18th January 2019

What to do in the garden in January?

What to do in the garden in January?

Are you wondering what to do in the garden during January? It can be a cold month with the worst of the Winter weather so when hibernating is top of the list, make sure you do it with plenty of seed catalogues, garden books and a hot chocolate. Build on your successes from the previous year, plan your crop rotations and make lists of all the plants you would like to grow in your garden. So make the most of January and get planning:

  • Garden and Flowers
  • Fruit and Vegetables
  • Wildlife

Garden and Flowers

As long as the ground isn't waterlogged or frozen, you can plant out bare root roses ensuring they are in a sunny position. Rose bushes can also be pruned now while they are dormant by cutting back to just above a bud and removing any diseased, crossing or dead stems. After the trimmings are taken down, don't let your Christmas tree go to waste. Keep an eye out for places to take your tree for recycling or alternatively, you can shred your tree and use it as mulch in the garden, add it to your compost heap or lay it over bare soil to suppress weeds.

Fruit and Vegetables

When you are ready to get your coat on and brave the January air, it’s time to prune your fruit trees, such as apple and pear. So if you have been wondering what to do in the garden during January, there is plenty! Gooseberries can also be pruned and autumn fruiting raspberries can be cut back. Perfect time to get some fresh air and prepare your fruit for the growing season ahead. If you have stored fruit, just as with any bulbs and plants, keep a weekly check on them to ensure they are all in good condition. If you spot any sign of rotting or diseased materials or fruit discard it as soon as possible to make sure it doesn't spread. Make sure trays of apples and bags of potatoes have good air circulation and are out of the reach of pests.

Wildlife Gardening

At this time of year, it is essential to supplement natural bird food. If the weather is particularly cold, you may even notice your garden birds becoming much braver in their search for food. Berries and fallen fruits are an important food source but also hang out food to help our feathered friends make it through the winter. If you have any piles of fallen branches, twigs and leaves make sure you leave them a little longer as they may be home to garden wildlife, even a hedgehog! You can gently rake grass cuttings and other fallen leaves or stems into the pile to make sure they have a nice warm environment. It will rot down over time naturally.

It may be Winter but with plenty to be planning for the year ahead, come in to visit us and start putting your plans into action! 

12th January 2019

Seed Potatoes - Time to grow your own...

Seed Potatoes - Time to grow your own...

Now is the time to buy seed potatoes.

With over 50 varieties which include1st and 2nd earlies, Maincrop varieties and salad types. Now is the best time to buy as you have the biggest choice. We have 3 NEW varieties for 2019. The first is called 'Accord' that produces lots of potatoes.  It has a waxy texture and a medium level of dry matter. It makes good boiled potatoes served hot or cold. It has a very good resistance to both golden and white potato cyst nematode. It has good resistance to common scab and blight making it popular with gardeners. The second one is a Maincrop called 'Libertie' which produces big crops of attractive bright and uniformly shaped tubers. It has good resistance to Common and Powdery Scab which helps to maintain if naturally bright tubers. Boiled or bakes. Libertie has good cooking qualities.The third is another NEW Maincrop called 'Setanta', it is easy to grow and a great versatile variety in the kitchen too! This red skinned variety has been bred from the famous Rooster variety. Similar to Rooster in that it has a dry, fluffy texture making it ideal for making delicious mash, roasts and chips. What makes Setanta different is it has excellent blight resistance in particular tuber blight resistance and yields lots of similar sized baking potatoes.  It stores well so can be enjoyed for many months after harvest.

So that you don't miss out, you can reserve any of the varieties using our click and collect service. Browse during the evening and then collect the following day. You can almost smell them cooking...