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April Newsletter

“The sun was warm but the wind was chill.  You know how it is with an April day.”
–  Robert Frost

It may feel like you’ve only just packed away the Christmas decorations but April and therefore spring are here already!

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March Newsletter

“Oh, the good life, full of fun seems to be the ideal”

It’s coming, Spring is almost here! Most of the country has had a fairly easy winter but even so what joy spring brings! The birds are singing, the blossom is blossoming, our gardens are awakening. I could go on, with a host of golden clichés but I won’t, I’ll stop.

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February Newsletter

February may still be winter but a couple of toes are definitely poking forward into spring. Snowdrops, primroses, muscari and other delights are in flower and daffodil buds are opening. Ready to herald the arrival of spring 2017.

Feedback from our January catalogue has been excellent. Many customers are clearly enjoying the depth and breadth of our spring range. And the really good news is that we haven’t finished yet. Our Spring catalogue will be hitting doormats from the 13th of this month, bursting with flowers, vegetables, summer bulbs, fruit and equipment.

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January Newsletter

January can often be the coldest month of the year but the days are getting longer and spring will soon be here. The weather is likely to make the garden out of bounds for much of the month so make the most of the rare downtime and start planning. Dust off those gardening books and reach for your Dobies Seed Catalogue. Keep an eye out for those Down to Earth Prices. Also, have a browse at Our range is too big for one catalogue but you’ll find everything on our website.

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October Newsletter

I’m writing this with the lights on, even though its 10am. The autumn mists have certainly arrived! It’s the time for woodland walks, foraging and for the first log fires of the season. It’s also time for clearing the greenhouse of spent summer plants, of placing a net over ponds to keep out falling leaves and loads of other tasks. So, although autumn is here don’t go getting too mellow, there’s still work to be done!

Sow broad bean Aquadulce Claudia or De Monica now for an early crop in May/June and you may also avoid blackfly
• Runner and French Beans will stop cropping this month but don’t pull up the plants. Instead cut them off at ground level, leaving the roots which will then release nitrogen back into the soil
Plant onion sets and garlic for cropping next summer
• Now is a good time to give the greenhouse a good clean, removing any shading. Also check that your greenhouse heater is in good working order.
Plant spring bulbs and winter flowering bedding such as bellis, primula and pansies.
• Sow green manure to give your soil a winter boost. Visit our blog for details

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Plums will be a plenty this month. Yes, they make delicious brandy and jam but this versatile fruit is worthy of a variety of dishes. Here’s a few suggestions, remember to stone the plums first!

Savoury plum sauce – cook alongside a joint of pork and then whizz up with some soy sauce, chilli, ginger and a pinch of sugar.

Sweet plum sauce – heat plums in a pan with some lemon juice, honey and mixed spice. Mash and serve with vanilla ice cream.

Plum cake – make a classic sponge and before cooking add some halved plums on top. Sprinkle with demerara sugar and cook as normal

If none of the above appeal, then how making some plum ketchup?

Plum Ketchup

You will need:

2kg plums – stoned and chopped

250g onions

125g sultanas

4 red chillies

2 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp whole allspice

1 tsp whole peppercorns

570 ml malt vinegar

225g salt

2 tsp sea salt


Pop the first 6 listed ingredients in a pan with half of the vinegar. Simmer for half an hour, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and strain through a sieve. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for another half hour or until thickened. Funnel into sterilised bottles. Keep in the fridge once opened.

If you don’t have a plum tree, then now is the time to buy one!

Blog Bonanza

If you haven’t already seen September’s blog then now’s the time, simply click on any or all of the following titles.

New Delivery Option – you can now choose when your plants are delivered

Selecting New Fruit trees – some helpful pointers

Autumn Garlic – planting time is now

Heritage Veg – Rob Smith, winner of the BBC Big Allotment Challenge, launches his new range