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What to do this Month - December

Vegetables

  1. Plant shallots and garlic in mild areas with well-drained soil.
  2. Parsnips taste better when frosted. Make sure to mark the trench, and cover it with a protective layer of cardboard if hard frosts are forecast.
  3. Stake or earth up any Brussels sprouts stalks that look leggy and vulnerable to wind rock.
  4. If you have not done so already, now is the time to dig over and incorporate soil improvers into vacant areas of the vegetable plot.
  5. Clean and store bamboo canes in the shed or other dry place to ensure they're still in good condition for next year. Broken or rotted ones can be shortened, where possible, for re-use.

Fruit

  1. Plant new trees and bushes. Don't plant if the ground is too wet or frosted.
  2. Thin out congested spurs of restricted fruit trees.
  3. Prune apples, pears, quinces and medlars.
  4. Prune red and white currants and gooseberries.

These tips have been taken from the Royal Horticultural Society, Grow your own section. Full details can be seen at 

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/grow-your-own/in-month/november

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Below are a selection of resources to download. For more details, please contact Sue Hinton at DSH PR on 01252 408820.

Photo of committee taking over site on 13/11/2010- high res

Launch press release of 15/11/2010

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Members Survey

 

Welcome

The benefits of having an allotment

There are lots of reasons to have an allotment.

  • Get a great sense of achievement from growing your own food
  • Have a healthier diet
  • Access to a cheap source and variety of fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Can make you healthier, provide good exercise, help reduce your stress and blood pressure
  • Your food will have less contact with pesticides etc if you grow organically and generally tastes better than shop bought
  • An opportunity to spend time outside enjoying nature
  • It will increase your general well-being and give your mind something positive to focus on
  • A chance to escape the pressures of modern living
  • The opportunity to learn something new
  • Get a sense of community spirit and the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life in Hook making new friends and contacts
  • Finally, if you have children, it is great thing to do with them and show them where food comes from.

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Our Wassail on 19 January 2013 in our communal orchard

 
 
 

Events

The HAA in the news

Listen to the clip

Click here to listen to interview on 15 April 2011 on BBC Radio Surrey with Pete Comley & Lindsay Donald.

Click here to listen to the interview with Pippa Greenwood & Pete Comley on the opening day (13th March 2011) on Dig it on BBC Radio Surrey.

Click here to listen to the previous interview with the HAA broadcast on Sunday 21 November 2010.

Have your say....

Here is a selection of the comments we've received:

"A fantastic achievement.
Congratulations to Pete and the team."
Antony Hunter, Hook Parish Council

"Brilliant. Good Luck... I am delighted that this piece of land will be used to great advantage by members of the Hook Allotments Association and that there will be a covenant in place preventing any sale to developers.." Jonathan Glen, Hampshire/ Hart Councillor.

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