Kesgrave Allotments Association

Words by Becki Ritson

Happy New Year to you all! 2018 is stretching out in front of us now, full of possibilities, with all its potential as yet untapped. What will it bring for you, I wonder?

On the allotment, this time of year is one of waiting and dreaming of warmer days. It’s still too cold, really, to do much, although by the very end of the month we might be able to start sowing a few early seeds under cover, well-protected from the winter chills. For now, preparation and patience are the buzz-words.

There will be debris to clear and over-wintering vegetables to check, getting rid of any that may have rotted or gone mouldy in damp conditions. On sunny days, the temperatures can rise quite a bit in protected areas, so don’t forget to make sure any cloches are ventilated, or you could unintentionally be cooking your produce rather too early!

By the end of the month, you can be starting off a few early vegetable seeds, and of course getting your seed potatoes ordered in for the start of a new season. In the meantime, take some time to breathe, and enjoy the calm before the new year gets underway in earnest.

If you’ve ever fancied growing your own, we do have a few plots available at our picturesque Rushmere St Andrew site and new members are always made very welcome.

Please contact our membership secretary, Angela Brown by calling 01473 612 283 // [email protected]

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