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.
Veggie Talk – November 2017
Sow Now: Garlic/Overwintering Onions/Broad Beans (in pots or in the ground)
Andrew will ask Martin from Smith’s if he would be willing to come to a meeting and give a talk on the nourishment of the soil. Seaweed spray is good for micro-nutrients.
Leeks attacked by Leek Moth, show signs of brown streaks. Sticky traps can be used to trap the moths, it also would help to grow leeks under cloches.
Do not leave hoses full of water as this can become infected with legionaires disease.
Potatoes hit by frost will recover. Tomatoes should be sprayed for blight before it arrives (It is a prevention – not a cure!) before the end of June.
Veg Talk: March 2017
Plots should by now be prepared for spring planting.
Plant now: Onion sets, shallots, parsnips, spring onions.
Most other seeds can be started off in a cold frame or greenhouse.
Veggie Talk: February 2017
Time to buy and chit seed potatoes and buy onion sets.
(Chadwell Allotment Association open Wednesday 12-2 p.m. and Sunday 9-12)
Shallots can go in mid Feb. Parsnips and Broad Beans can be planted.