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 – APRIL 2019
Store seeds in fridge so that when sowed, the soil is warmer than the seeds to help them to germinate.
Plant seed potatoes. Leave 2-3 eyes for larger potatoes, more eyes will yield more, smaller potatoes.
VEGGIE TALK – JANUARY 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.
VEGGIE TALK – NOVEMBER 2018
Still time to plant broad beans, garlic, some varieties of peas
Cover leeks with Enviromesh in March to protect them from Allium Fly.
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.
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!
Veggie Talk – March 2018
Onions can be started off in modules to root, making it harder for birds to pull them out of the ground. Blackberries etc: cut old wood as they will fruit on new growth.
Veggie Talk – February 2018
Plant onions/shallots, broad beans. Gro-organic available £6 per bag. See Alan or Clive.
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.