West Meon Parish Council
The West Meon Garden Club covers the West Meon, Warnford and Woodlands area and is open to all who have an interest in gardening. For more details contact the club secretary Yvonne Noble on 01730 829050 or e-mail.
For details of the current and future activities see the programme of events for 2018 below.
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On the 14th March Sandy Worth taught us everything we needed to know about ponds. We were first encouraged to imagine we were RHS Judges and criticise a variety of ponds from across the world, created by well-meaning enthusiasts whose talents didn’t always match their goals. Then we moved on to admire more fortuitously-planned ponds, including Sandy’s own at Cheriton. We finally attempted to follow all the steps involved in planning and building the perfect aqueous accomplishment. We were even given various trouble-shooting tips including, for example, the judicious use of food colouring to detect a leak, or the art of fishing for nefarious water snails by inciting them to make a beeline for handfuls of wilting lettuce leaves, whilst imbibing a glass or two of wine to improve one’s mood.
At our next meeting on Wednesday, 11th April (7:30 for 7:45 p.m.), the ever-popular Carol Watson will be indulging our wanderlust with a talk entitled “Coast to Coast”. We will also be taking orders for our Plant Sale Supper on 9th May so please come armed with a tenner to book your place for a delicious meal provided once again by Becky Peet from the Cuppacheeno Café in West Meon.
Looking even further ahead, competitors at our Summer Show on 11th August might like to know what to prepare for in certain classes. Photography classes include: a photograph of tree bark, a photograph of wild flowers and a photograph of a skyscape. We suggest bakers stock up on currents and sultanas as the price of dried fruit is apparently due to go up in the coming months and two classes (Eccles cakes and a traditional Dundee cake) require them.
Gardening tips for April
We should all be using peat free compost for our seed sowing. April is a good time to sow tomato seeds. A 3" (7.5 cm) pot will take about 6 seeds, distributed around the edge of the pot. Prick out into individual pots at the first sign of the true leaf. Also a good month to be sowing vegetable seeds straight into the ground if it is dry enough. If you sow carrot seed, it is a good idea to cover it in its early days to keep the carrot root fly away.