I hope the weather forecasters are right that things are going to improve soon. Harvest is around the corner which is vitally important for all of us. Empty grain store hungry people. Food inflation. That’s why we must all grow our own and preserve all that we can!

Our Christmas potatoes are starting to move out. They can be grown outside in a container and brought in when the weather gets frosty, alternatively they can be grown undercover. Harvest December. Roses have had a tough time, the beautiful flowers open and then immediately ruined by the rain, cut them and enjoy them in the house. As well as dead heading cut back any long straggly growth or tie it in to prevent wind damage. If you grow dahlias and want long single stems for cutting, pick off the buds up the stem (disbud) leaving the main bud on the top. Gladioli should be growing really tall by now, remember to tie them up. Irises, it’s a good time to split the rhizome (root). Cut the foliage in half on the rhizome you sever from the main plant. Plant your piece of rhizome with its cut in half foliage in a new position. They are as tough as old boots, have a go, they don’t like being in a wet spot!!

We have got loads of great teak and root furniture, if you are half interested come and have a look we would love to talk to you about it. If you mention that you have had this email, the team will know!!

Keep an eye on the website for all sorts of info.

Stock up with your Ambre Solaire!

Have a great week


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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