Fruit n Veg Growing Group
Meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of the month at 10am
Next Meeting - TBA but it will be on a Thursday 10am probably at Valero Lounge, 57 Newland Street, Witham, CM8 2BE
Anyone interested in joining us should contact Peter via the Blue Bird icon or just come along.
Have a look at our GALLERY section to see what members are growing.
We are running a WhatsApp Group to keep in touch with ideas etc. and photos received are put on the supporting gallery.
We had our New Year Lunch at the Ship Inn, Tiptree, Alan was the champ with the largest squash -
he was awarded the ‘2019 Master Crop Grower’ shield. (click on the Gallery link)
Future Plans A visit to RHS Garden Hyde Hall and the Community Gardens Colchester. Anne suggested a great idea 'Companion Planting'.
If you don'y what this is come and join us. We also plan on sharing our left over seeds from last year.
It was time to decide who was the 'Master Crop Grower' for 2019, just who was going to get the coveted award!
Sally and Steves Veg were amazing, the leek? It was huge, I’m sure someone said they saw a Tescos receipt next to it!!
We had a stand at the U3A September meeting -
A great big thanks to SALLY STEVE and JOHN for sorting out our Slide Show and to RAY HARDISTY for providing the Banners and Flyers.
We are now eating our crops!
July and August 2019
Busy time, fighting off Weeds, Pigeons and believe it or not Peacocks! (look at the Gallery)
We met at the Valero Lounge in Witham. Our members number 7 at the moment, we plan on being at the September U3A meeting to promote the group.
Our meetings are light hearted and not too serious, we discussed ongoing development of the crops we are growing. It seems Alan is doing very well, he growing a wide variety of things including Purple Sprouting. The rest of the group are all doing well and lots of ideas were exchanged with a particular interest on what we should be doing with Potatoes and Tomatoes.
We are putting a photo gallery together and members have been sending pictures in so it will soon be on line.
Last months question, Do you know what Kaylet is? Hmm, seems it’s a sort of sprout cross?
Fruit - Red Currents, Gooseberry and Bluberry are the fruits being grown by Anne.
Alan bought some of his plants to the meeting and other members took them home to nurture them, he has a green house so has had a good start.
Veg - Spinach, Sugar Pod Peas, Dwarf French Beans, Beetroot, Mangetout, Dwarf Runner Beans, Radish, Swede, Potatoes, Swede, Courgettes, Chillis, Basil, Kaylet, Cucumber and several varieties of Tomatoes are all on the menu, well, growing at this time.
Do you know what Kaylet is?
At our April meeting the truth came out regarding freezing seeds, at least Butternut Squash seeds, they all failed BUT the seeds scraped directly from a Squash and not frozen have started to grow - Lesson learnt !
Our third meeting and we had full attendance. Ideas and questions were thrown around but one idea caused a laugh. Apparently bras are very good at supporting large crops such as Marrows and Butternut Squash hmmm…
Our competition to grow Butternut Squash is underway, everyone was handed seeds, not from a packet but from the veg purchased at the local supermarket. It will be interesting to see if they even grow!
New members are most welcome, our meetings are easy going and not too serious. At the moment we have seven members and we are all learning from each other.
A new group - Our initial meeting was at Olivers Nurseries in December where it was agreed we would meet monthly and arrange the following months meeting at that time. Everyone had ideas and different knowledge which is great as we can all help each other. Non of us are experts but there is quite a bit of experience.
Our second meeting was held at Johns house in Witham, the next meeting will be in March due to holidays, date to be finalised but it will be at Olivers Nurseries. Meetings are lighthearted and not too serious so if you are interested in joining please contact Peter Booth via the bird icon.
We plan on having a growing competition and Butternut Squash is the challenge. Seeds will be supplied to members including some frozen!