Flaming June? Another cool wet late spring, early summer, very similar to last year. These conditions are not conducive to a completely great growing season, we need more sunlight and drier conditions. Cool wet damp conditions are great for slugs (which I spoke about last week) and fungus. There is not one chemical product in Garden Centres that you can buy to control fungus and mould on fruit or vegetables. The only way to control fungal problems in a domestic garden is the Organic way.

Peas, pumpkin, cucumber, tomatoes are susceptible to mildew, these can be sprayed with a 50:50 mixture of cows milk and water every 2 or 3 days. If you catch the mildew early you will get a better result. Chamomile tea is a fungicide, make a cup of strong chamomile tea let it cool and then spray it onto the plant.
Having good air movement around plants will help reduce the incidence of fungal infection. Bigger spacing between plants will allow more air flow, reducing micro climates that fungal infections love. Remove all weed growth around you plants to let the air through. Any old pots you use bleach them before use to kill the old fungal spores. Good luck, fungus is a quick killer for soft vulnerable plants.

We have got Fresh English strawberries in the Farm Shop, first this year. Boozy Udder Ice cream with shots of alcohol, delicious, its even good in cold weather.

Tomorrow, Saturday 18th June, Steve our Plant Area Manager is talking about looking after your Roses, its free! 10.00am

We also have a Father’s day BBQ on Sunday so if you fancy an afternoon out, come down and try some delicious grub from our BBQ, 12noon to 3pm.

Lets hope the sun shines soon

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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