Welcome to Cold Ash Horticultural Society! The aim of the Society is to promote the enjoyment and benefits of amateur gardening. To that end we arrange informative and social activities for members and visitors.
2021 Summer Show
The Cold Ash Summer Flower and Produce Show will be our first planned event on Saturday 11th September. There’s still time to grow something and enter it. Let’s make the 2021 show a special event to celebrate the return of a long-standing village tradition. We will publish the schedule shortly.
Jobs for the garden
Fred’s July suggestions. See below.
Why not send us some pictures of your Summer garden? Here’s a picture from Marguerite Shave and there are more here.
Jobs for the Garden in July
Prune Spring-flowering shrubs
Deciduous shrubs that flowered in the spring on the previous year’s growth, such as Weigela and Exchorda should be pruned now. Removing older stems soon after flowering allows time for the development and ripening of new growth that will carry next year’s flowers.
Tie Climbing Plants into Supports
New growth on climbers such as clematis, wisteria and jasmine should be tied in regularly. Aim for even covering of supports such as trellis, obelisks and arbours.
When adding lawn clippings to compost mix them with carbon-rich ‘brown’ material. Such as prunings or cardboard to stop the compost becoming too wet. If you have used a weedkiller on the lawn remember to check it is safe to compost the grass clippings straight away.
Remember to look out for black spot and mildew on your roses and deal with it straight away. Have you tried SB Plant Invigorator? It is eco-friendly pesticide and plant feed available on the internet. It works against whitefly, aphids, spider mites, mealybug, scale, and psyllids and is non-toxic. When sprayed on the leaves it feeds your plants and acts as a fungicide all year round.
Dead head repeat-flowering roses to encourage a good flowering later in the summer. Use sharp secateurs and, cut down to the first leaf beneath the flower.
Conserve Water for Containers
During dry weather, stand pot-grown plants in trays or saucers to catch run-off, thereby saving water and potentially reducing the amounts of nutrients lost by leaching.
Become a Regular Pest Inspector
Inspect plants for aphids, caterpillars and lily beetle larva. Hand removal of the early stages of an infestation can provide good control. The larvae of lady birds, lacewings and hoverflies all eat aphids, so it is worth being able to identify which larvae are beneficial.
Look out for scarlet lily beetles – they are easy to spot and remove from your lily plants. Also, watch out for adult vine weevil, especially after dark; pick them off to avoid them laying their eggs in your containers (adults are all female). The eggs hatch into root-feasting grubs that devastate your container plants.
Let You Grass Grow Longer
Mowing less often or leaving some areas uncut has been shown to provide wildflower pollen and nectar for bees and butterflies, as well as cover and forage for a range of invertebrates. Take it easy this month and give nature a helping hand! Happy gardening