Buy May’s BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine and you’ll get a card for 2for1 adult entry to 398 UK gardens

Love visiting gardens?

I am a fan of the money saving expert who has shared the following in his newsletter:

It’s back again this year… Buy May’s BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine (£4.75, out until Mon 29 May) and you’ll get a card for 2for1 adult entry to 398 UK gardens (the rest are in ROI), valid until 12 Apr 2018.

Once you’ve got the card, simply turn up at any of the gardens listed. You can use it as many times as you like, but even if you visited just one garden costing more than £4.75 – which most gardens we found were – it’s worth buying the magazine if you’re going to be visiting with someone else.

One of the biggest savings is a 2for1 at Eden Project (Cornwall), which normally costs up to £27.50 for a full-price adult ticket on the day. Some of the other gardens in the offer include:

If you’re taking kids it’s important to note that while this is 2for1 on two adult tickets, BBC Gardeners’ World says it’s down to the individual garden if it’ll accept a child as the second ticketholder, so it’ll be worth asking at those gardens that charge a significant amount for kids’ tickets.

Going on your own? Get up to 50% off

152 of these gardens also give up to 50% off adult individual tickets with the same card – see the magazine guide or Gardeners’ World website for details.

Get gloves and seeds too with more expensive £6.25 mag

There’s also a more expensive bumper version of the same magazine out at Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose as well as Wyevale garden centres (subject to availability). You’ll get the pass to get 2for1 or up to 50% off PLUS on the cover you’ll find Briers ‘Seed and Weed’ gloves, which Gardeners’ World says are worth £3.99, and six packets of seeds worth £14.75.

The seeds differ by supermarket (see ‘more info’ below for what you’ll get).

 

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National Gardening Week

This week is National Gardening Week!

National Gardening Week was launched six years ago by the RHS and since then has grown into the country’s biggest celebration of gardening. Thousands of people, gardens, charities, retailers, culture and heritage organisations and groups get involved and you can too.

Here are some suggestions if you’d like to get involved:

Join the celebrations

Events and activities are being run up and down the country. From beginners’ workshops to guided walks, face painting to garden parties, there’s something for everyone and everyone is invited. Find out what’s on.

Get involved

Would you like to throw a garden party, love your neighbourhood park or think your local street could do with a tidy up? Well if so, you can get involved in National Gardening Week by running your own event and registering it with us online. No matter how big or small your idea, we’d love to have you involved.

Do something fun

There are plenty of things you can do yourself or with your family to get into the spirit of National Gardening Week, from growing tomatoes on your windowsill to sprucing up your driveway.

Spread the word

Don’t forget to show your support of National Gardening Week by sharing your stories and pictures with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

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Happy Valentine’s day

Does your garden need some love and tlc? Now is a great time to get your garden ready for spring. We have prices to match all budgets so get in touch for a free, no obligation quote.

 

 

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Cold weather and gardening

Snow and frost can be a problem for gardeners as it can damage plant growth and kill tender plants. Frost problems are often made worse where plants face the morning sun, as this causes them to defrost quickly, rupturing their cell walls. You can read more about the effects of the cold here in this great article I found on BBC gardening http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/basics/weather_coldweather.shtml

Here are my top tips:

Use old leaves to cover soil and bulbs to stop it from freezing

Buy outdoor containers that are frost proof

Move pots into a sheltered area for protection, such as a shed or garage

Use pot feet to prevent waterlogging

Use black plastic to protect plants from the sun

Shake snow from branches and don’t walk on snow covered turf

 

 

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Happy new year from Natural Green Gardens

Hope you all had a great Christmas and new year.

Well we are back at work after the break and promoting our winter services. In addition to the services documented on the leaflet we are also offering a Christmas tree recycling/planting service. So if you are thinking about what to do with your tree once you take it down get in touch!

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Merry Christmas from Natural Green Gardens!

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Winter gardening tips

I found this great site http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/your-organic-garden-december-and-january?gclid=CjwKEAiAjvrBBRDxm_nRusW3q1QSJAAzRI1tD2KjstzkB6BULqqYQgtI7nqqA1Qk7qgLTSYCmzoyJRoCfqnw_wcB and it has some really useful articles about gardening in winter. Check it out, I found the information on composting really helpful.

 

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Winter Services

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Check out our new winter services leaflets!

This winter we are offering:

Jet washing of patios and decking

Wheelie bin cleaning

Leaf clearing

Hard pruning & general tidy ups

Shed and fence staining

Paths cleared of snow and ice

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A short video!

We have a You\tube channel where you can view our videos https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJUpQkaEqPv-mjmfLKeWEyg

We hope that over time we can start to include ‘how to’ videos with lots of help and gardening tips. Watch this space!

 

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Snow?!

Well the weather is on the turn this week check out what the Yorkshire Evening Post says is on the cards

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http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/weather-warning-12-hours-of-snow-for-leeds-hour-by-hour-forecast-1-8225192

I found this great advice about snow and your garden on the Telepgraph website:

Snow protects perennial plants that have retreated underground from harsh temperatures. It suits bulbs too: they generally welcome the snow melt once better weather arrives.

Evergreen plants, although fine under fresh powdery snow, can be damaged by the sheer weight of wet snow once a thaw sets in. You can either knock snow off as soon as it arrives or remove it with a gentle push once you sense a thaw setting in.

Conifers or hedges may become misshapen under the weight of snow. But if you bind them up with garden twine and canes, left in place for three to six months, you can reshape them. Check all evergreen shrubs and trees, once the weather improves, and remove any damaged branches.

Flimsy garden structures such as fruit cages often bear the brunt of heavy snowfall. Ideally, overhead nets should have been removed in late autumn – but often aren’t. Shake off any accumulated snow and store the nets.

Avoid pruning, watering or feeding plants at this time of year. Dormancy is what protects them from the elements, so encouraging fresh growth is not helpful.

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/9743415/Gardening-in-the-snow-tips.html

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