Eltham and Avery Hill Gardens Society
Eltham and Avery Hill Gardens Society

Jobs in the fruit and vegetable garden during April

Sowing and planting

Fruit

  • Ideal time to plant pot-grown fruit trees and bushes.

Vegetables

  • Chit and plant out second early potatoes in the first half of the month, maincrop potatoes in the second half.

  • Sow seed outdoors for beetroot, carrots, Swiss chard, summer cauliflower, kohl rabi, lettuce, leeks, radish, turnip, spring and pickling onions, peas and perpetual spinach in well-prepared soil.

  • Try sowing unusual vegetables such as salsify, Hamburg parsley, or scorzonera.

  • Sow seed indoors of marrows, courgettes, pumpkins and squash. Also sweet peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines, celery, celeriac, salads and globe artichokes.

  • In very mild areas sow dwarf French beans and sweet corn outside under cloches or fleece at the end of April. In cooler areas wait until May.

  • Sow a seedbed of brassicas to provide transplants of sprouting broccoli, cauliflowers and cabbages for planting out in June or July.

  • Transplant broad beans grown in pots.

  • Plant shallots, onion sets and garlic.

  • Plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers.

  • Plant asparagus crowns.

  • Pot up tomato seedlings when they develop true leaves above the more rounded seed leaves.

Problems

  • Apply apple and pear scab controls.

  • Deal with aphids, apple sucker, pear sucker, pear midge, caterpillars and powdery mildew.

  • Look out for red spider mite and aphids on strawberries under glass and treat accordingly.

  • Start treating for American gooseberry mildew.

  • Keep on top of weed control and continue through to summer.

General care

Fruit

  • Liquid feed fruit trees in pots with a balanced feed every fortnight.

  • Where possible, protect plum and pear flowers from frost but allow insects access for pollination.

  • Damp down or mist citrus plants regularly when flowering begins. Maintain a min temperature of 14°C (57°F).

  • Deblossom strawberries planted after September in their first year to help establishment.

  • Pick forced strawberries under heated glass.

  • Ventilate strawberries under cloches and mulch with straw or mats.

  • Avoid using insecticides on crops in flower.

Vegetables

  • Support pea plants with sticks, twigs, green support mesh, or wire netting.

  • Thin out rows of seedlings as soon as they are large enough to be handled.

  • Protect early outdoor sowings with fleece and polythene.

  • Continue to force witloof chicory and seakale.

  • Dig up selected chicory roots, pot them up, and position them in a dark warm place (10-13°C; 50-55°F), with an upturned pot over them.

  • Prepare runner bean supports for sowing (in May) or planting out (in June).

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Allotment shop 2018 season

The allotment shop at Pippenhall is now open every Sunday morning between 10am and midday.

Seed potato orders for early 2019 delivery can be placed from Sunday 28th October until Sunday 25th November 2018.

The shop will be closed after the 25th November 2018 for the winter break.

New products now available, see shop page for more details

Help Eltham Hill School encourage the next generation of gardeners

Eltham Hill School are turning a spare piece of land into a school garden and fruit and veg growing area and need help to access some funding from the Tesco Bags for Life Scheme this spring.
See how you can help them here

Annual Show Saturday 9th September

Our 65th Annual show was a great success in September. Please click here for more details on the show and a selection of pictures of the event.

Site Security

Please could all tenants make sure the gate is always shut fully after entering or exiting the site and not to let anyone on site who does not have a key for the gate. There have been a number of instances of theft and sheds being broken into in recent weeks and we would ask tenants to report any suspicious activity to both the police and Greenwich council parks and open spaces department.

Multipurpose Compost

Please note that Violet Farm multipurpose compost is no longer available due to the change in peat regulations. We now stock the Rosedale premium professional brand multipurpose compost at £5.25 for a 60 litre bag

Outing to Nymans Garden Tuesday 13th June 2017

Click here for more details

Shop Opening Hours 2017

The Pippenhall allotment shop is now open every Sunday morning until further notice between 10.00am and midday

May 2017 Newsletter

Available to download here soon

Growing Potatoes in bags

One of our members has experimented with growing potatoes in bags over the last two years. Read about his experience and advice to other container growers here

Annual Show 9th September 2017

The 65th annual show will place on the 9th September 2017, further details to follow. The show report for 2016 and a list of trophy winners can be found here. Photos of the 2016 event can be found here

Pippenhall Allotment blog

One of the tenants at Pippenhall has recently started a Pippenhall allotment blog. Have a look for yourself and register if you would like to contribute to this community. Click here to visit the blog

Petrol Strimmer 

We regret that the strimmer is no longer available for hire.

Eltham and Avery Hill Gardens Society

Pippenhall Allotments
Bexley Road

Eltham
London SE9 2PE

(please do not use this address for correspondence)

 

 

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