6th May Meeting – Using A Small Greenhouse

Small but well used

Small but well used

Are you using your greenhouse as much as you could or is unloved and empty for part of the year?

Well Gareth Davies will be at our meeting on the 6th May to show us how we can use our greenhouses, however small, much more efficiently. Gareth Davies is a retired biology teacher, qualified judge and area representative for the National Rose Society and is contributes to radio and television.

We will also be holding our annual plant sale at the start of the meeting so get there early to get the best plants.

The talk commences at 7:30 and refreshments are available from 7:00pm.

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2013 Annual Show

Mixed cut flowers 2011

This year’s annual show is on the 10th August 2013 and will be held at Colwall Village Hall from 2 – 5pm.  It will be the 70th show and as such we have included some special categories in the show schedule.

Visitors 2011

Why not have a go and enter something?  There are a wide range of categories with something for everyone whether you love growing flowers, vegetables or fruit. If you are a home baker, sewer or knitter there are also categories you can enter.  Finally, there are a selection of junior classes which are free for children to enter.

shallots 2011

You don’t have to be a member of the Society to enter and  who knows you might win a prize!

The show schedule can be accessed here: 2013 show schedule  and the entry form is here: 70th Show Entry Form 2013

Handicraft 2011

Note: these photographs are from the 2011 Show

Review of April Meeting

Apart from arriving in daylight, the weather for our April meeting this year made us think it was still mid-winter.  As ever it included the Michael Jefferson-Brown bulb competition for which, somewhat surprisingly, there were a large number of entries.  This year the shield was awarded to Margaret Stone for a beautiful display of mixed bulbs.

Our information table contained details of the various local horticultural events we can enjoy in the next weeks and months including several plant fairs and talks.

A copy of this year’s show schedule was available for every member at the meeting and will soon be available on this website

Our speaker was Charles Dowding, a well-known exponent of no-dig vegetable growing about which he has now written four books.  With the help of his excellent pictures he demonstrated both his techniques and his success.  He creates his four-foot wide beds, in the open garden and in polytunnels,  by covering the area with cardboard on which he places a layer of manure and/or compost.  In this he grows a wide variety of vegetables, often with two and even three plantings a year.  The soil is kept weed free and the vegetables are planted very closely.  In this way, from his one acre plot, he produced vegetables with a wholesale value of thirty thousand pounds last year.

At our next meeting on 6 May our speaker will be Gareth Davies who will be telling us how to use a small greenhouse.  At that meeting, and again at our June meeting, we will be holding our annual bring and buy plant stall and we should plan to arrive, with our contributions, labelled if possible, by 7pm.

Margaret White

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