The MUWAGA Show – gardeners against the heat

muwaga21We all know that you can’t beat the weather; you may be able to reduce the impact but in the end nature wins. This year’s Produce Show, held on Saturday 25 August in the Beaconsfield Hall, reflected that in the reduction of vegetable entries; even so, the standard and quantity of the produce on display was a credit to our exhibitors. Overall, the number of entries was up on last year with excellent support for the children’s classes, which were really impressive, and both the cookery and flower classes were beautiful to behold. We introduced a class for scarecrows as a novelty this year and there were some imaginative examples; some were so good it would almost be a shame to leave them outside. I really enjoyed the show and I do hope those who took part either as new or regular exhibitors or visitors felt the same way.

I must stop giving predictions
Having previously extolled the virtue of a lovely warm summer I felt a sense of irony as I lugged cans of water around the allotments to try and keep things growing. I would like to say I don’t moan, but I may have been heard mumbling my displeasure most evenings. Even so, it was still beautiful to be on the Milton allotments, as temperatures moderated and glorious sunsets became a daily occurrence. For farmers, however, where livelihood depends upon the volume and quality of produce it must have been a far more serious business.

Now we are coming to the end of the growing season and most plants in our gardens and allotments are hunkering down for winter. It’s time to start enjoying the produce we have stored; there is no substitute for the satisfaction and flavour of home-grown produce. If you don’t believe me, try some frozen sweet corn, which came still warm from the allotment when it went in the freezer– the sweetness is a revelation and a lovely reminder of summer in the depths of winter.

And coming up
With less to do in the garden, this could be a good time to come to our evening gardening talks, which are held in Milton Village Hall at 19:30 on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Coming up on 24 October the talk is on ‘Exploring the plants of Papua New Guinea’ by Jenny Atkinson an experienced botanist; and on 28 November the talk is on ‘Inspiration for winter displays in home and garden’ by Chris Day, a very good and knowledgeable speaker. Members and non-members are always welcome.

Happy gardening

Tony Lewis

MUWAGA PRODUCE SHOW – CUP WINNERS 2018

1. PRESIDENT’S CUP FOR VEGETABLES – Mike Hawtin
2. HAWTIN CUP FOR SELECTION OF VEGETABLES – Mike Hawtin
3. DORE CUP – BEST TOMATO – Clare Betterton
4. ASSOCIATION CUP FOR FRUIT – Joanna van de Poll
5. WYCHWOOD CUP FOR FLOWERS – Nicki Pratt
6. MILES BROWN CUP FOR ROSES – Paula Hawtin
7. VICARAGE FIELD CUP FOR FLOWER ARRANGING – Helen de Salis
8. PAT BURGIS CUP FOR BEST EXHIBIT FLOWER ARRANGING – People’s Vote- Sue Mellerick
9. DON WILLIAMS CUP FOR PHOTOGRAPHY – David Trollope
10. FROGMORE CUP FOR COOKERY – Joanna van de Poll
11. UNDER 9 CUP – George Williamson
12. UNDER 15 CUP – Barney Parsons
13. CAMBRAY CUP FOR GARDEN ON A PLATE – George Williamson
14. DR SCOTT MEMORIAL SHIELD FOR BEST IN SHOW – Joanna van de Poll Strawberry Jam
15. SCARECROW – Tricia Waples

October – November 2018