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In many ways this month can be regarded as the start of the new gardening year. Now is a good time to take stock of the successes and failures of this year and make plans to ensure that next year will be the best ever. Also, if you are starting out from scratch you will have plenty of time to prepare the ground whilst planning your dream allotment.
Top of the list has to be onions and potatoes they need to be got out of the soil before the cold, damp days of autumn arrive. They have completely the opposite storage requirements. Onions must to be kept in the light and potatoes need to be stored in the dark to prevent them from turning green, but both have to be stored somewhere that will keep the frost out.
Harvest apples and pears as they become ready and pick the late season strawberries and raspberries to keep them ProfileFruit_raspberriesproducing fruit. They will keep cropping right up until the first frost.
Cut courgettes and marrows regularly because they will be finished by the end of the month, as will outdoor tomatoes. Remove any green tomatoes and place them in a drawer or shoebox to ripen.
Sowing and Planting
Now we have shorter, cooler days it is the perfect time to sow the seed of the Oriental vegetables. They will germinate quickly and are hardy enough to withstand the cold of winter and will provide a steady supply of fresh leaves well into the Spring of next year Also make a sowing of hardy winter lettuce and spinach. There is still time to sow an early variety of turnip to be able to use the tops as greens.
Plant out earlier sown spring cabbage and protect with netting or fleece.
Complete the summer pruning of soft fruit bushes, apple and pear trees. Continue with their training and tying in.
Feed all late crops with a general fertiliser such as pelleted chicken manure.
Dig up and compost any plants that have finished their season.
Clear the soil of spent crops and leave it rough dug over for the winter. It is also a good time to sow winter grazing rye as a green manure. It can be dug back into the soil as part of your spring preparations.
Pest and diseases
Wasps are attracted this time of year due to the ripening of your fruit. Hang wasp traps in fruit trees and protect any grapes from wasps with netting or mesh. But also remember that wasps are the gardener's friend because they are major predators of aphids and caterpillars at this time of the year.
COVID 19 Allotment site access update
Dear allotment holders,
From Tuesday 22nd September 2020 the following rules regarding access to allotment sites come into effect.
These rules are as follows;
•Only the allotment holder and members of their household and support bubble are allowed onto an allotment holders plot. This must be no more than six people in total inclusive of adults and children.
•No one else should access any other allotment holders plot unless part of their support bubble.
A support bubble is defined as follows;
A support bubble is a close support network between a household with only one adult in the home (known as a single-adult household) and one other household of any size.
Once you’re in a support bubble, you can think of yourself as being in a single household with people from the other household. It means you can have close contact with that household as if they were members of your own household.
Once you make a support bubble, you should not change who is in your bubble.
You should not have multiple bubbles.
This notice is an amendment of the notice issued 10th September 2020. All additional measures and guidance should continue to be followed.
•Anyone who shows any COVID 19 symptoms must follow government guidance and self-isolate with all members of their household for 14 days.
•Crucially, stay at home if you have symptoms and get tested.
•You can book a free test from the NHS website nhs.uk/coronavirus or call a new dedicated phone number 119, it’s really quick and easy to do,
In addition to the points above allotment holders should also continue to follow COVID 19 measures of washing or sanitising hands regularly. This is important when touching surfaces others may have been in contact with such as on site taps and site access padlocks.
The Committees-in-Charge at your allotment site may also have introduced additional control measures such as closing toilets or limited access to stores. We would urge you all to adhere to any measures taken.
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.
For further reading and information about how Covid 19 is affecting allotment sites nationwide please visit the National Allotment Society website.
For further information about local restrictions in general please visit; www.liverpol.gov.uk
Take care and stay safe.
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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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