Allotment Society Newsletter

Hi everyone – here is the link to the latest NSALG newsletter.

CRAMC Golf Competition

CRAMC have organised a Golf competition as a fundraiser for improvements to the Recreation Ground – I know many of your allotmenteers play, and thought you might like to enter an ‘allotment team’.  Click here for details.

Coffee Morning – Advance Notice

SeedlingsOur next social event will be a coffee morning on Saturday April 1st in Creigiau Church Hall from 10am to 12 noon.
Please come and join us for a coffee and a cake and support those on the social committee who will be hosting the event.
We will also be selling plants so if you have any seedlings, cuttings or plants you can spare, please bring them along. Why not pop a few extra seeds in now?
We will be giving some of the proceeds to the Creigiau School Gardening Club – the allotmenteers of the future so please come along and make the morning a success.
I can guarantee that the cakes will be good!

Nia

Allotment Magazine – Spring Issue

Please click here for the ‘turning pages’ edition of the Allotment magazine.

Top Tasks for March

spring-lawn-growth

Time to get busy! Lots to do this month, both at the allotment and back home in the flower borders, so here are a few ideas to get you started.

It is not too early to sow a row of carrots, but make sure you protect them with a fleece tunnel or cloche.

Early potatoes can be planted out this month as soon as the soil warms up – you can help this by covering the soil until you are ready to plant up. Another crop that needs an early sowing and warm soil is parsnips – I tried the seed tapes last year and had the best parsnips ever, so if you like parsnips but have been unsuccessful, give it a go.

If you have a greenhouse, start crops off for planting out later – I have some early caulis coming on, and will be sowing other brassicas this month. You can also start off peas and beans in the greenhouse, but make sure you protect them from mice.

You will probably need to start mowing your lawn this month as the lush spring growth starts – hopefully you gave your mower a good clean and service at the end of last season, but if not, check it over before use and give it a clean and change the oil. Keep the mower on a high cut for the first few mows.

I think slugs are going to be a real pest this season – with the relatively mild and wet winter it seems ideal conditions for them – it seems every pot I look at has a sneaky slug concealed underneath!

It is time to tidy up the flower borders, early perennials should be showing growth now, and daffodils going over – deadhead the daffs and leave the foliage to die down. You can start to sow hardy annual outdoors as it warms up.  I like to give the flower borders a general feed with pelleted chicken manure.

If you are over-wintering dahlias, these should be coming into growth now, so bring them into the light and give them a water and feed, and when strong shoots start to show, take a few cuttings and if your garden is full, plant them at the allotment.

Finally, plot fees are now due so please pay promptly – if you would like to pay electronically let me know and I will forward bank details.

Top Tasks for February

onion-setsFebruary – a month of optimism, the days are a bit longer, the first few spring flowers are showing and the serious preparation for the season ahead gets under way.

The onion and shallot sets that I planted in seed trays in the greenhouse before Christmas have made a good start, and I will soon be able to plant them on the plot – this method has worked for me over the last couple of years so I can recommend giving it a go.

Potatoes are available in the garden centres now, so buy them now while there is plenty of choice and start them chitting.

Most of our allotment plots seem to have a rhubarb crown or two – now is a good time to lift and divide large crowns, and share them around; also put a forcer over a crown for early sweet rhubarb.

Sweet peas are another allotment favourite – if you didn’t sow any in the autumn, make a sowing now for summer colour and fragrance on the plot.

Continue to work on the plot when the weather permits – good preparation now will pay dividends later in the season, hoe off weeds as they appear and dig over areas for planting.

Finally if you get the opportunity to visit a ‘snowdrop garden’ it is well worth while – a display of snowdrops will convince you that spring is on it’s way!