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9:30 am Family History Sessions @ Thatch... @ Thatcham library
Family History Sessions @ Thatch... @ Thatcham library
Feb 15 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Family History Sessions @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham library | England | United Kingdom
Family History Sessions Friday mornings at Thatcham Library. Free practical advice from the Berkshire Family History Society. To book a session, please contact the library: 01635 866049 http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30286 Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/
9:30 am Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Feb 15 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon | England | United Kingdom
Pre-school stay and play session with bouncy castle and ball pit. Buy tickets on the door – no booking required.   Dates Every Monday & Friday (except Bank Holidays). Price £3.70 per child or £5.70[...]
9:30 am Shefford Craft Group @ Great Shefford Village Hall
Shefford Craft Group @ Great Shefford Village Hall
Feb 15 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Shefford Craft Group @ Great Shefford Village Hall | Great Shefford | England | United Kingdom
Everyone welcome regardless of ability to these friendly and informal sessions. If you have something you’re working on, bring it along – or just turn up and expect to be inspired by the things that[...]
9:30 am Wantage Country Market @ Vale & Downland Museum
Wantage Country Market @ Vale & Downland Museum
Feb 15 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am
Wantage Country Market @ Vale & Downland Museum | England | United Kingdom
Come along to this lovely country market if you are free on Friday morning and you will find wonderful chutneys, marmalades, cards, cakes and plants to buy.  Take the opportunity to meet up with a[...]
10:00 am Craft & Chat @ Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library
Craft & Chat @ Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library
Feb 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Craft & Chat @ Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library | England | United Kingdom
Craft & Chat Every Friday. 10.00am-12.00pm at Hungerford Library. Drop in and bring any craft with you. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30282
10:30 am Family History Sessions @ Newbur... @ Newbury Library
Family History Sessions @ Newbur... @ Newbury Library
Feb 15 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Family History Sessions @ Newbury Library @ Newbury Library | England | United Kingdom
Family History Sessions Friday mornings at Newbury Library. Free practical advice from the Berkshire Family History Society. To book a session, please contact the library: 01635 519900 Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30251
10:45 am Play Bridge @ Theale Library @ Theale Library
Play Bridge @ Theale Library @ Theale Library
Feb 15 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
Play Bridge @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Play Bridge Beginners and experienced players welcome, every Friday, 10.45am-12.45pm at Theale Library. No need to book, just drop in. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30287  
11:00 am Rhymetime @ Lambourn Library @ Lambourn Library
Rhymetime @ Lambourn Library @ Lambourn Library
Feb 15 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Rhymetime @ Lambourn Library @ Lambourn Library | Lambourn | England | United Kingdom
Rhymetime For 0-4 years, Fridays 11.00-11.30am, term time only at Lambourn Library. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30283
11:00 am Storytime @ Newbury Library @ Newbury Library
Storytime @ Newbury Library @ Newbury Library
Feb 15 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Storytime @ Newbury Library @ Newbury Library | England | United Kingdom
Storytime for 3 to 5 years Every Friday, 11.00-11.30am at Newbury Library SPECIAL CHRISTMAS STORYTIME – 7th & 14th DECEMBER! For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30251
1:30 pm Knit, Knot & Natter @ Vale & Downland Museum
Knit, Knot & Natter @ Vale & Downland Museum
Feb 15 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Knit, Knot & Natter @ Vale & Downland Museum | England | United Kingdom
Join the Museum Craft Group every 3rd Friday of the month at 1:30pm in the Museum Cafe.  Bring your own craft project or take tuition from one of the members.  It is free to attend,[...]

May – a great month for veg gardening

May is when we can really get sowing and planting. Still a chance of frost though, so keep fleece, grass cuttings or straw handy for a quick cover-up if there is a frost warning..

Lots of vegetable seeds can be sown under cover this month including pumpkins, runner beans, courgettes. We have known a frost in June though, so would wait to plant these outside until at least the end of the month. Of course, you can risk it if you have spare seeds or seedlings to replace any that get frosted. Or you can buy replacements at the HAHA Plant Sale on 9th June – it could be very good timing!

Sowing Peas

Mangetout and peas that have been sown undercover and are now ready to be planted out, with plenty of twiggy protection from pheasants and other birds. I often struggle with making successional sowings but find this technique helps:
1. Sow quick-germinating seeds into modules
2. Plant half the resulting seedlings out into the ground
3. Sow some more seeds directly into the ground
4. Two weeks later plant out the remaining seedlings from the original modules

This should at least offer three harvests which are a couple of weeks apart – of course, the weather may impact on this along with slugs and other pests taking out your seedlings, but it may extend your harvesting season by a few weeks…

Weedlings

This year’s spring has meant that the ground is still quite wet below the surface and the sunshine is bringing the weeds along very nicely. Every time we clear a patch a new bunch of seedlings appear a few days later. At the moment we know that these can only be weeds but it will be difficult to tell weed seedlings (weedlings?)  from our sowings in a few weeks time. Usually it’s obvious by the time that the 2nd set of leaves appear on a plant, as they look more like the adult leaves. This is one of the reasons why traditionally seeds are sown in rows on allotments so that if the seedling appears outside of the neat row then you know it’s a weed and not wanted and can be hoed off (that’s the theory)

Bean Weevil Damage
A couple of things we’ve learned recently:

1. You may notice notches appearing in the leaves of your broad beans and peas. These are made by weevils. The produce won’t be damaged as long as you water the plants regularly to encourage them to grow quicker than the beetles can attack the leaves.

2. You need to tie-in the young sweet peas so that they grow upwards rather than spread along the ground – but remove the topmost curly tendrils to encourage them to grow strong stems and a bushier habit.

 

We still have a few remaining plots available at Marsh Lane and Fairfields, so do email apply@haha-hungerford.org.uk to enquire about joining us.

Much later in the year and the weather will likely make it more difficult for you to get started with preparing the ground and sowing for this year – although, of course, it’s not impossible and you’re bound to get something back for your efforts.

Belinda Robinson
Hungerford Allotment Holders Association

 

 

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