Stalbridge Garden Society produce a newsletter each month. Here is the June 2018 edition...
Tony Moore our chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting, he gave out the notices, including the fund raising day to raise money for something useful for Brian, when he told Mike Burkes about Brian’s situation, he very kindly offered to waver his fee so that we could put it to Brian’s collection.
Mike, from Castle Gardens was then introduced, and his talk this evening was entitled, “Growing Your Own”.
He brought in lots of fruit and vegetable plants, for us to see, then he talked about how and where was the most suitable, to plant these.
Mike talked about all of the different seeds which are now on the market, including, lots of unusual varieties, rainbow carrots and beetroot, purple podded peas, red stripped beans, and lots more, including a blue radish, and rainbow chard.
He talked about “healthy eating”, how growing your own was much better for you, because it is organic, with no sprays or chemicals, unlike some supermarket food!
Taste the food that is home grown, also tastes far better, there is nothing like picking your own tomatoes, peas, broad beans and runner beans.
Where to grow this produce, when sowing or planting in the garden, you can always add compost or well-rotted manure, for good results.
If digging is not your thing you can always do the NO dig scheme.
Raised beds , these are great for planting vegetables and also fruit, and all crops usually do really well, as long as there kept moist, also slugs and snails are easier to control.
Finally you can always sow seed, into pots, carrots, peas, French beans , runner beans, salad crops, along with fruit, will do well if kept watered and the pot or container is a good size.
Mike talked a little about bug control, and companion planting, marigolds with tomatoes that type of planting.
This was an interesting and entertaining talk given by Mike from Castle Gardens, as always, and we had the opportunity to by some plants at the end.
It was also our Rose Competition, there were some beautiful roses on display, and Chris Wiles very kindly came along to judge these, with help from Wendy Bailey.
The results are as follows;-
One rose stem;-
1st Karen Robinson, 2nd Michelle Howell, 3rd Shirley Hosea, h/c Mary Moore and Anne Brown
1st Angela Flavell, 2nd Wendy Bailey, 3rd Shirley Hosea, h/c Murray Robinson
Thank you to all of you who took part, it was a beautiful, fragrant display.
Next month is our annual evening outing, and we are going to the NGS garden “Q” near Dorchester, we hope that the weather will be kind to us!
Time to pick flowers and even harvest some crops, like lettuce, spinach, radish and broad beans.
I have just picked ten lovely sweet peas in my own garden, summer seems to be here already!
See you back at the hall on Thursday 9th August 7.30p.m