TGI (almost) February

TGI February! Well on Monday, anyhow.

But I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling quite positive about this weekend, gardening wise. February is a great month for sewing more and more seeds, especially if you have a heated propagator. Greenhouse crops like aubergines, peppers, tomatoes and chilli peppers and slow growing bedding plants such as snap-dragons and gazanias are going into mine this weekend. Just make sure you label them all!

Take a look at the full Grow Your Own section on the website and use code GYO20 for 20% off these products. But hurry, this promotion is ending on Friday 5th February!

Keeping a diary of the gardening year is a really good idea. I kept the same diary going for three consecutive years not so long ago and it was great to be able to look back on previous years and compare notes. Burgon & Ball have a great gardeners notebook, with covers made from recycled car tyres! Along with 73 pages of recycled plain, lined and squared paper, the book contains pages with information on:

Composting. Biodiversity & Wildlife. Landscaping. Bees and Bats. Water Usage. Natural Plant Health. Recycling. Home Grown Food.

Another job I will be tackling is my vegetable bed. Quite a lot of vegetable seeds can be sewn directly outside in late February, so now is a good time to dig over the soil and add some compost. As I have a heavy clay soil, I find a full size fork too difficult to use, especially as the ground can be hard and waterlogged this time of year. You may know by now that I am a big fan of Burgon & Ball, I stock a variety of their tools and gardening products. I especially like the Border Fork and Spades. The breaking strain is over 90kg (the British Standard is 40kg) and is endorsed by the RHS. All RHS endorsed stainless steel tools are supported by a lifetime guarantee against manufacturing defects.

You may or may not know that the week of Valentine’s Day is National Nest Box Week? So perhaps a bird box would make the perfect gift for your gardening loved one! It is a little early for birds to be making their nest right now, but putting one up now will give them a roosting place from bitter winds and you never know, they may move in. Put them up in a sheltered spot (away from cats and other predators) on a North-East facing fence or wall. This means they will not over-heat later in the year. Why not take advantage of gift wrap for just 99p?

And while we’re at it, we need to start thinking of the bees, ladybirds and other beneficial insects in our gardens. These hotels need to be situated on a different wall to the bird boxes, ideally seeing the sun at 10am so the sheltering insects do not stay cold for too long in the day. You will often see hibernating ladybirds on a south-facing windowsill, so placing a ladybird hotel near-by will encourage them in there next winter. These insects are fantastic predators of greenfly and blackfly, so it is definitely worth while keeping these garden allies happy.

 

 

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TGI (almost) February

TGI February! Well on Monday, anyhow.

But I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling quite positive about this weekend, gardening wise. February is a great month for sewing more and more seeds, especially if you have a heated propagator. Greenhouse crops like aubergines, peppers, tomatoes and chilli peppers and slow growing bedding plants such as snap-dragons and gazanias are going into mine this weekend. Just make sure you label them all!

Take a look at the full Grow Your Own section on the website and use code GYO20 for 20% off these products. But hurry, this promotion is ending on Friday 5th February!

Keeping a diary of the gardening year is a really good idea. I kept the same diary going for three consecutive years not so long ago and it was great to be able to look back on previous years and compare notes. Burgon & Ball have a great gardeners notebook, with covers made from recycled car tyres! Along with 73 pages of recycled plain, lined and squared paper, the book contains pages with information on:

Composting. Biodiversity & Wildlife. Landscaping. Bees and Bats. Water Usage. Natural Plant Health. Recycling. Home Grown Food.

Another job I will be tackling is my vegetable bed. Quite a lot of vegetable seeds can be sewn directly outside in late February, so now is a good time to dig over the soil and add some compost. As I have a heavy clay soil, I find a full size fork too difficult to use, especially as the ground can be hard and waterlogged this time of year. You may know by now that I am a big fan of Burgon & Ball, I stock a variety of their tools and gardening products. I especially like the Border Fork and Spades. The breaking strain is over 90kg (the British Standard is 40kg) and is endorsed by the RHS. All RHS endorsed stainless steel tools are supported by a lifetime guarantee against manufacturing defects.

You may or may not know that the week of Valentine’s Day is National Nest Box Week? So perhaps a bird box would make the perfect gift for your gardening loved one! It is a little early for birds to be making their nest right now, but putting one up now will give them a roosting place from bitter winds and you never know, they may move in. Put them up in a sheltered spot (away from cats and other predators) on a North-East facing fence or wall. This means they will not over-heat later in the year. Why not take advantage of gift wrap for just 99p?

And while we’re at it, we need to start thinking of the bees, ladybirds and other beneficial insects in our gardens. These hotels need to be situated on a different wall to the bird boxes, ideally seeing the sun at 10am so the sheltering insects do not stay cold for too long in the day. You will often see hibernating ladybirds on a south-facing windowsill, so placing a ladybird hotel near-by will encourage them in there next winter. These insects are fantastic predators of greenfly and blackfly, so it is definitely worth while keeping these garden allies happy.

 

 

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