Date(s) - 16/04/2015
14:00 - 16:30
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The first ever workshop run by Rowledge Gardening Club was on Growing Vegetables.
12 members met in Peter and Lynn Ludfords’ lovely garden where Peter started with advice on the best shapes of pots/containers, how to fill and water, seed density/orientation, and the care needed for germination to be successful. He demonstrated pricking out lettuce and the use of vermiculite. Peter talked about the benefits of root trainers (not something to be worn when gardening apparently) and an electric propagator. We also had our choice of courgette seed to sow – the correct way up! I am sure that more dahlias will be growing in Rowledge this year as Peter showed us the copper rings that keep his free from slug damage. Finally Robert Green shared his method of germinating peas in guttering, bringing them on to a good size before planting out although sliding them out of the guttering needs a bit of skill!
After a delicious cup of tea and cake we moved to Robert’s allotment where he talked us through soil structure and fertility, compost, pest control and crop protection. We saw the difference between module grown plants and those sown directly in the soil. Robert shared his method for sowing parsnip and carrot seed (always tricky) and he got several members to create a row. Soil fertility was discussed as Robert showed us how he plants chitted potatoes.
Both Peter and Robert answered the many questions fully and patiently, a huge amount of knowledge was shared and we all took away an improved understanding of seed propagation, as well as our courgette plants!
Liz Thomas, participant and RGC member April 2015.