May 2019

KIRTON AND FALKENHAM GARDENERS CLUB
June visit - Thurs. 13th. June - Swann’s Nursery Bromeswell - Cars Green 6.15pm , or assemble 7.00pm.

May visit - for our May visit we were guests of Material Change, Recycling and Renewable Energy whose site is in the midst of the picturesque village of Creeting St. Mary. The company offers a diverse range of waste management solutions whether it’s waste recycling , composting or anaerobic digestion. The company started business in 2007 and now operates compost sites, processing over 175000 tonnes per annum. The company operates seven compost sites across the midlands and east Anglia. The company has a wide variety of products for sale , various types of ornamental barks, playground surfacing and mulches and important, for gardeners, various composts and soil improvers.
Mercifully the torrential rain storms had by passed Creeting and our guide Andy was waiting to kit us out with high visibility jackets and we were off for a site tour. Andy explained the whole process from receipt of waste to the production of composts , mulches and soil improvers.
This was a fascinating insight into the composting process which is so efficient that only 1 % of raw product received ends up as land fill.
The variety of products for sale is impressive and if any of our members are interested I have product leaflets. Alternatively contact the sales team on 01449 263102. Around 25 members made the trip.

June visit - Swann’s Nursey, Bromeswell. Thursday 13th. June and we make the welcome return to Swann’s. This visit was in our programme for last year, but heavy rain prevented the trip. Cars at the Green at 6.15pm or assemble 7.00pm.

July visit - Thurs. 11th. July – we visit ‘ The Laburnums’ South Elmham , cars Green 6.00pm or assemble 7.00pm.

August visit - Thurs. 8th. August - ‘ Shawsgate Vineyard & Winery ‘ Framlingham, cars Green 6.00pm or assemble 7.00pm. Note – this visit is fully booked and only those on the booking list can be accommodated.

Summer Garden Party - the Summer Garden Party has been fixed for the afternoon of Saturday 20th. July and we are grateful to Carol and Les Long for opening their garden at Weir Place for the event. This annual event is for members only and there will be a charge of £3 per person. You will receive a free raffle ticket and there will be the usual tea, coffee, cakes and strawberries and cream to enjoy.

Summer outing - a reminder that our summer outing is Wednesday 4th. September when we visit the RHS Gardens at Wisley and includes the late summer flower show. There are only a few tickets left , £17 per person, so if you want to go contact Jenny on 448571.

Open Gardens - on Sunday 2nd. June Dianne and Mick Elmes will be opening their garden at 41, Westmorland Road under the National Gardens Scheme. Light refreshments are available , time 11.am to 5pm. So support this good cause and enjoy Mick’s garden.

Tales from the Allotments - 6th. May heralded three days of some of the heaviest rain I have witnessed having lived in Kirton for nigh on 50 years. It followed two months of dry weather and as such was very welcome on the plots but soggy soil curtailed activities! However new potatoes, strawberries onions, shallots will all benefit from the downpours. First to harvest new potatoes, yet again was Bob who produced the first in late April, in fact before some people had planted theirs.
We have a few new faces on the plots and it is good to see so many villagers taking the chance to grow their own. If you fancy giving it a go contact Susan Harvey.

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