Category: Cove Garden Nursery News

Devon Grown Christmas Trees 2020

By Paul, 27/11/2020 3:08 pm

We now have our Fresh cut, Devon grown Christmas trees available and it seems that customers are eager to start the festivities early this year. There are both Nordman Fir (non-drop) and Traditional Norway Spruce available as well as potted trees. Sizes available are up to about 10ft tall for both types. As with everything we are operating in a Covid-safe manner to ensure maximum protection of saff and customers (see our opening times page for details). Local delivery of Christmas trees can be arranged, give us a call for details.

To get the best from your tree we recomment cutting about 3cm from the bottom of the trunk and standing the tree overnight in a bucket of clean water. The cooler the space allocated for teh tree the better, so turn down low any adjacent radiators. Use a stand that will also hold some water and keep this topped up with clean water only (take care with regards to electrics).

The Nursery is now open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and Sundays 10am to 4pm.

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We are Open – Visiting during Lockdown 2

By Paul, 05/11/2020 10:20 am

We are pleased that the government has placed Garden Centres into the essential retail category this time round and therefore we can remain open. All our exsisting, stringent Covid safety precautions remain in place and we continue to monitor the advice to provide as safe a visit as possible. With this in mind I would remind everyone that hand washing facilities are provided at the entrance and these are expected to be used before entering and leaving the site. Additional sanitiser is on hand too. Social distancing with a minimum of 2 metres between other customers and staff is to be observed at all times. Face coverings are required at all times in enclosed areas and we encourage there use even in open areas of the site. Although this is a quieter time of year for us there may still become times when we need to restrict the number of people on site at one time. All our trolleys and baskets are sanitised after use and a regular program of surface cleaning of touched surfaces if carried out at regular intervals. No Dogs are allowed on site and children must be kept under control at all times. We are still not taking cash payments and ask that you pay using contactless payments where possible. As before we ask that those in vulnerable categories do not come to the nursery in person but stay safely at home. Please contact us and we will see if we can help those in need with our local contact free delivery service.

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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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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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