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Terry Walton coming to Creigiau!

Walton Mar2020

Our January Social

 

Golf Club 2020

Yet another successful Social event – our 2020 post-Christmas meal at Creigiau Golf Club.  Lovely to see so many fellow allotmenteers, enjoying themselves – good food, good venue and good company – lots of ‘plot talk’, who is growing what and which variety … and who can grow the biggest and the best!  There was a raffle during the evening, with the start prize of tickets to the RHS Cardiff Show going to Andy and Pauline Rees, and other prizes to Mike Britton, Julie Subash and Hilary Coombes.

Thanks to the Social Committee for organising a great event – same again next year?

Top Tasks for January

Seed cataoguesHappy New Year everyone – hope you are all looking forward to another year on the plot.

I find that January can be a bit frustrating – lots of energy and plans, but generally the weather is against us.  However that does leave you with plenty of time to sit at home with a cuppa and browse all the seed catalogues that arrive on a daily basis.

There are a few things that you can do – check over tools and clean, sharpen and repair or replace.  Check your rhubarb crowns and if they are starting to shoot you can cover with a forcer.  Go through all your seed packets and make a note of sowing dates – and if you are organised store them in sowing date order …

One highlight this month is our annual meal at Creigiau Golf Club in two weeks – look forward to seeing many of you there.

Top Tasks for December

Parsnips and sproutsDays are noticeably shorter, and the weather has not been kind to us, so I am sure that jobs on the allotment have not been a priority.  Luckily it is the quiet season so we can all afford to take a break; although there are a few things to do if weather permits.

Check tall sprouts and brassicas and if necessary stake them, and if possible net them against the ever hungry pigeons.

Plant onion sets and garlic – they appreciate a cold spell to get them started.  You can also sow an early crop of broad beans.

It is still a good time to prune your fruit trees – especially apple and pears.

Divide rhubarb crowns, and give them a good feed/mulch when re-planting.

If you are overwintering plants in your greenhouse, check them regularly – pick off any dead foliage and check out for slugs.

The Kings Seeds order has been received and distributed, so you can plan your crops for next year.

Keep bird feeders topped up – I have just found out that there is a National Robin Day on 21st December, you can find more information here.

Finally, have a good festive season, and I hope there is plenty of allotment veg for your Christmas Dinner.

Top Tasks for November

Muddy welliesWell October was certainly a wet month – difficult to work on the plot and finish all the end of season tidying and prepping for next year; and now that the clocks have changed we need to take advantage of any dry/bright day and get on with the outstanding jobs.

I have managed to cut back the asparagus, and give the crowns a good weed and mulch with well-rotted horse manure to ensure a good crop next year.

I have also heeded Monty Don’s advice and staked my sprout plants to make sure they are good and firm over the winter months – crops not looking too bad, so I am sure I will have home grown sprouts for Christmas Dinner! I have also netted the sprouts and other brassicas to keep off the ever hungry pigeons.

Next visit to the plot I plan to prune all the fruit bushes, as well as cutting down my autumn fruiting raspberry canes – again I will give them a good mulch of manure.

Quite a bit of tidying needed in the greenhouse at home – obviously more space is needed to over-winter all those tender plants, so as soon as it’s a dry day that job is No 1 on my ‘to do’ list.

As the weather gets colder, don’t forget our wildlife; if you are lucky enough to have visiting hedgehogs put some food out for them, and don’t forget to make sure there is access between your garden and your neighbours. Also keep bird feeders topped up.

Finally the Kings Seeds order will be delivered later in the month, so if you placed an order I will be distributing seeds so you can plan your 2020 crops.

NB:  Skittles Night – Wednesday 13th November.  Names and payment to Social Committee members by Monday 4th November latest.

November Social Event

SkittlesThe next allotment social event will be a skittles evening on Wednesday 13th November at the Maltsters Pub, Whitchurch.  Tickets are £5.00 each to include a buffet.  The evening starts at 7.30pm.

Names and payment to members of the Social Committee please (Pentyrch – Glynis Morgan and Chris Beaman; Creigiau – Julia Llewellyn, Nia Honeybun, Sue Goodwin).