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KEEPING YOU IN TOUCH - YOUR FREE MONTHLY NEWSPAPER DELIVERED DOOR-TO-DOOR FOR 31 YEARS


Have your patios, driveways and decking professionally cleaned ready for spring!


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The recent dry hot weather is challenging for gardeners and growers both with the high temperatures and lack of rainfall. Maybe this year will be typical of years to come as a result of climate change. These conditions put plants under stress and can be the cause of plants dying in subsequent years. We need to plan ahead to make all our gardens drought resistant.


The use of water butts to collect and store water from hut and greenhouse gutters is easy, with a little ingenuity and several butts can be linked together at low level to create a greater supply. Interceptors can also be fitted to house rainwater down pipes to allow water to fill a butt and when full, allows it to run down the drains.


The soils in and around Cockermouth are variable, from alluvial silt to heavy clay. This presents a challenge for gardeners to increase the water retention of their soil. The light alluvial silts found in the river valleys drain and are easily worked but dry out quickly. They need as much humus as possible in the form of manure or compost worked in each year and/or a good thickness of an organic mulch to help reduce evaporation of moisture. This is not an instant fix and improvements take time


as the humus has to be built up over time and then maintained by regular applications. Much of the area is clay subsoil which will hold water but unless roots of plants get into it the moisture is not easily accessible. If the topsoil has high humus level, then the moisture is more easily transferred from the sub-soil, hence the above treatment will help. Heavier clay soils need to be broken up with applications of grit sand and humus.


Cockermouth Show is encouraging entries to the Vegetable and Flower classes from any growers and gardeners. It is our local show and we should all try to support it. Further details are available at www.cockermouthshow.co.uk. The industrial section has the classes for vegetables, flowers, jams and chutneys, the entry fee is 25p per entry and the closing date for entries is the 27th July. Please support the vegetable classes which have been re-introduced after few years’ absence.


Our next meeting will be on 31st July, at The Swan Inn on Kirkgate, at 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Come along and join us to talk about all things gardening.


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