February on the Allotment Garden
February 2, 2018
By Richard Chivers
February can be a tricky month for an allotment gardener.
It’s a month that teases us a little. In meteorological terms it’s the final full month of winter (although it does take up a chunk of March too) but for us growers it can still feel a long way to go until the frosts have passed and we can really get the allotment garden moving.
Dobies in Bloom
December 4, 2014
Here at Dobies of Devon we have customers who are new to gardening together with those who have many years of skill and experience. We really enjoy receiving letters and emails from all of our customers either asking for advice or giving feedback on our products with many reporting on successes that they’ve experienced at shows during the year.
Dobies Confirmed as Best Value Supplier
November 11, 2014
We have good news about our vegetable seed that we’d like to share with all our valued customers. News that reinforces the decision you made in choosing Dobies as the supplier of your seed.
The consumer product testing company Which? has just published the results of their latest survey into the quality of vegetable seed. The survey investigated the 12 most widely used and well-known seed suppliers and we are delighted to say that Dobies came out on top.
Cotswold Acre Memories
October 4, 2014
It’s surprising what will trigger a garden memory, or where an early love of gardening acquired in childhood may lead. For me, it was helping my grandmother deadhead annuals during the war (WWII); and ditto for my great aunt in the 1950s. I learned so much about plants when on my knees – and I wasn’t praying! The gardening bug did not really hit me until years later, and now I have so many memories that they jostle each other for space in my elderly brain. Not a day goes by but something, somewhere, will trigger a gardening memory from the past.
September Gardening Gleanings
September 10, 2014
As my four-year stint writing this blog for Dobies of Devon comes towards its end, I approach the future with a sense of adventure. Harvest in (well most of it) – the perfect time for reflection. Maybe my musings and these September Gardening Gleanings will inspire you to assess your own plot and re-establish its identity. Unlike Spring when all is bustle and busyness, or Summer when the days are insufficiently long to accomplish all the necessary gardening tasks, the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” (Keats) allows you to step back and THINK.
As Andi Clevely says in ‘Your Kitchen Garden Month-by-Month’, you “might want to change the arrangement of beds, plan different crops, or even try challenging new methods such as extending the season by growing under glass or mulching as a labour-saving alternative to heavy digging.” Why not?