The joys of allotments are considerable and we award a beautiful trophy for the best Allotment. Could it be yours or can you nominate one you admire? Please send us lovely pictures
Iur Children's allotment sets us high standards thanks to Gill Coulson and her team.
Our wonderful local Rose Supplier - Roses Eddie Krutysza Hatton Farm Metfield <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Eddie trained in the 60's as a horticulturalist at Notcutts when it was a top Nursery but always wanted to have his own business and a farm with cows. In 2010 he moved to the dream farm in Metfield where his collection of roses is quite amazing! All our roses now come from him. But it has everything else you can think of and his Open Days like on Sunday are not to be missed.
Grow Your Own Fertiliser Using Comfrey written by Jeremy Dore
Achieving Horticultural Excellence
When it comes to feeding plants, nothing beats organic compost. Good compost contains the ideal range of nutrients which are released slowly into the ground as plants need them.
Comfrey is a large herb, native to Europe, which grows prolifically in damp places such as river banks. As such, it can easily get out of control in a garden, so would not normally be deliberately introduced. However in the 1950s the organic pioneer Lawrence Hills (founder of the organisation now known as Garden Organic) developed a strain of Russian comfrey named Bocking 14 which is sterile and will therefore not seed itself all around the garden. To propagate it root cuttings are taken although these are best bought from a reputable supplier (such as the Organic Gardening Catalogue in the UK) to ensure that you get the Bocking 14 variety. It easily roots and grows very quickly so it is best to plant it in its own bed to prevent it taking over an existing area. [A word of warning: wherever you grow it don’t ever expect to eliminate it as its root system is very hard to kill]
There are many great ways to use comfrey around the garden:
'Gardening is surely an ideal profession
wrote writer and gardener Vita Sackville-West in The Women’s Land Army, published in 1944.
She once defined her approach as “profusion, even extravagance and exuberance, within confines of the utmost linear severity”, and her style is characterised by abundant planting enhanced by self-seeding, a careful shading and blending of colours and a passion for roses, traits which later found echoes in the work of Rosemary Verey, among others. Self-taught, experimental, romantic but also ruthless in her approach, she was the ultimate amateur genius. Her gardening appears quintessentially “English”
Below are some pictures of Sissinghurst in Kent Vita's wonderful garden
Our Spring Bulbs have arrived! Thanks to a tip from Alan Witherby we have ordered and had delivered some superb bulbs for our fifth year of Town Bulb Planting, from the Anglian Bulb Company who were awarded Best Buy title holders from 'Which' see angli
Tracy Coyne is a skilled horticulturalist who has worked in Holland and knows how to get the best bulbs. You can see these at Rydal Mount Wissett every Spring. She and her team pack the bulbs themselves so every one is top notch.