A tale from Graham’s garden

With my gardening pr hat firmly on the back of my head, I have been extremely busy in my Staffordshire garden.   Over the past few weeks I have put out more than 300 brassicas, beans, squash, courgette, aubergine, sweet peppers and tomato plants.

Having finished my wife did point out that, perhaps, it was rather over-kill as they will come at once. We shall have to wait and see.   They have all been grown from seed, the vast majority bought from our client, Mr Fothergill. The exception was the Vanessa tomato seeds.

This is a brilliant variety recommended to me years ago by the Sun’s gardening editor, Peter Seabrook. They are absolutely delicious but, last year, I was unable to find any and discovered that they were no longer available.

I mentioned this to Thompson and Morgan’s Paul Hansord at the garden press event in February and, to my delight, he managed to find me a packet of 50 seeds. I carefully planted out just a dozen and had 100% success. They are now growing away briskly in my greenhouse.

Staffordshire is reputed to be England’s coldest county, being such a long way from the sea. It has certainly lived up to that reputation this year and we are having log fires every evening and still waking up to the odd grass frost. Happily all my plants are inside a vegetable cage which is then within a walled garden. This combination seems to protect the plants from the unseasonable cold.

I shall report back on the progress and, next time, tell you about the massively expensive mistake I have made on my fruit cage.

Happy gardening,

Graham Paskett


Seed conundrum!

Every week in the office we receive the latest gardening magazines, which helps us keep abreast of industry news. An added bonus to this is the huge amount of free seed packets we receive along with the magazines.

SeedBlogAs you can see, we have built up quite a collection!

But what to do with so many wonderful seeds? Marie, our junior account executive, decided it was time to get planting!

It took a while to organise everything, planting all the different packets according to the instructions but they have now all found homes!

After splashing out on a new greenhouse, it was soon filled up with tray after tray of seeds.  Everything looked ship shape and the waiting game begun.

However, Britain’s unpredictable weather decided to put a spanner in the works by blowing the greenhouse over. Marie now has no idea which seeds are in which tray and they are having to work a little harder to sprout up through the compost rather than resting on top of it as the packets instructed.SeedlingBlog

After a wait, May saw some mixed results. Clearly some seeds did not like their brief trip outside the greenhouse and have stubbornly refused to grow. Luckily, a few brave souls fought through and we now have a tray of mystery seedlings. If anyone can identify them, please let us know!

We’ll be keeping you posted on how Marie and her seedlings are getting on so check back for updates!