How To Use Tomato Ring Pots – A Step by Step Guide

Tomato_pot_ring2tTomato stems may look like normal stems but when you pile soil up against them, they turn in to roots! This ability gives them double the pulling power to absorb water and nutrients which in turn lead to super strong plants and bumper yields.

The idea with tomato pot rings is that you are using two growing environments and ring culture is a great way of compensating for the limited resources of grow bags as they sit snugly into the holes that you cut in to the top and untimely give far better results than a grow bag on its own.

Simply plant your seedlings into compost at the bottom of the pots and as they grow add more compost around the stems until you reach the top. Make sure your watering is tailored to the substrate and feed the ring pot weekly with diluted tomato feed.

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Our Own Gardening Works Recipe for Fresh Tomato Soup

We’re huge fans of freshly made soups at Gardening Works.  Like a lot of traditional cooking, soup making is so easy, but is often forgotten in these days of convenience.  …But as soon as you’ve tried your own you won’t ever want to open another tin. 

I like to make a huge pan of soup on a Sunday evening and then the family help themselves for a healthy lunch or after school snack.

With a glut of tomatoes just around the corner, this recipe produces a lovely creamy soup, full of flavour…….. But don’t forget the bay leaf as it really adds a little something to the mix.

Knob of butter
1 clove of garlic
1 bay leaf
1 onion
1 medium potato
1 lb fresh tomatoes
dash of tomato puree
1 pint vegetable stock
quantity of milk

What to do

  1. Chop the onion and gently fry in the butter until clear
  2. Add a clove of crushed garlic, mix and fry a little longer
  3. Peel and chop the potato and add
  4. Roughly chop the tomatoes and add
  5. Add in the bay leaf and stock
  6. Simmer gently for 20 minutes
  7. Allow to cool
  8. Remove the bay leaf
  9. Blend until smooth
  10. Add milk as desired to obtain preferred thickness
  11. Reheat before serving

Serve with crusty bread or my children’s favourite – cheese on toast croutons!

…And it’s always worth remembering that food tastes one hundred times better if you grow your own!  For all your Grow Your Own needs visit our website at Gardening Works

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Now Available – Pop Up Cloches

Pop_Up_Cloche2Have you seen our new Pop Up Cloches? They provide instant frost protection and wind protection.

Ideal for early vegetables/salads by warming the soil during early spring. It is also suitable for growing on seedlings after germination, bringing forward strawberries and protecting delicate plants during the winter.

Size: 98cm (38.5″) Long 98cm (38.5″) Wide 120cm (47″) High

Gardening Works – In Harmony In Nature

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Need Lots of Compost? Simply Order A Pallet!

Erin Multi Purpos Compost With JI ERMP48_xlIdeal for growing vegetables and salads, this vegetable compost is natural with balanced feed and nutrients to give enhanced cropping and flavour and is now available at The Recycle Works!

These 70 litre bags of best quality Erin Excel Multi Purpose Compost and can be ordered as single bags or as a full pallet. We sell our choices of compost as a ‘value added’ service for our customers who perhaps do not have a garden centre they can get to easily on their doorstep or have mobility problems.

Ideal for vegetables such as: Potatoes, Dwarf Beans, Spinach, Courgettes, Lettuces and salads, Tomatoes, Cabbage, Beetroot and Carrots and so many more.

Gardening Works – In Harmony With Nature

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Wooden Dog Whelping Boxes Loved By Our Furry Friends!

whelping_box2We’ve just received a lovely email from one of our very happy customers who ordered a modified version of one of our Dog Whelping Boxes, in fact Ann asked us to make her special Dog Boxes with feet. (We’ll always accommodate any requests we can).

“The dog beds surpassed my expectations. Thank you so very much for getting them done for me. So simple in design, yet exactly what I was looking for. Off the ground, with sides. One of our dogs pulled a leg muscle and it was so easy just to remove the front slats for a while so he could easily get in and out. Simple to keep clean. Although all our hounds love to chew the square ends, the wood doesn’t splinter and is sufficiently robust for no constructive damage to be done.

Quite simply…an excellent product. Thank you so very much. I shall be taking some pics (as soon as I can get the camera working) and will send them through to you and to my houndie friends too (with a very high recommendation!). ”

With kind regards  Ann O

Thanks Ann – we’re delighted to know that they’re exactly what you wanted and hope the inhabitants love them as much as we all do!

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Seven Reasons Why Using A Wooden Raised Bed Is Highly Beneficial

edible_garden2More and more schools and gardeners are discovering the benefits of growing in Raised Beds. Here are the top seven reasons to use one!

1. You can match the type of soil in your Raised Wooden Bed to suit your plants or if you live in an area with poor or heavy clay soil you can fill your Wooden Raised Beds with a good growing medium.
2. Raised Wooden Beds take the bending out of gardening and provide easy access gardening for the young, old and the disabled.
3. Raised Wooden Beds offer improved drainage which is good news for those that live in an area prone to flooding and also during prolonged wet weather.
4. Crops are easily reached without walking on the soil so there is no compaction meaning less digging and less work.
5. The soil warms up much faster in Spring enabling you to plant earlier crops.
6. They are easy to cover with film, fleece or netting to protect crops.
7. They are suitable for growing a wide variety of Soft Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs, Flowers, Alpines, Small Trees and Shrubs.

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