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32 Aug 2022
editor@okcradley.com editor@okcradley.com editor: Ken Nason features editor: Harold Armitage
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
We are rehashing the show for this 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
Send us your garden pictures and or videos
2022 Produce Show+ Schedules now available to download here
Contact us form

GARDENING CHAT

How quickly things change these days. Perhaps down to advancing years on my part and having things affect me that I would have once shrugged off like the proverbial ducks back. One minute we are knee deep in the wet stuff and then the driest July since god knows when. It’s a bit late to give watering tips as knowing the British weather there may well be a couple of feet of snow come bank holiday weekend. But hey that is what made us a very stoic nation in the first place and misunderstood by those Italians who came here a couple of thousand years ago from their sunny clime. Unfortunately despite my best efforts of midnight watering some of my prize potted plants have given up the ghost and had to be consigned to the compost heap. With a daily watering my container grown grape vine has brought forth a dozen or so bunches of what will by Autumn give me some tasty fruit. Seeing how prices are rising fast all round I am seriously thinking of putting more of the garden to crop growing. My mini apple (again in a container) has fruited well and give delicious harvest year after year. I look forward to next year when the pear,plum, and cherry fruit in my mini mini orchard ( 10 ft square). Seriously though I don’t really think that anyone should hit the panic button yet on so called climate change and their gardening efforts. Mother nature has changed the climate over the last few millenium and plants animals and humans have all managed to adapt. But, upping paranoia levels based on a few hot summers or dry winters is welcomed food for media hysteria rather than death to your gardening. Simple changes like an extra water butt on the shed and another compost heap are all good and practical ideas. Use YouTube to seek out new tips and crazy ideas. There is now a world wide mine of information just waiting for the humble gardener to use. Mix your crops in with your flowers and shrubs you will be surprised what will grow where and how supportive companion planting can be beneficial to both crops and flowers. Goodness me I think I have just done myself out of a job! Get involved with like minded people in your village or road and take an interest in what is happening around you. Very few gardeners will refuse a request for seeds or cuttings from their plants to genuine like minded people. Seek out local plant sales for items at a fraction of the cost of a garden centre ( now vastly over priced in my opinion). Who needs the latest frankenstein F1 sterile hybrid which you have to re-buy every year? Go to your local produce shows and get involved by exhibiting and admiring and getting to know the winners. Most important have fun gardening. Don’t forget the Cradley annual produce show on 10th September and get your entry in, Printed copies are available from Cradley Village Hall and online from here or the Cradley village hall website- this year promises to be the best yet. So join in and have fun
32 Aug 2022
editor@okcradley.com
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
Send us your garden pictures and or videos
Contact us form

GARDENING CHAT

We are rehashing the show for this 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
2022 Produce Show+ Schedules now available to download here
How quickly things change these days. Perhaps down to advancing years on my part and having things affect me that I would have once shrugged off like the proverbial ducks back. One minute we are knee deep in the wet stuff and then the driest July since god knows when. It’s a bit late to give watering tips as knowing the British weather there may well be a couple of feet of snow come bank holiday weekend. But hey that is what made us a very stoic nation in the first place and misunderstood by those Italians who came here a couple of thousand years ago from their sunny clime. Unfortunately despite my best efforts of midnight watering some of my prize potted plants have given up the ghost and had to be consigned to the compost heap. With a daily watering my container grown grape vine has brought forth a dozen or so bunches of what will by Autumn give me some tasty fruit. Seeing how prices are rising fast all round I am seriously thinking of putting more of the garden to crop growing. My mini apple (again in a container) has fruited well and give delicious harvest year after year. I look forward to next year when the pear,plum, and cherry fruit in my mini mini orchard ( 10 ft square). Seriously though I don’t really think that anyone should hit the panic button yet on so called climate change and their gardening efforts. Mother nature has changed the climate over the last few millenium and plants animals and humans have all managed to adapt. But, upping paranoia levels based on a few hot summers or dry winters is welcomed food for media hysteria rather than death to your gardening. Simple changes like an extra water butt on the shed and another compost heap are all good and practical ideas. Use YouTube to seek out new tips and crazy ideas. There is now a world wide mine of information just waiting for the humble gardener to use. Mix your crops in with your flowers and shrubs you will be surprised what will grow where and how supportive companion planting can be beneficial to both crops and flowers. Goodness me I think I have just done myself out of a job! Get involved with like minded people in your village or road and take an interest in what is happening around you. Very few gardeners will refuse a request for seeds or cuttings from their plants to genuine like minded people. Seek out local plant sales for items at a fraction of the cost of a garden centre ( now vastly over priced in my opinion). Who needs the latest frankenstein F1 sterile hybrid which you have to re-buy every year? Go to your local produce shows and get involved by exhibiting and admiring and getting to know the winners. Most important have fun gardening. Don’t forget the Cradley annual produce show on 10th September and get your entry in, Printed copies are available from Cradley Village Hall and online from here or the Cradley village hall website- this year promises to be the best yet. So join in and have fun