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August 2015

Brilliant harvest managers: The WI centenary

31 August 2015

The WI website has a picture of the Produce School during an era of make do and mend a distinct lack of performance gardenwear! The WI website has a picture of the Produce School during an era of make do and mend. A distinct lack of performance gardenwear!

It may be disappointing to have suffered another wet and dismal August Bank Holiday, but the recent rain does mean that some of the vegetables and fruit in the Genus garden have begun to crop even more heavily. The plums have swollen to more than double the size they were a fortnight ago and the beans and courgettes have become rampant.

Wondering what on earth to do with the extra harvest we thought the Women’s Institute, the WI, might have some ideas. It is after all the WI centenary in a couple of weeks so they have had enough time to get pretty practiced! The first WI meeting in the UK was held in Llanfairpwll on Anglesey, Wales, on 16 September 1915.  Since then, the organisation has grown to become the largest women's voluntary organisation in the UK with over 212,000 members in 6,600 WI groups. Apart from cake and pastry baking, the preserving of produce has become one of the things the WI is famed for. The WI was first established to educate rural women, and to encourage countrywomen to get involved in growing and preserving food to help to increase the supply of food to the war-torn nation.  The task of food preservation was taken a stage further when during 1939-1941, the WI’s Produce Guild was issued with sugar and cans by the government to ensure any surplus harvest was preserved and channeled into the nation’s food supply. The radical campaigning tradition of the WI carries on through it’s work today looking at issues such as the sustainability of food production, saving bees, and the promotion of healthy eating.

Onwards into September with raspberry jam and Jerusalem artichoke chutney!

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The Genus Summer Gardening Trousers Wear Test!

21 August 2015

Genus ladies summers gardening trousers, crisp and new Genus Summer Gardening Trousers, crisp and new

About six months ago, one pair of our summer gardening trousers for women arrived at the door of a critical gardening friend. We extended an invitation to put the trousers through a rigorous customer wear test. Our friend was a good candidate because she has a garden at home that needed re-landscaping, and she had also taken on the tenancy of two overgrown allotment plots. The trousers were put to work from March onwards, through a whole series of different gardening activities.

On the allotment the trousers were worn whilst: clearing and burning rubbish; brush cutting and removing bramble bushes; endless hours of double digging and hand weeding thistles, couch grass and bindweed; and even more hours weeding the vegetable beds. In the garden work included: digging out a pond; moving hard core and soil; putting up garden fence panels; and staining and proofing garden furniture and a garden shed.

OK then what was the result? Apart from comments on the overall comfort of the trousers, particularly whilst working through the short July heatwave, the photographs below probably tell the story best. The trousers aren’t unscathed, but the quality cotton fabric has withstood everything that was thrown at it. Best of all is the lack of significant staining! Many of the customers we met at shows this year asked how well the summer style stood up to potential grass stains. Obviously there was no need to worry! The wear test was a real demonstration that Genus Performance Gardenwear keeps it’s look just as much as it’s functionality.

With these kinds of results after months of consistent hard wear we say "Stroll on the next six months of tough gardening" we have nothing to fear!

AFTER HOURS OF HARD WORK .........

Genus ladies gardening trousers after 5 hours landscaping the home garden Genus Summer Gardening Trousers after 5 hours landscaping the customer's home garden in June this year

AND MORE HOURS OF HARD WORK .........

Genus Summer Gardening Trousers after 9 hours weeding on the customer's allotment in August this year

 THEN  A SPIN IN THE WASHING MACHINE .........

The same Genus Summer Gardening Trousers in July after 16 washes

The same Genus Summer Gardening Trousers today after 18 washes

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