Leafmould is a natural soil improver that you can make by collecting and storing leaves following this super easy instructions.
Just because summer has fizzled out doesn’t mean you can pack everything away and hibernate. Leave that for the bears in the woods.
Clean down and plant up your containers for instant colour and continued interest until 2020 brings whatever 2020 fancies. Read on to find out all you need to know about autumn container gardening.
Wet Weather Leads to a Slug Onslaught
A mild winter + wet spring + a ban on a certain type of slug pellet = slug invasion!
New Ban on Slug Pellets
Slugs are on the move and, for the sake of wildlife, one weapon in the shed is being phased out. Slug pellets containing metaldehyde will no longer be legal after next year. Gardeners need to think about alternatives, and to act now. The rasping teeth of slugs are already chewing at your new shoots.
A slug pellet based on ferrous phosphate is still OK for use in the garden. These still kill slugs but instead of dying on top
The Shedstore Shed MOT
The summer is over. Weeks of unbroken sunshine, record temperatures and paddling pools will soon be nothing but a distant memory. Winter is coming, so it’s time to wrap up warm, batten down the hatches and protect all that we hold dear.
For customers of Shedstore this can only mean one thing… It’s time to get your shed ready for winter with Shedstore’s 5-point Shed MOT.
If you're interested in growing your own fruit and veg, this seasonal guide explaining what to grow and do in the greenhouse at each stage of the year will be of great help.
One of the most valuable assets any gardener may possess is a greenhouse. For those gardeners fortunate enough to have one, the growing season can be extended. This enables gardeners to make the best use of the sun for longer periods of time.
A wide range of fruit and vegetable crops can be produced in a greenhouse. Furthermore, since the greenhouse environment can be controlled, providing heat and extending the growing season it is important to understand which crops to plant during the different seasons of the year.
It’s been a great growing season up to now with plenty of rain and a good dollop of sun. Soil and compost are getting tired and some are struggling to keep up with the demands of voracious root systems. Feeding time!
Plants in containers concern me most as you cannot get the natural interaction between soil organisms and roots required for the best healthy and sustainable growth. A little bit extra is needed. But even plants in natural soil can starve their surroundings, especially fast growing and active plants.
Understanding Plant Nut
Top Tips for a Tidy Shed
It’s that time of year when your shed becomes messy. None of us can help it, in spite of our best efforts. Inevitably, rain arrives as you finish mowing and it’s a case of ‘quick, get the mower away’ and it’s never in the right place, comfortably nestling under the benching. Nope, it’s slap-bang in the way of the door. Same with the mountain of now redundant cloches, tangles of netting, tumbleweed and horticultural fleece. But you can change your ways. Really.
The first job in tidying a shed is to throw away anything that is surplus to requirements. It is so much more efficient to take a photograph of the can of paint, for matching purposes, than keeping the can itself. Or paint a swatch onto a piece of old wallpaper and write the brand and shade on the back. The contents of the can will most likely be ‘off’ - pigments will have separated and a thick skin will
Patios are emerging from the dark winter and wet spring looking worse for wear. Algae and moss are causing major slip hazards and weeds are emerging from every poorly mortared joint. But sorting them out can be easy and highly satisfying.
Get yourself a comfy kneeler, sink to your knees and do your weedy business. Make sure you get every scrap of root out wherever possible as perennial weeds (dandelions are one of the worst culprits) will regrow. Annual weeds are best removed before they start to flower and set seed. It will save you a whole heap of problems later in the year
Get Planting with Raised Beds and Planters
As we finally welcome warmer weather, it's the favourite time of year for most gardeners. And it’s raised beds and containers that allow gardeners across the UK to get ahead of the game.
Both can help with earlier sowing and planting and are easy to protect if any cold weather dares to head back. Get the best from your beds and pots by following a few guidelines.
Raised beds are more easily managed than big wide borders. Weeding, watering, feeding and protecting your plants is far simpler when you are focusing on one area.
When constructing your raised beds, it's a top tip to line them with empty compost sacks (folded inside out so the black part is showing into the bed). This will protect the wood from water damamge - especially if your planter is not pressure treated.
Remember to occassionaly check newly constructed raised beds