November 2012

Thurs. 13
th. December – Ben Potterton ‘The Travelling Horticulturist’
7.30 pm Church Hall Kirton (Tickets only).

November meeting, Ken Crowther – ‘ BBC Essex’.
Ken served his gardening apprenticeship in the London parks before opening his own maintenance and landscaping business in Essex in 1966. His company is now based in Epping and Felixstowe and provides landscape gardening services in Essex, Suffolk and London areas.
Ken arrived for his talk on BBC Radio to some ribbing having arrived 12 months earlier to find short mat bowls instead of an audience of local gardeners.
Essex Ken, as he is now widely known, has broadcast on BBC Radio Essex for over 25 years and now has a regular 2½ hour programme on Sats, 9- 11.30 am, 95.3 FM.
A natural speaker and likeable character, Ken entertained 63 members recounting his experiences working with BBC Essex.
December meeting
Thur. 13
th December Ben Potterton ‘The Travelling Horticulturist’.
Our Christmas meeting will be on Thurs. 13th December in Kirton Church Hall, 7.30pm, admission by ticket only.
We welcome our old friend Ben Potterton who will be talking on his experiences as a travelling horticulturist and we look forward to a lively evening.
As usual we will be looking for help in the following areas :- Food – Jo and Alma will be organising eats and will welcome your contributions, Debbie will be masterminding our grand draw , donations of prizes to Debbie or any committee member or bring on the night. Dick and Hester will be dispensing their usual grades of punch. If you have not got your ticket by the time you read this, contact Dick and you may be lucky, no cost to members.
Belgium 2013.
Due to heavy bookings Galloways have been unable to secure a channel crossing, either by Euro tunnel or ferry, for Friday 24th May 2013. As a result we have been forced to move our trip forward by one day, going out on Thursday 23rd May and returning Sunday 26th. Fortunately Novotel have been able to accommodate the change although we now have to complete a new contract. We will not pay deposits to the hotel until contracts are exchanged.If you are booked and have any concerns about the changed dates please contact Alma (616) or Jo (784).
Seed Catalogues
The Dobies 2013 seed catalogues where available at the November meeting and Ray would like your completed orders returned to him by end November .
Open Gardens – Sun. 23rd. June 2013, 1.00 to 4.30pm.
Members will be opening their gardens in aid of the scouts hut fund on this day. Parking will be available on the village green and guides and brownies will provide teas in the Church Hall. We will be contacting members for opening their gardens in due course and information will be in the Review over the coming months.
2013 Programme
We have a cracking programme of 8 meetings and 4 visits arranged for 2013 including a surprise Christmas guest. And the further good news is that your committee have agreed to hold the membership fee at £5 for the 13th. successive year!! This is unbeatable value and you can renew your membership at our January 10th. meeting when Alan Shipp is back by public demand.
Tales from the Allotments
Our old friend Toby Buckland , like the formidable Sarah Raven,seems to be one of life’s survivors as he keeps bouncing back from various failures, most noticeably his stint heading up BBC 2’s Gardener’s World with little Alys Fowler. He always returns with a smile and recently , in one of the weekly gardening supplements, he is back, somewhat belatedly , jumping on the ‘grow your own’ band wagon’ extolling the virtues of producing your own fruit and veg.
He points out that Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall has not only raised the sales of vegetable seeds above flowers, but has brought many beginners into gardening, particularly children. On the question of allotments he rightly points out that there must be time to attend the plot otherwise there is a constant battle to stay ahead of the weed game. This is fair enough but his suggestion of finding a plot with play equipment to encourage children could lead to problems with the neighbours. He does recommend buying veg plants instead of growing from seed, so there you go – join the queue at Roselea Express.
I would take issue with his choice of the most rewarding crops, no mention of any type of bean, celeriac, asparagus or butternut squash. It has been a good year for the latter and I have some monster specimens, particularly the striped variety. I find that the squash will keep better if left on the plant as long as possible, at least until the stork goes brown. Like a good wine squash mature with age and it is best to allow three or four weeks before eating. If handled carefully and stored in a cool, dry place they should last well into the new year, and it is easy to save the seed ready for next
year’s season.
Breaking news – Roselea Express are to introduce a ‘find your car’ service for seniors after a ‘mature’ customer failed to locate his car in the busy park. In future just call Steven or Sally & they will guide you to your car or, if in the event you didn’t come by car, John will get you home by tractor. Roselea Express – ‘Every Little Helps’.
Should have gone to Specsavers!

Roy (616)and all the committee wish you all a peaceful and happy Christmas.

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