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  • No. 81 April/May 2013

    In this issue: 1 It’s Show time!

    2 New Editor for the Newsletter!

    The Living Soil

    Membership Re- newals

    3 An Impossible Match to Win.

    4 Sales Hut

    5 Easy Ginger Cookies

    A Slice of Rantipole Cake?

    Companion Planting

    6 Diary Dates

    7 Visit to Holden Clough Nursery

    Vintage Jewellery Wanted

    Feedback?

    8 Changes to the Show Schedule

    IT’S SHOW TIME!! Well not quite! But time flies by. Now we should all be thinking about the sort of things we might grow, make, paint, or photograph during the next few months so we can have a bumper Show in August.

    The Show Schedule is being delivered with this Newsletter. It will also be on the website, so you have no excuse for not knowing about it nice and early!

    Hon. President George Cowgill

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    Go on - have a go! You know you can do it!

  • New Editor for the Newsletter!

    Welcome to Norah Ball who has taken over as Editor of Clitheroe Garden Club Newsletter on a tempo- rary basis. We thank her very much for taking on this job.

    She has already made changes as you can see. Although this is her first newsletter she has already incorpo- rated Committee suggestions into the Show Schedule and produced posters for the Coffee Morning for North West Air Ambulance.

    Our Club is very fortunate that there are a few members who will use their skills and precious time for the benefit of all.

    This ‘Thank You’ comes from all the members and Chairman.

    The Living Soil If you attended our talk on 7th March you could be forgiven for thinking that you had wandered into The Comedy Store by mistake. If you didn’t attend you missed a real treat. John Steedman gave us a laughter- filled evening whilst still imparting some interesting knowledge about soil and composting.

    One question from a member was how to differentiate between the eggs of worms and snails so that we can destroy the slugs but preserve the worms which do so much good in the garden. He explained that the snail eggs, which look like little

    pearls, are very different to worms’ eggs which are probably too small to see. The New Zealand flat worm de- posits its eggs under stones and leaf debris, but is not as yet too much of a problem. There are 25 species of worm working at different levels in our gardens.

    A couple of the many tips he gave were to liquidise a banana skin with a little water and use that to fertilise houseplants as it is full of nutrients, and that the best comfrey to use as a fertiliser in the garden is Russian comfrey Bocking 14 which can be dug straight into the soil and won’t end up colonising your garden.

    Our next talks are on Wednesday 3rd April, The Strange and Beautiful World of Carniverous Plants by Mr Alan Leyland and on Wednesday 1st of May, Tulips Past and Present by Mr Matthew Smith.

    Carol Hill

    Membership renewals A huge thank you to those members who have renewed nice and early.

    Can I just remind those of you who haven’t yet renewed that we do need a completed membership form: it is our record that you have paid and is also needed to compile the list for the newsletter deliveries. Also this year we have a new form and are asking for extra information. If you don’t receive your next newsletter please contact us.

    Carol and Elizabeth

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  • An Impossible Match to Win

    As I write, in early March, I know that all gardeners are full of anticipa- tion for the Spring and Summer ahead of us. Suddenly, we have lots more energy and are so pleased to get into the garden to use it. How- ever, I do have something on my mind.

    You see, in the match between Team Dorothy and Team Wildlife, the score is:

    Team Wildlife 5 - Team Dorothy 0

    Team Dorothy is on home ground and neither of us in the team is ema- ciated ...... but ...... the mole (or are there lots of them?) is easily win- ning.

    Being lovers of wildlife, we wished only to send the creature into the fields at the bottom of the garden, so we bought a sonic mole deterrent (£20). It makes a noise every 30 seconds and we are on the second set of batteries now. (£8). We lost sight of it the other day as a large new molehill engulfed it and we had to dig it out – still working.

    We were told that moles dislike vi- brations so, smugly, we knew that a day aerating the lawn with a very noisy machine that stabbed plugs of

    grass and soil and flung them into the air would do what we needed. No chance! It (or they) didn’t even get a headache.

    Ah! Scarifying should do the trick! A whole day of machinery tearing at the grass will wreck its peace and quiet. But, no! Next morning, more new hills appeared.

    Years ago I knew we had succeeded with mothballs. People used to use them to keep moths away from their clothes. They are made of a chemical called naphthalene which is toxic, flammable and a carcinogen and be- came a banned substance in 2004. Enquiring at garden centres and hardware shops for old stock led no- where – my best remedy had disap- peared! Andrew thought he would search on-line. Amazingly, he could order them from ‘Amazon’, £2-99, post free. They arrived in the post in two days. (I may be naive but I did- n’t know you could buy banned sub- stances so easily).

    The next afternoon, I gleefully un- covered mole tunnels and popped a couple of mothballs into each. Com- fortingly, they instantly disappeared round a corner and out of sight. Job done! Next morning, a new hill had appeared, in the distance, up by the gate. I could see two flecks of some- thing white on the new soil. Of course! It was dustbin day and some rubbish had blown in ...... but ....... as I approached I could see that it was not rubbish but two mothballs, carefully excavated and thrown out by the creature. The following day I

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  • found another mothball had been ejected.

    Meanwhile, Val Bourne arrived for the afternoon. She is an RHS judge and writes for the Saturday Tele- graph gardening supplement. She was going to be the speaker at an- other group to which I belong.

    She had noticed the molehills on the way in and so it became a topic of conversation. Val, of course, is very wildlife friendly, and she said, in quite a small voice, ‘We have never had moles in our garden’.

    Now, I am not a mind-reader, but a shadow of self doubt went across Val’s face as she pondered what she would do to get rid of moles organi- cally. No suggestions were made.

    A good friend suggested using a strong solution of Jeyes Fluid. I think the creature(s) thought it was a tonic and so have increased their productivity.

    If you come to visit our garden, please don’t mind if your foot breaks through the turf and disappears down a large hole. We have bar- rowed away several loads of lovely soil to use elsewhere.

    I must now confess to having darker thoughts about our underground garden visitors but these are tinged with interest and admiration.

    You see, the tunnels have a small diameter, about 3cm or so, and they are smooth-sided. How does this tiny creature physically move all this soil

    along the tunnels and up into the molehill some distance away?

    Dorothy Richards

    Editor: There’s a lovely Mongolian War Hammer for sale at the Club Hut. Perhaps that would be worth a try Dorothy!

    The Sales Hut

    Trevor Mitchell and Ted Woodend are now settling in at the hut and start- ing to make their own mark on Sun- day mornings. Sales have been brisk right from the start with many peo- ple paying their subs as well.

    Marian has been busy at the tills with all potatoes, onions and shallots sell- ing out within the first weeks.

    Peas and beans are still available so don’t go and start paying garden centre prices.

    Some hardy early plants are on sale from plantings/sowings made last year. These are now starting to grow on well, but supplies are limited.

    We should also thank Ted for giving the huts a good coat of paint pre-

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  • season, thereby protecting them from the scorching sun we are going to have this summer!!!!!

    Prices of all commodities have been held at or near last year’s rates so come along and stock- up.

    Good gardening to all from the hut team.

    COOKERY CORNER Easy Ginger Cookies

    Melt in large pan: 2 tbsps syrup; 2oz margarine; 1oz lard.

    Add: 8oz Self Raising flour; 4oz sugar; 1 tsp ground ginger; 1 tsp mixed spice; 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda; 1 beaten egg.

    Roll into balls, place on tray, no need to flatten.

    Cook for 10 mins at Gas 4 / 180°C / 170°C in fan oven.

    Result should not be hard (i.e. not a biscuit).

    Will keep for weeks in foil in a tin.

    Trevor Mitchell

    A slice of rantipole cake? It doesn’t sound too appetising does it but rantipole is just another name for the carrot. It has had many names in the past including mirrot, birds nest, devil’s plague, gingidium, hill-trot, fiddle and lace flower. I think I’d prefer a slice of lace flower cake.

    The ‘World’s Longest Carrot’ was grown in Nottinghamshire by Joe Atherton in 2007 and measured 5.84 metres (over 19 feet).

    Carrots have the highest content