February 2019

KIRTON AND FALKENHAM GARDENERS CLUB

February meeting - Thurs. 14th. Feb. 7.30pm. Village Hall - Dr. Ian Bedford
‘ Companion Planting for a Balanced Garden ‘

Christmas meeting –
The Christmas meeting in the church hall took the form of a quiz enjoyed by a good number of members and guests. There were the usual refreshments and thanks to all who supplied the delicious
eats There was a grand draw which raised £99 for club funds and we thank all who donated draw prizes.

January meeting - ‘Minsmere - A Volunteer’s View’ - Val and Alan Bourne.
Minsmere is a nature reserve on the East Suffolk coast owned and managed by the RSPB. The 1000 hectare site has been managed by the RSPB since 1947 and covers areas of reed, grass land,wet grass land, heath, woodland and shingle vegetation. Visiting birds include avocets, bearded tits, bitterns, marsh harriers and little egrits who, as a result of global warming in the last 30 years, can now be seen on the site.
Val and Alan are among a number of volunteers who assist the 20 full time staff who manage the site and look after the 170,000 annual visitors.
One of their duties is gathering details of wild life and passing to the RSPB central database.
Apart from the bird life there are ponies, deer and highland cattle on the site.
Minsmere has a shop, visitor centre and café, there are guided tours and it is possible to stay on the site at self catering cottages and lodges.
Minsmere is open dawn to dusk everyday except Christmas.
51 members renewed the membership for the coming year.

February meeting
For our Feb. meeting, Thurs. 14th. February , 7.30pm village hall, we welcome back Dr. Ian Bedford whose talk is entitled ‘ Companion Planting for a Balanced Garden,.
Ian is head of entomology at the John Innes Research Centre, Norwich where he has worked for 36 years. He is passionate about bugs and the environment and hopefully he will be able help us cope with the likes of bugs, slugs, white fly and carrot root fly!
So a good evening in store and you will be able to renew your membership for 2019 - still only £10 for the year.

Dobies seeds.
You can still order your seeds for the coming season, Dobies seed catalogue for 2019 is available and as a club member you will get the benefit of substantial discounts.
Get your copy by phoning Ray Bignell on 448291.

Tales from the Allotments
Not much to report this month, January is always a quiet time. All the pruning should be done now and the plots should be looking tidy, if bare.
First shoots of broad beans and garlic are through, I am particularly pleased about the beans as I lost my seeds from last year and had to sow some which I think were three years old. Anyhow germination looks good.

Roy Mallett 616