Another Award for the Prudhoe Community Allotment

Prudhoe Community AllotmentCongratulations are in order for the Prudhoe Community Allotment has done well for the second year in a row with a RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood Award!

We extend our congratulations to them for the continued hard work that is involved in keeping the Prudhoe Community Allotment up to this high standard.

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Prudhoe Gardeners’ Association Newsletter

gardenerIt’s now time for the autumn newsletter from the Gardeners’ Association. We have all worked hard on this and hope that it makes interesting reading for you as it’s full of “interesting stuff” on all sorts of gardening both for the home and the allotment.

Prudhoe Gardeners’ Association Newsletter – Autumn 2014

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Prudhoe Allotment Rent Rises 2015

It is hard to believe that another season in the allotment is coming to a close. Some of us can look back to a productive season where real progress was made in breaking new ground, tidying up the plot or getting that new glasshouse up.  Others may be seeing the weeds take over another corner of the plot, another bed collapse or a hedge that you just didn’t have time to tackle.

With the renewal of rents due in January and February, it is a good chance to consider how much time you actually have to manage a plot.  Although we try to keep the rents as low as possible, costs for water and allotment infrastructure repairs continue to increase.  Nonetheless, demand for allotments remains high and we are still limited to our four allotment sites.

If you are considering giving up your allotment, it is best to make that decision before rents are due so that we can re-allocate plots in time for the new growing season.

Rent Rises:
Full Plot – £32.50
Half Plot – £16.25
Small Plot – £10

Full Plot – £40.00
Half Plot – £20.00
Small Plot – £12.50

Full Plot – £47.50
Half Plot – £23.75
Small Plot – £15.00

Pensioners over 65 pay half rates.

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Prudhoe Town Show Pictures 2014

There were many wonderful entries in the town show in 2014. There were cakes and crafts, flowers and vegetables, wonderfully creative creatures and floral displays. This is just a selection to show you what a splendid show was put on in Prudhoe in 2014.

Ladybird Cake Town Show CakeTown Show 2015 Onions 2015 Judging flowers Handicraft knitted dolls  Floral Display 2015 Display of Cups 2015 Vegetable Animal creation 2015Swedes 2015 Dahlias 2015 Aubergine Penguins

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Popular Reads on Allotment Gardening

Gardening BooksSo you are a newer allotment holder looking for information? The evenings come earlier and you are sitting at home looking for something to read to tell you more about allotment gardening ? Or perhaps you are a seasoned plot holder looking for more tips? Something that makes a change from seed catalogues? Well here follows a list of well read books that have helped many a gardener over the years. No this isn’t a complete list – but it’s a list of well known and well thumbed ones – a place to start.

The Allotment Source Book Caroline Foley
Allotments are enjoying renewed popularity as more and more people are becoming interested in growing their own fruit and vegetables. However setting-up and maintaining a plot can seem daunting, particularly for the inexperienced vegetable grower. Here Caroline Foley provides a complete reference for everything to do with managing an allotment, from soil and plot organisation to propagation and pruning.

The Allotment Book Paperback by Andi Clevely
This wonderfully illustrated book celebrates the blood, sweat and joy to be had in ‘growing your own’ in an allotment. Includes in-depth, practical gardening know-how, stories from allotmenteers and recipes.

The New Vegetable & Herb Expert Paperback by Dr D G Hessayon
A beginner’s guide giving basic information on how to grow common (and not so common) vegetables in the UK.

Allotment Month by Month Hardcover by Alan Buckingham
Follow month-by-month, easy-to-follow advice on what to do on your allotment and how to do it. Pick up time saving tips and techniques on everything from pruning to dealing with pests. There’s clear guidance on when to sow, plant, and harvest for excellent results

The RHS Allotment Handbook: The Expert Guide for Every Fruit and Veg Grower (Royal Horticultural Society Handbooks)
Written by expert allotment holders for those who want to get more from their plot, this is the must-have book for all would-be and existing allotmenteers and those who grow their own. Four RHS expert authors share their wisdom and experience on growing fruit, veg and flowers on allotments, and getting the most from allotment life. From getting an allotment to bringing home the carrots!

RHS Vegetables for the Gourmet Gardener: Old, New, Common and Curious Vegetables to Grow and Eat (Rhs Gourmet Gardener)
RHS Vegetables for the Gourmet Gardener is an accessible guide to over 65 types of vegetable, from the obscure to the familiar. It discusses the origin, cultivation and preparation of each vegetable, along with intriguing insights into its history and uses.
Practical growing tips, nutritional information and classic recipes are interspersed with feature spreads on topics such as heritage and heirloom vegetables, sowing techniques and specialist garden tools. Illustrated throughout with delicate botanical watercolours and engravings and presented in an attractive cloth-effect cover, this is a book for every gardener and cook to treasure.

Grow Your Own Vegetables Paperback by Joy Larkcom
This revised, updated and expanded edition Joy Larkcom’s classic guide to growing your own vegetables contains everything you need to know to create a highly-productive vegetable plot. It covers every aspect of vegetable gardening, including preparing soil; manures, composts and fertilizers; growing techniques; protection; pests, diseases and weeds; and making good use of space.

If you haven’t asked for a garden centre voucher, a selection of specific seeds for next year, some specific tools that you “need” (either to try out or to replace broken ones!) then perhaps a book could also go on your seasonal present list?

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