Boundary Nursery, Colne Road, Bluntisham, Huntingdon, PE28 3LU
My interest in growing plants was honed when on a Commercial Horticultural course at Writtle Agricultural College, near Chelmsford, Essex in the 1970′s.
After college I worked as the Alpine Supervisor at Blooms of Bressingham near Diss, Norfolk for 7 years.
In the 1980′s I was Production Manager for Anglia Alpines and Herbs near St Ives, Cambridgeshire.
Then early in the 1990′s I started my own nursery on a virgin site – no hedges, fences, roads or utilities.
In the first year the Wild Oat came up to head height!
The farmer I had arranged to keep it in order never showed up, then thankfully I found a reliable one.
The first jobs were to erect the rabbit-proof fencing, plant windbreak hedging, install electric for water pump and security lights, erect polythene tunnels, lay sand beds, make a car park and roadways. etc.
A horticultural nursery starts to emerge!
Now the nursery is quite mature.
It has specific areas designated to alpines or herbs and different pot sizes.
How the plants are produced:
Several years ago I decided to remove the polythene tunnels because the growing conditions created softer plants and more pests and diseases.
Growing most of the plants outside creates stronger, more healthy plants and they have a longer shelf life.
The unheated glasshouse has a much better growing environment (than polythene tunnels) and is used for propagation, the holding of rooted plants in plug trays, the potting of early spring plants and for overwintering things like Sempervivums that prefer being kept a little on the dry side.
All propagation is done ‘in-house’ – consisting mainly of cuttings.
No plant material is bought in – then I can control trueness to name and keep everything free of weeds.
The potting compost has a 9 month slow release fertilizer added to give a lot longer shelf life (many of the imported plants rely solely on the nutrients in the peat which are exhausted by the time they reach the Garden Centres).
We use biological predators to control pests where we can and try to avoid the use of pesticides if at all possible (but occasionally we do have to use them).
Thanks for reading.