Best Newcomer Award 2016

Keith Heather Jones

Belated news of our Best Newcomers 2016.  The competition was between six new plotholders – all quarter plots, and judging took place ahead of our Open Day in July.  The worthy winners were Keith and Heather Jones, who only took over their plot in April, and were already harvesting crops at the time of judging.

Congratulations to Keith and Heather.

Two Weeks to Pentyrch Show

Just a reminder that it is only two weeks until the Pentyrch Horticultural Show, so I hope all your entries are planned and the veg is looking good.  Two of our allotmenteers are on the Committee – Amanda Thorpe and Sue Cragg, so please show your support and enter something.  There are plenty of classes not just veg, but also floral, craft, cookery etc – click the link to access the entry schedule.

Countdown to Pentyrch Show

It is only four weeks to Pentyrch Horticultural Show, so time to assess your best veg and prepare your entries.  There are plenty of classes, click here to look at the programme – it is not all about veg, there are classes for flowers, cookery, photography and plenty of classes for children as well, so have a go and support this local show.

Top Tasks for August

BlackcurrantsAugust can be a busy time on the allotment – hopefully there are lots of crops to harvest, such as carrots, runner beans, beetroot, courgettes, and second early potatoes (and possibly maincrops at the end of the month) and soft fruit – blackcurrants, gooseberries and autumn raspberries. You can also harvest onions and shallots – leave them to dry in a sunny spot before storing, and sort out a few good examples to enter into the Pentyrch Horticultural Show on September.

If you have a surplus, think about preserving your crops, or making chutneys and jams.

Keep an eye out for blight on your potato crops – it is spreading through the allotment – you need to cut back the foliage as soon as your crop is affected, and dispose of this by either burning or putting in the green bin – DO NOT add it to your compost.

You can still sow lots of crops in August, for harvests into autumn and beyond, including lettuce, rocket, spring onion, radish and winter salads.

Don’t forget the flower garden – keep dead-heading and staking taller plants.  Cut back perennials as they finish flowering, they may put on new growth and re-flower.

Greenhouse Offer

A greenhouse is available in Creigiau (approx. 8’x10′) in good condition but without glass – would make an ideal ‘poly tunnel’ type growhouse on the allotment, free to any allotmenteer who is willing to collect – leave a comment if you are interest and I will forward details.

Another Successful Open Day

The Allotment Open Day was a huge success once again despite going head to head with Andy Murray and the Wimbledon final! A huge thank you to our magnificent social committee for all the hard work in advertising the event, making cakes and setting up tables, umbrellas, chairs, gazebos and bunting.

2016 Open Day 5

The hard-working ladies of the Social Committee

The weather was kind to us again this year and we were well supported by villagers, friends, families and plot holders. As usual a great selection of cakes had been baked and these along with the cream teas proved very popular. It was great to see so many youngsters running about enjoying themselves and following the Snail Trail which was a great success. We couldn’t put this event on without the stalwarts of the social committee who deserve a big pat on the back, especially as £138 was raised for allotment funds.

2016 Open Day

Following the Snail Trail

2016 Open Day 4

Our new bench