Caterham and District Horticultural Society established 1886

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Caterham and District Horticultural Society

Located in the shed on the allotments behind the library,

Avenue Road, Caterham on the Hill.

Open Saturday mornings 9.30 – 12.00
IMPORTANT NOTICE – we urgently need additional helpers to assist the committee keep the Society going. Voting at the AGM (below) will be to close the Society completely; or to continue but without the three shows each year until more resource is available.

Please contact Helen Moulsley if you are able to help us on 01883 340093 or via the website.
September – early Autumn and the days are gradually shortening and temperatures will drop.

  • Deciduous trees and shrubs will shed their leaves. Leaves fall into ponds, the lawn and the rest of the garden. The seasoned gardener generally bags up the leaves in perforated dustbin bags or black plastic bags. Grass clippings added to it converts the contents into a fine, leaf mould which is ideal as a soil conditioner in about nine months’ time. Protect your pond with fine plastic or wire mesh netting.

  • In dry weather mow lawns, renew bare patches and sow or turf new areas. Use a besom to sweep away worm casts.

  • Cover wall-trained peaches, nectarines and almonds with a canopy of polythene until the leaves open next spring. This minimises the risk of the dreaded peach leaf-curl disease.

  • Grease bands should be wrapped around fruit trees to prevent winter months from climbing up to lay their eggs.

  • All old fruited canes on blackberries, loganberries and tayberries should be cut out.

  • Plant out strawberry plants in a new bed. Pick autumn raspberries.

  • Pick apples with a gentle anti-clockwise twist, wrap them in paper and store in a dry frost-free place. Consider pruning the apple tree at the same time.

  • Reduce the frequency of watering houseplants. All tender houseplants that were left outside should be brought in.

  • When planting trees and shrubs, support them with stakes and mulch around the tree with bark chippings or black polythene to prevent weeds.

  • Sow herbaceous perennials such as coreopsis, delphiniums and lupin in pots in a cold frame. Sow hardy annuals such as candytuft, clarkia, cornflower, larkspur and limnanthes in pots in a cold frame for early flowers next year.

  • Tender perennials such as fuchsia, gazania, lantana and abutilon should be stored in a frost-free place.

  • Continue to dead head dahlia, delphinium, rosa and penstemon.

  • When the first frosts hit dahlias and cannas lift the tubers/ rhizomes and store in a frost free place.

  • Weeds are vulnerable now and a concentrated dose of glyphosate will kill them.

  • Plant spring flowering bulbs.

  • Protect brassicas, lettuce, oriental greens, leaf-beet carrots and beetroot with broad mesh netting and fleece. It will be a deterrent to pigeons and the frosts.

  • Plant out autumn onion sets for harvesting in June/July.

  • Keep an eye on slugs, snails and pests and reduce their population!

Autumn Show 8th September - Hillcroft School

Open to the public at 2.30; presentation of the cups and medals 4.30.

Refreshments available including a selection of homemade cakes.

Raffle. Auction of flowers and vegetables donated by the exhibitors.

This may be our last show for a while, so do come along and enjoy!

Annual General Meeting Monday September 24th 7.15 pm

Followed by a slide show – “Caterham from the 1950’s”

United Reformed Church, Harestone Valley Road

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