• November Gardening Tips 1 November 2018

    The colour of trees in the garden and wider countryside turns to gold, red and bronze, quite lovely on a sunny day. The ground beneath looks gold plated. I am not fastidious about raking leaves up immediately – they will do no harm for several weeks and will provide food for worms.  Left too long, […]

  • October Hints and Tips 30 September 2018

      2018 has produced an extraordinary crop of top fruits and they have been ready to harvest from late August. o you have probably already stored the sound fruit in newspaper in a cool shed or garage. However, it has been too dry for autumn raspberries to thrive. I am so disappointed. Other jobs you […]

  • September Gardening Tips 14 September 2018

    Here are your tips for September gardening. After a cold Spring, we have had a hot dry June and July 2018 and now a cool damp week.  By the time you read this, we might be under water or in a desert!  The hot weather hastened the ripening of apples and brought forward the harvesting […]

  • Harvest Supper 28th September 14 September 2018

    Church Crookham Garden Society           7:30 Friday 28th September 2018 Crookham Memorial Hall Sandy Lane Church Crookham Bring a Plate of Food to Share Free to Members Non Members Adult £3 or Family £5

  • August Gardening Tips 31 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 […]

  • July Gardening Tips 30 June 2018

    In July, I mourn the end of the glorious riot of rambling roses on the pergola and get on with pruning out shoots that have flowered and tying in the vigorous new growth.  The climbing roses will keep flowering if you keep dead-heading them. All is not lost, though.  July is the month when herbaceous […]

  • June Gardening Tips 27 May 2018

    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: […]

  • May Gardening Tips 27 April 2018

    The advantage of the cold spring has been a much longer display of daffodils and primroses.  The brief spell of warmth in mid April has finally brought tulips into flower.  There were very few ready for the show on 7th April. BUT May is the month for bluebells, azaleas, apple blossom and all sorts of floral […]

  • Seed Offer 24 April 2018

      Dobies catalogue is available to members at the trading shed.  On production of your membership card, you will receive a catalogue containing an order form with a code you can use to get a discount on your order. The more people use the code, the larger the discount can be.  – up to 50%!

  • April Gardening 28 March 2018

    April Gardening by Ewshot Gardener After such a cold spell in February and the snow in March, it is reassuring to find that Spring flowers were not held back much and the slugs and snails were comatose for a bit longer! April sees the best of tulips, wallflowers and polyanthus; elegant magnolias, lush camellias and […]

  • March Gardening Tips 1 March 2018

    We have reached March and spring flowers are at their stunning best to cheer us through, perhaps, the busiest part of the gardening year. Jobs to do • All beds need a mulch both to retain moisture and to suppress those annoying annual weeds that need light to germinate. • Remove the top 1 to […]

  • Dates for 2018 1 February 2018

    Dates for 2018   Trading shed open on Saturday mornings from 10am to 11.30am from 10th February – 15th September. Annual General Meeting and quiz 9th March 7.30pm Spring Show 7th April Summer Show 8th September Harvest Supper 28th September, 7.30pm

  • February Gardening Tips 1 February 2018

    Now the days are noticeably longer and in my garden, I can see bulbs and autumn-sown broad beans putting on a growth spurt in response to the day-length change.  Shrubs and climbers are starting to grow new shoots, so now is the time to…. Thin out bamboo clumps by removing thin and overcrowded canes – […]

  • October Gardening 2 January 2018

    by Ewshot Gardener in association with Church Crookham Garden Society Here we are, at the beginning of Autumn, the roar of leaf blowers and the scratch of rakes filling the air. I do hope those leaves will be composted to make leaf mould! Most of the harvesting is done: potatoes lifted and stored cool and […]

  • September Gardening 1 January 2018

    by Ewshot Gardener in association with Church Crookham Garden Society September is a good time to look around your garden, taking photographs to remind you of both the triumphs and the disasters; for example, the Crocosmias and Erigerons in my herbaceous border fell over in July and crushed all beneath, so I need to move […]

  • January Gardening Tips 1 January 2018

    Reasons to be Cheerful The shortest day has been and gone and the daily period of light has, almost imperceptibly, increased.  The infra-red wavelengths penetrate the soil and activate enzymes, via chemicals called phytochromes, that start seeds and dormant plants growing. Witch hazel, Sarcococca, Daphne odora and mahonia are just some of the scented lowers […]

  • December Gardening 27 November 2017

    December Gardening by Ewshot Gardener Most leaves of deciduous trees have fallen by now and you tidy gardeners will have swept them up and started the leaf mould process – you cannot buy leaf mould. Beech hedges will retain their dead leaves until Spring. Oak trees will continue to lose leaves and you can watch […]

  • November Gardening 16 October 2017

    November Gardening by Ewshot Gardener The colour of trees in the garden and wider countryside turns to gold, red and bronze, quite lovely on a sunny day. The ground beneath looks gold plated. I like to rustle through the colourful fallen leaves, so I am not fastidious about raking them up immediately – they will […]

  • Free RHS Wisley Visit 17th August 2017 6 July 2017

    This year’s trip to the RHS Wisley is booked for Thursday 17th August. We plan to meet there, outside the cafe at the main entrance at 10.30am. This trip is free for Church Crookham Garden Society members. Cost of entry for non-members is £14 for adults and £7 for children (so it would be worth […]

  • Andy McIndoe’s Garden Visit 15 May 2017

    Fleet Flower Club are running a coach to Andy McIndoe’s garden at Sherfield English about 4 miles from Romsey.  He is the director of Hillier Garden Centres and has designed the Hillier Chelsea exhibit since 1989 with an unbroken record of Gold medals.  Andrew writes and broadcasts regularly as well as lecturing throughout the UK […]

  • 2017 Spring Show 7 April 2017

    A good start to the year in weather terms saw an increase in entries for this year’s spring show and in particular, a greater number of entries in the Tulip Class was well represented due to the mild winter; writes Alec Grant. There was also a very good standard of entry across all classes and in particular […]

  • Summer Show Junior Sunflower Competition 4 April 2017

    Calling all YOUNG GARDENERS. Church Crookham Garden Society is encouraging children to compete in their summer show for the Ryelaw Junior Cup (U17) and the Ryelaw Children’s Rosette (U7). This is an open class and can be entered free of charge by anyone. FREE Sunflower Seeds now available at our trading shed at the memorial […]

  • Day Visit to Hellebore Specialist March 2017 31 March 2017

    Day Visit to Kapunda Plants, Hellebore Specialist Bath Church Crookham Garden Society organised a very interesting visit for members to Kapunda Plants, just south of Bath. The visit took place on Friday 31st March, 2017 with the group arriving just before 11:00h. The visit lasted about 1 and a half hours, and refreshments were provided […]

  • Spring Show 2017 29 March 2017

    Church Crookham Garden Society Spring Show Saturday April 1st at The Memorial Hall, Sandy Lane Set up 9 -10.30 am Free entry for all from 11.15 am Trophies 12 noon Please see the handbook detailing which classes you can enter – members only. Click here to to view or download the members’ handbook detailing all […]

  • Events 2017 8 March 2017

    Day Visit to Kapunda Plants, Hellebore Specialist Bath – 31st March 2017. There are two spare places for this visit, due to a cancellation. Church Crookham Garden Society is organising a visit to Kapunda Plants, just south of Bath. The visit is planned for Friday 31st March, 2017 arriving before 11:00h. The visit lasts about […]

  • Trading Hut Open 4 March 2017

    There was a feeling in the air that Spring 2017 can’t be far away. The trading hut was back in business on a cool Saturday morning in March. But there was an occasional ray of sunshine and a queue of people lining up to purchase supplies for the new season. We were greeted by a […]

  • 2017 Member’s Handbook 8 February 2017

    The Church Crookham Garden Society is pleased to announce the publication of its 2017 Member’s Handbook. It includes all the information you need to know about the society and its many activities for 2017. To view or download the handbook, please visit the “About” section. CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE 2017 It only seems like yesterday since I […]

  • Welcome to Church Crookham Garden Society 16 December 2016

    A 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. HISTORY 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 […]

  • BBC Gardener’s Question Time 16 July 2016

    As part of Aldershot and District Allotment Association’s 2017 Centenary celebrations they announce the BBC Gardener’s Question Time team will be recording a session at the Princes Hall in Aldershot on January 16th. Starting at 17:30h. the event is, of course, open to all. Committee member Helen Williams has extended a special welcome to Church […]