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Allotment Garden Newsletter

From John Harrison

Allotment Garden Newsletter June 2021

Dear Green Fingers

It’s been a very wet month here in Wales, the wettest on record and that’s saying something for wet Wales! Still, it’s cheered up now and June seems set very fair, at least to start.

As gardeners we’re ruled by the weather, even a simple task like mowing the grass is impossible whilst it is soaking wet. Planting and sowing when conditions are wrong is usually counter-productive. Hopefully the weather will improve from now on.

Don’t forget if you’re sowing late that your best chance is with early varieties. Early in gardening just means fast – so a late sowing of early peas for example will mature before the season ends but a main variety might be too late.

Thank You!

I’ve had a lot of people contact me with helpful suggestions regarding my back problems. I do appreciate them. My osteopath says that basically I need to accept I’m not 30 years old any longer and stop straining it! It’s going to take time.

Slug & Snail Control Pellets

Whenever I mention slug pellets I get emails from people understandably concerned about the environmental effects and risks to wildlife and pets. Neudorff are an established well-respected, ethical supplier to organic growers in Europe who make Sluggo organic pellets. They say:

The active ingredient iron phosphate occurs in nature. Even if a bird, pet, hedgehog or earthworm feeds on a pellet they will not be harmed. This is one of the main reasons why iron phosphate pellets are approved for Organic gardening, recommended by “Which? Gardening” and are the slug pellet of choice of the Royal Horticultural Society. Please note that all plant protection products such as these, have to include standard safety warnings on the packaging which relates to keeping out of the reach of children and pets. This is standard good practice.

Sluggo is available from Harrod Horticultural

Pest Control

Sometimes we feel growing is a constant battle. If the weather is right and things are growing well, in come the pests to steal the crop. At ground level we’ve the slugs and snails which are bad enough but then along comes the pest air force.

Carrot fly, cabbage white butterflies attack and then the pigeon swoops in. The answer to all of these is simple, put a barrier between the pests and plants.

You can see a wide range of insect meshes and netting on the Harrod Horticultural web site. Available in value packs or cut lengths.

In the Greenhouse

Temperature Control

As the season progresses the focus in the greenhouse changes from germination and seedlings to growing those tender crops like tomatoes and peppers. As the sun shines strongly we can find the greenhouse temperatures soaring and scorching the plants.

Autovents are, in my opinion, well worth the cost but they won’t stop sun-scorch in a hot summer. For this you need to use shading. The paint-on shading is cheap and does the job but if the weather goes cool, not so good as the greenhouse is shaded. I use a product called Nixol which has the remarkable property of becoming transparent when wet.

It works in the sun but doesn’t cool the greenhouse when it’s cool because it’s raining outside. Nixol lasts the season and is easily sponged off when the glass is cleaned in the autumn.

Supporting Greenhouse Climbers

I like to support my tomatoes and cucumbers using strings rather than canes in the greenhouse but it can be difficult to find somewhere to tie the string to.

Twowests have these handy fixing supports which go into the glazing channel. Combined with these small S hooks I can string anything anywhere in my greenhouse.

Back in stock!

The long awaited reprint of my Low Cost Living has finally arrived! For a limited time we’re offering 10% discount along with free seeds and free UK delivery.

Just use the code LOWCOST10 at the checkout to claim.

Any other books on the same order will also attract the discount.

Now in its second revised and updated edition, Low Cost Living will help you to enjoy a better standard of living while saving money and helping the environment.

Low Cost Living

Boosting Sweetcorn

If you’re growing sweetcorn and it’s slow to start try watering it with a high nitrogen fertiliser. Sulphate of ammonia or prilled urea dissolved in water. With luck they’ll perk up. The organic version is to sprinkle a tablespoon of dried blood around each plant.

Sweetcorn is a hungry plant and needs rich soil to give of its best – often a little boost in the early days is enough to enable the roots to establish and feed the plant for the rest of the season

It’s Not Too Late!

If you haven’t sown any sweetcorn yet, don’t worry. Using an early variety like Swift or Earlibird you can still get a crop. Start by chitting the seeds then bring on in pots in the greenhouse or even in the house before planting out.

Full guide to growing sweetcorn

A Tip from 1945

Much of the government growing guidance from the war is as useful today as then. So from the June 1945 Dig for Victory Allotment & Garden Guide

A word about gathering crops

Before the full spate of summer vegetables begins, a few words about gathering crops may not be out of place. Gather in the morning or evening, when they are fresh and not limp from the sun; handle them carefully, so that they come into the kitchen fresh and tempting.

More important, however, is to gather crops before they are past their prime. It is a mistake to leave batches of cabbages, lettuces, peas and other vegetables until the whole crop is ready for use.

So often the gardener cannot bring himself to gather his vegetables before they are fully matured, with the result that when they are ready, he is unable to cope with them all at once and many go to waste.

Use your vegetables on the young side; they are more tasty, and the scientists tell us they do you more good than when they are old and tending to be tough. On the other hand, of course, don’t be extravagant about it. There is no sense in picking them so young that a whole crop is used up in a meal or two.

Dig for Victory

Fruit & Vegetable Growing Guide for June

Hints & Tips in the jobs guide for growing in June

Fruit & Vegetable Growing Guide for June

It’s always nice to hear back from readers but please understand we’ve a lot going on that I’m trying to keep up with. I really can’t reply to everyone but I do read all the emails that I’m sent.

If you need advice, why not ask on our help forums where there are lots of experienced gardeners who can assist you.

That’s it for now, I hope you’ve found this newsletter useful. The next newsletter will be in a couple of weeks.

Good Growing but above all, keep well

John

Allotment Garden

Fron Dirion, Clogwyn Melyn,
CAERNARFON
LL54 6PT
Wales

Allotment-Garden.org

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