Food prices rising, now couldn’t be a better time to start and plan your food garden for next year. It really is most of all fun, secondly delicious and thirdly easy, we can help you with the easy bit as I have had a veg Garden for years, most of us here will be able to help you if you have any questions about stuff in the Garden. I must say that this year I put grass seed all over my veg patch and now mow it because I spend nearly all my time at the Garden Centre, “all hands on the pump”. It far easier to mow a lawn than weed a bare patch of ground and alternatively it’s easy to rotavate / dig a patch of grass and grow vegetables or plant some fruit.

Now is the time to plant Onions, Garlic and Asparagus. Onions are pretty tough and will grow in most soils, planting in the Autumn means they will just grow on slowly through the winter and you will be able to crop them earlier than plants sown in the Spring. There are not many pests that like onions. Garlic needs to be sown in a really free draining soil or somewhere in your garden that is a bit drier. Remember don’t plant the whole garlic, break it up into cloves and plant each clove individually 10cm apart. Asparagus can be purchased in packets in root form. Establishing an asparagus bed does take a few years of not much picking and low yields, but it’s well worth it in the end, our asparagus never reaches the kitchen, I usually eat it raw while hoeing the garden!

Still time for tulips and Daffs, we have got silly discounts on our herbaceous plants as we don’t want them here in a pot through the winter, they will be fine in the soil in your garden!

Plant Sweet Peas too.

I could go on I’m on a roll this afternoon.

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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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