The Joint Administrators and their agents Hilco Capital continue to trade the 48 store portfolio of Countrywide Farmers PLC following our appointment on 7th March 2018. Store performance is reviewed weekly but given the strong trading performance to date the majority of stores will be trading into May which has created an opportunity to seek further going concern sales where available.

Interest in the leasehold store portfolio has been strong and we received credible offers supported by strong under-bidders for approx. 20 stores on a going concern basis. The aim is to conclude these transactions as soon as possible.

Lease premium interest has also been received with interested parties seeking an alternative use for some of the stores.

There are 11 leasehold stores where progressing going concern offers is proving challenging (either because no acceptable offer has been received, the structure of certain offers or from a deliverability perspective). In-order for all stores to have every opportunity to be sold as a going concern we would like to invite going concern offers on the following stores;

1. Ashbourne, 2. Launceston – B2B, 3. Ludlow – B2B, 4. Penzance – B2B, 5. Liphook, 6. Evesham, 7. Twyford, 8. Witney, 9. Gower, 10. Tavistock, 11. Chepstow

Initially please e-mail your interest to [email protected] or call 07740894721, following the signing of an NDA store P&L information and data room access can be arranged.

As a guide any transaction will need to be near to completion end April or the first week in May 2018 however this does depend on trading and credibility of interest.

Adam Heath [email protected] is seeking offers on the 20 freehold sites / stores on a 'property only' basis and we anticipate the wider marketing process to commence in May. To date interest in the freehold sites has been significant. Again if you have a going concern interest in the freehold stores please contact Gareth Shaw in the first instance.

Unfortunately we have been unable to retain the workforce in full and 26 redundancies have been made at both the Evesham head-office and the Defford warehouse this week.

Grow Your Own Tomatoes

  • Learn how to grow tomatoes, simply and easily, with this how to guide.
  • There are many varieties of tomatoes to try and grow.
  • There are always Countrywide team members to offer advice when growing tomatoes.
  • We have included things to look out for in your tomatoes and ways to solve them as well, including rot, leaf problems and cracking.

Growing your own tomatoes is really simple and you only need a couple of plants to get plenty of delicious tomatoes come the summertime. There are many varieties of tomatoes for you to try, from the small cherries - a favourite with children, to the fuller-flavoured giant beefsteak tomatoes, and even a range of colours.

Growing

When growing tomatoes from seeds start around 6-8 weeks before the final frosts. Seeds should be sprinkled thinly on top of a good quality seed compost and covered with about 1.5mm of compost and watered lightly.

When the seedlings are large enough to handle they can be potted on – taking care not to touch the plant itself.

There are many varieties of tomatoes for you to try, from the small cherries, to the fuller-flavoured giant beefsteak tomatoes, and even a range of colours.
There are many varieties of tomatoes for you to try, from the small cherries, to the fuller-flavoured giant beefsteak tomatoes, and even a range of colours.

When the flowers on the cluster of stems are starting to open transfer them to 23cm pots, Growbags or plant outside around 45-60cm apart. Plants for growing outdoors should be hardened off first.

The main stem should be supported by a vertical bamboo cane or wound up a well-anchored but slack piece of strong twine. Tomatoes grown as bushes or hanging baskets do not need support.

Remove the side-shoots regularly when they are about 2.5cm (1in) long. Those grown as bush or hanging basket types do not need to have sideshoots removed.

Keep the soil or compost moist and feed every 10 to 14 days with a balanced liquid fertiliser – such as Westland Tomato Food - and change to a high potash one – such as Sulphate of Potash - once the first fruits start to set.

Remove yellowing leaves below any developing fruit stem clusters.

Once the plants have 7 stem clusters (or 4 when outdoors) or when they reach the top of the greenhouse remove the growing point of the main stem at around two leaves above the top cluster.

Harvesting

Start picking when the fruit is ripe and fully coloured.

Helpful information

Speak to a member of our team for more advice

Cracking

If the soil is allowed to dry out and is then overwatered the sudden changes in water content can cause cracking of the fruit.

Remedy

Always aim to keep plants evenly moist.

Blossom end rot

The bottom of the fruit can turn black and become sunken if watered irregularly and the soil lacks calcium.

Remedy

Water regularly and not sporadically and never allow the soil to dry out.

Leaf problems

Incorrect water, light, nutrient or temperature levels can all cause problems with tomato leaves. These are physiological disorders caused by the growing conditions rather than by pests or diseases.

Remedy

Controlled sunlight and temperature levels avoid extremes which cause disorders. Avoid erratic watering, making sure soil stays constantly moist.