An interesting and informative visit was enjoyed by all – especially the homemade cakes and the discounted excellent quality plants for sale!
Above pictured was The Horticultural Society’s contributed to St George’s Parish Flower Festival held on 27th and 28th April. The theme was ‘Music in Bloom’ The arrangement entitled ‘All that Jazz’ was done by Libby Tate-Harte and Yvonne Newman.
As this photo illustrates, this was a very popular evening presentation when in excess of 100 people turned up at the Village Hall to listen to Jason Emrich, Estate Manager, & Penny Green, Estate Ecologist, talk about their conservation project. This is now one of the most successful wildlife conservation projects in the UK having reintroduced many rare species, including turtle doves and Purple Emperor butterflies. Find out more here!
Instructions for: Class 26 The heaviest root of potatoes in a bag class at the Summer Show (August 3rd 2019)
Planting the Potato
- 1/3 fill the bag with multipurpose compost (a standard Grow Bag will easily contain enough compost to do one bag with some spare)
- Add an egg cup of fertiliser and mix thoroughly (potato is a stem tuber so all potatoes will be produced above the original seed)
- Nestle the potato on the fertilised compost with the chits uppermost (it is usual to reduce the chits to two in order to encourage strong haulm (leaf) growth. Leaving all the chits on may result in more, but smaller potatoes)
- Top the bag up with multi-purpose compost (no additional fertiliser need be added to the ‘top up’ compost
Placing the Bag
- Dig a hole (or trench if more than one bag) four inches deep and twelve inches wide
- Fork potato fertiliser into the base of the hole/trench (about the same amount as you used in the bag, slug pellets can be sprinkled in the trench if slugs are a problem)
- Place the prepared bag in the hole/trench and pull the excavated soil around the bag (pulling the soil around will ensure the roots are kept cool)
- Water well, both in and around the bag.
- Subsequent watering needs to be both in and outside of the bag (this is to ensure roots are teased out of the bag and into the fertilised trench)
- There should be no need, but if the potatoes show through before we are frost free protection will be required (ordinary fleece will be fine)
- It is a good idea to support the haulms to keep them growing upwards (this helps the potato grow and keeps the area around the root clear of leaf debris and slugs)
Bringing the Bag to the Show
- Cut the haulms off about an inch from the surface, carefully lift the bag out of the trench wipe the bag clean and bring the whole thing to the show.
- The show organisers will tip the potatoes out and weigh them.
Thank you all for a spectacular show this year! Despite the challenging weather conditions this summer, the displays were outstanding.
To see this year’s deserving winners click here!
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Saturday & Sunday 16th & 17th June 11am-5pm
All in aid of various charities.
This ever popular village event is in its 7th year and has so far raised over £11,000 for various charities.
We are so excited about our 22 gardens which are opening this year, 6 of them are new! Each garden will have a charity box so any donations will be gratefully received.
It is a chance to see the beautiful designs, compact plots, hidden jewels and favourites from last year. Many of them will be serving refreshments and lovely homemade treats.
The Scarecrow trail is now a big part of the Village walkabout weekend as you go from garden to garden.
The leaflets with all the information will be available on the day from Bluebells Nursery situated next to Jolesfield Primary School, Littleworth Lane RH13 8JE. Copies will also be in the Village shops and will be delivered to all houses in the Partridge Green and Dial post Newsletter. The No.17 Southdown bus covers most of the route. Parking is available behind the village hall, and there are plenty of comfort stops along the way.