Follow our progress running the nursery, watching wild bees, keeping honey bees and creating our own bee-haven in south Oxfordshire

Propogation for our first season

Here is how the our greenhouse currently looks; I love it all full up like that. This year, due to delays in getting the construction finished I produced our stock using a blend of seed sown propagation and some support from other suppliers in the form of mini-plugs which I have then potted on to the bigger cells.  However I  still managed to do enough propagation to have worked out the growing times and a production schedule ready for larger scale next year.

This season has been further complicated by not having electricity at the main site yet (costs of installing are shocking!) so all the plants are spending the first few weeks on hot-mats back at our house in either the greenhouse or conservatory. Then once they have their root growth started we move them into the polytunnel where the all-day light is fantastic.