After welcoming a new member to our meeting this month, details were given of planned trips for the remainder of this programme, and for the new programme starting in June.

Visits to local snowdrops at Lacock, bluebells at Clatford Woods, Exbury Gardens, Abbotsbury, Forde Abbey, and the Taunton Flower Show should keep us busy.

Matt Simpson from Horningsham gave us an insight to his business which is now moving from the walled garden to another site but is still in Horningsham. Simpson Seeds is well known and specialises in seeds, harvesting their own. Matt is now making his own chilli sauces in small batches. Members couldn’t resist buying some bottles. He is also experimenting with hydroponics and showed us how to make a simple, cheap system using a square 17litres tub with bars set just below the top, covered and then a 10l pot placed on the top with a wick wrapped around the plant reaching into the tub below, which is filled with water. Nutrients are added weekly. Yellowing of plants indicate underfeeding. Interestingly mistreated peppers are hotter than well fed ones!

We hope to visit Matt at Keepers Yard in August.

Next Month, March 7th, Jackie Hames, from Bratton Plant Center has kindly filled in last minute for us.

The topic is the same, as advertised – Soft fruits and fruits.

If you would like more details about the club, please check on the village web page. If you would like to come along visitors are most welcome.