A note from Malcolm : RHS
Affiliation between RHS and Gardeners Association

The Royal Horticultural Society, to which the NLWGA is affiliated, is seeking closer links with associations like ours, were they are able to provide solutions to gardening problems that many of us amateur gardeners cannot. Furthermore, the RHS will advise on new problems facing gardeners (such as the spread of the New Zealand flatworm that devastates earthworm populations) and possible solutions. They are also seeking our help in gathering country-wide information.

Our committee member Malcolm Greenhalgh has recently taken on the role of linking between us and the RHS and below are some of the recent problems they have advised about. We will try and update the site regularly with further details. If you have comments or experience with any of these please feel free to add your comments by using the comment links. Hopefully we can all benefit from our affiliation with the RHS by learning that little bit more about the plants that we grow. We will collate and feed back to the RHS.

If you have experienced other gardening issues you would like Malcolm to take up with the RHS please email details of these to us using the email links below, and we will endeavor to seek their advice and post  response for all to read and learn from

RHS Membership can be yours at a discount price, and our Association will make a fiver if you do! Advantages: 12 issues of The Garden every year (the best gardening magazine); free entry into RHS gardens (as at Harlow Carr and Wisley); members’ day at RHS shows (e.g. Tatton); a free advice service. If you are interested, please contact Malcolm Greenhalgh.

A note from Malcolm

by Malcolm Greenhalgh on 03/28/13

This March has shown the folly of trying to beat the Calender by sowing/planting tender plats too early. Why do local garden centres have plants such as tomatoes and bedding plants for sale so early? Perhaps so that the first lot will die and you will have to buy replacements. A couple of years ago I planted some early potaotes on 21st March and then another batch on the 4th April, and the April lot were ready for harvesting the same time as the early batch.


The problem comes from the TV and radio gardeners and writers who live almost exclusively in the deep south, where they dont get the rainfall and cold of our climate here Up North. So when they say , sow or plant at such a date in spring, give it another fortnight. And beware packets of seed that say "Can be sown in March". They could be sown on midwinters day, too!

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