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National Gardening Week is fast approaching and this year the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)are focusing the campaign on “Edible Britain” as an acknowledgment of own-grown produce. Launched in 2011, the event has grown year-on-year and is now the nation’s biggest celebrationof gardening. Gardeners of all ages are encouraged to start growing produce and share their efforts on social media by using hashtag #NationalGardeningWeek.
Gardening is well known to be advantageous to personal wellbeing, whilst encouraging children to grow their own fruit and vegetables provides life skills and an appreciation of good food.
It is, however, important to protect the skin when gardening. Thorny plants and sharp-edged stones can easily break a child’s skin and make them more susceptible to infections such as tetanus from the clostridium tetani bacterium, commonly found in soil.
BASF, the leading producer of beneficial nematodes used as pest control in British gardens, will be showcasing two of its ground-breaking products at this year’s RHS Cardiff.
The company is attending the event, held from 12 to 14 April, as it represents the start of the spring season and is also a key time of year in which gardeners spot the first signs of slug activity.
Gavin Wood, business development and key account manager for nematodes, said: “We attend RHS Cardiff every year to gauge how bad gardeners’ slug problems are. The combination of mild autumn and wet weather last year will inevitably increase underground slug activity.”
A standard greenhouse has its usual functions, from storing growing bags and tools to growing produce and displaying beautiful flowers.
Yet looking at the current options available in this market, gardeners have the usual metal, wooden or plastic-style greenhouses at their fingertips, but none have the flexibility to access inside from all sides.
Forest Garden has the solution which does this and more - introducing the beautifully crafted Victorian Walkaround Greenhouse.
This beautifully crafted greenhouse is the most innovative product on the market, with its practical qualities as well as it being visually stunning.
Keen gardeners restricted with space in the garden, will also be able to benefit from this design as access inside is possible easily through all of its four doors. The only thing which requires a personal touch is the inside, which can be reconfigured to suit personal plants in all sizes, making it truly unique.
Thorndown’s revolutionary Peelable Glass Paint, made from recycled plastic, is now available in a handy 450ml tin. Developed with a major greenhouse manufacturer and distributor, this new pack size is perfect for most garden greenhouses. Launching onMonday 15th April it will be available to purchase from our online shop and direct for retailers.
Thorndown’s Peelable Glass Paint has changed the world of greenhouse shading for ever.
No longer does it have to be a horrible, awkward job with hours of scrubbing to remove old coatings. With Peelable Glass Paint simply apply with a roller then at the end of the season, peel off whole panes to remove. Pick at a corner and peel off a whole sheet!
The British lawnmowing season is officially changing. Leading lawnmower manufacturer Cub Cadet highlights this shift with the first-year-on-year comparison of data (2017 and 2018), published today. The information collected by the company is part of a five-year survey to accurately plot how the changing weather patterns are impacting grass growth and lawnmowing activity in the UK.
Gardeners were encouraged to enter their first and last mowing dates. The figures provided by almost 100 gardeners in the UK showed that on average their mowing season was 227 days in 2018 compared to 233 in the previous year.
The most popular week for gardeners to begin mowing was 26th March 2018 and the most popular week for a final cut before winter was across two weeks, week commencing the 5th and 12th November 2018.
The popular Haskins Garden Centre based in Crawley has opened the doors to its temporary building at the Snowhill site.
Phase one of the Snowhill centre’s redevelopment plan has now been completed, including:
The Snowhill centre redevelopment plan is a 12-month project which will culminate in the main centre re-opening for business in spring 2020. In the meantime, Haskins will continue to trade in its temporary building.
In a true industry first, LifestyleGarden® has confirmed that the leading outdoor furniture brand will be working exclusively in partnership with the Eden Project, helping to further drive their common goal of promoting environmental responsibility and sustainability.
This new partnership will see LifestyleGarden®’s garden furniture ranges supported by the Eden Project branding, helping consumers to make a more considered decision at the point of purchase. The new Eden Project ranges – available for the 2020 season – will also provide retailers with a unique point of difference in this normally traditional product category. The company will also have access to the Eden Project’s exclusive designs and patterns, providing the new range with an exciting selection of add-on sales opportunities, including accessories such cushions and deckchairs.
Garden Re-Leaf Day on Friday 22nd March was once again a success, as the garden industry and Greenfingers supporters came together to create a thriving day of activities and FUNdraising events. Whilst the final total is yet to be announced, it has been confirmed that over £50k has already beenpledged.
The Garden Re-Leaf Sponsored Walk
Current total raised: £12,000 and rising
Over 120 people from garden retailers, suppliers and manufacturers along with teams from outside the garden industry walked a sponsored 5,10 or 20-mile circuit through the Buckinghamshire countryside on the annual Garden Re-Leaf Walk.
With warmer weather on the horizon and the first signs of Spring making an appearance in gardens, Evergreen Garden Care’s latest £3.5 million TV advertising and multimedia marketing campaign is designed to communicate the key messages and product benefits of the company’s most tried and trusted brands to millions of consumers across the country.
The TV campaign supports Evergreen Garden Care’s powerhouse brands, Miracle-Gro® and Roundup® and will run from late March until the middle of June. The key messaging that runs across all four adverts is that with the help of these well-known brands you can unlock the love of the garden by creating a green oasis for all to enjoy whatever the occasion.
Metaldehyde ban? No problem! New ecofective® Slug Killer has the power to tackle munching molluscs
One of the leading eco-friendly pest control brands, ecofective®, has introduced a new slug killer to help gardeners protect flowers and vegetable plants from attack. Its launch is perfectly timed, as gardeners seek environmentally friendly alternatives to metaldehyde slug pellets ahead of the ban this summer.
New ecofective® Ferrimax® Slug Killer is a high-quality pelleted bait that provides effective slug control using its ferric phosphate formula. Available from Homebase this May, the slug control is approved for organic gardening. Manufacturer ecofective® is anticipating high demand for the product, with slugs and snails taking second place in the Royal Horticultural Society’s top 10 ranking of the worst pests in 2018.
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