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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Houseplant Check Up
Houseplants make great gifts and you may have received some over Christmas. You need to ensure your houseplants continue to give you the best displays by keep them away from radiators and checking regularly for water. All plants need watering, but often mixed arrangements are given as gifts which contain plants with differing needs so check these carefully to ensure you do not over or under water. Flowering houseplants should be picked over and any faded flowers removed to encourage new flowers to be produced. A liquid feed given every two weeks will help to encourage new growth and flowers and misting the foliage with water will help keep the leaves from browning at the tips.
Bring Life to Your Home
After the Christmas tree has been disposed of, your home can seem a little empty without the dash of greenery so January is an ideal time to fill the void with a large foliage houseplant such as a kentia palm or Dracena. Houseplants help to clean the air and are a relaxing influence in the home so why not treat your self today?
Spring is the time for flowering bulbs to start making an appearance. If you didn’t have chance to buy some spring flowering bulbs in the Autumn, then you will find many varieties are available now in pots which can be planted out straight away in pots, tubs or in a garden border. Spring bulbs such as snowdrops are often the first flowers to appear and are a welcome sign of the warmer weather to come and the nodding heads of large flowered daffodils look great planted in groups and bring a cheery dash of colour to your garden.
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Across the Crowders website we offer a large range of metal framed garden furniture which is mostly easily to assemble but having the instruction manual will certainly help. In the event your manual is missing please download a copy from the selection below. If you require any further help to assemble you furniture or cannot find a manual for you set please contact by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Metal Furniture Resources
Helicopter Swing/Dream Chair from Suntime
Assembly and operating instructions for Dream Chair from Suntime
Download here Suntime Dream Chair Manual
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Colourful Christmas Houseplants
During December there is an assorted array of colourful houseplants available such as Poinsettias, Cyclamen and Azaleas. Poinsettias offer a traditional Christmas feel to your room but require a little extra care to keep them looking good. Nowadays you can pick up Poinsettias in different colours rather than just the traditional red such as red, salmon and cream and even bi-colours. Poinsettias require a warm room away from cold draughts and do not like being to dry or wet. Many people make the mistake of putting houseplants on a windowsill and closing the curtains during the evening leaving the plant trapped in a cold zone. Cyclamen are much easier to keep and will thrive in a cooler room ideal for hallways and windows sills along with Azalea plants that will do just as well in the colder rooms of the house. Just remember to keep a check on the watering as the extra heat from radiators and fires will soon dry out the plants.
Don’t forget! Houseplants make great presents at Christmas.
December Tips and Snips
Solar lighting has become very popular for marking paths and border edges and you can even use easy to install low voltage sets. Lights are available in assortment of styles to match you garden from traditional carriage style designs to modern looking stainless steel sets. Why not add a set to you Christmas list?
Clear crisp days in December are ideal for cleaning out the junk in the shed and cleaning and repairing any broken or damaged tools. If you are lucky enough to own some old fashioned gardening tools new handles are easy to replace if the old one are snapped. Unfortunately many of the newer styles have none replaceable parts so will need to be thrown away. Why not ask for some new tools for Christmas such as a good pair of Secateurs or stainless steel spade.
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