Goodbye frost, hello sunshine

When May brought us those first blessed rays of sunshine, how many of us stretched and purred with delight. I for one certainly lapped it up and so did many of the plants in my garden. True the daffodils and tulips looked a bit ragged and in need of pulling out or cutting back but it seemed the growing season was really underway.

June sees the end hopefully of frost and all those tender seedlings can now be hardened off and planted outside. Lettuce,beetroot, radish, parsnip and french beans can be sown direct, keeping moist if the weather turns dry. The squash, cucumber,tomatoes and courgettes that were sown undercover should be big enough to pot on or plant in situ.

Hopefully many of you will be aiming to enter the Birstwith Show again this year. If you are not a veg grower there are many ¬†other classes to enter and don’t forget all exhibitors will be entered into a prize draw, so just one entry may mean you will win food tickets for the evening event. Also if you enter ten different exhibits into the show you get a complimentary show ticket.

Our Birstwith in Bloom initiative is taking shape and with some useful advice from Joanne Rider our community parks and environment advisor we are all set to go.  She admired our beautiful Nidderdale setting and pointed us in the right direction .

Everyone in the village can help by trimming back verge and grass edges, deadheading spent flower heads, sweeping and litter picking and adding beds and hanging baskets to house fronts.Future projects and planting in the village will be sympathetic to its rural location and hopefully enhance our environment. We shall in the future be looking for volunteers and working parties but we can all play a part by keeping our immediate areas well tended and attractive.

Happy gardening everyone, here’s to Birstwith.

Maureen Smith

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