In my short lifetime I can never remember a season quite like this one. Wet, cold and not much sun. What can you do in the Garden without getting cold and soaked. Not a lot, watch the Jubilee celebrations, Olympics! With the furious winds make sure taller plants are staked well, if they are not they will blow around and possibly break off at the base “socketing”.
Weeds always grow well, as the ground is wet. Hoeing will be difficult so pull out the larger weeds to keep things under control. Ground elder, bind weed couch grass etc. can be treated with “Roundup Gel” (which of course we stock). Touch the leaves of these nasty weeds with the gel and leave alone, the roundup will get taken down into the roots and kill the plant. Be careful roundup will kill any plant it touches, just touch the weeds. The current climatic conditions favour the fungi, botrytis, rust etc. Good ventilation in the greenhouse. Spray Roses on a regular basis to prevent blackspot.
You should have carrots, radish etc. coming through, remember to thin them, eat the thinning’s!
It is a real challenge this season running a weather dependant business, despite that we have loads of great plants and some great new ranges of furniture (Sika.Design, Oxley’s, Teak & Root) coming in over the next week or two. Keep an eye on the website for new products at great prices.
I hope by next week we will be enjoying the sunshine, yes I am a born optimist, thank goodness.
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.