Burpham Gardening Club News

Written by John Boon

November & December 2019

Thank you to everyone who entered the Autumn Show, congratulations to all the prize winners, especially Morriss Kemp, winner of the Martin Trophy, Carol Bennett winner of the Newman Trophy and I was lucky enough to retain the Ron Sporle Shield.

Andrew Halstead will again be at the meeting on November 28th to present a talk on ‘Bugs that Bite Back’ and to present the Club Trophies.

The Trading Hut will close on October 13th for the Winter months.

Things to do in the garden in November.

  • Tulip Bulbs should be planted this month.
  • Faded Perennials should be cut down leaving Penstemons and other late flowering plants to continue in bloom until caught by the frost.
  • An application of mulch should be applied to Agapanthus and Cannas to protect them from extreme cold.
  • Amaryllis bulbs should be planted in pots for a Christmas display.
  • Bring potted Hyacinths and Narcissi into a light cool place once they begin to shoot.
  • If you intend to overwinter half hardy Fuchsias and Pelargoniums they should be cut back and left dormant under cover in a frost free place until next Spring.
  • Start the Winter pruning of Apples and Pears.
  • Bush, Cane and Fruit trees can be planted this month.
  • Aquadulce Broad Beans should be sown this month in the hope of an early crop next year ahead of the Black fly invasion.
  • Regularly rake the fallen leaves off of the lawn and try to keep off of the grass during wet or frosty weather.

Things to do in the garden in December.

  • Clear left over plant debris from the vegetable plot leaving it ready for winter digging.

The most popular houseplant at this time of the year is the Poinsettia. To keep the plant at its best it should be kept in a warm light place away from draughts, do not over water.

  • For early Rhubarb force the crowns by covering them with a dark bucket.
  • Continue to prune Apple and Pear trees, Currants, Gooseberries can also be pruned.
  • Grape Vines, Acers and Birches should be pruned before Christmas to prevent bleeding.
  • Most deciduous trees and shrubs can now be cut back, leave Prunus species until they are in leaf next Spring and Magnolias should be left until next Summer before being cut back.
  • Now is a good time to plant Fruit trees and bushes, hedging, deciduous trees and shrubs.
  • Pinch out the tips of October sown Sweet Peas to encourage a bushy growth.
  • Indoor Azaleas should be watered regularly with rainwater to prevent the dense rootball from drying out.
  • Keep houseplants on a sunny windowsill as light levels fall and water less frequently.
  • The biggest killer of houseplants is over watering.
  • The most popular houseplant at this time of the year is the Poinsettia. To keep the plant at its best it should be kept in a warm light place away from draughts, do not over water.
  • Insulate garden taps and exposed pipework from extreme weather conditions.

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

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