Site updated  March 2018  

Chairman : Tony Griffin.   Secretary : Pam Weston.  Treasurer: Phillip Higginson.   Show Secretary Lesley Powell

A Potted History:   At a meeting in the School Room, The Talaton Produce Association was formed in November 1949 for Talaton residents and holders of allotments. The annual membership was 2 shillings. Mrs Glover was elected secretary and Mr Eric Bambury Chairman and Treasurer.  The Association's Golden Anniversary was celebrated in 1999 with a party and commemorated by the planting of a Golden Hornet Crab Apple Tree in the Church grounds by Mr Bert Maher, a founder member. 


Membership Enquiries: Telephone Pam Weston 01404 822864

Annual Family Membership is £2 and entitles members to enter the Annual Produce Show, held the first Saturday in August, and to order seeds etc. from Dobies Catalogue in any quantity at a discount if ordered before Christmas.
Other attractions include a Garden Visit in the Summer, the committee runs stalls at the Village Day and Christmas How d'ye Do, a pumpkin competition and helps with refreshments at the village pantomime when there is one. 

The Annual General Meeting is in November

                New Committee re elected at the A.G.M. 15th November 2017 

   Chairman             Mr Tony Griffin,

   Secretary           Mrs Pam Weston

   Treasurer             Mr Phillip Higginson,

   Show Secretary    Mrs Lesley Powell

  Committee Members     Mrs Nickie Bitschi, Mrs Rosie James, Mrs Kathy Gray, Mrs Peppi Shaw, Mr Terry Wright. Chris Harwood

 Jim Buttress's tips for March

1. Cover Rhubarb to force early shoots.

2. Spray fruit trees to control scab and complete any delayed winter pruning early this month.

3. As Spring bulbs fade cut off the old flowers. Leave the foliage to fade naturally.

4. Prune established bush and standard roses. Feed as they come into growth.

5. Cut back all the stems on hardy fuschia to a bud near the base.

6. Clean up the herb garden and replant mint if necessary. Apply fertilizer to chives.

7. Start mowing lawns if the ground is not too wet, gradually reducing the mowing height over time.

8. Pot up dormant dahlia tubers and canna rhizomes. Keep at 61F. Place in good light and water sparingly. Use 2 or 3 litre pots.

9. Cover seed beds with clear polythene or fleece, to warm the soil before sowing.

10. Cut back dogwoods and willow stems to 15cms from the base to encourage new growth.



 March has arrived at last and weather permitting, it should be the time to start planting many of those seeds you have bought. Well some of them at least, broad beans, broccoli, cabbage, leek, peas and spinach will all germinate at fairly low temperatures, but don’t be too impatient, there are 31 days in March and hopefully the ground will start warming up enough for lots more. It is a good time for onion and shallot sets, if you have not already planted them. You could also put your early potatoes in. 


Trim up perennial herbs such as rosemary and sage and propagate chives and mint by digging them up, dividing them and replanting.


If you still have time on your hands you could begin to prepare beds for sowing and planting in April, but if the weather is kind to us the new leaves will be opening and ready for the first aphids of the year. It is worth keeping an eye out for them and acting before they have multiplied.

If you are still planning to plant bare root fruit bushes or trees it really is your last chance this year, while they are still dormant


Don’t forget to check your rhubarb, if you put cloches over it. Then what about sitting back to enjoy the first tender crop?

Remember to keep encouraging the birds. Many will repay your kindness by reducing the insect pests in your garden throughout the year.

Look in next month’s Calendar for details of our annual outing.


Happy gardening!





Annual Produce Show




Talaton Produce Association Show 2017


Thank you to all who came along to the Parish Hall on Saturday 5 August to see the fruits of our members labour. There were also lots of vegetables and flowers to admire along with jams, interesting tipples and of course the baking. Thank you to all those who exhibited – congratulations to those that triumphed on the day and try again next year to those that did not fare quite as well.


We were particularly pleased that we had 9 children enter exhibits this year. Over all the classes and both sections (0 – 7 years and 8 – 16 years) we had 32 exhibits! Well done, the best we have had for a long time. The Judge was very impressed by the hard work that had gone into producing the fairy cakes, insects out of a wooden spoon, photograph frames, posies and vegetables. The potato heads were a great talking point.             Our youngest entrant was 2 years and 11 months and we hope that he and the rest of our young gardeners continue to produce such entertaining exhibits over the next few years.


It has been a difficult year in the garden and we know that the weather we have had over the last few months did affect some of the classes with numbers down in the clematis, rose and tomato classes, to name a few. However this village knows it onions and there were plenty of other classes that were well subscribed.


The big surprise this year was that we had three men who all achieved the same high score. Our Chairman can not remember this happening before (and we did double check the scores). This means that Graham, Laurence and Terry will have to share the J W Wise Cup and have it grace their respective mantelpieces for 4 months each!


Thanks must be given to all those who work hard to put on the show and help on the day. There are too many to name but mention does need to be made of the members of The Village Shop for accepting the entry forms and handing out the bench cards, our Judges who turn out every year and of course to Rosie and her team who produce mouthwatering delicious cakes and refreshments for all who visit the show.


The winners this year were:


High Sheriff of Devon Champion Cup – Rosie James

J.W.Wise Cup – Gentlemen – Graham Spry/Laurence Wood/Terry Wright

Mrs E.R.Glover Cup – Ladies – Rosie James

Cyril Young Trophy for the Runner Up – Pam Weston

W.I Cup for highest points in section 5 – Rosie James

Palfrey Memorial Cup for best flower arrangement – Nickie Bitschi

Sir Jack Boles Memorial Trophy for the gentleman’s baking – Laurence Wood


Children’s Section:

Keith West Memorial Cup for highest points – Benjamin Gray

Acorn Cup – runner up ‘up to 7 years’ – Wilbur Shaw

Oak Cup – runner up ‘8- 16 years’ – Jonathan Gray


The public vote for the best arrangement of flowers in a wine glass was won by Ann Ellis, with Lucy Channon 2nd and runner up Nickie Bitschi.


We hope that all who entered or visited the Show enjoyed it and those that couldn’t make it will enter next year. Any adult resident in the village can join the Association and be eligible to enter all the classes in the show. Membership is per family and only £2 a year. Come and talk to us at our AGM on 15 November to find out more.

Finally, the Produce Stall made £144 at the Show ! 


Lesley Powell

Show Secretary


  Photos of the Produce Show 2017 followed by photos of the Pumpkin Competition 2017










 The Nerve Centre !














Pumpkin Competition 2017 


There were 29 entries in our Pumpkin Competition last month. They made a brilliant display, the best ever. If you missed this lovely evening do look at the photos on our website. The carving gets more intricate and inventive every year and the entries harder to judge. Well done to everyone who entered and thank you for making this such a pleasant evening. Many thanks also to Maria for welcoming us again, for setting up the skittle alley so beautifully and for all the delicious cakes; and thank you to Lucy and Harry Channon for the judging.

1st Elizabeth Dinnis

2nd John Buxton

3rd Toby Kingdon

7 to 11yrs

1st Matilda Niven

2nd Samia

3rd ( gent with no name!)

12 to 16yrs

1st Amy, Rosabell & Xian

2nd Ollie Hunter

3rd Donald Trumpkin (We know who)


1st Becky Springall, 2nd Emma & Jordan Niven 3rd Lizzie Buxton

Nicole Dinnis’s wonderful owl pumpkin - highly commended, but like all owls was best in the dark.

Back to the garden, now winter has arrived there is still work to done, harvesting and tidying, dividing perennials to give them more space, pruning apple and pear trees …… and when its too wet, too cold or frozen why not sit down in a comfy chair in front of the fire and beginning planning for next year. Hopefully you came along to our AGM to pay your family subscription - still only £2 and collected your Dobies seed catalogue. If not you still have time to pay and collect a catalogue from Pam (822864) in time to get your 50% off seeds on orders before Christmas.

Don’t forget to feed the birds and leave water accessible for them. Hedgehogs are still active (2nd wk of Nov at time of writing) so would definitely appreciate the odd pile of leaves left in a sheltered part of your garden.

Happy gardening ……… and Happy New Year.



            Entries for the Pumpkin Competition  2017      






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pumpkins 2017



pumpkins 2017



Annual Outing 2016 -  Cotehele


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Many thanks to Val for these pictures


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