March meeting with Mick Poultney

March 7, 2015 at 8:15 pm Leave a comment

We got our new year under way in great style with a return visit from Mick Poultney whose popularity on Facebook had attracted some visitors who showed interest in some of the other speakers and were made to feel welcome, as usual, so we hope they will come again.

There is no doubting Mick’s enthusiasm for his subject and his knowledge is encyclopaedic. He showed us the merits of raised beds and outlined their construction and maintenance; local scaffolding firms may well have new outlets for their damaged planks now we know how valuable they are in gardening. No soil compaction meant no need for digging and the produce certainly looked amazing, grown in the excellent compost Mick provides. The battle of the moles was almost epic and the defence of his beloved worms outstripped any qualms over destruction of the myopic little creatures and the ultimate prevention strategy was chicken wire linings to the beds. Sorted! Mick had generously brought us some raffle prizes and joy was unconfined at the winning of a bottle of Hoss Muck Liquid which Jenny warned had threatened to explode in her shed after winning a bottle last year. We have some more treasures for next month’s raffle so the excitement may build.

Next month we shall welcome Neil Green. Neil is the Avon Invasive Weeds Officer and will tell us all about the organisation’s aims and its results so far. Given the number of invasive weeds we deal with it should be a useful talk.

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