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I felt that it might be time to pass on a few tips about what to do with our plants when you have bought them. We grow alpine plants, herbaceous plants and herb plants. Today I am going to talk about herbs and the care that they should have once you have bought them.

We only grow herbs in a large one litre sized pot. We chose this pot because it provides a plant that is big enough for you to use it in your cooking on the day that you buy it and also robust enough (unlike many supermarket herbs) to survive perfectly well in the garden. Once you get the plant home you can leave it in it's pot for a few weeks. All our plants have compost that contains a slow release fertiliser so they wont starve. At some point though you will probably want to either plant out in the garden or put your plant into a larger pot. Plants tend to thrive...

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November

New friends

Charles Warner

 

We have never been so busy during the autumn period as we have been this year. Sales went on for a bit longer than we usually expect them to but after that there was such a lot of work to do to prepare the plants for winter so that we are well stocked in the spring. The count down to the first seed sowing has already begun and there is still a lot to do.

There have been cool, dry days and with the sun on them the autumn leaves have been spectacular. Between potting...

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November

Old friends

Charles Warner

I turned up at my first ever nursery job in a pair of trainers. the boss looked me up and down." You'll need boots " he said "with steel toecaps" That weekend I went off to Finmere market and bought my first pair of work boots. Shiny, black, all stiff and terribly heavy. I've been through a few pairs since then.

Nursery work wrecks boots. It's the constant wetting and drying I guess. A friend of mine said that despite this you should...

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November

First proper frost

Charles Warner

We already had a light frost. one that you wouldn't notice unless you were up early. This morning though I went out onto the nursery and the bright wheeling stars were enough to tell me that this was our first proper frost. As I write this the horizon is starting to glow and the stars to fade. Every leaf of every plant is adorned with an even coating of ice crystals. The air is as still and quiet as a vault. An owl hoots.

I rejoice in this. This is normal. This is how it should be. November 7th and we get a decent frost. there is nothing to worry about. As the sun rises and the ice burns off, the plants will stand up proud and rejoice in the early winter sun. Even the herbs which tend to be less hardy than our ornamental plants will thrive in temperatures down to minus 5. What does not kill us makes us stronger, or so it...

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November

November. Spring is upon us

Charles Warner

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I think that it is important to understand anything that you want to sell commercially. The way to understand plants. Really understand plants, is to get down on your hands and knees amongst the moss and the fallen leaves and to take a good hard look.

On the forest floor acorns are germinating in November. If you look hard enough under the leaf litter so are many other tiny plants....

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