4th March 2019 • General • Stephanie Donaldson
I’ve simply been to the annual Backyard Press Occasion, the place we get to see what’s new on this planet of gardening and I discovered loads to catch my eye. Nutscene’s Thick Chunky Twine Ball (£10.95 from www.nutscene.com) is a heavy responsibility twine that can be invaluable within the backyard for these jobs that want one thing extra sturdy than peculiar backyard string.
Forest Backyard’s Victorian Walkaround Greenhouse is a good concept for anybody with restricted area – the gardener stays outdoors and opens the doorways to get entry to the vegetation inside. Possibly not very best for the gardener when it rains, however place to maintain tender vegetation throughout winter – I’m attempting to work out if I’ve someplace appropriate for it – it might make an ideal miniature orangery to overwinter my citrus bushes. £529.99 from www.forestgarden.co.uk
Blooming Superb (£6.99 for 70 litres) is a soil enricher that’s the by-product of anaerobic digestion by which plant materials is damaged all the way down to create biogas. Consider the method as a man-made cow’s abdomen – the vegetation go in, are chomped up, break down, and launch fuel and out the opposite finish comes a helpful soil mulch that’s nice to deal with, wealthy in vitamins and a super prime dressing for the backyard. Examine their web site www.bloominamazing.com for native stockists.
There have been a number of firms on the occasion introducing new methods of feeding your vegetation. Envii caught my eye with their probiotics for vegetation – these work in an identical option to mycorrhizal fungi, however apparently are completely different. I can be to strive them, particularly the Maximato tomato feed (£20 for 500ml from Amazon). There have been a number of issues I appreciated about this firm – on a sensible observe, the liquid feed containers had a in-built measuring system which is one thing I’ve been requesting for completely ages; additionally they’re working arduous to make their packaging and supply as environmentally pleasant as doable. Envii is phasing out single-use plastics they usually now use a inexperienced sort of jiffy bag that’s fully compostable, hexcel paper as an alternative of bubble wrap and paper parcel tape as an alternative of the plastic model. To spotlight their inexperienced credentials that they had planted up a jiffy bag and likewise used the self-clinging hexcel paper to make a plant pot. Great things. www.envii.co.uk
Specialist feed producer Vitax has a spread of focused plant meals to satisfy the particular necessities of a wide range of shrubs and bushes. The most recent additions to the vary are an Olive Tree Feed (assist for these many starved specimens you see languishing in pots) and a Tree Fern and Palm Feed. None of those vegetation is reasonable to purchase so it’s worthwhile investing in focused feed to maintain them wholesome and rising strongly. Native stockists are listed on their web site www.vitax.co.uk
If I wanted any extra planters (I positively don’t!!!!) then I might be very tempted by the Rustic vary at Woodlodge. The moulds used to make them have been taken from pure supplies so they offer an excellent impression of being created from bark, slate and weathered timber. They’re extraordinarily heavy (concrete?) so very secure and are fairly priced. www.woodlodge.co.uk for stockists
Wandering among the many seed retailers shows, two that tempted me had been Alonsoa warscewiczii ‘Scarlet’ from the Sarah Raven vary for Johnsons Seeds and ‘Crimson Swan’ dwarf French bean at Mr. Fothergill’s. The alonsoa was such a beautiful color that I felt I should have a go at rising it – and with the French bean the mix of the pink shade and the declare of ‘unimaginable flavour’ on the seed packet proved irresistible.