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Give your plants a caffine boost with spent Ground Coffee. Well, so long as you apply it sensibly seems to be the consensus of opinion.

Don't apply as a thick mulch around your plants, rather use a thin layer and top off with bark or leaf mould. It is probably better to mix in with your compost heap and let it rot down alongside your grass cuttings and other plant materials. Like grass cuttings, too much spent coffee grounds can result in a gooey, slimy mess, so mix it up with stuff like...

How I make a tower of bedding Begonias. Well, obviously I need a number of plants and I get mine from Jersey Plants early in the year and grow them on until they are big enough to plant out when the frosts have finished.

Rather than fill a large tub with a mixture of potting compost and soil, I first put a pot upside down in the large tub, then fill around this with my compost mixture, then plant my Begonias around the side of the tub. Next I place a similar size pot, the right way up, on...

The Ilkley Gardeners' Association is pleased to have been involved with brightening up the patio garden of Ilkley Pre-School as part of our 50 years celebration. The IGA initally donated some compost for the area to re-fresh the beds and thanks to Charlotte who has done a sterling job the raised beds were ready for our Chairman to visit this week and plant up the beds with a number of plants purchased by the IGA from Swincar Nurseries at Guiseley.

These included Sensory plants like Rosemary...

Ilkley Gardeners' Association 50 years logoAs part of our final year the Ilkley Gardeners' Association made a donation to Ben Rhydding School's Garden project at the start of 2018. Thanks to Claire and Jeff of the Ben Rhydding School Parents Group we can now share the results of the work done thanks to the funding given by the IGA.

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Taking advantage of the glorious sunny morning I found that the bluebells are in flower over the river in Middleton Woods.

Stunning vistas of bluebells where ever the eye looks.

Bluebells in Middleton Woods - April 2018 © D Shepherdson

Bluebells in Middleton Woods - April 2018 © D Shepherdson

Bluebells in Middleton Woods - April 2018 © D Shepherdson

Bluebells in Middleton Woods - April 2018 © D Shepherdson

Bluebells in Middleton Woods - April 2018 © D Shepherdson

Bluebells in Middleton Woods - April 2018 © D Shepherdson


Ilkley Gardeners' Assocation 50 yearsThe Ilkley Gardeners' Association Committee invites Ilkley Groups to submit a Project that would benefit from the remaining funds of the IGA as we close at the end of 2017.

We ask for Projects that would both benefit from such a donation and also be of use to as many Ilkley people as possible and where such a donation would "make a difference". We now have sufficent projects for the Committee to make their decision. Thank you.


Ilkley Gardeners' Association 50th Anniversary YearWith only three meetings left this year we welcome back one of our most popular speakers, Nigel Harrison, the Gardening Guru from BBC Radio York who this Thursday, 5th October, shows us the story of when he supported two of his students as they compete in the Landscaping World Skills near Tokyo. He then goes on to explore some of the most amazing gardens in Kyoto.
Admission is just £1 for members and £2 for non-members and all interested parties are most welcome. Admission includes...

to our 50th Anniversary Year!

Yes, in 2017 the Ilkley Gardeners' Association is 50 years old! We started in the garage of one of our founder members up near the top of Chantry Drive and now operate out of three garages (one single and a double to be precise) on Leeds Road allotments.

The average house price in the UK was £3,840 and 1 gallon of petrol 27p.  Also, the United Kingdom and Ireland applied officially for EEC membership.

Now the same items cost £230,000 and...


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