THINGS TO DO

IN MAY ...

Seeds Lane Allotments

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Tel: 07804 817311

May is always looked forward to as the first month of summer but it marks the end of the spring. It is a month when we can get caught out by mini droughts and heat waves. The biggest threat is to any young plants that have that have recently been transplanted into the open ground and any freshly emerging seedlings. Be sure to keep all of them well watered and if the young transplants look as if they are flagging give them some shade protection from the heat of the sun or drying winds.  On the other hand May can be a complete disaster month bringing damaging frosts, cold winds with heavy rain or hail, so be prepared to take steps to protect plants if it is necessary.

 

Harvest

Sprouting broccoli, cabbage, spinach, rhubarb, spring onions, early sown lettuce, beetroot, radish and peas. Cut  asparagus regularly to maintain the supply. Start to remove the side shoots on tomatoes.

Use up of the last leeks. Clear away any old or finished crops and dig over the soil and prepare the site ready for the next crop.

 

Sowing and planting

Plant in pots or trays under glass, Dwarf and climbing French beans, runner beans, sweet corn, outdoor cucumbers, courgettes ,pumpkins, squashes, outdoor cucumbers – all which can be planted out next month.

Savoy cabbage, winter cabbage, endive, kale and sprouting broccoli can all be sown in the open ground now, ready to be planted out next month.

Continue making direct successional sowings in the soil of lettuce, radish, spinach, turnips (switch to kohl rabi when the weather becomes hot) beetroot for summer use and also maincrop beetroot to put into store at the end of summer. While the leeks, Brussels sprouts and French beans sown last month under glass, can now be planted out.

This is also your last opportunity to sow peas and parsnips this year

 

General

Thin out whilst still very small, the seedlings of beetroot, carrots, lettuce, onions, parsnips, turnips and always water along the row to settle the disturbed seedlings back in, once the job is completed.

Put up poles for runner and climbing French beans. Support peas and broad beans before they become too tall. Start to earth up potatoes especially if a frost is forecast.

Keep hoeing between crops to control weeds and also create a “dust mulch” to conserve precious soil moisture. Try to water in the cool of the evening if possible using a watering can to direct the water around the root area of the crops.

If you can get it, put some straw underneath the developing strawberry fruits to keep them off the soil and try to avoid watering overhead to reduce any problems with mildew.

 

Pest and diseases

Look out for blackfly on broad beans, greenfly on peas, lettuce, cabbage root fly, carrot fly, thrip damage on brassicas especially when the plants are small. Spray the affected plants with soapy water (diluted washing up liquid) or squash the flies with your thumb and finger. You can buy insecticides if you prefer, including a fatty acid soap to spray on the plants.

 

 

 

LETTER FROM LIVERPOOL CITY COUNCIL

 

Hi all,

Unfortunately it has been reported to LCC that allotment holders on some sites are ignoring the government advice on social distancing and are having large gatherings on allotments plots despite advise issued.

To be clear and to prevent the allotment sites closing entirely it is vital that the government COVID 19 advice issued on social distancing is followed.

 

This means.

1.  No more than two people are allowed on a allotment plot at any one time.

 

2. It is vital that social distancing is maintained. (2 meters away from each other) and NOT to visit any other allotment holders plot.

 

3. The people on the plot must be from the same household and not displaying any of the COVID 19 symptoms. If you share a plot with someone from a different household you should NOT be on the plot at the same time.

 

4.  If you don’t need to go to the plot please don’t go and stay at home.

 

We appreciate the current situation is frustrating for everyone  but it is vital all allotment holders are sensible and follow the instructions issued which are for the benefit and welfare of everybody.

 

We would appreciate wherever possible that that this information is shared with all allotment holders.

 

Take care.

 

Alan Morrow | Parks and Greenspaces Officer

Streetscene Parks and Greenspaces

Community Services

Liverpool City Council |1st Floor Lifestyles Everton Park Great Homer Street | L5 5PH

 

 

 

Gardening Stores

The allotment stores are usually open after 12 noon each day by our friendly secretary Ian. Here you can buy most of the things you will need to grow your vegetables ....

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CORONAVIRUS

UPDATE FROM

LIVERPOOL

CITY COUNCIL

Walton Allotment Gardens Association

a.k.a Seeds Lane Allotments

Seeds Lane Allotments are based in Fazakerley, Liverpool.

 

We've been around since before 1900, and may be the oldest surviving allotment site in Liverpool.

 

You can contact us by sending an email to [email protected]

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