I am afraid to say I have cut 2 boxes of grass off my lawn every day for the last 3 weeks. I have a very poorly pet cow who will only eat freshly cut grass. The grass is 6 inches tall due to not been cut in the Autumn as it was so wet, every cloud has a silver lining! This morning when I cut the frosty lawn and looked in the grass box it was like a fantastic vodka, mint, lime and ice cocktail I had in a bar in Sheffield once. I hope the condition of the cow improves soon as her fresh food source is going fast. It is amazing though how much the grass has grown back with the very low temperatures since I did the first cut 3 weeks ago. The moral of this story is don’t cut your lawn too early in the season as you will have to cut it a lot more frequently early on and don’t start cutting it too late as it will be a hell of a job for you and your mower! Have you got your mower serviced yet?

We are starting to get stocked up with plants, a huge range of David Austin roses arrived this week.

Seed potatoes and our fantastic 50% offer Thompson and Morgan seed offer runs out in 10 days. Gladioli and begonia corms, Dahlia tubers and lilies are all now in stock, great for the cutting garden later in the summer, need planting now. We have moved our compost to an area behind the shop to make it more accessible to get to the till! Still haven’t got electric doors yet we’ll probably do that when we build our shop extension hopefully August September 2013. We have got a few Valentine ideas if you feel that way inclined.

Daylight is drawing out, not dark until 5.30pm.

The Poultry Centre Facebook page has loads of wonderful pictures, so please come and take a look and feel free to click the Like button!


And the link for the Bell Plantation Facebook page is: //www.facebook.com/Bellplantationgc

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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