Greenhouse, Garden & Allotment Blog

Greenhouse Ventilation and Shading

Posted by Alix on 15th Jun 2018

No matter if your greenhouse is glass or plastic, overheating can be a big problem for your plants.During the warmer months greenhouses begin to produce high levels of heat that puts your plants in danger of wilting and drying out.If plants are subjected to prolonged high levels of heat they are unlikely to survive, plants need shade, water and a cooling air circulation.However, you can learn how to protect your plants from excess heat by ventilation and shading.How to ventilate and shade your greenhouseThe easiest way to ventilate your greenhouse is to open the roof and side vents along
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Easy Flowers To Plant for Spring & Summer

Posted by Claire - Purple Sweet Pea on 17th May 2018

Flowers bring splashes of colour to your garden and allotment and it’s a great feeling being able to present your fresh, home grown, beautiful flowers in your favourite vase. On my allotment I have created a flower patch that I think gets the most attention from visitors to the plot. From early spring on wards, I try to keep it as bright and colourful as possible. In this post I’ll be sharing some ideas about growing flowers.Wild lifeAdding flowers to your allotment or garden is a great way to attract natural pollinators such as bees and butterflies that will ensure the best harve
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What to Sow and Grow in May

Posted by Alix Francis on 1st May 2018

It’s quite frightening to think that summer is fast approaching. It feels as though we haven’t seen much of spring yet.Now the weather is, dare I say it becoming more stable, you can start planting and sowing out bedding, of course this all depends on what the weather is like in your region. Watch out for those late frosts and keep the lawn tidy as the warmer weather creeps up. Allotment & Vegetable Garden Earth up potatoes once growth has reached around 25cm and continue to grow seed potatoes.Regularly water young plants to keep them growing strongly.Once the frosts have passed, star
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Easy Crops to Grow with Kids

Posted by Claire - Purple Sweet Pea on 25th Apr 2018

I’ve always thought of my garden as a family pastime and I love getting my sons involved in the yearly process of planning and creating our allotment and garden. My sons are gaining the knowledge of where our food comes from and how things grow which I think is a precious life skill I’m teaching my children. I also get a certain sense of wellbeing when I can feed them meals when I know exactly where the ingredients have come from that I’m putting on their plates.This month I’ve worked with my sons to come up with 6 of their favourite things to grow in the garden, that are fun and relat
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Cold Weather Gardening Advice

Posted by Claire Keen - Purple Sweet Pea on 21st Mar 2018

I would have loved to have written about all my lovely seedlings and potting them on this month but the weather across the UK has really delayed gardeners including myself this year. Working weekdays, I primarily use my weekends to enjoy my garden, but this year we have seen some really wet, snowy and cold winter conditions for a long period which are not the best for sowing seeds and growing strong plants.Wet and cold conditions can be disastrous for some plants especially tender flowers and vegetables. Many plants need warm moist conditions to germinate. Cold weather affects plants in
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