The weather conditions in Essex make it an ideal place to raise plants from seed. On their 300 acre farm in Coggeshall Kings Seeds have been following a production process which has been in place for over 100 years. Ken Crowther meet Andrew Tokely on the Kings Seeds plot to find out more.
Gardeners can be impatient to get started and see things happening in the garden. At this time of the year you will often find seed packets which can be sown from January to April. If you are keen to get going Mick Lavelle, Senior Lecturer at Writtle College has some tips to ensure you grow healthy, successful seedlings.
With the dark days of winter disappearing and spring rapidly heading to the UK, there are plenty of new varieties of plants, trees, shrubs, vegetables and fruits to choose for the garden. Suffolk based growers Thompson and Morgan have more new products have ever before as Paul told Ken Crowther.
Straw bale gardening is something John Mason from ACS in Australia has come across a number of times in his years in horticulture. The technique involves making a straw bale very wet; dig a small hole in the top and fill with soil and then plant your plants. John believes it’s a great way of growing vegetables and herbs.
Well known dahlia grower Dave Gilham has diversified and has taken up growing daffodils. For the past three years he’s been growing the garden bulbs and last year won a National Trophy class in 2016 with 12 flowers. He will be trying to win again this year as he told Ken Crowther.