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The growing conditions this year have been extremely challenging for growers, both amateur and professional, with a cold wet spring followed by a hot dry summer. It seems that we may be back to normal now, with showers and cooler temperatures.


This is the time of year when the seed catalogues either drop though the letterbox, better still the discounted Kings Seed catalogue is available to all members of the Association. We should perhaps look for drought-resistant varieties of vegetables and flowers to avoid the need to water our gardens and allotments as often.


A member was fortunate in being allocated an allotment and whilst preparing and clearing the soil, they noted there was a complete lack of worms which caused the member to wonder whether it would be better to purchase some worms to introduce into the soil. However, when soil dries out, worms go deeper to damp soil as they require some moisture in the soil to be able to burrow though it. The recent rain and hopefully, future rain, will percolate down to the damp subsoil and encourage worm activity into the damp topsoil rather than the subsoil. This may take a while, as another member has just excavated trenches for a


new greenhouse base and reports that the soil is powder dry some 450mm below ground level whilst the top 100mm is damp from recent rain.


Continue to mulch borders and vegetable beds to reduce evaporation with anything you have to hand, spent compost, bark, composted bark, bracken, grass cuttings, garden compost or leaf mould.


Lawns now have little or no moss and will benefit from raking out or scarifying to remove the dead dry moss. Aerate by either spiking, opening up with a garden fork, or using a proprietary tool to remove plugs of soil. Fine gravel or sharp sand can be brushed in the holes to allow water to penetrate and then look to over-seed to re- establish the sward. Broad leaf course grass provides a more drought resistant sward than fine grass.


Our next meeting will be on 28th August at The Swan Inn on Kirkgate at 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Come along and join us to talk about all things gardening. If you join the association you too can take advantage of the wide range of discounted seeds in the Kings catalogue.


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