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Charles Dowding – SPRING SOWINGS Propagation undercover

by Diane - April 23rd, 2014

SPRING SOWINGS Propagation undercover
by Charles Dowding

New products at Harrod Horticultural

by John - April 23rd, 2014

New item at Harrod Horticultural

Vegetable Scrubbing Gloves

Vegetable Scrubbing Gloves £2.95
With 50% Of Vitamins Located In The Peel, Our Vegetable Scrubbing Gloves Will Clean Your Home Grown Vegetables Without Removing All The Quality And Taste Which Traditional Peeling Does. The Vegetable Scrubbing Gloves Also Spell The End For Countless Hours At The Sink And Are Much Kinder On Your Hands Too.one Size Of Vegetable Scrubbing Glove Fits All, Theyre Ideal For Getting Kids To Help Out In The Kitchen And Are Practical And Hygenic To Use. Choose From The Orange Carrot Style (suitable For Cleaning Parsnip, Parsley Root And More) Or Take Care Of Any Other Veg Cleaning With The Lime Green Veggie Version. Each Pair Of Vegetable Scrubbing Gloves Have Their Name Veggie Embossed On The Back For A Final Stylish Touch.vegetable Scrubbing Glovesveggie Gloves Coloured Lime Greenavailable In 1 Fits All Sizepractical And Hygenicsuitable For Both Adults And Childrenhalf The Vegetable Goodness Is Lost Through Peelinggloves Wil Help Protect Handsvegetable Scrubbing Gloves Cut Down On Kitchen Vegetable Peeling Timeveggie Name Embossed On Back Of Gloves

New products at John Lewis

by John - April 23rd, 2014

John Lewis has this new item today

John Lewis Cool Box, 60L

John Lewis Cool Box, 60L £75.00
Ensure that your items remain at the right temperature in these cool boxes!

New products at Suttons Seeds

by Sarah - April 23rd, 2014

Suttons Seeds has these new items today

Extra Value Plug Plants - Collection

Extra Value Plug Plants – Collection £34.99
Our mammoth collection provides you with 540 healthy plants of some of our most popular bedding plants (pack of 45 each of the following varieties). This has to be the most economical way to fill even large beds, baskets and containers with colour. Varieties will be individually labelled.Begonia Ambassador Mix – Unlike President, Ambassador produces plants which all have rich green foliage. Very striking! Height 20cm (8). Begonia President Mix – A good range of flower colours, some plants having fresh green leaves and others boasting deep bronze leaves. Height 20cm (8). Cineraria Silverdust – A popular foliage item that is compact and uniform in growth, and makes the perfect foil for strong or pastel colours. Height 15-20cm (6-8). Gazania Daybreak Mix – Large blooms, in a range of bright shades, are held on sturdy stems above glossy green foliage. Height 25-30cm (10-12). Impatiens Select Mix – A large-flowered mixture which grows vigorously, comes into flower quickly and blooms profusely in sun or shade. Height 20cm (8). Lobelia Cascade Mix – A free-flowering mixture, for baskets, containers or even as groundcover. Note that each plug contains approximately 3-4 seedlings. Trailing. Antirrhinum F1 Kim Mix – An excellent dwarf, compact, well branching habit with blooms in a dazzling array of colours. Height 25cm (10). Salvia Firecracker – This early flowering variety produces densely packed flower spikes, and deep green foliage. Height 25cm (10). Petunia F1 Select Mix – A weather-resistant multiflora variety, in a wide range of colours producing a carpet of flowers. Height 23-30cm (9-12). Petunia F1 Duo Double Mix – Carnation-like double blooms up to 13cm (5) across, that stand up well to inclement weather. Height 30cm (12). Nicotiana F1 Perfume Mix – A bedding nicotiana with a full colour range and beautiful scent, that will bloom for months. Height 35-40cm (14-16). Stock Sugar & Spice – A first-class bedding stock. Good proportion of double flowers. Delicious sweet fragrance. Height 20-25cm (8-10).

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Price reductions at GreenFingers

by John - April 23rd, 2014

GreenFingers has cut the price of these items

Yeoman Litter Grabber

Yeoman Litter Grabber was £3.49 now £2.49
Lightweight and easy to operate this Yeoman Litter Grabber is perfect for collecting leaves grass clipping or any other debris. Its ergonomic design eliminates the need for bending while offering a hygienic way to dispose of unwanted garden waste. This litter grabber has comfortable soft grip handles whilst the notched head allows you to pick up even paper-thin items.Dimensions: 3 x 9 x 83cm high

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New products at GreenFingers

by John - April 23rd, 2014

GreenFingers has hundreds of new items today

Stretton Clock & Weather Station

Stretton Clock & Weather Station £34.99
This stunning Stretton Clock and Weather Station would look marvellous located in your kitchen conservatory patio or garden environment. Featuring Roman numerals as well as both a thermometer and hygrometer at the foot of the clock face the Stretton has a weathered effect appearance with scattered darker patches amid the antique cream colour. The Stretton has vintage appeal can be fixed to a wall or fence post and is weather resistant. A persuasive purchase if you

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Price reductions at Crocus

by Sarah - April 23rd, 2014

Price reduction at Crocus

Rosa The Lark Ascending ('Ausursula') (PBR) (rose The Lark Ascending  (shrub))

Rosa The Lark Ascending (‘Ausursula’) (PBR) (rose The Lark Ascending (shrub)) was £18.99 now £16.99
Position: full sun Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil Rate of growth: fast-growing Flowering period: June to August Flower colour: apricot Other features: excellent cut-flowers Hardiness: fully hardy Semi-double, cup shaped blooms in a delicious shade of golden-apricot, form in generous clusters throughout the summer. Their scent is light, with a touch of myrrh, and they will make excellent additions to the vase. A large and bushy shrub, it rarely succumbs to diseases. All our roses are grown in an open field and then dug up when the weather conditions are right in October or November. Some suppliers send out their roses as ‘bare root’ plants (ie without pots or compost), but we pot ours up as it helps to keep the roots hydrated and in good condition. As they are dormant throughout the winter, they will not produce any new roots until spring, so don’t be surprised if the compost falls away from the roots when you take them out of their pots. The roses can be kept in their pots throughout the winter provided they are kept well fed and watered, however ideally they should planted out as soon as possible. They will already have been cut back so no further pruning will be required, apart from snipping off any tips that have died back. Routine pruning can begin in late winter the year after planting. Garden care: If planting in winter, choose a frost-free spell when the soil is not frozen. Roses are quite deep-rooted plants so dig a deep hole roughly twice as wide as the plants roots and mix in a generous amount of composted organic matter. A top-dressing of a general purpose fertiliser can be worked into the surrounding soil and we also recommend using Rose Rootgrow at this stage to encourage better root development. This is particularly important when planting into a bed where roses have previously been grown as Rose Rootgrow is said to combat rose sickness (aka. replant disease). Remove the plants from their pots and gently spread out the roots before placing them in the centre of the hole. Try to ensure that the ‘bud union’ (the point where the cultivated rose has been grafted onto the rootstock, and from where the shoots emerge) is at soil level. You can judge this quite easily by laying something flat, like a spade handle or bamboo cane, across the top of the hole. When they are at the right height, back-fill the hole, firming the soil down gently before wate

New products at Crocus

by Sarah - April 23rd, 2014

Crocus just added these new products

Lobelia cardinalis (cardinal flower)

Lobelia cardinalis (cardinal flower) £7.99
Position: full sun or partial shade Depth of water: 0-30cm (0-12in) Soil: deep, fertile, moist soil Rate of growth: average Flowering period: August to October Hardiness: fully hardy Bright green leaves are bronze tinged and has brilliant scarlet red flowers in s ummer to autumn. Garden care: These plants are potted up (using a suitable aquatic compost) into 1-litre aquatic pots. These pots are made of a fine mesh, which allows water to circulate through the compost, providing the plants with both oxygen and nutrients. If you are using them as a aquatic plant, they can be placed straight into the pond, however they will preform better if planted out sooner rather than later. To enhance flowering divide congested clumps every three to five years.

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The Big Allotment Challenge – Episode 2

by Diane - April 23rd, 2014

The big allotmwent challengeThe Big Allotment Challenge – Episode 2
Down to 8 pairs after Shawn and Liz went home last week.

Watch The Big Allotment Challenge – Episode 2 again on iplayer

This week it’s runner beans, roses and relish.

Jim Buttress is the growing expert. They need to grow 6 matching runner beans.
Need to be a good colour, snap easily, flat with no visible signs of seeds, blemish free, straight!
Runner beans need a good rich soil, planting out at the right time. I start mine in pots the size of pot noodle pots. You have to know when the last frost is due – and plant them out after that.
An insurance policy can be to put a seed in when you plant your beans out!
Varieties of bean grown: St George, Scarlett emperor, lady Di, White Apollo, White Lady, Czar.
Shirley and Victoria won this challenge.

There was mention of the blackfly on the beans as they were growing.

Flowers – growing the perfect and doing something with them.
Present one perfect summer rose; use roses to create a summer wreath. Needs to be circular, hole in middle and must be able to hang it up.
They started with containerised roses which can be planted out at any point of the year. The roses also got pests – greenfly and thrips.
The expert made it look easy to make a wreath with circles of oasis.
Jo and Avril won the single rose best in show, and Kate and Eleanor won the wreath best in show.

They then have 1 hour 45 minues to make a sauce and a relish. One pair made a really hot sauce.
Rupert and Dimi won this.

The summing up! I think this would be loads better if they showed four pictures – one of the couple and then a shot from each of the challenges so you can remember how wonky their beans were, or how good their relish looked.

Ed and Hashani were sent home.

Next week: Michelle is back after her allergic reaction, and the teams will be judged on their carrots, gladioli, and chutney!

I think I enjoyed this week more. The format is consistent with last week – and it is in effect a game show about growing things rather than allotments. I think it’s quite interesting to see the people talking about growing their beans but it is such a tiny part of the show really. Giving the names of the bean varieties and rose types was good from an information perspective. I am suprised this isn’t written up in detail on the program info though.
Will there be a book about the series? I suspect there might be, and this might be where they niclude more hints on growing, making and cooking your own!
I appreciate it is very little about real allotment challenges, but the commercial nature of TV means there would be a much more limited audience for a show about people taking on derelict plots. This format ties in with the sewing and baking programs which have been so successful for the BBC previously.

There is a gap for more realistic allotment shows, and it’s filled hugely by what’s on youtube.

I too leaned in to hear more about the secrets of runner beans. There were a few snippets – like don’t put them out too early, and they need a rich soil, but nothing new.

I like the fact they name the varieties and meant to whizz back through and see which beans were the winning variety, but I couldn’t be bothered by then.

Flowers don’t do it for me, but I did enjoy the demo of making a wreath and watching the others make them. The filming shows some really bare wreaths which made me laugh imagining them being the finished product.

What’s a relish? I saw chopped up raw veg and what looked like chutneys to me.

Again I want a recipe from them – the school teachers radish recipe at least!

More allotments

by Diane - April 23rd, 2014

This is a useful site http://www.allotmoreallotments.org.uk/