Balmy spring weather and new raised beds

The last two or three weeks have seen some really beautiful warm weather here in Cumbria with the plants starting to romp away. Young plants and seedling in the greenhouse have used the unseasonal  balmy days to put on a spurt of growth.  All of our blight resistant tomato seedlings … [Read more...]



The sap is rising!

As we enter the middle of January, the days are already notably lengthening and brighter. The mild. wet winter is encouraging all growing things into bud early and we have been sent a picture from Gary in Lancaster whose daffodils started to bloom on new year's day. Perhaps this could be … [Read more...]



A wet and windy May

With winds of 80 MPH, almost constant rain and temperatures reaching little over 13 degrees, May seems more like October. The warm sunny days of April have been replaced by a month of heavy rain and high winds.  With wind speeds recorded at 80mph in the region, there has been a great deal of damage … [Read more...]



Pricking out and potting on

April has begun with a slump in temperatures, howling gales and horizontal rain but the greenhouse is a riot of growth, with many of the seedlings needing to be potted on. Pricking out seedlings may seem tedious to many, but gardener's find this a relaxing and rewarding process. Taking  young … [Read more...]



Some new perennials

The frenzy of seed sowing and dividing herbaceous perennials is upon us and the Gardening for Health borders have just undergone a five year revamp. Many of the perennials such as Hemerocallis, and geraniums had grown into very large clumps, so the division of the roots yielded quite a number of … [Read more...]



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