Garden centres’ pledge on neonicotinoids

Nine out of top 10 retailers working to prevent use – but not Homebase

Honey bees
Pressure is being put on Homebase to end the use of neonicotinoids

Environmental campaigners have welcomed pledges by leading garden centres to stop the flowering plants they sell being grown with pesticides linked to declines in bees.

Friends of the Earth (FotE) said its survey of 10 top garden retailers found nine did not want the plants they sold to be grown using three neonicotinoid pesticides restricted in the EU, and were working with suppliers to prevent their use. Continue reading “Garden centres’ pledge on neonicotinoids”

New veg seeds from Johnsons

Trio of healthy, colourful and disease-resistant crops

Kale Sympatic
Kale Sympatic. Picture; Johnsons

It’s new seed time again and Johnsons is introducing three exclusive varieties for the 2017/18 season.

Kale Sympatic (£1.79 for 250 seeds) offers a 10-month harvest when grown as a mature plant and a baby leaf variety. The baby leaves can be picked from June to December, while mature plants can be harvested from September to March.

Sow from March to September for a near constant supply – by sowing next month, you’ll have baby leaves until December.

It is extremely hardy (down to -18C) and vigorous roots provide resistance to wind rock. The attractive tightly curled leaves are Continue reading “New veg seeds from Johnsons”

Harrogate Autumn Flower Show 2017

Countdown to the giant veg show – September 15-17

Far from winding down in early autumn, Harrogate Autumn Flower Show is a great place for inspiration and buying end-of-season bargains – and my favourite show.

Plant nursery displays, live expert demonstrations and Continue reading “Harrogate Autumn Flower Show 2017”

National Allotments Week 2017

Find out your local events: August 14-20

It’s National Allotments Week and this year the theme is Growing the Movement, paying tribute to the hard work done by all those people who give up their time for free.

Voluntary association management committees, plot- Continue reading “National Allotments Week 2017”

Bare root plants and rose offer from Dobies

Cheaper, stronger plants with more choice

Dobies Autumn Catalogues 2017Going bare root is the savvy gardener’s choice – not only are plants cheaper than pot grown, there’s a wider choice of varieties to choose from. Plants are stronger, free-flowering and earlier to get going in spring.

Often people shy away from bare root because they don’t look great – they are dormant when they are sent out, unlike fresh-faced pot-grown plants.

However, planting in autumn when there’s still some Continue reading “Bare root plants and rose offer from Dobies”

Suttons Bulb and Kitchen Garden Catalogues 2017

Hottest new plants for next spring

Gardening is all about thinking what comes next and Suttons new Bulb and Kitchen Garden catalogues will brighten up next spring and give you inspiration for 2018’s harvest.

The Bulb Catalogue includes winter bedding plants, perennials, and shrubs, not just spring bulbs.

Cover star – and one of the best-looking flowers I’ve seen in a long time – is Ranunculus Clementine, with amazing orange blooms and vivid green centres. Continue reading “Suttons Bulb and Kitchen Garden Catalogues 2017”