Welcome to Church Crookham Garden Society

16th December 2016

Church Crookham Garden Society, Fleet, Hampshire UKA vibrant garden society active in Church Crookham, FLEET, Hampshire. We hold several annual events and shows and run a comprehensively stocked stores hut with discounts for members.


Church Crookham Garden Society was formed in 1954 as the Ryelaw Garden Society. It was founded by residents of Ryelaw Road as an outlet for their interest in gardening.

At some time in its early stages, the Society began marketing garden supplies and until 1997 traded from sheds located in Moore Close.

The name of the Society was changed to Church Crookham Garden Society to reflect the wider residential location of its members.

Shows were organised and now two shows per year are held, one in the spring and one in late summer.

In 1997 the ground occupied by the Society’s sheds was subject to planning consent for residential building and the Society moved to a purpose built concrete structure located in the car park of the Crookham Memorial Hall in Sandy Lane, Church Crookham.

The Society is run by two committees:

  • Main committee
  • Show committee

Each committee is made up of elected members, and is chaired by the Society Chairman.


August Gardening Tips

31st July 2018

August Gardening By Ewshot Gardener

In the vegetable garden, carrots, lettuce, spinach can still be sown and harvesting soft fruit, early potatoes, peas, broad beans and courgettes gives me great pleasure.  However, the prolonged hot, dry spell has prevented soft fruit from swelling, so I shall have to wait for the autumn-fruiting raspberries.

The other effect of drought at this time is that rain is needed for next year’s flower buds to form on Rhododendrons and Camellias, so we are likely to get fewer flowers than this spring (remember the wet July in 2017?)

I tend to plant out broccoli and other brassicas in the space cleared when I dig up the early potatoes. On the light gravelly soil of my garden, the organic matter left over by the potatoes helps to retain moisture. I add some lime as well, since the cabbage family likes a more neutral soil.    Oh yes, net against pigeons and squash caterpillars… aahh, the wildlife!

Church Crookham Garden society has moved their show from the August bank holiday weekend to September 8th, hoping that more young people will be able to put in an entry. There are many open classes and entry is free. You can find the handbook on the website.

In August you can harvest runner beans, sweet corn and main crop potatoes.  Autumn planted shallots, onions and garlic can be harvested from July.

If you have a wildflower meadow, mow or strim it at 7.5cm at the end of August; leave the cuttings for a few days to let the seeds drop, then rake up the ‘hay’.

The apples you thinned out in July, will start to ripen at the end of August, or earlier this year, and can be stored in a cool dark place on racks or in newspaper.

Although the perennials that flowered in July may be past their best, there is an extensive palette of late-flowering plants to see us through to the autumn, including asters, Hesperantha, sedum (Hylotelephium) and hydrangeas.


This is a popular plant with bees – Echinops ritro ‘Veitch’s Blue’

Gardens open for charity

5th August  Dipley Mill, Hartley Wintney

19th August The Thatched Cottage, and Berry Cottage, Church Rd , Upper Farringdon, Alton (joint entry)


June Gardening Tips

27th May 2018

A June border

June Gardening by Ewshot Gardener

It has been a relief to have some exceptional warmth in early May, but the cold wet Spring has made germination patchy.
Azaleas and rhododendrons are having a good year and primroses and Pulmonaria have been spectacular for weeks.
These are jobs you could be doing in June, among others:
Ornamental garden
* Gently remove spent flowers from Camellia, and rhododendron to make room for the leaf buds emerging behind.
* Harvest hellebore seeds once pods ripen (use gloves) and sow into pots or trays
* Divide bearded irises after flowering
* Sow biennials like sweet William, viola and wallflowers
* Divide spring-flowering bulbs.

* Mow regularly but, if it is hot and dry, raise the cutting height.
* Apply a high-nitrogen lawn feed (again not when dry)
* Add clippings to the compost heap in small amounts; mix them with dry material to stop it all going slimy.

Kitchen garden
* Pinch out side shoots of cordon tomatoes
* Plant out pumpkins, squashes, courgettes and beans. You could direct sow both these and sweetcorn.
* Because sweetcorn is wind pollinated, do not plant them in a row but in a block, so the pollen gets to the stigmas of neighbouring plants.
* Harvest early potatoes when they begin flowering
* Sow autumn carrots.
* Net Strawberries and brassicas against birds.
* Sorry! But stop cutting asparagus and feed it so the crowns are ready for next year
* It looks as if apples and pears have set well in my garden. If yours have too, wait until after the June drop to thin fruit out! (bitter experience on my part here)