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  January 28th, 2019
Lichfield & District Allotments Society

High Peak


Lichfield Allotments Society
In spite of the approach of warmer weather, there still can be frosty nights and even the odd snow shower, however there's definitely a spring feeling in the air and allotment gardeners will be out and about in number.


With all the major jobs completed during March the only real maintenance issues this month are to keep on top of the weed growth, with luck the month will be dry enough to allow regular hoeing to be effective. The path will be treated as usual with roundup to ensure that annual weeds don't invade my beds, the second benefit of keeping my paths bare is that slugs & snails are deterred.


My main crop potatoes should be in by the second week of the month, with luck and provided I keep them earth up they won't need fleece protection. During the second half of the month I hope to be planting out the summer cabbage, cauliflower & broccoli that I'm bringing on at home, they will all need collars against fly attack and I'll dowse each planting hole with a mixture of Armillotox to offset the ravages of club root. Early lettuce, peas & leeks will also go in at the end of the month.

Talking of peas I'm always surprised that more people don't grow them, whilst they take a bit of protecting the resulting crop and taste is second to none, I'll use chicken wire tied on to canes for them to climb on and that fine plastic mesh to keep the mice and pigeons away.


My second batch of cauliflower, cabbage & lettuce will be sown around the middle of the month, as I've said before I'm determined to sow little and often this year. In the last week of the month I plan to start off both runner beans & sweetcorn, I use those root trainers to give them the best possible start.


If the weather in March proves too cold, if necessary hold back on sowing carrots, parsnips & beetroot, so come what may they are going in this month. As always I will have to fully protect the carrots against the dreaded fly and if I have some spare mesh then the parsnips will also be covered.

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