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Smitham Allotments Society is a self-managed site in Chipstead Valley in the south of the London Borough of Croydon.

 

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Guidance from the National Allotment Society

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Gardening Diary

Gardening Diary May

Gardening Diary May

May is the busiest month for planting and transplanting and is the ‘transition’ month when direct sowing and thinning of crops begins to take over from transplanting.Root vegetables, apart from onions and leeks, should never be transplanted but this month the main crop of winter greens and brassicas – cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts etc., as well as summer cauliflower and broccoli, leeks, lettuce, asparsgus and calabrese, are to be transplanted. However, the transplanting of tender vegetables, including cucumber, courgettes, marrows, pumpkins, aubergines and peppers, is best left to the end of May, or even the beginning of June in our allotments as late frosts are the rule, rather than the exception, in Chipstead Valley.If you are not desperate for an early crop, dwarf and runner beans and sweetcorn can be sown directly into the ground from the end of May onwards and you can continue to sow other tender vegetables in the greenhouse for transplanting next month.The popular crops for direct sowing this month include beetroot, cabbage, cauliflower, peas, carrots, turnip, chicory, fennel, kale, lettuce and pak choi.

It’s that time of year again

It’s that time of year again

Welcome back, everybody! Thanks from us all to Barbara for organising a delivery of compost which arrived yesterday. This fortuitously coincided with a long-awaited change in weather, and the warmth and sunshine has brought many of us back to our plots in readiness...

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BHS 2020 Autumn Show

BHS 2020 Autumn Show

Defying coronavirus – Smitham Allotments exhibit at a successful flower and vegetable show in Banstead

Against all the odds the Banstead Horticultural Society 2020 Autumn Show was held on the 12th September at the Community Hall.

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Hedgehog in the allotment

Hedgehog in the allotment

Dave Warren has spotted a new addition to our allotment wildlife. Hedgehogs are getting increasingly rare so it’s great to see this little creature.

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