Promoting greater self-sufficiency across CornwallMarch 22, 2012
As the main gardening season kicks off, Trevena Cross Nurseries is keen to promote a greener, self-sufficient lifestyle in 2012 across Cornwall, with a simple message to garden owners to ‘give Grow your Own a go’. This is aided by a huge selection of nursery grown vegetable plants, carefully developed with the domestic gardener in mind; favouring staggered crops that can feed the family over an extended period, rather than an influx of veg that all becomes ready to harvest at one time.
It’s true that the price hikes on consumables at the supermarket, and in many cases, a sharp rise in fuel costs, is leading people to dabble in the grow your own game at home, to differing degrees, and yet despite these rather negative factors spurring on households in many cases, horticulturists can see only a positive outcome to an eventual shift in a more self-sufficient lifestyle across society.
Trevena Cross Nursery and Garden Centre owner and horticulturist Graham Jeffery comments:
“Overall attitudes towards food and where it comes from will become better informed with a more hands-on approach to food production, and this will be passed to future generations, who will develop an engrained enthusiasm for such a healthy, fun and rewarding activity – growing fruit and vegetables – and then eating them!
“Our relationship with local primary schools for one, has shown that it doesn’t take much to get children excited about growing plants; and it is certainly encouraging to see that many schools are taking time to teach pupils about where their food comes from – growing produce on a school fruit and vegetable patch or herb garden, and then incorporating it into recipes cooked in school.
This ‘give it a go’ message hopes to tackle any unease or trepidation that garden novices may feel about trying to grow some fruit and veg.
“We understand that for a first time grower it can be overwhelming, and a common thought can be ‘where do I start?’ but ‘grow your own’ can be conducted on any scale, from acres of allotment to a single window box of herbs – the important thing is to just give something a try, and perhaps for more confident growers, to give something new a try.
There will always be someone close-by with a wealth of knowledge to advise, whether that be a family member, friend, or your local nursery or garden centre – we certainly spend time with our customers making sure they go away feeling happy and more confident about what they’re to embark on – there is just so much satisfaction to be had from growing your own produce, we recommend everyone give it a try!
For more information about Trevena Cross, its extensive ‘grow your own’ section, or for any general questions or queries about grow your own practise, pay us a visit or give us a call on 01736 763880.
Tomato Fever…March 20, 2012
The anticipation is finally over – our first tomatoes will be on their way down from the nursery, to the garden centre tomorrow.
Popular old favourites including Moneymaker and Gardener’s Delight will be the first to adorn the shelves of the grow your own section/greenhouse, with many others (25+ varieties in fact!) – including less well known, but incredibly delicious ones, like Tommy Toe, Amish Paste, and Rose de Berne, on their way down in the coming weeks!
We want to hear from you with your favourite tomato varieties this season. Nursery and Garden Centre owner Graham has introduced some fantastically tasty new varieties this year, many of which you are unlikely to find elsewhere in the county, and beyond, but we want your feedback on which you rate number one!
Sweet sweet strawberries!March 15, 2012
We are delighted that we can finally introduce what have been descibed as three of the best tasting strawberries the world has ever seen!
Taking us a while to source, we have finally got our hands on these varieties and grown them in our nursery. This week they are making the short journey to the garden centre floor. As with most of the fruit and veg grown in the nursery, Graham, nursery and garden centre owner, has already sampled a selection of the sweet strawberries we are stocking, and is excited to hear feedback from customers following the strawberry season this year, regarding these – in our opinion – fabulous varieties.
So which ones are we talking about? Namely, Frau Mieze Schindler – with fruits that taste ‘out of this world’, syonomous with a ‘fruits of the forest’ candy flavour – a number one strawberry across much of Europe, Mara des Bois – with soft and delicious fruits that have a wonderful aromatic wild strawberry flavour, but grow much larger than the traditional wild strawberry! And Anablanca – producing unusual white, pink tinged, firm, sweet juicy fruits, with a flavour resembling pineapple!
A taste of the tropics!March 2, 2012
In the last couple of days we have taken delivery of an epic collection of unusual and exotic plants including a range of bamboos and a huge lorry full of exotic specimens, driven over on a non-stop voyage from Spain.
This impressive collection of plants and trees has already turned more than a few heads and even us staff can’t fail to be in awe of such a spectacle, despite it being at least an annual event for us!
See below for a run down of some of what we have taken delivery of – all specially selected for their suitability to our Cornish conditions/climate.
Why not bring a touch of exotica to your garden this year…?
Phyllostachys aurea Aureocaulis
Phyllostachys vivax Aureocaulis
Chamaerops humilis Cerifera
Chamaerops humilis Vulcano
…Plus a number of succulents!
Come on down and take a look!