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20 March, 2017

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

At last we can start the annual battle against the weeds. In medieval times there was a fighting season and this is it. If you have dug a new area for a border or just dug round things in an existing one it is worth letting the weed seeds, that you have brought to the surface, germinate. You will also be able to treat those deep rooted weeds like dock and thistle. Using Roundup will get rid of them, though there must be enough leaf area to absorb the poison. I miss the plastic bags from the supermarket, they were ideal for covering all the plants in the border that you need to protect from the weed killer spray. I have found that this is the ideal time to start the battle against bindweed. You can see it now and it has not had time to twine round everything. Yes, you will have to spray it again but it will be easier to deal with having less top growth to unwind. ...

20 March, 2017

Farm Notes

The Villager

Another month and little has changed – no crops have been planted and only a few have been fertilised because the ground is so wet. This winter’s rainfall has not been excessive but continuous with only a few drying opportunities. When I first started at Hall Farm my aim was to complete sowing of the spring barley by 12th March and the other spring crops soon after but this has not been achieved for a number of years, I guess due to climatic changes. The yields from spring crops tend to decline as the planting date moves later but one advantage of a delay is that the soil is warmer and day length longer so the crops emerge and establish much quicker partly because of the non- ploughing techniques which we use now. In preparation for the tractor activity I ordered 5000 litres of diesel today which should be enough for the sowing period but a bigger invoice than topping up a car at the BP station! ...

20 March, 2017

Herriard with Lasham & Bentworth Women’s Institute – Coffee Morning

The Villager

Coffee Morning at the Royal British Legion Hall, Herriard. Thursday 20th April 10:00-12:00 in aid of Institute funds. Coffee & cake £2.50. Tea, squash and herbal teas available ...

20 March, 2017

Bentworth Garden Club Plant Sale – 29th April 2017

Events Garden Club The Villager

Bentworth Jubilee Hall, Saturday 29 April 2017, 10am until noon. Free coffee and tea, and Stella’s lemon drizzle cake Come early! The plants always sell out immediately! ...

20 March, 2017

Bentworth Parish Council Planning Meeting – 22nd March 2017

Parish Council Planning

There will be a meeting of the Bentworth Parish Council Planning Committee at 7:00pm on Wednesday 22nd March in the Jubilee (school) Hall, Bentworth. The agenda is available to download below. ...

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20 March, 2017

Evening Talks in Aid of Broadlands Riding for the Disabled – 20th April

Events The Villager

Susie Greenwood has organised another talk in aid of Broadlands group Riding for the disabled on Thursday, 20th April, the speaker this time being Olympic gold medal winner George Nash. ...

20 March, 2017

Charity Spring Walk – Thursday 27th April

The Villager

Enjoy the glorious East Hampshire countryside and benefit disabled youngsters. Capture the essence of spring with birdsong and wild flowers; the marked circular route takes up to two hours. £15 per person payable on the day. ...

14 March, 2017

Land at Glebe Close, Bentworth

Parish Council Planning

The Parish Council has received the attached letter from East Hampshire District Council regarding land at Glebe Close.

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