There are now very few treatments available to amateur gardeners that can control the various diseases that can affect fruit and vegetables. Prevention is always better than cure and good 'housekeeping' practices such as clearing away dead or diseased leaves will help. Aim to grow your plants as well as you can but do not over fertilise as this can lead to soft growth which is more likely to succumb to pests or disease. It is important to space plants correctly to maintain good air circulation around stems and foliage and make it harder for fungal diseases to establish. Try to keep foliage dry when watering and water in the morning rather than the evening if possible.
One of the most prevalent diseases which causes damage on many allotments from mid summer onwards is late blight which affects potatoes and tomatoes. It develops in warm humid weather and if there are a few days of this weather running it is likely to break out. It helps to make sure plants are spaced correctly and not crammed too close to each other, this allows the air to circulate more easily around plant stems and foliage reducing the risk of an outbreak. When watering these crops try not to get the foliage wet and water in the early morning if possible rather than the evening. If late blight does break out it can be held in check, though not eradicated by the use of copper based fungicide sprays such as Bordeaux mixture or Copper Oxychloride. Diseased plant material should be removed and burnt or disposed of (not composted unless you have a large heap that gets very hot, or a hot bin composter)
There are some potatoes varieties that are resistant to the various different strains of blight, most of whiich are pre-fixed 'Sarpo' If you suffer from blight another good idea is to only grow first and second early potatoes which have usually finished cropping before blight becomes a serious problem.
There are some varieties of tomato that are sold as blight resistant such as Legend and Ferline but recent strains of blight have affected these varieties as well as the old favourites. Work is being carried out to develop new varieties of tomato but if you suffer from blight every year the only way to prevent it is to grow under cover in a polytunnel of greenhouse.
work in progress
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
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.
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.
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
Click here for more details
The Pippenhall allotment shop is now open every Sunday morning until further notice between 10.00am and midday
Available to download here soon
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
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
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
We regret that the strimmer is no longer available for hire.
Eltham and Avery Hill Gardens Society
London SE9 2PE
(please do not use this address for correspondence)