Saturday morning, fog lifting, sunny blue sky above, hey could this be the start of a spell of dry weather or even a great spring? It will take a few drying days before any major soil turning, depends a bit on how free draining your soil is? It’s easier digging if a bit drier. I am pleased to say the Garden centre is getting busy, so busy that we have 6 vacancies in our team now we are moving into our really busy period. We are looking for 2 cooks, 1 café front of house, 1 poultry centre assistant, 1 plant area expert and some full time help in the garden centre. If you know anyone who is looking for some full time or part time work drop us a line, we would love to hear from you. Come and join our happy team. I spent 3 hours yesterday on pot wash as the Café was so busy. Unemployment in South Northants is about 2.4% great for the local community, not so easy to recruit.

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With the sun on the soil it will be warming up the hungry slugs. Protect your veg. There is a monster slug appearing in the UK imported on leaves and plant roots, Arion Vulgaris it can grow up to 15cm long. It has been reported that it eats dead animals and even its own kind. Lock your doors at night. It also eats plants not usually eaten by other slugs i.e. onion tops, runner bean pods and even oil seed rape.

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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