From:                              Chris Smith - Head Gardener <>

Sent:                               05 November 2016 22:20


Subject:                          November Newsletter


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November 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to our November Newsletter, a little later than planned but we have lots going on so lots to tell you about!

Firstly, our shows, we are very pleased to say we have all the major shows again next year, this is not a right, we have to apply for them and get them on merit and our performance this year. We are very excited to be taking part in the newest RHS Show at Chatsworth in June, not only with a display of the history of the banana bred at Chatsworth but also to be consulting and designing on a show feature there. Watch this space for more details.

Secondly, all the Potato Days, which start in around 8 weeks, are now listed on our Diary of Events at and also on We have some great new venues plus all the old favourites. All the potato varieties are listed on the website now although you can't start ordering them until 1st December as we want to make sure all the crops are in!

Thirdly, this is a great time to be planting some fruit trees and bushes, the ground is still relatively warm and the plants will start to root out for a great start next year. Just picking the last of the autumn raspberries and still some blueberries here remined me of how great they still taste at this time of the year. We have a great selection of these and other fruits on the web site so why not order some now, they will be sent within the next couple of weeks for you to plant. For autumn Raspberries try
Joan J or Autumn Bliss or for something different those very sweet, yellow ones - Allgold.

Still time to plant Garlic and autumn onions, also those winter Broad Beans - Aquadulce, The Sutton or Robin Hood. We also have Asparagus Connover's Colossal available now with more varieties to follow shortly.

Lastly if you want to learn more about growing your own or other skills in the garden we shall be running a couple of pruning courses next year at the nursery to help you with your fruit growing. However if you want to learn more my good friend, Mark Diacono, yes him of 'Grand Designs' on C4 this week has at last launched his courses for next year at Otter Farm, near Honiton. 
If you want to try your hand at Beekeeping, Foraging, Food Photography and a whole lot more take a look at, you wont be disappointed.

That's all for now, off to pick the last of the Szechuan Pepper tomorrow, great harvest this year and we have some great plants to if you want to try your hand at growing it.

Next newsletter will be the Christmas one! 

Enjoy the last of autumn and the beginning of winter.

All the best

Chris & Mike

We are 'Pennard Plants'.

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