With the soil still relatively warm there is still time to plant garden plants and expect some good root growth before the winter. If you want to re arrange your herbaceous plants or divide them now is the time to do it. Cut the foliage back 50% if the plant is still green to reduce stress to the plant. Water after transplanting as the soil is still quite dry below the surface. A good insurance policy when transplanting or planting new plants is to use some “Rootgrow” microrhyzal fungi. An absolutely wonderful product as you can tell because I always mention it. It can be purchased in a small packet from £3.99 or a commercial bucket full. I planted 150 Holly ( Ilex Aquifolium) a couple of years ago, holly are sometime quite difficult to establish. In the past I have planted thousands in Milton Keynes with losses of up to 50% some years. The holly I planted at home using Rootgrow, all 150 plants survived, and the first year growth on each plant was at least 6 – 8 inches, amazing. It’s a shame the product was not on the market when I planted trees and shrubs in Milton Keynes. I have also used it on a few vegetables that I showed, good results?

Sweet peas can now be planted outside in the ground. If planted now they will flower early and provide much stronger healthier plants.

Garlic and onions can also be planted now. Make sure when planting garlic that the soil is god free draining soil and in a sunny part of the garden. It is a tricky plant to grow according to our customers, some people find it easy but I think the majority don’t find it easy, myself included.

Don’t forget there is still plenty of time to plant bulbs that will flower early next spring (only 4 months away)! We had loads more Allium and galanthus in this week.

Winter flowering pansies, cyclamen and heathers to replace summer bedding which is now just starting to go a bit off colour.

Free fill a bag of daffodils when you visit, irresistible !

Have a great 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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