Digging the Plot with Paul Steed

Spring in the Air

Although we are still experiencing the dark, cold days of winter, life is beginning to re-emerge and the early flowers of spring will soon be blooming. This is always an exciting time for gardeners as we can now start sowing and growing the vegetables and flowers that will brighten up our gardens during the coming summer season. Once again I would encourage you to have a go this year at growing your own vegetables. You don’t need a huge space or lots of time and even if you only have a patio or a balcony, you can still grow a limited amount of crops.

Once again this year we will be selling a wide range of vegetable plug plants, at the Greenhouse, with a selection of varieties especially bred to grow in containers & limited spaces. Just come along to the Greenhouse centre and our expert staff can help you out.

Dig for Victory at our Festival of Gardening

This year is going to be very exciting for gardeners in East Staffordshire! The Greenhouse team are creating a brand new event which will be held in Burton’s market place on Saturday 27th June 2015. This new free festival of gardening will be a celebration of gardening, and will include the very popular school Gardening Olympics and a gardener’s question time. There will also be gardening and cookery demonstrations, along with entertainment and stalls promoting gardening and selling gardening products. We are also going to have a ‘plant swap’ stall where you can bring along your excess plants and swap them with plants that you need! Please contact me if you would be interested in having a stall at the event. The Council are working closely with the National Brewery Centre who will be providing the event with vintage vehicles and other exciting displays!

2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War 2 and so we are adopting the theme of ‘Dig for Victory’ for both the festival and Burton in Bloom. This will include creating several ‘Victory’ show gardens around town, which will be used for growing vegetable crops. I am hoping other groups of people may take up the challenge and create community based vegetable gardens together. Greenhouse staff will be available to help out if you are interested!!!

Volunteers Needed

If you would like to know more or volunteer to help out with festival of gardening or perhaps  be part of Burton in Bloom’s ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign, please contact me by emailing paul.steed@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk

Happy Gardening

Paul