Key tasks this month are to warm up your beds and get prepared for spring.
- Add well rotted manure or compost to empty beds
- Cover beds with black polythene to warm the soil
- Clear up general garden debris (leaves, weeds, old plants) to keep pests to a minimum
- Keep on top of frosts if you’re growing winter salads
- Clean greenhouse windows and polytunnels
- Clean pots for spring
- There’s not a huge amount to plant this month, but you can soon plant up garlic, onion and shallot sets and start getting soil ready for asparagus and potatoes
- Order seeds and plug plants for later delivery
- Sit out in the current sunshine, enjoy a cuppa and look at the plant catalogue and dream!!
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If you love to potter about in your garden, learning how to make plants grow, it’s even more fun when you are part of a group of passionate gardeners who unite to trade information, swap stories, and give each other a hand.
We meet on the 4th Wednesday during the winter months, with visits in the summer ones, at a variety of times including weekends & weekdays.
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Report from our most recent Event
Asby Gardening Club members welcomed six guests and the speaker of the evening, Julia Pigott, to the Village Hall on Wednesday evening. Julia’s presentation was entitled ‘Gardening for Bees’, a talk she gave at the RHS Show in Tatton Park last year. Julia and Martin Hoggard run a small ‘not for profit’ business ‘Bee Ed’ to umbrella beekeeping activities. The 17 acre bee sanctuary/nature reserve they manage is a flower rich meadow and pasture with appropriate woodland. "If the habitat is right, bees will arrive".
Julia’s talk, illustrated with glorious photographs of flowers & numerous pollinators in very close detail, was fascinating & informative. She told us that there has been a big change in the countryside in recent years, there are not enough flowers left, and, in Cumbria, we have lots of sheep who also love to eat flowers! We gardeners have a big part to play in sustaining the bee population, we should think about growing pollen & nectar producing plants all year round, especially early, e.g. pussy willow & comfrey, and late flowering ones. We should be a little untidy in some areas of our garden, especially in sunny parts, to provide ideal habitats for bees.Read the full report and/or leave a comment
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