We are a family run garden centre that is well known nationally as a specialist for bare rooted hedging plants and young trees. The Garden Centre always has a good selection of shrubs and plants which are not commonly found elsewhere, together with a wide range of the more commonly sought after plants. Established for over 50 years, the Garden Centre has recently been redeveloped to a high standard. Our shop contains the largest selection of seeds and bulbs for miles around, together with garden chemicals, tools, garden furniture and many other goods. Outside we stock peat-based and peat-free composts, paving, fencing, timber decking, garden buildings and greenhouses, and a large range of pots, statues and garden ornaments. Our aquatics centre has a good reputation for their excellent quality tropical, marine and cold water fish. The Gardeners' Retreat, our coffee shop/restaurant, serves fresh home cooked food and is an excellent way to round off any visit to the Garden Centre.
Feed plants in baskets, containers and growbags weekly with a liquid feed such as Miracle-Gro or Phostrogen. Deadhead roses, perennials and bedding material to maintain a continuous flush of flowers.
Check all trees for extra growth forming at the base as these will take goodness away from the main tree, use sharp secateurs to remove. On trained fruit, tie in new growth, prune to control growth and promote the formation of fruit bud. After fruiting prune Cherries and Plums, never to be done in winter due to risk of disease introduction.
Fruit trees growing against a wall may need mulching and heavy cropping Pears may need careful thinning so as to produce well formed fruits later.
Pick maturing vegetables young on a regular basis to maintain continuity, quality and a full flavour, continue earthing-up main crop Potatoes. Sow a succession of quick maturing salad items on ground released from earlier crops, such as Radish, Lettuce, Beetroot, Carrots and Spring Onions. Sow now Spring Cabbage, Swede, Turnips, Peas etc to overwinter until next spring.
Keep the hoe in action to keep the weed seedlings at bay.
Sow biennials such as Canterbury Bells (pictured), Bellis daisies, Sweet Williams, Digitalis (Foxgloves) and Wallflowers now so they will flower next late spring and summer. Frequently pick Sweet Peas. Disbud dahlias for long stems and larger blooms.
Although painting woodwork always feels like an autumn job (when there’s not so much actual gardening to attend to), it’s obviously better to do it when the weather’s dry so pick a fine day and enjoy beautiful, newly painted fence
Our July essential product: The usual mixed bag of summer weather means Tomatoes and Potatoes are prone to the dreaded blight. Use a protective fungicide such as Bayer Fruit & Vegetable Disease Control and apply every 10-14days from now until the end of August. Please follow the instructions on the packet as to dilution rates and maximum number of applications. Use chemicals wisely in the garden.