Today opened from 09:00 until 17:30

Your independent Plant Centre
for all the Family

  • 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

    Forest gardening is really getting gardeners talkin

    Forest gardening is really getting gardeners talkin

    Forest gardening, or permaculture as it's more technically known, is really getting gardeners talking.

    Instead of replanting your crops annually and clearing the ground after harvesting, in forest gardens the bulk of the planting is permanent, keeping soil undisturbed. It's a sustainable way of growing that's more in tune with the natural world, and less work for you.

    In forest gardening, trees, shrubs and perennials are planted in layers, mimicking the structure of a forest. Start with a top storey of fruit trees: apples, pears or perhaps a mulberry. Under them go soft fruit like gooseberries and raspberries which grow well in the shade cast by the trees above.

    At their feet, cover the ground with shade-loving vegetables. Spinach, salads, herbs such as sweet cicely and parsley, or more unusual crops like mashua, a nasturtium-like tuber from Peru, all grow well down at ground level.

    Other elements include medicinal plants and nitrogen fixers, used for their natural fertilising powers. Permaculture is an absorbing philosophy, and you'll soon be wondering why you haven't grown veg like this all along.