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Welcome to our latest newsletter, plant sale season is getting underway and we need to ask for a lot of help with an upcoming delivery plus we are starting to organise a trip to Wisley – 3rd time lucky hopefully!
Compost Delivery – Friday 6th May
Prices continue to rise at a huge rate and so to try to maintain current prices we have ordered a delivery direct from Melcourt but we have had to buy the minimum of 6 pallets (360 bags) of compost.
We have done the maths and hopefully they will fit into the hut, but they will have to be unloaded by forklift truck in Springfield Road and barrowed round to the hut. If you are available on Friday 6th May, could you please consider helping us out and getting some exercise at the same time. If you are free, please let Terry know at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will let volunteers know the exact time on the day as obviously at the mercy of the delivery driver. Thanks in advance to anyone who can help out – bring your barrow if you can.
You may recall that we have tried to organise a visit to RHS Wisley for the last 2 years, but Covid intervened to stop these. We are very grateful that Alan has again stepped forward to volunteer to pull the trip together and he is thinking of sometime mid-September. When he offered it previously the coach was fully subscribed and so we hope there will be similar interest again. We have free entry as part of the Association RHS membership (normally £15.95 per person). The date has now been confirmed as Tuesday 13th September and cost will be £15 per person.
If you are interested, please let Alan know so that he can start to gauge numbers and so get costs for the coach, he will then firm up on the date and costs and let you know. Please drop him a line at email@example.com, there is not commitment or payment needed at this stage but the sooner we can book the coach the better.
If you would like more info on Wisley please take a look here https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley/garden-highlights – including the new Hilltop centre and gardens.
Please also remember we have a discount card that give 30% off entry to all RHS gardens at any time that you are welcome to borrow from the shop.
Thanks again to Alan for organising this.
Pots and Onions
All the potatoes sold out this year with no wastage – we will offer for members to pre-order in September again as this seemed to work very well. We still have about a dozen nets of onions (£1.50p / 500g), still plenty of time to plant them!
Local Gardening events
The plant sale season gets of to a start in Letcombe Regis on Saturday (24th April) with a plant sale with the added bonus of homemade cake and tea.
Letcombe Plant Market
Saturday 23rd April
2pm, Letcombe Regis Village Hall
Plants Galore and Tea and Homemade Cakes on sale
White horse Gardening club (Uffington) also have a couple of events coming up. Their events schedule is attached if you would like more details of where they meet etc..
Morning – 10.30am. Blackland House, Calne, Wiltshire SN11 8UQ.
£15 per head to include tour and refreshments. (25 max) www.bayntunflowers.co.uk
A flower lover’s garden at the foot of the Marlborough Downs, where owner Polly Nicholson runs her organic flower business Bayntun Flowers.
Afternoon- Iford Manor, Bradford on Avon BA15 2BA
www.ifordmanor.co.uk. £12.50 per head includes tour
15.30 – Arrival and Walled Garden Tour with either the owner or head gardener
16.00 – Enjoy the main garden. Refreshments available in café (not included)
18.00 – Gates close
PLANT SALE TRAIL around UFFFINGTON village from 10am – 3pm
Map available. Donations for plants.
Grove Garden and Local History Club have a talk on Gloucester and Cotswolds Gardens – a photographic tour of 10 gardens through the seasons on the 27th April. Their plant sale will then be on 21st May.
WGA will be holding our plant sale on Saturday May 28th so please sow a few extra plants for us as always – more reminders later!!
February has proved a very busy opening month so thanks to all for your support.
We will continue with opening for collection of orders placed on line at 9:30 and then opening the shop at 10:00 for members to browse. We will continue with this through March and let you know if this is working well or if we need to make any changes. Please let us know your opinions when you visit.
Please place your orders by midday on Friday or a bit later if you don’t mind maybe waiting on Saturday while we prepare it. It is still very helpful to us if you can order in advance and you can still browse / buy other items on the day too.
Please note that we are doing everything we can to maintain prices but there are likely to be increases through the season as we buy new stock due to fuel and other costs rising very steeply. We now have more stock than for many years to try to minimise these pressures however.
These have been a huge success this year with everything except around a dozen bags of Sarpo Mira sold (£3/2Kg) despite restocking with a few popular varieties after a couple of weeks.
We will carry on with pre-ordering for next year as this seems to have much reduced wastage.
We still have plenty of 500g packs of onions in stock at £1.50 a bag.
New Products / Price Reductions
We now have peat free seed compost in stock along with the multipurpose / organic and with added JI versions from Melcourt. It’s the same price at £7 for a 50L bag.
Upcoming Local Events – We have been contacted by some of the local gardening related clubs and societies and will publish their upcoming events in future newsletters.
The Grove Garden & Local History Club have a series of events taking place over the next couple of months, all taking place at Grove Village Hall. The evening talks include, ‘The Victorian Garden – a picture of how life was pre-WW1’ on 23rd March and ‘Gloucester and Cotswolds Gardens – a photographic tour of 10 gardens through the seasons’ on the 27th April.
The Spring Show will take place on Saturday, 9th April at 2pm. Full details of the categories are in the schedule (see web page).
And lastly, but not least we will be holding a plant sale on Saturday, 21st May, between 10am and 12 noon. Come along to buy some plants (entrance is free) or if you wish to sell your own plants you can book a table for £10 or a half-table for £5. To reserve a table, contact Gwen on 01235 760138.
For full details of this year’s Shows, talks, plant sale and garden visit pick up a schedule from Grove and Wantage Libraries, Wantage Vale and Downland Museum and at https://sites.google.com/view/grovegardenandlocalhistory/home
White Horse Gardening Club (See attached for this year’s full programme)
MARCH 3rd-TALK: TREES – UNDER THE CANOPY
Ben Jones, Curator of Oxford Arboretum (www.botanic-garden.ox.ac.uk/harcourt-arboretum)
APRIL 7th – TALK: HELLEBORES
Mike Byford from Hazles Cross Farm Nursery (www.hazlescrossfarmnursery.co.uk)
The nursery is home to the National Collection of Hellebores. Propagate and sell all hellebore species.
Shop Reopening Newsletter – 2/2/22
Welcome to Liz – Club Secretary
Liz Sanders will start as the new Association Secretary with the new season. Please make her welcome!
We will be reopening on Saturday 5th February, we have decided to carry on with the opening times we had last year which will be:
9:30 – Open for collection of pre-ordered items
10:00 – Shop will be open.
We will continue to ask members to wear masks inside the shop for the time being as we still feel this will give other members and volunteers added protection. Pre-ordered goods and potato orders will be available outside assuming reasonable weather.
We are also still willing to make deliveries to people’s homes in the local area but ask that you only request this if you are self-isolating or don’t have any means of getting to the shop. If possible, place your order online or send us an email with your requirements.
We will continue to take credit card payments where possible as this has also proved to be much simpler for us.
Online orders should be sent by Thursday evening to allow us to put them together on Fridays.
Potatoes & Onions
Thanks to all of you who have pre-ordered your potatoes, we reduced the order slightly again this year to try to reduce unsold packs and have now sold well over half of the stock (which has now been delivered to the shop).
We have the following left in stock – if you have a particular preference then please order them online if possible.
We aim to have all the orders placed so far available on Saturday.
We are also stocking onion sets and red shallot sets this year.
Peat Free Composts
Following the unanimous view of members at the AGM that we should end the sale of peat-based composts we have stocked up on the range of Melcourt peat free products we have supplied for a number of years but have also been able to reduce the price due to the larger volume bought. All bags are now £7 (a reduction of 50p). This is significantly less than the RRP and any online or local pricing.
We will sell off the remaining bags of peat-based compost and will not be re-stocking this. If this is still your preference then you should buy early as stocks are very limited.
The composts we currently stock and their prices are below.
|Sylva Grow MultiPurpose||50L Bag||£7.00|
|Sylva Grow with John Innes||50L Bag||£7.00|
|Sylva Grow Organic||50L Bag||£7.00|
|Sylvagrow Planter (Growbag)||44L Bag||£5.00|
|John Innes seed||25L Bag||£4.20|
|John Innes No. 1||25L Bag||£4.20|
|John Innes No. 2||25L Bag||£4.20|
|John Innes No. 3||25L Bag||£4.20|
|Multi purpose*||50L Bag||£5.00|
|Sinclairs Seed Compost*||75L Bag||£8.50|
|Sinclairs Bedding Compost*||75L Bag||£8.50|
*Contains peat – will be discontinued when current stock are sold.
We are well stocked with both packets of Kings seeds and the smaller packs we fill from Kings bulk packs. We have a similar range to last year with Broad beans available now. We have also decided to try green manures again after several requests.
We are now stocking Alfalfa and Crimson Clover – both can be sown from March through the summer and are in 10 M2 packs to fix nitrogen and build humus into your soil.
All packets are 50p and can also now be ordered online.
As always, please make use of our Kings seeds discount too. If you want a catalogue to browse these can be collected from the shop.
24/3 – Peat free planters are now back in stock with more due next week.
19/3 – All Sinclairs peat based compost now sold, we are now peat free only! 6 Bags of Sarpo Mira left.
26/2 – Charlotte and Desiree sold out, Sarpo only left @ £3/2Kg.
18/2 – More potatoes have arrived, we now have Charlotte and Desiree back in stock.
14/2 – We now also have Melcourt Peat Free Seed compost in stock as well as lots of packs of Vitax Slug Gone.
12/2 – Last few bags of Sarpo Mira Pots left now – we are expecting more Charlotte and Desiree and will let you know when they are in.
5/2 – Vitax Slug Gone sold out first day – more on order