Our rural garden centre in Elton, Cambridgeshire/Northamptonshire, offers a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Managed by Bosworth's since May 2018, this is our second site. Our Plant Centre offers a wide range of plants grown in our own nursery, surrounded by mature trees. The Kitchen Garden grows fresh fruit and vegetables for the Mulberry Cafe. The garden shop offers all your gardening essentials, leading through to the Mulberry Cafe where you can enjoy breakfast, light lunches, afternoon teas, cakes, and drinks.
During selected summer dates, Elton Hall's gardens are open to the public. For more information, visit Elton Hall
Elton Hall is a baronial hall in Elton, Cambridgeshire. It has been the ancestral home of the Proby family since 1660. The hall lies in an 3,800-acre estate through which the River Nene runs. The building incorporates 15th-, 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century parts and is a Grade I listed building.
Home to Mulberry Café, an atmospheric restaurant boasting beautiful views of the planteria. It offers a characterful environment that's perfect for special occasions and lively lunches. With a menu that's full of familiar favourites and fabulous treats, including freshly baked pastries, hearty sandwiches, and refreshing drinks, we're sure to have something that will satisfy your cravings. So come on in, take a seat, and let us take care of you.
Monday09:00 - 18:00
Tuesday09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday09:00 - 18:00
Thursday09:00 - 18:00
Friday09:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 18:00
Sunday10:00 - 17:00
Winter Opening (Nov/Dec/Jan/Feb/March) Mon - Sat 09:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Sunday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
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If you haven't got a bed suitable for your strawberry plants, plan where you want to grow them ; a sunny, sheltered spot is ideal. Now mark the area out, remove turf if it's lawn, then dig the soil over adding well-rotted farm manure. If you are planting bare root strawberries soak the plants roots in water for about an hour before planting. Pot grown plants will be happy with a good watering. Set plants in the soil leaving 13-15in (33-38cm) between each plant in the rows and 30in (75cm) between each row. The crown of each plant should be at or slightly above ground level. Firm plants in then water them well. Lay straw or a weed suppressing mulch between the rows. This will help to prevent any mud splashing onto the fruits when it rains or when the plants are watered. It will also keep weeds down, which will mean less work in the long run. Hoe the bed or weed through by hand at least once a week in the growing season. When your strawberry plants have established they will start to produce runners. If you have new plants remove these runners as they appear. Year-old plants will need to put all their energy into establishing themselves and producing good-sized, tasty fruits. Pick the fruits as they ripen. If you leave them too long they will either rot or the birds will have them! There are two other ways to grow your strawberries, which will be helpful to you if you don't have enough space to make a bed. 1 - Plant your strawberry plants in large pots or containers. Three strawberry plants will grow happily in a 20in (50cm) by 20in (50cm) pot filled with multipurpose compost. Because the plants aren't in the ground they will also need watering regularly and some nutrients added. Feed them once a week during the growing season with a high-potash liquid fertiliser such as Tomorite. 2 Strawberries will also grow in grow-bags. These are available from any garden centre. You can fit three strawberry plants in one bag. Just make sure they get watered and fed regularly, as I explained above.