August bounty                                                        

August is here and strange days for a lot of us - no foreign holidays,  limited travel and fewer visitors.  The  garden is drooping, desperate for water while the greenhouse is bursting with tomatoes, ripe aubergines, spicy chillies, cucumbers and peppers, all ready for picking, eating or preserving. Glorious August  -  when all the effort through the year comes true.  I love the moment when you choose the first tomato to taste, the peppers turn ripe red, and courgettes beg to be picked before they grow to marrows. My daily walk is an adventure in foraging blackberries, crab apples, and damsons. 


The sad news is that all this glorious produce will not be on show as we must cancel the September Annual show.  We cannot operate it to government guidelines and keep everyone safe. Very sad as its the Gardeners Club  yearly highlight and we know those who come to exibit, or just to view and catch up with friends really enjoy the afternoon – Next year friends!

Better news is that the Potato Weigh-in (an outdoor  event) will still go forward. It will run on Saturday August 29th. Bring your garden club (Kestrel) potatoes to be weighed in their containers. We will dispose of soil, return your spuds (social distancing, sanitiser etc in place).  A prize for the heaviest batch will be awarded.  From 9 - 11 AM at the top end of Eynsford Railway Station car park. See you there!


Having had so few shows in 2019-2020 the committee agreed not to collect membership renewals in September but to roll the existing memberships through until the September Annual show in 2021 so keep those old cards.


I hope like me you are having good results in your gardens and allotments whether its flowers, fruits or veg. Certainly the garden’s been looking good in August with squashes, courgettes, beans and fruits in abundance and very very  tasty. The roses have been wonderful.  Remember though to  take time to stop, sit and enjoy it all. Whether a  small or large garden,  pots or earth there’s always something to admire and be proud of.  A cuppa and fifteen minutes contemplating does wonders for your mood in these strange days.


Good gardening all   


Jacky Smith 

PS Please check the website for information and future show dates


EGC - 140 years and still growing!