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1st Sept 2021
THE ANNUAL VILLAGE PRODUCE SHOW HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR: 18th September 2021
16th Annual Cradley Produce Show: Will return on 18th September. Schedules are now available 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 are available to download from here and the cradleyvillagehall.org website now !
A week or so ago we were complaining what a dismal end it was to August and not the least bit “summer” Now in around three weeks later we are enjoying a mini heatwave with temperature hovering around 30 o c. Well we might be but the poor old plants seem to be in a tizz not knowing whether to wilt or give a late flowering show. The poor old bees thought they were closing down for an early Autumn and are struggling to get out there and get back to work. Ain’t nature forever surprising? Just when I was about to re-sight the 6ft high daisies back to the fence at the back of the bottom border from whence they have “ walked over the last two years forward by 4ft they suddenly thwart my plans and burst into a new display of deep yellow flowers. I don’t have the heart to move them until they wilt of exhaustion and will no doubt be out there in the Autumn rain and wind laying out their new resting place. I have designed a “ cage “to keep them upright and hopefully confined but next year will tell. The piony I moved down into the sunshine next to the greenhouse last year has failed to provide more than 2 blooms and then the whole thing has almost wilted away. I don’t really think that I have the heart to condemn it to the compost and am toying with giving it a pot to hopefully thrive in. As it was a plant from the wife’s father who died some 20 years ago it is probably like me heading for the big compost heap in the sky. But if you don’t try you don’t get. Decided that it was finally time to sort out the lean-to at the bottom of the garden which has morphed into a tipping area for anything that hasn’t got a home. As there was my collection of bits of wood that as I have explained to a “ does not compute” wife will some day save our life when the flood comes ( or sea levels rise) and we will be the only ones in Cradley running boat trips round the Malvern island. It is just lack of vision on her part of course. But I took great pride in pointing out that the wood I had was now rising in value faster than stocks and shares. I had some blocks stacked as a bin in which over the years I have dumped soil from pots, grow bags and hanging baskets along with grass cuttings and leaves and soil from holes dug. Nature has done it’s work and I now have a well worked and replenished pile of soil full of worms which has a lot of wood and fibrous material in it including roots and stones etc. BUT with the appliance of science and a wonder gadget called a sieve ( or riddle) I have worked my way through half the pile and now have a second bin of great textured soil to spread over the garden and totally free. How’s that for re-cycling. All of my freebie (except for delivery) fushias are thriving well and when next year they increase their height height will allow their flowers to hang in all their glory. Look forward to that. Greenhouse is a jungle of tomatoes all cherry varieties and I let one bolt just for the hell of it. It is like living with a triffid ( look it up!) My makeshift bamboo trellis is now covered in runner beans and now providing a constant supply for the pot and the freezer. It seems everyone with a garden is seeking out people to donate their harvest to. But hey that is harvest time in the countryside Have a look at the Produce show Schedule and see if you want to put your items in. They are not looking for perfection and it is a bit of fun ( for some!) Give it a try
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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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
1st Sept 2021
No 22
It’s child’s play to get your garden pictures and videos to us Give it a try!
Produce show The 16th Cradley Village Hall Annual Produce Show will return on 18th September. Schedules are now available 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 are available to download from here and the cradleyvillagehall.org website now !
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A week or so ago we were complaining what a dismal end it was to August and not the least bit “summer” Now in around three weeks later we are enjoying a mini heatwave with temperature hovering around 30 o c. Well we might be but the poor old plants seem to be in a tizz not knowing whether to wilt or give a late flowering show. The poor old bees thought they were closing down for an early Autumn and are struggling to get out there and get back to work. Ain’t nature forever surprising? Just when I was about to re-sight the 6ft high daisies back to the fence at the back of the bottom border from whence they have “ walked over the last two years forward by 4ft they suddenly thwart my plans and burst into a new display of deep yellow flowers. I don’t have the heart to move them until they wilt of exhaustion and will no doubt be out there in the Autumn rain and wind laying out their new resting place. I have designed a “ cage “to keep them upright and hopefully confined but next year will tell. The piony I moved down into the sunshine next to the greenhouse last year has failed to provide more than 2 blooms and then the whole thing has almost wilted away. I don’t really think that I have the heart to condemn it to the compost and am toying with giving it a pot to hopefully thrive in. As it was a plant from the wife’s father who died some 20 years ago it is probably like me heading for the big compost heap in the sky. But if you don’t try you don’t get. Decided that it was finally time to sort out the lean-to at the bottom of the garden which has morphed into a tipping area for anything that hasn’t got a home. As there was my collection of bits of wood that as I have explained to a “ does not compute” wife will some day save our life when the flood comes ( or sea levels rise) and we will be the only ones in Cradley running boat trips round the Malvern island. It is just lack of vision on her part of course. But I took great pride in pointing out that the wood I had was now rising in value faster than stocks and shares. I had some blocks stacked as a bin in which over the years I have dumped soil from pots, grow bags and hanging baskets along with grass cuttings and leaves and soil from holes dug. Nature has done it’s work and I now have a well worked and replenished pile of soil full of worms which has a lot of wood and fibrous material in it including roots and stones etc. BUT with the appliance of science and a wonder gadget called a sieve ( or riddle) I have worked my way through half the pile and now have a second bin of great textured soil to spread over the garden and totally free. How’s that for re-cycling. All of my freebie (except for delivery) fushias are thriving well and when next year they increase their height height will allow their flowers to hang in all their glory. Look forward to that. Greenhouse is a jungle of tomatoes all cherry varieties and I let one bolt just for the hell of it. It is like living with a triffid ( look it up!) My makeshift bamboo trellis is now covered in runner beans and now providing a constant supply for the pot and the freezer. It seems everyone with a garden is seeking out people to donate their harvest to. But hey that is harvest time in the countryside Have a look at the Produce show Schedule and see if you want to put your items in. They are not looking for perfection and it is a bit of fun ( for some!) Give it a try