Plotholder's Newsletter
March 19th

Bonfires
Bonfires are permitted during March for "the disposal of diseased material". Please check the wind direction before lighting a fire and make sure it is extinguished before you leave it.
Sunflower seeds
These are now available in the shoreshed. As last year, there will be competitions for the tallest plant and the biggest flower head.
Breakfast March 23rd
Jean Exall will be providing a "full English" breakfast for £4.50. All profits will go to the "Raise the roof fund".
Greenhouse clean up March 24th
Please come along with your equipment (cloths, "windolene" etc) to help prepare the communal greenhouse for the coming year.
Pumpkin Competition
Allan has bought some Atlantic Giant seeds. As last year, the competition will be unofficial as it is felt to be unfair to those plotholders who have small or mini plots.
If you want to have a go, just for fun, contact Allan who will let you have some seeds at 50p/3 seeds.
Water
The water will be turned on on April 1st.

Fuchsia plants
This year Allan has purchased the Barbara Windsor variety. These are suppled free to each plotholder. Additional plants may be available at £1.50 each.barbara_windsor

Botanical name
Fuchsia 'Barbara Windsor'
Variety or Cultivar
Fuchsia 'Barbara Windsor' is a small, bushy, deciduous shrub with mid-green leaves and bright pink and violet-pink flowers blooming from midsummer to autumn.
Foliage Habit
Trailing Deciduous
Colour
Flower
Bright-pink, Purplish-pink in Summer; Purplish-pink, Bright-pink in Autumn
Foliage
Mid-green in Spring; Mid-green in Summer; Mid-green in Autumn
Watch out for
Specific pests Specific diseases
Aphids , Capsid bug , Vine weevil Grey mould , Rust
Pruning
In early spring, cut back the previous year's flowering stums to two strong buds.
Propagation methods
Semi-hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings
Where to grow
Fuchsia 'Barbara Windsor' (Fuchsia 'Barbara Windsor') will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 1m after 2-5 years.
Suggested uses
Beds and borders, City, Containers, Cottage/Informal
Cultivation
Plant outdoors in moist, fertile soil with the base of the stem 5cm below the soil surface. Provide a deep winter mulch and shelter from cold drying winds. This cultivar is best used as a patio/container plant.
Soil type
Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)
Soil drainage
Moist but well-drained.
Soil pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Light Aspect Exposure
Partial Shade, Full Sun South, East, West Sheltered

Mike