Posts Tagged ‘Grow Your Own group’

Watch out for potato blight

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

The Kendal Grow Your Own Group is advising local potato growers to be on the look-out for potato blight.  This fungal disease likes the warm and wet weather that we have recently had, and if unchecked will soak into the potato tubers where it will cause a nasty smelling rot.  The rot can spread in store, too.

The first signs are brown patches on the potato leaf, usually on the edges, with a lighter green margin. Eventually, the leaf will rot, and it can spread to the stems.

Blighted potatos

“If you suspect you’ve got blight on your potatoes, the best thing to do is to remove any leaves and burn or dispose of them well away from the garden or allotment” says Ros Taylor of the Grow Your Own helpline. “If you don’t do this, spores will drop onto the soil and spread to the potatoes themselves. If you remove the tops, the potatoes can be dug up for immediate use, but you can leave them in the soil for 2-3 weeks without them coming to any harm and they will have a chance to form a skin and so store better.  If your potatoes already have blight, you will see it when they are dug up.”

Potato blight

The Grown Your Own scheme offers advice and northern know-how and its volunteer advisors can be reached by telephone or email (07980 325804 )

Seedling Swap next Saturday (8th May)

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Come along to Underley Road allotments on Saturday 8th May for a seedling swap organised by the Grow-Your-Own helpline group. A great way to get more plants for your garden or allotment, bring along your spare seedlings and swap them or give a donation and have a look around the community orchard while you’re there. The swap will take place from 10-3 and there will be tea and cakes available.

Directions: Heading north out of Kendal on Windermere Road, turn right onto Garth Brow, 1st right onto Hallgarth Circle then 1st right onto a little crescent road by a green. Halfway around the crescent there is a lane between houses, the allotments will be signposted from here.

Food & Agri meeting

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

The Food and Agriculture sub-group had its quarterly meeting last Saturday in Rydal. 20 people turned out for a lovely, lively afternoon which started with a tour around Rydal Hall’s Community Garden – thanks to Ian for showing us around!

We headed down the hill to the Badger Bar for the meeting itself that included updates from The Red Shed growing project at QKS in Kendal, the Cumbria Forest Foods network, Kendal Grow-Your-Own group, Staveley’s Apples for All, and an allotments update, plus feedback from the March 3rd SLACC TT launch. There’s lots of exciting projects on the go with this sub-group!

If you’d like to join the Food mailing list or find out more about any of the above projects please email or watch this space for details of the next meeting.

Thanks to everyone who car-shared and cycled (we squeezed 6 bicycles on the train to Windermere)!

Kendal Grow Your Own group launch

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

On Wednesday March 24th enthusiastic would-be grow-your-owners teamed up with a team of garden gurus to launch a new local support scheme offering free advice to food growers. With more and more people  planning to have a go at growing fruit and vegetables, the Grow Your Own scheme offers advice and northern know-how by telephone or email (07980 325804 ).

The scheme is the brainchild of Food and Agriculture group member Ros Taylor, who says ‘ We are often told by the media how easy it is to grow your own fruit and vegetables, and I know how much fun it is. But we do have our own challenges here in Cumbria, not least the higher rainfall and shorter growing season than down south. We want to give new growers a good start’. Ros also had an interview with Mike Parr on Radio Cumbria telling him about the group and giving him some advice on growing tomatoes.

Growing your own food helps to cut food miles, reduce carbon emissions and it’s good for the soul!

Huge thanks to Ros for all her hard work gettting the group going.

The next Food and Agriculture event is a Seedling Swap on May 8th, from 10am-3pm at the community orchard and shed at Underley Road Allotments in Kendal.