Friends & foes in the garden

A very entertaining evening talk by Karen Kenny

The Society had a very entertaining evening supplied by Karen Kenny who talked about Friends & Foes in the Garden. We started off naming all the friends and foes we could think of ensuring we did not fall asleep. Karen then went on to discuss various organic ways could deal with these pests. She stressed how important it is to keep the ecological balance in the garden and that by using sprays of pesticides we are harming the very creatures we want to attract. The definition of a foe in the garden is a creature that shares our plants without our permission.

The foes we discussed were Aphids, lily beetle, cabbage white butterflies and vine weevils. To attract the friends into the garden they need water and plants to attract them and encourage them to lay their eggs, such as poached eggs plants which are used by ladybirds early in the Spring to lay their first eggs and then the larvae will eat the aphids. Blue tits will also eat them and a piece of fat hung near the roses will encourage them. Black flies can be a big problem on dahlias and Runner beans, using a sacrificial plant such as nasturtians, planted under the dahlias and beans will attract the black flies to them, nipping out the shoots of the runner beans also helps as they like the soft tips. To deter cabbage white butterflies and some aphids strong smelling herbs will confuse them as they are attracted by the smell and shape of their preferred plant, tomatoes, fennel, rosemary all help in this respect. The dreaded lily beetles who have no predators, have a cunning habit of dropping off the plant and falling upside down if someone tries to catch them, a piece of white paper underneath solves this problem. The disgusting larvae can be washed off with a hose pipe, but best to move the lilies to a beetle free area as they hibernate in the soil.

Slugs and snails can be dealt with at the egg stage as well as the adult stage, centipedes, slow worms and rove beetles will eat the eggs while frogs and hedgehogs will eat the adults. Beer traps are to be avoided as they catch the good guys as well as the bad. Vine weevils can be dealt with using a biological nematode or as a preventative cover the pots with a thick mulch of gravel as they cannot burrow into this to get at the soil. A very informative and fun evening. The next meeting will be the inter club annual quiz so come and support your club.

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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.