THINGS TO DO

IN AUGUST ...

Seeds Lane Allotments

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Harvesting

Lots of crops can be harvested in August, including carrots, runner beans, beetroot, globe artichokes, cucumbers, courgettes, and second early potatoes; maincrops may be ready from the end of the month. You can also harvest onions and shallots – leave them to dry in a sunny spot before storing.

 

 

Prune trained apples and pears

Some fruit trees can be pruned in summer, including plums, to avoid the development of silver-leaf disease. Trained apples and pears can be pruned in summer, as can spur-fruiting, established apple trees.

 

Watch out for pests and diseases

Watch out for flea beetle on brassicas and related plants such as Swiss chard and rocket. The tiny holes they create don’t affect the vigour of established plants but make the leaves less appealing to eat – cover plants with fleece. Also look out for blossom end rot on tomatoes, which is caused by irregular watering.

 

Sow crops

You can still sow lots of crops in August, for harvests into autumn and beyond. They include lettuce (keep out of the glare of direct sun), rocket, spring onion, radish plus winter salads, including mibuna, mizuna, mustard leaf and lamb’s lettuce.

 

Cut back summer-fruiting raspberries

Once they have fruited, the canes of summer-fruiting raspberries can be cut down to the ground. Read our guide to pruning summer-fruiting raspberries.

 

Prepare for a holiday

Going on holiday? Give the plot a thorough soaking before you go, and harvest as many crops as you can, even if they’re small. If you can, get a friend or neighbour to water for you while you’re away.

 

 

 

 

 

Stores Price List

Ian your friendly stores person is usually available on site after 12 noon

 

Seed Potatoes - £1-20/Kg

First Earlies:  Casablanca

Second Earlies: Charlotte - Nicola

Maincrop:– Maris Piper - King Edward – Cara – Picasso – Desiree

Onion Sets - £1-50/500g

Sturon (yellow)            Red Barron (red)

 

Compost/Soil Improver

NPK = Percentage of Nitrogen, Phosphorous & Potassium

Clover M.P. Compost 75 Ltr                                                      £5-50

Grow Organic 40 Ltr NPK 5.8-3.5-3.0                                       £7-50

6x Chicken Manure Pellets 8kg NPK 5.0-3.3-2.2                    £6-00

Farmyard Manure 60 Ltr                                                           £4-60

Garden Lime 2.5 Kg                                                                    £1-00

 

Chemical Fertilizer (Quick Release) 2.5 Kg

Growmore NPK 7-7-7(General Purpose)                                 £2-00

Nitro Chalk 27% Nitrogen                                                          £2-30

Sulphate of Ammonia. 21% Ammonia (Nitrogen)                 £1-60

Superphosphate (Phosphate)                                                   £3-00

Potato Fertilizer NPK 6-10-10                                                    £2-50

 

Organic Fertilizer (Slow Release) 2.5 Kg

Fish Blood and Bone                                                                  £1-40

Bone Meal                                                                                    £1-60

 

Poultry

Layers Pellets 20kg                                                                     £7-70

Mixed Corn 20kg                                                                         £7-50

 

Miscellaneous

Bamboo Canes 8ft                                                                      50p

Epsom Salts/Bag                                                                         50p

Jeyes Fluid/500ml                                                                        £3-20

Twine  (clearance price)                                                             £1-00

Yellow Sulphur (clearance price)                                              £1-00