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Growing Strawberries

Home-grown strawberries are sweet and flavoursome and you can pick just as you need them.    Strawberries picked in the warmest part of the day will be at their sweetest.  They are very easy to grow and adapt well to growing in containers.  They just need a sunny spot with soil which drains well. Planting New…

10 of the Best Herbs to Grow in Containers

Herbs are one of the most rewarding container crops; most are also easy to grow. The simplest way to succeed with herbs is to buy plants, although some can be grown from seed. To ensure long lasting supply of herbs make sure you pick your herbs regularly during the growing season, and make sure you…

Climbing Beans

We recommend climbing beans as the perfect crop for novice gardeners or children.  Everyone will have success and will pick baskets full of juicy beans. They are an inviting crop; Large, often colourful, easy-to-handle seeds. Like to be sown straight in the ground. Grow quickly. Give a display of flowers as well Can crop for…

Investing in an Apple Tree

    There are fruit trees available to suit every garden.  They will reward you for years to come with delicious fruit and give structure and a sense of tradition to your garden. There is a bewildering choice available, especially when it comes to apple varieties.  Luckily the specialist nurseries supplying Fairweather’s Garden Centre provide…

Planting a Container Grown Fruit Tree

Fruit trees are best planted in the tree’s dormant season (October to March).  The earlier the better as the soil is more likely to be workable. Planting You will need; soil improver ( Westland tree and shrub compost), bonemeal, mycorrizal soil stimulant (optional), a stake and tie, a rabbit /squirrel guard for the lower trunk.…

Pumpkins, Squash and Courgettes

These vegetables are all in the same plant family known as cucurbits.  Although they can have different growing habits they are all cultivated in a similar way. Which varieties to choose? Summer squash include courgettes and patty pans.  They produce prolific fruits throughout the summer but these fruits do not store. Patrick’s Patch favourite bush…

Growing Raspberries

Raspberries are grouped into two types; summer fruiting and autumn fruiting.  These two groups are distinct in their growth habits and have different training and pruning requirements.  By growing varieties from each group it is possible to have a supply of raspberries from mid-summer to mid-autumn. Recommended varieties Summer fruiting; Glen Ample Autumn Fruiting; Autumn…

Growing Rhubarb

Invest in a rhubarb plant and it will produce stems for 20 years in good conditions. Planting You can plant rhubarb divisions; these are a piece of the fleshy root with a bud. Or you can plant young rhubarb plants in grown pots.  Plant in the dormant season, which is autumn through to late winter. …

Success with Salad

Even the smallest garden will have room to grow salad leaves either in containers, raised beds or small areas of ground.  They are very easy to grow, crop quickly and you can pick, fresh exactly what you like to put in your salad bowl. Wholehead lettuce You may choose to grow lettuce varieties which are…

How to grow Olive trees

        We will no longer be importing and selling Olives at Fairweathers. The bacterial disease Xylella which is killing Olives in Italy, Spain and France is not yet in the UK and we do not wish to take the risk of importing the disease and passing it onto our customers. If you…