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08 April, 2020

Bentworth Garden Club Plant Sale

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Dear Members, I hope that you are all well? The plant sale this year is going to be different! We have got some bedding plants and a few other plants that the committee are going to sell. We are going to do an inventory of what we have got which I will send out nearer the time. ...

08 April, 2020

Garden Notes – Get Sowing

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Thank heavens for the dry weather coming in at the end of March. At last we could get out into our gardens. We need them for exercise and food. Of course lots of you have no veg patch but it will be useful if you can manage to grow something in the coming months, even if it is only in a tub. I worry that though we grow a lot of veg in this country there will be no-one to harvest it. We could have a reduced choice of fruit and veg. If so it will be sensible to grow what you can in your garden. ...

21 March, 2020

Garden Notes – April Showers

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Let us hope we do not get too many showers in April. Just enough to get new sowings to emerge. Of course that means the weeds as well. I have been looking at the options for getting rid of these weeds. If everything is dry you can hoe and leave them on the surface to die. Or you can use a weed killer. We used to be able to get simple Weedol, which just killed the leaves and was ideal for annual weeds. But now glyphosate is ubiquitous. You can get it in formulations to provide an instant effect. It kills plants right down to their roots and degrades once it hits the soil. So you can plant soon afterwards. There is a new kid on the block to join Roundup, called Job Done. It is difficult to compare them as they produce their chemical list in different ways. Even Roundup has different formulations. One thing that effects its use is the amount of surfactant (soapy stuff) they add. This means the weedkiller can cling to the leaves better. Find one that works for you. When it comes to paths and gravel they both claim to act as weed killers but they have no long term effect. What you need is one containing a preemergent agent as well as the glyphosate, such as Weedol Pathclear. This claims to give you a season clear of weeds, but remember a season is only three months long. I find it useful to hit the weeds early with Roundup and then sometime in April use the Weedol Pathclear. This prolongs the weedfree time and means you can avoid spraying overhanging plants. In late summer when you cut back the geraniums and catmint I come along and treat the odd weed then with Roundup. ...

19 March, 2020

Bentworth Garden Club

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Dear members, I thought I might give you a bit of an update of our thinking on how to move forwards with the Bentworth Garden Club this year. We have had the Bentworth Garden Club Membership and programme printed for this year.  As from Thursday 19th March, I will be putting  some  programmes in my outside letter box (by the front door) for anyone to pick up.  Maxine will also have some to give out.  We do not want any payment for this at the moment.   However, we will be asking you all for some money when we next see you.  (The membership is still £7.00).  We are dong this so that you can get your 10% discount from Garthowen Garden Centre, and if rumours are to be believed, I think we might be spending quite a lot of time in our gardens this spring! So the discount might come in handy. ...

15 March, 2020

CANCELLED – Bentworth Garden Club AGM – 17th March 2020

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The Bentworth Garden Club meeting scheduled for 17th March has been cancelled. [Please note that this message is not posted on behalf of Bentworth Parish Council and does not necessarily reflect the Parish Council’s policy] ...

21 February, 2020

Bentworth Garden Club

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The Bentworth Garden Club Committee are all looking forward to seeing you on 17th March for our first Garden Club Meeting of the year. We have put together an interesting and fun agenda for this year, which we hope you we will enjoy. ...

21 February, 2020

Garden Notes – Spring?

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Spring has come so early this year. I am writing this at the beginning of February (Jill likes her contributions in good time). The daffodils that should follow the snowdrops are so tall they are hiding them. The early crocus and iris could not wait and are out with the aconites. My camellias are showing colour in their buds and cornus mas is out. The birds are singing and this morning I saw two hares chasing each other around. ...

24 January, 2020

Garden Notes

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I have at last got out to do some tidying. In the shrub borders there are clumps of euphorbias. I love the big characias ones with blue green foliage and acid yellow flowers in spring. They make a good evergreen for your borders. You do have to cut the dead flower heads off later in the year. Here it gets awkward because the sap is nasty. ...

22 November, 2019

Garden Notes

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I have found the perfect Christmas present for local gardeners. The Hampshire Gardens Trust is publishing a book about the Herriard estate. In the 1790’s The owner George Purefoy Jervoise inherited the estate and employed the then fashionable landscape gardener, Humphry Repton at Herriard Park ‘Improving the Premises’. ...

13 October, 2019

Garden Notes – Pruning

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Now is the time to get out and prune some of the plants in your garden. It helps in windy gardens to cut roses and buddleias part way down to stop the wind rocking them. Otherwise it is time to prune those plants that are too impatient to wait till spring before their sap rises. These are the birches, acers, vines and mulberries. I once lodged with a man who made birch sap wine. Think of all those acers which are tapped for maple syrup. ...