Monthly Archives: March 2010

  • The Birds!

    Birdscare

    Spring has sprung, and all that sort of thing, and I'm sure you're all getting pretty busy in the garden. I wanted to write a little article about a very underestimated product, which has been doing some pretty amazing things.

    We have had reports from Spain telling that it has been the best thing for keeping wild boar off the crops - Tales from St. Tropez claiming that nothing keeps a yacht more free from seagulls and their droppings - and also praise from the gardens of England.  One of which I've pasted below for you to see.  And the name of this 'many-beast-repelling' and magical product? Birdscare!

    Letter from Warwickshire

    Here's a letter i received from Warwickshire: 

    Hi, I must let you know about this item. Do you realise you can make a fortune with this stuff. We have had a heron problem for over 3 years and lost a lot of fish/frogs and tried EVERYTHING to no avail, the thing keeps coming back for the restocked stuff.

    I love wildlife so would never hurt it BUT really was a real pain. We put netting, old tyres supporting canes, fruit netting, poles suspending even more netting. It looked like a rubbish tip on speed. What a sight - AND we couldn't see what we had left. He still got in - under - through and even on.

    We put on this line (with some scepticism!) and were stunned. Not only did it WORK but it WORKED immediately. Down he came, cocked head on one side, took a look/listen/see and WENT without even coming close. We have watched for nearly 3 weeks now - he came back twice but we have not seen him since! Only snag is we are scared it will break in really high winds we have sometimes. But nevertheless we are DELIGHTED. You should tell ALL. Tx

    So if you're being hunted by wild boar, (or even if you just want to keep your plants unpecked),  take a look at the Birdscare Humming Line.

  • Growing Brassicas From Seeds

    Growing brassicas

    Cabbages, kale, kohlrabi, cauliflower, broccoli and Brussel Sprouts are all varieties of the same species of Brassica oleracea which is native to the Mediterranean. Brassicas thrive on transplanting and some gardeners even swear by transplanting them twice.

    • Brussel Sprouts sow the seeds in March early April
    • Spring Cabbage' make two sowings 4 weeks apart in February
    • Summer Cabbage sow in March
    • Winter Cabbage sow in May
    • Summer Cauliflower sow in March
    • Broccoli sow in April

    purple_sprouting_broccoliDeep Rootrainers make an excellent way to start them when growing from seed, just fill with compost (preferably peat free) and cover with a clear propagating lid and leave to germinate in a warm place.  if you are using Rootrainers then just flip the drip tray over when you have watered them and you have your propagator lid.

    Once plants start emerging use as a drip tray under the tray and grow on in a good strong light place,

    When plants are ready plant out into a deep, rich well composted and moist soil. Make 15cm deep holes with a garden stake and place the seedling into the hole. Don’t close the hole with soil .  Instead, water the plant which will close the hole with the right amount of soil.

    Watering of the young plants is vital until they are well established and weeding is just as essential.

    Using Garden Cloches from Haxnicks

    If pests are a problem when growing brassicas or you want to bring on growth a little quicker then we do recommend our Victorian Bell Cloches, these provide instant weather protection and additional warmth for faster growth.

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