Kesgrave Allotment & Leisure Gardeners

Well a lot can happen in between articles and sadly the whole country is now in lockdown due to the Coronavirus.

However, for those who have a garden and aren’t working from home, this could provide a brilliant opportunity to get planting in the busiest gardening month of the year.

Gardening is a fantastic stress reliever and is known to help promote physical and mental wellbeing. So at this very difficult time maybe those of you who’ve never grown any fruit or vegetables could be tempted to venture into planting something for the first time. I realise this depends on getting hold of seeds and compost, which may be difficult. The big supermarkets sell seed packets but not usually compost. Some garden centres – especially the small local ones – are trying to stay open too even if it means they have a strict policy of only a handful of people in the shop at one time.

Here’s a list of things you can plant this month: runner beans, sweetcorn, outdoor cucumbers, courgettes, carrots, parsnip, peas, turnips, pumpkins, squashes, cabbage, kale, and sprouting broccoli. And of course continue planting salad stuff (lettuce, raddish, spring onions, beetroot), which might also be a good place to start for new gardeners as you won’t need much room and they harvest quite quickly. Some people plant directly into grow bags if you can get hold of them, or old tyres, sinks, buckets etc. It’s time to get creative!

If you’re planting out seedlings do use cloches and fleece until the middle of the month as there’s still a chance of frost. Which reminds me – my tortoise should be coming out of her winter slumber about now. Time to get her hide out of the garage!

If you get bitten by the gardening bug why not try half an allotment plot for starters? To reserve a plot, contact our membership secretary, Angela Brown: 01473 612283 /

In the meantime I hope you stay safe and well. Happy gardening!

Sally Peckham

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