Gardeners Blog

Date: 10 August 2017

The BHGS Guide to Planting Spring Flowering Bulbs

Planting bulbs really help to add colour and brighten up your garden during spring. Spring flowering bulbs require very little care and are easy to grow.  We’ve put together a handy guide to help you get the most out of your garden next spring:

When

Spring flowering bulbs should be planted during autumn so start thinking about your colour scheme and the plants you want to display now.  We have a wide selection in store and we are always happy to offer our advice.

Where

Choose a warm and sunny environment with good drainage to get the best possible results.

How

Containers - Planting in containers allows you to extend your flowering space particularly when space is minimal. When you are planting in containers it is important to try and plant them at a depth that is 3 times the height of the bulb. Ensure there are good drainage holes and place broken crocks or polystyrene randomly within the container, making sure no drainage holes are blocked. Half fill with compost, place the bulbs on top, cover with more compost and water well.

Open soil/borders - Bulbs prefer free draining soil. Digging a week before planting the bulbs and adding some course grit will help with drainage if the soil is compacted or heavy. For best results rake some fish, blood and bone or pelleted chicken manure into the surface of the soil.

Make sure the bulbs have plenty of room and loosen the soil at the base of the hole. If it is heavy clay add a layer of grit or course sand and place the bulb on top. Mix the rest of the soil with compost and cover the bulb, patting down gently to ensure there are no air pockets.

We stock a complete range of competitively products in store and online and we’re always happy to advise what’s best for your soil type.

Problems

Preparing your garden for a glorious spring display should be straightforward and enjoyable. There aren’t too many problems to worry about. Just make sure the bulbs are healthy from the start and discard any that are soft or shows signs of rot. Look out for slugs, snails and squirrels particularly with tulips and crocus. We sell and can advise you on the appropriate pest control to keep unwanted creatures away from your bulbs/plants.

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Advice and ordering

Getting advice or placing an order is simple and our expert team area always on hand to offer advice.  Why not visit our impressive Evesham show room and enjoy a hot drink while browsing our extensive range of products and chat with our experts

Call us on 01386 444100

Email: sales@bhgsltd.co.uk

Order via our website https://www.bhgsltd.co.uk/. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to help.

If you are interested in our spring flowering bulbs and would like to place an order, click here to complete our order form. Remember to order early to avoid disappointment.

Date: 12 July 2017

As I was looking through the Grow your own magazine, I came across a very useful step by step guide to make a bird house and it got me thinking. What are the benefits if any to encouraging wildlife to visit your garden?

Birds visiting your garden are sure to brighten up your day but there are many reasons why this is a good thing.

  • They control pests- Birds eat insects so they will get rid of any pests that are unwelcome in your garden. And therefore there is no need to use harmful pesticides
  • Birds are great at weed control- They love eating weed seeds and so eliminate the need to remove thousands of weeds that appear to have grown overnight.
  • Flower pollination- With the bee population diminishing, there are many birds that like sipping nectar from flowers which in turn helps them to pollinate.
  • Wildlife conservation- More habitats are becoming threatened through development, so it is critical to attract bird to your garden to help with conservation.

Once you’ve decided you want to attract more birds to your garden, you’ll need a bird house; there are lots of different styles to choose from. Keeping the colour light and neutral will allow it to keep cool during hot days and will encourage frequent visitors.

As well as the environmental benefits, having birds in your garden can benefit you. Watching birds is enjoyable and relaxing and you can enjoy the different species of birds gathering in your garden. You may even consider joining a birdwatch scheme.

 If you want to encourage more feathered friends into your garden, we sell a range of bird seed. Click here to look at our range https://www.bhgsltd.co.uk/horticulture-wildlife-bird-care-c-1_187.html or pop into our Evesham showroom and we will be happy to help. We also sell a range of bird feeders and houses in store. Enquire today on 01386 444100 or email sales@bhgsltd.co.uk. 

 

Date: 5th June 2017

As a Horticultural Suppliers based in the Vale of Evesham it seems fitting that our first blog is about asparagus. So we thought we'd share with you some tips on how to care for asparagus this season.

Once established, asparagus will deliver spears from April to the middle of June every year. This will only happen if they are looked after, making sure you keep up with watering, weeding, feeding and pest control. Having healthy crowns is also essential! making sure there is a good mass of summer fern to allow crowns to refuel and in late autumn, making sure the soil drains well. If you keep caring for your aspagus and achieve a good amount of spears, you can now focus on the next stage. 

  • Stop cutting spears after six to seven weeks and ensure you weed around the plants. Make sure you control the weeds as you don't want them overpowering the asparagus. Be careful when doing this and NEVER use a hoe as it will damage the shallow roots.
  • It is a good idea to feed again as the fern grows. Use a general purpose fertiliser or add well rotted manure into the mulch. 
  • During drought periods, give the bed a soak. Whilst the soil is moist you can then add an 8cm layer of garden compost in order to conserve moisture.
  • Keep a close eye on your fern! The stems often have slugs at the base which need moving. Asparagus beetles and their larvae can damage the fern unless they're removed

So now you have a simple guide for caring for asparagus, you may feel more confident to give it a try. If you have a space in your vegetable plot, it would be a shame to miss the opportunity to grow these delicious vegetables.

Pop along to the Asparagus Festival in Evesham this weekend (2nd-4th June) if you're in the area. And why not come and visit our showroom on Vale Park, Evesham. We're open on Saturday, 8.30am to 12.00noon and Monday- Friday 8am to 5pm. We stock and supply all types of compost and fertilisers for all your growing needs.

http://www.britishasparagusfestival.org/ Here is everything you need to know about upcoming asparagus events in and around Evesham.