Thanks Freddie for doing last weeks ditty coming on nicely!

What a great rain, just what the garden needed. With such a dry spring and ground water levels low a good drip in August is just what we needed. Ok it will hold up the harvest for a few days but for the livestock eating grass rain is welcome.

We are in transition in the Garden Centre all the summer bedding has sold through and we are now filling up with autumn winter flowering plants. Every year seems to go a little faster than the previous!

Have you cut back your wisteria? Cut the long straggly bits back to 6 leaves from the main stem, you could do the same with fast growing rambling,climbing roses, a more kamikaze prune takes place in the late winter early spring. With apple trees you can also summer prune, cut the long vegetative new growths in half, this should encourage more fruit bud to form on the main stem. Although we have had some rain it has only probably gone into the soil 10 to 20 mm so watering plants will still be very necessary.

Cover up the brassicas, the cabbage white butterfly is about. To prevent your plants being eaten you can cover them up with a fine mesh, Agralan mesh is long lasting and one of the best mesh’s on the market. Another option is to pick off the caterpillars, hard work and not much fun. Spraying a systemic pesticide on the plant is another option Provado by Bayer is a really good product.

We have a new member of the team in the Cafe, Emma joined us a Cook, I hope you all enjoy her food! We now have 3 full time cooks, it is our plan to produce alot more food in the kitchen to sell fresh in the Farm Shop. Our own baked cakes are on of the best selling lines in the shop along with the Tee’s bread from Northampton.

Two Birds flavoured Gin and Vodka tasting this Saturday 15th August in the Farm Shop 2pm – 4pm

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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