AGM 2019 & Jeff Bates

Here we go. As the nights draw in, unfortunately we have less time to spend out in the garden, well unless we use floodlights and head torches. Not to worry as your local friendly garden club is here to see you through the winter. September saw the start of a new year of talks and events hosted by Cropwell Bishop Growers and Gardeners.

For the first meeting of the year we had a great turn out, seeing lots of new members and plenty of familiar faces. The team then gave updates from accounts through to everything we have lined up for the upcoming year. The AGM always gives us a great chance to catch up, let you see what’s happening behind the scenes and give you a bit more insight into how we try to do things.

Shortly after, Jeff Bates sprung into action to give a talk, in a refreshing way, with no PowerPoint in sight. Picking from his bag of cuttings, he took us through a breath of topics really imparting his knowledge, and his banter with some audience members. As usual we have put together our top 10 tips from the night.

  1. September is the perfect time to transplant evergreens
  2. Hydrangea are best pruned in Aprils
  3. If you remove cypress, leave the ground for 2 years
  4. Leave some pods on runner beans, to plant for next year
  5. Plant green manure in early October
  6. Plant Autumn onion set in September
  7. Espalier apples and pears to be pruned before September
  8. Fig trees need to be constrained in the ground
  9. Use scavola blue wonder in baskets
  10. Plant your winter baskets in September to develop

Jeff was a pleasure to listen to and he was a great start to our year of talks. we look forward to Octobers talk from Flower Pods.

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