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  Updated:
  November 15th, 2018
Lichfield & District Allotments Society



High Peak

January

Lichfield Allotments Society
Usually bitterly cold and the month when we most likely see gales, sharp frosts and even some snow. These conditions do have some advantages in that they kill bugs and sterilize the ground along with breaking down the soil.

GENERAL MAINTENANCE

I'm trying to keep busy down on the plot, at least on decent days I can find jobs to do which should ensure I get off to a flying start come Spring. The major task I want to do is to establish a clean wooden edge between the soil and path, this should have the double benefit of both keeping the soil back and making grass cutting easier. I also hope to tackle the following;
  • Hoe out winter weeds like chickweed & groundsel.
  • Check the fence and generally repair rabbit defences.
  • Clear away the last remnants of old crops to destroy over wintering bugs.
  • Spread out the manure delivered last month.
VEG & FRUIT

My top priority is to sow onion seed, I use a propagator but a sunny window sill does just as well. I'm hoping for some really big bulbs come August and have gone for "Kelsae & Mammoth", I'll let you know how I get on.

I'll need to start chitting my potatoes at the end of the month, they will be fine placed on egg trays and left in the garage.

I must also find an hour to work on my strawberries & raspberries, I think it's just a case of cutting off the old leaves and runners from the strawberries whilst my Autumn Bliss canes will be cut off at ground level.

HARVESTING

With any luck my leeks and sprouts will last the month out or at least that's the plan until I start picking spring greens which are looking especially good so far, and I must get the last of the parsnips up before any more get chewed by the mice, I can store them in kiln dried sand in a plastic box as I do with my carrots, for me sand is better than peat as they don't attempt to re-grow.

MUST DO'S

I need to get down to the allotment shop at Tamworth by the middle of the month if not the best choice of potato sets will have gone, they are open 9.00 a.m. to 12 a.m. Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun. They stock just about everything you might need and it's very cheap! Take the A51 out of Lichfield towards Tamworth, at the first island (Fox Pub) take the second exit towards Tamworth, on the left and around 50 yards before the next island you will see the 30 limit sign, turn left immediately into the allotment yard, the shop is a large shed. When you first go tell them you want to join, it costs very little, you then get a card with your number on it, you can then spend as much as you like in the shop - highly recommended.

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