We were hopeful that June would bring more dry weather and slightly more consistent sunshine, but so far we are still waiting. Despite the wet weather, students have been busy in the veg gardens.

The bedding plants are all ready for summer planting, with students busy planting up summer tubs and hanging baskets. Many new and popular lines of perennials and shrubs continue to be potted up, tidied up and labelled ready for sale.

Our vegetable, fruit and herb growing areas were all planted up by the end of May and are all now growing away. We look forward to them being utilised by Hopkins tearoom.


The tomatoes planted up by Isobel and David are growing well and are now in flower. David is keeping an eye on them to make sure they are kept tied up and side shoots are removed. Regular feeding will soon start with an organic liquid feed.





Hannah’s leek beds are filling up nicely as are the new potatoes which are due to be lifted in a few weeks’ time. The team continue to keep up with hoeing weeds.






Beetroot seedlings are ready for thinning out and courgettes are fruiting well.

Netting covers remain over some of the smaller plants to keep out the pigeons and the occasional deer that wander through the nursery




Andrew is busy pricking out the last few bedding plants which will be ready for sale in early July.

The greenhouses are starting to empty as the sales areas are topped up with an array of colourful bedding for sale




When he is not building wooden planters, bird boxes or one off orders for customers Jack is busy keeping on top of the weeds around the site with his strimmer, particularly the Balsam plants at the moment trying to knock them back before they develop their explosive seed pods.




Carl prepares planters around the site ready for planting up with summer bedding, whilst Edward is kept busy ensuring the grass is kept nice and tidy.






Stephen is Busy preparing a range of wonderful hanging baskets for sale.









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