Category Archives: Allotment Tips

Veggie Talk – May 2019


Rhubarb going to flower due to stress! Cut out flower stalk.

Plant seeds now: Lettuce, carrot, parsnip, cabbage etc. Beetroot like the ground to be 50 degrees. Be aware that a cold snap could affect tender plants – they may need to be covered.

Which Magazine : Do not use Levington Seed Compost – poor nutrition value, although Levington Original Multi buy is okay. Les recommends Clover Compost from Chadwell Allotment Association £3.75. Comfrey is good for compost bins/plant food.

Veggie Talk – February 2019


Kiwi fruit does well on allotments, Martin grows bucket fulls of them that he sells on the stalls. 

Martin to be asked about dates for stalls at the garden centre this year.

Sales of produce from RR site to start around end of June and dates notified to immediate locality. Also, try to arrange Open Day earlier so that this can be advertised on Facebook. Date to be confirmed at next meeting.

Veggie Talk – January 2019


Tomato “MOUNTAIN MAGIC: resistant to cracking on vine, highly resistant to early blight, fully resistant to British strains of late blight and verticillium and fusarium wilt.

Now is the time to plant bare rooted fruit bushes. Seeds can be soaked overnight in water to encourage germination.

Veg Talk – June 2018

Veggie Talk – June 2018

Plant Christmas potatoes in late summer, seems no-one has had much success though. Seed potatoes are sprayed 20 times with anti blight chemicals.

WE HAVE HAD BLIGHT WARNINGS: SPRAY WITH BORDAUX MIX OR SIMILAR EVERY 3 WEEKS and  DO NOT water potatoes/tomatoes on the foliage as this encourages blight. Cut infected haulms of potatoes right down and leave for 2 weeks before harvesting.

Veg Talk – May 2018

Veggie Talk – May 2018

Andy K will be putting up info regarding blight on the notice-boards. Potatoes and tomatoes should not be watered on foliage as this encourages blight – please read it if you can. Chicken manure should be put into compost bin as it is strong and will burn plants.

Time to get planting, almost anything!

Veg Talk – January 2018

Veggie Talk – January 2018

Many plot holders lost onions/leeks last season due to Allium Minor beetle, only remedy is to burn/brown bin plants. Shallots can be planted now, some members are planting parsnips now and broad beans can be sown in pots under shelter to be planted out later.