October 2019

KIRTON AND FALKENHAM GARDENERS CLUB

November meeting - ‘ Hyde Hall Past, Present and Future’
Ian Bull (Garden Manager) . Thurs 14th. Nov., Village Hall 7.30pm.

October meeting - Hodmedods – Josia Meldrum - Hodmedods is a small but fast growing business, founded by Josia and two partners in 2012 to source and supply beans and other products from British farms. Previously Josia had worked in Norfolk with govt departments, John Innes seed bank, Defra and local farmers to bring diversity into farming and support agricultural systems aimed at production of veg and fruit. They saw the potential and launched Hodmedods in 2012 to produce beans and peas grown on British farms. Already they are working with 25 farmers in Norfolk and Suffolk including Andy Williams at Home Farm Nacton. Hodmedods now offers a wide range of British beans and peas as well as British grown Quinoa. As well as dried beans, peas and Quinoa for cooking they offer a range of ready to cook canned beans and peas. Today the company supplies retailers and caterers, including CooP, in addition to on line sales. All the company’s pulses and grains are grown on British farms To find out more about products, outlets, recipes or the monthly news letter contact hodmedods.co.uk Their frangipane plum tart made with their yellow pea flour looks a winner! This was a fascinating success story and 40 members were absorbed and enjoyed Josia’s talk which lead to a lively question and answer session.

November meeting
For our November meeting we welcome Ian Bull whose talk is entitled ‘Hyde Hall Past, Present and Future’. Ian has worked at RHS Hyde Hall for over 13 years and currently is Garden Manager responsible for the Hill Top Garden. Before Hyde Hall Ian was at RHS Wisley and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
Ian’s talk is Thurs. 14th. Nov, 7.30pm Village Hall.

Tickets for the Christmas party will be on sale and Dobies new season seed catalogues will be available, also we will have a produce stall which will include butternut squash, small , medium and large! No charge but a small donation to club funds would be welcome.

Christmas party
our Christmas party is on Thursday 12th. December , 7.30pm in the Church Hall. Our guest speaker will be the popular Nick Bailey from BBC’s Gardeners World who will be talking on ‘ The Make Do and Mend Gardener’ . Tickets will be available at the November meeting, priced at £5 members and £10 guests. There will be the usual buffet, mulled wine and soft drinks plus our grand Christmas draw We would welcome prizes for the draw which will be in aid of club funds. Nick is in great demand as a speaker so please make sure of your ticket at the November meeting. Remember we are at the Church Hall for this one - 7.30pm.

Produce stall
I hope to run a produce stall at the November meeting so please bring along any spare produce you have. We still have a variety of garden tools available and I will have butternut squash which I can deliver for you.

Tales from the Allotments
It has been a difficult year on the plots, we had a long, hot summer and as I type these notes we have had two weeks of heavy rainfall. Autumn roots crops have stood up well such as carrots, parsnips and celeriac and leeks look surprisingly healthy. Plenty of pruning and tidying up to do and it is nice to see a few more new faces on the plots. It is the time of the year when I have to thank my neighbours, friends, dog walkers and contacts for helping me out with the disposal of surplus crops in particular courgettes and butternut squash. I am constantly asked why I grow so much but this is not rocket science and we plotholders are in the hands of mother nature and there is a lot that can be thrown at us over the yearly cycle! Apart from the weather there are the pigeons, rabbits and other wild life that are partial to some fresh veg! I am sure my ears would burn if I failed to deliver our fresh produce to the kitchen door! Some wild life are a help to us on the plots Bob Price and I have received visits from foxes who are not vegetarians! Foxes are vicious killers, far removed from the Basil Brush image, and strangely only eat half of their prey, sometimes only removing the heads of their victims. This year we have had half chickens, pigeons, rabbits all left on our plots. I expect there is a female Reynard waiting at home ready to complain about the male catching too much!!

Roy Mallett 616