Mums and Toddlers Group

A Mum’s and Toddlers (and Babies) group will be held every Tuesday morning at the Olive Branch starting on the 20th January from 9:30 to 11:00.   No need to book, just come along and meet other mums in the area.





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Things to do in the garden in December and January

The following jobs can be carried out in the garden during December and January


  1. Sow
    • Bare rooted fruit trees and bushes
    • Garlic
    • Hedging
    • Onions
    • Rhubarb
  2. Apply a winter wash (available from garden centres) to apple and pear trees to help control pests
  3. If your soil tends to lie wet over the winter it is a good idea to lift and store carrots
  4. Plan your planting for next year


  1. Sow (under cover): Broad Beans, Leeks, Onions, Parsley, Peas , Salad Leaves and spinach

2. Organise your seeds for the coming year – if you arrange them  in order of sowing you will avoid forgetting to sow them and missing the correct time slot.

3. Place seed potatoes in seed trays with their eyes facing up and place in a light but frost free place to allow them to produce chits (shoots)

4. Divide clumps of rhubarb every three or four years, discarding the old inner parts and replanting the younger outer parts – ensure that each section has at least one healthy bud.

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Things to do in the garden during October


Sow: Broad beans, Early peas, Garlic, Onion sets, Rocket, Rhubarb, Salad leaves, Spring cabbage, Winter lettuce

Pick the last of the tomatoes (place unripe fruit on a warm windowsill in the sun to ripen)

Harvest and move indoors any frost tender vegetable such as squashes.  Store them in a cool dry place



Plant sweet peas

Get winter hanging baskets established with pansy or viola’s, ivy or the miniature trees make good greenery infill.

Dig up dahlia’s before the first frosts – cut them down to a 5 or 6 inch stem, and store them upside down in a box filled with sand/dried compost mixture, in a frost-free place ready to re-plant next Spring.  Alternatively, if they are planted very deep to start with they can over winter in situ if well covered with a piece of plastic and a good dollop of mulch over them.  Please be warned – If we get any prolonged frosts this method may not be sufficient to keep your dahlias

All of the early Spring flowering bulbs should be planted, with tulips going in about now

Wallflowers can planted out.

Late glowering chrysanthemums need bringing in – these are best grown in pots which can be moved inside to produce cut flowers for Christmas

Trim and tidy roses, a heel to the stem to ensure tight soil around them will lessen wind damage over winter.

Collect up leaves for the compost heap – except any diseased which are best on the bonfire.




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Open Studio & Artists at Work



Saturday & Sunday 11th & 12th October  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Come and enjoy our Open Studios & Artists at Work

Smallburgh Village Hall,   NR12 9LN (Just off A149)

Paintings & cards for sale  Bring and Buy – Art Books & Materials

Everyone Welcome!

Proceeds In aid of East Anglian Air Ambulance 

(Registered charity no. 1083876)

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