The newsletter for Summer 2019 is now available. This issue contains information about the Open Day/Show as well as articles by some new contributors.
You may have read that the Government has banned metaldehyde, a chemical widely used in slug and snail control. This impacts users of slug pellets, which we used to sell from our onsite shop at Granville Park.
The key implications of this for us all are as follows:
- We sold blue slug pellets both loose and in bottle, both of these contain metaldehyde.
- On 30th June this year it became illegal to sell products containing metaldehyde.
- If you have blue slug pellets at home, or had bought prior to 30th June, you are allowed to continue to use these for a further year.
- As from 30th June 2020, it becomes illegal to use blue slug pellets in the garden or allotment.
You can continue to use slug pellets which are based on ferric phosphate.
We will be looking at our supplier to see what we are able to stock on the ground.
Used as directed, ferric phosphate slug pellets pose no risk to children or pets.
There are also a range of options available for the gardener to control slugs such as beer traps, copper tape around pots, parasitic nematodes as well as various physical barriers.
Slugs and snails also have natural predators like birds, frogs and ground beetles. These should be encouraged in the garden or allotment and something as simple as a pile of rotting logs will entice them in.
If you wish to dispose of your blue slug pellets then you can dispose of unused product in its original container at a licensed local authority waste site. For Granville Park, this is…
Chester Road Household Waste Recycling Centre.
Rootex is a fabric that has a copper based latex coating on one side. You can buy pre-made growing bags to plant, for example fruit trees.
You dig a hole into the ground and bury the root bag.
The idea is that it stops the root tips from spreading and creates a fibrous root system.
You can also buy Rootex by metre length if you are wishing to create a barrier to prevent established plant roots planting into undesirable areas, such as paths. Established bushes or trees can be moved easily, at any time of year without disturbing the roots.
Why not give it a try?
Rootex is available from a number of suppliers.
The family open day and annual show for 2019 will be Sunday August 18th. Gates open to the public at 2pm.
Buy vegetables, flowers and fruit grown on the allotment ground along with homemade jams, chutneys and preserves.
Children’s games, face-painting and entertainment provided by the Flixton Community Band. Bring along a blanket or foldable chair and enjoy the show!
Handmade crafts for sale along with a tombola and food hamper.
Tea, coffee, refreshments with homemade cakes.
View the vegetable, flower, fruit and home produce competition and find out about renting an allotment, allotment life and have a look around the ground.