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Lots new for your garden this Bank Holiday27 Aug

Lots new for your garden this Bank Holiday

There is loads you can be doing in your garden in Autumn and this Bank Holiday weekend is the perfect time to start. Plant your Spring flowering bulbs now, patch up your lawn with some turf, divide your herbaceous perennials into new plants or even get 30% off new plants in our sale.

Autumn bulbs now in

bulbs

Our Autumn bulbs are now in and ready to buy. We have a wide range to bring some colour to your garden.

30% off all herbaceous

herbaceous
We also have 30% off all our herbaceous stock starting tomorrow. This is a fantastic opportunity to get some great plants for next spring at fantastic value.

Turf available this weekend

turf
We have some turf for this weekend so if you need to patch up some of your garden we have some available. £4.49 a roll or 10 for £40.

FREE Sercombe Meat Tasting

If you’re more of a food fan then pop down to our Farm Shop and try a FREE tasting of Sercombe meat. Click here for more information.

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Summer Veg Planting & Food Production21 Aug

Summer Veg Planting & Food Production

Steve and Judy are doing an amazing job in the plant area. We are already stocked full of wonderful Autumn flowering plants and Veg.

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By now there should be a corner or two in your vegetable patch where you have cropped some lettuce, beetroot etc and the ground is crying out for more production. Plant some Winter veg, we have got small plants ready to pop in. The ground will hardly need any cultivation before you plant them. Clear away any weeds, no need for a massive dig or turning over the soil, if you do this the soil will dry out even more. Best just dig a small hole pop the new vegetable transplant in the hole place some soil back around the plant and lightly firm, a good watering is essential as the soil is so dry. At the moment you will have to keep weeding and feeding to get the plants well grown on before winter. The soil is warm the plants should grow well despite the strength of the sun is decreasing as we move into the Autumn. Vegetable plants available at the moment Brussels Sprouts (getting a little late to crop for Christmas however could catch up if a warm Autumn), Cabbage, Onions, cauliflower,carrots and beetroot. If you do plant out some veg remember to cover up the new plants with some insect mesh to keep off the cabbage white butterfly and carrot root fly. When it rains slugs will be an issue.

Sarah the Cafe Manager is planning commencement of more food production in the Plantation kitchen. We are currently re shaping the coffee station in the Cafe to allow more space in the kitchen for the cooking team to create wonderful Scotch Eggs, Pasties (one of Sarah’s favourites, she is a West Country girl), meat pies, soups etc. We will be using mainly our own ingredients for the production, beef from home, pork from home, local flour etc.

IMG_2632

Freddie has introduced a great new supplier of frozen fish to the Farm Shop, hopefully it will be well received. Great fish this far from the the sea is more than welcome.
Did you know the Sercombes Bacon we sell in the farm shop won several National awards for its flavour. Within the next few weeks we will be introducing it full time into our breakfast’s in the Cafe. This bacon has been one of the great success stories since we took over the farm shop, our orders are increased almost weekly.There is never any white guk in the frying pan after cooking (no water content) there just remains enough fat to fry your freshly laid egg! If you cook the bacon really hot it will go crispy!

I always savour my last piece of crackly bacon, however I have to guard it from theft from predatory children.

Enjoy your weekend

Ashley

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Some Summer Gardening Tips from Ashley14 Aug

Some Summer Gardening Tips from Ashley

Thanks Freddie for doing last weeks ditty coming on nicely!

What a great rain, just what the garden needed. With such a dry spring and ground water levels low a good drip in August is just what we needed. Ok it will hold up the harvest for a few days but for the livestock eating grass rain is welcome.

We are in transition in the Garden Centre all the summer bedding has sold through and we are now filling up with autumn winter flowering plants. Every year seems to go a little faster than the previous!

summerpruning

Have you cut back your wisteria? Cut the long straggly bits back to 6 leaves from the main stem, you could do the same with fast growing rambling,climbing roses, a more kamikaze prune takes place in the late winter early spring. With apple trees you can also summer prune, cut the long vegetative new growths in half, this should encourage more fruit bud to form on the main stem. Although we have had some rain it has only probably gone into the soil 10 to 20 mm so watering plants will still be very necessary.

Cover up the brassicas, the cabbage white butterfly is about. To prevent your plants being eaten you can cover them up with a fine mesh, Agralan mesh is long lasting and one of the best mesh’s on the market. Another option is to pick off the caterpillars, hard work and not much fun. Spraying a systemic pesticide on the plant is another option Provado by Bayer is a really good product.

We have a new member of the team in the Cafe, Emma joined us a Cook, I hope you all enjoy her food! We now have 3 full time cooks, it is our plan to produce alot more food in the kitchen to sell fresh in the Farm Shop. Our own baked cakes are on of the best selling lines in the shop along with the Tee’s bread from Northampton.

Two Birds Gin Tasting
Two Birds flavoured Gin and Vodka tasting this Saturday 15th August in the Farm Shop 2pm – 4pm

Have a great weekend

Ashley

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A blog from a new gardener06 Aug

A blog from a new gardener

Dad isn’t available to do his usual blog this week so I thought I’d give it a go for once. I suppose in time I will have to take over permanently but I think he is a few years from retirement yet (if ever), especially with the amount of energy he still manages to exhume all the time.

I’m not much of a gardener yet. I have just bought a house in Paulerspury and quickly put up a garden fence, rotavated and re-seeded my lawn. I have 2 landscapers in my family so can’t be shown to be un-practical! This winter I’m sorting out the inside but come next Spring I’ll be learning all I can about gardening as I attempt to make my garden look amazing. If there are any holes in our advice and service I’ll find them.

It’s been a fantastic season across all our businesses and continues to be busy at the start of August. This is particularly the case in our Poultry section, where demand seems to grow and grow. They are fantastic pets, surprisingly easy to keep and very productive in terms of your breakfast!

pots

As you may have seen we have had 22 pallets of pots delivered which are slowly being worked through. There are some absolutely fantastic pieces, real beauties and 1 offs.

I must plug the farm shop which we continue to work really hard on. We have delicious fresh bread delivered daily from 2 of the best bakers in Northants and we are making our own cakes in the Café. We will soon be producing lots of yummy food in the Café kitchen which will be available in the Farm Shop. Watch this space!

Remember we have the 2 birds gin tasting on August 15th, plus the team from Sercombe meat will be coming on Sat 29th August for you to taste a range of their products including their award winning bacon!
Hope to see you soon.
Freddie

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A Summer Update17 Jul

A Summer Update

Give me blue sky, sunshine and -5 degrees centigrade!! That suits me down to the ground, the downside is not much gardening. The high temperatures plus the wind we ​have recently experienced are putting massive demands on the root system of the plant to provide the leaves with water. The tiny little root hairs on the end of the root system are working overtime to try to find moisture in the soil to send up to the leaves, if they fail the leaves will die and fall off and the plant may die. All newly planted plants will need help with some water at this time of year. My London Planes planted 2 years ago have shown signs of stress ( a few brown crispy leaves ). I gave them 40 litres of water last night each, that should keep them going for a week. Had they been planted this year they would need watering twice a week in these hot conditions. If you soak the ground around the plant and then put a mulch of compost, bark, grass clipping around the base of the plant it will stop the ground drying out so quickly.​ The rain we have had in the last few days hardly touches the moisture deficit in the soil, ignore it and keep on watering​.

While it is so dry it isn’t a great time to weed and feed your lawn unless you are watering it. To try and keep a bit of green on the lawn it is best t​o​ raise the mower blades a little​ higher​.
Dead head the roses and any other flowering plants, this will encourage them to possibly flower again, it saves them wasting their energy producing unwanted seeds. They will put more effort into their roots and vegetation.

​We had a massive delivery of absolutely beautiful new glazed pots today, 22 pallets, there are some wonderful one off pieces!! I must have gone mad, most people think that anyway. Unfortunately we have been unable to unpack them before the weekend​, we will embark on that next week.

Heritage tomatoes

The Plantation Farm shop is full of great stuff, fresh English broad beans and peas, BBQ meat packs, Wappenham beef steak and mince (great value!), Silverstone produced charcoal, Sourdough bread baked by The Good Loaf, Northampton, Beer from surrounding village breweries. Heritage, Heirloom tomatoes, fantastic flavour peaches and necterines fresh from Spain!! Fresh cakes made in our own Cafe by Sam our wonderful baker

It is our mission to deliver to you the best flavoured food we can make and find locally.

Have a great weekend,

Ashley

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It’s been a while – enjoy the Bank Holiday Weekend20 May

It’s been a while – enjoy the Bank Holiday Weekend

My apologies for not keeping in touch over the last couple of weeks, I have sent out my little ditty but no one received it due to technical problems with the system! Haven’t got a clue, it doesn’t involve soil! Anyway we have nearly missed May,so far been pretty cold, plant growth is certainly behind where it was this time last year.

Chelsea
Again this year Bell Plantation sponsored Nicolas Moreton’s www.nicolasmoreton.com stand at the Chelsea Flower Show. This involves me, several of the Bell Plantation and Groundcare Company team spending several days at Chelsea building Nicolas’s stand. The atmosphere at the show build up is amazing,camaraderie flows, the change of scenery is like watching speeded up film in real time. Horticulture is a wonderful industry to be involved in, unfortunately in recent history it hasn’t been cool! Maybe things are starting to change, I hope so. So many people are missing out on a great vocation.Great fun,very wet and hard work. I must say the stand looked great when it all came together. Nicolas is an amazing sculptor using natural stone, based near Towcester.
Beef Shorthorn

We finally have some Wappenham beef in the Plantation Farm Shop. This is the first of my Beef Shorthorn cattle to be sold in the shop, hopefully the first of many if you enjoy eating it. She was born and bred in Wappenham, ate grassed based food all her life and was never injected with anything, she was a real sweetie! Beef Shorthorns are a traditional English breed of cattle developed over several hundred years to produce the tastiest meat. The meat has traditional marbling (small deposits of fat) in the meat which adds flavour and aids cooking. As we don’t yet have a butcher in the Plantation Farm shop the meat was butchered and flash frozen before coming back to the shop. I look forward to your feedback on the meat?

As the weather is a little cooler than normal this year it makes life a little less frenetic,although there is still a lot to do. As it is not too dry it is a good time to get some weed and feed on the lawn, or even just feed if you have no weeds. Mowing a lawn regularly and removing the grass depletes the nutrients in the ground. Every time you cart a box of grass off the lawn you are taking away some of the essential minerals needed for good plant growth. Poor ground favours weeds and moss, it is therefore essential to keep the soil fertile, this in turn will help suppress weed growth and moss.
Keep feeding all your plants this will keep their leaves green.
Herbaceous

Our plant area is as full as it has ever been with wonderful plants (several featuring at Chelsea flower show) Steve and Judy have done a great job sourcing a fantastic range of plants.

Last Saturday we had 100 Silkie hens delivered, what a site I have never seen so many Silkies in one place at a time, they looked amazing. Silkies are well known for their calm, friendly temperament. Among the most docile of poultry, Silkies are considered an ideal pet. Hens are also exceptionally broody, and make good mothers. Though they are fair layers themselves, laying about three eggs a week, they are commonly used to hatch eggs from other breeds and bird species. We also managed to hatch 3 of our own Chinese geese, the goslings are on show in our poultry shop.

I hope the TV coverage of the flower show has inspired you, we would love to help you achieve you dream garden, if you need any help give us a shout.

Have a great weekend

Ashley

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Wappenham Beef and Chelsea Flower Show15 May

Wappenham Beef and Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea

I am delighted to say that again this year we are sponsoring Nicolas Moreton’s Exhibition at Chelsea flowers show. This means the Bell plantation team have spent several days down in London building and landscaping the stand, yesterday we got absolutely soaked! We had to bash on as time stands still for no one and there are deadlines to meet! I wish Nicolas every success at the show. www.nicolasmoreton.com The atmosphere at the show build up is amazing,camaraderie flows, the change of scenery is like watching speeded up film in real time. Horticulture is a wonderful industry to be involved in, unfortunately in recent history it hasn’t been cool! Maybe things are starting to change, I hope so. So many people are missing out on a great vocation.

Herbaceous

With Chelsea flower show next week, herbaceous perennials will be in the spot light, this range of plants are the colour pallet of the garden, they grow quickly every year from the ground and provide a spectacular amount of colour, foliage variation, seed heads etc I am pleased to say Judy and Steve have put together our biggest ever selection of these plants, they look amazing, I will give them a pat on the back. A large proportion of the plants are grown by one of the largest exhibitors at Chelsea, Hillier Nurseries. This range of plants are really easy to grow, if you would like some help on what grows or goes well together ask Steve or Judy.

Beef Shorthorn

I am delighted to say that we now have home produced Wappenham Beef in our Farm shop from our . The particular animal in the shop was born and raised in Wappenham, it never had an injection in its life, a very healthy Beef Shorthorn, she was a sweetie. The Beef Shorthorn breed was formed back in 1783 in the North East of England. They were one of the most popular breeds in the UK until the 1970’s, 80’s when the very heavy muscled breeds, Charolais, Limousin etc came over from France. The French breeds were very lean but they didn’t have the fat marbling in the meat which adds flavour and aids cooking. People are now appreciating taste and quality a little more which has aided the popularity of the Beef Shorthorn.The rise in popularity has lifted the breed off the endangered list of the Rare Breed survival trust. My Beef Shorthorn cattle are really docile, they make great mothers, they have plenty of milk to feed the calf and they don’t eat too much. They make my life easy, so much so that I can go to work at the Garden centre every day, I deal with the cattle early am and late pm every day and at weekends. I hope you enjoy the quality and flavour.

Jenny and Jill thank you very much for your custom, I hope you had a wonderful weekend planting. I know in time your garden will look amazing. Remember to water all your plants well once you have planted them and then keep them watered through the summer, once a week,maybe more if it is hot.

Hopefully see you soon,

Ashley

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Wappenham Beef from my Farm08 May

Wappenham Beef from my Farm

Pretty sleepy this morning sat up until 3 am watching the TV, what a surprise?

Our Garden centre is absolutely full of wonderful plants and people. Steve and Judy have sourced the best looking selection of UK grown plants for all purposes and types of garden. Over the last few days we have had some well overdue rain, the ground was getting a bit dry, enough now a bit more sun please.

Now is a great time to plant Dahlia tubers, Gladioli corms and Lily bulbs These plants will provide a great splash of colour in mid to late summer. The flowers are great for cutting and bringing into the house. Dahlias can either be purchased in bags as a large root /tuber or as a growing plant. Planted in the garden as a tuber it will provide a much bigger plant and more flowers than a pot grown plant. Gladioli are usually found only in a bag as a corm, planted now they will grow vigorously to about 1 meter tall and produce a long flower 300mm -450mm long. Lily bulbs also grow quickly and produce a very heavily scented flower, beware of the pollen on a lily it tends to stain clothing.

Beef Shorthorn

I am delighted to say that we now have home produced Wappenham Beef in our Farm shop from our farm. The beef was frozen when butchered so will be sold frozen and taste delicious and fresh when you eat it. The particular animal in the shop was born and raised in Wappenham, it never had an injection in its life, a very healthy Beef Shorthorn, she was a sweetie. The Beef Shorthorn breed was formed back in 1783 in the North East of England. They were one of the most popular breeds in the UK until the 1970’s, 80’s when the very heavy muscled breeds, Charolais, Limousin etc came over from France. The French breeds were very lean but they didn’t have the fat marbling in the meat which adds flavour and aids cooking. People are now appreciating taste and quality a little more which has aided the popularity of the Beef Shorthorn.The rise in popularity has lifted the breed off the endangered list of the Rare Breed survival trust. My Beef Shorthorn cattle are really docile, they make great mothers, they have plenty of milk to feed the calf and they don’t eat too much. They make my life easy, so much so that I can go to work at the Garden centre every day, I deal with the cattle early am and late pm every day and at weekends. I hope you enjoy the quality and flavour.

Jenny and Jill thank you very much for your custom, I hope you have a wonderful weekend last weekend planting all your specemin shrubs . I know in time your garden will look amazing. Remember to water all your plants well once you have planted them and then keep them watered through the summer, once a week,maybe more if it is hot.

Have a great weekend

Would be good to see you

Ashley

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April Showers?24 Apr

April Showers?

Warm windy sunny weather and no rain, we are watering everything like crazy in the plant area. All hands on the pump and 1 man down, get well soon Steve.
This is a very exciting time for us filling the Garden Centre up with beautiful new plants and products for you to see.
We took delivery of our 24 pallets of PH Professional range of compost, it feels and smells delightful compared to the normal main brand composts, it is a little more expensive but you will get much better results, better germination when planting seeds, better growth from seedlings, shrubs, tubs and planted containers. The reasons for better performance are a balanced pH value, the correct bulk density measured in grammes per litre of compost, correct trace element balance, it contains a wetting agent to help re-wetting and drainage. We currently use it a lot here at the Garden Centre for our containers and hanging baskets.

Mr Fitzpatricks Cordial
Erris (Farm Shop Manager) and I had a great day out at a food fair in Birmingham this week, Wow! We didn’t need lunch or a drink as we tried so many wonderful samples of tastey food and drink. To our delight there are numerous foods grown and made very close to us here at Towcester, watch this space as I am sure we will be stocking some of them very soon. One product we have actually got in this week following the show (not so local) is Mr Fitzpatricks Vintage Cordials from Preston, we loved it so much we brought it!!. A great history and a fantastic tasty drink, we have a range of 12 of their flavours. Have a look at their website www.mrfitzpatricks.com Who needs alcohol?

Grafted Tomatoes
Our vegetable plant stock is nearly up to capacity. The Grafted Vegetables came in this week. Grafted vegetable are a little more expensive than normal seed grown veg, it is claimed that you get 75% more fruit per plant, there are 6-8 trusses on a tomato plant, longer cropping period, grow well at lower temperatures. Some of the grafted plants have been grafted with 2 different types of tomato onto the same root! Suttons also delivered a massive range of Chilli plants, all the plants have a marked label showing the ‘Scoville rating’ (how hot a chilli is). They make a really attractive plant approx 30cm – 60 cm tall.

Watch out for the frost, keep new plants protected from the frost. Water all your pots and containers as it is so dry at the moment. Feed all your shrub beds and borders with a dry feed. Weed and feed the lawn. Plant seeds in the veg garden, don’t plant all the seeds from the packet at the same time as you will have too much food to eat at the same time.

Have a great weekend

Ashley Warren

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My April Walkabout16 Apr

My April Walkabout

I gave an interview on BBC Radio Northampton at about 8.00am this morning (Thursday), I was asked by Bernie Keith, did I think it changes had been beneficial to the traffic flow around the roundabout, I said I hoped it would create a significant improvement but it was a bit too early to tell. I was then very late for work as the roundabout had experienced its first serious accident since being re developed. I hope those concerned were ok?

They say a picture can paint a thousand words, that probably true but it doesn’t get across how wonderful our Garden Centre looks right now, so I ran round the Garden Centre (probably not quick enough for some) with my i phone, link attached.

I don’t do pride, however I would like to say that our great team of people have got this Garden Centre looking as good as it has ever done. Now the sun is finally starting to warm us and the soil up the plants are responding with good growth and flower. We have missed out on a long spring as March was so dull. Plants are all now moving into top gear all at once. It is a great time to feed all plants by throwing some fertiliser onto the ground around the plants. Growmore is a well balanced feed with an application rate of 50-100 grms per meter square. It will move into the soil slowly with rain or watering, it will remain in the soil for several months after application. Feeding plants well will encourage growth, encourage flowering, reduce stress and therefore reduce disease.

As it is the middle of April it is important to get some vegetables in the ground either seeds or plants. We have got seeds, small plants or big plants plus great advice. If you are trying to encourage the younger generation Radish germinate and grow very easily, I am not so sure they will enjoy eating them though! Beetroot are also easy to grow from seed outside in the soil, they are also a great super food, and they make your wee go red!. Sometimes it can be as economic to buy some small veg plants rather than a packet of seeds. Small plants will establish better than sowing seeds in a less well prepared seed bed. Buying plants also buys you time, you will be able to harvest the plants sooner than if you planted seeds.

heuchera

Heuchera are a small semi evergreen plant that have a massive variation in foliage and flower colour. They are pretty tough and grow well in most soils. The foliage colours, textures and leaf patterns are amazing, they vary from lime green,oranges to dark green and light to dark purple. The flowers stand up well above the plant on this whispy stems white, red to purple. They are great at filling out a shrub be or herbaceous border.

For all you more experienced Gardeners I have got 24 pallets of Professional PH Compost from Doncaster arriving tomorrow!!

Have fun in your Garden, would be great to see you.

Ashley

Lots new for your garden this Bank Holiday

Lots new for your garden this Bank Holiday

There is loads you can be doing in your garden in Autumn and this Bank Holiday weekend is the perfect time to start. Plant your Spring flowering bulbs now, patch up your lawn with some turf, divide your herbaceous perennials into new plants or even get 30% off new plants in our sale.

Autumn bulbs now in

bulbs

Our Autumn bulbs are now in and ready to buy. We have a wide range to bring some colour to your garden.

30% off all herbaceous

herbaceous
We also have 30% off all our herbaceous stock starting tomorrow. This is a fantastic opportunity to get some great plants for next spring at fantastic value.

Turf available this weekend

turf
We have some turf for this weekend so if you need to patch up some of your garden we have some available. £4.49 a roll or 10 for £40.

FREE Sercombe Meat Tasting

If you’re more of a food fan then pop down to our Farm Shop and try a FREE tasting of Sercombe meat. Click here for more information.

Summer Veg Planting & Food Production

Summer Veg Planting & Food Production

Steve and Judy are doing an amazing job in the plant area. We are already stocked full of wonderful Autumn flowering plants and Veg.

IMG_2633

By now there should be a corner or two in your vegetable patch where you have cropped some lettuce, beetroot etc and the ground is crying out for more production. Plant some Winter veg, we have got small plants ready to pop in. The ground will hardly need any cultivation before you plant them. Clear away any weeds, no need for a massive dig or turning over the soil, if you do this the soil will dry out even more. Best just dig a small hole pop the new vegetable transplant in the hole place some soil back around the plant and lightly firm, a good watering is essential as the soil is so dry. At the moment you will have to keep weeding and feeding to get the plants well grown on before winter. The soil is warm the plants should grow well despite the strength of the sun is decreasing as we move into the Autumn. Vegetable plants available at the moment Brussels Sprouts (getting a little late to crop for Christmas however could catch up if a warm Autumn), Cabbage, Onions, cauliflower,carrots and beetroot. If you do plant out some veg remember to cover up the new plants with some insect mesh to keep off the cabbage white butterfly and carrot root fly. When it rains slugs will be an issue.

Sarah the Cafe Manager is planning commencement of more food production in the Plantation kitchen. We are currently re shaping the coffee station in the Cafe to allow more space in the kitchen for the cooking team to create wonderful Scotch Eggs, Pasties (one of Sarah’s favourites, she is a West Country girl), meat pies, soups etc. We will be using mainly our own ingredients for the production, beef from home, pork from home, local flour etc.

IMG_2632

Freddie has introduced a great new supplier of frozen fish to the Farm Shop, hopefully it will be well received. Great fish this far from the the sea is more than welcome.
Did you know the Sercombes Bacon we sell in the farm shop won several National awards for its flavour. Within the next few weeks we will be introducing it full time into our breakfast’s in the Cafe. This bacon has been one of the great success stories since we took over the farm shop, our orders are increased almost weekly.There is never any white guk in the frying pan after cooking (no water content) there just remains enough fat to fry your freshly laid egg! If you cook the bacon really hot it will go crispy!

I always savour my last piece of crackly bacon, however I have to guard it from theft from predatory children.

Enjoy your weekend

Ashley

Bell Plantation Meat Boxes

Bell Plantation Meat Boxes

Beef Shorthorn

As you may know Ashley farms his own herd of Beef Shorthorn Cattle. He currently has a cow being being butchered into delicious cuts of Beef. His farm is in Wappenham, Towcester so the food miles are low. We are taking this opportunity to gauge interest from our customers in buying his beef through our Farm Shop so if you love good quality beef then try one of our brand new Bell Plantation Beef Boxes. Bred on our farm, grazed on natural pasture land in the summer and fed on unsprayed hay and silage in winter Ashley’s herd of Shorthorn Beef cattle are the finest quality. We are having all the meat flash frozen but if you would like it un-frozen this can be organised too. We are charging £99 for a box, this should equal very good value.

Our beef boxes will be available for a limited time only from early September and all meat will be frozen. A beef box will be 10kg (at least) of meat and include:

Mince (approx. 1kg)
Diced Stewing Beef (approx. 1kg)
Rump steak
Sirloin steak
Topside Joint
Silverside Joint
Brisket, Shin, Skirt are all available as well if requested.

Please fill in the form below to register your interest and we’ll be in touch to sort out the specifics.

Want to attend this event? Please fill in your details below.

Name

How many meat boxes are you interested in?

Frozen or Fresh

Additional cut requests

Email

Phone Number

Some Summer Gardening Tips from Ashley

Some Summer Gardening Tips from Ashley

Thanks Freddie for doing last weeks ditty coming on nicely!

What a great rain, just what the garden needed. With such a dry spring and ground water levels low a good drip in August is just what we needed. Ok it will hold up the harvest for a few days but for the livestock eating grass rain is welcome.

We are in transition in the Garden Centre all the summer bedding has sold through and we are now filling up with autumn winter flowering plants. Every year seems to go a little faster than the previous!

summerpruning

Have you cut back your wisteria? Cut the long straggly bits back to 6 leaves from the main stem, you could do the same with fast growing rambling,climbing roses, a more kamikaze prune takes place in the late winter early spring. With apple trees you can also summer prune, cut the long vegetative new growths in half, this should encourage more fruit bud to form on the main stem. Although we have had some rain it has only probably gone into the soil 10 to 20 mm so watering plants will still be very necessary.

Cover up the brassicas, the cabbage white butterfly is about. To prevent your plants being eaten you can cover them up with a fine mesh, Agralan mesh is long lasting and one of the best mesh’s on the market. Another option is to pick off the caterpillars, hard work and not much fun. Spraying a systemic pesticide on the plant is another option Provado by Bayer is a really good product.

We have a new member of the team in the Cafe, Emma joined us a Cook, I hope you all enjoy her food! We now have 3 full time cooks, it is our plan to produce alot more food in the kitchen to sell fresh in the Farm Shop. Our own baked cakes are on of the best selling lines in the shop along with the Tee’s bread from Northampton.

Two Birds Gin Tasting
Two Birds flavoured Gin and Vodka tasting this Saturday 15th August in the Farm Shop 2pm – 4pm

Have a great weekend

Ashley

A blog from a new gardener

A blog from a new gardener

Dad isn’t available to do his usual blog this week so I thought I’d give it a go for once. I suppose in time I will have to take over permanently but I think he is a few years from retirement yet (if ever), especially with the amount of energy he still manages to exhume all the time.

I’m not much of a gardener yet. I have just bought a house in Paulerspury and quickly put up a garden fence, rotavated and re-seeded my lawn. I have 2 landscapers in my family so can’t be shown to be un-practical! This winter I’m sorting out the inside but come next Spring I’ll be learning all I can about gardening as I attempt to make my garden look amazing. If there are any holes in our advice and service I’ll find them.

It’s been a fantastic season across all our businesses and continues to be busy at the start of August. This is particularly the case in our Poultry section, where demand seems to grow and grow. They are fantastic pets, surprisingly easy to keep and very productive in terms of your breakfast!

pots

As you may have seen we have had 22 pallets of pots delivered which are slowly being worked through. There are some absolutely fantastic pieces, real beauties and 1 offs.

I must plug the farm shop which we continue to work really hard on. We have delicious fresh bread delivered daily from 2 of the best bakers in Northants and we are making our own cakes in the Café. We will soon be producing lots of yummy food in the Café kitchen which will be available in the Farm Shop. Watch this space!

Remember we have the 2 birds gin tasting on August 15th, plus the team from Sercombe meat will be coming on Sat 29th August for you to taste a range of their products including their award winning bacon!
Hope to see you soon.
Freddie

Two Birds Tasting – Change of Date

Two Birds Tasting – Change of Date

Two Birds Gin Tasting

Hello,

Just to let you know we have changed the date of our Two Birds Gin and Vodka tasting to the 15th August from 2pm to 4pm.

Click Here for more information

Hope to see everyone there.

Freddie

A Summer Update

A Summer Update

Give me blue sky, sunshine and -5 degrees centigrade!! That suits me down to the ground, the downside is not much gardening. The high temperatures plus the wind we ​have recently experienced are putting massive demands on the root system of the plant to provide the leaves with water. The tiny little root hairs on the end of the root system are working overtime to try to find moisture in the soil to send up to the leaves, if they fail the leaves will die and fall off and the plant may die. All newly planted plants will need help with some water at this time of year. My London Planes planted 2 years ago have shown signs of stress ( a few brown crispy leaves ). I gave them 40 litres of water last night each, that should keep them going for a week. Had they been planted this year they would need watering twice a week in these hot conditions. If you soak the ground around the plant and then put a mulch of compost, bark, grass clipping around the base of the plant it will stop the ground drying out so quickly.​ The rain we have had in the last few days hardly touches the moisture deficit in the soil, ignore it and keep on watering​.

While it is so dry it isn’t a great time to weed and feed your lawn unless you are watering it. To try and keep a bit of green on the lawn it is best t​o​ raise the mower blades a little​ higher​.
Dead head the roses and any other flowering plants, this will encourage them to possibly flower again, it saves them wasting their energy producing unwanted seeds. They will put more effort into their roots and vegetation.

​We had a massive delivery of absolutely beautiful new glazed pots today, 22 pallets, there are some wonderful one off pieces!! I must have gone mad, most people think that anyway. Unfortunately we have been unable to unpack them before the weekend​, we will embark on that next week.

Heritage tomatoes

The Plantation Farm shop is full of great stuff, fresh English broad beans and peas, BBQ meat packs, Wappenham beef steak and mince (great value!), Silverstone produced charcoal, Sourdough bread baked by The Good Loaf, Northampton, Beer from surrounding village breweries. Heritage, Heirloom tomatoes, fantastic flavour peaches and necterines fresh from Spain!! Fresh cakes made in our own Cafe by Sam our wonderful baker

It is our mission to deliver to you the best flavoured food we can make and find locally.

Have a great weekend,

Ashley

Father’s Day Beer & Burger this weekend

Father’s Day Beer & Burger this weekend

We’re having a bit of a do for fathers day this weekend. We’ll be using our brand new Napoleon BBQ to cook up some delicious home-reared, home-made burgers and we’re also welcoming Phipps brewery who’ll be letting you have a FREE taste of some of their delicious beers. We’ve also got some live music to entertain you while you relax in the courtyard. The weather is set to be pretty fair so pop down. Click below for more information.

Beer and Burger

An if you’re a keen gardener then come along to our Roses workshop on Saturday where our Plant expert Steve will be talking you through a bit about legendary roses growers David Austin Roses, as well as loads of hints and tips on how to look after your Roses. Click below for more information.

David Austin Roses

Otherwise, enjoy the weather and see you soon.

Freddie

We’re Hiring – We need an energetic Cook / Chef to join our team..

We’re Hiring – We need an energetic Cook / Chef to join our team..

cakes

Chef / Cook

We are looking for an experienced and energetic cook/chef to join our fantastic team at the Bell Plantation Café.
Located within the Bell Plantation Garden Centre at Towcester, the cafe is open Mon-Sat 9.00-17.00 and Sunday 10.00-16.00. Hours of work will be between 30-40 hours per week with weekend work required.

The right person is an active team player who loves producing fresh and delicious food in a very efficient manner. We want someone who can bring extra ideas, creativity, passion and energy to our already lively and busy kitchen.

The right person:

  • Has a can-do, proactive attitude towards work, but is calm under pressure.
  • Has a passion for food, previous kitchen experience and a food hygiene certificate.
  • Is a real people person – loves working with others.

You will be responsible for:

  • Menu Planning including creation/costing/execution to deliver the required margin in consultation with the Café Manager.
  • Calculate usage of all wet and dry produce and order responsibly
  • Preparing and creating hot and cold food for the Café following the menu plan to a high very high standard
  • Baking delicious cakes, scones, and cookies daily.
  • Working to the manager’s guidelines to produce consistent portion and quality of food.
  • Kitchen maintenance – cleaning of surfaces, cooking equipment and pot washing.
  • Keeping the required cleaning and training records to achieve a high EHO star rating
  • Being an active, positive member of the team, bringing ideas and passion to the job.

  • Please apply with a CV and covering letter to Sarah in the Cafe via Cafe@bellplantation.co.uk, drop in and see her or call 01327 354126.

    It’s been a while – enjoy the Bank Holiday Weekend

    It’s been a while – enjoy the Bank Holiday Weekend

    My apologies for not keeping in touch over the last couple of weeks, I have sent out my little ditty but no one received it due to technical problems with the system! Haven’t got a clue, it doesn’t involve soil! Anyway we have nearly missed May,so far been pretty cold, plant growth is certainly behind where it was this time last year.

    Chelsea
    Again this year Bell Plantation sponsored Nicolas Moreton’s www.nicolasmoreton.com stand at the Chelsea Flower Show. This involves me, several of the Bell Plantation and Groundcare Company team spending several days at Chelsea building Nicolas’s stand. The atmosphere at the show build up is amazing,camaraderie flows, the change of scenery is like watching speeded up film in real time. Horticulture is a wonderful industry to be involved in, unfortunately in recent history it hasn’t been cool! Maybe things are starting to change, I hope so. So many people are missing out on a great vocation.Great fun,very wet and hard work. I must say the stand looked great when it all came together. Nicolas is an amazing sculptor using natural stone, based near Towcester.
    Beef Shorthorn

    We finally have some Wappenham beef in the Plantation Farm Shop. This is the first of my Beef Shorthorn cattle to be sold in the shop, hopefully the first of many if you enjoy eating it. She was born and bred in Wappenham, ate grassed based food all her life and was never injected with anything, she was a real sweetie! Beef Shorthorns are a traditional English breed of cattle developed over several hundred years to produce the tastiest meat. The meat has traditional marbling (small deposits of fat) in the meat which adds flavour and aids cooking. As we don’t yet have a butcher in the Plantation Farm shop the meat was butchered and flash frozen before coming back to the shop. I look forward to your feedback on the meat?

    As the weather is a little cooler than normal this year it makes life a little less frenetic,although there is still a lot to do. As it is not too dry it is a good time to get some weed and feed on the lawn, or even just feed if you have no weeds. Mowing a lawn regularly and removing the grass depletes the nutrients in the ground. Every time you cart a box of grass off the lawn you are taking away some of the essential minerals needed for good plant growth. Poor ground favours weeds and moss, it is therefore essential to keep the soil fertile, this in turn will help suppress weed growth and moss.
    Keep feeding all your plants this will keep their leaves green.
    Herbaceous

    Our plant area is as full as it has ever been with wonderful plants (several featuring at Chelsea flower show) Steve and Judy have done a great job sourcing a fantastic range of plants.

    Last Saturday we had 100 Silkie hens delivered, what a site I have never seen so many Silkies in one place at a time, they looked amazing. Silkies are well known for their calm, friendly temperament. Among the most docile of poultry, Silkies are considered an ideal pet. Hens are also exceptionally broody, and make good mothers. Though they are fair layers themselves, laying about three eggs a week, they are commonly used to hatch eggs from other breeds and bird species. We also managed to hatch 3 of our own Chinese geese, the goslings are on show in our poultry shop.

    I hope the TV coverage of the flower show has inspired you, we would love to help you achieve you dream garden, if you need any help give us a shout.

    Have a great weekend

    Ashley

Lots new for your garden this Bank Holiday

Lots new for your garden this Bank Holiday

There is loads you can be doing in your garden in Autumn and this Bank Holiday weekend is the perfect time to start. Plant your Spring flowering bulbs now, patch up your lawn with some turf, divide your herbaceous perennials into new plants or even get 30% off new plants in our sale.

Autumn bulbs now in

bulbs

Our Autumn bulbs are now in and ready to buy. We have a wide range to bring some colour to your garden.

30% off all herbaceous

herbaceous
We also have 30% off all our herbaceous stock starting tomorrow. This is a fantastic opportunity to get some great plants for next spring at fantastic value.

Turf available this weekend

turf
We have some turf for this weekend so if you need to patch up some of your garden we have some available. £4.49 a roll or 10 for £40.

FREE Sercombe Meat Tasting

If you’re more of a food fan then pop down to our Farm Shop and try a FREE tasting of Sercombe meat. Click here for more information.

Summer Veg Planting & Food Production

Summer Veg Planting & Food Production

Steve and Judy are doing an amazing job in the plant area. We are already stocked full of wonderful Autumn flowering plants and Veg.

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By now there should be a corner or two in your vegetable patch where you have cropped some lettuce, beetroot etc and the ground is crying out for more production. Plant some Winter veg, we have got small plants ready to pop in. The ground will hardly need any cultivation before you plant them. Clear away any weeds, no need for a massive dig or turning over the soil, if you do this the soil will dry out even more. Best just dig a small hole pop the new vegetable transplant in the hole place some soil back around the plant and lightly firm, a good watering is essential as the soil is so dry. At the moment you will have to keep weeding and feeding to get the plants well grown on before winter. The soil is warm the plants should grow well despite the strength of the sun is decreasing as we move into the Autumn. Vegetable plants available at the moment Brussels Sprouts (getting a little late to crop for Christmas however could catch up if a warm Autumn), Cabbage, Onions, cauliflower,carrots and beetroot. If you do plant out some veg remember to cover up the new plants with some insect mesh to keep off the cabbage white butterfly and carrot root fly. When it rains slugs will be an issue.

Sarah the Cafe Manager is planning commencement of more food production in the Plantation kitchen. We are currently re shaping the coffee station in the Cafe to allow more space in the kitchen for the cooking team to create wonderful Scotch Eggs, Pasties (one of Sarah’s favourites, she is a West Country girl), meat pies, soups etc. We will be using mainly our own ingredients for the production, beef from home, pork from home, local flour etc.

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Freddie has introduced a great new supplier of frozen fish to the Farm Shop, hopefully it will be well received. Great fish this far from the the sea is more than welcome.
Did you know the Sercombes Bacon we sell in the farm shop won several National awards for its flavour. Within the next few weeks we will be introducing it full time into our breakfast’s in the Cafe. This bacon has been one of the great success stories since we took over the farm shop, our orders are increased almost weekly.There is never any white guk in the frying pan after cooking (no water content) there just remains enough fat to fry your freshly laid egg! If you cook the bacon really hot it will go crispy!

I always savour my last piece of crackly bacon, however I have to guard it from theft from predatory children.

Enjoy your weekend

Ashley

Bell Plantation Meat Boxes

Bell Plantation Meat Boxes

Beef Shorthorn

As you may know Ashley farms his own herd of Beef Shorthorn Cattle. He currently has a cow being being butchered into delicious cuts of Beef. His farm is in Wappenham, Towcester so the food miles are low. We are taking this opportunity to gauge interest from our customers in buying his beef through our Farm Shop so if you love good quality beef then try one of our brand new Bell Plantation Beef Boxes. Bred on our farm, grazed on natural pasture land in the summer and fed on unsprayed hay and silage in winter Ashley’s herd of Shorthorn Beef cattle are the finest quality. We are having all the meat flash frozen but if you would like it un-frozen this can be organised too. We are charging £99 for a box, this should equal very good value.

Our beef boxes will be available for a limited time only from early September and all meat will be frozen. A beef box will be 10kg (at least) of meat and include:

Mince (approx. 1kg)
Diced Stewing Beef (approx. 1kg)
Rump steak
Sirloin steak
Topside Joint
Silverside Joint
Brisket, Shin, Skirt are all available as well if requested.

Please fill in the form below to register your interest and we’ll be in touch to sort out the specifics.

Want to attend this event? Please fill in your details below.

Name

How many meat boxes are you interested in?

Frozen or Fresh

Additional cut requests

Email

Phone Number

Some Summer Gardening Tips from Ashley

Some Summer Gardening Tips from Ashley

Thanks Freddie for doing last weeks ditty coming on nicely!

What a great rain, just what the garden needed. With such a dry spring and ground water levels low a good drip in August is just what we needed. Ok it will hold up the harvest for a few days but for the livestock eating grass rain is welcome.

We are in transition in the Garden Centre all the summer bedding has sold through and we are now filling up with autumn winter flowering plants. Every year seems to go a little faster than the previous!

summerpruning

Have you cut back your wisteria? Cut the long straggly bits back to 6 leaves from the main stem, you could do the same with fast growing rambling,climbing roses, a more kamikaze prune takes place in the late winter early spring. With apple trees you can also summer prune, cut the long vegetative new growths in half, this should encourage more fruit bud to form on the main stem. Although we have had some rain it has only probably gone into the soil 10 to 20 mm so watering plants will still be very necessary.

Cover up the brassicas, the cabbage white butterfly is about. To prevent your plants being eaten you can cover them up with a fine mesh, Agralan mesh is long lasting and one of the best mesh’s on the market. Another option is to pick off the caterpillars, hard work and not much fun. Spraying a systemic pesticide on the plant is another option Provado by Bayer is a really good product.

We have a new member of the team in the Cafe, Emma joined us a Cook, I hope you all enjoy her food! We now have 3 full time cooks, it is our plan to produce alot more food in the kitchen to sell fresh in the Farm Shop. Our own baked cakes are on of the best selling lines in the shop along with the Tee’s bread from Northampton.

Two Birds Gin Tasting
Two Birds flavoured Gin and Vodka tasting this Saturday 15th August in the Farm Shop 2pm – 4pm

Have a great weekend

Ashley

A blog from a new gardener

A blog from a new gardener

Dad isn’t available to do his usual blog this week so I thought I’d give it a go for once. I suppose in time I will have to take over permanently but I think he is a few years from retirement yet (if ever), especially with the amount of energy he still manages to exhume all the time.

I’m not much of a gardener yet. I have just bought a house in Paulerspury and quickly put up a garden fence, rotavated and re-seeded my lawn. I have 2 landscapers in my family so can’t be shown to be un-practical! This winter I’m sorting out the inside but come next Spring I’ll be learning all I can about gardening as I attempt to make my garden look amazing. If there are any holes in our advice and service I’ll find them.

It’s been a fantastic season across all our businesses and continues to be busy at the start of August. This is particularly the case in our Poultry section, where demand seems to grow and grow. They are fantastic pets, surprisingly easy to keep and very productive in terms of your breakfast!

pots

As you may have seen we have had 22 pallets of pots delivered which are slowly being worked through. There are some absolutely fantastic pieces, real beauties and 1 offs.

I must plug the farm shop which we continue to work really hard on. We have delicious fresh bread delivered daily from 2 of the best bakers in Northants and we are making our own cakes in the Café. We will soon be producing lots of yummy food in the Café kitchen which will be available in the Farm Shop. Watch this space!

Remember we have the 2 birds gin tasting on August 15th, plus the team from Sercombe meat will be coming on Sat 29th August for you to taste a range of their products including their award winning bacon!
Hope to see you soon.
Freddie

Two Birds Tasting – Change of Date

Two Birds Tasting – Change of Date

Two Birds Gin Tasting

Hello,

Just to let you know we have changed the date of our Two Birds Gin and Vodka tasting to the 15th August from 2pm to 4pm.

Click Here for more information

Hope to see everyone there.

Freddie

A Summer Update

A Summer Update

Give me blue sky, sunshine and -5 degrees centigrade!! That suits me down to the ground, the downside is not much gardening. The high temperatures plus the wind we ​have recently experienced are putting massive demands on the root system of the plant to provide the leaves with water. The tiny little root hairs on the end of the root system are working overtime to try to find moisture in the soil to send up to the leaves, if they fail the leaves will die and fall off and the plant may die. All newly planted plants will need help with some water at this time of year. My London Planes planted 2 years ago have shown signs of stress ( a few brown crispy leaves ). I gave them 40 litres of water last night each, that should keep them going for a week. Had they been planted this year they would need watering twice a week in these hot conditions. If you soak the ground around the plant and then put a mulch of compost, bark, grass clipping around the base of the plant it will stop the ground drying out so quickly.​ The rain we have had in the last few days hardly touches the moisture deficit in the soil, ignore it and keep on watering​.

While it is so dry it isn’t a great time to weed and feed your lawn unless you are watering it. To try and keep a bit of green on the lawn it is best t​o​ raise the mower blades a little​ higher​.
Dead head the roses and any other flowering plants, this will encourage them to possibly flower again, it saves them wasting their energy producing unwanted seeds. They will put more effort into their roots and vegetation.

​We had a massive delivery of absolutely beautiful new glazed pots today, 22 pallets, there are some wonderful one off pieces!! I must have gone mad, most people think that anyway. Unfortunately we have been unable to unpack them before the weekend​, we will embark on that next week.

Heritage tomatoes

The Plantation Farm shop is full of great stuff, fresh English broad beans and peas, BBQ meat packs, Wappenham beef steak and mince (great value!), Silverstone produced charcoal, Sourdough bread baked by The Good Loaf, Northampton, Beer from surrounding village breweries. Heritage, Heirloom tomatoes, fantastic flavour peaches and necterines fresh from Spain!! Fresh cakes made in our own Cafe by Sam our wonderful baker

It is our mission to deliver to you the best flavoured food we can make and find locally.

Have a great weekend,

Ashley

Father’s Day Beer & Burger this weekend

Father’s Day Beer & Burger this weekend

We’re having a bit of a do for fathers day this weekend. We’ll be using our brand new Napoleon BBQ to cook up some delicious home-reared, home-made burgers and we’re also welcoming Phipps brewery who’ll be letting you have a FREE taste of some of their delicious beers. We’ve also got some live music to entertain you while you relax in the courtyard. The weather is set to be pretty fair so pop down. Click below for more information.

Beer and Burger

An if you’re a keen gardener then come along to our Roses workshop on Saturday where our Plant expert Steve will be talking you through a bit about legendary roses growers David Austin Roses, as well as loads of hints and tips on how to look after your Roses. Click below for more information.

David Austin Roses

Otherwise, enjoy the weather and see you soon.

Freddie

We’re Hiring – We need an energetic Cook / Chef to join our team..

We’re Hiring – We need an energetic Cook / Chef to join our team..

cakes

Chef / Cook

We are looking for an experienced and energetic cook/chef to join our fantastic team at the Bell Plantation Café.
Located within the Bell Plantation Garden Centre at Towcester, the cafe is open Mon-Sat 9.00-17.00 and Sunday 10.00-16.00. Hours of work will be between 30-40 hours per week with weekend work required.

The right person is an active team player who loves producing fresh and delicious food in a very efficient manner. We want someone who can bring extra ideas, creativity, passion and energy to our already lively and busy kitchen.

The right person:

  • Has a can-do, proactive attitude towards work, but is calm under pressure.
  • Has a passion for food, previous kitchen experience and a food hygiene certificate.
  • Is a real people person – loves working with others.

You will be responsible for:

  • Menu Planning including creation/costing/execution to deliver the required margin in consultation with the Café Manager.
  • Calculate usage of all wet and dry produce and order responsibly
  • Preparing and creating hot and cold food for the Café following the menu plan to a high very high standard
  • Baking delicious cakes, scones, and cookies daily.
  • Working to the manager’s guidelines to produce consistent portion and quality of food.
  • Kitchen maintenance – cleaning of surfaces, cooking equipment and pot washing.
  • Keeping the required cleaning and training records to achieve a high EHO star rating
  • Being an active, positive member of the team, bringing ideas and passion to the job.

  • Please apply with a CV and covering letter to Sarah in the Cafe via Cafe@bellplantation.co.uk, drop in and see her or call 01327 354126.

    It’s been a while – enjoy the Bank Holiday Weekend

    It’s been a while – enjoy the Bank Holiday Weekend

    My apologies for not keeping in touch over the last couple of weeks, I have sent out my little ditty but no one received it due to technical problems with the system! Haven’t got a clue, it doesn’t involve soil! Anyway we have nearly missed May,so far been pretty cold, plant growth is certainly behind where it was this time last year.

    Chelsea
    Again this year Bell Plantation sponsored Nicolas Moreton’s www.nicolasmoreton.com stand at the Chelsea Flower Show. This involves me, several of the Bell Plantation and Groundcare Company team spending several days at Chelsea building Nicolas’s stand. The atmosphere at the show build up is amazing,camaraderie flows, the change of scenery is like watching speeded up film in real time. Horticulture is a wonderful industry to be involved in, unfortunately in recent history it hasn’t been cool! Maybe things are starting to change, I hope so. So many people are missing out on a great vocation.Great fun,very wet and hard work. I must say the stand looked great when it all came together. Nicolas is an amazing sculptor using natural stone, based near Towcester.
    Beef Shorthorn

    We finally have some Wappenham beef in the Plantation Farm Shop. This is the first of my Beef Shorthorn cattle to be sold in the shop, hopefully the first of many if you enjoy eating it. She was born and bred in Wappenham, ate grassed based food all her life and was never injected with anything, she was a real sweetie! Beef Shorthorns are a traditional English breed of cattle developed over several hundred years to produce the tastiest meat. The meat has traditional marbling (small deposits of fat) in the meat which adds flavour and aids cooking. As we don’t yet have a butcher in the Plantation Farm shop the meat was butchered and flash frozen before coming back to the shop. I look forward to your feedback on the meat?

    As the weather is a little cooler than normal this year it makes life a little less frenetic,although there is still a lot to do. As it is not too dry it is a good time to get some weed and feed on the lawn, or even just feed if you have no weeds. Mowing a lawn regularly and removing the grass depletes the nutrients in the ground. Every time you cart a box of grass off the lawn you are taking away some of the essential minerals needed for good plant growth. Poor ground favours weeds and moss, it is therefore essential to keep the soil fertile, this in turn will help suppress weed growth and moss.
    Keep feeding all your plants this will keep their leaves green.
    Herbaceous

    Our plant area is as full as it has ever been with wonderful plants (several featuring at Chelsea flower show) Steve and Judy have done a great job sourcing a fantastic range of plants.

    Last Saturday we had 100 Silkie hens delivered, what a site I have never seen so many Silkies in one place at a time, they looked amazing. Silkies are well known for their calm, friendly temperament. Among the most docile of poultry, Silkies are considered an ideal pet. Hens are also exceptionally broody, and make good mothers. Though they are fair layers themselves, laying about three eggs a week, they are commonly used to hatch eggs from other breeds and bird species. We also managed to hatch 3 of our own Chinese geese, the goslings are on show in our poultry shop.

    I hope the TV coverage of the flower show has inspired you, we would love to help you achieve you dream garden, if you need any help give us a shout.

    Have a great weekend

    Ashley