Congratulations to Jack Coombes, famous for his polytunnel and his prize-winning vegetables – he has done it again. Jack took first prize at the National Vegetable Society Show at St Fagans – see photo below.
The 2018-19 Kings Seeds catalogue is now available – click on the links below. If you have not ordered seeds before then please browse the catalogue as our National Allotment Society membership means that we benefit from a 40% discount on Kings retail prices. Good value and good quality seeds.
Please complete your order form and let me have your payment – cash or cheque (payable to Dynevor Gardening Association) – by the end of October. Any queries or problems accessing the catalogue please let me know.
September 1st and it’s Pentyrch Show so take some time off from the allotment and garden and visit the Show. You will still have the rest of the month to carry out the seasonal jobs; here are a few suggestions –
If you grow summer raspberries, now is the time to prune out all the fruited canes, cutting down to the base, and then tie in new canes
There are quite a lot of pumpkins and squashes on the plot, so help them ripen in the sun by cutting away any leaves that are covering the fruits
Apples and pears should be ripe enough to pick now, so pick them before they fall so that you can store them; fallers can be used for cooking
Trusses of unripe outdoor tomatoes can be cut off the plant and ripened indoors, or alternatively used for green tomato chutney – yummy!
Stay vigilant for pests and diseases in the greenhouse, and treat any you find immediately – I have had a real problem with red spider mite this year, so plan to clean everything out and them use a fumigating smoke to (hopefully) resolve the problem – any other suggestions welcome.
If your lawn suffered from the hot dry weather, it is a good time to rake the thatch from any bare spots, aerate by spiking with a garden fork, and re-seed
I now it’s pretty sad, but I get excited when the leaves start to fall – I love raking them up, shredding and storing in bags to make leaf mould; I leave them to decompose for two years, so you need some space for storage, but over time the original 10 bags or so compost down to just two or three
Taking cuttings from favourite plants so that you have a ‘spare’ in case of a hard winter
And finally it’s seed time – the Kings catalogue has arrived and it will be posted on the webpage in the next week or so. This is one of the benefits of your National Allotment Society membership, catalogue prices are discounted by 40% on retail – orders need to be placed by the end of October.
Just a reminder that the Pentyrch Show takes place on Saturday 1st September – hope you have all decided what classes you are entering, lots to choose from – look at the post below for all the Show information and classes.
Well July was a scorcher, and the rain late in the month was very welcome but I am sure that your crops and flowers have suffered as a result of the heatwave – but all is not lost there are still plenty of jobs to be getting on with.
Keep an eye out for potato blight on the plot, and remove all foliage at the first sign – do not add this to your compost but get rid of it in your green bin or have a bonfire (but obviously be careful in this hot weather).