Steve and Judy are doing an amazing job in the plant area. We are already stocked full of wonderful Autumn flowering plants and Veg.

By now there should be a corner or two in your vegetable patch where you have cropped some lettuce, beetroot etc and the ground is crying out for more production. Plant some Winter veg, we have got small plants ready to pop in. The ground will hardly need any cultivation before you plant them. Clear away any weeds, no need for a massive dig or turning over the soil, if you do this the soil will dry out even more. Best just dig a small hole pop the new vegetable transplant in the hole place some soil back around the plant and lightly firm, a good watering is essential as the soil is so dry. At the moment you will have to keep weeding and feeding to get the plants well grown on before winter. The soil is warm the plants should grow well despite the strength of the sun is decreasing as we move into the Autumn. Vegetable plants available at the moment Brussels Sprouts (getting a little late to crop for Christmas however could catch up if a warm Autumn), Cabbage, Onions, cauliflower,carrots and beetroot. If you do plant out some veg remember to cover up the new plants with some insect mesh to keep off the cabbage white butterfly and carrot root fly. When it rains slugs will be an issue.

Sarah the Cafe Manager is planning commencement of more food production in the Plantation kitchen. We are currently re shaping the coffee station in the Cafe to allow more space in the kitchen for the cooking team to create wonderful Scotch Eggs, Pasties (one of Sarah’s favourites, she is a West Country girl), meat pies, soups etc. We will be using mainly our own ingredients for the production, beef from home, pork from home, local flour etc.

Freddie has introduced a great new supplier of frozen fish to the Farm Shop, hopefully it will be well received. Great fish this far from the the sea is more than welcome.

Did you know the Sercombes Bacon we sell in the farm shop won several National awards for its flavour. Within the next few weeks we will be introducing it full time into our breakfast’s in the Cafe. This bacon has been one of the great success stories since we took over the farm shop, our orders are increased almost weekly.There is never any white guk in the frying pan after cooking (no water content) there just remains enough fat to fry your freshly laid egg! If you cook the bacon really hot it will go crispy!

I always savour my last piece of crackly bacon, however I have to guard it from theft from predatory children.

Enjoy your 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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