I have never known the Oil seed rape in the fields flower for so long, a sign of the cool wet start to the summer.

The present conditions are good for up grading your lawn, if you feel inclined. The very dry 18 months we had prior to this April put lawns under severe stress. Treat the existing area for weeds and moss prior to over seeding. If you have a patchy thin lawn you can over seed while there is a good amount of moisture in the soil. Lightly scratch the soil with a rake and apply the seed about 30grms a meter square. After seeding firm the seed into the ground with the back of your rake. In 5 – 10 days you should see the grass emerge. You can over seed right through the summer as long as there is enough moisture in the soil. If your lawn has holes and bumps prior to seeding grade in some fine topsoil to improve the levels.

We have a “Tool Shed” in the Courtyard where you can order any tool or plant equipment for hire that you may need for any outdoor projects, rotavators, scarifiers, mini diggers, dumpers etc. In the “Tool Shed” there are film clips of all the equipment available and a direct phone line to Woodford Tool and Plant who have set up the shed.

The Blakesley Garage have some cars on display in the Courtyard, they are running a great competition today, the prize is a voucher for £25 Plantation Café Voucher, check the Blakesley Garage facebook page for details. //www.facebook.com/BlakesleyGarage

I am afraid we will have no chickens for sale this weekend as we have sold out. Our next delivery is due in the middle of next week.

May 23rd 9.30am-11.30am is the Jubilee Celebration as part of the Wednesday Morning Gardening Fun throughout May.

As usual we have a fab load of gorgeously luscious plants. More importantly the team have all got new uniforms – Wow what a pink!

Look forward to seeing you


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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