Seeds are in at the Trading Store
Those of you who have ordered Kings Seeds through the bulk buying scheme at the Trading Store can collect your orders on December 13th during the usual opening hours.
This will be the last opening for 2014, so take this chance to pop along and pick up your gardening essentials. You can also collect some chipped bark for your paths; the Trading Store has shovels but bring your own bags.
Times for opening in 2015 have yet to be finalised, but the usual is for the Trading Store to be closed during January, and open every weekend in February, so it is likely to be the same next year. Full opening time will go on the Trading Store page as soon as Geoff has given me them.
All seeds are now half price at Hamstreet Garden Centre - across their extensive range from several seed companies.
Other reasons to take the short drive out -
There were a lot of other half price bargains on my visit but these were the ones that caught my eye.
Gardening Bring & Buy
Ashford Allotment Society will be running a GARDENING BRING AND BUY at the Trading Store on 21st June, during the normal opening hours of 10am to 2pm. It’s like a jumble sale, but for all allotment-related stuff!!!
This is a splendid chance to find good homes for surplus tools, seed trays, cloches, mini-greenhouses, small square propagating pots, really large pots, heaters, propagators, nice plants, gardening books, and so on. Spare plants will also be welcome. Come along, bring your surplus stuff and pick up a bargain!
Please bring your donations to the Trading Store either on May 31st or June 7th during normal opening hours, or on the day itself, as early as possible. ALL THE MONEY RAISED WILL GO TO EXPENSES FOR OUR SUPER SUMMER SHOW.
Please bring things people can use, which they will be prepared to pay small sums for. We know you've got more sense than to bring stuff which is only fit for the dump!
A top event this spring for keen gardeners, especially if you love hardy perennials
The Hardy Plant Society brings together enthusiasts of herbaceous plants, and their plant fairs are legendary. There will be lots of stalls selling all kinds of rare and beautiful treasures. The entry fee is just the normal admission for the Godinton House gardens - worth the money in itself as the gardens are very beautiful. (Please note - if you have a season ticket to Godinton this won't get you in for free on this day, as the Godinton managers give some of the money to the Hardy Plant Society - RHS members, who usually get in free, will be asked for a donation to the Hardy Plant Society)
The Spare Plants Swap on May 3rd was such a success that the Trading Store is doing it again on May 17th - so if you missed it, you get another chance. Lucky allotmenteers who turned up on the 3rd picked up tomatoes, sweet peppers, paprika peppers, butternut squash, sweet peas and Kent cobnuts, all at bargain prices. Who knows what there'll be next time?
Bring all your spare plants to help raise money for the Summer Show. Plants should be in clean compost and clearly labelled - just the way you'd want to buy them yourself.
SPARE PLANTS SWAP
SPARE PLANTS: BRING AND BUY
Bring your spare plants up to the Trading Store this Saturday May 3rd, to find them good homes and raise some money for the Summer Show. If you haven't got spare plants, come to the Trading Store and buy some! Who knows what you'll find, it'll all depend what turns up on the day. Some may be rarer ones you've never tried!
If you are bringing plants, please bring them before 11am if possible (the earlier the better in fact). All plants should be in clean compost and should be labelled - just the way you'd like to buy them. If you'd like any unsold plants back please call back just before the Trading Store closes.
You don't need to be a member of the bulk buying scheme to take part.
All the money raised will go towards Summer Show expenses. The Trading Store is, as I'm sure you all know, at Westrees allotments on Quantock Drive.
Seed Testers Sought
Tuckers Seeds are looking for gardeners to help test their new seed varieties in the "real world", under a wide range of conditions. The varieties are shown in the letter from Tuckers below. If you'd like to help test, you'll be given free seeds, and at the end of the season you'll be asked to rate how they've performed.
We'd like to involve as many people as possible, though of course the amount of seed is finite. If you'd like to take part in this exciting new partnership, contact us as soon as possible at email@example.com
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