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Get your garden right

Posted on March 31 2016 at 11:26:36 0 comments

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Well, spring has sprung and for many of us this will be the first time for a few months that we have given much thought to the garden, writes Nicci Gow.

While we all long to create that picture-perfect image of a lush, green lawn, surrounded by neatly-trimmed shrubs full of blossom, actually knowing what to do – when, what, how and where to plant – can be a daunting task.

This is where you need to turn to your local, preferably independent, garden centre. While you can pick up plants, gardening sundries, tools and even garden furniture at most supermarkets these days, decent garden know-how is much more difficult to find.

Creating your dream garden should be fun and exciting, but getting the right plant for the right place will avoid potentially costly mistakes.

Getting the right product for your requirements will enhance the success of your gardening, creating a fun, safe place for your family to enjoy with friends and relations.

When creating “recipes” for your containers and pots, so that they are overflowing with colour all summer long, make sure you shop somewhere with staff on hand to help you turn all those dreams into realities.

These days we are all looking to maximise value and it may surprise you to realise that this can often be found at a small, local retailer rather than a big chain, supermarket or DIY store.

Combine this with friendly staff who carry your purchases to the car, give you loads of free advice and always have time for a chat, with somewhere you can enjoy a cuppa, and delicious homemade meals – then surely you are getting the best in terms of the whole shopping experience, quality and value.

One area where everyone is looking for a bargain is compost. But don’t be tempted into buying a low-grade, economy brand. A plant that is happy at its roots will establish better, grow better and flower better.

So, yes, look for value, but make sure you ask about the quality too. A compost such as Vitax Q4 is used by professional growers as well as being available to the amateur gardener, so you know it’s going to be good.

Above all, enjoy your garden and gardening this spring and enjoy the delights of shopping for it too! Happy gardening!

Nicci Gow and her husband Neil are co-owners of Fresh @ Burcot Garden Centre.

Alcester Rd, Burcot, Bromsgrove, B60 1PW
Tel: 01527 873 470
http://www.burcotgardencentre.co.uk


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