Do You Need Lots of Compost? Why Not Order A Pallet!

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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 Gardening 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

Fruit Flavoured Vinegars Make Great Sauces – Easy to Follow Recipe

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Fruit vinegars are usually made from soft fruits such as blackberries or raspberries, bilberries and currants.

To make a wonderful fruit vinegar simply follow this ultra easy recipe. To each kilo of ripe fruit add one litre of best distilled malt vinegar. Place in a porcelain bowl, cover with a cloth and leave to stand for 3-5 days, stirring occasionally. Strain and add 1k of sugar to 1lt fruit vinegar and boil for 10 minutes.

Store in sterilised, glass bottles.

Plums make more robust vinegar good for flavouring meat sauces!


Tips to Help Take Care Of Your Summer Pots

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Pots or Bags - The choice is yours!

Pots or Bags – The choice is yours!

Growing fruit and vegetables in containers is massively popular – many of us do it and many of us know why. It’s easy, it’s accessible, it makes weeding a whole lot easier and, arranged with a bit of artistic finesse, a collection of pots can look mighty fine, too. Of course, there are restrictions and pots do need different maintenance to plants growing in the ground, so here are some pointers: volume is key.The less of it you have the more demanding your potted fruits will be. Very few fruit crops will be happy in small pots – strawberries are the only real candidate. Lingonberries and cranberries might suit, too, but these need permanently moist compost.

Water-demanding crops like pears, peaches and plums require a half barrel as a minimum (dwarf peaches can be given smaller). Choose thick-walled tubs and avoid porous materials like unglazed terracotta.

When in growth your fruit’s roots require constant moisture, plus regular additions of liquid potash. It’s that tricky balance of keeping things damp enough but not waterlogged. Irrigating in the evening will minimise evaporation, as will applying mulch. Make sure there’s a gap of 3cm between the mulch surface and the top of your pot, else the water you do apply will simply spill over the edge.

Move pots into the shade (the leaves and stems can still be in the sun) and avoid windy sites as this can cause rapid moisture loss.

July is Traditionally The Month To Water Wisely

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We may now be in July but as the weather has got warmer and drier, many of us are going off on our Summer holidays just when our plants need us most!

Even at this time of year it’s worth rigging up a water butt, even maybe a few, especially if your meter is watered and you have fast growing, fruiting plants.

Don’t forget thought to apply water to the roots, underneath the foliage early morning or evening and maybe even think about spreading some mulch over the top of it to seal it in.

 

Midsummer Day – A Bubble of Happiness for Sylvia

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We have arrived at Midsummer Day without noticing it at all! There have been idyllic moments although they did not last for long. I recalled the most relaxing time of my life when, at school we used to lie in the hot sun on the playing fields and just watch the midges overhead! In those days we even used to suck the sweet nectar from the stems of the grasses!!

It was when loitering with the dogs in a rarely visited part of the garden this week, when I realised that the ground below me was awash with vetches, clovers, buttercups, cowslips (now over), lots of wild flowers and those lovely grasses that you can run your fingers up the stem and release a handful of seeds to the wind. I was standing in a tiny natural meadow which will never have been ‘farmed’ by anything more than a few pregnant ewes since the 18th century. There is enough known about this little area to say this with confidence. This is what my husband used to call, a Bubble of Happiness.

(Blog post by Sylvia Hopwood)

Introducing the Rainsaver Water Collector Guttering Kit

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rainsaver2A brand new, simple but effective British invention that simplifies collecting rainwater from just about any sloping surface in a garden or allotment.  With this versatile system conventional guttering can be attached to sheds, summer houses, greenhouses, lean-tos, car ports etc. practically anywhere.

Designed and manufactured entirely in England from weather resistant recyclable materials and guaranteed for 5 years, the Rainsaver Rainwater Collection kit includes everything except the water container – 2 special patent-pending
Rainsaver brackets, 1.7m quality branded 75mm gutter, outlet and 1m downpipe.

For more information and the choices of sizes available, simply click here!

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