A year in my garden

A talk by Sherie Plumb

The Speaker at the last meeting of the Society was Sherie Plumb, a very well known vegetable grower who shows her produce and is extremely successful on the show bench. She is a member of the National vegetable Society and runs the Essex Association. Her talk was entitled ‘A year in the Garden’.

The year started in November with cleaning of all the greenhouses, sowing onions, broad beans and spring greens . the spring greens being sown in the greenhouse. All the beds are double dug and potatoes planted in large bags of peat, one to each bag. Runner beans are grown in the same place each year because it is protected from the wind. Before planting a trench is dug and filled with compost. Pickling shallots are also planted but in pots surprisingly, 2 to each pot. All these vegetables will end up on the show bench, with the surplus for the house or being sold at the gate.

Come December onion seed is sown and in January carrot mixes are made up, Onion seedlings are pricked out and moved to 2 inch pots, everything is netted to keep off pigeons and marauding foxes. In February more seedlings are potted on and in March the carrot beds are prepared and filled with sand, these are covered. Potatoes are planted in their large bags of peat after shooting they are put outside and covered with cloches. Carrots are sown on top of peat filled holes 3 to each hole, these will then be thinned out to 1 per hole. 7 lots of runner beans sown, onions planted, leeks potted on and supported with a pole and a wire over to support the flags. By now cucumber, marrows and sweetcorn all growing well in the greenhouses. By May everything growing well. In June shallots are measured for the shows, collars are put on the carrots to stop the shoulders going green, runner beans need to be 18 inches long so all side shoots are cut off. Plants are fed with Chempac and a seaweed feed.

July, cucumbers are earthed up and everything is growing well. August and September , time for showing all the produce and getting many first prizes. Harvesting many crops in October and then it is time to start all over again ready for next year. Such an interesting inspiring talk with pictures of all the prize winning vegetables.

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more information re coach trip.

The first pick up point will now be the bus stop opposite St Benedicts Church on the corner of Hollingsworth Road. Parking permitted at the church.

Just to be clear and to avoid any confusion, Apart from tea and cake at Rosemary, we pay for all other refreshments (coffee at Place for Plants and lunch at Flatford). Outstanding coach costs and parking will be subsidised by the club. All friends have a seat on the coach.

Coach trip to East Bergholt.

Can all monies for the coach trip pleased be paid either at the March meeting or Wednesday 20th of April meeting. Just a reminder , all cheques to be made payable to Oulton Broad & Lowestoft Horticultural Society. Following payment your name will marked as paid.

Payment for garden trip on Saturday June 11th.

Please make all cheques, £25, for the trip payable to Oulton Broad & Lowestoft Horticultural Society. Changing details such as the name of the club with the bank is somewhat problematical.

Garden Trip

We are planning a trip by coach to East Bergholt for club members although non members may come if there is spare room on the coach. The trip will take place on Saturday 11th of June 2022 and we plan to go to Place for Plants for a visit to their garden along with coffee and a chance to buy some plants. This will be followed by a visit to Flatford for lunch and a stroll or just chilling out. At 2pm we will be visiting the Garden of Mrs Natalie Finch, called Rosemary, the garden appeared on Gardeners World back in 1997. Here we will have tea, and a tour of the garden and all the wonderful roses leaving for home at 4pm.

The cost of the trip is £25 which includes cost of the gardens and tea at Rosemary, all other costs will be subsidised by the club. Contact me using the form provided in ‘get in touch’. The deadline for replies is the 7th March. Pick up’s will be Yarmouth Rd, opposite Gunton St Peter’s Ave, 8.45am and the Co-op at Ashburnham rd, 9am arriving about 10.30am.

Book Table

We have had a large donation of Gardening books, so we have decided to have a book table at our meetings where members can purchase  a book for a donation to the club.

Changes to membership fees

It has been agreed by both the members and the committee that the membership fee will increase to £10 per annum, In order to get good speakers we need to increase our income, speakers costs have also increased as have their travelling costs. The entrance fee will remain at £1.00 with first time guest free of charge.