Help Mr Fothergill’s fundraise for charity

September 6th, 2017 | News | 0 Comments

At Mr Fothergill’s we like to support as many charities as we can – so far we’ve raised over £150,000. Over the last few years, we’ve supported and fundraised for the Royal Hospital Chelsea Appeal, Greenfingers Charity, and RSPB – among others!

For these charities, in particular, we’ve have been selling sweet peas, seeds or fundraising through events. If you’ve contributed to any of these, then thank you – all of these charities need help and we are grateful to have given them the chance to assist their causes further.

We’ve recently completed a 20 mile walk, that some of our team took part in to raise money for the Greenfingers Charity. You can find out more about our walk here. In addition to this walk, we’ve set up a page for each of the charities that we support – so if you’d like to help with our fundraising efforts, you can find each of the pages below.

 

 

 

If you’re going to donate your hard earned money to a charity, it’s important that you know what your generous donations are going towards. Each of these charities supports very different causes and all of them important.

Greenfingers Charity

Greenfingers Charity is dedicated to supporting the children who use hospices around the UK, along with their families, by creating beautiful, well-designed outdoor spaces for children to enjoy with family, friends and siblings, whether through play and fun, or therapeutic rest and relaxation.  To date, Greenfingers Charity has created 51 inspiring gardens and outdoor spaces in hospices around the country and has a further waiting list of hospices that need our help now.

RSPB

RSPB are the largest nature conservation charity in the country, consistently delivering successful conservation, forging powerful new partnerships with other organisations and inspiring others to stand up and give nature the home it deserves.

Royal Chelsea Appeal Limited

The Chelsea Pensioners are the iconic faces of the UK’s veteran community. They reside at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, their 325-year-old home founded by Charles II, in the heart of London.

Thank you in advance for all the support you’ve given us and these charities over the years, we hope we can continue to help them through the sale of our seeds and fundraising. 

 

 

Technology Twins with Tradition in a First for British Seed Packets

February 23rd, 2018 | News | 0 Comments

Seed packets are one of the stalwarts of the gardener’s world. Keeping their simple design and format for generations, they have remained a far cry from the modern world and its technology – but no longer. There is a new range of seeds that includes a quick response (QR) code that will lead potential buyers to further information, as well as hints and tips on how to use the product, helping them to imagine the product in use.

David-Domoney-seed-range-get-growing-runner-beanDavid-Domoney-seed-range-get-growing-runner-bean-packA first for the UK and launched to the trade in May 2017 with us, the David Domoney ‘Get Growing’ vegetable seeds range features this QR code on every seed packet, which will give the seed browser the opportunity to access fast information far beyond what can fit onto a seed packet.

 

At the point of purchase or at home, seed shoppers can access expanded descriptions, growing instructions, top tips, solutions to common problems, how to harvest, and what to do with the resulting crops. Information is tailored and unique to each of the 66 varieties in the range.

The David Domoney ‘Get Growing’ seed range is aimed both at motivating novice gardeners to get started with seeds and at experts who enjoy the outstanding results from timeless favourites.

The best of varieties covering all the most popular types of vegetables are available in this compact range, making product selection easy. Instructions are clear and jargon free, with useful icons to identify the quickest and easiest veg, best veg for pots, and what can be sown direct into the soil. Seed packets have a suggested selling price from £1.35 to £3.49.

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David says, “Whether shopping for themselves or seeking gifts for others, having more information at point of purchase is a big bonus for everyone. However, some packaging is limited on space to fully explain the product or its wider benefits. Whether its wine, DVDs, food packaging, plants, or whatever it may be, customers often want more info on what’s included or how it can be used. Seeds are a classic case of limited space for information, and my QR codes are going to go a long way in making the decision of choosing seeds so much easier.”

Since its launch the range has exceeded its initial sales target by over 20% and is listed widely in garden centres including Wyevale as well as Morrisons supermarkets.

 

View the range at selected garden retailers or visit www.mr-fothergills.co.uk

Mediterranean must-have

February 23rd, 2018 | Plant Talk with Graham Rice | 0 Comments

Cerinthe major 'Purpurescens'

Cerinthe is relatively new in our gardens. It’s not a flamboyant plant and until about thirty years ago it was very rarely seen. But one particular variety began to catch our attention, Mr F spotted the growing enthusiasm and so it’s listed here, both as seed and as plants.

Cerinthe major is the species with the largest flowers, and is found around the Mediterranean, on both the African and the European sides, often where the soil retains a little moisture. It makes an upright, rather succulent plant whose seed often germinates in the autumn and flowers in spring.

The tubular flowers hang down in clusters and are usually yellow and white but in ‘Purpurascens’, the variety to look for, they’re deep purple and surrounded by smoky purple-tinted bracts. The flowers are very popular with bees, which explains its common name: honeywort..

Seed can be sown in autumn or spring – as usual with Mediterranean plants autumn sowing produces better plants, and they’re happy in any reasonably fertile soil in sun. They’ll flower for months, especially if deadheaded.

The stems also last well when cut, which is perhaps surprising when you see how succulent and juicy they are. Searing the ends in boiling water for twenty seconds will ensure that they last at least a week, and often ten days.

But don’t cut or deadhead all the stems, leave some to make seed and self sow and you’ll never be without this colourful and intriguing flower.

High Yields: 6 Proven Strategies to Boost Garden Harvests

February 22nd, 2018 | News | 0 Comments

Now is the time to start planning for the growing season!

A well thought garden will provide you with an abundance of harvests. So here are a few tips and strategies to have a super prolific garden.

High-Yield plants

The first step toward bigger harvests is to choose High-Yield Plants and crops that are really quick to grow. Good examples of fast growers include radishes and lettuces. Herbs, spring onions and beets are also good options. High yielding vegetables include courgettes, potatoes and tomatoes.

Fruits are often really High-Yielding for the space and effort they take to grow. Once established, apples, raspberry and black currants can all produce astonishing heavy crops.

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Grow Vertically

There is never shortage of vertical space and by growing upwards you can pack a lot more into your High-Yield garden. Cucumbers, climbing peas and beans are just a few examples of crops who will help you fill your space.

Vertical vegetables are also easier to pick. Avoid shadowing smaller crops though, by growing vertical ones.

You can even make use of hanging baskets and planters by attaching them to sturdy walls and fences to pack even more into your garden.

 

Stagger Spacing

If your space is tight, get clever on how you space larger plants, such as pumpkins and tomatoes. Instead of planting them in a row, you can stagger rows for more efficient use of space.

 

Start interplanting

Grow two crops in the same piece of ground by mixing slow-growing and fast maturing vegetables. The quick to grow vegetables will be ready to harvest before the slower growing ones. You could put carrots and parsnips in the same row. You could also alternate closely spaced rows of slow growers and fast growers; for example lettuce set in between corn. Take care not to disturb the slower crop, when its time to harvest the quicker one.

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Grow in Succession

Keep the harvest coming by planting in succession. As soon as one is finished plant a follow-on crop. This way you can grow two or more vegetables in the same piece of ground each and every season. A typical succession plant could be tomatoes following early carrots or squashes following lettuce, these ones can then be followed by over wintering garlic for example. Watch our video for more examples.

Growing in succession requires quick reactions. Use fast maturing varieties to give yourself the best chances to succeed. It often works best when you can start crops in pots or module trays, so they are ready to plant out as soon as the first crop is done.

Top up the soil with a layer of compost between crops to keep plants well fed and happy.

 

Extend the season

Don’t forget to extend the season to enjoy more growing time. Hub houses, cold frames or cloches will all raise the temperature around plants. Row covers for example will help to warm and dry out the soil in Spring, allowing sowing or early vegetables, such as salads.

Similarly placing cover over the ground later in the year can extend the season just long enough for one final crop of something like turnip.

 

 

These are just a few tips and ideas to start planning your growing season. If you have any top tips that you can offer us let us know in the comments below or head over to our Facebook and Twitter page

 

Flowering and Practical Mother’s Day Gifts

February 21st, 2018 | News | 0 Comments

Treat your mum to a very special gift this Mother’s Day with some of our beautifully flowering and scenting products.

 

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There are four windowsill kits that your Mum would be happy to grow. Sunflower kit will flower all season to autumn and brighten up the patio with the lovely Pacino variety. Strawberry kit will become a great summer treat to pick whenever the red berries can be seen. Fragrant garden is a mix of three fragrant varieties – thyme, oregano and lavender that can be used in cooking and attract wildlife. For Mums who love herbs we have two options: Herb windowsill kit with one container or Herb Grow Kit (RRP £10.95) that comes with three galvanized pots on a tray with basil, parsley and chives seeds, plus compost discs. Windowsill kit has a recommended retail price of £7.95 – each comprising a galvanised metal windowsill container, seeds, compost and instructions. Grow Your Own Pesto Kit includes basil seed, compost discs,

a ceramic pestle and mortar, and instructions on how to make the much-loved Italian sauce for pasta. It has a RRP of £6.95.

Eye-catching flowers would make an ideal addition to your Mum’s garden. Sweet pea ‘Mumsie’ (RRP £2.19 for 20 seeds) is an appealing ‘Spencer’ type variety, with Mr-Fothergills-Sweet-Pea-Little-Riding-Hood-flower-seedslarge, pink ruffled blooms on strong stems. Sweet Pea Twilight (RRP £2.35 for 25 seeds) distinguishes itself with cool soft colours, whereas Sweet Pea Frills and Blushes (RRP £2.19 for 25 seeds) produces frilly blooms in warm shades.

Among new Sweet Peas introduced in 2018 there is Sweet Pea Little Red Riding Hood (RRP £2.29 for 20 seeds) which has pretty, hooded buds which open to reveal bicolour blooms. It is also deliciously scented. Extraordinary flowers of Sweet Pea Turquoise Lagoon (RRP £2.29 for 20 seeds) change colour as they mature. Sweet Pea Lady Salisbury (RRP £2.49 for 20 seeds) produces fragrant grandiflora cream and white blooms, many with picotee edges in blue, pink or lavender. All Lathyrus Odoratus are lovely to grow over trellis or fences and as cut flowers to decorate your mum’s home.

 

Visit your local garden centre for the full range or head over to www.mr-fothergills.co.uk

 

See the Butterflies in the Glasshouse at RHS Wisley

February 20th, 2018 | News | 0 Comments

Butterflies-in-the-glasshouse-RHS-WisleyEscape to tropical climes at RHS Garden Wisley to discover more than 50 vibrant species of exotic butterflies as they fly freely among the Tropical Zone of the cathedral-like Glasshouse. You have until the 4 March 2018 to plan your visit before the “Butterflies in the Glasshouse” exhibition closes.

The special guests will showcase their magnificent colours, patterns and form among lush plantings such as palm trees, bananas, bromeliads and climbers, as well as the aquatic plants that thrive in the warm jungle pool.

This year, enjoy new species of butterflies such as Graphium doson (common jay), a black tropical butterfly with pale blue wing bands, and swallowtail Papilio paris (Paris peacock).

Other favourites to see:

  • Magnificent Morpho peleides (blue morpho)
  • Master of camouflage Kallima inachus (orange oakleaf)
  • Brilliant green Siproeta stelenes (malachite)

 

Mr Fothergill’s is proud to have entered into a new partnership with The RHS to bring out a range of flower seeds and vegetable seeds for home gardeners.  The extensive flower seed range creates beautiful garden displays with excellent performance. Additionally they have been awarded RHS’s perfect for pollinators, as the best source of food for pollinating insects.  The vegetable collection, of 56 AGM varieties, includes excellent modern strains as well as much-loved, trusted favourites.

The RHS Award of Garden Merit is a mark of quality, awarded to garden plants with excellent garden performance. Each award is given only after a trial at an RHS Garden and judge by a team of experts.

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To browse all the RHS events follow this link to the website.

Take a look at the RHS Range of flower seeds and vegetable seeds on the Mr Fothergill’s website.