I am really pleased with the wild flower mix I seeded under my new London Planes. The first to flower is the cornflower and poppies, there are numerous other varieties budding up. I sowed this seed mix exactly 7 weeks ago. I gave it 1 good watering just after seeding. I have had to weed out the charlock as this grew better than all the other plants. If I see any creeping thistle, docks or nettles I will selectively touch them individually with some glyphosate.

This is the time of year when most vegetable growers have a glut of vegetables, that coupled with being away on holiday could mean loads of wastage. If you have time to pickle or make jam all well and good, the other quick alternative is to freeze. It is best to pick the fruit before you go on holiday so that it doesn’t get over ripe or too stringy. Best spread out on a tray or freeze in small quantities and put in the quick freeze part of the freezer. To blanch or not to blanch peas and beans before freezing. I think if the veg is picked young enough there is no need, a lot of the goodness could be boiled out when blanching.

If you have a Wisteria, you are probably wondering what to do with all the long new growths that are shooting off the main stem? They can be cut back to tidy up the plant, cut them back to a point 6 leaf junctions from the main stem. Obviously if you are training the plant along a wall or fence don’t cut the leader.

If you need some pallets for fire wood or kindling please call the Garden Centre 01327 354126 to arrange collection we have 100’s spare. We could deliver for a small petrol fee.

Time to plant winter vegetables, cabbage, cauliflower, purple sprouting broccoli, leeks etc. our Thompson and Morgan seeds are half price at the moment.

Keep watering and feeding your fruit and veg.

Look forward to seeing you for a cream tea.

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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