Creeping Buttercup

buttercupCreeping buttercup  is a perennial weed particularly troublesome in moister soils where it grows strongly and roots deeply.

After mild wet winters and in heavy soils rich in clay, creeping buttercup spreads widely using runners in the same way as strawberry plants will do at the end of the fruiting season. It is difficult to eradicate from amongst permanent plantings in borders and in the fruit garden.

Cure
Dig out all plants complete with root and all runners; do not compost the roots or runners as these will continue to grow and spread in your compost heap. Your bonfire heap is your friend in curing this plant.

If you have buttercups in fruit beds, you need to remove them completely using a trowel.

This weed’s presence often indicates the need for improvements to soil structure and drainage. By digging in compost, well rotted manure and other organic material over the winter you will improve the soil structure which will help to cure the conditions that creeping buttercups so enjoy. Better soil structure may well improve the drainage too.

But it may well take more than one winter to achieve the soil structure improvements. Do not expect instant results – time and patience, more compost, well rotted manure and other organic material will win through though.

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Couch Grass

Couch Grass Roots

Couch Grass Roots as shown on RHS website

Overview
Couch grass often grows in among cultivated plants. It’s a clump-forming perennial that spreads through the soil via underground stems or stolons, and is easily spread by cultivation. It can creep from lawns to infest flower and vegetable beds. Couch also produces flower heads that are followed by seeds, allowing the further spread of this weed.

Couch grass spreads easily to form dense mats of underground stems. It grows among cultivated plants, competing for water and nutrients and reducing crop yields in vegetable beds.

Organic Treatment
Dig out all the roots and underground stems of this grass, especially at the edge of infested lawns. Where couch is growing in permanently planted borders, it’s easier to lift all the plants and tease out the weed from the root balls. Regular slashing of the grass with a sharp knife will further weaken and loosen the plant.

Chemical Treatment
Use a systemic weedkiller on couch grass in spring. Re-apply throughout the growing season at four- to six-week intervals.

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Find us on Facebook

FacebookJoin the Prudhoe Gardeners’ Association group over on Facebook for informal questions and discussions.

You can get to know some of those who have allotments and some of those who are on the waiting lists there.

We are a friendly bunch who like questions and will answer if we can.

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Summer Newsletter 2015

gardenerOur latest newsletter is now available for you all to read – as usual full of information.

Dig This – Summer 2015 requires Adobe Reader to view it – if you haven’t already got it on your computer/laptop you can download it from here

If you want to know more please feel free to contact us and talk to us

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Prudhoe Town Show 2015 – our 51st Show

Prudhoe Gardeners' Association LogoThis year the Prudhoe Town Show will take place during the weekend of the 5th and 6th of September at the ‘Legion’, (Prudhoe & District United Services Club Ltd) Front Street, Prudhoe.

To date, steady progress is being made in preparation for the event and the organising committee, on behalf of the ‘Prudhoe Gardeners Association’, meets on a monthly basis.

Meetings involve working through an ever expanding checklist to guide the planning process. Currently a list of previous sponsors are being contacted for financial aid alongside potential new supporters.

The Town Show raffle also requires prizes, so donations are always welcome. Any raffle money raised helps towards the 2015 Show.

Raffle tickets will be on sale nearer to and during the Show weekend. You will be able to but raffle tickets from the Hut on Saturday mornings in the near future.

The draw will take place after the auction of goods on the Sunday afternoon.

The schedules will be printed in June and copies made available at the Hut, within the local area and circulated to previous Show entrants. We hope that we shall also be able to email copies of the schedules out when they are ready.

There have been adjustments to a few classes to widen the appeal to entrants. The various classes include:

  • flowers, vegetables, home baking and handicrafts
  • age related children’s classes

Posters, flyers and banners are also being produced to advertise the event.

Please help to support the Show by entering for the classes and attending the various events during the week end.

If you are coming into Prudhoe and asking for directions, ask for The Legion. If you are looking for directions on the Internet then you need to search for Prudhoe & District United Services Club Ltd. The Internet won’t find the Legion, Prudhoe and us locals won’t know Prudhoe & District United Services Club Ltd but will know the Legion.

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