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This Sunday, 7th July… what to do!

Watering in this hot dry weather

  • Should be done early morning or in the evening.
  • A thorough and occasional soaking is better than little
  • Aim the water at the base of plants rather than on to the leaves

Courgettes – once they start to crop, pick regularly to stimulate the plants to produce more. And if you are going away for a few days, ask a neighbouring plot holder to pick them!

Mulch – around perennial plants, e.g. fruit trees and fruit bushes. Potatoes benefit too from having cut grass and nettles laid around the plants to conserve moisture


Communal stuff…

Weeding around the greenhouses is always useful, and on Sunday it would be great if someone could help me sort out compost.


Shock as hole discovered near greenhouse!

An especially annoying animal has dug a large hole near the greenhouse. Any guesses as to what it might be? Suggestions so far include badger (interesting), rabbit (hope not, see next suggestion) fox (can be useful for eating rabbits), and bandicoot (don’t want to even think about this)  

Click picture for some wildlife info


Gallant-soldier

Have you noticed this one, pictured above? It will thrive in the warmer weather.

The plant is a small Peruvian daisy, Galinsoga parviflora, named after the Spanish botanist Don Mariano Martinez de Galinsoga. The name became corrupted in Britain to gallant-soldier. If you want to find out more about the history and culture of weeds, Richard Mabey’s “Weeds” (Profile Books Ltd. 2010, ISBN 978-1846680816) is an excellent read.

Galinsoga parviflora

Click picture to see reviews


Food sharing

And finally, the first Sunday of the month is, as always, a food sharing day. We’ll assemble at 1.00 to share dishes and allotment gossip. You don’t have to be a Nigella or even a Delia. You do have to be willing to show others what you have grown, and how you use it.

Clive

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Jim