The Bell Plantation Questionnaire

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Q1) How do you know of the Bell Plantation Garden Centre:

Q2) Are you a keen gardener:

Q3) How often do you visit garden centres:

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Q5) What do you mostly buy from a garden centre:

Q6) Do you have any pets:

Q7) Do you grow any fruits and vegetables:

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Q14) Do you have any garden lighting:

Once you have completed the above questionnaire you will be able to download your £5 voucher (to download click on the word “here” in the text that is generated below the Send button after submitting the questionnaire) to spend on our vast range of garden plants. You will also be added to our newsletter, packed with the latest news & special offers from the Bell Plantation. You may unsubscribe from our newsletter at any time, simply follow the unsubscribe link which can be found at the bottom of every newsletter email.

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.

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