With January out of the way (sounds like I am wishing away the time, I can assure you I am not!) it won’t be long before we are full on into the new growing season. The Garden Centre is fast filling up with all Gardening ‘stuff’, seeds, potatoes, compost, propagators and of course plants. It is really difficult to know when to open the flood gates for all our new plants to come in. Really cold bad weather is possible until the end of March. However if late February and March are warm I hope you will all want to be filling your garden up with them.

The snowdrops are out in my garden and I haven’t yet cleared away last year’s dead herbaceous stems. A ‘must do’ for this weekend, once the garden is tidy I will mulch the beds to supress the weeds next season. No weeds allowed this year as my daughter is getting married, reception in the garden! While going over the garden this weekend Sheena has earmarked some very large clumps of Aster, Iris and Alchemilla that need dividing. I will dig them out of the ground in pieces as they are too large to dig up in one piece, chop them with a spade into about 8 pieces 200mm square and re plant them in different parts of the Garden, or give them away to some friends. Not good for Garden Centre trade!

Apologies for no blog last week my Father died he was 92! He used to plough with horses as a child and now we have a tractor/buggy on Mars, how times change!

Keep an eye on the website for some great new deals and offers. For Poultry lovers we had 250 new hens in this week.

www.bellplantation.co.uk & www.poultrycentre.co.uk

Look forward to seeing you, if you need any gardening advice just call.

Have a good weekend


Ashley Warren

Ashley Warren has lived and loved horticulture and agriculture all his life; he had his first greenhouse at the age of 10 and his first cow when he was 16. He started landscaping in 1984 mainly in Milton Keynes and then all over the country. He moved to Daventry Road Farmhouse in 1987 and has developed Bell Plantation Garden Centre in Towcester, Northants over the last 30 years.

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