THE society hosted a joint meeting with the Herne and Broomfield Allotment Society on Tuesday, February 24, at the Institute Hall in Herne. Our speaker (and HHRS chairman), Margaret Burns, has gained a wide knowledge of growing vegetables and gave a talk and slide display. This covered preparing the soil properly to eliminate weeds, preparing an ‘apple crumble’ texture to the soil for seed beds, feeding and planting. Also included was information on planning out the area to be planted and three-year crop rotation. She spoke about various types of crops, such as leeks, garlic, broad beans, brassicas and potatoes, and when was the best time to plant. After the talk we enjoyed refreshments, which Included homemade cake, tea and coffee. and both societies had time to socialise and discuss the evening. At the end of the evening Margaret thanked everyone for coming. A reminder was given out with regard to the horticultural society’s spring show on Tuesday, March 17. Doors open at 7.15pm for staging, and judging will take place at 7.45pm.

A Nosh and Knowledge evening has been arranged for Saturday, AprIl 18, and on Tuesday, April 21, we have an open evening with Steve Bradley, one of the presenters on the Radio Kent programme Your Gardening Questions Answered at which he will be taking questions from the audience. Doors open at 7pm at the Institute Hall (address below). Tickets are priced at £3.50 and available from Sue Forrester on 07729 255839.

Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month except August and December at the Institute Hall, Benstede Close, off Canterbury Road, Herne, CT6 7JP. New members are welcome and the subscription fee for 2015 is £10. Visitors are also welcome (£2 fee). For further information on membership and visiting, please call Sue Forrester (membership secretary) on 07729 255839, or, for information on the society, call chairman Margaret Burns on 01227 369365.

Herne Bay Times, March 11th 2015

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