Fuchsia Growing Competition!

Fuchsia Growing 2018

Jean Griffin, our President, has provided a number of Fushsia Plug Plants. Members collected their plant at our last Talk – Land of the Giant Vegetables.

The challenge for Members is to grow on the plug plant and bring your plant to The Summer Show where your plant will be judged by Jean!

Grow on the plug plant in a frost free, warm environment. Choose a final pot which should not exceed 12 inches across the top. Do not be tempted to pot the plug directly into its final pot size. Gradually increase the size as the roots fill the existing pot. Pinch out the growing tips when still small to make a bushier plant with more flowers. Water regularly – but avoid waterlogging. Feed every two weeks with a high potash fertiliser. Frequent dead heading is essential.

Good Luck!

Plant Fairs Roadshow



Plant Fairs 2018


All within driving distance from Leigh… A great trip out!


Spring Plant Fair, Hall Place & Gardens

Bourne Road, Bexley, Kent DA5 1PQ

22nd April between 10:00 – 15:00

Free Admission

Spring Plant Fair & Tulip Festival

Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9AB

29th April between 10:00 – 17:00

Admission Discounted


Specialist Plant Fair, Sussex Prairies

Wheatsheaf Road, Henfield, West Sussex

10th June between 12:00 noon – 17:00

Admission £7:00


Summer Plant Fair, Hall Place & Gardens

Bourne Road, Bexley, Kent DA5 1PQ

24th June between 10:00 – 15:00

Free Admission

Summer Plant Fair, Tilgate Park

Tilgate Drive, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 5PQ

2nd July between 11:00 – 16:00

Free Admission


Late Summer Plant Fair, The Walled Nursery

Water Lane, Hawkshurst, Kent TN18 5DH

26th August 11:00 16:00

Admission £2:00





Could there be a mole in the village?


Did you know?

A mole likes to live alone…

Their diet is mostly earthworms and need to eat the equivalent of its own bodyweight everyday – that’s a huge amount of earthworms!

They breed mostly between March & May and can have between 1 & 2 litters a year with 3 – 4 kittens in each litter…

They are not blind… although they do have poor eyesight…

They have an area of bare pink skin on the snout covered in tiny pimples that help detect movement when they are underground and the scents of prey and other moles.

The American mole is much larger than those found in the UK

Ireland doesn’t have any moles!

Chris Stewart delivered a brilliant presentation on all you ever wanted to know about moles to the Leigh & District Cottage Garden Society members and guests on Monday evening (19th February) at Leigh Village Hall.

Chris gave an entertaining talk on the history of mole trapping, the life of a mole and took great delight in explaining the different traps used in managing moles in a humane and compliant way.

A huge thanks to Lesley Eley who provided everyone with a delicious spread of food, including cake in the style of mole hills and moles.

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