Kings Seeds – 2020/21 Catalogue

The new season catalogue is available – please click on the links below to view. There is also an order form for you to complete – deadline is end of October so that we can get our delivery by Christmas. Order Forms to me please with payment (cash or cheque payable to Dynevor Gardening Association). NB Packing and postage costs not applicable.

Vegetables A-L

Vegetables M-Z

Flowers

Soft Fruit & Trees

Sundries & Books

Order Form

Socially Distanced Event …

At last a social event was held at the plot on Sunday – the first event since our January get together in the Golf Club! 

About a dozen members sensibly sat at 2 meters apart and enjoyed a picnic. It was good to gather and catch up after all this time.

Helen made and shared a delicious rhubarb and custard cake (recipe please!) and Jack brought some equally tasty tomatoes.

The weather was kind and for a while things felt normal!

Top Tasks for September

Lots of harvesting this month, and lots of preserving – I always think of September as Chutney month; and of course there are all those apples ready to pick and store. 

I have harvested all my potatoes, onions and shallots and they are drying off at home in the greenhouse.  This means that there is open ground so after a good weed and hoeing, time to either cover with well-rotted manure or compost, or sow green manure which will supress weeds and add goodness when dug into the soil in spring.

There are still some crops to plant – spring cabbage, winter salad, broad beans and peas to get an early start next year.  I also buy my onion sets and garlic bulbs in September, and start off the onions at home in the greenhouse, and plant the garlic direct in the plot – there is no right or wrong way but this seems to work for me so give it a try.

September is also a good time to look at the flower garden, decide what you like and then take cuttings or save seed so that you have plenty of plants for next year.  Talking of flowers I mentioned the colourful flowers growing on the plot, so thought you might enjoy the following photos taken around the allotment.

And of course we have our BBQ/Picnic lunch on Sunday 6th September so a good chance to catch up and have a good natter – please let Nia know if you would like to come along as numbers are limited as per Covid 19 restrictions.

NGS Creigiau Gardens open this Sunday

Tickets now on sale – click here

August opening

Top Tasks for August

July 2020 (13)

John and Madge working hard on their plot

Well harvesting started in earnest during July, but now it’s August and bumper crops time – potatoes, carrots, runner and French beans, onions, and the list goes on …

As most of us know, our site is troubled with potato blight, so keep an eye out and cut back the tops of potatoes at the first sign and harvest shortly afterwards.  Blight seems to affect main crop potatoes the most, so if you have planted main crops you might like to try some earlier varieties next year – any recommendations gratefully received; my own experience this year is a bumper crop from ‘Rocket’ which is a first early, and tastes delicious.

The other good thing about this time of year and the surplus harvest, is that it’s chutney time – I know we will all have our favourite recipes, so please send me yours so that I can post on the webpage and share with fellow allotmenteers – click here for one of my favourites, Indian Courgette Chutney, yummy!

Moving on to the flower garden, don’t forget to keep dead-heading to prolong flowering.  Make a note of your favourite plants so that you can either split them, take cuttings or save seed so you have more plants next year.  There are lots of colourful flowers on the plot, and it is worth having a walk around to enjoy them, and I am sure there will be some seed sharing taking place.

It’s great to see the allotment looking so good and so productive; everyone has been working really hard.  You will not be surprised to learn that our waiting list is the longest ever – difficult to estimate timings but my best guess would be about three years of waiting for those at the end of the list.  One new plot-holder during July and I know that you will make them feel welcome and share your knowledge and surplus plants/seeds.

Crop Rotation

I know most of the experienced allotmenteers know what to grow where, and what crop follows on next year, but as we have a few newcomers I thought the following schedule might be helpful – could also jog a few brain cells for us ‘oldies’ as well … 

Crop Rotation Kings