In the club’s 24th year, Pat Bush remembers how it all began...
"The seeds of the Rushwick Gardeners’ Club were first sown in 1992, when a few villagers recalled that there had been a club in the 1960s. A meeting was called for like-minded folk interested in gardening and 13 of us turned up. A committee was formed and the club of today was born. The cups of that earlier club were found in a loft! My husband – knowing nothing about gardening – found himself elected as chairman and he only went to give me a lift! Frank thoroughly enjoyed his 17 years in his position as chairman and helped see the club grow, well-supported by the members of the community. He made the club a very popular village activity and gardening a ‘fun’ thing! Since his death the club has continued along the same lines under its present leadership."
Jobs for February (courtesy of RHS)
In the flower garden:
Prune late flowering clematis belonging to Group 3 to a pair of healthy buds 6-12 inches above soil level.
THere may yet be some nasty frosts so try to resist the urge to tidy up dead foliage which helps protect the plants.
On the veggie patch:
Remove canes of remaining raspberries.
Keep emerging weeds at bay.
Tidy strawberry beds.
Clear beds and prepare ready for planting.
In the greenhouse:
Start sowing veg seeds, if you have a heated propagator you can sow tomatoes.