Category Archives: Tips

Extreme Heat

By | July 14, 2022

UK Met Office has issued warnings of extreme heat for Sunday 17Jul, and Monday/Tuesday when it will be exceptionally hot, leading to widespread impacts on people and infrastructure. So be warned. Useful tips on how to identify heatstroke can be found here, and a reminder from Wm Wheat & Sons that these are the lazy,… Read More »

Top jobs

By | August 1, 2021

Well here we are, full circle. My first post with ideas for allotment jobs was posted 12 months ago . . . August 2020. As nothing much changes in the allotment year, rather that re-post, I have created a page accessible from the main menu (Allotmenteers > Monthly Jobs) that has an introduction to all… Read More »

July: top jobs

By | July 1, 2021

Midsummer. Generally regarded as the warmest month of the year. Produce will be readily available now with early potatoes, garlic, onions, carrots, turnips and a host of salad including radishes and outdoor tomatoes. Keep on top of weeds with regular hoeing. Water to prevent bolting. Mulching will help. Peas and brassicas should be netted to… Read More »

June: top jobs

By | June 1, 2021

All the books say (that’s my get-out clause) that there is very little likelihood of a frost now, so any tender indoor seedlings can be moved outside. Seeds can also be planted directly into the warmer soil. Broad beans should be ready to harvest and, from the end of the month, early potatoes – can’t… Read More »

May: top jobs

By | May 2, 2021

Seedlings should be hardened off and planted once the ground is warm enough. All seed potatoes should be in by now. Keep young plants well-watered and don’t forget to weed. Construct runner/climbing bean frames. Put straw (or strawberry mats or even polythene sheeting) underneath strawberries to keep the fruits off the ground, and try to… Read More »