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Pot Toppers are perfect for patio veg gardeners

March 9th, 2015 | The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Pot Toppers from Mr Fothergill's

While an increasing number of householders like the idea of growing at least some of their own food, modern gardens are often too small for a traditional vegetable plot.  Would-be ‘Good Lifers’ can however look forward to a ready supply of salad leaves and herbs just outside the back door or on the patio thanks to a new idea from Mr Fothergill’s.

Pot Toppers is the name of Mr Fothergill’s new range of pre-sown circular 20cm (8in) wide seed mats that are designed to help out patio veg gardeners.  There are seven varieties – three mixed salad leaves and four popular herbs – and with three mats per packet householders can look forward to a season-long supply of their favourites however small the back garden may be.  They can even be grown on balconies, and container gardening is the ideal answer for those who have little or no garden, but still wish to ‘grow their own’.

Mr Fothergill’s David Turner says he believes Pot Toppers are also perfect for youngsters wishing to have a go at growing plants from seed for the first time.  Each has a recommended retail price of £3.45.

Look out for Mr Fothergill’s Pot Toppers online on the website, at garden centres and other retail outlets nationwide.

Cool pansies for containers and ground cover

July 16th, 2014 | Plant Talk with Graham Rice | 0 Comments

Pansy 'Cool Wave Mixed'Those of us old enough to remember ‘Universal’ pansies will recall how they delighted so many gardeners as the first pansies that flowered in the winter as well as the spring. That was back in 1979.

The Universals are long gone (though the name is sometimes attached to newer varieties) but since then there’s been a long succession of improvements: more flowers, more colours, better hardiness, better weather resistance and now pansies with a trailing and spreading habit.

Pansies for hanging baskets is a relatively new idea and ‘Cool Wave’ is the one to look for. Flowering from October to May, the seven colours in the mixture harmonise well together and make a delightful basket without any companions – although silvery ivies (‘Glacier’ or ‘Little Diamond’)Pansy 'Cool Wave Mixed' provide colour when the worst of the weather reduces the flower power of the pansies. And the stems of ‘Cool Wave’ don’t simply hang down in straggly vertical sheets, no. The plants are more semi-trailing, they arch elegantly over the sides of the pot or basket.

But there’s another way to use these versatile pansies – as ground cover. Plant them at the front of a border that gets sun for most of the day and they will spread out with the flowers standing up above the leaves. The flowers are medium-sized, so they’re colourful but not so large that they’re easily damaged by rain, and they’re held up above the leaves which cushion the rain splashes. They’re also tough; ‘Cool Wave’ pansies will tolerate temperatures of -29C – should we so unlucky.

You can order Pansy ‘Cool Wave’ now, try get your order in before the August Bank Holiday.

Container gardening guide

April 8th, 2014 | The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Mixed Spicy Salad LeavesGet some ideas on how to grow crops in containers for gardens where space is tight, or simply to have easy access to regular cropping vegetables from your kitchen door in this container gardening guide.

Window ledges and balconies are a great place to grow plants in pots if you have no garden, otherwise choose a good sunny site on the patio in your garden. Warm sunny walls are ideal to provide a good source of warmth for your plants.

Great plants to grow in containers if you are new to this style of gardening include:

  • Salad leaves – grow them as cut and come again for a continuous supply of salad through the warmer months
  • Tomatoes (try them in hanging baskets!)
  • Potatoes in patio planters
  • Herbs to provide the kitchen with a ready supply for cooking

Use our Garden Planner to help you plan your container garden.

The perfect plant for containers, beds and borders

January 24th, 2014 | News, The flower garden | 0 Comments

“Just about the perfect plant in all respects for containers, beds and borders” is plant manager Tom Stimpson’s summing up of the brand new Coreopsis that Mr Fothergill’s is introducing for the 2014 season.  He spotted Solanna™ Golden Sphere while visiting trial grounds in the summer of 2013.

Coreopsis Solanna Golden SphereTom says, “This plant stood out for the sheer number of blooms per plant – literally hundreds throughout the growing season. Talking to the breeder, I was surprised to learn that it is also hardy given well drained conditions and will start to flower from early May.  I grew several at home they were still flowering in November, and also noticed they were not bothered by pest or disease.  For me, Coreopsis Golden Sphere is a real star!”

As well as its flower power and length of blooming time, the plant habit is excellent too, being neat, compact and non-leggy, even towards the end of the growing season.  The plants keep their neat shape – perfect for container planting, or for providing a focal point in borders or for edging a path.  Flower size is also large for a coreopsis and, as its name suggests, the fully double blooms are totally ball-shaped and sit above very strong stems – even when windy, the blooms do not suffer.

Then flowers age well and do not become discoloured.  Bees and butterflies are certainly attracted to the heads, while its strong stems make Solanna™ Golden Sphere ideal for cutting, and the flowers last well in the vase.  It grows to 50cm (20in) and five young plants, despatched from mid April 2014 cost £8.95.

Request a free copy of Mr Fothergill’s Seed, Plant and Bulb Catalogue 2014 online, telephone 0845 371 0518 or write to Mr Fothergill’s, Gazeley Road, Kentford, Suffolk CB8 7QB.