Plympton Gardeners Association

                                                                                            October News

Thoughts were turning to spring at the October meeting of Plympton Gardeners. The speaker was Adrian Scamp who runs a bulb producing business in Cornwall which specialises in daffodils, many bred by Adrian's father. R & A Scamp have won gold medals and 'Best in Show' at RHS shows. Adrian illustrated his talk with slides of beautiful blooms. He talked about the history of daffodils, their cultivation, and the best varieties for showing, & also for growing in the garden and in containers. He gave a clear explanation of the different divisions of flowers for entering in shows.
During the interval PGA members had the opportunity to buy bulbs at reduced prices.

Members were reminded that the PGA will be running the coffee bar at Harewood House in January & were asked to pledge donations at the next meeting.

Maureen Styler won the monthly competition for needlecraft with an embroidered table cloth, Sally Luscombe entered a drawing of a flowering currant to take the art prize and Keith Clapton won both the flower and fruit prizes with collarette dahlias and desert apples.

The next meeting of the Association will be on Thursday 2nd November, at 7:30pm, at Harewood House when the speaker will be from the nominated charity for 2019.

                                                                                       Jobs to do in October

Fruit and Veg

Take cuttings of gooseberries.
Prune grape vines.
Clear onion beds.
Start digging of deep trench beds for potatoes, onions and legumes.
Renew top dressing on rhubarb beds.


Continue planting spring flowering bulbs.
Plant new herbaceous perennials.
Divide overcrowded herbaceous perennials.
Clear summer bedding.
Lift dahlias after first frost.
Bring tender plants into the greenhouse for the winter.

September News

Champion vegetable grower Roy Pook retained the Plympton Gardeners Annual Trophy for the heaviest onion, with an entry weighing 6lbs 2ozs, at the September meeting of the Association.The speaker at the meeting was Terry Underhill who used a wealth of illustrations to show the range of plants that could be used to bring colour to gardens in autumn.Terry talked about using trees, shrubs, bulbs, grasses, herbaceous perennials and vegetables.

The chairman, John gilding, thanked all those who had helped with the Annual Show in August and entered exhibits. Paul Hutchins, the Show Secretary, reported that there had been an increase in the numbers of entries in all classes, with the exception of flowers, and that there were more exhibitors overall. A success in a difficult growing year.

Those members present were asked to nominate and choose a charity for the PGA to support in 2019. After a vote it was agreed that The Children's Happy Hospital Fund would be the nominated charity for support next year.

The monthly competitions for both fruit and flowers were won by Dr. Keith Clapton with dessert apples and zinnias. Maureen Styler took the needlecraft prize with an embroidered cushion and Sally Luscombe entered a drawing of a cockerel to win the art prize.

The next meeting of the PGA will be on Thursday October 4th when Cornish bulb grower Ron Scamp will be speaking about growing daffodils.

Jobs to do in September

Fruit and Vegetables

Top dress sprouts with Nitrate of Soda.
Lift remaining onions, potatoes, carrots & beetroot.
Plant out spring cabbages.
Apply grease bands to all fruit trees.


Take cuttings of tender perennials such as pelargoniums and osteospurnums and keep in a greenhouse or on a windowsill over winter.
Plant out spring flowering biennials such as wallflowers, foxgloves & violas.
Continue to feed hanging baskets.
Sow sweet peas.
Deadhead perennials that are still flowering.
Collect seeds from perennials that have finished flowering.
Prune climbing roses as they finish flowering.





                                                               A new service for members from January 2014

Members who cannot get to the trading hut but wish to purchase garden supplies can now email Dave Wickstead (at  to place an order, which can then be collected at the next meeting.




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