Gardening

  • Products To Help Keep Your Garden In Shape This Summer

    A beautiful garden space Photo by Flash Alexander on Unsplash

    Whether you have large, roaming grounds or a humble backyard, in order to make sure your outdoor space is exactly as you want it to be, it’s important to have the right tools to hand.

    That's where we come in! At Poundstretcher we can help you keep your garden in ship shape this summer with a broad array of quality garden tools that can really help you stay on top of things.

    In our latest blog, we’ve picked out some of the top garden products available to help you create and maintain the ideal garden space this summer.

    Keeping Things In Order

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    Making your garden area look pristine and beautiful is no mean feat. But with planters and hanging baskets from Poundstretcher, it’s certainly possible.

    You can find an array of barrel effect planters in different shades and shapes, enabling a great aesthetic to be created. We also have bamboo fibre plant pots for you to buy and enjoy.

     

    Picture Perfect Plants, Lawns & Fences

    We also have a host of garden chemicals available to help you ensure your garden area is perfect all summer long.

    a tub of Ronseal One Coat Fence Life

    For plants, flowers and vegetables, we also have the fantastic multi-purpose compost to ensure ideal growth.

    And for your fences, they can be beautifully maintained thanks to the selection of Ronseal Fence Life products we have available.

     

    Awesome Garden Accessories  

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    To keep everything spot on, it’s vital you have a host of garden accessories to hand. We have a number of inexpensive products to support your garden maintenance efforts, such as trowels, forks, and more, all at your local store!

    We also have garden hedge shears to help trim and keep hedges prim and proper, while there are a number of garden sacks, rubble sacks, and even pop up garden bags available for you to buy at brilliantly low prices. And don’t forget to keep yourself protected with gardening gloves.

     

    Add Beautiful Garden Feature

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    Solar lighting is a wonderful way to turn your garden into a peaceful, tranquil space when the sun sets and the summer evenings arrive.

    There’s a number of solar lights in different styles and colours for you to pick from, with fairy lights, LED lights and topiary balls allowing you to make the garden of your dreams this summer.

    We also have a range of garden furniture for you to pick from. Coming at excellent low prices, you can create spaces you love to relax and spend time in at Poundstretcher.

    To take advantage of all our wonderful garden products, simply take a visit to your local Poundstretcher store. Find yours using our Store Finder tool and have yourself a summer to remember!

    Feel free to check out our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube for more competitions, news, and amazing deals!

  • Plan For Your Garden To Be Shipshape This New Year

    It’s almost February, and spring is getting nearer! Something that often proves particularly tricky to stick to during these cold, cold months are New Year’s resolutions.

    And one popular resolution is to get a certain part of the home looking a little fresher and neater. One of those in particular is the garden.

    As the days start to slowly become longer and the temperatures start to eventually get warmer (after all this icy cold weather!), there’s no better time to think preemptively about sprucing up your outside space and get it looking fantastic for spring and summer.

    To help you do this, you need a strong arsenal of garden tools, equipment, and items. Add in some motivation and a healthy appetite to get the job done and you’ve got a winning combination.

    Finding Ideal Outdoor Products

    One thing that can help make gardening easier in the year’s more pleasant months (weather-wise) is preventing any problems building up over the winter. We accept this is easier said than done, but small things can make a big difference and help stop difficult problems building up over the longer term.

    For example, using black disinfectant can keep surfaces such as garden paths, stables, and kennels looking clean and well all-year round.

    Equally, patios, decking, and paths have a lot to deal with in the winter. The prospect of rain and snow can make these areas of the garden look grubby quite quickly, so concentrated cleaners for these areas can help you stay on top of things. Having outdoor cleaners can make life a lot easier, so they’re always a good option to stock up on.

    And items such as drain cleaner can prevent unwanted build-up and potential water damage from occurring.

    Spring Into Spring

    Once the worst of winter is out the way, it’s time to start turning your thoughts on how to get that garden of yours looking as you want it in the springtime.

    Something that can really help with this is having a great selection of planters. These can house all those beautiful flowers and plants that give your garden the sense of peace and tranquillity you relish and really miss when winter is here.

    At Poundstretcher, there are a wide selection of planters in different shapes and sizes for you to take advantage of. We have 12” Santorini planters that offer a sense of Mediterranean chic and come in dazzling red, green and blue options. We also stock bronze barrel options, so there’s certainly a great selection to pick from.

    Keeping Things In Order

    Once your garden is looking great and all that hard work is starting to pay off, it’s important to keep it looking that way and prevent any further damage.

    While our cleaning products can help on this front, we have a range of products that can be really advantageous in many different ways. We stock pop up garden bags and heavy duty rubble sacks that can make doing the garden chores easier, while our long handle patio brush and other cleaning tools can get surfaces looking great in no time.

    Additionally, we have slug killer pellets that can keep unwanted visitors away, as well as animal repellent that can stop furry friends fouling on lawns and other areas of your garden.

    But that doesn’t mean you can’t welcome some visitors! We have a great selection of bird products including bird feeders and fat balls that will allow you to enjoy these feathered friends paying a visit.

    To take advantage of our full selection of excellent garden and outdoor products, be sure to find your nearest Poundstretcher store today and start planning your next trip. And also, why not head to our Twitter and Facebook pages for more offers, competitions, and much more!

  • 8 Stunning Plant Pots For Your Garden Under £8.00

    If you are looking for a great range of bargain-priced plant pots this year, why don't you pop to Poundstretcher? We have a wide selection of planters, pots, and baskets in many different colours and sizes, all of which would look fantastic in any garden or anywhere in your home!

    In no particular order and all falling under a £8 range (prices correct as of posting), here are our top eight picks:

    12" Barrel Effect Planter - £1.99

    Starting off on a rustic note, this 12" barrel-effect plant pot is ideal for adorning with vibrant flowers and budding bulbs. Can you just imagine it placed beside a bustling flower bed or on a patio with it being bathed in the summer sun? Its large radius makes it a perfect pot to use for creating stunning displays.

     

    13" Glazed Lady Planter - £4.99

    Next, why don't you take potting your plants in elegant style with this 13" chic glazed-effect lady planter? Coming in a range of colours (such as an earthy grey, a regal blue, or a lush green), this planter will bring a sense of sophistication to your garden, as well as being a beautiful place to display and nurture upcoming flowers!

     

    14" Glazed Bowl Planter - £4.99

    Liked the previous pot, but wanted it smaller and bowl-like? Then this 14" glazed-effect bowl planter is for you! Coming in an emerald green and sapphire blue, this magnificent planter will give your garden an exotic nature no matter where you place it. Front or back garden, by a door or sat by itself on the patio, this stout pot goes anywhere.

     

    12" Red Santorini Plant Pot - £7.99

    Why not brighten up your garden with this stunningly vibrant Santorini plant pot?! With a 12" radius and a contemporary leaf design, this pot comes in three wonderous colours: crimson red (pictured), royal blue, and forest green. This plant pot will bring sophistication to your outdoor space, whilst providing a great space to display your blossoming shrubs.

     

    Black Verona Planter - £1.99

    Nurture your plants with this black Verona planter. Simple, but sturdy, this stylish and sleek 25cm planter will fit right in with the earthiness of your garden. Its interesting shape and dark colouring will provide your flowers' colouring with the means to really pop!

     

    Dolomite Plant Pot - £1.99

    Now for some products on the smaller side of things. Beautifully crafted, this 14x14cm dolomite plant pot features a gorgeous lavender or butterfly design with a vintage effect. Whether placed up high or down low, these will provide your garden or home with that vintage chic feel.

     

    Small Hanging Metal Plant Pot - £1.00

    Continuing with small ways of displaying your beautiful flowers or herbs, these 15x10x15cm tin pail planters are just the thing! Available in four bright colours (red, blue, green, and yellow), and coming with a pot diameter of approx. 9.5cm, you can find the right planter to suit your home decor with ease. With an added hook attached, these are perfect for hanging on fences and walls.

     

    Silver Rim Metal Plant Pot - £1.99

    Perfect for holding your favourite potted plants, this 16x16cm tin pot is bright, bold, and durable. Coming in a range of colours (bright yellow, sea blue, lush green, apple red, and hot pink), these will last for years to come and accompany any flower or garden.

    Why not head on down to your nearest Poundstretcher and grab yourself a bargain garden pot today? Be sure to check out our fantastic Store Finder, where Google directions, distance, and opening times are just a click away!

  • Our Top 5 Garden Ornaments for 2018

    The sun is out and the garden is calling! There are flowers to plant, the grass to cut, and everything made to look their best for any potential BBQs on the horizon. Even if you simply want a nice and relaxing space to chill out in, why not deck your soon-to-be vibrant and lush paradise this summer with Poundstretcher's great range of garden ornaments?

    You'll be able to find whatever you need, be it solar lights or garden ornaments. In no particular order, here are our five top picks for 2018:

     

    Solar Fluttering Butterfly

    Starting with this vibrant and brilliant installation, why not bring some elegance to your outdoor space this summer with a solar-powered butterfly?! Our bright and cheery friend, the sun, charges this life-like butterfly (that's all connected to a solar panel and stake) for a beautiful display. With the sun's rays providing the energy, watch as these winged wonders flutter and dance through the breeze.

    There are four different colours in all, so if blue isn't your style then you can always check out the rest of our selection.

     

    Mini Flower Pot Windmill

    Whether you want to decorate your garden, patio, greenhouse, or any other outdoor space, this cute 15cm tall mini flower pot windmill is perfect! The beautiful patterned flower petals twirl as the wind passes through, creating a wonderful and calming spectacle.

    Mini Ladybird Garden Wall Art

    If you'd rather have something attached to your plain walls, why not take a look at these wall art mini ladybirds? These quirky little critters are a rustic and fun way to liven up your garden walls or fences. Made of weather resistant material, you can have this decoration displayed all year round! With two colours available, you can make your walls something of a focal point this summer!

     

    3D Rainbow Diamond Sun Catcher

     

    An amazing hanging product, this is something that will add a sparkle and a shimmer to any garden! Here we have a multi-coloured rainbow diamond sun catcher (approx. 21x21x9cm); with a twisted 3D design, the sun catch will blow in the wind and catch the rays all day long! Just imagine the gleam radiating as it blows gently underneath a tree branch, or even in a toasty, relaxing conservatory?

     

    Decorative Bird

    Finally, we have a delightfully small ornament (9x10x6cm approx.) that'd look great on a patio or amidst a flower bed! This adorable little blue bird (or yellow if you prefer) features a vibrant painted flower on the front and a subtle washed colour throughout.

    Or, if you aren't into birds, then why not take this delightful decorative stone home with you? Adorned with the word 'believe', and surrounded by beautiful flowers, this will make a colourful addition to any garden.

     

    Something Extra

    Not strictly an ornament, why not finish off your garden to give it a little extra something? Illuminate a walkway, edge a flower bed, or fill a planter with these unique glow-in-the-dark pebbles!

    See something you like? Why not head on down to your nearest Poundstretcher to see what bargains you can grab! Don't know where your nearest store is? Well then, just check out our handy Store Finder, where Google directions, distance, and opening times are just a click away!

  • Decorate Your Garden With Hanging Baskets This Summer

    Spring is coming to an end, but that doesn't mean you can slack with gardening in this delightfully warm weather! With help from Poundstretcher, why not create that vibrant garden paradise before summer officially hits? How? Well, just take a look at our range of outdoor gardening planters and hanging baskets for starters!

     

    Corn Rope Hanging Basket

    One great way to add some real life and colour to your garden space, or even just outside your front door, is this well-crafted and rustic corn rope hanging basket. Simply add any flower you desire to create a gorgeous visual display (within reason, of course, as no sunflower is going to look great sagging from a hanging basket).

    Whether you wish to keep it simple (as seen above) or if you want to fill it to the brim with as many flowers as possible, this 14-inch cone-shaped basket is a great start. The sturdy and durable metal frame will hold your flowers with ease, and with the plastic cover for protection, it will keep your flowers in perfect position.

     

    Rattan Hanging Basket

    Want an even more rustic charm for your garden? Well then, this rattan hanging basket is just what you're looking for! A classic garden basket, this will allow you to display your flowers and shrubs whether you suspend them from porch roofs, conservatories, sheds, balcony railings, ceilings, outside your front door, wherever!

    Complete with a large metal hook, this basket suspends from a classic link chain and is ready to display the prettiest of your flowers and herbs. It's simple, it's effective, and it's a bargain!

     

    Hanging Basket Wall Brackets

    Ideal to attach to the side of any house or wall, we have both 10-inch and 14-inch wall brackets to add a touch of nature to any and all aspects of your home. You can proudly show off your gift for gardening and will also bring that colour to your garden throughout the flower season.

     

    Hanging Basket Liners

    No hanging basket would be complete without an appropriate liner! Not only will these slot within your hanging basket, but it will aid your plant's growth. Sturdy and sound, we also have coco liners (coming in 12 and 14 inches) that will comfortably hold your flowers firmly in place, helping them to grow and develop into big, beautiful blooms!

     

    There's More Than Hanging Baskets

    Don't want hanging baskets but still want to show off your green fingers and have that vibrancy only flowers can bring? Well then, why not think about wall mounting with some of our Venetian wall planters or rustic heart garden wall baskets?

    Before the summer sets in fully, why not get out into the garden, get inspired, and add some hanging vibrancy! Want to find the quickest way to your nearest Poundstretcher? Just check out our handy Store Finder, where Google directions, distance, and opening times can all be easily accessible!

  • Our Top Pick Of Flowers & Veg To Transform Your Garden

    It's that time of the year, people! Time for those fingers to turn green and to get on out there into the glorious spring sunshine! The snow and freezing weather are behind us now (we hope), and with April nearing the half-way mark why not think about how to transform your garden into a lush paradise? You'll reap the benefits come summer when you can relax on the patio with vibrant colours and sights surrounding you.

    Now you can fall in love with your garden all over again, regardless of space. All you need is the time and the willpower to see things through. Here we have a few top choices of how you can change your garden with Poundstretcher's range of flowers and veggie seeds!

    Butterfly Garden Set - £1.99

    Decorate your garden with this gorgeous butterfly set, featuring a beautiful butterfly stake and a shake n' rake butterfly seed mixture, containing rainbow shades. The eye-catching butterfly stake is super durable and, paired with the butterfly-attracting seed mixture, your garden with be fluttering with butterflies in no time!

    It's a great way to attract insects to your garden, which has more benefits than simply looking pretty. With varied colours and flowers available, you can find the best match for your garden.

     

    Wild Flower Meadow Seed Mix - £1.00

    Or, how about bringing in a romantic wild meadow look to your garden with the Wild Flower Meadow Mix! It's a lovely combination of annuals and perennials that will flower throughout the season. It covers up to 20 square metres approx. With requiring direct sowing, they are quick to grow.

    Can you just imagine it? Your garden being allowed to flourish in a pattern of whimsical and pretty flowers in a mix of wild colours! It's stunning, it's beautiful, and it can all be yours.

     

    Vegetable & Flower Seeds Mix - 79p

    We sell more than just sunflowers, believe me. With your green fingers, you can fill your garden with huge, wonderful, and amazing produce/flowers by growing your own this season with our great range of seeds. We have a wide variety, whether you want to makeover your garden with dahlias, spice it up with some fiery chillis, or cool things down with mixed lettuce leaves. You'll get your dream Eden-like paradise at a fantastically cheap price.

    This isn't all we have to offer; there's plenty more to choose from. So, why not get out into the garden, get inspired, and transform yours into a relaxing haven! Then just check out our handy Store Finder to find your nearest Poundstretcher and grab some bargain supplies today!

  • The HOW TO guide: doing Father's Day on a budget!

    shutterstock_428112886 It’s that time of year again to celebrate that legendary man whose life teachings became fundamental pillar blocks to your general success as a human being!

    The Man who introduced you to The Matrix. The Man whose years of nagging carved you into a professional ‘light-switcher-off’er. The Man who, in the face of blackened skies and torrential rain, would stand by his decision for a family camping trip, insisting that, surely, it’ll ‘brighten up soon’... Yes, it's that time of the year to celebrate the man we all call: 'Dad'.

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    Whilst on Mother’s day a bouquet of daffodils and a card usually suffices, father’s can be slightly trickier creatures to get right in the present department, especially when you’re on a budget! So instead of trudging around shops searching for the flashiest gadget or electronic device to set you back a month’s rent, why not go for something a little less excessive and a little more personal?

    Give your Dad something more personal this Father's Day Giving your Dad something more personal this Father's Day could be just the trick!

    Here’s a couple of ideas HOW TO show your Dad just how much you appreciate him telling you off all those times he caught you opening various objects with your teeth, whilst also being savvy with your pennies!

    Wake him up with a feast!

    According to reliable sources like all reputable cereal companies or anyone’s mum, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And, for the majority of the general public, Sunday morning lie-ins are at a superior enjoyment level to most other activities and should be engaged in whenever possible. So, for your dad this year, why not get up an hour earlier, peel your eyes away from your pillows or Xbox screen and make him Breakfast in Bed!

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    But before you panic that your cooking skills are less than acceptable, remember— your dad is not Gordon Ramsey. He is not going to start bashing his fist on the lap tray if the croissants you might have forgotten about in the oven are a little crispier than humanly edible...

    To save disappointment on both parties, however, why not make life easy for yourself?

    Pancake Stack with juicy berries and a generous dusting of achievement! Pancake Stack with juicy berries and a generous dusting of achievement!

    Pancakes are a guaranteed crowd pleaser, so make sure you get a non stick frying pan to flip them about the place easily until perfectly cooked. Or until they end up on the floor…

    And if you want to create something a little more fancy, why not get yourself an egg poacher and go with a show-stopping ‘Eggs Benedict’?

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    Whether he’s a Full English kind of bloke, welcoming any amounts of fried extras, or he’s the sort of man who drenches his muesli in hot water, at Poundstretcher, we’ve got a huge range of kitchen products—from muffin trays to mini frying pans, so you can give your Dad an impressive breakfast he hasn’t had to make himself for less!

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    Go on— push the TOAST out!

    Get him off the sofa and into a deck chair!

    The next job on the agenda is to make sure that, under no circumstances, must your dad get involved in his usual weekend jobs this Sunday. No mowing the lawn. No fiddling with the boiler. And absolutely nothing involving him climbing under the family Volvo in his 17 year old, oil-stained Ferrari T-Shirt and a screwdriver…

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    Father’s Day is about him relaxing and enjoying himself so, after his ‘world-class’ breakfast, why not get a little picnic together, round up the family and head down to the local park or beach and catch some rays?

    Kit yourself out with a picnic blanket, outdoor plates, party drinks bottles, sharing bowls filled with crisps, homemade salad or nuts. And don’t forget a cool box to keep your drinks cool and your sandwiches intact!shutterstock_444547879

    If you’re less about the ‘planning and prep’ side of eating al fresco, why not pick up a couple of disposable BBQs and a bag of assorted meat and veg to get on the grill? The important thing is to get your dad in a comfy chair under the sun with something to keep him occupied, like a Paper or a beer. Then you could probably feed him just about anything!

    Obviously, it’s important not to forget the naughty nibbles for afters! Since here at Poundstretcher we always have an endless supply of amazing confectionary deals­— like boxes of 120g Maltesers and bags of Mars Mini-bites for just £1­— you can satisfy, not only your dad’s sweet-tooth, but the rest of your family’s as well!

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    So, take a break from the tele and make sure you get your family out this Father’s Day!

    And a few added extras, because everyone loves a surprise!

    Obviously if you fancy getting him a few little treats— some Father’s day stocking fillers— then we have some amazing deals on gifts for him too! With our range of Umbro 100ml Eau de Toilette only £1.49, the brand new collection of our Classic and Cavailia branded boxer shorts and the amazing deals on summer socks, you can still surprise him with a few goodies without breaking your budget!

    So, whatever your budget, make sure your Dad feels like a King this Father's Day! Because, let's be honest, that's exactly what he is!shutterstock_395530639

  • Greenfinger's Guide To Growing: May

    Greenfinger's Guide To Growing: May

    Greenfinger here, with more hints and tips to get your garden growing! This month we’re looking at what to sow and plant in… you guessed it, May! So get your gardening gloves at the ready and your trowel in hand, and take a look at the latest installment of Greenfinger’s guide to growing in…May!

    Flowers

    April showers bring May flowers, never a truer word was said! This glorious month is the perfect time to add a sprinkling of colour to your garden by growing Nasturtiums in pots scattered around your decking or front door. They're incredibly easy to grow, and with a sweet fragrance and vibrant flowers they're great for cutting and bringing inside your home. They're also completely edible and make a unique salad garnish!

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    May is the perfect time to directly sow Sunflowers. No matter how big your outdoor space is, these lively plants will add a burst of colour to your garden. They're also a great way to get the kids interested in gardening, just add a little pinch of competition and see whose sunflower grows the tallest! We have a great selection of seeds just waiting to be picked by you in your local Poundstretcher.

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    Vegetables

    With the last of the spring frost hopefully behind us, it is time to get those beans a-growing. No matter what space you have they're really easy to grow in allotments or pots on your patio. From French to Runner, May is the month where beans thrive. As long as they have a sturdy support they'll soon start to entangle themselves around wicker canes and garden fences, growing up to 15 feet tall (if you let them!)

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    I know the dreaded festive season is a while a way yet but get those notoriously slow growing Brussel sprouts sown outdoors now and you'll be reaping the benefits come the winter months. Just watch out for pesky slugs which really pose a threat with the warmer weather.

    Herbs

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    Now is the time to really step up your herb garden whether it's in hanging baskets, window boxes or raised beds.  Chives, coriander, dill and parsley will flourish, attracting bees and butterflies to your garden with their pretty flowers and fresh scents. They'll also taste delicious in a whole array of dishes, coriander is particularly tasty in a Thai curry and dill in a creamy fish pie.

    Featured Recipe

    Aprons at the ready it’s that time again to revel in the delicious produce you have grown. As it is the season of the bean, I want to celebrate their versatility and fresh flavour, with a simple dish of runner beans with shallot butter - the perfect accompaniment to grilled fish or chicken.

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    So if you’ve been bitten by the gardening bug and want to try your hand at horticulture, then get yourself over to your local Poundstretcher and pick up some supplies today!

  • Brighten Your Garden With Poundstretcher

    Brighten Your Garden With Poundstretcher

    It’s nearly May and we’ve got a spring in our step and our fingers are turning a lovely shade of green. The days are getting warmer, the nights are getting longer and we’re enjoying sitting out in the evenings – even if we are wrapped up in a fluffy jumper!

    So it’s time to fall in love with your garden or outdoor space again, and no it doesn’t matter how small it is you can still bring it to life with a few well-placed solar lights and garden ornaments. Whether you want to transform your balcony, window boxes or decking into a relaxing haven, here at Poundstretcher we have plenty of ways for you to brighten your garden.

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    If you’re the type of person that can’t keep plants alive, maybe you’ve even killed a cactus in your time (you’re not alone), then our great range of garden accessories, including artificial plants are just the thing for you! Turn your garden into a Mediterranean paradise with our lemon tree or if you're a fan of more exotic climes our artificial orchid is perfect for you.

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    Express your fun side and release your inner child with our adorable array of solar animals, charming windmills and sun catchers. Place them by your front door, in flower pots and flowers beds and watch as the animals come alive at night and the windmills turn in the breeze – the kids are sure to love these fun additions too.

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    Light up garden paths, front doors, pots, borders and more with our collection of solar lights. Whether your tastes are modern and elegant or more outlandish we have lights just for you. From crackle effect round stake lights and bollard style lights to impressive light up flowers and diamonds - all without annoying wires they’re sure to revitalise your outdoor space.

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    Why not create a real feature flower bed full of light up tulips? With their vibrant colours and realistic designs they’re sure to enhance your garden during the day and at night too.

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    For those looking for a more subtle way to light up their garden our super fairy lights are great for hanging in bunches, around trees or along your garden fence to add a touch of sparkle to your garden. They’re easy to install, weather resistant and automatically come on as the natural light starts to fade – perfect! Or how about a light-up topiary ball? With their compact design they're ideal for hanging outside your front door to add a pop of colour and style to your home.

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    So if you’ve been inspired to get out in the garden and transform yours into a relaxing haven then head on down to your local Poundstretcher and grab some supplies today!

  • Greenfinger's Guide To Growing

    Greenfinger's Guide To Growing

    A big hello from the Poundstretcher garden! Allow me to introduce myself. The name’s Greenfinger, Gregory Greenfinger -Poundstretcher’s very own gardening expert, and I’m here to help you with all your gardening needs!

    To make things easier, I’ll be running monthly blogs to help you find the best time to plant your favourite flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables - and I’ll even throw in some ideas of how to use them in your kitchen too!

    So if you’ve been bitten by the gardening bug and want to get passionate about planting, then take a look at my guide to growing in February!

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    Getting Started

    Small Spaces

    Before you start planting any seeds, it’s very important to prepare the ground first. While most seeds can be planted outdoors, it’s key to note that if you’ve not got much room you should sow your seeds in trays or propagators (a small tray with a see through lid) first. That way you’ll give your plants a great head start before you plant them in the ground!

    If you need a hand with supplies, I suggest picking up some  propagation sets and some fibre pots, along with one of our fantastic walk in greenhouses from Poundstretcher's great gardening accessories range to get you started!

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    Large Spaces

    If you’re lucky enough to have a huge garden, then you don’t have to worry about plating your seeds inside first. You do however need to prepare the ground before you start to sow anything – and the first thing you need to think about is weeding!

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    Weeding

    Get rid of any pesky plants that you don’t want growing in your garden, by digging them out by the root. This will ensure that they won’t make a reappearance later down the line, and ruin the appearance of your garden.  Just remember that while people generally use the term “weeds” for plants such as dandelions and nettles, it actually just refers to any plants that you don’t want to see in your garden!

    I recommend picking up one of Poundstretcher’s hand trowels or hand forks, along with some trusty gardening gloves to give you a hand with the ground work!

    Soil Improvement

    Once you’ve removed all the weeds from your garden, you can then move on to improving your soil. This just means making the texture a little bit easier for the roots to grow in, so it’s easier for them to get to all the nutrients and water in the ground.

    The best way to do this is by firstly applying loads of organic compost to the soil. You can either buy a bag of it from any home and gardening store, or you can try making your own from things like shredded paper, vegetable peelings, mowed grass, and even the tops of any weeds you dug up!

    After you’ve applied all your compost, you then need to move on to the fertilizer. While compost is typically used to reduce nutrient deficiencies in your plants, fertilizers are used boost the soil’s structure and fertility - so it’s really important to apply both to your soil. Again, you can buy your own fertilizer, or make your own by aging and drying manure for at least 6 months (if you happen to have any lying around) and applying it to your plant beds.

    Just remember that if you’re starting your garden from scratch or you’re using clay based soils, it’s best to do all the preparation the winter before you plant your seeds. And don’t think you’re off the hook if you’ve already got plants in your patch, as you’ll need to mulch their beds with some compost and fertiliser before growing season starts up again!

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    Digging

    While you only really need to do this if you’re growing fruits or veg, digging is a very important part of ground preparation. Helping to fluff up the soil, digging ensures that plant roots get enough air to aid their growth, allows for easier drainage to stop the roots from drowning, and generally makes it easier for roots break through the soil!

    While digging may seem pretty straightforward, old Greenfinger knows different! To get the best results, grab one of our digging spades along with a trusty gardening fork and some left over compost and fertilizer, and dig a straight 10inch trench in the area you want to plant in. Using your fork, dig in roughly 10cm of compost and fertilizer and spread it out across the trench before using your spade to dig another 10inch trench. You can then transfer the soil from the second trench into the first, so that it covers the compost and fertilizer.

    You’ll need to repeat these steps until you’ve dug the entire area you want to grow in. But make sure you remember to remove any weeds you see along the way, and break down any clumps of soil you come across while you go!

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    Planting

    Once you’ve got all the boring stuff out of the way, you can start thinking about what you want to plant! No matter if you want to start your own allotment, or you’re just fanatical about flowers, I’ll be on hand every month with hints and tips for what to sow! February is the best time to plant:

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    Dahlia Flowers

    Flowers

    sweet pea

    Sweet Pea Flowerslantern

    Chinese Lanternssnapdragon Antirrhinum

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    Garlic

    Herbs

    • Basil
    • Oregano
    • Thyme
    • Sage
    • Dill
    • Garlic

    rosemary

    Thymesage

    Sagebasil

    Basil

    pepper

    Peppers

    Veg

    • Broccoli
    • Lettuce
    • Onions
    • Peppers
    • Tomatoes

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    Lettuce

    Featured Recipe

    With all this great food at your fingertips, how could you not get excited about eating it? That’s why every week along with my tips about what to plant; I’ll be treating you to a featured dish to help you make best use of your produce in the kitchen!

    This week’s featured dish: Broccoli and sage pasta. A quick, easy and really tasty way to use your garden produce!

    So if you’ve been bitten by the gardening bug, and you want to try your hand at growing some greens, then pop over to your local Poundstretcher to grab some supplies today!

  • The Perfect Summer Barbecue

    Summer is almost upon us, and national barbecue week has arrived. In great British tradition, many of us are sure to be out in the garden trying to get the barbecue going before the rain comes back.

    It's easy to get barbecues wrong – so much so that some people claim it's a British tradition. struggling with a lukewarm barbecue grill and wondering whether the burgers are finally cooked is hardly the stuff that great social events are made of. A few simple steps will help you put together the perfect barbecue this summer.

    The Perfect Summer Barbecue

    Get the Right Barbecue

    For the perfect summer barbecue you need to get, well, the perfect barbecue grill. For back garden barbecues, Poundstretcher have an ideal yet very affordable solution. The Kettle Style BBQ Grill is compact enough to be easily stored when not in use, yet offers a spacious grill with room for plenty of food. Kettle barbecues are a great choice because they offer a number of useful features over their more basic cousins. These include a removable lid and air vents, helping you better regulate temperatures for perfect cooking.

    Others prefer to hold barbecues outdoors in local parks, woodlands or other spots of natural beauty. For these sorts of occasions, Poundstretcher sell a compact and lightweight portable barbecue. It folds down to a handy backpack-ready size when you want to carry it, then unfolds into a fully functioning charcoal barbecue grill.

    Useful Utensils

    Like so many of life's challenges, staging the perfect summer barbecue requires the right tools for the job. Utensils may seem like a minor detail, but they actually play a crucial role in making the barbecue run smoothly. If you lack a good spatula or pair of tongs, for example, you may find you struggle with the simple task of flipping your food without it disappearing sideways through the gaps in the grill. A good, sturdy cooking fork, meanwhile, is useful for more than just spearing sausages and picking them onto plates. It can help you probe right into the centre of your bangers and burgers, making sure they are cooked through and will give your guests pleasure instead of food poisoning.

    If you don't have a good kit of specialist barbecue utensils, then you might want to add some to your Poundstretcher cart alongside your chosen barbeque. You have a choice of a basic, affordable yet functional set of value barbecue tools, or a higher-quality deluxe selection. There are also some useful specialist tools on offer such as a broiler for quick, easy flipping. While you're at it, you might also want to pick up some wooden or metal skewers, which make for a nice way to serve vegetables, diced meat or even marshmallows ready for toasting over the still-glowing barbecue once the main dishes have all been happily eaten up.

    Click here to shop the full range of barbecue available Poundstretcher

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