Gardeners’ delight

The MUWAGA show
Despite erratic weather the level of entries to the August Show was as high as usual. There were 316 exhibits, ranging from ambitious carrots to a sagging sponge cake! It is always worth entering as three of the major classes were won by first-time entrants to the Show and all the prize winners should be rightfully proud as the judging is taken very seriously. Prize certificates were well- earned. As usual, my standards were found wanting but without all the entries, winners or not, there is no show so thank you to all who took part and came to view in the afternoon. I certainly enjoyed it and I hope you did too. If you were inspired by the entries you saw, why not have a go at entering next year? Don’t miss the show photos on page 33.

To dig or not to dig?
I did report that Linda and I were going to try moving towards a no-dig approach on our allotments. Now we are at the end of the main growing season I thought I should let you know how it went. As you may expect, minimum dig would be a better description of what we achieved. Initially, we spread compost and/or manure as thickly as we could but that didn’t suppress the weeds as well as we had hoped. In the case of Linda’s strawberry patch the thick mulch, combined with June’s cold wet weather caused quite a bit of rot and the badgers finished off the rest. So did the ‘no-dig’ work? The jury is out but I certainly intend to persevere.

Coming soon
The MUWAGA 2019/20 talk on 23 October is ‘A Plantsman’s Paradise –Plant Hunting in Iran’ by Avril Hughes. I may not be putting Iran on my holiday list immediately, but it promises to be a fascinating talk. On the 27 November the talk is ‘Successful Vegetable Growing and Pest Control’ by Roger Umpleby. After this year’s Show I must pay attention to this talk. As always the talks are in Milton Village hall and start at 7:30 pm. Everyone is welcome, member or not, although non-members will need to pay a small fee.

Happy gardening

Tony Lewis

Cup winners

PRESIDENT’S CUP FOR VEGETABLES – G Stratford
HAWTIN CUP FOR SELECTION OF VEGETABLES – G Stratford
DORE CUP – BEST TOMATO – J van de Poll
ASSOCIATION CUP FOR FRUIT – J Wallace
WYCHWOOD CUP FOR FLOWERS – J Wallace
MILES BROWN CUP FOR ROSES – B Hadoke
VICARAGE FIELD CUP FOR FLOWER ARRANGING – A Hilling
PAT BURGIS CUP FOR BEST EXHIBIT FLOWER ARRANGING – Peoples Vote- A Hilling
DON WILLIAMS CUP FOR PHOTOGRAPHY – I Whittle
FROGMORE CUP FOR COOKERY – J Wallace
UNDER 9 CUP – Arthur Betterton
UNDER 15 CUP – Maya Evans
CAMBRAY CUP FOR GARDEN ON A PLATE – Amy Coombes
DR SCOTT MEMORIAL SHIELD FOR BEST IN SHOW – E Stratford (Dahlias)

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October-November 2019