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Happy Easter17 Apr

Happy Easter

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So, it’s been a really busy week here at the Bell Plantation trying to get all the lovely plants and stock in for the holidays. The sun has been out (apart from this afternoon) and there’s a real buzz about the place. We really love it when the Spring comes around – the place springs to life and there is colour everywhere!

We hope you all have a nice relaxing Easter weekend – if you fancy a day out we’d love to see you. We are now selling turf so if you need any to patch up or re-lay your garden come down and pick some up. £3.99 for a 1sq metre roll (it’s rectangular shaped though). 550 new hybrid hens arrived today so we’ve got loads of stock. Here are the breeds: Blue, Light Sussex, Speckledy, Sussex Rock, Rhode Rock, Amber, White Leghorn, Brown, Blacktail, Blue Splash and Gold Speckled. Remember, the favourites will go first.

Ashley is currently in a race against time on the M25 picking up a whole load of furniture for a customer for the weekend. Fingers crossed he gets to the warehouse near Brighton before they close at 5.30pm!

Have a great Easter!

Freddie

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Plant of the Month and a busy weekend11 Apr

This weekend

We’ve got a lot going on this weekend with our Poultry Centre open day and the exclusive launch of the new Omlet Go-UP. Come and speak to representatives of Nettex, Brinsea, Heygates Food and Global Herbs or one of our team for any help and advice you need on Poultry.

We’ve also got our Easter Hunt – explore the Garden Centre and find all the Easter pictures and get a chocolate treat at the end.

In stock we have literally thousands of gorgeous flowers and plants ready for the sun – the place really is looking full. The Cafe team are preparing for a really busy weekend too – lots of delicious cakes and Easter treats ready to tingle your taste buds.

Plant of the Month – April

Our Plant of the month this month is the delicious Grafted Tomato Plant from Suttons –

Grafted Tomato Plant

Growing your own veg is great fun and really satisfying. It’s such a good feeling sitting down to your meal knowing you grew the food on your plate. And in my opinion there’s very little better than a ripe plump tomato. New to the domestic market are grafted vegetables which are bred for increased vigour and improved performance and then grafter for up to 75% more fruit. As a result grafted vegetables are the new craze in grow your own. One of our favourites is Suttons “F1 Sweet Petit” – a vigorous growing cherry tomato plant producing deliciously sweet and tasty tomatoes, great for salads and snacks. They are ideally grown in a greenhouse (in April-May) but can be planted outside once the weather is sunny (June-July). Give our team a call if you want any info about growing you own veg or about grafted tomatoes in particular.

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Poultry Centre Open Day04 Apr

Poultry Centre Open Day Blog

Thinking of keeping Poultry? Already got Chickens and want some help and advice?

Bring your family and friends to the Poultry Centre open day this Saturday 12th April where you can get specialised help and advice from our expert team or from reps from some of our key suppliers.

Representatives from Nettex, Brinsea, Heygates Food and Global Herbs will be here to answer all your questions about poultry keeping, health, incubating, and anything else you want to know.

We’d love to see you from 10.30 AM and help you with anything you need to know.

Thanks,

Poultry Team.

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March Offers and 550 new chickens just in!!!13 Mar

Special offers available to you here at the Bell Plantation Garden Centre.

Prunus Kojo no Mai

Prunus Kojo-no-mai

About to flower, this shrub produces a beautiful display of pale red flowers. It will grow about 6ft high by 6 ft wide and loves to be positioned in full sun. It is fully frost hardy so a must have for your garden especially in these conditions.

Chaenomeles

Chaenomeles (Ornamental Quince)

This beautiful shrub is a great addition to any garden. It’s tough , easy to grow and will bring some great colour to your garden every spring. It may even bring you some large colourful fruits by Autumn.

6 Pack Bedding

6 Pack Bedding

Bring some instant colour into your garden with some Spring Bedding. Great for pots, containers and hanging baskets bedding plants are a fantastic way of making the most of the Spring sun and at 3 for £9 they are pretty good value.

Herbaceous Perennials 5 for £10

Herbaceous Perennials

Herbaceous Perennials are an absolute essential for bringing some colour into your garden borders. Plant them early this Spring to give them time to develop in your garden and look beautiful for the rest of the Spring and Summer. At 5 for £10 they are fantastic value and enable you to get a really great range of varieties.

Miracle Grow compost 3 for £12

Miracle Grow Multi-Purpose Compost

Enriched with Miracle-Gro Plant Food this multi-purpose compost feeds for 3 months. It contains 40% more nutrients than ordinary multi purpose compost so at 3 for £12 this really is a fantastic deal!

Gardman Seed Mix only £13.99

12.55KG NO MESS SEED MIX

Winter is a tough time for birds, it’s cold and they need higher amounts of energy to survive the frosty nights. There is less natural food like berries around for them to feed on too. With this great deal on Seed Mix you can keep the birds fed and happy through these cold months.

Gardman Seed Mix only £13.99

30% OFF BULLDOG TOOLS

Bulldog tools have been making quality garden tools since 1870. They are made by a single piece of steel, riveted into an ash shaft, the end of which has been steamed to form a D shaped handle. This makes the tools exceptionally strong which are backed by a lifetime guarantee.

25-off-seeds

25% OFF SEEDS

Growing seeds is a brilliant thing to do in the winter. For the keen gardener it’s a great excuse to get in the greenhouse and will save you a bit of money when it comes to spring. Kids love growing seeds so if you are a parent it doesn’t take much – a pack of seeds, some compost and a some seed trays.

compost

ORGANIC GARDEN COMPOST

Vital Earth Garden Soil is expertly formulated from high quality, screened soil, specially composted garden waste and Vital Earth Vitalizer. Vital Earth Garden Soil is perfect for creating new gardens, rockeries, leveling lawns and raised flower or vegetable beds.

4 for £10!

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450 New Chickens Delivered Yesterday20 Sep

The chestnut trees in Tuscany are far more autumnal than our own here in the UK despite their warmer climate. Chestnut trees in the UK are always the first to show signs of Autumn.

As usual the majority of my tomatoes ripened while I was away. I have never grown tomatoes outside before, this year I planted  some Suttons grafted tomatoes, wow I have never seen so many tomatoes on a tomato plant before they really performed as it said on the tin 70% more fruit than conventional non grafted plants, fantastic flavour.

Good to have some rain while I was away shame about the drastic drop in temperature. Now the ground is moist it is easier for digging, planting your Spring flowering bulbs. This year our Spring flowering bulbs are from a UK grower Gedney bulbs. Larger bulbs at a lower price we have packets  for £2.49 and 25 bulbs for £4.99, plus of course sacks for larger gardens!

I have never known so much fruit on our apple and pear trees, they are smothered. It’s a great time to get new plants into the garden while the ground still has a little warmth in it to encourage a bit of root growth before the winter.

Bell Plantation Heather Sept 2013

Containers planted now will establish and produce flowers throughout the winter, heathers and cyclamen make a great long term splash of colour.

If you have raspberry canes remember to prune out the stems which produced fruit this year, cut them off at the base. This year’s new growth will produce fruit next year.

Bell Chickens Sept 2013

We had 450 new chickens delivered yesterday and a new Blue Splash colour laying hen, picture above.

Remember free tea or coffee with every purchase.

Look forward to seeing you, make the most of what looks to be a good gardening weekend, the last time you may have the sun on your back for some time?

Regards

Ashley

www.bellplantation.co.uk | www.poultrycentre.co.uk

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New Gym “Kinetics” Due to Open August 5th at the Bell Plantation26 Jul

Wow how things change in a couple of weeks! We have had the driest, the wettest, the coldest and the hottest periods since records began all in the last 18 months. Our poor plants have had all this chucked at them and still the majority survive. My newly planted London plane trees shed some of their leaves last week which prompted me to pour on the water, I now water them every couple of days. They will be ok, they just had to warn me that they were struggling! Any newly planted trees or shrubs will need plenty of water to help them survive the high temperatures. Planted containers are particularly susceptible to drying out very quickly, they usually sit on paved surfaces which heat up very quickly and radiate the heat up, drying out the container. Regular watering can be reduced by mulching shrub beds, also Gardena make great kits for automatic watering, (think holidays, usually timers are more reliable than relying on children or neighbours to turn the tap on and then or maybe not off )!

In this weather it is best to raise the mower blade a bit so that you are left with a bit of green on the lawn. Grass at this time of year usually tends to produce seed heads that make the lawn look messy, a mow is only necessary to take those off to tidy up.

Vegetables will need plenty of water and feed. Consistency is everything, if tomatoes in a greenhouse get a little dry and then offered loads more water it may tend to split the fruit. A humid atmosphere in the greenhouse will reduce the stress on the plant. Spray or pour water on the floor (everything) to raise the humidity.

We have got a forest of beautiful trees and herbaceous plants, trees with fruit on and culinary herbs.

We have a new great new Gym opening here at the Bell Plantation, Kinetics is due to open on the 5th August 2013 its going to be a remarkable place www.kineticsclub.co.uk

The Crown at Weston has reopened, it is re born, great food, drinks and a wonderful atmosphere 01295 760466 or 01295  760310, just depends how BT are feeling!

Rooster, Trafalgar Square

“Poultry Centre at Bell Plantation secures advertising deal with Boris Johnson in Trafalgar Square.”

I think this is a BBQ weekend

Have a great time

Ashley

www.bellplantation.co.uk | www.poultrycentre.co.uk

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Beautiful Plants in Stock and Turbocharged grafted Tomatoes14 Jun

At last there are a few herbaceous perennials starting to flower. One of the most spectacular is the Iris, there are over 300 species of Iris. They either have a fleshy rhizomatous root or are grown from a bulb. The Iris flowering at the moment are usually the fleshy root type. The rhizome grows very close to the surface and enjoys being in the sun, they produce several new growths each year. Iris are drought tolerant, they do not enjoy have wet feet in the winter. Their leaves are usually very striking, they form a fan of flat silvery green single leaves. They flower in a wide range of colours from dark purple blue to bright orange and white, the flowers take the form of a beard!! Stake the flowers if you have a windy garden. They are a really easy plant to grow and very rewarding, they flower for a couple of weeks, so enjoy them while they are blooming.

Bell Iris June 2013

“Iris”

We have nearly sold out of hybrid laying chickens once again, apologies, however we do have a delivery of 550 point of lay this Saturday, they should be with us first thing in the morning. In case you are late planting your tomatoes we have some larger turbocharged/ grafted tomato plants that have an abundance of flowers on already, these plants will be fine to go outside in a grow bag or the ground.

I am pleased to say we have the best range of herbaceous plants ever, we have found a small grower in Norfolk who propagates and produces most of his own plant stock. We can therefore offer a wide range of plants at a great price.

Bell Plants June 2013

“Patio planted pots”

Although the weather hasn’t been that warm, we haven’t actually had much rain in the last couple of weeks so don’t forget to water your containers, while watering give them a feed, it’s really worth it. The great thing about this cooler weather is that the flowers on the plants may last a little longer.  For you really keen gardeners we will be stocking the Chempack range of ferts next week. I don’t know why we ever let them go.

Keep an eye on the black spot and aphids on your roses.

Enjoy your Garden

Regards

Ashley

www.bellplantation.co.uk | www.poultrycentre.co.uk

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New Poultry Arrivals & Planting under a Netting Cloche19 Apr

Is it going to be a coal or a charcoal weekend? Those promised warmer sunny charcoal days never seem to appear. The grass took off this week as the soil temperatures rose, ‘the first cut is the (deepest)’ hardest. There is a song there somewhere? A good sharp blade on your mower for the first cut always makes life easier. Also clean the grass bag or vents so that the air blown up from the blades can escape and deliver the grass into the box rather than getting stuck in the mouth of the mower, good tip that one it will save you from getting your hands too green.

If you have fruiting cherry or peach tree now as the buds are just coming out is a great time to spray with a fungicide to prevent peach leaf curl, this will really help your fruit crop. Our vegetable plants, no all our plants are pouring into the Garden Centre. Brassica plants Cabbage, cauliflower, kale etc. are a great meal for the pigeons and slugs. Planting under a netting cloche will prevent the birds eating the plants, it will also prevent the birds from eating any slug pellets you use. A netting cloche will also prevent the small plants from the buffeting wind we sometimes get and will create a favourable micro climate which will help the plants grow faster.

Summer flowering plants

“Summer Flowering Plants”

We had our biggest delivery of Poultry this week 550 new laying pullets. The poultry team had a real task on at the beginning of the week treating all the poultry housing for bugs and beasties before the new arrivals. We also had 60 Quail, we are now selling loads of Quail and fresh Quails eggs, great hard boiled with Celery salt. We have also got week old Chicks for sale, they will need keeping warm for the first 2-4 weeks.

We are again sowing wild flower seed in the beds either side of the Courtyard, they were a bit of a disaster last year as it was so wet and cold, hope for better things this year. We have a great range of Nova flora wild flower seed in stock in mixes or single varieties.

Check the website and Facebook for deals and offers. www.bellplantation.co.uk & https://www.facebook.com/Bellplantationgc

Have a good weekend

Regards

Ashley

Ps I let the Bumble Bees out today as it is a bit warmer!

releasing the bees

“Releasing the Bees”

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Bumble Bee Colony in Your Garden. Cracking Compost Deals.05 Apr

Our Bees have arrived. Once again we are installing our own colony of Bumble bees which arrived yesterday. Due to the really cold temperatures and wind chill factor we are keeping them warm (as you can see in the picture) until the weekend when we hope to put them out in the Garden Centre. Fortunately they have an inbuilt food source in the box they are delivered in. Bee numbers around the world have plummeted during recent  years, certain agrochemicals are suspected as being the cause. If you would like a bumble bee colony in your Garden we can supply them for £69.95 or £84.95 with a wooden shelter, price includes delivery.

keeping the bees warm

Apparently, according to the weather forecasters Spring is on its way this weekend! We have still got an awful lot of our first delivery of turbocharged grafted tomatoes in stock, hardly surprising I think. The ground has hardly warmed in the stronger spring sunshine due to the freezing easterly winds. Cool soil temperatures will mean that plant action, such as germination of seeds and root growth will be slower under the soil. If you have planted seeds they will take much longer to emerge from the ground. It will be beneficial to wait a few days before planting smaller seeds until the soil does warm a little. The buffeting wind, cold soil are not conducive to achieving a good germination %. Also a tip, stagger the sowing of vegetable seeds for a longer period of cropping. A packet of lettuce seeds goes along way.

April Stock

For all poultry keepers and lovers we have just assembled our first Brinsea plastic chicken coop, great design, no hiding place for those little red mites.

We have had some summer bedding and some hardier vegetable plants, brassicas and lettuce delivered this week.

We have some cracking compost deals 4 bags of 50lt multi-purpose for £10. We have 1000’s of herbaceous plants in pots/liners 5 for £8.

Moving into Cream tea type of weather, I hope.

Look forward to seeing you all.

Have a great weekend.

Ashley

www.bellplantation.co.ukwww.poultrycentre.co.uk

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The Gardeners year gets under way.01 Mar

The Gardeners year gets under way.

The specific definition of the exact timing of “spring” varies according to local climate, cultures and customs. At the spring equinox, days are close to 12 hours long with day length increasing as the season progresses. Spring and “springtime” refer to the season, and also to ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection, and regrowth.

In spring, the axis of the Earth is increasing its tilt toward the Sun and the length of daylight rapidly increases for the relevant hemisphere. The hemisphere begins to warm significantly causing new plant growth to “spring forth,” giving the season its name.

Suddenly there is everything to do. Buds on the plants are starting to fill, shoots beginning to appear. By now, especially after the few dry days we have had all the dead vegetation from last year’s plants should have been removed. Best to do this asap if not yet done so that when the new shoots come through they do not get damaged.

Camellia

Planting new plants at this time of year gives them time to settle in before the hot summer?

Roses need pruning now if you are going to give them a hard prune, I love pruning roses, I have still got to do the roses in the Courtyard. I find the harder I prune them back the better the flowers.

Lawns will need  a weed and feed, we have got a great £10 box that will do 165m sq.

Chicken poo great natural fertiliser 10kg bucket for £9.99

As we are now in March we will be filling up very quickly with wonderful ranges of plants. I have been busy over the last few weeks sourcing great quality plants at amazing prices, over 90% are grown here in the UK.

Chicken lovers we had 300 new hybrid laying pullets in yesterday, in all colours of the rainbow.

All our offers are on the website.

‘Easter goodies’ non-fattening

“‘Easter goodies’ non-fattening”

Look forward to seeing you, good advice on hand should you need it.

We have got egg loads of lovely Easter gifts.

Have a relaxing weekend!

Ashley

www.bellplantation.co.uk | www.poultrycentre.co.uk

Happy Easter

Happy Easter

GC

So, it’s been a really busy week here at the Bell Plantation trying to get all the lovely plants and stock in for the holidays. The sun has been out (apart from this afternoon) and there’s a real buzz about the place. We really love it when the Spring comes around – the place springs to life and there is colour everywhere!

We hope you all have a nice relaxing Easter weekend – if you fancy a day out we’d love to see you. We are now selling turf so if you need any to patch up or re-lay your garden come down and pick some up. £3.99 for a 1sq metre roll (it’s rectangular shaped though). 550 new hybrid hens arrived today so we’ve got loads of stock. Here are the breeds: Blue, Light Sussex, Speckledy, Sussex Rock, Rhode Rock, Amber, White Leghorn, Brown, Blacktail, Blue Splash and Gold Speckled. Remember, the favourites will go first.

Ashley is currently in a race against time on the M25 picking up a whole load of furniture for a customer for the weekend. Fingers crossed he gets to the warehouse near Brighton before they close at 5.30pm!

Have a great Easter!

Freddie

Plant of the Month and a busy weekend

This weekend

We’ve got a lot going on this weekend with our Poultry Centre open day and the exclusive launch of the new Omlet Go-UP. Come and speak to representatives of Nettex, Brinsea, Heygates Food and Global Herbs or one of our team for any help and advice you need on Poultry.

We’ve also got our Easter Hunt – explore the Garden Centre and find all the Easter pictures and get a chocolate treat at the end.

In stock we have literally thousands of gorgeous flowers and plants ready for the sun – the place really is looking full. The Cafe team are preparing for a really busy weekend too – lots of delicious cakes and Easter treats ready to tingle your taste buds.

Plant of the Month – April

Our Plant of the month this month is the delicious Grafted Tomato Plant from Suttons –

Grafted Tomato Plant

Growing your own veg is great fun and really satisfying. It’s such a good feeling sitting down to your meal knowing you grew the food on your plate. And in my opinion there’s very little better than a ripe plump tomato. New to the domestic market are grafted vegetables which are bred for increased vigour and improved performance and then grafter for up to 75% more fruit. As a result grafted vegetables are the new craze in grow your own. One of our favourites is Suttons “F1 Sweet Petit” – a vigorous growing cherry tomato plant producing deliciously sweet and tasty tomatoes, great for salads and snacks. They are ideally grown in a greenhouse (in April-May) but can be planted outside once the weather is sunny (June-July). Give our team a call if you want any info about growing you own veg or about grafted tomatoes in particular.

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April – Jobs in your garden

Hanging basket blog

1. Get rid of the weeds

Like your plants, your weeds will really start to grow in April so make sure you spend some time properly dealing with those pesky things. Pull out any annual weeds, which should come out easily and use a weed killer containing glyphosate to kill the perennials.

2. Watch out of Aphids

Aphids such as green fly and black fly will start to multiply this month as it start to get warmer. Start checking your plants, especially roses, and squash any you see. If you find a real cluster on them you’ll need to get some insecticides and give them a spray.

3. Plant your Onions and shallots

April is the month to plant those onion and shallots in your vegetable plot. Make sure your site is weed free (see above) and is located with well-drained soil in a sunny spot. Plant them in rows about 10cm apart with 20cm between each row.

4. Start to plant your hanging baskets

As the weather really starts to warm up, plant your favourite summer annuals. Put a layer of sphagnum moss in the bottom and up the sides of the basket as a liner. Fill the basket up with compost and plant in an assortment of plants to bring some real colour to your garden.

5. PLant your herbaceous borders

Herbaceous borders are one of our favourites here at Bell Plantation. They bring a range of colour and variety to your garden and getting your border looking amazing is a really good challenge for a gardener. Make sure you clear your bed properly and place out where you want each plant to go. Leave 30cm between each plant to give them enough space to flower well, mulch around the tops of the plants and water in well.

Feed Roses and Shrubs

It’s now time to give your roses and shrubs a good feed as this will really benefit them as they come into growth. Feed them with a balanced fertiliser such as fish blood and bone or growmore which will really bring out the best of your plants.

As always we are here to help so please don’t hesitate to call or pop in and speak to one of our team with any questions at all.

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Poultry Centre Open Day

Poultry Centre Open Day Blog

Thinking of keeping Poultry? Already got Chickens and want some help and advice?

Bring your family and friends to the Poultry Centre open day this Saturday 12th April where you can get specialised help and advice from our expert team or from reps from some of our key suppliers.

Representatives from Nettex, Brinsea, Heygates Food and Global Herbs will be here to answer all your questions about poultry keeping, health, incubating, and anything else you want to know.

We’d love to see you from 10.30 AM and help you with anything you need to know.

Thanks,

Poultry Team.

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Free bunch of Daffodils this Weekend (if you know the password)

Daffodils
If you didn’t already know, it’s Mother’s day on Sunday and as a special treat we are giving away a free bunch of daffodils to anyone who spends in the Garden Centre and gives the secret password to our team which is……”mummy”! This starts from tomorrow (Friday 27th March) and ends when the stock runs out.

We’ve also got loads of great mothers day presents in store so you can show a bit of appreciation to the one who raised and cared for you as well as gaining a bit of brownie points with the in-laws.
Below are just some of the great house plants and planters we’ve got that can always be gift wrapped by one of our team.
Anthuriun 12.99
Anthurium 12.99
This gorgeous house plant is a great mothers day gift. It will brighten up any home with its beautiful pink flowers.

Hydrangea £9.99
Hydrangea £9.99
Hydrangea’s are an absolute favourite, and for good reason. Their lovely soft pink and white flowers really do look great in your home.

Kalanchoe 2.99
Kalanchoe £2.99
At £2.99 these house plants are a great value present and are really bright and colourful.

We’ve got loads more house plants and planters in store so pop down to pick up your free daffodils and a mothers day present at the same time.

Fruit trees – A delicious and useful addition to your garden

Goosebury web

Fruit trees – A delicious and useful addition to your garden

What a glorious last weekend we had, I hope it will be the same over the next few days. The Garden Centre, I am pleased to say, was really busy, our plants were in great demand. We have got a fantastic range of all types of plants. One of the many areas we have increased is our selection of fruit trees, not only do we have a greater selection of apples and pears, we have mulberry, hazel nuts, walnuts, sweet chestnut, peach, kiwi fruit, goosebury, quince, nectarines, apricots, figs and various varieties of grapes. I ate one of the peaches off one of the sale trees last summer, it was absolutely delicious.

My Mother had a flower and vegetable business in Aylesbury, I remember as a child eating huge Black Hamburg grapes grown at Waddesdon Manor, not only did they taste delicious but each bunch came in a little wooden box with a sliding top, the bunch of grapes were laid on shredded wood and there was a fantastic white bloom all over the fruit, just like a new born baby! Growing fruit on a tree is easy, and you can use fruit as screening (espalier), creating edges (step over), structural interest (cordon bush), make your garden productive! Most fruit trees and bushes are really tough and hardy, they will last a very long time. Fruit trees can grow to various sizes, what makes the difference in the ultimate size, height of the tree is the rootstock that the tree is grown on. For example you can have a Cox’s orange pippin on a very dwarf rootstock (M27) that can be grown in a container or you can have a Cox’s orange pippin that will grow very tall very quickly on an M25. Basically you can have the fruit variety of your choice on what size tree you like, how amazing! The Romans were doing this a long time ago. Also family fruit trees provide a selection of different types of fruit on the same tree size of your choice.
There is so much to do outside now the ground has dried up a bit, it is amazing how the sun and wind combination soon dries up the soil. Plant potatoes into a well prepared seed bed, planted now they will give you a relatively early crop. First cut of the lawn, raise the mower blades (make sure they are sharp) for the first time around. Get some feed on the lawn a week after cutting the lawn. Weed and feed can be used if you have a weed and moss problem. I put mine on last week and spread the weed and feed a bit too wide, it has killed some of my broad leaved wild flowers, so be careful.
If you need any Gardening help or advice you know where to come, we have a great team here to help you.
Have a lovely weekend,
Ashley

March Offers and 550 new chickens just in!!!

Special offers available to you here at the Bell Plantation Garden Centre.

Prunus Kojo no Mai

Prunus Kojo-no-mai

About to flower, this shrub produces a beautiful display of pale red flowers. It will grow about 6ft high by 6 ft wide and loves to be positioned in full sun. It is fully frost hardy so a must have for your garden especially in these conditions.

Chaenomeles

Chaenomeles (Ornamental Quince)

This beautiful shrub is a great addition to any garden. It’s tough , easy to grow and will bring some great colour to your garden every spring. It may even bring you some large colourful fruits by Autumn.

6 Pack Bedding

6 Pack Bedding

Bring some instant colour into your garden with some Spring Bedding. Great for pots, containers and hanging baskets bedding plants are a fantastic way of making the most of the Spring sun and at 3 for £9 they are pretty good value.

Herbaceous Perennials 5 for £10

Herbaceous Perennials

Herbaceous Perennials are an absolute essential for bringing some colour into your garden borders. Plant them early this Spring to give them time to develop in your garden and look beautiful for the rest of the Spring and Summer. At 5 for £10 they are fantastic value and enable you to get a really great range of varieties.

Miracle Grow compost 3 for £12

Miracle Grow Multi-Purpose Compost

Enriched with Miracle-Gro Plant Food this multi-purpose compost feeds for 3 months. It contains 40% more nutrients than ordinary multi purpose compost so at 3 for £12 this really is a fantastic deal!

Gardman Seed Mix only £13.99

12.55KG NO MESS SEED MIX

Winter is a tough time for birds, it’s cold and they need higher amounts of energy to survive the frosty nights. There is less natural food like berries around for them to feed on too. With this great deal on Seed Mix you can keep the birds fed and happy through these cold months.

Gardman Seed Mix only £13.99

30% OFF BULLDOG TOOLS

Bulldog tools have been making quality garden tools since 1870. They are made by a single piece of steel, riveted into an ash shaft, the end of which has been steamed to form a D shaped handle. This makes the tools exceptionally strong which are backed by a lifetime guarantee.

25-off-seeds

25% OFF SEEDS

Growing seeds is a brilliant thing to do in the winter. For the keen gardener it’s a great excuse to get in the greenhouse and will save you a bit of money when it comes to spring. Kids love growing seeds so if you are a parent it doesn’t take much – a pack of seeds, some compost and a some seed trays.

compost

ORGANIC GARDEN COMPOST

Vital Earth Garden Soil is expertly formulated from high quality, screened soil, specially composted garden waste and Vital Earth Vitalizer. Vital Earth Garden Soil is perfect for creating new gardens, rockeries, leveling lawns and raised flower or vegetable beds.

4 for £10!

‘Now is our time’, gardeners prepare!

High pressure weather weekend, thank goodness, we haven’t had many of these over the last 3 months! ‘Now is our time’, gardeners prepare!
This year sub-zero temperatures haven’t been the problem, high rainfall and saturated ground are preventing garden action. If the soil is saturated for too long the water replaces the air in the soil and the soil starts to go sour (anaerobic respiration takes place). Cultivating, lifting and introducing organic matter into the soil will introduce small pockets of air re dressing the air, water, organic matter, soil particle, mineral balance, it will also help the soil dry out by exposing a greater surface area to the sun and wind.
soil

I go on about the soil all the time because if the soil is right a lot of other thing naturally fall into place without even thinking. Plant roots like good tilth, if the tilth is good the plant will perform and grow well with little stress (wouldn’t that be lovely!). Compaction / waterlogging is what they will be suffering in the Somerset levels, all the grass in the pasture will probably have died. Cultivating and re seeding will be necessary to turn the fields back into productive pasture.
It’s time to chit and plant potatoes, if you are lucky enough to have a greenhouse plant some spuds in a container and keep them inside until the last frost has passed. These could be eaten in 15- 18 weeks. Potatoes should be planted in the ground, well dug beds about 10cm deep, 30 cm apart on the row and the rows should be 45cm -60cm apart. When the green shoots emerge from the earth, keep an eye on the forecast, cover them with an upturned flower pots if the temperature drops below 6 degrees centigrade. If the growth tips get touched by frost it will set the plant back a few weeks.
I am going to grow some Franchii tomatoes this weekend, variety Pomodoro Principe Borghese, a traditional variety used for sun drying, when the tomatoes are ripe you pull up the whole plant and hang it up to dry in a cool airy place and pick the tomatoes until Christmas? Worth a go.
We had over 1000 herbaceous perennials in this week, ready to plant out in the garden. Bucket loads of fruit trees and bushes etc. We have got loads great offers on our website (especially compost), this is a keep in touch email not a selling email, but do have a look at the website!. Freddie has put up a prize of £100 to spend in the Garden Centre if you like us on Facebook in March!
We are hiring as well a the moment so if you know of anyone who might light to work in the Garden Centre or Cafe please get them to give us a call.

Have a great weekend
Ashley

March – Jobs in your Garden

Bell Plantation Garden
March is here and the signs of Spring are showing. Here are our top jobs to do in the garden this March.

1. Tidy up the lawn

Give your garden a rake over to lift the grass and weeds and remove the remnants of winter. When the rain stops give your lawn a mow. Don’t mow it too low though to avoid scalping the grass. Look for any bare patches in your grass and re-sow.

2. Plant your potatoes

We’ve had our seed potatoes in stock for a while but now really is the time to get your “early” Seed Potatoes in the ground. Your main crop varieties can be planted later on in March.

5. Grow some vegetable seeds

Start growing tomatoes, lettuces, peppers and any other seeds during March. Ideally grow them in a greenhouse but a warm, light windowsill will do the job too. Remember to always use clean seed sowing trays, or pots, and think about using a special seed sowing compost, which can help good strong growth.

4. Protect Spring shoots from slugs

New shoots and emerging bulbs are particularly attractive to slugs who are just coming out of hibernation and looking for food. You need to act fast as they will! Slug pellets are the most effective way of getting rid of slugs but if you have pets such as chickens around you may want to try putting crushed egg shells around new shoots.

5. Cut back Cornus and Salix

Pruning back Conrus and Salix hard keeps them at a manageable size and promotes better growth of vigorous new shoots and foliage for the coming season.

6. Deal with the weeds

As spring gets going weeds will start to emerge just as plants do, so it’s best to get on top of them early. Pull out and dig up any annual weeds but with perennials its best to use a weed killer (with glyphosate in) to make sure you kill the whole root to stop it coming back. If you don’t know the difference – if it comes out easily it’s an annual.

Is Spring here?

Snow Drops

It’s great to see a bit of sun, the bulbs you planted last Autumn should be popping their heads through the soil very soon. The snowdrops in our garden this year look amazing. Although you can buy different varieties of snowdrops as bulbs in the autumn the most successful way of establishing new clumps of snowdrops in your garden is by planting growing bulbs, obviously they can be found in your local friendly Garden Centre!
I just love this time of year the whole new gardening season ahead of us, bucket loads of trees and plants coming in and out of the Centre. It’s a great time for my daughter Sophie who does our accounts reducing pressure on cash flow, hopefully! Last March 2013 we had our worst March trading period ever, freezing temperatures most of the month. March can be one of the most volatile months in terms of weather and therefore gardening and therefore our business. We just ask for average weather, that would be good (I was going to put cool, but then we don’t want it cool).
February is a must for spraying your fruiting cherries, almonds, peaches and some flowering Prunus varieties against Peach Leaf Curl. At the moment the bubs on these trees are filling it is important to get the fungicide on before the buds burst. Spray all the branches and buds. I think peach leaf curl is the second biggest threat to a good crop of fruit. The biggest threat is the birds eating the fruit just before it ripens. They don’t have such sweet teeth as us!
If you have a sunny south facing aspect growing peaches is such fun, we had some plants in the garden centre last year that fruited with no effort on our part, the taste of the white fleshed peach was divine.
Potatoes can be planted soon, if you have a greenhouse you could plant some now in a container for very early cropping. Have a think about what vegetables you would like to grow this year. If you buy a packet of seeds don’t sow them all at once, spread the sowing, 2 weekly intervals should spread the cropping pattern nicely to enable you to eat the lot.
If you can get onto your veg garden dig a much organic matter into the soil as you can, it will make cropping heavier, it will be easier to dig next time, it will hold more water and nutrients, it will make root growth easier for the plant, you won’t get bendy carrots or stubby parsnips.
All our Spring promotions are on our website, we are using our website as a shop window rather than online selling.
Really look forward to seeing you.
Ashley

Happy Easter

Happy Easter

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So, it’s been a really busy week here at the Bell Plantation trying to get all the lovely plants and stock in for the holidays. The sun has been out (apart from this afternoon) and there’s a real buzz about the place. We really love it when the Spring comes around – the place springs to life and there is colour everywhere!

We hope you all have a nice relaxing Easter weekend – if you fancy a day out we’d love to see you. We are now selling turf so if you need any to patch up or re-lay your garden come down and pick some up. £3.99 for a 1sq metre roll (it’s rectangular shaped though). 550 new hybrid hens arrived today so we’ve got loads of stock. Here are the breeds: Blue, Light Sussex, Speckledy, Sussex Rock, Rhode Rock, Amber, White Leghorn, Brown, Blacktail, Blue Splash and Gold Speckled. Remember, the favourites will go first.

Ashley is currently in a race against time on the M25 picking up a whole load of furniture for a customer for the weekend. Fingers crossed he gets to the warehouse near Brighton before they close at 5.30pm!

Have a great Easter!

Freddie

Plant of the Month and a busy weekend

This weekend

We’ve got a lot going on this weekend with our Poultry Centre open day and the exclusive launch of the new Omlet Go-UP. Come and speak to representatives of Nettex, Brinsea, Heygates Food and Global Herbs or one of our team for any help and advice you need on Poultry.

We’ve also got our Easter Hunt – explore the Garden Centre and find all the Easter pictures and get a chocolate treat at the end.

In stock we have literally thousands of gorgeous flowers and plants ready for the sun – the place really is looking full. The Cafe team are preparing for a really busy weekend too – lots of delicious cakes and Easter treats ready to tingle your taste buds.

Plant of the Month – April

Our Plant of the month this month is the delicious Grafted Tomato Plant from Suttons –

Grafted Tomato Plant

Growing your own veg is great fun and really satisfying. It’s such a good feeling sitting down to your meal knowing you grew the food on your plate. And in my opinion there’s very little better than a ripe plump tomato. New to the domestic market are grafted vegetables which are bred for increased vigour and improved performance and then grafter for up to 75% more fruit. As a result grafted vegetables are the new craze in grow your own. One of our favourites is Suttons “F1 Sweet Petit” – a vigorous growing cherry tomato plant producing deliciously sweet and tasty tomatoes, great for salads and snacks. They are ideally grown in a greenhouse (in April-May) but can be planted outside once the weather is sunny (June-July). Give our team a call if you want any info about growing you own veg or about grafted tomatoes in particular.

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April – Jobs in your garden

Hanging basket blog

1. Get rid of the weeds

Like your plants, your weeds will really start to grow in April so make sure you spend some time properly dealing with those pesky things. Pull out any annual weeds, which should come out easily and use a weed killer containing glyphosate to kill the perennials.

2. Watch out of Aphids

Aphids such as green fly and black fly will start to multiply this month as it start to get warmer. Start checking your plants, especially roses, and squash any you see. If you find a real cluster on them you’ll need to get some insecticides and give them a spray.

3. Plant your Onions and shallots

April is the month to plant those onion and shallots in your vegetable plot. Make sure your site is weed free (see above) and is located with well-drained soil in a sunny spot. Plant them in rows about 10cm apart with 20cm between each row.

4. Start to plant your hanging baskets

As the weather really starts to warm up, plant your favourite summer annuals. Put a layer of sphagnum moss in the bottom and up the sides of the basket as a liner. Fill the basket up with compost and plant in an assortment of plants to bring some real colour to your garden.

5. PLant your herbaceous borders

Herbaceous borders are one of our favourites here at Bell Plantation. They bring a range of colour and variety to your garden and getting your border looking amazing is a really good challenge for a gardener. Make sure you clear your bed properly and place out where you want each plant to go. Leave 30cm between each plant to give them enough space to flower well, mulch around the tops of the plants and water in well.

Feed Roses and Shrubs

It’s now time to give your roses and shrubs a good feed as this will really benefit them as they come into growth. Feed them with a balanced fertiliser such as fish blood and bone or growmore which will really bring out the best of your plants.

As always we are here to help so please don’t hesitate to call or pop in and speak to one of our team with any questions at all.

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Poultry Centre Open Day

Poultry Centre Open Day Blog

Thinking of keeping Poultry? Already got Chickens and want some help and advice?

Bring your family and friends to the Poultry Centre open day this Saturday 12th April where you can get specialised help and advice from our expert team or from reps from some of our key suppliers.

Representatives from Nettex, Brinsea, Heygates Food and Global Herbs will be here to answer all your questions about poultry keeping, health, incubating, and anything else you want to know.

We’d love to see you from 10.30 AM and help you with anything you need to know.

Thanks,

Poultry Team.

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Free bunch of Daffodils this Weekend (if you know the password)

Daffodils
If you didn’t already know, it’s Mother’s day on Sunday and as a special treat we are giving away a free bunch of daffodils to anyone who spends in the Garden Centre and gives the secret password to our team which is……”mummy”! This starts from tomorrow (Friday 27th March) and ends when the stock runs out.

We’ve also got loads of great mothers day presents in store so you can show a bit of appreciation to the one who raised and cared for you as well as gaining a bit of brownie points with the in-laws.
Below are just some of the great house plants and planters we’ve got that can always be gift wrapped by one of our team.
Anthuriun 12.99
Anthurium 12.99
This gorgeous house plant is a great mothers day gift. It will brighten up any home with its beautiful pink flowers.

Hydrangea £9.99
Hydrangea £9.99
Hydrangea’s are an absolute favourite, and for good reason. Their lovely soft pink and white flowers really do look great in your home.

Kalanchoe 2.99
Kalanchoe £2.99
At £2.99 these house plants are a great value present and are really bright and colourful.

We’ve got loads more house plants and planters in store so pop down to pick up your free daffodils and a mothers day present at the same time.

Fruit trees – A delicious and useful addition to your garden

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Fruit trees – A delicious and useful addition to your garden

What a glorious last weekend we had, I hope it will be the same over the next few days. The Garden Centre, I am pleased to say, was really busy, our plants were in great demand. We have got a fantastic range of all types of plants. One of the many areas we have increased is our selection of fruit trees, not only do we have a greater selection of apples and pears, we have mulberry, hazel nuts, walnuts, sweet chestnut, peach, kiwi fruit, goosebury, quince, nectarines, apricots, figs and various varieties of grapes. I ate one of the peaches off one of the sale trees last summer, it was absolutely delicious.

My Mother had a flower and vegetable business in Aylesbury, I remember as a child eating huge Black Hamburg grapes grown at Waddesdon Manor, not only did they taste delicious but each bunch came in a little wooden box with a sliding top, the bunch of grapes were laid on shredded wood and there was a fantastic white bloom all over the fruit, just like a new born baby! Growing fruit on a tree is easy, and you can use fruit as screening (espalier), creating edges (step over), structural interest (cordon bush), make your garden productive! Most fruit trees and bushes are really tough and hardy, they will last a very long time. Fruit trees can grow to various sizes, what makes the difference in the ultimate size, height of the tree is the rootstock that the tree is grown on. For example you can have a Cox’s orange pippin on a very dwarf rootstock (M27) that can be grown in a container or you can have a Cox’s orange pippin that will grow very tall very quickly on an M25. Basically you can have the fruit variety of your choice on what size tree you like, how amazing! The Romans were doing this a long time ago. Also family fruit trees provide a selection of different types of fruit on the same tree size of your choice.
There is so much to do outside now the ground has dried up a bit, it is amazing how the sun and wind combination soon dries up the soil. Plant potatoes into a well prepared seed bed, planted now they will give you a relatively early crop. First cut of the lawn, raise the mower blades (make sure they are sharp) for the first time around. Get some feed on the lawn a week after cutting the lawn. Weed and feed can be used if you have a weed and moss problem. I put mine on last week and spread the weed and feed a bit too wide, it has killed some of my broad leaved wild flowers, so be careful.
If you need any Gardening help or advice you know where to come, we have a great team here to help you.
Have a lovely weekend,
Ashley

March Offers and 550 new chickens just in!!!

Special offers available to you here at the Bell Plantation Garden Centre.

Prunus Kojo no Mai

Prunus Kojo-no-mai

About to flower, this shrub produces a beautiful display of pale red flowers. It will grow about 6ft high by 6 ft wide and loves to be positioned in full sun. It is fully frost hardy so a must have for your garden especially in these conditions.

Chaenomeles

Chaenomeles (Ornamental Quince)

This beautiful shrub is a great addition to any garden. It’s tough , easy to grow and will bring some great colour to your garden every spring. It may even bring you some large colourful fruits by Autumn.

6 Pack Bedding

6 Pack Bedding

Bring some instant colour into your garden with some Spring Bedding. Great for pots, containers and hanging baskets bedding plants are a fantastic way of making the most of the Spring sun and at 3 for £9 they are pretty good value.

Herbaceous Perennials 5 for £10

Herbaceous Perennials

Herbaceous Perennials are an absolute essential for bringing some colour into your garden borders. Plant them early this Spring to give them time to develop in your garden and look beautiful for the rest of the Spring and Summer. At 5 for £10 they are fantastic value and enable you to get a really great range of varieties.

Miracle Grow compost 3 for £12

Miracle Grow Multi-Purpose Compost

Enriched with Miracle-Gro Plant Food this multi-purpose compost feeds for 3 months. It contains 40% more nutrients than ordinary multi purpose compost so at 3 for £12 this really is a fantastic deal!

Gardman Seed Mix only £13.99

12.55KG NO MESS SEED MIX

Winter is a tough time for birds, it’s cold and they need higher amounts of energy to survive the frosty nights. There is less natural food like berries around for them to feed on too. With this great deal on Seed Mix you can keep the birds fed and happy through these cold months.

Gardman Seed Mix only £13.99

30% OFF BULLDOG TOOLS

Bulldog tools have been making quality garden tools since 1870. They are made by a single piece of steel, riveted into an ash shaft, the end of which has been steamed to form a D shaped handle. This makes the tools exceptionally strong which are backed by a lifetime guarantee.

25-off-seeds

25% OFF SEEDS

Growing seeds is a brilliant thing to do in the winter. For the keen gardener it’s a great excuse to get in the greenhouse and will save you a bit of money when it comes to spring. Kids love growing seeds so if you are a parent it doesn’t take much – a pack of seeds, some compost and a some seed trays.

compost

ORGANIC GARDEN COMPOST

Vital Earth Garden Soil is expertly formulated from high quality, screened soil, specially composted garden waste and Vital Earth Vitalizer. Vital Earth Garden Soil is perfect for creating new gardens, rockeries, leveling lawns and raised flower or vegetable beds.

4 for £10!

‘Now is our time’, gardeners prepare!

High pressure weather weekend, thank goodness, we haven’t had many of these over the last 3 months! ‘Now is our time’, gardeners prepare!
This year sub-zero temperatures haven’t been the problem, high rainfall and saturated ground are preventing garden action. If the soil is saturated for too long the water replaces the air in the soil and the soil starts to go sour (anaerobic respiration takes place). Cultivating, lifting and introducing organic matter into the soil will introduce small pockets of air re dressing the air, water, organic matter, soil particle, mineral balance, it will also help the soil dry out by exposing a greater surface area to the sun and wind.
soil

I go on about the soil all the time because if the soil is right a lot of other thing naturally fall into place without even thinking. Plant roots like good tilth, if the tilth is good the plant will perform and grow well with little stress (wouldn’t that be lovely!). Compaction / waterlogging is what they will be suffering in the Somerset levels, all the grass in the pasture will probably have died. Cultivating and re seeding will be necessary to turn the fields back into productive pasture.
It’s time to chit and plant potatoes, if you are lucky enough to have a greenhouse plant some spuds in a container and keep them inside until the last frost has passed. These could be eaten in 15- 18 weeks. Potatoes should be planted in the ground, well dug beds about 10cm deep, 30 cm apart on the row and the rows should be 45cm -60cm apart. When the green shoots emerge from the earth, keep an eye on the forecast, cover them with an upturned flower pots if the temperature drops below 6 degrees centigrade. If the growth tips get touched by frost it will set the plant back a few weeks.
I am going to grow some Franchii tomatoes this weekend, variety Pomodoro Principe Borghese, a traditional variety used for sun drying, when the tomatoes are ripe you pull up the whole plant and hang it up to dry in a cool airy place and pick the tomatoes until Christmas? Worth a go.
We had over 1000 herbaceous perennials in this week, ready to plant out in the garden. Bucket loads of fruit trees and bushes etc. We have got loads great offers on our website (especially compost), this is a keep in touch email not a selling email, but do have a look at the website!. Freddie has put up a prize of £100 to spend in the Garden Centre if you like us on Facebook in March!
We are hiring as well a the moment so if you know of anyone who might light to work in the Garden Centre or Cafe please get them to give us a call.

Have a great weekend
Ashley

March – Jobs in your Garden

Bell Plantation Garden
March is here and the signs of Spring are showing. Here are our top jobs to do in the garden this March.

1. Tidy up the lawn

Give your garden a rake over to lift the grass and weeds and remove the remnants of winter. When the rain stops give your lawn a mow. Don’t mow it too low though to avoid scalping the grass. Look for any bare patches in your grass and re-sow.

2. Plant your potatoes

We’ve had our seed potatoes in stock for a while but now really is the time to get your “early” Seed Potatoes in the ground. Your main crop varieties can be planted later on in March.

5. Grow some vegetable seeds

Start growing tomatoes, lettuces, peppers and any other seeds during March. Ideally grow them in a greenhouse but a warm, light windowsill will do the job too. Remember to always use clean seed sowing trays, or pots, and think about using a special seed sowing compost, which can help good strong growth.

4. Protect Spring shoots from slugs

New shoots and emerging bulbs are particularly attractive to slugs who are just coming out of hibernation and looking for food. You need to act fast as they will! Slug pellets are the most effective way of getting rid of slugs but if you have pets such as chickens around you may want to try putting crushed egg shells around new shoots.

5. Cut back Cornus and Salix

Pruning back Conrus and Salix hard keeps them at a manageable size and promotes better growth of vigorous new shoots and foliage for the coming season.

6. Deal with the weeds

As spring gets going weeds will start to emerge just as plants do, so it’s best to get on top of them early. Pull out and dig up any annual weeds but with perennials its best to use a weed killer (with glyphosate in) to make sure you kill the whole root to stop it coming back. If you don’t know the difference – if it comes out easily it’s an annual.

Is Spring here?

Snow Drops

It’s great to see a bit of sun, the bulbs you planted last Autumn should be popping their heads through the soil very soon. The snowdrops in our garden this year look amazing. Although you can buy different varieties of snowdrops as bulbs in the autumn the most successful way of establishing new clumps of snowdrops in your garden is by planting growing bulbs, obviously they can be found in your local friendly Garden Centre!
I just love this time of year the whole new gardening season ahead of us, bucket loads of trees and plants coming in and out of the Centre. It’s a great time for my daughter Sophie who does our accounts reducing pressure on cash flow, hopefully! Last March 2013 we had our worst March trading period ever, freezing temperatures most of the month. March can be one of the most volatile months in terms of weather and therefore gardening and therefore our business. We just ask for average weather, that would be good (I was going to put cool, but then we don’t want it cool).
February is a must for spraying your fruiting cherries, almonds, peaches and some flowering Prunus varieties against Peach Leaf Curl. At the moment the bubs on these trees are filling it is important to get the fungicide on before the buds burst. Spray all the branches and buds. I think peach leaf curl is the second biggest threat to a good crop of fruit. The biggest threat is the birds eating the fruit just before it ripens. They don’t have such sweet teeth as us!
If you have a sunny south facing aspect growing peaches is such fun, we had some plants in the garden centre last year that fruited with no effort on our part, the taste of the white fleshed peach was divine.
Potatoes can be planted soon, if you have a greenhouse you could plant some now in a container for very early cropping. Have a think about what vegetables you would like to grow this year. If you buy a packet of seeds don’t sow them all at once, spread the sowing, 2 weekly intervals should spread the cropping pattern nicely to enable you to eat the lot.
If you can get onto your veg garden dig a much organic matter into the soil as you can, it will make cropping heavier, it will be easier to dig next time, it will hold more water and nutrients, it will make root growth easier for the plant, you won’t get bendy carrots or stubby parsnips.
All our Spring promotions are on our website, we are using our website as a shop window rather than online selling.
Really look forward to seeing you.
Ashley