Sad News

After attending the allotment meeting yesterday I learnt that Neville Watkins sadly passed away last week following an ongoing battle with his health. Although I did not know him personally Neville had a plot on the West Street Allotment for 40 years and was known by everyone for his amazing ability to grow Iris and Dahlias.

Neville was a keen gardener and was a member of the British Iris Association and was always happy to provide advice and a few flowers to people showing an interest.

Jenny Williams put it to the liason group that a new category should be added to the allotment show for ‘Best single Dahlia stem’ in memory of Neville which was agreed with great enthusiasm. It was decided to use Dahlias as Iris would not be viable for July. All details of the allotment show will be posted onto the site soon so keep visiting!

West Street News

First, I must welcome all the hard working new faces on the site. A very big welcome to you all. My only advice to you is to dig slowly with a fork ensuring that you clear as many weeds as possible. If you use a spader or rotavator all you do is chop the weeds up, so helping them to multiply. Once you have a small patch really clear plant something that will germinate quickly..like radishes. You will then get a quick harvest to impress your spouse! A really good crop to go in now are spuds, as they will help to clear your plot. Get some first earlies.. they are the quickest and earliest. If you want to get a head start by buying some vegtable plants I would recommend you visit Springfields Nursery at Oakhanger. They grow super healthy plants that are cheaper than the bigger places. They have a wide selection ready for planting.

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