North Yorkshire and South Durham District Association
monthly meetings 2017


25th January   Short presentation followed by the Annual General Meeting
A review of the the DA's progress during 2016, it's financial position, and an opportunity to ensure the DA continues to 
move in the direction that the membership wishes. Also elect/re-elect officers for 2017 
Nominations for committee positions, preferably with proposer and seconder should be forwarded to 
the DA Secretary prior to the meeting 

22nd February Phil Goldsborough – Leeks
Phil has grown and shown Leeks for over 35 years, his presentation will be a walk through the 35 
years of his highs and lows with his ideas and tips to achieve success.

29th March The Potato Challenge
A potato and grow sack will be given out at the meeting to grow on for August meeting where the 
contents will be weighed. Also Giant Marrow seeds will be handed out for October competition.
Following this there will be a question and answer session.

26th April Tom Hammond will give a presentation regarding the Hartlepool Horticultural show

31st May Mick Poultney – Raised bed and “No Dig” gardening.
Often referred to as the 'King of compost' Mick knows more about the magic of composting than 
almost anyone.  Mick is an award winning vegetable grower, a lecturer, and a garden demonstrator 
and judge from the West Midlands. He is also in his school gardening club, teaching kids about raised 
beds, no dig cultivation vegetable growing and greenhouse tips.

28th June Growing and showing Roses – Tees Rose Society
Chris Ridley along with the Chairman of the above Society will give a presentation on the growing 
and showing of roses, what makes a good exhibit and how it should be presented.

26th July Ian Stocks – Long Carrots his way
Ian is Chairman of the Scottish branch of the NVS and is a championship grower of carrots. He will 
answer the question whether or not it's easy to grow carrots and hopefully if you listen to his advice
you might have at least a sporting chance.

30th August The Potato Challenge weigh-in night - followed by Question and answer session
The weigh-in of the potato plants given out in March. Tops are to be removed but otherwise the 
grow sack should be brought to the meeting undisturbed.  Following the weigh-in there will be a short 

27th September DA mini show

25th October Giant Marrow competition - Weigh in

29th November Quiz Night
Our traditional end of season gardening quiz, a fun, entertaining and subtle way to learn

December No meeting

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