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We get a glimpse of the early signs of the arrival of Spring this month. The soil begins to warm up around the middle of February and we can see for the first time this year the buds beginning to swell on fruit trees and bushes. Overwintering vegetables begin to look less sorry for themselves and they start to produce new growth. These are the signals that it is now safe to think about sowing a row of early, peas and broad beans using a hardy cultivar. It is too late to sow the broad bean ‘Aquadulce’ it is only really suitable for growing overwinter.
Sowing and Planting
After the middle of the month it is safe to think about sowing the seeds of early vegetables. Prepare a seed bed and sow ‘White Lisbon’ Spring onion, early short horn carrots, early types of lettuce.
Top dress all of the fruit trees and soft fruit bushes with a general fertiliser at the recommended application rate. At the same time top dress the rest of the plot with a general fertiliser as land becomes available.
Check over any fruit trees and bushes for damage and disease problems and take appropriate action.
Prune late/autumn fruiting raspberries down as low as possible and mulch around them. Tip back summer fruiting back to around 6ft/1.9mts to encourage the development of fruiting side growths
Complete any outstanding winter pruning of soft fruit bushes cutting out down to soil level the older dark stemmed shoots of blackcurrants.
Cover the soil with cloches or sheets of plastic to warm it up in readiness for the next batch of sowing and planting. Don’t overdo it little and often is the plan over the coming weeks.
Check over the chitting potatoes and begin to rub off any eyes that are unwanted leaving three or four well-spaced shoots. Keep some fleece or newspapers nearby to cover them up on starry, frosty nights you don’t want to run the risk of losing them at this late date.
Keep checking frequently on the condition of any produce in store it will begin to wake up after its winter dormancy and start to regrow.
Payment of Council Allotment Rents and WAGA Subscriptions for 2020-21 will take place at Seeds Lane allotment site on Sunday 2nd Feb and Sunday 9th Feb 2020, between 11am and 1pm.
Any member who has not paid all fees by 1pm on 9th Feb 2020 may incur a £10 late payment penalty fee or be subject to eviction procedures for non-payment.
Those members who have turned 60 during the last 12 months must provide proof of age in order to obtain their rent concession
Allotment costs 2020 — 2021 (City Council Rent increase from £50 to £51 per plot)
WAGA Annual Membership subscription will remain at £22
Allotment Rent £51 per allotment
(over 60's receive 50% concession) (half plot = half rent)
WAGA membership subscriptions £22 per member
Associate Membership subs £10 per associate member
Chicken space £10 per space
Rent and Subs Under 60 Over 60
Half Plot £47-50 £34-75
Three Quarter plot £60-25 £41-12
One Plot £73-00 £47-50
One and a Quarter Plots £85-75 £53-87
One and a Half Plots £98-50 £60-25
Two Plots £124-00 £73-00
Two and a Half Plots £149-50 £85-75
Payments to be made to Treasurer or Assistant Treasurer only (Trish or Gwen). Payment can be made by cash, by cheque, or by BACS. All cheques to be made out to "W.A.G.A, ' Can those choosing to pay cash please have the exact amount with them
For those who wish to transfer money electronically (BACS) the association bank details are.Please include your name and plot number in the BAC’s reference
Bank = Santander Sort code = 09 01 54 Account No = 33092289
Cheques may be posted to the Treasurer at the following address, please enclose name and plot number, and if a receipt is required please enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope.
Ms P. Nuttall
34 Marldon Rd