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Jim’s Jottings

For three years, I wrote a monthly article for a local magazine. My aim was to tell a bit more about what goes on behind the scenes on a nursery and to dispel the idea that plant production is an easy task. It is, of course quite the opposite .In a lifetime of working on nurseries you accumulate a large number of skills in administration, finance, computing, building and machinery and above all, in learning what makes plants grow well. I have been persuaded that it would be a good idea to use this newsletter to give a glimpse of what generally goes unseen.

2810, 2016

Autumn has arrived…

By |October 28th, 2016|Categories: Jims Jottings|Comments Off on Autumn has arrived…

With the onset of cooler and shorter days, the work routine from September has changed. Then, the first job of the morning was to get the watering done. Now, this task has become more of a quick check round. Plants undercover are using much less water, so we can reduce the number of days on which we go round with a hosepipe. However, we shall be mindful throughout the winter, that all evergreens continue to use water and need checking regularly. Keep an eye on your precious plants that have been put under the cover of a greenhouse in the winter. With less time being spent on growing, there should be more time to get on with all of those jobs that were put aside in the busy summer months: i have a 1000 m2 of glass to clean, part of it with Fairy liquid and a broom;  formulae for [...]

2209, 2016

Greenhouses, hard work and future plans

By |September 22nd, 2016|Categories: Jims Jottings|Comments Off on Greenhouses, hard work and future plans

A greenhouse gives you the opportunity to sow seeds and grow plants much earlier in the year than you can outside. However, this is all work and when you have as much glass as we do, the early start makes for a long season. During the warm weather we have had to continue watering carefully and thoroughly, a task which soaks up a lot of time. I therefore sigh with relief when there is a sniff of autumnal air: the days are shorter; the air is stiller; the grass is moist with dew in the morning; and the plants are palpably heading for autumn. As the plants prepare to shut down, so do I to some extent, though any thought of winter hibernation is not allowed. There is a buzz of excitement on the nursery at the moment as we talk about our plans for next year. The most sudden [...]

908, 2016

Welcome to Jim’s Jottings

By |August 9th, 2016|Categories: Jims Jottings|0 Comments

For three years, I wrote a monthly article for a local magazine. My aim was to tell a bit more about what goes on behind the scenes on a nursery and to dispel the idea that plant production is an easy task. It is, of course quite the opposite .In a lifetime of working on nurseries you accumulate a large number of skills in administration, finance, computing, building and machinery and above all, in learning what makes plants grow well. Nursery manager, Lee, has persuaded me that it would be a good idea to use this blog to give a glimpse of what generally goes unseen. Like any other product, winter flowering pansy seed comes in different qualities. I have always been of the opinion that if a gardener takes the time to come out and buy a plant, prepares the ground and plants it, and provide the subsequent aftercare, that [...]