Roehampton Garden Society

Store news January 2022

The Store re-opens after its Christmas Break on Sunday 9 January

We will have plenty of Country Natural available and seed composts are being delivered next week.

The Omicron variant is very much with us and thus it is important that visitors to the Store follow COVID procedures. This may mean queuing outside the store, especially when the potatoes and onions arrive.
Hand Gel and masks available in store.

Potatoes and Onions will be available from the Main Store from Sunday 16 January.
We will have 5 varieties of potatoes and 2 of onion sets as follows:

Potatoes are sold by the kilo and you can pick and mix.

king edward

FIRST EARLIES for planting late March/early April and Harvesting in June/July:

Swift: produces lots of small, round potatoes with short plants ideal for growing in containers.

SECOND EARLIES for planting early-mid April for harvesting in July/August:

Charlotte: a salad potato with slightly waxy yellow-cream flesh.

Estima: ideal for boiling and mashing if harvested early. If left in the ground it makes a good baking potato. Large oval tubers with a smooth skin and pale yellow flesh

MAIN CROP for planting in mid-late April and lifted in August for immediate use or in September/October for storing:

Desiree: oval red skinned tubers with pale yellow flesh. Heavy croppers that are tolerant of drought and show a good resistance to disease.

King Edward: has good keeping properties and above average disease resistance. Flesh is creamy-white.

ONION SETS: plant in February to April and lift when they mature in August.

Red Baron

Red Baron: produces flattish-round bulbs of dark red.

Sturon: produces straw-coloured bulbs.

The onion sets come in 200g bags.

Gill Tamsett
Trading Secretary

RHS top 10 tips for caring for your garden in hot dry weather

With the recent wave of hot, dry weather across the UK you might have noticed your garden starting to wither. RHS Chief Horticulturist, Guy Barter, has some top tips for caring for your garden at a time when water is at a premium. Read more about making your garden more drought resistant

  1. Trees may shed leaves indicating stress but it is seldom fatal. Established shrubs, roses and climbers don’t usually need watering either.
  2. Consider re-using water from your home. Wastewater from the kitchen, baths, basins and showers is suitable to water plants and containers.
  3. Water newly planted trees and shrubs as a priority. Ensure the root ball is wet, checking with a trowel if necessary.
  4. Where planting is essential and can’t be delayed; puddle plants in, fill the planting hole with water (or better, ¼ strength liquid fertiliser) and allow to drain several times before setting out plants.
  5. A good soak, to wet the root zone, every 10 days in July and 14 days in August is best. Watering little and often is generally more work, less effective and wasteful of water. However, a ‘good soak’ can mean the equivalent of four 9L / 2gallon watering cans per square metre / yard.
  6. Move small pots and hanging baskets into the shade. Suspend hanging baskets over a potted plant so run-off water gets used.
  7. Lawns may brown, but although the leaves die the grass remains alive, ready to regrow once the rain returns. So watering them is not essential.
  8. Greenhouses, conservatories and polythene tunnels easily overheat. So boost shading and even remove some panes of glass to reduce temperatures.
  9. Target water where it is most needed. Camellia and rhododendrons lay down buds in late summer, so a good soak every so often then will help.
  10. Warmth will speed up composting so there should be plenty of excellent compost this winter. Add some water, however if the mix looks dry.