This spring, early summer is turning out just like last year, not much sun and cold temperatures. Last autumn at the vegetable and flower shows all the entrants were complaining about poor growth throughout the season due to lack of heat and sunshine in the spring and early summer. One advantage is when it is cooler flowers on plants tend to last a bit longer, due to less stress from blazing sun.

The moist soil is great for slugs to inhabit, protection of new shooting plants and vegetables is essential. You can either use traditional slug pellets or we have a new product called ‘Slug Gone’. It is compressed sheep’s wool that slugs don’t like crossing or being amongst and it is chemical free. It also makes a good mulch around the plant, keeping the water in the soil and reducing weed growth.

Remember to pinch out the side shoots in your tomatoes if you are lucky enough to have some large enough. There is still time to feed and weed the lawn before the dry summer weather comes. Fast growing herbaceous may need tying back or supporting. Keep the weeds down, they will compete with the plants you are trying to grow for nutrients, light and moisture. If the weeds get the upper hand they will suppress the growth of your plants which may lead to the death of your plant. War in the garden!

If you have a yearning for a great vocation and you are knowledgeable about plants, Steve is looking for some more help in our plant area 20-40 hours per week. Mm, I think I might apply!

My last expectant cow calved last Monday; I now have 24 beautiful Beef Shorthorn calves between 0 – 3 months old. I had a new Bull this time last year so he is the father to all this year’s calves. On average the calves have been bigger this year and the cows have had an easier time giving birth. Win, win.

The Garden Centre, Cafe, Poultry Centre and Farm Shop are all full of wonderful, beautiful, local, tasty, productive enjoyable earthy products.

Love the soil!

Have a great weekend

Ashley

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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