News from the Nursery including our opening hours.

Welcome to our web site nursery news

On these pages we update all what is going on at the nursery and keep you up to date on the seasons growing with monthly hints and tips.

For updates on the shows and dates for 2024 see News about our Shows.

If trying trying ‘Grow your Own’ for the first time, don’t be put off by a failure. 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.

All our plants are grown using John Innes compost which is loam based. We use biomass boilers to heat all our glasshouses and use predator’s or a natural spray to control unwanted garden pests rather than a chemical spray.

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 plants to Northern Ireland or the EU. 


Available now at the nursery we have

Vegetable plants including the

Mammoth Onion and Mammoth Leeks,

small varieties of onions and winter leeks,

Tomato, Chilli & Sweet Peppers, Aubergine, Cucumber, Melon,

Brassica, Lettuce and herb plants available.

  Strawberry plants.

Our full range of seeds

2nd planting Potatoes available from 3rd week in June

June nursery opening times

Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm



Jobs in the garden for June here in the UK

Dear Gardeners,

For the gardener June is a month when everything can be planted outdoors without fear of failure. The majority of vegetables can now be either planted or sown outside. Give the prepared beds a sprinkle of general fertilizer and rake it in. As with many parts of the UK, here on the west side we have had varying weather in May. It’s either been hot and sunny or wet, ideal for slugs so keep an eye out for them and any pests before planting. The Cabbage White butterfly is around so any brassicas should be protected.

Outdoor sowing and planting:
Continue to sow lettuce, parsley, spring onions, perpetual spinach, chard, kale, kohl rabi, turnip, radish, as well as all the oriental salads (rocket, pak choi, mizuna etc). Now is the time to sow the autumn planting onions such as Toughball or Senshyu Yellow. The autumn planting onion sets are available from September.

Indoor sowing and cropping:
Lettuce, Basil, Coriander, Dill and Rocket can be sown inside to give a good succession for the summer. Winter vegetables such as Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Spring Greens and Kale can be sown, to be ready for planting outdoors in August.

During the hot weather make sure tomatoes have a regular supply of water to avoid Blossom End Rot. Ensure all plants of tomato, pepper, chilli and aubergine have a good feeding regime, constantly checking for pests.


Now is the time when we put the first tile on our April planted Mammoth Blanch Leeks growing for exhibition, they have had plenty of water in the past few weeks. The Mammoth Onions are hand weeded to keep them clear of any outdoor aphids.

Aphids tend to be a problem in mid summer especially in more sheltered gardens and in a poly tunnel.  Watch out for ladybirds or hoverflies as they may already control them.  If aphids are a big problem they can be sprayed with pyrethrum or soft soap, but both sprays will also harm ladybirds.  Aphids can also be washed off plants with a strong jet of water.  Keep checking your brassicas for butterfly eggs, the Cabbage White butterfly is now in flight.
All courgettes, squashes and pumpkins can be planted out, give them space between plants to avoid overcrowding. Once the courgettes start to fruit keep them well cropped as this will encourage more fruit.

Outdoor cucumbers are best trained up on a frame or canes. This will keep the fruit clean.

2nd or summer planting potatoes can be planted into pots or containers. We have two varieties available this year, check our website for details of the varieties available from mid June.

Planting guide for summer planting potatoes

Potato barrels or larger pots can be used, however sometimes compost can become compressed due to watering or wet weather, and the plants do not grow properly. This can be remedied by adding perlite, grit or organic matter, which will stop the compost compressing but will not harm the growing tubers. The smaller the container, the smaller the area the potato plants have to grow, therefore try to use containers with a diameter of at least 20cm (8in) to allow plants to develop properly. Make sure that there is adequate drainage in the container and then place around 10cm (4in) of compost. Add the tuber and then cover with around 5cm (2in) of compost. As the potato leaves begins to show through the compost, add more compost and continue this process at intervals until the container will not hold any more compost. Then allow the plant to grow normally and when the pot is ready to harvest you should find that your container is full of potatoes.

A question often asked by new gardeners is when are potatoes ready for harvest? The simple answer is when they have finished flowering and the foliage is starting to yellow.

Gardeners World Live at the NEC runs from the 13th to the 16th of June. We shall be there in the Floral Marquee as usual with a range of vegetable plants and seeds from tomatoes for this year to leeks for next. If you are attending, drop by to say hello we are at stand FM65.

For all updates on what we do on the nursery week by week check out our facebook page.

Good gardening, whatever the weather.

The Robinson’s


W Robinson & Son (Seeds and Plants) Ltd
‘The Home of the Mammoth Onion’
Sunny Bank, Forton, Preston
e:  [email protected]


 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.


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.



W Robinson & Son (Seeds and Plants) Ltd
‘The Home of the Mammoth Onion’
Sunny Bank, Forton, Preston PR3 0BN
01524791210         [email protected]