The great nematode famine.

By | January 9, 2013

Despite at least three or four nights when the temperature here has gone down to -5C before Christmas, the little blighters are still flourishing like the green bay tree and homing in on the Pak Choy and Tatsoi with knives and forks in hand. We are going to be under siege for months to come.

Ever wanted to learn to smoke?

By | October 8, 2012

One of our fellow stall holders there is a nice man called David Stechler who runs the Lewes Smokehouse and he’ll shortly be running a DIY course in smoking food on 17th November at another neighbour of ours the famous High Weald Dairy. Here are the details. If you’re interested contact David as explained below. If you go let me know how you get on.

Preserving what you produce

By | September 13, 2012

Well it seems to be that time of year again when we have an excess of fruits that we need to preserve. Here at the glasshouses we tend to make things like Tomato chutney, chilli Jelly and Marmalade. In order to help you we offer a small range of equipment from Franchi, the Italian seed people.

Intelligent Gardening – French Style at the Miromesnil Potager garden

By | September 11, 2012

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?

By | September 8, 2012

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.

#RHShampton court – where you can buy the plants we showed at Grow Your Own Curry

By | July 12, 2012

Plants4Presents sell plants online as gifts and deliver all over the UK. Our aim is always to sell interesting plants that we would like to receive ourselves. Over time our range of citrus trees, flowering plants, climbers and chilli plants has slowly expanded to include lots of other edible plants including kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, curry leaf trees and turmeric.

Final preparations for #RHS Hampton

Plants that we’re showing at #RHShampton court include turmeric, ginger, cardamom, cumin, lemongrass, holy basil, curry leaf and various citrus and chilli plants. One unusual plant that will be on display will be Malabar Spinach which is a climbing plant that can be used as spinach.