News from the Nursery

Welcome to our new web site. We hope you will enjoy the changes.

On these pages we can update all what is going on at the nursery and keep you up to date on the seasons growing.
2021 had been a better gardening year for the exhibitors and visitors to the shows up and down the country. For updates on the shows we have attended and dates for 2022 see News about our Shows.

Gardening has been a lifeline during the lockdowns with many trying ‘Grow your Own’ for the first time. As we have always said, each year is different, so never be put off by a bad years results. There is always next year, gardeners are optimists. There is always our facebook page to check for daily updates and each monthly mail shots for more information on growing month by month.

There is a Chinese saying which says:

To be happy for a short time; get drunk, happy for a long time; fall in love, happy forever; take up gardening.

Nature is unstoppable.

As always the nursery is open for the collection of all your vegetable plants as the seasons progress.

Available now at the nursery we have
Winter leeks and brassica.
Lettuce for summer cropping.

2nd planting potatoes

Our range of seeds.

August opening times 

Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm

 Saturday and Sunday CLOSED

August Bank Holiday Monday CLOSED

 

We are committed to following the advice from the experts to deliver the highest standards of safety and hygiene for our staff and customers.

We regret we cannot send any sets, seedlings or plants to Northern Ireland or the EU. 

The 2022 catalogue is available to download from the website, just click to download. For a mail order catalogue please send name and address via the contact form or ring in to the nursery. The 2023 catalogue will be available to download from September.

Jobs for August here in the UK

Dear Gardeners,

July 2022 has gone down as the hottest on record. The vegetable garden has needed extra care and watering during the last month. Despite the weather reported crops are doing well. Tomatoes suffered in the extreme heat with cases of blossom end rot now coming to light. This is caused by lack of water when the fruit is setting; during the very hot days so much evaporates leaving the plants short of water. Make sure extra is given during this time. For new users of the peat free compost remember it does need more feed. If the plants are looking poor it’s just that they need feeding more often.

Jobs for August here in the UK:
Keep watering vulnerable plants, newly transplanted crops, seedlings which don’t have a deep root system, leafy crops (salads) as well plants growing in raised beds. Make sure it’s the roots which are watered not just the leaves. Keep up the feed regime to ensure a good crop. Watering of the large onions can be slowed down or stopped as they will split and spoil if they get too much water. Spring planted small onions will be getting ready for harvesting. Remove the onion tops as soon as they are lifted, this helps them to dry well and store better. Now is the time to harvest the last of the garlic crop. Always dry off inside and clean off any dirty outer skins.

Remove the lower leaves off tomatoes to the 2nd or 3rd truss this will help ripen fruit.

Keep checking brassica for the caterpillars of the cabbage white butterfly.

There is still time sow lettuce, spring onions, perpetual spinach, chard, kale, kohl rabi, turnip, radish, as well as all the oriental salads (rocket, pak choi, mizuna etc).

Packed with important nutrients such as beta-carotene, vitamin C, and calcium, kale makes for an excellent green juice component, salad base or cooked just on its own. These heat tolerant and cold hardy come in a variety of shapes, colours, and curliness. With a long harvest window from summer to over winter in these can be a sound investment for continuous supply of fresh greens.

The Japanese type onions from seed can be sown.Toughball F1 is a good medium early variety with resistance to mildew.

Micro Greens for salads can still be sown for a different taste to a summer salad. Pea shoots provide a sweet addition; all can be sown in small pots in the kitchen ready for use.

July sown Spring Cabbage and late brassica can now be planted, try to plant as deep as possible to encourage new roots. Durham Early is a tried and tested variety which can still be sown now to plant in September.

Leeks for winter use can be planted, if the ground is dry trim the tops and roots to encourage new growth and stop water loss.

When planting in dry ground always make sure the plants are moist before, never plant a dried out plant they will take too long to recover.

The autumn planting onion sets are available from the end of August/early September; there are many varieties to choose from. Don’t forget the name changes, Radar is now known as Yellow Winter and Shakespeare known as Autumn Champion. These are best planted during September and October. Garlic will be available from September.

Don’t miss the opportunity to make use of any spare ground over winter. Unused ground can be sown with a green manure, this will suppress weeds and give some nutrients back. Check out our website for details.

The show season is back to normal. Our next display will be at the Southport Flower Show on August 18th to 21st. We are in the floral marquee, drop by to say hello. We shall have a range of vegetable plants as well as our seeds for sale.

Our new 2023 catalogue will be ready by September. The graded Mammoth Improved Onion seed is now in a large packet. The seed is the same quality just less plastic used. The catalogue itself will be sent in a compostable or paper sleeve again reducing the plastic used.

For all up to date day by day info, check out facebook page.

Whatever the rest of year brings,
Good gardening,

The Robinson’s

 

W Robinson & Son (Seeds and Plants) Ltd

‘The Home of the Mammoth Onion’

Sunny Bank, Forton, Preston PR3 0BN

01524791210

www.mammothonion.co.uk

e:  info@mammothonion.co.uk

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A pest solution.

Now that conditions are correct for planting leafy vegetables slugs can be a problem. Use this simple garlic repellent to deter garden pests like aphids and slugs. It can also help eliminate powdery mildew on foliage.
Peel the cloves from a whole head of garlic and put in a food processor or blender with 235 ml of water. Purée the mixture (this takes about a minute in a regular food processor). Alternatively, chop or crush the cloves as finely as you can by hand and mix well with the water.
Add a further 700ml of water to the mix, along with 30ml of any liquid soap. Blend again and then transfer to a clean jar.
Leave the mixture to steep overnight, or for at least 12 hours, so that the garlic can infuse the liquid with its potent sulphur compounds.
Once the mixture has had time to steep, strain it through a muslin cloth or fine mesh strainer to remove the solid garlic pieces (which would otherwise clog the nozzle on your spray bottle).
Pour the garlic-infused liquid into a reusable spray bottle and store in the fridge between uses.
Mist plants in the evening, holding the spray about 15-30cm away from the foliage, and cover both sides of the leaves with an even coating of the garlic pesticide spray. Re-apply every few days (and after any rainfall) when your plants are suffering with an infestation, or once a week as a deterrent.
Garlic has a reputation for warding off vampires but it’s also effective against smaller blood-sucking creatures such as mosquitoes.
Add two-three crushed fresh garlic cloves to a food grade oil such as sunflower oil, and leave to infuse for 24 hours.
The following day, add 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice to the mixture, along with 500 ml water.
Strain the garlic, lemon and oil mixture through some muslin cloth or a fine mesh strainer to remove the pieces of garlic.
Transfer to a spray bottle and apply this natural repellent as needed to keep mosquitoes away.

Below is a guide for when to feed vegetables which we hope will be of help.

GENERAL RULES FOR FEEDING VEGETABLES.

All root vegetables…..  Never. If the ground is correctly prepared.

Brassica……    Never. If the ground is correctly prepared

Chilli Peppers….. When the fruit has started to set and swell well, never feed too early.

Courgettes, Marrows and Cucumbers…… When first picking starts.

Onions and Leeks……. Never. If the ground is correctly prepared.

Onions and Leeks for exhibition……. Never. If the ground is correctly prepared.  However they respond to a feed of Nitrate of Soda if a burst of growth is needed.

Peppers and Aubergines…….. When fruit is golf ball size.

Tomatoes under glass……. When the fruit on the first truss is pea size.

Tomatoes outdoors…….. When the fruit on the second truss is pea size.

NEVER FORGET PLANTS DON’T HAVE TEETH, THEY DO NEED WATER TO TAKE UP THE NUTRIENTS IN THE GROUND!  ALWAYS WATER THE GROUND WELL IN HOT DRY CONDITIONS.

 

W Robinson & Son (Seeds and Plants) Ltd
‘The Home of the Mammoth Onion’
Sunny Bank, Forton, Preston PR3 0BN
01524791210
www.mammothonion.co.uk         info@mammothonion.co.uk
facebook.com/mammothvegetables