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Curry Rivel To Enter South West in Bloom 2020

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CRiB (Curry Rivel in Bloom) March News At our last meeting at the end of January it was decided that Curry Rivel would enter the South West in Bloom competition again this year. Judging should take place during the first two weeks of July. It involves a lot of hard work but we are dedicated to making the village look lovely. If you know of any areas in the village that you think could be developed and helped to look prettier with some planting please let us know... Our next meeting will be on Monday 9th March at 7.30 pm upstairs in the Firehouse.

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The willow fence behind the war memorial has been treated and will need doing again in the spring after a dry spell. Thank you to those people who turned up to help.
We will be creating a watering rota for the summer planting and always need more help. When it gets hot in the summer our hanging baskets and planters sometimes need watering twice a day, so the more volunteers we have,the easier it will be for everyone. We are working on setting up waterbutts near to some of our planting that will make life easier. If you have any spare water buts and guttering please let us know.

Working Party On Saturday 14th March at 10.30am there will be a working party at the war memorial to weed, prune, plant and tidy up the war memorial garden, Granny's garden and the rose garden. Tea and coffee and biscuits will be provided. Please come with gloves, trowels, secateurs , high viz jackets too...

The Allotment
A lot of work has been going on here and despite the bad weather, the hedge has been cut, fruit trees and vegetable seeds have been planted. There is always lots to do here so again any offers of help with digging, grass cutting or any other jobs would be greatly appreciated. The CRiB allotment is run by Nicky Barker who works tremendously hard and the Brownies, Rainbows and their leaders.

Plant Sales
We plan to hold our plant sales again this year and the first one will be Saturday 28th March at the war memorial 10.30 am it will be the usual , Bring and Buy theme , or just come and buy. There will be tea, coffee and cake available, as well as plants and pots and, empty hanging baskets for sale . These plant sales were very popular last year , come along to meet us and have a chat , do a bit of weeding or pruning while you are there....

In Bloom It's Your Neighbourhood
If you are part of a street or area in Curry Rivel that has a lot of nice front gardens or veggie patches or have worked together to improve your neighbourhood, why not get together and become an It's Your Neighbourhood group. You will get to meet the judges on Judging day in July and receive a certificate at the October South West in Bloom awards. For more details, contact Gina 01458 762296

Front garden Competition
This will take place again this year and is usually judged during the last two weeks of June. There will be more details in future months, no particular colour scheme but the judges will always be looking for an element of recycling and water saving.

Jobs to do in the garden in March
-Lift and divide clumps of perennials that are getting too large. You can spread them around the garden or pot up and bring to our Plant sale on 28th March.....
-Weed and top dress pots and planters with fresh compost and some Growmore granules unless you are changing all the soil.
-Plant shallots, onion sets and early potatoes.
-Plant summer flowering bulbs.
-Protect new spring shoots from slugs , go out at night with a head torch and pick them off. Put ash from the fire or crushed egg shells around vulnerable plants. Use copper bands around pots or put vaseline around the edge of the pots.
-PLEASE do not use slug pellets as these will kill birds and hedgehogs.
-Prune roses and feed, use a liquid or granular feed.
-Cut the grass when dry enough, make sure the first cut is not too short.

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