Group shares its top gardening tips ahead of judging
The Silloth in Bloom group has started preparing the town to look its best for this year’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom Finals competition.
Silloth-on-Solway is one of 79 finalists vying to win a coveted Gold medal and be crowned one of the cleanest, greenest and most beautiful places in the UK.
In August, the Silloth in Bloom group will lead RHS Britain in Bloom judges on a tour of their area. The winners will be announced at the Britain in Bloom awards ceremony in Llandudno, North Wales on 27 October.
The group’s volunteers and Town Council’s grounds maintenance staff have been working on the garden at the Discovery Centre, by moving some large shrubs to make space for additional planting. New shrubs have been planted in the beds along Criffel Street and beds have been prepared prior to sowing an annual Wildflower meadow mix in the Community Garden and in the bed overlooking the Edwardian toilets.
Holme Low Parish Projects Group is holding a community litter picking event on 20 May to tidy up the footpath between Barracks Bridge and Causewayhead corner. Everyone is welcome to come along and pitch in. The group will be meeting outside the Community Hall on Petteril Street, Silloth at 10.00 am, with lunch provided afterwards.
Bill Jefferson, Chair of Silloth in Bloom group said: “Our aim is to get the whole community involved, whether you’re a beginner gardener or a seasoned expert. Even just adding a few plants to your front garden, planting up a container or picking up litter on your street can make a big difference to making Silloth a greener and more pleasant place to live.”
“Last year we won a record number of awards at Cumbria in Bloom and went very close to winning at the Nationals in Birmingham. This year we stand a real chance of gold in the Nationals in Llandudno. I believe we can do it.”
Silloth in Bloom has shared their top tips for gardeners this month:
- If you have a bare patch of soil in a sunny spot, try sowing a bee-friendly annual mix for a big splash of colour that will delight the bees
- Finish pruning evergreen shrubs and hedges but take the greatest care that there are no bird nests present
- Garden centres are crammed with plants, so now is the time to get more to fill in gaps, clothe bare fences and replant beds and borders
- Avoid the Easter rush and go plant shopping before or after Easter
- Be wary of buying tender plants (a few more frosts cannot be ruled out) and delay buying tender plants for a few weeks (unless you have a greenhouse to keep them in)
- Sow seeds outdoors – hardy vegetables such as carrots, lettuce and peas or annual flowers such as cornflowers and sunflowers
- Plant out sweet peas – if you don’t have any, garden centres carry good stocks
- Plant tubers and bulbs such as dahlias, gladioli and potatoes
- Fill your greenhouse with aubergines, chilli, cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes
- Dead head daffodils and other bulbs as they go over to encourage bulb production rather than seeds
For more information please contact: Wendy Jameson, Secretary of Silloth in Bloom. Tel: 0777 5686857 Email: email@example.com