In this section we will be including colour or higher resolution versions of some of the photos included in the current issue of Willingham News magazine. From time to time we may also include items which had to be left out of the magazine due to lack of space. This page will also have any corrections to errors in the magazine not spotted before printing.
Just a few photos this month, that could not be included in the magazine.
Please Note Correction to item on page 16
Subsequent to this issue of Willingham News being published we have learnt that some details in this letter are incorrect.
The land is private. Queenholme farm is a busy farm from which multiple businesses are run and will be working over the Christmas period. The owners are concerned that members of the public may try and walk through which would not be safe. There is clear signage and existing footpaths are logged with the council. The confusion arose when they used to let the Fun Run pass through the farm once a year and some people may have wrongly assumed it was a right of way.
Due to limitations of space in the magazine we have the following from the Gardening Club
Over the Garden Fence
I came across the following interesting quotes and thought they were quite apt in the light of a tumultuous past year:
- ‘An optimist stays up till midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.’ Bill Vaughan.
- ‘We all get the exact same 365 days. The only difference is what we do with them.’ Anon.
- ‘Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering “it will be happier”’. Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
- ‘May you fill your New Year with new adventures, accomplishments, and learnings.’ Anon.
Care of Houseplants Over the Winter Months
- Looking After Christmas Indoor and Outdoor Plants:
One of the trickiest plants is the Poinsettia, as they hate draughts and cold rooms. Water only when the compost feels dry and allow to drain before returning to the pot or saucer. Never place near a window, chimney or other sources of draughts, especially at night.
- How to Help Houseplants Over the Winter Blues:
With a few exceptions, January and February are a trying time for houseplants, but the best cure is prevention. Shuffle them around! Your houseplant may look charming tucked away on a bookshelf during Spring and Summer, but keeping it so far from a light source during the darker months could be lethal. Give them a chance and move plants as close to windows as possible. This does, however, come with some caveats: a cold draught can kill overnight, while perching a plant over a radiator will induce a slow and crispy death, so keep them away from both. If you have underfloor heating, raise plants on a table.
- Other Key Tips:
Cut back on watering, keep an eye on humidity, be patient with propagating, get rid of dead growth, think plant hygiene and jump on white mould. There is no need to feed, plants will hardly be growing at the moment, so you’ll just be wasting the feed and it can damage roots; hold off until spring.
Finally, trust that it will get better. As for the ones that didn’t make it, just consider it a natural spring clean.
Tips to Get Your Garden Ready for Spring Over the Next Couple of Months
You probably haven’t been out in the garden for a while, so wrap up and take stock. Winter debris is likely to have built up over the past months, so have a clean-up. This time of the year is especially hard on birds, so give them a helping hand by ensuring feeders are well stocked and bird baths are clean and fresh. If your garden doesn’t have a bird bath, fresh water in a heavy container will do.
Pruning apple and pear trees, and any other plants that need it, is a great winter task. They will be fully dormant now, so the cut will have time to heal before the sap starts to flow in the spring and the birds start nesting. Remove sucker growth from the base of young trees, roses and hazels.
Plan the gardening year ahead. Order your seed and plant catalogues or pay the garden centre a visit, and decide on any additions to your garden for the coming year.
Maintaining good hygiene will minimise the carry-over of pests and diseases. You should also try to outmanoeuvre pests by installing barriers and beer traps for slugs, or sticky yellow traps to catch whitefly in the greenhouse. Getting to know pests’ habits and weaknesses will help you plan a strategy. Armed with the right information, you’ll find that there are lots of useful products available to help you win the battle against the bugs.
The most commonly used non-chemical remedy is to spray them with soapy water. You can buy insecticidal soaps but many people make up their own, using a teaspoon of washing-up liquid diluted in three litres of water. The aphids are unable to breath under a coating of soap and eventually suffocate. Repeat this and coat them again with the soap mixture within a day, as it is said they can hold their breath for 24 hours.
Check the crowns of perennial plants for any slugs, snails or aphids. Look out too for white vine weevil larvae in compost. Destroy any you find and use parasitic nematodes to prevent further problems.