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  • Apr 24 2016
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It's been a while since we posted anything here. This has been for several reasons mostly because we have moved location. Only just down the road but nonetheless a big wrench and a huge draw on our spare time for the past year and bit.

Despite the move away from Scampton, after 20 odd years of living there we are not yet ready to change our name and will continue with the old name for the foreseeable future. Two things the move has brought us are challenges; Firstly, we no longer have space for 3 greenhouses, so 2 have gone and one is currently stored whilst we work out where we can put it without taking up too much of our smaller garden. Secondly we have a taken on a neglected garden, with overgrown shrubs and borders and we have spent much of our time renovating and removing/replacing these plants as well as restoring a patchy lawn.

As a consequence we have had little time to test seeds other than the germination tests we always conduct, but growing to maturity without a heated greenhouse will not be possible for many species for a time. We are, however, experimenting with tropicals that can be grown outdoors in the UK in the warmer weather and will post regular updates here as we see progress. Our aim is to turn our garden into something a bit more exotic and to this end we have plans to use Hardy exotics alongside tender ones, to create something a bit different. Succulents wont be forgotten either and we currently have 2 Opuntias and a large Agave outside under rain shelter which have passed the winter unscathed.

We have added a new guide to our care sheet page, this one covering the tropicals we are growing from seed and how to consider gardening with borderline species in a temperate garden - we hope you will find it useful - the link to is here.

Preparing and Growing Seeds

  • Feb 3 2014
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Today we have published the first in a planned series of addtions to our care sheet collection. We plan to add leaflets covering more generic aspects of care and the first of the these covers preparation prior to sowing (such as scarification, soaking and stratification). Our hope is that by using these sheets in conjunction with the specific care sheets will enable higher degrees of success in your seed raising efforts.

The first sheet can be accessed via our cultural notes page or for a direct link, click here.

Future sheets will cover soil choice, germination using artificial heat, growing containers, pests/diseases and growing on.

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