Gardening

  • Greenhouse guide for beginners

    To create a warm environment to help your plants and vegetables survive the unpredictable British weather, you do not have to build an expensive, permanent greenhouse structure.

    Metal-framed greenhouses are an option, but for beginners simply putting planters in a sunny spot in your garden can be a more cost-effective way of realising your green-fingered ambitions.
    If you’re looking to invest in a greenhouse this spring, we've put together some top tips to choosing the best option for you…

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    Types of greenhouses

    Walk-in: The traditional, freestanding style. Our heavy-duty walk in greenhouse has a plastic frame and cover that is easy to assemble.

    Mini: Essentially a smaller version of a walk-in that can fit easily in the corner of your garden. Our pop up greenhouse  is popular because it is so simple to put up and store away.

    Shelving style: A taller unit that has a low profile and can accommodate multiple shelves is ideal for growing fruit and veg. These are less intrusive and can fit neatly against a wall in your garden or yard. Our HD tomato greenhouse is a perfect place to give tomatoes a head start without sacrificing too much space.

    What to grow

    Greenhouses and planters will allow you to extend the growing season in to the winter months. Additional warmth is most useful when you are starting your plants off – this is when they are most vulnerable. Controlling the environment will help them develop healthily. You simply have to ensure the soil is deep enough (so it won’t dry out) and the plants are not too cramped together (so they have space to grow).

    Tomatoes, peppers, salad leaves and cucumbers will thrive in planters. Other vegetables, such as courgettes, will benefit from the warm environment when they are first planted, encouraging healthy growth and healthy yields.

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  • Gardening Tips: 5 Easy fruit & veg to grow at home

    As spring approaches, gardening can be a fun, hands-on activity for you to enjoy with your family.

    It’s a great way to get together (and get mucky) out in the fresh air, panting and sowing flowers, fruit & vegetables for you and your children to enjoy together.

    Gardening

    To begin with, you will need basic gardening tools such as a hand trowel and fork, planters and of course your choice of seeds or bulbs. You can find a great selection of gardening basics within the Poundstretcher Gardening section of the website and in store.

    Although gardening can be tricky, there are several plants which are very easy to grow, leading to a successful start to gardening. Here’s our guide to five fool-proof fruits and vegetables to grow with your family.

    Peas
    Peas are very simple to grow at home and can be started in organic compost in pots indoors. The best time to sow your peas is in early spring.

    But be warned: pea seeds are poisonous so don’t let your little ones put them near their mouths, and make sure they wash their hands once they’ve finished planting. Once planted, the peas will flower and will continue to grow throughout spring and summer.

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    Sunflowers
    Often one of the first plants grown by young children, sunflower seeds are fun to grow for the simple reason that they grow so tall! Why not hold a family competition to see who can grow the tallest sunflower? Sunflowers love being in direct sunlight, so find a sunny spot and keep them warm.

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    Strawberries
    All children love the taste of sweet strawberries, and it can be really easy to grow your own (picking them is great fun too). They can be grown in pots, in the ground, in grow bags or in special strawberry planters and can take up as much or as little space as you have to spare.

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    Cabbages
    Cabbages can be fun to grow as they can grow to a massive size in as little as 10-12 weeks. And perhaps growing their own will make little ones more inclined to taste this super-healthy veg.

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    Potatoes
    Plant your potato sees in the ground between February and May, and they will multiply to give a harvest of many more delicious potatoes later in the year. Start by leaving the seed potatoes in daylight until they being to sprout, and then plant them into a container or directly into the ground, allowing lots of room for them to grow.

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    What are your favourite fruit and vegetables’ to grow at home?

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