Due to the coronavirus situation all talks, the Spring Show, outings etc. have been cancelled up to the end of June when a review will be taken.
- Protect fruit blossom from late frosts.
- Sow hardy annuals, herbs and wild flower seeds outdoors.
- Feed hungry shrubs and roses.
- Sow new lawns or repair bare patches.
- Plant summer flowering bulbs.
- Top dress containers with fresh compost.
- Plant shallots, onion sets and early potatoes (if the ground dries out a bit 2020).
- Prune bush and climbing roses.
- Plan and start preparing exhibits for the spring show.
- Chit potatoes.
- Prune winter flowering shrubs that have finished flowering.
- Prune hardy evergreen hedges.
- Cut back deciduous grasses left uncut over the winter.
- Remove dead grass from evergreen grasses.
- Harvest leeks, parsnips, winter cabbage, sprouts and any remaining root crops.
- Prune acers, birches and vines before Christmas to avoid bleeding.
- Check greenhouse heaters are working.
- Reduce watering of houseplants.
- Take hardwood cuttings.
Time is running out for booking your place at the annual lunch and trophy presentation which will be held on Sunday 1st December. You have until Thursday 7th November to make your reservation through Pat Grimes (contact details in the handbook).
- Clear up fallen leaves, especially from lawns, ponds and beds.
- Plant tulip bulbs for spring display next year.
- Plant out winter bedding.
- Raise containers onto pot feet to prevent waterlogging.
- Prune roses to prevent wind rock.
- Last chance to cut lawns and trim hedges.
- Plant out spring cabbages.
- Divide established rhubarb crowns to create new plants.
- Prune climbing roses.
- Dig up remaining potatoes before slug damage spoils them.
- Plant spring flowering bulbs.
- Clean out cold frames and greenhouses to ready for autumn use.
- Divide herbaceous perennials.
The Late Summer Show saw a new venue and while there may have been a few teething troubles the show was a success and seemed to attract a greater footfall from the local area. There was the usual high standard in the vegetable categories and floral art and it was good to see some new entrants in the junior and children’s classes.