Staunton and District Gardening Club
The club meets at 7.15pm on the second Monday of each month, from September to April in Staunton Village Hall
Visitors Very Welcome
Our February speaker was Marion Stainton and her subject 'The garden in Spring'.
As March heralds Spring efforts can be divided into 'Clear up from last year', 'Looking after the soil', 'Propagating and Planting', 'Pots and containers' and 'Lawns'.
Firstly, don't make a start on the garden if the ground is still frozen or really wet. Leave it for another day. April is a good month for tidying up evergreens. A pH test is very helpful when you are thinking of adding organic matter and mulching and planning to add fertilizer. Get weeds under control, especially the young dandelions which have appeared – try to get all their roots out too! Then later in the season you can keep them at bay with your hoe. The end of April or beginning of May should be your last chance to use weed-killer or it will affect new plants. The 15 May is a good cut-off date for frosts but watch the weather forecasts. Use seeds from poppies to scatter and fill spaces, divide daffodils into smaller clumps once they have finished flowering, if you are using willows as stakes use dried out canes or they will re-grow.
Lawns, for the first cut ensure your mower is on its highest setting and again tor the second mowing if the grass is dry. Lawn fertilizer can be added now but be careful with sprinklers as they often use a minimum of water which does not get to the roots.
Look out for and remove pests such as blackfly and beetles. When watering roses don’t water the leaves but direct the water to the roots and mulch well. Spray for aphids and then 2 weeks later spray again.
Lots to do but the garden will benefit and reward you for all your hard work!
An interesting and informative talk and one which with its colourful slides encouraged us to plan to visit Marion's garden on one of her open days.
Our March speaker was Mr Evans and his subject 'Fungi'.
An interesting talk which with its colourful slides was most informative. Did you know that Fungi are really nearer to animals than plants? In fact there are probably more than five to seven times more specimens than there are plants.
Fungi can give structure to soil, are widely used in antibiotics, Cancer drugs, kidney transplants, and citric acid – and are used more in China. They are used in food in blue cheeses, Soy Sauce, Bread and Quorn.
Other Fungi can produce silver leaf disease (that is one reason to prune plums and damsons in late Spring so they are not affected). The sheathing type of fungi cover the roots as the tree feeds the fungi with sugar it makes in its leaves.
Dispersed by rain, animals, flies, and the wind – so many alternatives.
Mr Evans advised us not to pick fungi to cook and eat unless we were sure, he suggested we took an expert with us who recognised the different species.
April brings our AGM and we look forward to a very successful 2018/19. Ring me on 01594 837840 if you would like any further information. Alison Lusty Secretary, Staunton and District Gardening Club.
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