August Notes

Watering the garden and greenhouse seems to take a lot of time at the moment. In fact, apart from weeding it seems to be the main job recently. I am sure it is the same for many other gardeners at this time. The sudden arrival of Summer along with record breaking temperatures has meant a record breaking number of weeds germinating meaning more hoeing between crops. Good weather this time of year is, of course, excellent for hay and silage making. The mowers, rakes, balers and wrappers have been working flat out for the past couple of weeks.

Old Gumboot is on his holidays at the moment, but has managed to add this plea to GARDENERS, CRAFTERS and COOKS to get busy preparing your exhibits for the annual ‘FUN GARDEN AND CRAFT SHOW’ in September. The schedule was printed in the last issue of ‘Clecs Bro Cader’ and is repeated in this one, and further copies will available from local shops etc. nearer the time.

Old Gumboot is looking forward to viewing a hall full of produce, craft work and baked items. As I have said before ‘come and view the exhibits on the Saturday Morning’ or better still ‘come and enter something yourself’.

Happy gardening

Old Gumboot

June Notes

In this issue of Clecs Bro Cader, old Gumboot is hoping to generate more interest in the ‘Garden and Craft Show, which will be happening again this year in the Pencader Pavilion.

We have classes for many types of garden produce – vegetables, flowers, pot plants, fruit & flower arrangements. You don’t have to produce the ‘shiniest carrot’ or the heaviest mangold wurzel, but just enter the best that you have been able to grow, maybe you can outshine your neighbour this year, “Go on give it a try”

Now is a good time to start off your garden plot. This will give you time to produce some entries for the show. There is plenty of information available online regarding vegetable growing for the home gardener, so once again “why not have a go this year”?

There are also flowers and house plant classes, covering most of the popular garden flowers, so why not nurture a few of your favourites, and enter a class in the show.

Judging by the number of TV programmes and newspaper articles, there must be much larger numbers of cooks and bakers in the country. The cookery section of the show is as popular as ever, look at the show schedule to find what to bake for the show this year. I am sure that there will be something that you will be able to enter on show day, and maybe go home with a prize!

Artists, photographers and crafters are also able to enter the show; we have Children’s classes too in various age groups who normally come up with some excellent paintings and items in varous mediums that they have produced at home and at School.

There is a class for photographers again this year; the schedule will inform you of the subject and size of prints etc. Other classes include, woodwork, knitted items etc.

This year we have a new trophy for ‘artwork in any medium’ this will presented for the judges’ favourite entry in the artwork section, more details will be revealed in the schedule.

So you will find that there is something that most people can produce for the show, it is a “fun” show therefore we do not take it too seriously, we try to make it a friendly event that anyone in the Parish can enter, so again why not enter something this year and come along on the day to see what others are entering, and have a cuppa and a piece of cake!

Could all previous trophy winners please return their cups etc. well before the show, they can be dropped off at ‘The Green House’ where Avril will look after them.

Happy gardening,

Old Gumboot

April Notes

Old Gumboot is leaving his garden shed today, to wander down the lane, as he has been invited to inspect his neighbours’ new toy’. The ‘new toy’ is in fact a ‘little grey Fergie’ I suspect most people in this fairly agricultural area are familiar with the grey Ferguson tractor. Most farms in the area must have had a Ferguson tractor on the land at some time in the past, in fact some are still on their original farms today.

The little tractor that we are all familiar with was introduced to the farming community in 1946, the original model was powered by an American ‘continental’ petrol engine, developing about 35 horse power, which seems tiny compared with some of the 200 horse power giants of today.

The tractors were built in a collaboration with the Standard Motor Company, at their Banner Lane works in Coventry. This company had been producing cars and vans for many years prior to taking on the Tractor building enterprise.

The Ferguson TE-20 brought affordable mechanisation to the small farm, it was able to carry out most tasks around the farm using the vast selection of implements designed specifically for the tractor, and of course it could operate a wide range of older equipment that the farmer probably had on the farm. Some of this older equipment was originally used behind older tractors or even horses.

Roughly 500,000 of the T20 series of tractors were produced, with the final tractor leaving the production line in late 1956.

It appears that quite a high proportion of Harry Ferguson’s little marvels are still being used for work, and some are restored for display at tractor rallies and other shows.

I think old Gumboot may have to continue this story when he has had a good look at the tractor next door, he may have found a bit more information, which will hopefully be of interest to readers.

Happy gardening (when it stops raining !!)

OLD GUMBOOT