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DEC/JAN 2022 ISSUE Christmas is nearly here, lots of decorations to hang and presents to buy but most of all lots of kind words to wish everyone. I would like to say that I am extremely proud and thankful to all my team of distributors who have delivered the magazines I produce through the pandemic and wish them a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2022. Keep safe!!

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concerned about locating spares and doing repairs, an online search for “greenhouse spares” reveals a cornucopia of suppliers for every bit and bob imaginable. PROPAGATION When I gave up heating my greenhouse, I did invest in a windowsill electric propagator complete with 7 mini propagator trays and lids. There are plenty of propagator options available on the shelves at the Garden Centre. Many seeds germinate quite readily, albeit more slowly, in the fluctuating temperatures of a sun-powered, unheated greenhouse. My propagator, despite being petite, is perfect for sowing small quantities of seeds starting from early January with Pelargonium (Geranium)

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Sweet peas I never get around to sowing in October, but I’ve often caught up by sowing in November, December or January/February. You’ll still get flowers weeks ahead of springsown plants. Broad beans Sowing now produces young plants for early spring, planting either in beds within the greenhouse or polytunnel (near the door so bees will find and pollinate them) or outdoors. Sow one seed to an 8cm (3in) pot. The variety ‘Aquadulce’ is good and reliable. cont...

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Early-pull carrots ‘Amsterdam Forcing’ and ‘Nantes 5’ do well from late-winter sowings in a 30cm (12in) pot. By late spring you’ll have tender young roots to pull. YEAR-ROUND GROWING Winter Bring pot-grown Strawberries into the greenhouse in January (they flower and fruit best after being frosted). Remove dead leaves and repot in fresh peat-free compost. You will need to be their pollinator: dust pollen between the flowers with a small brush, then enjoy the rewards from early May. Spring It’s all systems go as your greenhouse captures increasing amounts of sunshine. Slugs will thrive in ever-wetter summers, so start plants in pots or multi-celled trays to give them a head start when planted outdoors, aided by some organic slug pellets. Regularly check under pots or trays for slugs and remove any found. If in the autumn you sowed Schizanthus the aptly named butterfly or poor man’s orchid, you will be reaping the rewards in the spring. Summer Make the most of warmth-loving crops. Indoor Tomatoes (opt for the blight resistant varieties like ‘Ferline’, 20

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WIN A Buckingham Garden Centre Gift Voucher worth £25 Here’s your opportunity to win a garden voucher to treat your garden to some winter-interest plants, bulbs or maybe a treat for yourself from our Christmas shop! To win, simply answer the following question and TWO lucky readers will have the chance to win a Buckingham Garden Centre voucher, worth £25 - perfect for giving the garden a much-deserved treat or two! Question: What is the name of the popular manufacturer of seed and propagation kits we sell in the shop?

A: Sankey B: Ward C: Garland Pop your answer A, B or C together with your name and address to: competition@buckingham-nurseries.co.uk or by post to: Buckingham Garden Centre, Tingewick Road, Buckingham, MK18 4AE. www.buckinghamgardencentre.co.uk Tel: 01280 822133

The closing date for entries is 31st January 2022 www.buckinghamgardencentre.co.uk www.facebook.com/BuckinghamNurseries Open 7 Days a Week

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Peer Support Groups

Allotment (starting September) Walking Group (starting September) Activities Events our website is www.mentalhealthfriends.co.uk Email:- admin@mentalhealthfriends.co.uk Mobile:- 07840959349 This is the link to our closed Brackley Facebook Community group. https://www.facebook.comgroups/2278024829136675/ We also have a national chat and support group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/2442714289123922/

Sew 'n' Sews Quilting Group

welcomes new members to join us in Towcester for our varied programme of guest speakers, projects and workshops. For more information contact Gina Scull on 01327 857892.

Buckingham National Women’s Register (NWR)

Are you interested in topical discussions, books, history, science etc? Would you like to meet friendly like-minded women in your community? NWR may be for you! We meet on first and third Thursday evenings, currently on Zoom, but hoping to resume face to face meetings soon. Contact Jane Wardale (jswardale@gmail.com tel 07342 264666) for the current programme.

Second Wednesday of the Month (excluding August and December) Maids Moreton WI Ladies, think you know the WI, think again! Come and see for yourself, all women 18+ welcome. Maids Moreton Village Hall, 7.15 for 7.30. For more details check our Facebook page or call 01280 812929

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