Gardening Club notes for March
Here we are at the third month of the year already, a busy time for gardener’s , seeds to sow, and those sown last month to be pricked out. Young seedlings need lots of TLC to avoid “damping off” do not keep them too wet and avoid moisture on the leaves. This month is notoriously a windy month, ensure all your young trees are a well staked & if using those cloches consisting of horticultural fleece, make sure that you have plenty of pegs to hold them down. Keep those borders & beds free from dead leaves & stems, this not only removes hiding places for slugs & snails but looks very much tidier. If you need items for your garden do not forget to use our discount suppliers; Mr Crappers potting shed for compost, Sturdy stuff for planters, Greatfield garden centre for seeds & plants etc., John Toomers for plants ,seeds and sundries, and the walled garden nursery at Brinkworth for unusual plants all offering club members good discounts. These are in addition to the benefits we enjoy with Dobies & our seed order system, try to use these suppliers to keep our discount structures in place & make good savings.
Club notes; On Monday the 16th of January was our first Club meeting of 2017. The committee had decided that we would host something different from the normal January meeting, so our guest speaker for the evening was Baroness Bart Und Kippenier from the Herefordshire owl rescue service, who had brought along six owls for us to see, ranging from a “little” owl from Namibia to a massive “Eagle” owl, called Igor, from Siberia, what I found most amusing was that one of the “barn” owls had travelled, completely free, perched on the back of the front passengers seat of the car, possibly the ultimate “backseat driver”. The evening’s talk consisted of the work of the rescue service and how it cares for owls that are brought in as young birds or injured birds we were quite surprised to learn that they had in their care owls with either wings or eyes missing, missing eyes being the commonest injury, these birds after treatment cannot be returned to the wild as they are no longer able to hunt, but as many birds as possible are returned to the wild, back to the places where they were found. The evening then became a general questions & answers session, following this members were allowed to have the owls sit on their gloved hands, all that is except Igor! At this meeting there was an opportunity for members to renew membership for the coming year, the evening ended with our raffle, we had twenty five guest join members for this special evening, we even managed to get some of these to join our club, a very successful evening enjoyed by all who came along Our Club meeting this month on the 20th, our speaker will be Ray Broughton, giving us a talk on fruit trees & bushes, giving tips & advise, something to be learned for everyone be they an experienced or novice gardener. Again something new for 2017, the members monthly competition, for this and next month the subject will be “the best Spring flower”, please try and bring something along, whether it be something you have grown especially, or that flower you picked in the garden on your way to the meeting!