To read the news letter, please click on the following link – Dig This – Summer 2016.
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Now that the gardening season is progressing towards harvest time, all allotment holders and vegetable gardeners should be picking crops busily. As well as preserving gluts (jam, chutneys, pickles, freezing, sharing – beware of friends bearing the overload of courgettes mind!).
The National Allotment Society has a list of useful things to do including thinning apple crops to produce larger fruits, pruning cordon, fan or espalier apples and pears (not trees) and lifting onions.
You can also add a few late crops to prolong the season – late spinach can be sown in August along with a last sowing of kohlrabi and turnips. You need to keep an eye on the greenhouse and definitely pinch out the tops of tomatoes to encourage the fruits to swell.
However, we allotment holders need to just carry on and get on with the things we need to do whilst hoping to avoid the dreaded blight.
What can you do in July on the allotment? Advice from the National Allotment Society says that we should keep up with the harvesting and successional sowing.
The Allotment Gardens website in its advice says that July is usually one of the hottest and driest months and also gives a list of things that can still be sown to fill up any spaces. We shall see if this year runs true to form as being hot and dry then shall we?
There are lots of sources of advice for what to do in your garden or on your allotment in June. But of course we are all dependent on the weather – and where we live in the UK. Up in Northumberland we are further behind in temperatures than in the “soft south” and no matter what the seed packet says we have to allow for that.
It’s worth noting this general advice on warmer and cooler areas of the UK. Seed packets are written for the whole of the country and it’s up to us to learn when to start and finish in our local area. But all the links below are full of good advice.
It’s quite a resource and one that could be investigated for a lot of information when you want a sit down at home with a cuppa (or whatever takes your fancy to drink).