March 1, 2017
“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.
January 31, 2017
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.
January 4, 2017
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 www.dobies.co.uk. Our range is too big for one catalogue but you’ll find everything on our website.
October 3, 2016
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
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?
You will need:
2kg plums – stoned and chopped
4 red chillies
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp whole allspice
1 tsp whole peppercorns
570 ml malt vinegar
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!
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
September Newsletter 2016
September 1, 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.
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: