March 2019

KIRTON AND FALKENHAM GARDENERS CLUB
March meeting - Thurs. 14th. March , 7.30pm Village Hall ‘ Roses’ with Ray Martin, Felixstowe Hort. Society

February meeting
For our February meeting we welcomed back Dr. Ian Bedford whose illustrated talk was entitled ‘Companion Planting for a Balanced Garden. Ian is head of entomology at the John Innes Research Centre, Norwich where he has worked for over 40 years. He explained that the concept of companion planting is where two or more plants give mutual benefit to each other and where unwanted bugs and diseases can be kept at bay. As an example the dreaded carrot root fly can be deterred by the planting of herbs, onions and garlic close to the carrots. Greenhouse diseases can be avoided by having pots of Basil alongside plants such as tomatoes in the summer months.. By employing companion planting the use of toxic pesticides can be avoided.
Ian has written a book on the subject and regularly broadcasts on radio and television and features on BBC Gardeners Question time alongside Bob Flowerdew.
55 members and guests picked up many useful tips and enjoyed some delicious refreshments courtesy of the MU!

March meeting
For our March meeting we have a welcome return of Ray Martin who will be talking on roses and you will be able to purchase tickets for our summer visit to RHS Wisley, only £17
And if you have not yet joined for 2019 can renew your membership , only £10 for the year. Thurs. 14 March , 7.30pm , village hall.

April meeting
Thurs. 11th. April, 7.30pm Village Hall and we welcome Chris & Marion Stephens talking on ‘ Bees, Flowers & Honey.
This meeting will be followed by the club’s AGM when the club’s accounts will be published and there will be a report on the past year.
We also have to elect Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary and Auditor and at least one committee member so come along and have your say!

Summer outing
Our summer outing this year will be on Wednesday 4th. September when we visit RHS gardens at Wisley and the Late Summer Flower Show. Tickets at only £17 per member are on Sale at club nights or from Jenny on 448571

Dobies seeds
The Dobies seed catalogues for 2019 are now available from Ray Bignell on 448291 and you qualify for the generous discounts available to members.

20 years and still going strong!
The club celebrates it’s 20th year in 2020 and if you have any ideas for a special speaker or event let us know. Members will remember the visit of Matthew Wilson for our 10th. birthday so if you have any ideas let the committee members know .

Tales from the Allotments
The dismal weather of January and early Feb. has given way to blue skies and sunshine and the plot holders are emerging from the winter weeks. Autumn sown broad
Beans and garlic look good and shallots and onions have been sown. March is a busy month on the plots and the weather should be good enough for sowing seeds such as peas, broad beans, early potatoes, parsnips and carrots. In the greenhouse I hope to be sowing leeks, celeriac, b/n squash, courgettes pumpkin and sweetcorn.
Bob has carried out his annual mouse cull and they must be almost extinct in the area!

Roy Mallett 616