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Crop Rotation: How to get started in the garden

3rd Feb 2020

Crop Rotation: How to get started in the garden
Late January/Early February is a good time to start thinking about crop rotation.⁠⁠The principle of crop rotation is to grow specific groups of vegetables on a different part of your vegetable patch each year. It doesn’t matter if you have an allotment or a small garden patch, you can still plan for crop rotation.⁠Some of the key benefits of crop rotation include:⁠⁠Soil Fe …

How to Prune Apple Trees in your garden.

6th Jan 2020

How to Prune Apple Trees in your garden.
Pruning Apple Trees The leaves have now fallen from your apple and pear trees, which means its time to prune! We know this can seem like a daunting task, especially if you haven’t done it before. To get you started, here are 4 top tips: ⁠ - Aim to take between 10-20% of the overall canopy off in any one winter. Work around the tree evenly and keep an eye on your pr …

Garden Calendar | A Useful Guide for British Gardens

1st Jan 2020

January: The team at Oaktree will be busy potting the first bedding plants and pot/basket starter plants ready for the coming season. So if the weather is bad, take advantage of Oaktree’s vast undercover area and ask the team to help you plan your garden for the coming year.February: Preparations for Spring will be in full swing by February with a full range of roses, …

How to Select & Care a Real Christmas Tree

1st Dec 2019

How Big?To start, get an idea of how much space you have, you don't want to get home and see you don't have the space.Spruce vs. NordmanThe Spruce is the more traditional option it's needles are sharp to the touch and tend to drop significantly more.The Nordman is a modern choice, its needles are very soft, and tend to drop less needles.TrimmingThere is no harm in trimming your …

Pumpkin Soup Recipe For Spare Halloween Pumpkins

4th Nov 2019

As Haloween is behind us, you may need to find a way to use up some of the pumpkins you have left! This month we are going to make a beautiful pumpkin soup! All you need is:   2 tbsp. Olive Oil 2 Onions1kg Pumpkin 700ml Vegetable or Chicken Stock150ml Double CreamHeat 2 tbsp. olive oil in a large saucepan, then gently cook 2 finely chopped onions for 5 …

Halloween Special: Sweet & Sour Pumpkin Slices Family Winner

31st Oct 2019

This month we thought we would do something a little different!As its almost Halloween we wanted to show you how you can put your BBQ to good use, even going into winter & Autumn.This recipe is quick and easy and perfect for cooking while the kids (or adults) carve their pumpkins!All you will need to make sweet and sour frilled pumpkin is:• 1 pound sugar pumpkin• 2 tablespoons …

Which Soil Is Best For Planting Garden Plants & Seeds

6th Sep 2019

Knowing which soil you should buy can be difficult, we have broken it down into a quick & easy to follow list to get you started!1.Seed Sowing;Levington Seed & Cutting CompostJohn Innes Seed Sowing Compost2. Potting on Young Plants & Cuttings;Levington Original Multi PurposeLevington Multi PurposeLevington Multi Purpose with added John InnesWestland New Horizon All Purpose (Pea …

Our Guide to Sustainable Gardening

6th Sep 2019

Being sustainable is important to many of us. As a society, we have become recycling conscious, anti-plastic usage and care of our carbon footprints. However, the food industry is one of the most damaging to our climates, from animal agriculture and the greenhouse gasses they produce to the carbon emissions from food air miles. We need to find ways to create healthier and envir …
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