CONVENOR - Ken Turner
DAY - Monday, 3rd week of month
VENUE - See timetable of events below.
TIME - 10.00 - 12.00 unless otherwise stated
DUE TO CURRENT GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES THE GARDENING GROUP ARE UNABLE TO MEET AT THE MOMENT. HOWEVER, KEN HAS PROVIDED SOME TIPS FOR THE GARDEN. PLEASE SEE BELOW.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEND AN EMAIL MESSAGE TO KEN PLEASE CLICK ON THE BLUEBIRD ON THE RIGHTHAND SIDEBAR
Covering many aspects of gardening with practical involvement. Garden visits will also be arranged.
GARDENING TIPS FROM KEN TURNER
Gardening wise it is now time to keep a close eye on any vegetables you are growing. Make sure you harvest Runner, French and Broad Beans, Peas, Courgettes and Sweet Corn while they are still young and tender.
Now is also the time to carry out summer pruning of Wisteria – cut the long whippy new shoots back to about four buds. This helps to keep the plant tidy and initiate flower bud development before their second prune in January to two to three buds.
Lavender bushes will also benefit from a light pruning as the flowers finish.
Keep an eye on fruit trees like apples and plums to check that a heavy crop is not bending the braches down possible causing them to break. If this is the case you can prop the branches up or possibly a better solution is to thin out the crop removing any small, damaged, misshapen and diseased fruit.
I have been reading an interesting newly published book entitled "Britain’s Trees" by Jo Woolf who, amongst other things, looks at the mythology associated with trees.
The Ash tree Fraxinus excelsior is particularly interesting since apparently they can change sex from year to year so that the trees that bear fruit one year may not do so the next. Also it was once said that if ash trees in Britain did not bear any fruits (keys) in 1649 – the year that Charles 1st died – the absence of seeds in any subsequent years was taken as a bad omen for the Royal Family.
Old herbalists said that the ash had power as a snake deterrent and John Gerard advised that juice from the leaves could be applied to a snake bite or drunk with wine to give the same effect. Ash trees were also thought to have healing properties, especially for children. Newborn babies would be give a spoonful of ash sap and sick children would be passed through the cleft of a tree or sapling in the hope that it might cure them. Today the leaves are known to have diuretic and laxative properties and the keys if picked while still green have been eaten as a delicate tasting salad.
If you have an open fire ash produces little or no smoke and produces an ash rich in potash.
The wood is strong and elastic and is prized for making ladders, carts and farm implements. Its pale, close-grained wood makes beautiful furniture and is also used for hockey sticks, billiard cues, oars and tennis rackets. So one of our oldest hedge row trees has had and still has many uses.
Something for you to mull over during August.
Gardening Group Programme of Meetings and Events