- 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.
- Prune apple and pear trees.
- Harvest leeks, parsnips, winter cabbage and sprouts.
- Reduce watering of house plants.
- Check greenhouse heaters are working.
- Plant tulip bulbs for a spring display next year.
- Prune roses to prevent wind rock.
- Raise containers onto pot feet to avoid waterlogging.
- Clear up fallen leaves, especially from lawns, ponds and beds.
- Divide established rhubarb crowns to create new plants.
- Move tender plants into the greenhouse or conservatory.
- Prune climbing roses.
- Plant out spring cabbages.
- Last chance to mow lawns and trim hedges in mild areas.
The Late Summer Show proved to be a success after last minute entries boosted classes that seemed destined for fewer than normal exhibits. In fact many of these entries ended up with the prizes. It was no surprise to see Roger Simmons dominate the vegetable classes and he duly ended up as top money winner with £24.50. However it was a close run thing as Pat Grimes had entries in many categories, earning her £24.00. Christine Goodey took third place honours with £12.50.
Although there weren’t as many entries as expected in the cookery classes, the preserves were competitive and looked delicious. The floral art was again of a high standard with Tricia White leading the way, while the craft classes had some quality knitwear and art. The Children’s and Junior sections were dominated by one family, the Drakes, who produced some charming vegetable men and mouth watering chocolate chip cookies. With some excellent catering available, plants and books on sale and the ever popular raffle, the show can be rated an all round success.
- Divide herbaceous perennials.
- Dig up remaining potatoes before slug damage spoils them.
- Collect and sow seed from perennials and hardy annuals.
- Plant spring flowering bulbs.
The Late Summer Show is only a week and a half away, so now is the time to be selecting your entries and making sure that they will be at their best on the day (1st September). Make sure that you notify Christine of your entries by Tuesday 28th August, and good luck!
- Deadhead flowering plants regularly.
- Watering, particularly containers and new plants.
- Harvest vegetables as they become ready.
- Feed the soil with green manures.