March letter from The Ferns vegetarian B & B chatting about Snow, The Edible Food Show, St Georges Day in Newport

The view from our kitchen this morning

 

21st march in the back garden

21st march in the back garden

Despite having visitors last week, I am here in a very snowy Newport. The winter duvets are still on the beds and the bedrooms are  lovely & warm.

Last week I won 2 tickets to The Edible Garden Show at Stoneleigh.

The Edible Garden Show

The Edible Garden Show

We saw talks  by Bob Flowerdew and James Wong.  At the beekeepers exhibition above I bought some flower seeds that would attract bees: hyssop and coreopsis. I also bought teazle seeds for goldfinches. Some interesting ideas were that the people who write garden books in the past were either gardeners to great estates and had lots of free labour to help them or champions of the veg world who had little idea about flavour – they were more interested in uniformity and size. So  this was a warning about reading old gardening books!

Some ideas I gleaned were:

  • to use corrugated cardboard instead of straw for underneath the strawberries
  • have two blueberry plants not one
  • red and white currents are happy with semi-shade, whereas black currents like the sun
  • plant your Brassicas on firm soil  
  • put rhubarb in your flower bed to give it a bit of structure and save veg plot space
  • use grass clippings on top  your potatoes instead of earthing them up (only  a little  – sufficient to stop the potatoes turning green – not vast lumps) 
  • A apple recommended was Ribston Pippin

The show was really very good.

Newport Town will be having its  celebration of St Georges day in April. There will a reenactment of George and the Dragon on Saturday 20th April. Here is an image of least years event with our town crier in the centre

St Georges Day 2012

St Georges Day 2012

This should be good fun!

Linda