What a strange year 2020 has turned out to be - since March our gardens and the act of gardening has been a vital source of solace to many.
Over the spring and summer months gardens have been tended, flower borders have burst with colourful plants and shrubs and those growing vegetables for the first time enjoying home grown bounty. Country walks have become popular, with the many footpaths and unspoilt vistas around the village being enjoyed by both old and young walkers. The garden has become an extra room outside – a place to sit, play and enjoy life!
Since the clocks changed, the days are becoming shorter and the temperature is dropping as the winter months approach so now is the time to put many tender plants and shrubs “to bed”. If you have an empty shed or greenhouse, pots with tender plants or shrubs can be moved inside. Alternatively they can be wrapped in fleece or bubble wrap to give them extra protection.
Unlike Lockdown I, the garden centres can remain open this time, so there is still time to buy bulbs to plant in pots to give you a blast of welcome colour in the Spring. It is also a good idea to give shrubs and flower borders a mulch with compost (home made or purchased). This will help to give protection to the border plants from adverse weather and improve the fertility and health of the soil.
The RHS has advised that the garden at Hyde Hall is open if you fancy a trip out – but remember to book your entry time via the internet.
As 2020 starts to draw to an end, The Mountfitchet Garden Club would like to wish all our member and local residents a “Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year and 2021”