Buckland Nurseries was established as a family run garden centre business over 150 years ago.
The business was founded by Thomas Hogg in 1865 and has continued through six generations of the Hogg family into the hands of David and Linda Hogg (pictured alongside).
Buckland Nurseries stocks a wide range of perennials, trees, shrubs, bedding plants, roses, herbs, garden sundries, tools, turf, seeds, paving and gravels and the friendly team looks forward to giving you a lovely welcome when you next visit their traditional Garden Centre.
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March Garden Notes
Shortages of salad crops from Southern Europe have recently been in the news. It has been reported that Tesco have “rationed” iceberg lettuces to 3 per customer! Maybe during the winter we should rely on the traditional crops of Brassica, leaving tasty salads until the spring. So following on from last month’s article on flower seeds, here’s a quick look at sowing vegetables.
Brassica are a varied group of vegetables such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, turnip and broccoli. Most are known and appreciated for their long harvest season, usually throughout the winter and beyond. Check seed packets for individual sowing conditions, but generally seeds sown now will produce tasty crops into 2018. For early sowing, start in a seed tray and plant out when the seedlings are large enough to transplant without damage. Alternatively wait until the weather improves and sow directly into a seed bed prepared to a fine tilth. Thin out where necessary.
As with all seedlings, resist the temptation to feed before they become established. It’s a similar problem to too much heat – they will become leggy and poorly formed. Slow release fertilisers are ideal.
Cloches come in all shapes and sizes, but in any event will help to protect the vulnerable seedlings from cold nights, battering rain and strong winds. Beware also birds and pests which will happily feast on young vegetables. Fleece is an excellent deterrent, or a loose netting draped over will usually suffice.
One other tip to remember – rotation of vegetable crops is key to help preventing soil-borne diseases. Try not to grow similar crops in the same position each year.