Tony Moore, our chairman, welcomed the members to our meeting, gave out the notices, there was a good turnout of members this evening which was nice to see.
Anne reminded members to bring food for our next meeting, when we have “bring and share” and also a quiz, we will look forward to that.
This evening speaker was Malcolm from Castle Gardens, his talk was entitled “Looking at Hedges and barriers”. He told us that if you plant a hedge and it is 6ft tall it will give your garden 50% shelter, likewise if you plant a hedge that is 8ft tall it will give you 80% protection, so a hedge is a really useful thing to plant. It gives lots of benefits, as well as shelter, it is good for lots of wildlife, colour sometimes all year round, and not forgetting screening!
An evergreen hedge will keep animals out and also pets in, it is a good filter for noise, especially if you are on a main road of near a motorway.
Planting a formal hedge:
Plants to use are privet, laurel, yew, box, mainly evergreen, but also plants like prunus and berberis can make good deciduous hedges.
Plants that vary in height to keep it softer, field hedge plants like, maple, hawthorn, elder and guelder rose all make a nice wildlife friendly hedge.
It is possible to plant something different like an edible hedge, with fruit bushes and trees, in filling with plants like raspberries and Logan berries.
Malcolm then gave us step by step on how to plant a hedge.
1. Remove the annual weeds.
2. Add compost, bought, homemade of organic matter.
3. Then put down landscape fabric, or weed suppressant membrane.
4. Add root grow.
5. Add a seep hose for watering of water the area well.
6. Feed the plants with vitax q4, or bold fish and bone meal in April and July.
This is the secret for your new hedge growing successfully. We hope!
This was a very interesting talk once again by Malcolm, who always entertains us well.
Next month is the quiz night and nibbles, so do and join us on Thursday 13th December 7.30pm in the hall.
Enjoy the last of the autumn colour whilst you can, it is still quite mild, so lots of the garden plants are still flowering including roses.
Lots of the National Trusts houses and garden are open again in December for Christmas, with rooms decorated with festive Christmas trees, and the gardens lit up with beautiful coloured lighting. So Stourhead, Monticute, Motisfont, Max Gate and many more are well worth a visit to put you in a festive mood. Quite often you also get a free small drink and festive food to sample.