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all-day Thatcham Festival @ Thatcham Venues Various
Thatcham Festival @ Thatcham Venues Various
Oct 15 all-day
Thatcham Festival @ Thatcham Venues Various | Thatcham | England | United Kingdom
9 days of free arts and community events. With author talks on heritage, fiction and non fiction, music events from Cold Ash Brass Band to open mic acoustic nights, family events such as Thatcham Apple[...]
9:30 am Art Exhibition – Vale & Downland... @ Vale & Downland Museum
Art Exhibition – Vale & Downland... @ Vale & Downland Museum
Oct 15 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Art Exhibition - Vale & Downland Museum @ Vale & Downland Museum | England | United Kingdom
Come and experience LiterArties and their images and words… Art exhibition in the gallery: 14th October to 2nd November As artists our styles include a wide range of styles, subject matter and mediums. As writers[...]
9:30 am LiterArties Exhibition @ Vale & Downland Museum
LiterArties Exhibition @ Vale & Downland Museum
Oct 15 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
LiterArties Exhibition @ Vale & Downland Museum | England | United Kingdom
A collection of work from the artists and authors of LiterArties. LiterArties are a group of Oxfordshire writer-artists, all published authors and exhibiting artists. Some are professional artists, others are amateurs with varying degrees of[...]
10:00 am Ben Glaetzer returns to The Harrow @ The Harrow at Little Bedwyn
Ben Glaetzer returns to The Harrow @ The Harrow at Little Bedwyn
Oct 15 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Ben Glaetzer returns to The Harrow @ The Harrow at Little Bedwyn | Little Bedwyn | England | United Kingdom
We are delighted to announce that Ben Glaetzer and Nick Keukenmeester from Glaetzer and Heartland Wines will be hosting dinner here on Tuesday 15th October. We will be showing some old wines from our cellar[...]
10:30 am Family History Sessions @ Pangbourne Library
Family History Sessions @ Pangbourne Library
Oct 15 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Family History Sessions @ Pangbourne Library | Pangbourne | England | United Kingdom
Research your Family History Third Tuesday of the month at Pangbourne Library. Learn to use Ancestry.com for your personal research. To book a session, please contact the library: http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30285 Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/
10:30 am Hungerford Carers Support Group @ Hungerford Fire Station
Hungerford Carers Support Group @ Hungerford Fire Station
Oct 15 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Hungerford Carers Support Group @ Hungerford Fire Station
Hosted by Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub.
11:00 am Rhymetime @ Newbury Library @ Newbury Library
Rhymetime @ Newbury Library @ Newbury Library
Oct 15 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Rhymetime @ Newbury Library @ Newbury Library | England | United Kingdom
Rhymetime for under 3 years Every Tuesday and Wednesday, 11.00-11.20am at Newbury Library. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30251

Here are some general bits of advice:

• Plant out half a crop out at first to check if the location works. If the plants get munched then you’ve still got the other half of the crop to try somewhere else in the garden.

• Watering takes time and frankly, water is precious so here are tips on how to water your plants for best root growth. To prevent evaporation, we cover soil with gravel, mussel shells and big leaves like rhubarb.

• How to garden without injury to keep fit – top tips from Andy at West Berkshire Injury Clinic (who treats a lot of gardening injuries!)

Growing Your Own Veg & Fruit

For brilliant inspiration, follow Belinda’s blog from Hungerford Allotments

Composting & Fertilizing

• It is worth growing comfrey to make a liquid fertilizer for your garden. Roughly chop up leaves in a bucket of water and nettle leaves too. Stir occasionally. When the water is dark green and smells like fertilizer then dilute it with more water and gives your crops a good drink. Here is a demonstration by Monty Don.

• reminder to men to pee on their compost heap! According to The Daily Telegraph this is an important chore and one that is physically easier for men and their pee happens to be slightly less acidic than women’s

 

Bee Swarms

• If you find a bee swarm in your garden first please double check they are honeybees from this guide and then contact: Newbury Beekeepers, Marc Benson on 07746 374819 in Wash Common, Vale & Downland Beekeepers (for Wantage Area) or Swindon & District Beekeepers – any of these people will be very happy to collect the swarm from you.

 

If You Don’t Have Your Own Garden

Don’t worry as there are many allotments across the area which might have free plots. There are also community garden centres that are always grateful for volunteers and provide a social experience where you can learn a lot about gardening.

Growing2Gether volunteers & sign

Growing2gether Community Garden Centre

We are Growing2gether, based at Cottismore Park near Kingsclere – a community food and flower growing and training project that provides opportunities for people from many

Five a Day Market Garden

Five A Day Market Garden is a not for profit community gardening and horticultural therapy project situated in the tranquil hamlet of Englefield, approximately seven

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