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October

Potting machine

Charles Warner

Most of the plants that you see on a garden centre that are in pots smaller than about 5 litre are potted on a machine something like this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jfge-2s02HA&feature=related

We don't have a potting machine. We pot our plants by hand.

Now don't get me wrong. There's nothing wrong with plants that are potted on a machine. I cut my horticultural teeth on potting machines. My first proper job was on a nursery that was run by two partners. It was only for the summer but they could see that I was keen so they persuaded me to go to college. After a year at Pershore...

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October

Why Peat Free ?

Charles Warner

For horticulture, peat is the most amazing stuff. It has all the right properties to create perfect compost for our plants to grow in. What's more it is just lying around on the ground and there is loads of it in certain parts of the world. Like oil it's one of those resources that is just too good to ignore but like oil there is a cost in it's use and there are finite quantities of it on the earth.

You can never grow just the right number of plants to fulfill demand. The garden centre trade does not allow for that. If the sun comes out in March garden centres are thronged with customers . If it snows in April, they stay away. The only way that a grower can satisfy that demand is to grow more than enough plants. The alternative is to be short of stock and that would be a quick way of going out of business. So for the grower,...

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October

Colder days

Charles Warner

Yesterday was a day of rainbows and squalls. dark shredded clouds and bright blue sky. Overnight the wind died and we were left with the first of the cold days. I find that the cooler, drier weather, especially at this time of year brings out the best in the plants. There is hardly a flower to be seen but the leaf colour intesifies as they toughen up and prepare themselves for winter.

The ornamental plants that we grow are cold hardy. Some of them are not too keen on very wet periods but they seem to relish the cold. Plants that are grown outside and with no artificial heat are shorter, tougher and more able to take the rigours of life out in the garden. I think that you get more flower too.

It's more difficult with the herbs. All the perennial...

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The wind streaming in from the west is still moist and a little too warm but its bluster and the longer nights heralds autumn and the road to winter. It's time to put on some decent waterproofs and get out to the rocky coast to watch powerful seas and wheeling gulls. No harm though in a quick reminder of what lies ahead in the spring.

Phlox    guiseppi   geranium   Moroccan mint

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