The CAA newsletter gives information about CAA activities and events in the wider community of interest to allotment gardeners.  It supplies ‘topical tips’ in keeping with the gardeners’ calendar and the occasional recipe!

grapesThe newsletter is distributed either by email or in hard copy by post – your choice.

Members who would like to pass on something likely to be of interest to fellow-gardeners are invited to contact the editor with a view to including it in a newsletter.

Please, scroll down to see Tips of the Month 

What to do in February

Inside: broad beans , sprouts, leeks, spinach, sprouting broccoli, early summer cauliflowers.
Outside: garlic, broad beans and very early peas if soil is warm enough
(if still freezing start off inside).

Cabbages, cauliflowers, sprouts, kale, celeriac, parsnips and swedes.

Pruning of gooseberry and currant bushes. Autumn raspberry canes cut to the ground and runners taken out. Trim tall canes of summer raspberries or tie in to the supports. Feed fruit bushes with blood, fish and bone and
mulch on top to keep moisture in and weeds down. Keep removing dead foliage and compost or destroy if deceased.

Watch for slugs hiding in brassica leaves, these may also need netting against pigeons. Check all stored crops regularly and discard any that are damaged or deceased.

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