Burpham Gardening Club News

Written by John Boon

September & October 2019

Thank you to everyone who supported the Summer Show, congratulations to all the prize winners, especially Morriss Kemp, winner of the Ted Crump Rosebowl, the Howard Plate and the Ireland Trophy and Carol Bennett winner of the Teresa Hunt Trophy. Next year we must all make an effort to beat Morriss in the Rose and Sweet Pea classes. We look forward to receiving you’re entries for the Autumn Show on Saturday 7th September. Entries must be in by 11.00am, the show will reopen after judging at 2.30pm for refreshments and the presentation of prizes. Hopefully you will be one of the prize winners.

The Trading Hut will re-open on Sunday 1st September. The speaker at our meeting on October 22nd will be Mark Dobell who will be asking the question ‘Is the Squirrel a friend or a foe?’

Things to do in the garden in September.

  • The evenings are beginning to draw in and by the end of this month we can expect to see frosts, so enjoy your garden whilst it is still at its best.
  • On sunny days collect the seed of Annuals such as French Marigold and Tagetes for sowing next Spring, do not collect the seed of F1 Hybrids.
  • Cuttings of tender perennials such as Fuchsia and Pelargonium can still be taken.
  • Evergreen hedges should be given their final trim of the year.
  • Daffodils and Narcissi should be planted this month and next for a good display in the Spring.

The evenings are beginning to draw in and by the end of this month we can expect to see frosts, so enjoy your garden whilst it is still at its best.

  • Keep Camellias and Rhododendrons well watered to ensure good bud formation for next year.
  • Plant out overwintering Onion sets and Spring Cabbage plants.
  • Cut out the fruited canes from Raspberry and Loganberry.
  • Apply an Autumn dressing to the lawn just before rain is forecast.

Things to do in the garden in October.

  • All tender plants should be brought inside and kept in a frost free place.
  • Cut back and divide perennials which have become large clumps in the border.
  • Dahlias should be lifted once they have been blackened by the frost, the tubers should be dried off and kept in a frost free place ready for planting next Spring.
  • Prune climbing Roses and tall Bush Roses to minimise damage from windrock.
  • Tulips bulbs should be purchased or ordered for planting next month.
  • Sow Sweet Peas in pots towards the end of the month for over-wintering under glass.
  • Plant prepared Hyacinths and ‘Paperwhite’ Narcissi in pots for a Christmas display, keep the pots in a cool dark place until the bulbs begin to sprout and then bring them out into the light.
  • Remove the yellowing leaves of Brassicas to restrict grey mould.
  • Complete the lifting of Potatoes being careful to remove very small tubers which might carry disease into next years crop.
  • The lawn should scarified to remove the dead thatch which has accumulated during the summer, an Autumn dressing can still be applied when rain is forecast.
  • This is an ideal time to lay Turf and to reseed lawns.

To join the club or our meetings Call John Boon on 01483 874123

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