Its been great to have a few hard frosts, if you were lucky enough to have the soil in your veg garden turned over, the frost will do all the hard work in breaking down the lumps. The water in the lump of soil freezes and expands forcing the soil apart, when the ice thaws all the soil particles fall apart into a fluffy mound of soil particles. This fluffy mound of soil particles is perfect for growing seeds once the soil temperature rises. Try to preserve this fluffiness/soil condition by keeping off the soil until it is time to plant the seeds, walk where you won’t be planting.

Now is the time to plant Sweet Peas, beans and peas.

The flowering snowdrops and early daffodils are already in flower due to the extremely mild winter. The cooler weather is prolonging the early flowering plants, fab. It is at this time of the year that you can start to see the benefit of the bulb planting you did in the Autumn.

Steve our Plantarea Manager is talking about GROWING POTATOES tomorrow morning (Saturday 27th February) at 10.00 am for an hour, free to all.

We have got over 70 different varieties of seed potato in stock, loose (individual potatoes), 10 tuber packs or 2kg packs. Growing spuds is great fun, showing them is even funnier! Growing potatoes is a great way of engaging children into gardening. Pop a couple of tubers in a sack water them, watch them grow and 150 days later you get edible potatoes, easy! Harvesting them is such fun, the wonder of life.

Chris has got the Poultry Centre full of Poultry and new chicken coops. We have got a couple of new recycled plastic coops in stock, they facilitate easy Red Mite control. If you are breeding from your hens now is the time to make sure they are in fine fettle, feed a really good quality high protein diet full of essential micro nutrients.

We are still recruiting. We have positions for an experienced person to do our Sage accounts 20 – 35 hrs a week. If you are more the outdoor person (like me) we are looking for a full time person in the plant area to support Steve, our Plantarea Manager. Send your details to it would be great to have you in our wonderful team.

There is plenty of our home grown beef and pork in the farm shop freezer along with loads of Bedfordshire grown veg and fresh salad from Spain!

The first English grown Vitamin C of the season we have some Yorkshire Rhubarb.

Have a great 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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