Blaze close to St Julians Allotment site

THE eagle-eyed among you may have noticed a patch of scorched grass opposite the entrance to the St Julians Allotment site. This was caused by a fire that occurred at around 2.20pm on Saturday afternoon (23rd June). Prior to the blaze one plot holder smelt smoke and claimed to have seen a group of four…

Five carrot varieties to try this season

After the graveyard of the post-Christmas period, by February I’m chomping at the bit to tear open some seed packets and get sowing. The truth is I try to hold back until the the final week of the Six Nations – by which time Wales are usually heading for a mid-table mediocrity and the crushing…

Christmas comes early for new growers

ST JULIANS Allotment plotholders, their family and friends, packed out Newport Indoor Bowls Club in the Glebelands on Sunday for the association’s second annual Christmas lunch. The event, which was organised by Anne Spruce and Meryl Jones, was a chance for a pre-Christmas catch-up and to recognise the achievements of some of the allotment’s newest…

Attracting birds to your allotment

THE winter months can mean a tough time for birds, so now is a good time to give them a helping hand. MERYL JONES looks at ways of attracting them onto your plot

Jobs for the month

IT’S true that December is a barren month for gardeners – the waiting room between the manic rush to plant green manure in the autumn and the stirrings of the new season in early spring. There are jobs to be done, however. Down at St Julians Allotments we’ve taken delivery of fresh bark, so this…