THINGS TO DO

IN JANUARY ...

Seeds Lane Allotments

seedslane@outlook.com

Tel: 07804 817311

Sowing and planting

 

Fruit

Plant bare-root trees and bushes, as long as the soil isn't frozen.

 

Vegetables

Sow broad beans in pots in mild areas, placing them in a cold frame or unheated greenhouse.

Sow seed indoors for early crops eg: lettuces, summer brassicas (e.g. cabbages and cauliflowers), spinach, salad onions and turnips.

Sow onion seed in a heated propagator.

 

Pruning and training

 

Fruit

Prune apples, pears, quinces and medlars.

Prune currants and gooseberries.

Prune autumn raspberries.

 

Problems

Place mice controls near stored vegetables.

Protect early seed sowings from slugs.

Protect brassicas from pigeons.

Look out for grey mould and brassica downy mildew on brassicas.

Remove all remaining plant debris from the vegetable plot. Do not compost any diseased material such as blight-infected potatoes, onions suffering from white rot and any crops with rust. Burn or bin the diseased material.

Spray against peach leaf curl.

Check apples for canker and prune out.

 

General care

 

Fruit

Keep checking stored fruits and remove rotten ones.

Ensure tree stakes and ties are firm and sound.

Harvest citrus fruits once mature.

Lower indoor grapevine stems for even bud-break.

Apply winter washes to fruit trees and bushes.

Apply a top dressing of sulphate of potash to all fruits and nuts.

 

Vegetables

Stake or earth up Brussels sprouts stalks that look leggy and vulnerable to wind rock. Pick the biggest sprouts from low down the stalks first.

Force chicory to produce plump leafy heads.

Cultivate and prepare seed beds covering them with clear polythene, cloches or fleece to warm up the soil before sowing.

If the weather is reliably dry and frosty, leave heavy soils exposed - the frosts will kill pests and improve soil structure by the continual freezing and thawing of soil water.

Improve drainage of heavy soils by working in lots of organic matter. Grit will only be effective when used in conjunction with organic matter.

When gardening on wet soils work from a plank of wood, rather than treading on the bed, to avoid compacting the soil.

Save egg boxes as they will come in handy for potato chitting next month. Source your seed potatoes if you have not already done so.

Plan a rotation system for vegetable plots to ensure the same crops are not grown in the same beds year after year to help prevent disease build-up.

 

 

 

Payment of Council Allotment Rents

Dear member,

 

Payment of Council Allotment Rents and WAGA Subscriptions for 2020-21 will take place at Seeds Lane allotment site on Sunday 2nd Feb and Sunday 9th Feb 2020, between 11am and 1pm.

 

Any member who has not paid all fees by 1pm on 9th Feb 2020 may incur a £10 late payment penalty fee or be subject to eviction procedures for non-payment.

 

Those members who have turned 60 during the last 12 months must provide proof of age in order to obtain their rent concession

 

Allotment costs 2020 — 2021 (City Council Rent increase from £50 to £51 per plot)

 

WAGA Annual Membership subscription will remain at £22

 

Allotment Rent                                         £51 per allotment

(over 60's receive 50% concession) (half plot = half rent)

 

WAGA membership subscriptions           £22 per member

 

Associate Membership subs     £10 per associate member    

 

Chicken space                                                    £10 per space

 

Rent and Subs                         Under 60                   Over 60              

Half Plot                                    £47-50                           £34-75              

Three Quarter plot                  £60-25                           £41-12                                                                    

One Plot                                    £73-00                           £47-50                                

One and a Quarter Plots        £85-75                           £53-87                                  

One and a Half Plots               £98-50                           £60-25

Two Plots                                  £124-00                         £73-00                

Two and a Half Plots               £149-50                         £85-75                  

 

Payments to be made to Treasurer or Assistant Treasurer only (Trish or Gwen).  Payment can be made by cash, by cheque, or by BACS. All cheques to be made out to "W.A.G.A, ' Can those choosing to pay cash please have the exact amount with them

 

For those who wish to transfer money electronically (BACS) the association bank details are.Please include your name and plot number in the BAC’s reference                

 

Bank = Santander          Sort code = 09 01 54            Account No = 33092289

 

Cheques may be posted to the Treasurer at the following address, please enclose name and plot number, and if a receipt is required please enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope.

 

Ms P. Nuttall

34 Marldon Rd

L12 5EZ