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  January 28th, 2019
Lichfield & District Allotments Society

High Peak


Lichfield Allotments Society
Nothing is really urgent this month, although it is good to get any digging done by the end of the year. In the New Year it will be harder work and there will be fewer opportunities, so take advantage of any sunny days on offer.


I have already battened down my hatches, I've harvested & frozen or stored most of the late crops and the plot is looking really tidy once again. Although there is little to do I must get round to earthing up my spring greens to avoid wind rock as well as removing yellowing leaves from both cabbages and sprouts.


Last month I managed to spread the last of the manure so depending on the weather it will be dug in over the month, however it can always wait if the soil is too wet for digging. I also plan to empty and spread the contents of my last year's compost heap, much of this will top dress the soft fruit now that they have had their final weed & trim.


I intend to check the pH of next years brassica & legume patch, I'll take 3 or 4 samples to ensure an accurate read. What I'd ideally like is a neutral pH of 7, if it's below and therefore acid I'll add lime to counteract it.


The final task this year is to complete my crop rotation plans, nothing too elaborate mind you, I just try to follow a basic 4 year sequence for the main groups, Potato, Brassicas, Legumes & Roots and get the rough plan down on paper, this way it stops me getting carried away and planting anywhere as and when things are ready to be sown or planted out.

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