We are currently experiencing the driest warmest spell of weather since March 2012, I just hope it holds out for a few more weeks to help everyone get outdoors and enjoy their Garden, hopefully we will be able to help! That’s what we are here for, apart from living my hobby!

If you have plants in pots this wind and hot sun will dry them out really quickly. Remember to water them now rather than realise too late when you see some evidence of wilting. If you are planting up new containers leave the finished soil level below the lip of the container so that when you water the water stays in the pot and doesn’t run off. Some composts these days have water retention granules in to assist the retention of moisture, if not you can add water retention granules from a packet. Years ago we did a landscape job in Mansfield on a very sandy site where we had to use retention granules to keep the plants alive. One of the team put too many granules in when he planted the plants. The next day when we went back after a rain the granules had filled up with water and pushed all the plants out of the ground. Be careful not to be over zealous with the application and mix them well into the soil.

We are absolutely full of plants this weekend, our wonderful team have got the Garden Centre looking better than ever. We have also concentrated on value for money in these times of austerity and selling British products and plants. It is not my intention to sell to you with these blogs however some of our great deals are on the website www.bellplantation.co.uk

The bees have been a bit slow the last 10 days, however yesterday with the warmer temperatures they were ramping up the amount of daily flights from the terminal, speedy boarding!

Tips for successful Veg growing Water, feed, protection form birds, slugs, get a fine seed bed, soak pea and bean seeds in water for 24 hrs before planting.

Loads of Chickens and Cream teas!

Have a wonderful 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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