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April Newsletter

“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose, I would always greet it in a garden” Ruth Stout

Ruth Imogen Stout was an American author best known for her “No-Work” gardening books and techniques.

She adopted a year-round mulch technique which virtually eliminated the labour associated with traditional gardening- Her minimalist approach!

She wrote such titles as How to Have a Green Thumb Without an Aching Back (1955) and  I’ve Always Done It My Way. New York (1975).

We featured this quote in our newsletter last April, we wanted to share it with you again as it seemed so appropriate for many of us now.

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Totally Tomatoes Terminology

What does Cordon Tomato mean? Well, you’re in the right place to find out! Below we explain some of the terminology surrounding totally tasty tomatoes.

Firstly, there is nothing more satisfying than growing your own tomato plants. From smaller cherry tomatoes all the way up to beefsteak tomatoes and everything in between! But what’s the difference?

Tomatoes are an extremely versatile fruit that can be used in many different dishes so having a couple of plants in your garden can be extremely beneficial. Some varieties of tomatoes will happily grow in window sills or even hanging baskets. From planting tomato seeds, to fully-fledged potted varieties the opportunities for beautifully delicious tomatoes to be homegrown are endless.

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Tomato Veranda Red

Veranda Red

Bred in Britain, the patio tomato packed with flavour!

There is nothing better than picking a tomato that you have grown yourself! Especially when it tastes as good as the Veranda Red.

As tomato plants go, it doesn’t get much better than the Veranda Red. Taking 15 years to perfect, this plant was truly a labour of love. However, now it’s here and it’s ready to rock your cherry tomato world!

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February Newsletter

February is not well-loved. When did you ever hear anyone say it was their favourite month? In February 1587, Mary Queen of Scots lost her head and in 1958 the first parking meters appeared in London. And on top of that, it is often cold, dark, dank and damp. But (thank goodness for a but) the days are getting longer, and the first hints of spring are showing.

Snowdrops and early daffodils are in bloom as are hellebores and, here in Devon, our county flower, the primrose, is cheerfully brightening the grass verges and woodland.

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January Newsletter

Wishing you Happy Gardening During 2020!

January is not an easy month to love. When did you ever hear someone say, “January is my favourite month”? Christmas is over, the days are short, the nights long and the weather can be pretty grim. Even the garden birds are miserable. So, we have a choice. We can be grumpy and hide under the duvet or we can wrap up warm and get outdoors. Snowdrops will be in flower this month and a walk through swathes of pure white will help lift the spirits. Alternatively, there are always jobs to do in the garden.

Did you make any new year resolutions? Have you broken them yet? 😊

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