Autumn gardening tips

Gardening for the Autumn, a talk by Bob Coutts

Autumn is time for looking forward to next year, when all the seed catalogues arrive and one can plan for next years growing. This was how Bob started his talk on an optimistic note. This is the time to sow Broad beans suitable for Autumn planting such as Aquadulce Claudia and Sweet peas for an early crop next year, but beware of mice who love to eat them in their early stages.

Tender plants such as geraniums need to be brought in under cover to protect from frost Now is also the time to take cuttings . For geraniums ensure material is clean and healthy and remove calices, put round the edge of a pot with a mixture of compost and sharp sand for drainage, water in with a fungicide and do not water again until they have roots. Protect from sunlight and leave in pot until February. Cuttings can also be taken of Penstemons, Fuchsias, Hydrangeas and evergreens, leave the top growth on Penstemons growing in the garden to protect the crown. Bob then went on to talk about fruit.

Tidy up strawberries and pot up well rooted runners, only take from year old plants to avoid viruses. Cuttings can also be taken of currants and gooseberries waiting until the foliage drops off, pencil thickness, cut with a flat bottom and slanted top to identify the right way up. to avoid suckers particularly on gooseberries rub out the bottom buds that will be under the compost.

Bob then showed us how to plant up a big container by layering the bulbs and not stinting on the compost, he uses 1/2 potting and 1/2 John Innes no 3. The layers were, at the base narcissi, next tulips, then hyacinths, firming the compost in between each layer. He finished of with a wallflower in the middle and polyanthus and pansies round the top. Once again protect from predators particularly squirrels who love tulips and if planting in the ground avoid a scent trail.

A very entertaining and amusing talk from Bob enjoyed by all.

PHOTO BY: Dan Freeman (Unsplash)
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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.