- Prepare vegetable seed beds and sow some vegetables under cover.
- Chit potato tubers.
- Prune winter flowering shrubs that have finished flowering.
- Prune hardy evergreen hedges and renovate overgrown deciduous hedges.
A reminder that the Annual General Meeting of the Society is at the Baptist Church at 7.30 on Thursday 25th January. Come along and have your say to shape the future of the Society.
- Prune apple and pear trees.
- Plan your vegetable crop rotations for the coming season.
- Disperse worm casts in lawns.
- Clean pots and greenhouses ready for spring.
The society held a very enjoyable Christmas lunch and trophy presentation on Sunday. The general feeling was that a lunchtime carvery works well and it is likely to be repeated next year. A big thank you to all who worked hard to make the tables look attractive, organised the menus and choices, polished trophies and made the presentations go smoothly, and those who contributed to and ran the raffle.
Our Christmas social/quiz night is the Thursday evening at the Baptist Church Hall, why not give it a go!
- Harvest winter cabbage, parsnips, sprouts and other winter root crops.
- Check greenhouse heaters are working.
- Deciduous trees and shrubs can be planted and transplanted.
- Take hardwood cuttings.
- Clear up fallen leaves.
- Insulate outside containers from frost.
- Plant tulip bulbs for a spring display.
- Stop winter moth damage to fruit trees with grease bands around trunks.
- Plant out spring cabbages.
- Prune climbing roses.
- Move tender plants into the greenhouse or conservatory.
- Divide herbaceous perennials.
- Finish collecting seeds from the garden to plant next year.
Forty three MHS members and friends travelled – we had a good journey both ways and the weather stayed dry. As hoped the formal gardens and walks through the trees (all designed by the last owner Lord Fairhaven from 1930s to 1966) were much enjoyed by members of our party with particularly complimentary comments from them about the long sweeping curved Dahlia border. Also we thought that the house contents were very interesting, with a fine collection of silver, paintings and furniture all collected by Lord Fairhaven. All of the staff were particularly enthusiastic and helpful. The photo of the gardeners deadheading is going to be put on the visitor centre Dahlia news noticeboard.
As the above Outing has proved so popular we have had to increase the size of the coach we need, and as a result we now have an additional 8 seats available.
Full details of this particularly interesting trip are in the Members’ Handbook, so if you would like to join us on Thursday please give Christine a ring on 01622 674384 (or email at firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will be pleased to help. We always have a great time, so I think I can promise you a great day out. Obviously this is not only open to members, so if you have friends or family that would like to go ring Christine and she will tell you if there are seats still available.
The society held its Late Summer Show today and all agreed that it was a great success. There were more exhibitors than in some recent shows and all areas (flowers, vegetables, crafts, cookery, preserves, floral art, children’s classes and photography) were well supported. Clearly taking the honours was Roger Simmons who amassed £32.50 in prize money with some spectacular vegetables and flowers. Thanks to the committee and especially Show Secretary Christine Goodey for making the day possible.