Chitting Potatoes – Is it Necessary?

On the subject of potatoes one of the questions we are most frequently asked is whether or not chitting is necessary. Our response is that first early and second early varieties are always best chitted however with main crop varieties it is not essential. Chitting your early potatoes will be giving them a head start which will result in an earlier, slightly improved harvest.

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Zinnia – the Flower of 2017

Zinnias are declared as being the flower of the year for 2017. With their huge range of colours, heights and flower sizes there’s at least one zinnia for every garden.

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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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Dobies Gardening Quiz Answers

Here’s hoping you enjoyed a special Christmas and found time to complete the 2016 Dobies Gardening Quiz. Interested to know how well you did? Then checkout the answers below and post a comment telling us your score. We’d love to hear from you.

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Dobies Christmas Gardening Quiz

The Dobies Christmas Gardening Quiz is perfect for when there’s nothing on the TV and its too cold to go for a walk. Just settle down in a comfy chair and have a go at the gardening related (sort of!) questions. Good luck!

Christmas Gardens – Inside and Out

1. How are Hellebore seeds spread?

2. When snow settles what effect does it have on the soil below?

3. What Christmas plant grows high up on the branches of a host tree?

4. Which Christmas houseplant is famed for its colourful bracts?

5. English Ivy (Ilex aquifolium) is dioecious. What does this mean?

Christmas Food

6. Frost changes the taste of veg such as parsnips and sprouts. In what way?

7. What is the first fully blight resistant tomato, exclusive to Dobies?

8. A red leafed vegetable is perfect for a winter salad, what is it?

9. The Women’s Institute may have a link to which winter vegetable?

10. Which purple cauliflower retains its colour when cooked?

Christmas Trees

11. Who made Christmas trees popular in England?

12. What are the 3 main types of real Christmas tree?

13. Can you eat your Christmas tree?

14. Why does Norway gift a Christmas Tree to Britain each year?

15. How old is the average Christmas tree when cut?

Christmas Music

16. According to the well-known folk carol which tree wears the crown?

17. Who wrote In the Bleak Mid-Winter?

18. Who composed the Nutcracker Suite?

19. Where was Chris Rea going to spend Christmas?

20. Originally who was it that went “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”?

Christmas Crackers

21. Where does Santa go when he’s feeling poorly?

22. What is the most popular Christmas wine?

23. Why are Christmas trees no good at knitting?

24. Who do MI6 have to look out for at Christmas?

25. Why does Father Christmas need not one, not two but three gardens?

So, how did you do in our Christmas Gardening Quiz?
The answers will be posted on the 29th December.