It’s great to see a bit of sun, the bulbs you planted last Autumn should be popping their heads through the soil very soon. The snowdrops in our garden this year look amazing. Although you can buy different varieties of snowdrops as bulbs in the autumn the most successful way of establishing new clumps of snowdrops in your garden is by planting growing bulbs, obviously they can be found in your local friendly Garden Centre!

I just love this time of year the whole new gardening season ahead of us, bucket loads of trees and plants coming in and out of the Centre. It’s a great time for my daughter Sophie who does our accounts reducing pressure on cash flow, hopefully! Last March 2013 we had our worst March trading period ever, freezing temperatures most of the month. March can be one of the most volatile months in terms of weather and therefore gardening and therefore our business. We just ask for average weather, that would be good (I was going to put cool, but then we don’t want it cool).

February is a must for spraying your fruiting cherries, almonds, peaches and some flowering Prunus varieties against Peach Leaf Curl. At the moment the bubs on these trees are filling it is important to get the fungicide on before the buds burst. Spray all the branches and buds. I think peach leaf curl is the second biggest threat to a good crop of fruit. The biggest threat is the birds eating the fruit just before it ripens. They don’t have such sweet teeth as us!

If you have a sunny south facing aspect growing peaches is such fun, we had some plants in the garden centre last year that fruited with no effort on our part, the taste of the white fleshed peach was divine.

Potatoes can be planted soon, if you have a greenhouse you could plant some now in a container for very early cropping. Have a think about what vegetables you would like to grow this year. If you buy a packet of seeds don’t sow them all at once, spread the sowing, 2 weekly intervals should spread the cropping pattern nicely to enable you to eat the lot.

If you can get onto your veg garden dig a much organic matter into the soil as you can, it will make cropping heavier, it will be easier to dig next time, it will hold more water and nutrients, it will make root growth easier for the plant, you won’t get bendy carrots or stubby parsnips.

All our Spring promotions are on our website, we are using our website as a shop window rather than online selling.
Really 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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