Posts Tagged ‘grow your own’

Make a Healthy Start with Mr Fothergill’s and David Domoney this 2020 Season

September 4th, 2019 | News | 0 Comments

David Domoney Make a Healthy Start campaign. Grow to eat the rainbow!

 

‘Make a healthy start’ is a new message promoting the importance of eating a rainbow of colours for the best diet.

It’s no secret that vegetables have the power to boost our health, but did you know that eating a rainbow of colours gives you the best chance of a well-rounded diet? Nutritional facts featured on point of sale show which vitamins are in the vegetables people eat every day.

The booklet, which is included free for customers to take, has also been updated. As well as tips on what to sow and how to start growing, there is seasonal inspiration, interesting facts, vitamins content, a sowing calendar, crop rotation information and more.

 

 

 

A packet of Mr Fothergill's David Domoney Rocket seeds

 

 

Aimed at encouraging newcomers to grow-your-own, the collection includes 56 of the most popular vegetable varieties and 10 easy-to-use seed mats and tapes. Packet instructions offer simple, jargon-free growing advice and a QR code links to further ‘on the spot’ tips from David.

The packet fronts employ easy reference icons designed to sell the simplicity of the products. In store, the stand-alone range is displayed A to Z, and includes smaller pea and bean packets suited better to smaller scale growing and beginner gardeners than traditional pea and bean packaging.

 

 

 

 

David Domonet Make a Healthy Start Point Of Sale standAmong top selling varieties are basil, pea and carrot. David Domoney commented: “The aim in launching the ‘make a healthy start’ stand is to highlight clearly for gardeners the health benefits available to them, to make choosing seed varieties that much easier. Coupled with a rainbow vitamin scale, the packaging guides them through which seeds are best suited to their needs, depending on the food they want to harvest and the individual dietary requirements they might have. This is all in the aim to get people growing at home and reaping the plentiful rewards involved in that.”

Customers who buy a seed packet from the range are then given a chance to win a brand new NutriBullet food processor—the all-in-one Magic Bullet Blender to help nourish your soul. All you have to do to enter the prize draw, is snap a photo of the packet you’ve purchased and upload it to the entry page on the daviddomoney.com website.

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

Growing for cutting

March 1st, 2019 | Plant Talk with Graham Rice | 0 Comments

Lupin 'Pink Fairy', Nicotiana 'Babybella' and Ridolphia segetum.A customer came into my friend’s florist shop recently and said: “You can’t get British cut flowers any more.” Well, apart from the fact that if she’d just looked out of the window she’d have seen the cutting garden from which flowers for the shop are cut – well, she could always grow her own!

So could we all and Mr F are helping out with a new range of plants specifically chosen for cutting. They’ll arrive in May, ideal planting time, and give you colourful cut flowers all summer.

Nicotiana ‘Babybella’ is a new deep red variety that I discussed here a few weeks ago that mixes well with ‘Florence Blue’ cornflowers. This cornflower variety is a lovely vivid blue but it’s shorter than most cut-flower cornflowers so doesn’t topple over in anything above a gentle breeze.

Both these plants are new to the Mr F plant range but I also picked out one or two familiar favourites from the Mr F range that are invaluable for cutting.

Salvia viridis, which used to be called Salvia horminum, is exceptionally long lasting in the garden and in the vase – mainly because it’s not the tiny flowers that generate the colour but the large leafy bracts around them.

Annual lupins make lovely cut flowers, they should be better known. The flowers of ‘Pink Fairy’ open white and then take on pink tones as they mature, they come on long string, but not think, stems and they have a strong scent too.

Finally I’d suggest a plant that you may not know, Ridolfia segetum. It’s a little like a sharp yellow cow parsley but far more refined and long lasting and it goes with almost anything in a garden bouquet.

There are more. Check out the new Mr F Cut Flower Range and be sure also to take a look at other annuals and perennials that are ideal for cutting. My list is getting longer, I’m not sure where I’m going to grow my veg this year…

Christmas Gifts for Gardeners

October 16th, 2018 | News | 0 Comments

It’s just 11 weeks to Christmas!

If you’re thinking of what to buy for your garden-savvy friends or relatives, we have got some great options with a wide range of gifts for kids, beginners and experienced gardeners. Choose from a number of innovative gardening gifts from windowsill kits to fun ‘grass head’ kits for youngsters – perfect stocking fillers!

For anyone new to gardening, why not try our patented GroBox and GroMat ranges of easy-to-grow, pre-sown gardening products.

GroBox is a bio-degradable cardboard box containing four varieties of pre-sown vegetable or herb seeds in compost which is then planted, covered and watered in the garden or in a container. Our range also includes a children’s flower garden and a children’s vegetable garden – great for the budding young gardener in your life.

GroMat is a two-metre bio-degradable mat pre-sown with a mix of either flower or vegetable seeds, and can be rolled out as it is or cut to fit any size of plot, border or container. You can choose from Poppy, Wildflowers, Blue Mix, Red Mix, Salad or Vegetable Mix!

We also have four windowsill kits – Herb Garden, Fragrant Garden, Strawberry Garden and Sunflower Garden – each comprising a galvanised metal windowsill container, seeds, compost and instructions.

The Herb Grow Kit has three galvanised pots on a tray, basil, parsley and chive seeds, plus compost discs, while the Grow Your Own Pesto Kit includes basil seed, compost discs, a ceramic pestle, mortar and instructions on how to make the much-loved Italian sauce for pasta.

Our eye-catching grow kits in the caricature form of various animals make ideal stocking-fillers and encourage youngsters to take an interest in growing from seed, like our ceramic egg cup-style planters – the Munakuppi (that’s Finnish for ‘egg cup’) Hair Grow Kit!

Each Munakuppi includes two sachets of seed – basil for short ‘hair’ and ryegrass for long ‘hair’ – plus compost and growing instructions, so anyone can simply sow, water and watch the green ‘hair’ grow. The six hand-crafted animals, including a frog, dog, pig, duck, seal and cow are becoming collectables.

Children will also enjoy our four new adorable smiley cats! These gorgeous kits come with a pot, coir pellet, rye grass seeds, instructions and growing tips for easy and instant display in the home. Unlike traditional grassheads kits, these ceramic characters can be used again and again.

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For chilli lovers, there are Chilli Pepper Grow kits available for classic, great tasting, fiery red chillies or juicy medium-hot green chillies, perfect for pizzas. Available as complete kits!

Mr Fothergill’s range of seeds and kits are available from garden centres, supermarkets and leading DIY stores throughout the UK.

David Domoney Shares his Knowledge and Enthusiasm for ‘Grow Your Own’ with our Sales Force

June 5th, 2018 | News | 0 Comments

This year, our Sales Conference was visited by Love Your Garden presenter David Domoney who gave an enthusiastic presentation about gardening and shared his experience of garden transformations.

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David Domoney joined forces with Mr Fothergill’s to develop David Domoney’s Get Growing seed range for the 2018 season. Aimed at newcomers to grow-your-own, the collection includes 66 of the most popular vegetable varieties and 10 easy to use seed mats and tapes. Packet backs offer simple, jargon-free instructions and a QR code links to further ‘on the spot’ advice from David.

Packet fronts employ easy reference icons designed to sell the simplicity of the products. In store, the stand-alone range is displayed A to Z, and includes smaller pea and bean packets more suited to smaller scale growing and beginner gardeners than traditional pea and bean packaging.

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Sales of David Domoney’s Get Growing seed range has exceeded our initial expectations, the collection has beaten the season’s forecast.

Ian Cross, our retail marketing manager says: “We are really pleased with the positive reaction we have had from retailers and their customers. David Domoney’s Get Growing range is the perfect starting point for everyone new to growing vegetables from seed and fits perfectly with David’s passion for encouraging everyone to discover the life-long joy that gardening can provide.”

Among top selling varieties are Cress, Coriander, Carrot Finger and Flat leaved Parsley.

Seed packets have a suggested selling price from £1.35 to £3.49. To find out more about the Mr Fothergill’s range, log on at www.mr-fothergills-trade.com or telephone 01638 554111.

How To Plant & Grow Asparagus Crowns

March 9th, 2017 | The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Young asparagus crowns growing in raised bedsAsparagus is a very satisfying vegetable to grow in your own garden. But it does take time & patience to grow. In this short post, we will guide you through planting Mr Fothergill’s asparagus. 

  • Take the asparagus crowns from the sealed bag.
  • Make a trench, it must be wide enough to spread the roots out and give them room to grow. The trench must also be about 20 cm deep.
  • Within the trench, you’ll need to create a small ridge so that the asparagus can sit on top of these. The roots can then spread down the side.
  • Fill the trench back in and firm it down. It’s that easy!

Asparagus can take another two years to get a full harvest – but it’s worth the wait! If you have any further tips on planting and growing asparagus crowns, then you can let us know on this blog or over on our social media. You can buy our asparagus crowns on Mr Fothergill’s website here.

How To Plant & Grow Asparagus Crowns