Most plants cease to grow when the daily average temperature falls below 6 degrees centigrade. Just because they have stopped growing does not mean that we have to leave them alone. In fact while they are dormant and not growing is a better time to transplant and move them around as they do not suffer the stress of the move. Herbaceous plants can now safely be dug up, divided, and replanted with very little aftercare needed. As the soil temperature rises in the spring re planted plants will slowly develop their new root system.

As the temperatures drop there will be less food around for the birds. We have got the biggest selection of Wild Bird care products ever. We have got a bulk bird feed hopper in the shop full of British Grown bird seed (not shipped half way around the world) Farmer Phil’s Bird feed from Hereford. High energy feeds, mealworms, fat balls, sunflower seed (shelled and non shelled) all the ingredients for a Wild Bird Royal Banquet. I live near Wappenham where we have the most fantastic variety of wild birds, most of which I see on a daily basis during the winter at our various feed stations. Sometimes the feeders run out of food, if they are empty for several days the birds move elsewhere and it takes a long time before they return, so continuity is essential if you want to see them on a regular basis.

Most Marvellous Vintage event this Sunday 28th October. 10am – 4pm. BBQ, Live music etc.

We have still got a few tickets for our Halloween event on Wed 31st for children under 12 of course with their parents.

Have a great weekend, don’t forget to put your clock back on Saturday night/ Sunday morning for party people.


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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