- Give lawns a quick acting summer feed, especially if not given a spring feed.
- Deadhead bedding plants and repeat-flowering perennials to ensure continuous flowering.
- Water tubs and new plants if dry, but be water-wise.
- Clear algae, blanket weeds and debris from ponds and keep them topped up.
- Hoe borders regularly to keep down weeds.
- Harvest lettuce, radish, other salad plants and early potatoes.
- Plant out summer bedding.
- Shade greenhouses to keep them cool and prevent scorch.
- Remember the Society’s Garden Party on the 29th.
- Watch out for late frosts and protect tender plants.
- Earth up potatoes and promptly plant any remaining.
- Check for nesting birds before clipping hedges.
- Lift and divide overcrowding clumps of daffodils and other spring flowering bulbs.
Once again the society held a successful Spring Show. There was a good showing of daffodils and some stunning Alpines, while the Floral Art was up to its usual high standard. Pat Grimes dominated the cookery classes and has a narrow lead in the preserve classes. Pat Grimes and John Ross were the top money winners. We now look forward to the second show of the year in August.
Don’t forget it is the Spring Show at the Baptist Church Hall this Saturday 6th April. Last chance to register your entries with Christine today (Tuesday).
- Sow hardy annuals, herbs and flower seeds outdoors.
- Increase the water given to houseplants.
- Feed hungry shrubs and roses.
- Sow new lawns or repair bare patches.
- Plant shallots, onion sets and early potatoes.
- Plant summer flowering bulbs.
- Lift and divide overgrown clumps of perennials.
- Hoe and mulch weeds to keep them under control early.
- Chit potatoes.
- Prune winter flowering shrubs that have finished flowering.
- Prepare vegetable seed beds.
- Prune hardy evergreen hedges.
- Cut back deciduous grasses that have been left uncut.
- Clean pots and greenhouses ready for spring.
- Prune apple and pear trees.
- Start forcing rhubarb.
- Dig over vacant plots that have not been dug already.
Why not plan to plant something new this year!
Today the society held its annual Christmas lunch and trophy presentations. The meal was excellent as always, the speeches entertaining and informative, the trophies well received and there were plenty of prizes in the raffle. A big thank you to all involved in the organization of the event. A great way to start the festive period.
Don’t forget the Members Quiz Social at the Baptist Church Hall on Thursday 6th December.