Watering 101

Watering 101

Watering's about the most basic and essential part of gardening, particularly when pots are involved. Dad shares some thoughts.
August 08, 2020 — Peter Lay
Jimmie what’s taking you so long?!? (café update)

Jimmie what’s taking you so long?!? (café update)

Some people have been wondering why our café didn’t open at the beginning of July when the folk in no 10 gave the all-clear, or in the weeks following like many other café’s. Hopefully, you’ll be pleased to know, we will be opening the café, for takeaway only, from this Friday, 7th of August.

We thought it would be good to offer some insight into our thoughts, and explain why we’re not opening more fully.
August 05, 2020 — Peter Lay
Supporting Independents

Supporting Independents

Our café is still closed, but we just wanted to take a minute to put a word in for our fellow independent cafés & coffee shops, along with all the other independent hospitality, retail or service businesses that have been affected by the ongoing pandemic. This post is coffee biased, but the sentiment applies more widely
July 13, 2020 — Andrew Lay
Changing and Challenging Times

Changing and Challenging Times

Sitting here at my desk, in what would normally be the cafe, looking out through the rain streaked window at a sodden plant area being buffeted by unseasonably high winds, I finally get the time to reflect on everything that has changed this year.
June 29, 2020 — Andrew Lay
Our Covid-19 Plan

Our Covid-19 Plan

We will be open for limited browsing from Monday 18 th of May, by appointment only.

In the meantime we continue serving customers over the phone, email, Facebook, and soon on our website. We will continue to provide local delivery and contactless collection for the foreseeable future.

Why? On Monday the government very quietly announced that garden centres could open. We are concerned about how manageable this will be at the peak of the gardening season whilst maintaining everyone’s safety, but we are also keen to allow those who desperately want to get out, and browse our plants, to do so, and do so safely.

We encourage as many people as possible to use our home delivery and contactless collection services where possible.

May 12, 2020 — Andrew Lay
Covid-19

Covid-19

For obvious reasons our little Garden Centre has been closed to the public this week, and will be for the foreseeable future; we will shall continue to provide updates on social media channels. However we still have a small team in the garden centre trying to fulfil orders with a free local delivery service.  

Please can we ask that people don’t visit the garden centre for the safety of all our customers and staff. Despite shut gates and signs we have had a number of people try and come in, doing so puts both our staff and yourselves at risk! 
March 20, 2020 — Andrew Lay
Sending out an SOS

Sending out an SOS

Here in the Yorkshire Dales we are blessed with a rich heritage of natural flora and fauna, as well as a stunningly beautiful place to live and work. However, if we’d like to keep it that way, we probably all need to do as much as we can to protect our wildlife.
November 28, 2016 — Andrew Lay
What’s a garden?

What’s a garden?

Gardens aren’t just for gardeners – gardens are for everyone.

What is a garden? Well, one often used definition is that of “an enclosed space near a house used for the planned growing of flowering plants, fruit or vegetables”. However, I have a few issues with that. For a start half the gardens in Settle aren’t anywhere near the house they belong to. Then again many gardens aren’t really planned in anyway – they have just sort of evolved. Gardens can be near a house, or not. They can be tightly planned and controlled, or not. They can be large or small, private or public, formal or informal, but the one thing most gardens are is contained or enclosed, even if the extent of the garden is a pot on the windowsill!

June 26, 2016 — Andrew Lay
What to do with a potted Christmas Tree?

What to do with a potted Christmas Tree?

If you followed my advice last year and bought a pot grown Christmas tree, or have previously done so, sooner or later you’ll be looking for a space in your garden for it, and all gardens benefit from a tree or two. All trees, whether Christmas or not, are wonderful for wildlife, and make great places to hang bird feeders. The regular branch spacing of fir trees renders them particularly suitable. This time of year the wildlife needs a little help, so feeding the birds is a good thing to do. If you do it regularly you’ll attract more birds, and a greater variety, particularly if you vary the feeder types and food. This has the bonus of enabling you to study these fascinating creatures as well as looking after the eco system.

A few do’s and don’ts. Clean feeders regularly to avoid spreading disease, and position out of reach of marauding cats. Choosing feeders wisely can determine the types of birds attracted. An open, accessible feeder may only ever attract voracious starlings or crows, which frighten away the smaller finches and tits. Use decent quality feed if you can afford it, as the cheaper ones have a lot of inedible “filler” in them which chokes up the feeders, whist food scraps are often unhealthy for the birds, and can attract vermin, particularly if simply thrown on the ground.

So that’s it, treat the birds this winter. Even if you don’t have room, a feeder, nest box or bird table makes a great present for someone who does.

December 27, 2015 — Andrew Lay

A Christmas Season Treat

Every Thursday during November and December we’ll be open for late night shopping until 8pm, serving complementary home made mulled wine to our customers.  From 12th November we’ll also be offering a very special festive evening menu for discerning diners each Thursday.  Prepared by our chef, James, who was trained under Nigel Howarth and Lisa Allen at the renowned Michelin starred Northcote, the menu will be available to only a select few each week, as space is limited.  Please ring or message us to reserve your place.
November 05, 2015 — Andrew Lay