First month of summer, or last month of spring? Your choice but above all else, be aware of frost. I lost all my runner beans in May last year. Having said that, if mild weather, now would be the time to sow outdoors. Some suggestions below but for more ideas, take a look at the National Allotment Society.
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 avoid watering from above as it can cause mildew.
Remember, keep an eye on the weather and protect tender plants with fleece, cloches or even newspaper if a frost looks likely.
Following COVID rules, we have not had an AGM this year, however, the annual report along with audited accounts are now available. Links to download these are embedded in this month’s April Newsletter delivered to all plot holders via email.
We are still following the government guidelines for COVID. If you are unsure what they are for the allotments here is a link to the NSALG website for more detail.
Hopefully many of you would have had your first vaccine dose now, or will very soon. Remember one dose does not make you any less vulnerable, you still need to keep your distance, wear your mask in close settings and in public places indoors, and wash your hands. Until the world is vaccinate, we are not safe.