Fletching Glasshouses

One of the delights of social media is that it’s quite easy to incorporate information from one place into another. Our vegetable production arm has its own web site which is all about Organic Vegetables in East Sussex. It has its own blog that updates the details of what’s available when with information about what else is going on at the nursery. So thanks to the wonders of the internet you don’t have to go looking for it – you can find it here.

Why we started the Intelligent Garden

I first started gardening as a research student working on how plants grow. Then we bought a small holding in Shropshire for a while before we discovered computers and marketing. 20 years later we started selling plants on-line.

Expansion meant we needed premises - so we acquired a nursery with 2 acres of glasshouse and started growing organic vegetables again. By September 2008 we had our soil association certification and had started selling biological controls online.

Talking to people on farmer's markets I sense a real hunger for people to garden and produce their own food. And a real interest in local and pesticide free produce.

So we created the Intelligent Garden ito help you get the most from your garden by offering the knowledge, products and advice you need to work effectively with nature to release the intelligence in your garden.

Company Registration 5003969
Vat Registration: 826 8892 74
Reg Office The Glasshouses, Fletching Common, BN84JJ

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Intelligent Gardening - French Style at the Miromesnil Potager garden

The garden at miromesnil

his year we went to visit the Potager Garden at Miromesnil. It has a a classic structure – 4 squares of vegetables surrounded by borders of mixed flowers. It was started in 1948 by the Comtesse de Vogue. Her son added fruit trees to the garden and decided to cut the grass on the south side of the park in a chequered design similar to that used in the 18th century. […]

Autumn Vegetables - where did the summer go?

If you are under glass or have a polytunnel you still have time to plant things up to overwinter. You will get a catch crop by the beginning of November that you can continue harvesting through out the winter. As long as they have some green left they will regenerate when the light turns in the middle of February and will keep you in fresh greens through the hungry gap into May when the new seasons plantings start to work. […]

urban renewal through community gardening at #rhshampton

Well it’s been a long week at the show and I’ve not been able to do much blogging because we’ve been so busy on the stands adding people on their lemon trees,handing out free feed and selling lots,of kaffir limes and chillies.

However one of the things that really interests is what the keynote theme is going to be.

Last year it was grow your own with a whole pastiche of doing your own farming and propagating a vision of an older, kinder, gentler landscape.

This year however we’re altogether more down to earth by focusing on the […]

The Woodland Garden starts to get established.


Update on the Intelligent Garden Woodland Garden project 3 months in – what’s doing well and how exciting that the sheet mulch / potato combination has worked so well […]

Visit to the Alara forest Garden in King’s Cross

Alar a Garden

Alex has created a garden about 50 metres long and about 8-10 meters wide along the West side of a factory unit. It has created a great microclimate on 2 terraces and after 5 years it’s already quiet prolific with an effective forest garden / permaculture mix of fruit trees, bushes, eleagnus to fix nitrogen and also to provide fruits, asparagus and some prominent cordons of japanese wineberry […]

Spring Visit to Sissinghurst

Woodland Carpet

Sissinghurst is probably my all time favourite garden to visit. I it was a dull afternoon but the bulbs were just outstanding. – particularly in the areas of woodland garden they have […]

How to create a hedge

As part of the Woodland Garden project we have been constructing a hedge on the outside to discourage deer by being prickly, pungent (the rosemary) while being as ornamental and edible as possible so that it would form an integral edge into our 5 metre woodland garden ribbon. […]

Magnolia Heaven at Nymans

Magnolia Stellata

Sometimes it’s good to step back and enjoy the seasons and spring is probably the most exciting of all. National Trust gardens are a great way to see some really stunning mature gardens and planting ideas and Nymans in West Sussex is no exception. […]

Mid February Tasks – according to the RHS

Well we’re certainly doing some of that here. Haven’t mowed the lawn yet but we’ve been dividing up perennials and sticking them into the new hedge. And the potatoes are chitting at the moment ready for their role in the pincer movement against weeds – sheet mulch, compost , potatoes – around the new fruit trees. […]

It looks like an early spring – down here in the South East at least.

January Flowers

This looks like an early spring. Watch out for bugs, non vernalised and confused plants but enjoy the daffs snowdrops etc as they get underway early […]