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  • Come and choose from our delicious breads and cakes this Christmas

  • Join us on Friday 30th November from 4pm until 8pm for our fabulous festive late night event!

  • We've fresh trees from 25th November, decorations and gifts in our dazzling Christmas Marquee

  • Enjoy a piping hot tea, coffee or chocolate on our heated Cafe´Terrace

  • The finest local ingredients for your Christmas dinner from our newly extended Farm Shop

  • We have a fantastic choice of gifts for all ages in our Christmas Marquee

  • All our sausages are made by our own Butcher

  • Enjoy tea, coffee and home-made lunches in our Cafe

  • Our Plant Centre has all you need for Autumn garden maintenance

  • We stock Regatta outdoor men's and womenswear

    Start dahlia tubers into growth

    Start dahlia tubers into growth

    Start dahlia tubers into growth this week. Overwintering dahlias in damp-ish sand under a bench in a frost-free greenhouse or conservatory is a wonderful way to keep your favourite plants growing from one year to the next. If you didn't get around to it last year, your favourite garden centre has new dahlia tubers in stock at the moment: look out for 'Black Narcissus', a deep wine-red cactus type, 'Twynyngs After Eight' with white flowers over deep bronze-purple foliage, or the blowsy pompoms of 'David Howard' in burnt orange.

    Whether you save your own, or buy in new tubers, it's a good idea to get them started into growth before planting them outside, as they're less vulnerable to slug damage. You'll have earlier flowers, too.

    First check they're nice and firm by giving them a quick squeeze, rejecting any which have rotted in storage. Then fill a large pot with multipurpose compost and plant the tubers so the stems stick out of the soil. Water well, and you should find shoots emerge within a few weeks. Keep the plant frost-free and grow it on in a sunny spot, making sure to keep an eye out for slugs, before planting out in the garden in late May.