Well the annual Show has now finished for 2016 and has been a great success once again.
Thank you to all our gardeners, sponsors and supporters who have contributed once again in helping the staging of a Show with excellent home made products and garden produce.
Ultimately though the Show would not happen without the hard work and commitment of the small organising committee and the volunteers who give up their time to help.
On behalf of the organisers I would like to pass on our very grateful thanks to everyone who supported us and to who we are indebted. (Peter Kerry – show committee member)
First Pictures are now on show at our Facebook group page – next year then we look forward to see you and your exhibits, same times and same place.
September is the time to harvest fruit such as apples, pears and plums, autumn raspberries and strawberries.
It is also an excellent time to consider what has done well for you over the past season and what has done badly. This allows you to consider your growing plans for next year with the knowledge gained.
As you harvest crops, keep an eye open for material to compost and give the compost heaps a good working over, turning and topping up.
Lots of good advice can be found here and also here – but also remember that care of the poly tunnel continues too for those of you who have invested in one.
This weekend is the big weekend when we open the doors to everyone to enter produce (Saturday morning) so that it can be judged (Saturday afternoon) and then shown to the public before the presentation of prizes on Sunday before the famous auction on Sunday afternoon.
We hope that many people will be able to come along and enter as well as coming along to support us. Of course you all realise that just for this one Saturday the Prudhoe Gardeners’ Association Hut will be closed as we shall all be helping to run the show.
Now that the gardening season is progressing towards harvest time, all allotment holders and vegetable gardeners should be picking crops busily. As well as preserving gluts (jam, chutneys, pickles, freezing, sharing – beware of friends bearing the overload of courgettes mind!).
The National Allotment Society has a list of useful things to do including thinning apple crops to produce larger fruits, pruning cordon, fan or espalier apples and pears (not trees) and lifting onions.
You can also add a few late crops to prolong the season – late spinach can be sown in August along with a last sowing of kohlrabi and turnips. You need to keep an eye on the greenhouse and definitely pinch out the tops of tomatoes to encourage the fruits to swell.