Newsletter

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.

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Please, scroll down to see Tips of the Month 

What to do in April

SOW
Indoors: Cabbages, cauliflowers, celeriac, courgettes, squashes, cucumbers,
french and runner beans, sprouting broccoli, sweetcorn, kale, spinach.
Outdoors: Beetroot, lettuces, oriental leaves, rocket, turnips, peas, broad beans.

PLANT OUT
Second early and maincrop potatoes, onion sets.

HARVEST
Spring cabbages and cauliflowers, any remaining leeks or other winter crops.

THINGS TO DO
Earth up early potatoes. Continue to prepare beds for sowing/transplanting seedlings by raking
and making a fine tilth. Prick out seedlings grown indoors into individual pots when they are ready. Move into larger pots as they grow, harden off gradually as the weather dictates. Keep watering new plants and weed carefully, thin out as necessary. Watch out for late frosts and be prepared to cover quickly. Put up sticks for peas.

PROBLEMS
Slugs and snails (really you need to watch out for these all year round). Cover crops against pigeons if they are a problem.

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