Several Members have requested that Grass Clippings include a ‘down on the allotment’ section for all you budding fruit and veg cultivators that have honed your growing skills through lockdown and would like a few more hints and tips. I have consulted with our old sage, Ian Vass (pictured) who has been with the Club for near on 45 years and here are his tips for the coming month:-
♣ Prepare the growing area for sowing and planting out now. Use well-rotted compost as a mulch on top of areas that are to be used for spring planting. Give it a few weeks to break down, by the action of the occasional frost before incorporating into the surface.
♣ There is still time to plant bare root fruit trees if you wish to have apples, pears or cherries for this year. Stocks from suppliers may be low so this will be the last chance for this year to think about a mini orchard before the weather changes.
♣ Order potatoes now and begin chitting them ready for planting out for early crop varieties. Placing on a warm airy light window sill to develop the eyes which eventually create the shoots characterised if you leave eating potatoes in a store cupboard too long. Prepare the ground now so ready for planting.
♣ Finally, order your seed stock for the coming months planting. Now is the time to think about tomato, spinach, onion and leek as well as chillies and sprout planting. As previously, a warm windowsill is an excellent alternative to a glasshouse with one isn’t available.
Wrap up warm and enjoy the gardening bug!
Peter Bradburn | Course and Grounds Manager