Whether you're looking to start your own vegetable patch, want to try your hand at growing potatoes or are looking for specific varieties, here at Beetham Nurseries we have a large range on offer throughout the seasons, to give you everything you need when it comes to 'growing your own'.
We stock a wide range of herbs here in The Garden Centre from April to June. Everything from Basil, Parsley, and Thyme to Rosemary, Chervil and Borage. If you are looking for something specific during this time, please do call ahead to check availability.
The Vegetable Plants we stock throughout spring are supplied by Robinsons, a family-owned specialist grower based in Lancashire. We stock a wide range of vegetables throughout the spring months including tomatoes (many varieties), cucumbers, lettuce, cabbages, chilies, chard, peppers, beans, radish, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, mangetout, sweet potatoes and so many more. If you are looking for something specific during this time, please do call ahead to check availability.
From January to Easter, we stock one of the largest ranges of seed potatoes you'll find anywhere! Over 80 varieties of First Earlies, Second Earlies and Maincrop potatoes are available to buy, and are sold by weight, so you can select exactly the number of potatoes you'd like, much like a pick & mix.
Shallots & Onions
Whilst shallots and onions can be grown from seed, they are usually planted as ‘sets.’
Sets are immature bulbs that most gardeners prefer to start their onions / shallots from because they are less likely to be attacked by pests and disease, more likely to mature faster and easier to grow in colder areas.
Garlic can be planted in the Autumn through until the end of spring. It is relatively easy to grow and can be categorised into two main types; hardneck and softneck, this refers simply to the way the garlic grows.
Hardneck varieties produce a flower stem which can be used in a variety of culinary delights. They also produce garlic bulbs although these don't tend to store as well as a softneck variety; hardneck varieties do have unique qualities though which depend on variety.
Softneck varieties don't produce a flower stem but they do store for much longer.
Garlic needs full sun and well drained soil in order to grow well so it's important to dig in plenty of compost/well rotted organic matter, not
only will this help the soil grow but it will also provide plenty of nutrients that will enable your garlic to flourish; note that garlic does not tolerate water logged soil at all. Split the garlic you have into individual cloves and plant each clove in a row about one inch below the soil and four inches apart from each other.
If you're planting more than one row, then rows should be spaced about 12 inches apart. As with growing sets/bulbs, during the initial rooting period, it will be important to inspect your rows periodically because birds can be good at removing freshly planted cloves. You can prevent birds undoing your hard work by covering your freshly planted garlic with netting and provide an alternative food for them nearby in bird feeders.
If you are looking for something specific, or would like to check our availability of a variety or range of plants, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Our Guides to Growing Vegetables
Find out more below about growing your own vegetables, including our very own top hints & tips!