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The year is coming to an end and the shortest day is in this month, which heralds the slow advance towards next season. So take a bit of time to reflect on your successes and to consider what went wrong with some crops. Always remember, that there are no failures in gardening it is always down to the weather, furry things or if all else fails Acts of God. Allow yourself a little relaxing time around the New Year and be ready to hit the ground running in 2013.
Keep picking the Brussels sprouts to ensure the sprouts don’t blow open. Also harvest winter cabbage regularly although according to variety they can remain in the soil for months. The parsnips and leeks can be left in the ground to be lifted as needed.
If a prolonged cold or wet spell is forecast you can lift leeks and parsnips to store them in containers of old compost or ProfileVeg_Cabbagesoil to be used at a later date. Cabbages and even sprouts can be lifted with their roots in a soil ball and stored in a shed or greenhouse. Don’t forget to water the soil occasionally.
Sowing and Planting
There isn’t anything to sow in the garden this month except your onion seed which should be sown in trays or pots in a gentle heat towards the end of the year. Treat yourself for once and spend some dream time looking through the pages of the seed catalogues putting your order together and to posting it asap. King’s Seeds make it so easy for you there are no excuses, and their catalogue is an Aladdin’s cave of goodies.
Check over all of your tools in the shed to make that they are safe and fit to use next season. Clean the metal and wipe it over with something like 3 in 1 oil. Clean and wipe down all wooden handles with linseed oil. It not only preserves the wood but makes the more comfortable on the hands. Check for pests and diseases on any produce in store especially for rat and mouse damage. Set the traps to catch them if you have to.
Notice of Rent Increase for 2020 & 2021
Dear Liverpool City Council Allotment Holder.
I am writing to you to inform you that the annual rent for an allotment plot will be increasing for the tenancy period 1st January 2020 – 31st December 2020. This increase was announced in last year’s rent notification letter circulated to each allotment site in December 19.
2020 plot rental charges will be as follows:
Full Plot £51.00
Over 60s Concession £25.50
Further to this notice of plot rental charges for 2020 I also give all allotment holders 12 months’ notice of plot rental increase for 2021.
Plot rental charges for the tenancy period 1st January 2021 – 31st December 2021 will be as follows:
Full Plot £52.00
Over 60s Concession £26.00
You may be aware that in order to comply with the Government’s Spending Review, which has reduced funding to Liverpool City Council by more than 63% of its controllable budget since 2010. Liverpool City Council now has to identify an additional £57 Million pounds of savings. Due to this the Council has to consider a number of very challenging options around the various services it provides.
Allotments provide excellent value for money and you will appreciate that increases in allotment rents have wherever possible been kept to a minimum.
If you have any questions about this issue, please do not hesitate to contact the City Council’s Parks Development Officer, Alan Morrow, whose details are at the top of this page.
Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.