Wednesday, 31 July 2013

GCA Best Garden Centre (GC Catagory NW Area)

Rydyn ni newydd ein dyfarnu'r Ganolfan Arddio orau yn y  Categori Canolfannau Garddio yn ardal y Gogledd-orllewin gan Gymdeithas y Canolfannau Garddio.  Diolch yn fawr iawn i chi, bawb o’n staff a’n cwsmeriad. 

Just been awarded the Best Garden Centre in the Garden Centre Category for
the North West Area by the GCA. Thank you to all our staff & customers......

Friday, 12 July 2013

Home Grown Plants at Fron Goch

Plants have always been our priority here, and with many unusual and hard-to-find varieties stocked, we are famous for our range and quality. 

We are passionate about what we do & grow the majority of our plants here at Fron Goch in our nurseries (approx 95%). We have confidence in our plants & want them to do well in your garden. This is why we provide a 3 year guarantee with all our plants. 

The choice is expansive, includes Himalayan rhododendrons, tree ferns, exotic conifers, and an ever-widening range of herbaceous perennials, shrubs and trees; and plants are mostly organised into groups relating to the growing conditions they enjoy. 

Due to our location we stock an extensive range of coastal trees and shrubs, which are ideal for resisting the salty prevailing winds. 

Bedding, patio and container plants make a huge display here from February to December, offering you real outdoor colour all year round, whilst a range from baby plants and plugs to super sized specimens are perfect for instant effect in the garden. Many of these plants are grown in our own nursery, on site.

Our range of fruit trees and bushes, vegetable plants and herbs, is extensive and ever increasing, as more and more of us enjoy and value the opportunity of growing and eating our own food.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Green Fly

Is it me, or is it a REALLY good year for Greenfly? They're everywhere!!!! Luckily, here at Fron Goch we have many ways to deal with these pesky sap-suckers!:) We have a great range of pesticides, standard and organic, and there's always somebody around that can give you advice on how to use them effectively, and safely. You can always let nature give you a hand by attracting beneficial insects into the garden, and here's a handy link to explain how.

Fungal Disease (in the garden)

Many of us have, or are about to, plant out brassica in the vegetable garden, and with that is concern about Clubroot. Clubroot is a fungal disease, that lives in the soil. It causes swollen and distorted root growth, and the upper part of the pant can appear stunted, be prone to wilting and generally look unhealthy. This disease can survive in the soil for 20(!) years.So what can we do to control or prevent this disease? Well, there is NO chemical treatment available to gardeners. But, liming the soil well, and improving drainage, by adding loads of organic matter, or building raised beds we give our little brassica plants the advantage, (as the fungus thrives in damp acidic soil). If sowing your own seeds, use fresh compost, not soil from the garden. When buying plants from us you can be assured that they are Clubroot free. If you already have Clubroot on your plot, that doesn't mean you have to stop crowing brassica, potting your plants on into fresh compost, so that they are well established before you plant them out gives them a head start . Try to prevent contaminating other beds, by transferring infected soil on garden tools, or transplants etc. Or you could try the old trick of putting a chunk of Rhubarb in the planting hole when planting, some say it works, others say no, but we gardeners will give anything a go wont we!. There are loads of resistant varieties now available, and more being developed every year.PLANTS AFFECTED BY CLUBROOT: All brassica, cabbages, cauliflower, kale, sprouts, radishes, kohlrabi, turnips, sweedes, also be aware that, Wallflowers, Aubretia, Stocks, and weeds such as Sheperds Purse, are all part of the brassica family, and its best not to transfer them to your plot from a garden where you know Clubroot is a problem.

Friday, 11 January 2013

How to Prepare Seed Potatoes

With many thanks from Westland, who supply us with fantastic composts & fertalisers a hand guide to preparing seed potatoes.

How to Prepare Your Seed Potatoes
For best results, allow seed potatoes to ‘chit’ (sprout) before planting.

What is Chitting?
Chitting is a simple process, where seed potatoes are encouraged to sprout before planting.

Why chit?
Chitting gives your seed potatoes stronger sprouts and is a vital factor in producing a successful crop. Having good sprouts before planting can help to speed up the growing process.

How to chit your seed potatoes.
During February and March place the seed potatoes in a shallow tray (egg boxes are ideal) with any shoots facing upwards.
Position the tray in the light, protect from frost and extreme heat. This chitting process takes roughly six weeks to allow sprouts to grow 1.5-2.5cm (0.5-1in) long. Once the seed potatoes have reached this point, you are ready to plant them out, either in the ground or in a growing bag.

How to Plant Your Seed Potatoes
Seed potatoes will grow well in the ground or in a growing bag. Bags are ideal if you are limited for space.
Planting Seed Potatoes in the Ground
Potato Prepare
Prepare & Plant
Choose a sunny spot (avoid frost pockets) and dig to break down the soil, removing any clods. Dig a trench in the soil 15cm (6in) deep by 15cm (6in) wide before laying out the seed potatoes with the shoots or rose end facing upwards. Position the seed potatoes 25-30cm (10-12in) apart allowing 60cm (24in) between each row and cover over with the excess soil. First shoots should appear within a few weeks.
Potato Care
Once the first shoots begin to show cover with a new layer of soil to protect the crop. Once shoots are 5cm (2in) tall, cover the shoots with more soil to block out any light; this process is called ‘earthing up’. Repeat this process twice. Water the soil around the plants especially once foliage has formed.
Planting Seed Potatoes in a Growing Bag
Potato Prepare
Prepare & Plant
Fill a potato growing bag with 15cm (6in) of compost. Position three to four chitted seed potatoes evenly on top of the compost, with sprouts facing upwards. Cover potatoes with a further 10-15cm (4-6in) of compost and ensure compost is well watered. First shoots should appear within a few weeks.
Potato Care
Water the potato plant regularly to keep compost moist, taking care not to saturate the compost. As the seed potatoes start to shoot, cover with a new layer of compost 10cm (4in) deep and repeat this process twice until 5cm (2in) from the top of the bag. Water well, especially once foliage has formed, watering onto the compost rather than the foliage.
How to Harvest Your Potatoes
Potato HarvestWhen the potato plant starts to flower (approximately 12 weeks after planting), it is usually a sign that your potatoes are ready for harvesting. The longer you leave your potatoes the larger they will be and the bigger the yield. To harvest from the ground carefully dig up from the side using a garden fork to avoid bruising your crop.
From a growing bag,carefully remove the whole potato plant. Wash the potatoes ready for use. Store potatoes in a cool, dark, frost-free place.