Hooray for Sissinghurst! We have places for a guided tour for Ashford Allotment Society members (that's anyone with a plot rented from Ashford Borough Council) for a special guided tour of the gardens by the experts on 12th April. It will be a car-sharing expedition rather than a coach trip, so save petrol and come with a friend or three. Places are limited, so get your name down asap. For more details or to put your name down, email email@example.com, use the contact form on the website, or you can phone Gilda on 01233 621352
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With the Trading Store busier than ever, the Ashford Allotment Society are looking for someone to help out by keeping the membership records straight. "Membership Secretary" sounds grand, but all you will need is a few minutes a month to bring the membership records up to date. You'll record a membership number, name, and contact details for each member. You'll need access to a computer and email.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact form on this website.
All seed and potato orders are now in at the Trading Store. There are also onion sets and shallots to buy loose, and some bags of seed potatoes for you to buy if you didn't order them in the autumn.
Please collect all orders as soon as poss; the Trading Store is open every Saturday in February.
Shallots: Yellow Moon 1/2kg £1.60
Red Sun 1/2kg £1.80
Onion sets: Turbo 1/2kg £1.60
Red Baron 1/2kg £1.40
Also at the Trading Store: seed of Onion 'Santero', grey-mildew-resistant, 10p per packet while stocks last
New season potatoes, onion sets and shallots are in at the Trading Store. The Trading Store is open every Saturday in February. For more details go to the Trading Store page.
Get that soft fruit section weed-free the easy way; now is the time and the Trading Store has the budget option!
Not all gardeners realise that you can use glyphosate weedkillers during winter to clear couch grass from amongst raspberry canes and soft fruit bushes (NOT strawberries!!!).
Glyphosate weedkiller doesn't harm soil structure and used to be considered OK for long-term organic use: it was only the excessive use of the chemical by some commercial organic growers which led to it being taken off the 'approved' list. The advantage of glyphosate is that is is only absorbed through green leaf tussue, and washs harmlessly off brown bark. As long as there are no leaves or opening buds on the plant, you can water the surface weeds and kill them without harming the bushes. You can even use it on a dormant asparagus bed!!!
However, not everyone has a bottle of weedkiller in the shed. To help out those who just want to do a small area, Geoff is providing individual sachets of glyphosate weedkiller at the Trading Store at 90p per sachet. One sachet will be all you need to do a modest sized fruit section, saving you unnecessary expense!
Click here to go to full details about how to safely and effectively rid your soft fruit of couch grass and perennial weeds.
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