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Hello and Happy New Year 2019!

 Renewals

 FHS renewals are now due, as usual we'll be at the Tea Hut on Sunday the 6th and the 13th January between 10am and 12 noon.  The Trading Hut will be open then too.  Please encourage your friends, neighbours and all comers to join up to the FHS.  For those who are not allotment holders, or cannot make these dates please let us know at this email address and Alex will organise payment with you.

 £6  for singles.  £4 for seniors.  £9 for couples.

 There will be one show next year, the Autumn Show on the 7th September.


January (Mid Winter) to do list

1. Don't walk or work on grass when it is frozen or frosted, otherwise when it thaws out your footprints will show up as yellow patches.

 2. Harvest brussel sprouts, cabbages, leeks and parsnips, if they haven't been damaged. Check on any vegetables in store and discard any that have gone mouldy or rotten.

 3. A few sowings of onions, lettuce, peas, broad beans, radish and early carrots can be made under protection towards the end of the month.

 4. Prune Wisteria to two or three buds from the main stems to encourage flower buds.

 5. Protect overwintering vegetables under cloches or fleece.  Don’t forget to ventilate and allow plenty of fresh air to get in on sunny days.

 6. Pack some straw or fleece around celery to protect it from any damaging frosts but remove it on sunny days to let the plants breathe.

 7. Bend leaves over Cauliflowers.  This will protect the developing curds, which are actually the plants' undeveloped flower heads.  When exposed to a prolonged period of light the curds tend to turn green, and the flower buds develop making them inedible.

 8. Cover rhubarb with a large pot or old dustbin in order to force it..  This will encourage growth of tender young stems in the spring.

9.Seed potatoes need to be chitted before planting in March.  Place in trays or boxes, store in a light, cool, frost-free spot.

 10. Towards the end of the month when the weather and soil conditions allow plant out soft fruit bushes. Spray all fruit trees and bushes with a garlic winter wash on a fine day; do not spray in frosty conditions. It won’t hurt to hold the job over to next month.

 11.  Keep bird baths from freezing by floating a small object such as a ball in the water.


Recipe of the Month - Crispy Potato rosti serves 2

2 large baking potatoes chilled, no need to peel the potatoes as their skins add depth of flavour with no added effort.

6 tablespoons sunflower oil

Pinch of salt and pepper

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Rinse the potatoes, then grate them onto a clean, dry tea towel.

Add the oil to a medium frying pan and bring to a medium-high heat.

Squeeze out as much liquid from the potatoes as you can, twisting the tea towel as you go.  When their moisture has been fully removed, sprinkle over the sea salt and pepper, combining the mixture into a dense, flat rosti.

Use a spatula to place the rosti into the pan, gently pressing it down.  Fry for 5 minutes until golden, then flip and fry for a further 5 minutes on the other side.  Serve hot.


Dates for your Diary

 27 January, RHS Garden Wisley, 08:30 - 11:00

Take an early-morning walk around RHS Garden Wisley with volunteers from North West Surrey RSPB and discover what bird life is dwelling in the garden in support of the Big Garden Birdwatch. This informal walk will include information and identification points of the birds seen. All are welcome, especially newcomers to bird watching.
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Fulham Palace Sun 13 January, 12.30pm-1.30pm History Tour

Learn the secrets of Fulham Palace on this Historical Tour through the garden and public rooms of the Palace. £6 per person, accompanied children free, no booking necessary, meet in the Museum.


2019 is designated Year of the Nasturtium and Year of the Carrot.  Look out for interesting selections of both to grow this year, including Tropaeolum majus 'Orchid Flame' from Thompson and Morgan with blooms that change colour as they age. 

All the best for 2019

FHS

 
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