Posts Tagged ‘grow your own’

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.

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Springtime gardening by the sea

April 22nd, 2015 | Garden Diaries | 0 Comments

raised beds in this Incredible Edible Ilfracombe garden

Springtime has seen steady progress at the Incredible Edible Ilfracombe Community Garden; Laston Green.

The polytunnel in IlfracombeWe signed ourselves up to participate in The Big Dig with just a couple of weeks notice of the late-March nationwide event.  It was a great opportunity to get some muscle power in for help with some of the manual work, and to involve more local families.

There has been quite a bit of basic grounds maintenance to do with such a large plot of land, and there are so many ideas on how to best use the space that we would like to see come to fruition.  The best place to start was to assemble a working party and get everyone to roll up their sleeves.

We enlisted the adults to clear space for our individual raised beds.   These are aimed as ‘starter plots’ for small families who would like to have a go at Grow Your Own, without the size commitment of an allotment.   On the site, the polytunnel is now ready to be occupied by many tomato, cucumber and pepper plants.  Our fruit trees were pruned back to a more manageable hedgerow, and the raised beds were filled with soil and compost ready for their new caretakers.

image2Throughout the day children were kept occupied with a range of craft and sowing activities, planting out Aguadulce Broad Beans sowing and painting paper-plate sunflowers.

It was a hard working day for all in order to get the plot into shape in such a short space of time and Harry, our youngest ‘big’ volunteer, showed true commitment to the cause and kept on digging until every else had left!

Meanwhile, our fortnightly pre-school gardening club have been learning about seedlings.   The group created window greenhouses to watch the seeds burst from their shells and turn into a seedling.   The children have also been kept busy making miniature bug hotels to take home to see which mini beasts choose to move in.   There has also been lots of sowing, with plenty of tomato, bell pepper and cucumber seeds started off.

With the longer days and summer around the corner we have lots to look forward to from participating within local events, harvesting our summer fruits and forward planning for the months to come.

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Mr Fothergill’s have supplied the Incredible Edible pre-school garden club in Ilfracombe with all the seeds they need to produce a really productive school garden this year.  The Incredible Edible pre-school gardening blog posts are written by parent Lindsay Derbyshire who also co-ordinates Incredible Edible Ilfracombe.  Find out more about Incredible Edible on their Facebook page