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BLEWBURY AND UPTON VILLAGE PRODUCE ASSOCIATION

April 1, 2021

THERE’S STILL TIME TO ENTER THE VPA SPRING COMPETITION 

SATURDAY 10th APRIL 2021

FOR COMPETITION DETAILS – Contact Blewbury Post Office or Maggie Maytham in Upton (850126) or email   vpa.in.bl.up@gmail.com  or call Eileen on 0777 518 5322

I’m writing this in the middle of March and looking forward to an improvement in the weather  – a bit dryer, warmer and not so windy!   I’m sure everyone has been getting to grips with the weeds, cutting the grass and planning what is going into the veggie plot this year.   Here’s a bit of food for thought:

FIVE REASONS NOT TO DIG YOUR VEGGIE PLOT

1.   Digging encourages soil-living creatures like worms to do the spadework for you.

2.   It reduces the loss of moisture.

3.   It protects the soil structure.

4.   It prevents weed seeds coming to the surface.

5.   It’s easier on the back.

FIVE REASONS TO DIG YOUR VEGGIE PLOT

1.   Digging breaks up heavily compacted soil, allowing it to breathe.

2.   It kills surface weeds.

3.   It exposes pests to predators and the cold.

4.   If you don’t you’ll need a lot more mulch to grow potatoes as you will not be ‘earthing up’.

5.   It’s good exercise for those who want it.

 

I’ve actually tried a semi-no-dig method this year. I’ve hoed the plots and have gone down about four inches. This has loosened the soil and weeded it at the same time. I can then go a bit deeper when I start planting, I hope this works – watch this space!

We are hoping that the VPA will be able to hold the Summer Show this year on the 10th JULY – it will depend on what Covid restrictions are still in place.   We will keep you informed through the Bulletin.

DID YOU KNOW – 1.  There are more greenhouse per capita in Britain than in any other country in the world.  2.  Peppers contain up to five times as much vitamin C as oranges.  The highest levels are found when the peppers are in the early green stage of ripening.