Wednesday, 3 July 2019

FLOWER AND PRODUCE SHOW 2019

Saturday 29 June was the date for our Flower and Produce show and it proved to be the hottest day of 2019 so far.
Whilst we can always do with more entries, we did very well and ended up with a colorful show. Just look at the photos, that give a hint of what could be seen. 
The vegetables looked ready to ready to eat without further preparation. How do the growers do it? The same goes for the fruit classes as well.
As always, the energy of our Chairman Rick, gets us all motivated, and we are grateful to him for all his efforts. It proved very worth while.
RHS judge Geoff Peach made his decisions and commented that, generally, it was encouraging to see such a good number and standard of entries.
Congratulations to all those who came first in a particular class, and to the prize winners, who can be seen below.
The colorful sight on entering the hall






Geoff Peach goes about the judging
Congratulations to Julie Simpson: Judges certificate of merit, best in show
Prize winning scones from Carole McGuire
Val Sampson:- Philip Lawson Rose Bowl for best exhibit of Roses
Carole Wade:- Clayton Cup Best exhibit of Sweet Peas
Rick Meakin:- British Legion Cup most points in Div 2, Vegetables
Peter Wade:- E Strong Cup Most points in Div. 3, fruit classes

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

FLOWER AND PRODUCE SHOW 2019

Below the flyer are the main pages of the schedule. To enlarge please click on the page concerned. 
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Monday, 20 May 2019

WHAT A GREAT SALE......

Chairman Rick wishes to thank everyone for the marvelous support given to our Plant Sale last Saturday 18 May 2018. In particular, those who supplied plants, assisted and not least supported the sale.
It is with great pleasure that we can report that sales were in excess of £600, and that is a great contribution to the funds of the Society. Everyone's support in achieving this figure is very much appreciated.
There was very little left when we wrapped up.
The photos show the start of setting up, and the arrival of plants  just after eight in the morning.

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Gardeners Question Time at Godstone

Here is some news about an interesting event organised by the Plumbers Arms Allotments Association, at the White Hart Barn Godstone on Wednesday 19 June at 7.30pm.
Tickets are £6.  
Please contact: 
Mandy Davies Plumbers Arms Allotments Contact: (01883 ) 723942 mandydavies29@ntlworld.com

Sunday, 12 May 2019

PLANT SALE - SATURDAY 18 MAY 2019













Coming up this Saturday 18 May from 10am is our Plant Sale. We open from 10am, and there is always a good selection of plants, vegetables, fruit, and all sorts of other bits and pieces often including an exotic item or two.
We do hope you will come and see us, have a browse and hopefully make a few purchases.

Friday, 10 May 2019

COMPOST COMPETITION 2019

Our Annual Homemade Compost Competition took place as part of our May Meeting.Those present  judged there choice of winner by placing a coin in a pot by the entry. Judgement was based on the look, smell and feel of the compost. The entry with the most coins was the winner.
Below is our Champ for 2019 Alan with his winning entry.
Our Speaker at the Meeting, Rami Siam, was delighted to see what we were doing, and highly recommended the Berkeley Compost Method. If you want to know more about that method see below.
ALAN WITH HIS PRIZE WINNING ENTRY

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Berkeley Composting Method

Our annual compost competition was held at our May Meeting. Our speaker, Rami Siam, was very enthusiastic to see we were staging such an event, and said he was very keen on the Berkeley Composting Method, as it produced very good results. For those who maybe interested here is some detail as to how to go about it. With thanks to Lloyd Richards for the information from his blog.

The Berkeley Composting Method, sometimes called rapid composting, is possibly one of the most efficient ways of composting material quickly, and without much loss in organic matter.
  1. The step to any great compost is to collect your materials.  The Berkeley composting method outlines two main ingredients: brown, carbon rich organic matter, and green, nitrogen rich organic matter.  The ideal ratio is about 30:1 Carbon to Nitrogen but since every material has a different ratio inside them what I find easiest is to have twice as much brown in colour material to green.
  2. Once materials are collected its time to build the pile.  Whats been used on many an occasion is a section of wire fencing, anything over 3.5m by 1m tall will give you the needed volume of 1m³.  Pick a location with enough space to take off the wire and rebuilt it slightly to the side for turning.
  3. With the fencing in place begin by giving the bottom of the area a good soak with water.  This will ensure that the moisture in the pile doesn't get sucked up by the ground and eliminates watering as you turn.
  4. Begin layering the material in the circle, watering every couple layers to make sure everything is wet, but no more then say a damp sponge (this is called the Squeeze Test).  What I like to do is layer two different brown materials, one green layer, and then water til everything is damp.
  5. When the pile is complete you can cover the pile to reduce water evaporation or encase of heavy rains, but if you live in the UK then its not necessary.  The day you make the compost counts as Day 1.
  6. Three days later, on Day 4, you will do the first turn.  Take off the wire fencing, rebuilt it next to  it and then turn the compost into the new area.  Unless the compost has dried out there wont be any need to water it again, but if it is dry then add just enough water to get it damp again. You should also notice that the pile is steaming slightly at this point.
  7. Now you repeat this every second day, giving the compost one day of rest between turns.  So turn it on Day 6, Day 8, Day 10, Day 12, Day 14, Day 16 and Day 18.
  8. On the 18th day the compost should be dark in colour and hot to the touch.  There shouldn't be any intact organic matter left and it should have a sweet earthy smell.  At this point you can continue to turn if its still not one, adding water if needed, or you can give it a few days rest to bring down the temperature before turning it out onto the garden.
(optional) If you are producing organic matter during this 18 day process then you can layer them into the middle of compost each turn however you might then need to add a few extra turns to make sure they're broken down completely before use on the garden.

Friday, 3 May 2019

Rami Siam and the M25

At our Monthly Meeting on 1 May our speaker was Rami Siam, who is in charge of the "green" areas of the M25.
Here we have a someone who is a passionate advocate for what he does and indeed makes a difference to the verges and surrounding areas of the motorway.
We really see so little of what he does as we rush past in our cars, except perhaps for the the litter on the slip road as you turn off at Godstone. The latter is a major problem throughout the length of the M25, and no one really understands why so many just throw their rubbish out of vehicles rather than take it home. It costs hundreds of thousands of pounds to clear.
Included in those "green" areas are a number of woodlands requiring care and attention. Trees happen to be one of Rami's specialisations, so they get well looked after, especially if diseases get into any of them.
An unusual and fascinating topic.