The Summer Holidays are over but the veg garden is still going strong. This is my first attempt at growing pumpkins for Halloween and the weather must have been ideal this year. Planted the seeds back in June and when I cut the leaves back last week this is what I found! All that rain has resulted in some rapid growth. There are only two pumpkins but they are whoppers. They are a bit pale but hopefully now the leaves aren’t covering them they will start to turn a lovely orange. I’m not sure if they will grow any more but I will take my bathroom scales out and weigh them soon. I’ve put them on roof tiles so they won’t rot and put Panda there for scale!
Pruning of apple and pear trees can be done this month cutting back secondary growths since summer, to one bud . Blackcurrants should be pruned now taking out 1/3rd of old wood and removing dead or weak wood. Prune blackberries but do not prune peaches, plums or cherries now.
This is the best time for major pruning and shaping of old wood on shrub roses but rake up any leaves to help prevent spread of diseases. Lightly fork around the roses to aerate the soil and alleviate compaction.
Lift and store dahlia and begonia tubers in a frost free place. Lift crowns of rhubarb and plant in a bucket in a warm and dark place for forcing.
Ground for next year’s runner beans can be prepared now and covered with manure or compost.
December is a good time for scrubbing boxes and pots ready for next Spring’s seed sowing. Also for sharpening and mending any tools or sitting by the fire with a warming drink preparing next year’s seed list
Chairman’s Summer Message
The Society’s 125th Show will take place on Saturday 28 July 2018 in the grounds of The Stoke Poges School. This an amazing milestone so let us all work together to make it as successful and enjoyable as ever!
Earl Howe and the Countess have accepted our invitation to present the Cups and Trophies. There is a new Trophy presented by Edward Guinness C.V.O., specifically for 16 to 30 year olds, and he is hoping to be able to present it himself.
Many thanks to all those who supplied plants and cakes and who came to buy at the Plant Sale, which raised nearly £1,000 to help cover the cost of the Show. We also owe a debt of gratitude to the Co-op and its members for a generous contribution of £1,638.04 towards the cost of this year’s Show.
Whatever the weather between now and then, I hope everyone will have something to exhibit in the Show; and, also, that we will all encourage our friends and neighbours to look in their gardens and allotments to see what there is that is worthy of being exhibited in the Show. We may be surprised to find things that are ready at the right time.
Entries can come from wider afield up to a 50 mile radius, so if you know keen gardeners, please tell them about the Show, let them know that they can see the schedule on our website, www.hortsoc.org
and enter online. For further information contact Pat Rofe on 01753 662695 or email email@example.com
Also, please spread the word about the children’s classes, the art, crafts, home economics, photographic and other classes, there is sure to be something in the schedule that appeals.
Janet Cottrell, Chief Steward for the Show, has provided further information. As she has said, the Show doesn’t just happen, we need volunteers to help make the event as memorable and smooth running, as in previous years. If you have time to spare and would like to help in any way, please get in touch with me on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01753 648040 or contact Jon Homan on email@example.com or 01753 662166