This month, while the soil is still warm, is the best time for dividing and planting many herbaceous perennials (but don’t split grasses until the spring). This year is giving us a fine crop of apples and pears, and other fruit - now is the time to start harvesting them and storing in a cool dry place for the winter. If it stops raining for long enough, lawns benefit from raking away moss and thatch.
The garden centres are currently full of violas, primroses and polyanthus, and wallflowers, all for an early spring show in pots, window boxes and small beds. It is still not too late to plant prepared hyacinths for a Christmas or January display.
If you have an area set aside for a wild flower meadow or patch, this is the perfect time for putting in plug plants - primroses, cowslips, harebells, campion etc,. will all establish well now. And if the grass is too coarse, try sowing some yellow-rattle seed amongst it wherever there is a little bare soil. The seed needs cold weather before it will germinate in the spring, but this semi-parasitic annual will weaken the grass and allow more attractive wild plants to flourish - and its flowers look attractive in their own right.
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Membership is only £6.00 per year (our year begins on May 1st) and gives you free admission to all our talks and outings (except for any separate entry charges etc.) If you join after September 1st, the fee reduces to just £4.00.
If you enjoy being in your garden, learning about plants and how to make them grow at their best, it’s even more fun being part of a group of like-minded gardeners who regularly come together to pool information, exchange plants and seeds, and give each other practical help when required.
We usually meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month in winter, and visit gardens, nurseries and other places of interest at different times during the summer. Gwen has bequeathed us a good programme for the remainder of 2019, and in future we hope to expand on this with more talks and outings plus social events, plant and seed exchanges and sales, open gardens etc.
Note: Non-members will be most welcome to all our meetings
for a payment of £3 on the door.
If you have any questions about the club or about gardening in general, or if you have any suggestions for future events, do get in touch with any of those below and we will do our best to help.
Chris Hollett, Harlea House, Great Asby
Moved up from Sedbergh in March 2019, and currently busy creating a new garden.
Jackie Frankish, 2 Townend, Great Asby.
Keen gardener, and a founder member of the club.
Maggie Johnson , Marble Mill Barn, Great Asby
Another keen gardener, and founder member of the club.
Report from our most recent Event
ASBY GARDENING CLUB - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Minutes of Meeting 20/05/2019 - Asby Village Hall
1. Apologies: The chair read out a list of members who had provided apologies.
2. Chairperson's Report: Gwen read out her report (provided by Gwen)
3. Treasurer's Report: (click here)
4. AGC Core Team Discussion: Gwen announced that Maggie had decided to step down from the position of Secretary, and Gwen herself had decided to step down as chair due to an imminent house-move. Roy has agreed to stay on as treasurer.
The membership now has to decide if they want to nominate members to the positions of Chair and Secretary, or indeed stand for the positions themselves? Gwen has agreed to stay in post as long as she can until a replacement can be found.
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