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CRiB News March 2022

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Gina Beauchamp 762296

Plant Sale
Crib have held some very successful plant sales in the past and we plan to hold our next one on Saturday 2 April at 10.30am at the War Memorial – weather permitting! 
It will be the usual format of bring and buy and come and buy, with plants that we know will grow in your gardens because most have been donated by gardeners in the village.
If you haven't already done so, you can split your perennials that are getting too large and bring some along to the sale. Prices will be from 50p, £1, £1.50, £2.00 etc. Come along and grab a bargain! Bring some change and some bags and boxes to take away your new plants!

Please think about helping with CRiB

We are entering the South West in Bloom competition again. Anyone in the village can help, just by keeping your front garden tidy, weeding the drive way and having some colourful flowering plants on display. 
The judges drive through the village and we take them to see the highlights on foot. We would also like help from the village, so please get in touch and volunteer, anyone can help with any of the following: grass cutting, lawn edging, dead heading, watering, planting, digging, pruning etc, even if it is just half an hour of your time that would be marvellous. 
Children are always welcome too. If you know of an area near you that could be developed or enhanced by some pots or planting, please get in touch. This year the judging will focus more on the environment, rewilding and sustainability. 
The annual Front Garden competition will need to be judged before the Bank Holiday celebrations which are the weekend of the 4th June. Please get in touch if you would like to enter. We will judge the Spring Front Garden Competition in March/April. The date will depend on the weather. 
Contact Gina as above to enter.

Open Gardens 2022
We will definitely need new garden owners to volunteer to allow the event to take place this year. We have several already, thanks to those who have volunteered. 
It will be subject to the status of Covid19 at the time, but the usual date of the first Sunday in June would make it the Jubilee weekend, the following Sunday is the Scythe Fayre in Thorney and it has been suggested that we don't clash with that. 
So, Sunday 19th June is the next available date and that date would be more suitable to allow more plants to be flowering. If you would like to consider opening your garden and would like to know what is involved, please get in touch. It would be lovely if we could combine it with a Big Breakfast in the village hall as usual, but again we will have to see about Covid19! Any garden, large or small would be very welcome, it can be a new garden or a well-established garden or one that has had a make-over. 
It is a busy day for garden owners but it is very rewarding. The proceeds go to the village, mainly to the two churches and to the school.

Jobs to do in the Garden in March
A very busy time for Gardeners!
Start sowing vegetable seeds in a cold frame or greenhouse.
Start sweetpea seeds if not done on the autumn they can be in a cold greenhouse.
Sow tomato, chilli, aubergine and sweet pepper seeds indoors.
Finish pruning roses early in the month.
Divide perennials that have become too large, the middles will die back otherwise.
Tidy up your borders. Weed and mulch before plants put on too much growth.
Plant new roses, shrubs and climbers.
Deadhead any daffodils and other spring bulbs that have finished flowering but let the leaves die back naturally.
All the below events are subject to cancellation at short notice due to the Corona virus epidemic please contact each group for details. Keep well, Keep safe.

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