Looking for somewhere to keep dry this Bank Holiday Weekend?
Hanging Baskets planted by us!
Come to Crowders to have your hanging baskets and tubs planted!
You buy the products, and we’ll plant them!
Already have baskets and tubs? No problem! Bring them in and have us plant them with plants you have purchased from us.
Name that plant! (Identify six selected plants to enter the draw for a chance to win them) Worth around £100
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How to create beautiful hanging baskets.
Be the envy of all your neighbours this year and show off with stunning hanging basket displays! Hanging baskets add colour, height and interest into any garden display- so why not make yours stand out from the rest?
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Growing your own way to a tasty summer!
It’s a well-known fact that fruit, vegetables, salads and herbs taste even better when you’ve grown them yourselves! If you fancy giving it a go this year, then let us guide you through our outdoor kitchen…..
So…what to grow?
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Spring is finally here! Add instant colour and character to your patio by planting up pots and planters. Add a controlled-release fertiliser and water-retaining gel to compost to make life easy when feeding and watering. Our range of self-watering planters and hanging baskets are the perfect solution for keeping plants healthy whilst you’re away over the summer months, see our range here.
During April, it’s important to remove the faded flowers and seed heads of spring-flowering bulbs- summer is only around the corner! Remember to feed the plants during and after flowering too. We recommend a soluble plant food applied over the foliage and around the roots to ensure maximum nutrition, which will help to increase the size of bulbs, and ensure another pretty display next year!
April Garden Tips and Snips
Clean Up Your Act
By now you should have checked for and carried out any necessary repairs around the garden so it’ll be ready for summer! Get cleaned up this month if you haven’t already with a good path and patio cleaner. We recommend Algon, our best-seller. Not only will it keep working on your paths and patios, and ensure they remain looking clean, you can use it on greenhouses, glass, and plastic furniture and even on your guttering!
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Lincolnshire’s freshest restaurant, The Redwood, was launched this week on site at Crowders Garden Centre on Lincoln Road, Horncastle. Waltzing his way to cha-cha-charming food, wine and company on Monday evening was popular McFly band mate and Strictly Come Dancing champion Harry Judd (pictured with Robert and Cora Crowder).
Featuring seasonal, local, freshly prepared food on the menu, The Redwood was sure to impress its guests after only a week of service. “It’s been a great night here at The Redwood” said Harry, “The food and the atmosphere have been great, and I’m sure I’ll be back again soon!” he added. The restaurant has had an extremely successful first week of lunch time service. Mr Robert Crowder commented on how “the superb staff, food and wine in these wonderful surroundings have really shown our level of achievement. I’m very proud of The Redwood. We’re now looking forward to opening 3 evenings per week starting from Thursday 5th April.”
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Launching The Redwood
An exciting new venture has branched its way into Horncastle, thanks to W Crowder & Sons Ltd! A brand new restaurant, The Redwood, is located on site at the well-established Garden Centre and Coffee Shop on Lincoln Road.
“We are so excited about the launch of The Redwood here at Crowders. Offering people a place to eat which is both accessible and affordable, and of excellent quality is something we have wanted to do for quite some time.” said Mr Robert Crowder. “Our grounds here have made the perfect setting for sitting down for a bite to eat during the afternoon or evening, overlooking our impressive 100 year old redwood tree.”
The restaurant is open 7 days a week for lunch from Wednesday 28th March and during Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from Thursday 5th April. It is an ideal place for hosting birthday parties, business conferences and club meetings. With a fully licensed bar, bespoke wine list and vibrant food on the menu, The Redwood caters for all.
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Water Saving Hints & Tips: Getting ready for the Hosepipe Ban!
It was announced this week that water companies across the South East of England are to enforce a hosepipe ban as of 5th April 2012, due to drought conditions caused by the lowest rainfall records over the past two years since records began 128 years ago. Water companies to introduce the ban are: Anglian Water, South East Water, Southern Water, Sutton and East Surrey, Thames Water, Veolia Central and Veolia South East.
But have no fear….Crowder’s are here! Luckily, we’ve done all the hard work for you and come up with some great solutions to keep your garden looking fresh as a daisy during the drought….and help you save some money on your water bills too!
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Plant the seed!
March makes for the perfect time for gathering in bedding and patio plug plants and seedlings, to give you the biggest and best bedding displays ever! We stock a wide range of varieties, guaranteed to include all your favorites. Pot up and plant out after the frosts have disappeared over the next few weeks to give you the best results this summer. Don’t forget all the essentials you’ll need: pots, seed trays, labels and the all-important compost!
Give your houseplants a little TLC this March leave them feeling rejuvenated! Start by re-potting those that needs more room into bigger pots, and give them all a good feed. We know it’s easy to forget to feed them regularly, so we recommend a controlled-release fertilizer- simply feed and forget! Pesky pests will be lurking around at the minute, so keep your eyes peeled and kick them out! Check our range out, and find everything you’ll need for giving them a spring treat. From pots to compost, fertilizers to insecticide sprays, you’re sure to find it at www.crowders.co.uk!
Plants such as dogwoods and rubus are grown for their famed colorful stems, injecting vibrancy and life into your garden. See even more intense results later on in the year if you cut back the stems this month. If you’d like to add a colorful shrub to your garden, take a look at our range online! Read more »
Now is the time to get those climbers planted! Add height and interest to walls, fences, arches and arbours with beautiful climbers. Speedy growing varieties such as ivy, honeysuckle, clematis, Virginia creepers and of course roses will cover up unsightly areas, replacing them with colour and flair! However, if your soil is still too wet, we recommend waiting until conditions improve before planting to gain the best results.
February Tips and Snips
Get those beds and borders looking neat and tidy this February by keeping wild and wicked weeds at bay! Apply a 2-3 inch thick mulch, and weed suppressing sheets to ensure your garden gets off to the best start this year.
February marks a great time to start sowing summer bedding plants indoors. Ensure you’ve got the correct heating and lighting conditions with the right equipment: propagators, compost, pots, seed trays and labels: all of which are available from us here at Crowders! Great sowing ideas include sweet peas, dianthus, lobelia, ageratum and bedding geraniums.
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Like any fruit and vegetables, growing your own seed potatoes is both fun and exciting and most definitely rewarding. Not only this; it is also easy and simple to do and is a great start to growing your way to 5 a day!
How to Grow Seed Potatoes
Step 1: Choosing
There are many Varieties of seed potatoes out there so you have to choose the right one for you and for the right time of year. Seed potatoes are divided into the 4 following categories regarding their harvest and sowing time:
Step 2: Chitting
For the most successful results, it is best to allow your seed potatoes to ‘chit’ (sprout) before planting them into the ground. Chitting allows your seed potatoes to grow stronger sprouts and once planted into will encourage them to grow faster and will be an all-round more successful crop.
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