board, providing us with the chance to ask an MP about whether they’re using evidence to inform decisions on issues that matter to the allotment movement, such as rights of allotment holders, land contamination and land disputes, for example.