Group Leader: Terry Hoye
Tel: 07944 239 235 - (Please only use mobile number for contact)
First Monday of the month.
During the summer months the gardening group do not meet in the James Suite as we go out on visits, so please look at newsletter and website for information.
During the autumn and winter months held in the James Suite WA Town Hall on 1st or 2nd Monday each month, 1.30 until 3pm. £3 charge includes tea/coffee and biscuits. It is regretted that due to increased costs for hiring the hall and cost of speakers, the cost will be £3.
New members are most welcome to come along to join our friendly group.
We enjoyed a visit to RHS Wisley in April. The weather and gardens were lovely.
In May we had a trip to Coton Manor which was enjoyable.
In June we visited Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens.
Monday, 4 July - Capel Manor Gardens, Enfield.
I am arranging a visit to Capel Manor Gardens, Bullsmoor Lane. The cost of entrance for group of 20 plus people is £6.50 payable on the day (£7.50 if less than 20). I have asked if we could include a cream tea, but waiting for details and confirmation. Members will have to make their own way, so car share with other members would be appreciated. If interested please let me know no later than 21 June, so I can confirm booking numbers.
Tuesday, 23 August - New trip to National Trust, Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire.
Cost £28. If a National Trust or RHS members, the cost will be £15. If interested please book your place with me as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Tuesday, 4 October - RHS Hyde Hall, Chelmsford
I am pleased to say Waltham Abbey U3A have now become affiliated members to the RHS, which means a group of 52 are allowed free entrance once a year to any RHS garden. You will only have to pay for the cost of the coach £15, so if interested please let me know as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
New members welcome.
Trips on hold at the present time
Visit to Audley End House and Gardens - Will rearrange - As the U3A has an agreement with English Heritage, I will be able to obtain free entrance to the house and gardens at Audley End House.
INFO FROM TERRY -
With us all being at home more than usual, we are all drinking more tea. Here is a little gem on how to put used tea bags to good use in your garden.
1. Add the used tea bag to your compost bin as it speeds up the composting process.
2. Repels pests. Make a weak brew of tea using used tea bags, and water around your plants, then open tea bag to put leaves in the soil. It is a great way to repel pests and fungal diseases from your plants.
3. Make your plants lush and happy by opening the used tea bag around your plants; it improves the structure of the soil and feeds earth worms.
4. Feed your Acid-Loving Houseplants - ferns and many other houseplants prefer acidic soil. Open up the teabags and work leaves into the pot soil.
5. Give your roses a boost. Roses love tea leaves - slit open the used tea bag and sprinkle tea leaves around your roses to give them a boost.
6. Finally if you grow plants from seed, open up the tea bag and sow your seeds in the tea bag (dampen), then plant in soil or pot as it should give a better germinating rate.
I hope you put your mountain of tea bags to good use. Those coffee drinkers can use coffee grouts on garden to repel pests.
If any members would like back issues of gardening magazines such as Gardeners World, Amateur Gardening, Kitchen Garden or Grow Your Own, please let me know as I have a surplus. Good luck in your garden in 2022.
Contact Terry Hoye - 07944 239 235
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