NGS Creigiau Gardens 20 June

Plant sales at both gardens; tea and cake, garden themed greeting cards, “almost free” book stall at Maes y Nant. Two lovely gardens – more details in the link. Pre book or pay on the day.

Coffee Morning on the Plot

We held a very successful outdoor coffee morning on the plot on Bank Holiday Monday with lots of members coming along to support the occasion. All the cakes sold out and the plant stall was very busy too. We raised £180 for The Samaritans but we are still hoping to sell a few more plants at the plot and outside Peter and Dave’s house and hope to top £200! The weather was glorious and it was good to see some newer members there too. It was great to get together again and do something normal for a change.

Our next event is our Open Day which is pencilled in for Sunday July 18th so keep it free. We hope that this will be open to the public if the restrictions allow but there will be more details to follow in due course.

Nia Honeybun

Top Tasks for June

Well May went out with a bang, our first social get-together which was a great success and it was officially the hottest day of the year so far.
On to June then, and we are starting to see some produce to harvest – asparagus, lettuce and salad crops, early sowings of carrots; and hopefully plenty more to come.
Plenty to do on the plot, obviously the good housekeeping jobs like mowing and weeding, thinning out crops like carrots, beetroot etc, and continuing to sow seeds for successional crops, especially salad crops. Earth up potatoes as they start to show growth; you can also plant out outdoor tomatoes in a warm sheltered spot. If you are lucky enough to have asparagus on your plot (and it has been very successful this year) then finish harvesting in the next week or two and allow the plants to go to seed – I always find that the plants benefit from a good feed and mulch at the end of harvesting.
For those of you with a greenhouse or polytunnel, keep an eye on temperatures and make sure that they are well ventilated on hot days.

Don’t forget that some crops still need protection – I noticed on my visit to the plot this week that some of my cabbage plants that were not netted had provided a feast for the local pigeons – thankfully most are under nets so not too great a loss.
So long warm days, good growing weather and plenty to do – see you on the plot!


NGS Tongwynlais this weekend

Allotment Magazine Issue 2 2021

Please click here to access the digital issue of the latest Allotment magazine.

Top Tasks for May

One of the driest Aprils on record, and although there has been a shower or two in the last few days it has not really been enough for all our young crops.  So I think it is quite timely to remind everyone to collect as much rainwater as they can on their plots – if you have a shed or structure please rig up a water butt to collect water, or if you don’t have anything then keep an open top drum or two and use these as dipping tanks – saves a lot of walking to the tanks so win-win.

April was a busy time at the allotment, lots of planting and cultivating going on; I finally planted out my potatoes (a bit late) and I have broad beans, cauliflower, red cabbage and salad crops growing away (under protective netting).  So my plan for May is sow little and often – carrots, beetroot, salad crops.  I also have celery, runner beans, climbing French beans, brassicas in the greenhouse and they should all be ready to plant out in the next week or two.

I have just harvested my first asparagus, and hope that there will be plenty more to come in May – nothing better than home-grown asparagus, lightly cooked on the griddle pan with plenty of butter!

As well as allotment veg, the greenhouse is also bursting at the seams with flower plants so busy at home as well as on the plot.  NGS Creigiau Village Gardens are scheduled to open on Sunday 20 June so lots of planting to get on with over the next seven weeks – two gardens will be opening and they are both owned by allotmenteers.

As it’s a Bank Holiday weekend and no early start on Monday, you might like to join in the RSPB International Dawn Chorus Day tomorrow (Sunday) at 5.00am, more information available by clicking link.  If you join in, how about a short article for the webpage?