Ah! Some rain. I had to happen sometime? Sheena, Julia and myself went away for 2 days to buy our Christmas decorations for this year and the heavens opened. Perhaps we should go away more often.

The rain will be a welcome relief for all lawn enthusiasts, lawn weed and feed and moss killers will work better with more moisture in the soil. Re seeding patches in the lawn will have a better success rate with moist soil.

When planting out veg plants in the garden plant them far enough apart to get a hoe between them, this will save a lot of hand weeding and bending. This is difficult with root crops carrots, parsnips, beetroot etc as they are planted in solid rows. With the soil very wet hoeing is difficult as the soil will stick to the hoe, you will just have to wait until the soil dries on the top and then hoe. If you have nasty weeds like docks, nettles, couch grass, elder weed etc you will have to dig out the roots or apply some Roundup – Glyphosate very carefully as it will kill anything it touches.

There is still plenty of time to sow seeds, potatoes, tubers etc

I actually planted what was left of our bare root hedging last week, couldn’t have timed it better with the rain, still very risky though being as it is mid-April.

April Events

We have the “Pawsitive Solutions Roadshow” – Dog Training for the 21st Century tomorrow (Saturday 21st April) in the courtyard. 10.30am till 3pm. Take a look at: //www.facebook.com/PawsitiveSolutionsRoadshow for more information. “There will be demonstrations of some training commands at 11.30am and of the relatively new sport of Rally O at 1.30pm.”

Next Wednesday (25th April) we have a Hanging Basket Workshop from 9am till 11am. If you want spectacular flower arrangements in your garden this spring sign up for our hanging basket workshop session where we’ll be designing stunning hanging baskets for your dream garden. Roll up your sleeves and join us for 2 hours of planting, top gardening advice and relaxation.

We have got more plants in than ever, would be great to see you, loads of smiles and good plant advice.



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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