Planning for Growth – Peppers, Peas, Potatoes and Onion Sets

In the Garden this week we are Springing into action and sowing our early season vegetables and herbs. Partly because the mild winter is making us all feel the stirrings of Spring.

Early mange tout and a late sowing of Broad beans are already reaching a few inches high.

Peppers and Tomatoes sown in early Feb will have plenty of time to develop strong root systems and support network for producing heavy Summer crops.

It pays to plan well ahead and when your pre ordered potato sets show up the first week of February then your doing something right.

We are growing eight varieties from earlies to lates potatoes. Chitting is an important technique to encourage sprouting, saving precious time in early Spring.

Last Autumn we planted three thousand cowslips that were convinenatly sent in these handy plug trays.   These large plug tray insets are a perfect size for our Snowball onion sets.

and to finish this weeks gardening….

Forced Hyacinths and Amaryliss ready for display in the Orangery.
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Stephen Pryce-Lea

Head Gardener and International Horticultural Consultant




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Award winning, 40 something year old professional plantsman and horticulturalist with National Trust, private parks and estate management background. My vast plant knowledge and hands on techinical experience, afforded me the opportunity to work in various horticultural landscapes, in the UK, USA & Eastern Europe. Having worked in both garden retail & the design service industry gave me the practical diversity and managerial skill set, required for running a large prestigious gardens and stately homes. I strongly believe knowledge is to be shared and have worked closely with people and staff of all ages and abilities keen to develop their passion for gardening, including groups of children, special needs and adults. I have hosted guided walks, talks and tours for those keen to learn about cultivated and wild plants, garden development, history and design. As an member of the NNCPG and National Trust, I am actively involved in the preservation of several important plant collections both in public and private gardens throughout the UK. “It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion grow together, in a garden it’s paradise” Follow @IGrowHort on GardenTags. Stephen is passionate about gardening as Head Gardener with a team of ten staff he manages a prestigious Cheshire country estate of 55 acres, inc wild flower meadows, woodland, organic kitchen and formal gardens. Follow Stephen today”

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