GOGG attended the Malvern Spring Show in May. Our theme was ‘BACK TO BASICS – GARDENING ORGANICALLY’. We had demos for comfrey liquid, composting(thanks to Gloucestershire CC for the composter and leaflets), worm composting as well as the soil model showing the wealth of micro-organisms that provide soil fertility from the inputs. We also had a table for children’s activities.
We received a lot of interest from the public particularly in composting and our method of making comfrey liquid (putting the leaves to break down without water, preventing the strong smell!)
We were very nicely surprised to receive an RHS BRONZE MEDAL for the display, so very well done to everyone who contributed.
Many apples were affected by the very late, very severe frost that we suffered in early May 2017. This resulted in some very poor crops and some trees have not had any fruit this year. Some apples show frost damage, appearing as russet patches, something many of us have not seen before. These are two Adam’s Pearmain apples and one Bramley apple, all showing signs of frost damage.
Ten members joined with members of Women’s Farm & Garden Association for an afternoon visit to Organic Blooms near Bristol. We had a guided tour around the gardens with Jo, who then fed us tea and cake and did a demonstration of a hand tied bouquet of flowers from the garden. Fantastic organisation, totally organic, Soil Association certified, very ethical and part of a social enterprise scheme with young people with difficulties working alongside them to propagate and grow the flowers for cutting.
Sow some carrots, beetroot, spring onions, mixed lettuce in cells in March for later transplanting into the garden; a pinch of seed into each cell. Ten cells will transplant into a 4ft row to provide the first tender veg.