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Seasonal News 2019-01-07T15:35:33+00:00

SEASONAL NEWS

Information, advice and updates from our various departments here at Nicholsons

Seasonal News

Fabulous Fruit – 20% Off

By Lorraine Spooner MAKE YOUR GARDEN EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL WITH OUR SPECIAL OFFER ON ALL FRUIT TREES AND BUSHES THIS OFFER IS AVAILABLE UNTIL THE END OF MAY, SO VISIT US SOON TO MAKE YOUR SELECTION FROM THE HUGE RANGE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT OUR HORTICULTURAL EXPERTS WILL BE ON HAND TO GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE ESSENTIALS OF SELECTING THE OPTIMUM POLLINATING PARTNERS TO ENSURE A GOOD YIELD (alternatively you can make an appointment with Read more »

Biosecurity Blog 1: Notifiable Plants, Pests and Diseases

Notifiable Pests & Diseases Quarantine organisms which are subject to statutory control have to be reported if you suspect they, or host materials are present. These have to be reported if being imported/exported. If you suspect a notifiable you should quarantine suspicious item(s) immediately, and immediately contact the Animal & Plant Health Agency or Forestry Commission. APHA: 01904 405 138, Forestry Commission: https://www.forestresearch.gov.uk/tools-and-resources/tree-alert/. Lists are provided on the forestry commission and DEFRA, and EPPO websites Read more »

Rose Thoughts

By Jonathan Diaper As I write, this mild weather and sudden spring lends urgency to those winter and early spring jobs that are yet to be done. Case in point, roses are beginning to shoot presumptuously. I like to have any rose pruning completed before they shoot into life, feeling that the plant’s energy is wasted if the fresh green shoots are destined only to be cut out. Roses are tough old darlings though, so don’t Read more »

Tis the season… to burn wood?

By Dan Lazarou-West People sometimes ask me at parties, (yes, I still get invited to parties) which is the best type of wood to burn. And although, like many, I have a wood burning stove at home, I don’t always have a satisfactory answer to hand. At best people lose interest before I finish instilling them with the merits of one type of wood over another. However, the best piece of advice I can give is Read more »

Listening to Nature

By Liz Nicholson As I gaze at the climate change graph in the National Geographic, I realise how miniscule and irrelevant man's time on the planet is. The planet has a rhythm .... a beat that man can disrupt with the ensuing environmental issues that we all see today, but when all is said and done and man has exhausted his time, planet Earth will endure. In this context we should be less fearful of responding Read more »

Happy New Planting Year!

Our first newsletter of 2019 is about protecting your fruit trees from potential pests and fungal diseases, which could prove detrimental to flowering and fruiting potential later in the seasons. An accumulation of debris, dust, dirt and sticky substances naturally builds up over a tree’s life and it is this environment that provides the perfect habitat for overwintering pests to lay and secure their eggs. By controlling this potential insect infestation, you are Read more »

Harvest Time in Rural Oxfordshire: 5 local things to do

Harvest is in full-swing. The corn fields are full of golden stubble, forest paths are brimming with bright and fiery colours and crisp, crunchy apples are bursting from our trees. We want to help you make the most of it all, so, here are some ideas of how you can fill the upcoming weeks with some harvest celebration and fun.  Read more »

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