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GARDENING CHAT Let us have your gardening tips and tricks and even host a regular gardening column. We will continue to seek out the most informative videos from the web but feel free to let us have a video tour of your garden or a video of how you do things. Wonderful things smart phones! © copyright & acknowledgements notice
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No 26
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5th January 2022
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Get your entry in early for 2022
We are rehashing the show for next year ( 2022) and including juniors in the overall schedule to compete as adults and encouraging family competition. “No entry cost for juniors” so, 2022 will see the birth of the Cradley Produce Plus Show
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And now with the festive season fading into history and hopefully a near normal life on the somewhat subdued horizon we can get back to enjoying our lives without those who are so inclined telling us what we can and can’t do. I was half expecting an edict from on high telling us that we must now do the 2022 equivalent of “dig for victory” as per the second world war. Turn every inch of your garden to agriculture, throw out anything you can’t eat or plant your garden with hundreds of native species trees. This would at a stroke save the world and feed the vegetarians and vegans who’s one aim in life seems to be to convert everyone to their interpretation of life. But I digress and state that I for one will not only plant some crops for food but also plant for the soul in producing beauty in the form of flowers and display shrubs and bushes. Life is all about balance as is nature the thing we feel we own and control- we don’t we live within it. Sitting around doing nothing other than checking for storm damage, water egress and tidying up when the weather is kind gets a bit tedious and not very rewarding and some of us suffer from what must be a form of “cabin fever”. Too many of us have taken advantage of the covid regulations to become slothful having a ready made “ I have to isolate”. Not in the bloody fresh air of the garden you don’t! So with loins girded( see here where it comes from) I sallied forth to get back into the routine of assessing what has to be done and by when and why. It was hard to start and many tea breaks taken made the time taken extended. So first on the list was cleaning away all the fallen branches from the big oak tree and general detritus that comes from goodness knows where. Next was lopping off the beech branches hanging over the fence at the bottom of the garden which had caused the bottom border plants to migrate forward a meter to seek sunshine. Next lay some gravel between a wall and a new bed edged with logs to give easy access to the bottom corner after removing a sickly Ash tree. Left the stump to see if spring bring fresh health growth. Unfortunately I have been left with an unsightly pile of branches to go through the chipper but unfortunately it will have to wait for a dry spell as my chipper is a cable model and the wife gets upset if I electrocute myself as I refuse to tell her where I hid the life insurance policy. Most of the plants seem to be faring well despite the wet weather we have had and I am sure the water companies will be imposing a hosepipe ban soon anyway ( sarcasm!!) Next job is to remove last years willow growth which astounded me after cutting it right back last spring. As it seemed to thrive I will leave it until I see some signs of life appearing ( against all advice) and then give it a severe cutting back again. Has anyone ever actually killed a willow tree?
THE ANNUAL VILLAGE PRODUCE SHOW HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR: 18th September 2021
Some breaking news: The 16th Cradley Village Hall Annual Produce Show will return on 18th September. Schedules are being worked on as we speak and despite his recent illness Chrs Lowder will head up the team in bringing this community favourite back, having been robbed of it last year by the pandemic. Schedules will be available to download from here and the cradleyvillagehall.org website mid way through May so watch this spot
The first up and coming gardening event of the year is the Open Gardens organised by Cradley Church which, unfortunately was victim of lock down last year. Well, it returns at the beginning of July and gives us all the chance to wander around other peoples’ gardens to talk gardens, plants and swap ideas and tales of success and failure. Also some of the gardens have add on’s for you to enjoy. Buy plants from the allotment garden or get a raffle ticket for the prize draw. So get your tickets, £6.00 gives you access to all twelve gardens(kids under 12 go free) and spend a couple of days wandering around the village over the weekend. You never know you might be tempted to put your garden forward for inclusion next year!
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GARDENING CHAT
Let us have your gardening tips and tricks and even host a regular gardening column. We will continue to seek out the most informative videos from the web but feel free to let us have a video tour of your garden or a video of how you do things. Wonderful things smart phones!
This Month’s gardening videos
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Editor: Ken Nason Feature Editor: Harrold Armitage Correspondents: Storridge Reporter: Vacancy Cradley Reporter: Vacancy Mathon Reporter: Vacancy
5th January 2022
No 26
It’s child’s play to get your garden pictures and videos to us Give it a try!
Contents
Full Results
Cup Winners
We are rehashing the show for next year ( 2022) and including juniors in the overall schedule to compete as adults and encouraging family competition. “No entry cost for juniors” so, 2022 will see the birth of the Cradley Produce Plus Show
And now with the festive season fading into history and hopefully a near normal life on the somewhat subdued horizon we can get back to enjoying our lives without those who are so inclined telling us what we can and can’t do. I was half expecting an edict from on high telling us that we must now do the 2022 equivalent of “dig for victory” as per the second world war. Turn every inch of your garden to agriculture, throw out anything you can’t eat or plant your garden with hundreds of native species trees. This would at a stroke save the world and feed the vegetarians and vegans who’s one aim in life seems to be to convert everyone to their interpretation of life. But I digress and state that I for one will not only plant some crops for food but also plant for the soul in producing beauty in the form of flowers and display shrubs and bushes. Life is all about balance as is nature the thing we feel we own and control- we don’t we live within it. Sitting around doing nothing other than checking for storm damage, water egress and tidying up when the weather is kind gets a bit tedious and not very rewarding and some of us suffer from what must be a form of “cabin fever”. Too many of us have taken advantage of the covid regulations to become slothful having a ready made “ I have to isolate”. Not in the bloody fresh air of the garden you don’t! So with loins girded( see here where it comes from) I sallied forth to get back into the routine of assessing what has to be done and by when and why. It was hard to start and many tea breaks taken made the time taken extended. So first on the list was cleaning away all the fallen branches from the big oak tree and general detritus that comes from goodness knows where. Next was lopping off the beech branches hanging over the fence at the bottom of the garden which had caused the bottom border plants to migrate forward a meter to seek sunshine. Next lay some gravel between a wall and a new bed edged with logs to give easy access to the bottom corner after removing a sickly Ash tree. Left the stump to see if spring bring fresh health growth. Unfortunately I have been left with an unsightly pile of branches to go through the chipper but unfortunately it will have to wait for a dry spell as my chipper is a cable model and the wife gets upset if I electrocute myself as I refuse to tell her where I hid the life insurance policy. Most of the plants seem to be faring well despite the wet weather we have had and I am sure the water companies will be imposing a hosepipe ban soon anyway ( sarcasm!!) Next job is to remove last years willow growth which astounded me after cutting it right back last spring. As it seemed to thrive I will leave it until I see some signs of life appearing ( against all advice) and then give it a severe cutting back again. Has anyone ever actually killed a willow tree?