Category: Cove Garden Nursery News

Visiting Our Nursery During Covid-19: Update

By Paul, 11/07/2020 2:45 pm

As we are now out of our busiest time we feel able to relax the one person per household rule, however safety guidance and social distancing still applies. We reserve the right to limit the number of people per houshold at busy times. Please leave anyone in the vulnerable category at home, if you need to bring children please make them aware that they need to stay with the family unit and not run about. Dogs are still not allowed on site. We continue to provide sanitiser and hand washing facilities at the entrance and expect everyone to use them on the way in and when leaving the nursery. We are still not accepting cash payments, card only please.  These rules are there for the saftey and comfort of our staff and customers. Our opening hours continue as 10am to 4pm daily. Thank you for your continuing support and patience!

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Peat-Free Multi-purpose Compost Back in Stock

By Paul, 10/07/2020 1:34 pm

We have now received fresh stock of RHS endorsed Sylvagrow compost from Melcourt. This multi-purpose compost is perfect for your growing needs while being kind to the enviroment. We stock both the Sylvagrow Sustainable growing medium 50L and the Sylvagrow Sustainable growing medium with added John Innes 50L.

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A396 Now Open Again

By Paul, 04/07/2020 8:54 am

Happy to report the the A396 has re-opened at Riversmeet (just down from The Exeter Inn).  So we are now accessable from both directions.  We look forward to seeing all those from Bampton, Dulverton etc. that have been delaying their visits.

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A396 Road Closure

By Paul, 23/06/2020 9:44 am

Just to let everyone know that the road between the Exeter Inn roundabout and our selves is closed for ‘essential maintenance’. This will effect anyone coming to the Nursery from the north (Bampton and Dulverton). We can still be accessed from the south from Tiverton, Stoodleigh etc. The official diversion is mile round via the link road but there are two routes in either going over the top to Van Post and down Cove Hill then right at the bottom (ignor the road closed ahead sign) or taking the lane over Half Penny Bridge and over the top of Holmingham Quarry, then left down the hill and left again at the crossroads. The works should be completed in under 2 weeks (hopefully a lot less). I’m sure you’ll all apreciate that this is all we need on top of everything else thta’s happened this year. If you can make it to us please drive safely.

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Nursery reopening 13th May

By Paul, 11/05/2020 10:04 pm

In line with Government guidance that Garden Centres can reopen from 13th May 2020 the Nursery is now open from 10am to 4pm Daily. We will be following guidance on strict Social Distancing Measures as outlined in the HTA Safe Trading Guidance backed up with a full risk assessment designed to protect our customers and staff.

  • We firstly ask that if you fall into the vulnerable categories, that you stay safely at home.
  • Customers will be required to comply to these measures as a condition of entry to the Nursery.
  • There will be a limit to the number of customers permitted at one time and this will be monitored at the entrance. To help with this we ask that only one household member comes alone.
  • We will not be allowing children on site at this time & dogs will no longer be permitted.
  • Hand washing facilities are available at the entrance and gloves and sanitiser will be offered but we ask you to bring your own if you can, to save on resources.
  • Whilst on the nursery a strict 2 metre minimum distancing should be maintained throughout.
  • Certain areas will be closed to the public and others limited to just one in and one out.
  • We are accepting payment by card only. No Cash!

We must insist that these terms are complied with otherwise we reserve the right to refuse service and you will be asked to leave. We have revised our opening times in order to allow for staff to carry out other essential duties safely. The Nursery will be open from 10am until 4pm Daily. We thank you for your support during this period and ask for your continued patience, especially at busy times.

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New Local Delivery Orders Suspended

By Paul, 29/04/2020 6:51 am

Due to the huge number of orders already received we have had to temorarily suspend taking new orders as of today. We are trying hard to deliver all the orders received and responded to already but regret that we are unable to accept any new orders for the time being. We will be watching the goverments respose to pressure to unlock Nurseries and Garden centres over the next few weeks and will respond accordingly. If the Nursery continues in lockdown we will reintroduce Local Delivery Ordering once we have cleared the backlog.

Thank you for your patience and support through this testing period.

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Seed Potatoes 2020

By Paul, 06/01/2020 7:01 pm

Wow, it’s that time of year again, Seed Potatoes have arrived. As usual we have carefully selected the varieties that should perform well in the South-Wests often challenging conditions.  Within the 15 varieties that we stock you will find a good range of blight and slug resistant varieties. We balance the overall pest and disease resistance with the need to have good flavour and decent yields. We do this by, not only assesing the information available, but listening to our customers and their experiences. We are happy to offer advice on planting and growing your crop so that you may have a positive expereince. All our varieties are sold loose enabling you to buy only what you need, particularly useful if you only have a small plot. You can choose between Earlies, Second Earlies and Main crop varieties but don’t get put off by the termanology as all this means is the length of time from planting to when they are ready to harvest. We can also find you some great choices for different cooking preferences such as Jacket spuds or Salad and New Potatoes. Planting in the ground would start until April (unless you live in a very mild area or are brave enough to risk it) but you can get a headstart by “Chitting” your seed potatoes. They have all they need in the tuber to make this start by placing them in a frost free location out of direct sunlight to allow them to make short shoots ready to plant out once the danger of hard frost has subsided. Growing potatoes can be very rewarding so come along soon and let us help you make the right choice for planting.

Seed Potatoes 2020

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Christmas Opening Times

By Paul, 24/12/2019 11:46 am

We will be open Christsmas Eve until 1pm and then Closed over the Christmas and New year opening again on the 2nd January 2020.

We hope you have a very lovely Christmas and Wish all our customers A Happy New Year!

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Devon Grown Christmas Trees

By Paul, 02/12/2019 11:45 am

It’s that time of year agian and we have our wonderful selection of Christmas Trees available to buy now. As usual we have both Nordman Fir (Non-Drop) and Traditional Norway Spruce in sizes from 3ft up to 10ft. Come in and choose your tree and even if you are not ready for it we can look after it until you are.  All are trees are grown in Devon and are freshly cut just before delivery to us. This makes them the most sustainable choice for a tree this Christmas. For every tree cut a new one, at least, is replanted. We are able to arrange local delivery and we can net trees to make them easier to take away. We also have some potted trees about 3ft tall, which can be planted out after the festive period.  If you need a stand for your tree then we have those too. We are open 7 days a week right though to Christmas Eve.

Christmas Trees 2019

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Autumn Bedding Plants

By Paul, 06/09/2019 11:09 am

Well it definately feels like autumn! We now have a great selection of autumn and winter flowering Pansies and Violas available in both single colours and mixed. Wallflower plants are now ready and this year we have a number of single coloured packs as well as the usual mixtures. There are also packs of Forget-me-nots, Sweet Williams and Bellis ready. Primroses and Polyanthus are starting to become ready with many more to come over the next few weeks. Don’ forget the Cyclamen which are particularly good in a sheltered spot and ideal for Baskets and Containers.

Lots of Violas and Pansies

Lots of Violas and Pansies

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