Plympton Gardeners Association

Members Benefits

We are pleased to say that the Trading Hut at the far (east) end of Stoggy Lane will open on 4 mornings during the spring and early summer. It will open on the first Sunday of the following months: March, April, May and June between 10.00- 11.30amAlternatively, members may ring one of the contacts to place an order for delivery/collection, or to arrange a meet-up on site. Phil Warren 07892 623991 & Sue Bone 07816 652854


Members can benefit from a 10% discount on many items from Chaplins Garden section (on any day of the week). Just present a current membership card on reaching the checkout – some branded items and allyard goods are excluded.



Members can obtain a very generous discount on seeds and a lesser discount on sundry items. Seed catalogues usually become available in September and a unique ordering code is available to PGA members on the order form.



As affiliated members of the RHS, we are entitled to a free group visit to an RHS garden once a year. (Which in our case is Rosemoor).


NITROGEN (N) Essential for healthy build-up of stems and foliage. It is easily washed out of the soil and should therefore be renewed each year.

PHOSPHORUS (P)    PHOSPHATES Important for a vigorous root development, and to ensure steady, firm continuous growth.

POTASSIUM (K)   POTASH Helps to produce firm, well, flavoured vegetables, and fruits, high-quality flowers with good colour and a build-up resistance to disease.

Bone Meal

A slow release, over 2 years, organic fertiliser high in phosphates. Very useful when planting trees, shrubs and roses etc. Apply at 2 – 4 ozs per sq yd. mixed with a good helping of compost around the sides and bottom of the planting hole. As a base dressing for flower beds and vegetable plots, rake in 4 ozs per sq yd. well before planting time. The same treatment will act as a pick-me-up giving new life to rose beds and herbaceous borders.


Calcified Seaweed

A rich source of calcium, ideal for use on acid soil. Can be more effective than lime as it is less prone to leeching. Also rich in trace elements. Lightly rake in at any time at the rate of 2-8 ozs. sq. yd.


Compost Activator

Can help compost contents to breakdown a little quicker

Dried Blood

Very valuable quick-acting organic fertiliser, high in nitrogen. Apply in spring or summer at 2 ounces per square yard to growing crops, working in lightly between rows. Give your pot plants, a treat – as a teaspoon per plant watering Give your pot plants, a treat – as a teaspoon per plant watering. Particularly useful for cucumbers.


Fish, Blood and Bone

General purpose, slow-release organic fertiliser. Use as a base dressing at the start of the season, 4ozs per sq yard hoed lightly in. Or use as a top dressing later in the season, 2 ozs per sq yard watered in.



Popular, general purpose, in organic fertiliser for flowers, vegetables, fruit, and lawns. Useful as a top dressing in spring applied at 2 to 3 ounces per yard one month before sowing and lightly worked in. Have this rate as a top dressing at monthly intervals, keeping well clear of foliage and watering in during dry weather.


Hoof and Horn

Slow-release, organic fertiliser, high in nitrogen, and therefore useful for longer growing, leafy crops, such as broccoli, sprouts, et cetera. Apply as a base dressing at 4 ounces per square yard worked well into the soil a week or so before planting.


John Innes Base

Used for making loam-based compost - refer to gardening books for formulas. Can be used to rejuvenate last year’s composts. Ideal as a pick-me-up for patio tubs.


Lawn Sand

Kills Moss and feeds the lawn for greener and  results thicker. Keep of the foliage of growing plants and water in if no rain falls within 48 hours of application. Generally applied at approx. 80 gm sq meter – must be well spread as over application can turn the grass black.



Lawn Weed and Feed

Apply evenly at rate of  35 – 50 gms. per sq meter. Best not to apply in windy conditions. Water in after 2-3 days if there has been no rain.



As well as reducing soil acidity, lime is important for providing calcium and for helping to release other plant foods. It is especially good for cabbage, peas and beans and helps to combat club root. It is advisable to  establish the ph of the soil before applying lime. However, to keep ordinary  soil in good condition and to maintain a ph of about 6.5 (ideal for most plants) apply annually at the rate of 5-7 ozs per sq. yd. Sprinkle on top of the soil rather than digging it in as it is easily washed away.


Nitro Chalk

Quick acting inorganic fertiliser, high in Nitrogen  and containing some lime, therefore useful on acid soils . applied as a top dressing at the rate of 1 oz sq yd.



Is made from expanded volcanic glass. It’s extremely porous, so can absorb water but is also improves drainage. Perlite is ideal to mix into compost to ensure water drains freely.


Potato Fertiliser

Granular potato feed specially formulated with essential nutrients to provide healthy bold crops of potatoes.


Poultry Manure Pellets

Ideal for soil improvement and the planting and feeding of established plants. An effective non-chemical fertiliser and a useful source of nitrogen which is the main nutrient for healthy green leaf growth and the establishment of a sound root system


Rose Feed

General fertiliser with a high potash content.



An inorganic source of phosphates. Does not easily wash out of the soil, so best to apply as a base dressing, raked/forked in at 2-4 ozs. sq. yd. before sowing or planting.


Sulphate of Ammonia

Popular inorganic fertiliser with a high nitrogen content. Apply as a top dressing at a rate of 1 oz. sq. yd.


Sulphate of Potash

Inorganic source of Potash. Apply as a spring dressing 1oz sq. yd. over area of fruit trees, bushes and along rows of plants which will stand for a long time.



Is a naturally occurring mineral and processed for use in gardening. It helps to aerate the soil while simultaneously retaining water and nutrients, which it then releases over time. Vermiculite is useful in seed sowing and propagation.



Bamboo Canes in lengths of :  3’ ; 4’ ; 5’ ; 6’ ; 8’

Pea Canes (thin, green in colour)  2’ or 3’




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