New Early Delivery Option

This September sees the introduction of our brand new early delivery option on selected plants. Last frost dates differ from region to region and some gardeners are able to provide plants will more protection than others.

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Selecting New Fruit Trees

Selecting new fruit trees can be tricky as there are so many varieties, shapes and sizes. Many varieties are long-lived so it is important to make the right choice. Your reward will be beautiful blossom in spring followed by your favourite fruit crop later in the year. And for many years to come.

So, if you are thinking of selecting one or more new fruit trees for your garden here’s a few points to consider:

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Autumn Garlic

Planting autumn garlic will provide you with an early crop next year. A member of the onion family garlic, is a staple of the Mediterranean and Asian diets and many consider it to be a super food. Full of vitamins and minerals, garlic is a powerful natural antibiotic and is thought to protect against colds and flus. Of course it also wards off vampires and Scottish midges!

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Dobies September Newsletter

September Newsletter 2016

September is an exciting month for all of us here at Dobies. For it is now that we launch our 2017 Seed Catalogue!


Every year we think it can’t get better but for 2017 we believe we’ve truly excelled. I don’t want to give away too much but the catalogue includes more than 70 new seed varieties, plus Rob Smith’s new ranges of cut flowers, heritage veg and quality garden tools. Oh and although we call it a seed catalogue we’ve included plants, fruit bulbs and more. If you haven’t received your free copy by Thursday 22nd September, then let us know and we’ll rush one to you.





  • Asparagus fronds will turn brown this month so cut them down and then apply a mulch
  • Sow some salad leaves, it’s your last chance this season!
  • Now is the time to start moving houseplants back indoors. They’ll have enjoyed being outdoors during the summer but as the temperature starts to drop they’ll want to be inside.
  • Onion sets, Shallots and Garlic can all be planted from now until mid-November
  • Order and plant spring flowering bulbs. We’ll be despatching from early September onwards.
  • Keep your vegetable patch productive throughout the winter by planting kale, leeks, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and of course sprouts. You’ll be wanting the sprouts for Christmas!
  • Continue to harvest tomatoes, chillies, peppers, aubergines and beans. Especially beans – keep picking and they’ll keep producing!
  • To feed and improve your soil, sow green manure on any bare patches of garden, visit our blog for details.


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Baked apples, stewed apples, apple sauce, apple snow, apple tart, etc., etc. There are just so many ways in which to enjoy your apple harvest, including of course eating them fresh from the tree!

Apple besties include:
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Why Grow Green Manures?

The reason for sowing and growing green manures is that they are an easy and environmentally friendly way of improving both soil fertility and the organic content. Grow them on any vacant patch of garden at any time of year however they are most effective when sown in autumn and left over winter.

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