Grow your own: save £5.95 on potato tubers
These second cropping seed potatoes are specially selected tubers which are put into temperature controlled storage to keep them dormant until the middle of summer. You can plant them in August and they are ready in two months, and can be stored in the soil until you need them.
Homes & Property readers can buy five tubers for only £5.95 including p&p or 15 tubers for £11.90, saving £5.95.
Alternatively, you can buy the Complete Patio Potato Kit for just £21.95 comprising two specially designed planters, 10 tubers of potato Carlingford and three packets of seeds (salad leaves, chives and parsley) to complement your spuds.
Credit card order hotline: 0870 950 5914, quoting R19851WE, or by post The Standard 2nd Cropping Spuds Offer (R19851WE), Rookery Farm, Joys Bank, Holbeach St Johns, Spalding, PE12 8SG, with cheques made payable to Mr Fothergill’s Seeds.
Delivery within 28 days. Prices include UK p&p. Full growing instructions supplied. Offer ends on 30 June 2009.
Cast iron wood-burning fires for the garden
Dik Geurts, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of domestic wood stoves, has launched a new range of contemporary garden fires for this summer. These stylish new wood-burning fires come in five distinctive models, all in cast iron. The garden fires are available from specialist fireplace retailers, garden centres, landscape gardeners and homeware stores. Dik Geurts can also produce bespoke fires. See www.dikgeurts.co.uk.
New garden centre for Fulham
Harrington Porter is a new garden centre at the Garden Lifestyle Store in Fulham. The showroom sells hammocks, lighting, furniture, hard and soft landscaping materials, and there is also a show garden. 54-55 The Arches, 419 New Kings Rd. SW6 4RN. See www.hplandscapes.com.
Richmond’s ‘secret garden’ opens to the public on Sunday 5 July from 2pm to 5pm. The 33 Old Palace Lane Allotments will be opening to the public with the National Gardens Scheme. Admission to the allotments, which are right next to the White Swan pub, is £3, with children free of charge. All the money raised on the gate will go to cancer, caring and gardening charities. See www.ngs.org.uk.
Garden writer Martyn Cox’s garden will be open for the National Gardens Scheme on 28 June, 10am to 5pm. 24 Brunswick Street, Walthamstow. See www.martyncox.biz.
What to do this week
- Plant out broccoli, sweet corn, peppers, cauliflower, courgettes, tomatoes and cucumbers.
- Finish cutting asparagus and pick broad beans.
- Keep watering.
- Watch your fruit ripen - pick, and enjoy.
For more by Matthew Appleby, visit community.hortweek.com/blogs.