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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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. […]

How to Deer Proof You Garden using plants

Down here not a million miles away from the Ashdown Forest we have packs of wild deer roaming the countryside looking for things to munch. As part of the development of the Forest garden we have been protecting the fruit trees and Camellias with plastic mesh cages. However at the Intelligent Garden we like to work with nature where possible so I was delighted to come across this piece via Twitter. I’ve reproduced some of it because it’s so useful. […]

Why plants need cold.

A quick overview of why plants can benefit from a cold snap. It’s kind of like a board game where the aim is to accumulate degree days. So one degree day is one day spent below a given temperature which varies from plant to plant. 1 day at 6 degrees below is worth 3 days at 2 degrees below. When the critical number is reached then the plants will move onto the next phase in the cycle. This tends to be a feature of long day plants. […]

Land regeneration – permaculture in action?

I can honestly report that on this year’s lot there’s been a pitch invasion of docks and at the back where the swimming pool came out 18 months ago it’s stiff with clover. Both of these happy events have been organised by nature with no input from me at all. So while I’ve been on holiday I’ve been avidly reading David Bell’s book the permaculture garden and am busily planning a forest garden round the house for a permanent supply of fruit. […]

I’ve been looking at #Permaculture in wonder recently.

This whole approach to designing a functioning ecosystem from day one is something that we really should be looking at more given that I’m beginning to suspect that what we think of as conventional farming is uncomfortably dependent on cheap oil. […]

Our Amazon Feedback

I’ve finally discovered how to embed the Amazon Feedback page into the site so in a spirit of modest pride I thought I’d share it with you here. We take our customers needs seriously and if there’s a problem we’re pretty quick to sort it out as some of the kind comments show. We’ve always found that you can have all the marketing you like but if you don’t look after the customers pretty soon you won’t have a business. […]

Starting the year with a bang!

Here at the Intelligent Garden we really believe in working with nature and being alert to her rhythms. And while we’re remain convinced that Science can tell us a lot about how to get the best from our plants, sometimes you need to step outside the box a bit. […]

An amazing year for mushrooms

But the amazing think is how the drought plus rain formula has brought up the mushrooms. I’ve never seen so many different varieties all bursting out of the ground. Here’s a picture of some parasol mushrooms taken in the field next door. They’re quite big – a good 9 inches across and about the same in height These are supposed to be edible – I had some with bacon for breakfast this morning so I’ll let you know if I survive! […]

Permaculture – Turkish Style

One of the things that has interested me for a while is how far is it possible to move to a more permaculture orientated approach which minimizes the impact on the environment while making use of perennial plants which deliver a higher yield than annual plants since they don’t have to start from scratch every year.

Most of the theory about permaculture as it is generally practised today originates from Australia and is aimed at semi arid conditions. Consequently its application in the UK might need a bit of adjusting. However a more usable template might be found a bit […]

Growing vegetables on your patio – or balcony

In the Intelligent Garden, we feel it’s really important to help people who want to grow some fresh produce in a limited space. Part of this is about growing in borders as recommended by Geoff Hamilton or Marylyn Abbot in her book Gardens of Plenty. I used to regularly grow chard, sorrel and mange tout in our the borders in our back garden in Guildford. However, you can grow a surprising amount in pots and patio planters. So we’ve added 2 exciting products (well they inspire me anyway) for patio use as well as the revolutionary AeroGarden for fresh herbs in the kitchen. But I’ll tell you all about that another day. […]