Too hot!” “It’s too dry!” “If only there was a bit of a breeze!” With Florence making things exciting over the Atlantic, and knowing that we usually get the dregs of their weather, it all now seems like a distant memory. So it’s time to put my pathetic harvest of potatoes into storage, and start pondering my 2019 planting.
Next year’s potato/onion and other stuff order form below. We are pleased to inform you that we are now taking orders, and expect the delivery on Friday January 25th 2019. Advance payment will secure your order. You will also remember that we now have in stock overwintering onions, garlic, peas, beans and green manure. Oh, and hyacinths. All of these are available for immediate purchase.
We had an exciting weekend weighing in buckets of potatoes 2 weeks ago, and are delighted to announce that Malcolm Lee has been crowned King of Spades. Or should that be Spuds?) Malcolm’s harvest weighed in at 6.4kg, and an enormously valuable trophy will be presented to him shortly. Congratulations to Malcolm, but also to John McConnon who was snapping at his heels, with his crop weighing in at only 200g lighter. John, however, did turn in the largest individual potato, at 405g, and a similarly valuable trophy will be presented to him too. Well done to everyone who took part! Special mentions to: Bernard Maddison, Rob Woodford, Corinne Lakin, Roger Kay, Pam Houson, Ann Kingstone, Jeff Underwood, Cara Gray, Bev Underwood, Sid Bethell, Gordon Baker, Nick Taylor and Kevin Kitchen.
Following the success of this year’s just-for-fun competition, we are already planning for next year, and will make a few tweaks in the light of experiences. Malcolm has sportingly shared with us the secrets of his success, and we will aim to provide some growing tips.
Potato buckets and the designated potatoes will be available when the potatoes are delivered in January.
Many congratulations also to Bev and Jeff Underwood, who were winners in the Bolton Cup competitions. Society volunteers, they have worked tirelessly to knock their plot into shape, and they can be very proud of what they have achieved this year!
Crosspool Open Gardens
Back in July, we participated in the Open Gardens event and, as a result of this, we received a number of donations, and we have used these to purchase an allotment from the Oxfam Unwrapped gifts scheme.
There are a few overgrown areas appearing on site, and we hope to have a couple of sessions in the near future to bring these back under control. Look out for an email inviting you to join the party!