National Allotments Week

By | August 8, 2020

National Allotments Week (10-16th August) started in 2002 as a way of raising awareness of allotments and the role they play in helping people to live healthier lifestyles, grow their own food, develop friendships and bolster communities. The campaign week is still thriving 18 years later and interest in growing your own fruit and vegetables has never been stronger since the WW2 Grow for Victory campaign.

Why not share your allotment stories and pictures of the produce you’ve grown with Guardian readers, or perhaps share a video with Gardeners World TV. Alternatively, sit back, relax and simply browse.

Onion Drying Alternative

By | August 3, 2020

There are (probably) lots of ways to dry and store onions and stringing them, in particular, is a favourite of YouTube users. However, here’s an idea if you have the space, courtesy of plot22b. Store them in a dry place, upside down. This allows the moisture, to drain through the stem keeping them drier, for longer. Going to give it a try, as when I string them, they mostly fall off anyhow.

August: top jobs

By | July 31, 2020

The month of plenty. For detailed advice try out the National Allotment Society

Harvest

  • broad, french and runner beans
  • second early potatoes
  • lettuce, beetroot, turnips.
  • onions, leeks.
  • marrows, courgettes, squashes
  • tomatoes, peppers, chillies, aubergines

Water every day particulary courgettes and french/runner beans. They grow very quicky in August and remember to feed pumpkins if you want to win Halloween prizes.

Stop tomatoes (if you haven’t alrerady) and Pick plums, greengages, and blackberries.

Sow last crops of lettuce, carrots, turnips and spring cabbage

Dry out garlic, onions, and shallots ready for the winter

Growing Advice?

By | July 22, 2020

Advice? Look no further than the web site of the National Allotment Society. Packed with info such as monthly jobs, pests & diseases, and garedening methods. You may already use it, but if not, give it a look. Also, in case you missed it, here’s a link to this years Gardeners World Live. The actual event had to be cancelled due to Covid-19, so they did it online instead. Again, packed with lot’s of stuff for green fingered folk.