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Site updated June 23rd  2019  

 


Chairman : Chris Harwood.   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

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  elected at the A.G.M. 2018

   Chairman             Mr Chris Harwood,

   Secretary           Mrs Pam Weston

   Treasurer             Mr Phillip Higginson,

   Show Secretary    Mrs Lesley Powell


  Committee Members     Mrs Nickie Bitschi, , Mrs Kathy Gray, Mrs Peppi Shaw, Mr Terry Wright. Sarah Woods,         Steve Spratt

 


 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

 

At the last meeting of Talaton Produce Association, the majority of committee members agreed to change our name to Talaton Garden and Produce Association. Our reason was to encourage the gardeners of the village who do not grow many, or any vegetables to feel welcome to join us. All those of you who have paid your subs this year to Talaton Produce Association are paid up members of Talaton Garden and Produce Association. We welcome newcomers and will continue to run our stalls at village events, organise the Annual Show on the first Saturday in August and the Pumpkin Competition in October. We will also organise a trip or two and put on an evening talk.

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 Annual Summer Outing  Saturday June 22nd    

Saltram House

 

 What a day - blue skies and sunshine. Wonderful outing and certainly a wonderful National Trust House and Grounds.  Many thanks due to Pam Weston for organising it. And many thanks to the very convivial group of nineteen who supported the event.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and last but not least........ not entirely sure how he got on our coach !

 

 


 

June in Your Garden     

  

Jobs for June ………. weed, water, mulch!  Feed tomato plants when the first fruit sets and pinch out their side shoots.  If you leave these shoots then energy will be diverted into them rather than your crop of fruits.  Of course there are always exceptions to rules - don’t pinch any side shoots off your free Otter Tumbler tom.  Tumblers work better for you, as little bush shaped plants.

Mid summer’s day should be the time to stop cutting asparagus, give it some well deserved food and let the shoots grow and flourish until they go brown in the autumn. This will give them a chance to make food for themselves and hopefully give you a good crop in 2019.

If you haven’t already done it, build supports for climbing beans and……. keep sowing quick growing salad crops such as radish. They are delicious fresh from the garden. Dead head flowering plants to promote the production of more flowers.

Don’t forget to tend some of your crops and flowers so that they are ready for our Annual Show on the 3rd August! More about the show in next month’s Calendar.

 

 

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Tips for July

1. Summer prune Wisteria, cutting back long whippy shoots to five or six buds from a main stem.

2. Lift Spring planted garlic bulbs promptly once foliage yellows, drying a single layer outside in sunshine, under glass or in a well ventilated shed.

3. Prune cherries and plums after fruiting. Remove weak, damaged and crossing branches.

4. Prune early flowering shrubs such as Weigela and Philadelphus once they finish flowering.

5. Lift and divide bearded iris. Retain young pieces bearing leaves. Trim foliage to 6ins (15cms). Do not cover rhizomes.

6. To encourage more blooms on repeat flowering roses, prune off faded heads regularly. Leave roses that only flower once, unpruned for colourful rose hips later.

7. Pinch out the growing point of runner beans, when they reach the top of their support system.

8. A last sowing pf dwarf French beans can be made early in the month for September harvesting.

9. Take semi ripe cuttings of lavender, rosemary, thyme, and sage.

10. Lift first early potatoes and later in the month lift second earlies when the flowers appear.


                                 



Potato in a bucket   Challenge for young gardeners

 

If you are under 16 and up for a challenge, find yourself an old bucket, collect a potato from the Village Shop - you don’t have to buy one, just ask for a competition potato and pick up an information sheet.

Harvests will be judged at the Annual Show

 


 

Annual Produce Show 2018

 A big thank you to  everyone involved .

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Annual Produce Show

2017

  

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

 

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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)

Adults

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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Many thanks to Val for these pictures

 




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