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|Posted on 9 November, 2020 at 5:50||comments (310)|
In April we all hoped that we would have been back to the old 'normal' by Christmas but it is not looking at all probable, so, we will have to adapt our lifestyles this year, yet again, making support bubbles, texting, ringing, face timing, zooming (didnt know what that was back in March but now I am much more technically capable, although my children probably wouldn't agree) It's not the same as tallking face to face with family and friends but at least we are all keeping safe so we will all be here when it is over.
Still lots of garden work to do, tidying up the borders and muching, getting plants in the greenhouse before the frosts come, digging the veg beds over in readiness for next years bumper crops. Time to repair fences, polish your tools before you put them away and make those things you have been meaning to do all year like trellis for climbing beans and plants, cloches for Spring, and don't forget to have somewhere to sit and relax so you can survey all your hard work and feel pleased with yourself.
The daffodils will cheer us all up in the late Winter/Spring because the seasons do not know about lockdowns, they are operating the way they have always done, bringing bright berries and flowers to brighten our days, rain to make our gardens grow and sunshine to lift our spirits, thank goodness they are.
Its not too late to plant daffodils for a really good show next year and for Christmas we have some of the fattest fir comes we have ever had, they are much larger around their girth than we usually get which is why we cannot fit as many in a box as we have done in the past.
We are still having problems getting some stock as some of the larger Horticultural firms have not got back into the swing of things since the last lockdown, please bear with us on this.
We have been busier than ever since April, although the markets have not been open for the sale of our plants, the internet has been thriving which means Keith and I have been relaly busy since we came back in May.
Keep busy, keep safe, keep well
Irene & Keith
|Posted on 26 May, 2020 at 8:45||comments (53)|
We are now up and running with our website after 6 weeks of inactivity and would like to thank our customers for their patience through this time.
A big shout out to all the key workers in whatever capacity, thenk you for all you have done are are doing, you are putting yourselves at risk everyday to help us all and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Most of you with gardens will have weed free. groomed patches of spendour, or, if you are like us, its just a bit better than last year becaise even though we have not been 'working' there has been so much to do in and around the house, we started jobs then realised we could not get all the materials to finish them and as we are back at work, we will have no free time at all.
We are going to put some vegetable plugs plants on here by Thursday, but we shall only post out on Mondays and Wednesdays to avoid plants hanging around in limbo over the weekends, there will be Red, White and Green Cabbage, Broccoli, Sprouts, Leeks and Cauliflower, they will be packed 6 plants in a container that can withstand any normal postal damage.
Get the children involved, in the past people whose children have not been great veg eaters, once they have grown them themselves, all of a sudden become much more interested.
We can get 4 packs of 6 in the one box for the same postage as 1 pack so you could save LOADS and eat more healthily. what could be better than that.
Keep well, stay safe
Keith & Irene
|Posted on 23 October, 2019 at 5:55||comments (41607)|
Wow, Christmas preparations seem to start earlier each year, we are doing craft fairs this year where you can buy all the items to make your own wreaths, holly pots and decorations, the first will be at the World of Water in Kirkham Lancashire on november 16th then again on November 30th & December 1st.
Don't know about you but I love craft fairs where I can buy my own materials and do the project myself, there does not seem to be many about but we are hoping that this year we can help those who are hesitant about starting these types of projects, those where you can get the whole family involved, we shall be selling and taking orders for completed wreathes and holly pots as well just in case that is what you prefer.
By the time we have finished these orders and helped make everyone elses homes full of festive cheer, we then start on ours and it usually depends on how tired we are late on christmas Eve before we finish our home so sometimes it is more decorated than others.
This year is very special because we have a new Grand daughter and by christmas she will be 8 months old and really taking notice of things, of course she will just want to chew all the paper and be really confused but it is certainly something to look forward to.
We have been busier than ever this year and we are looking forward to include new products in 2020, if anyone has any suggestions, please let us know, we always welcome new ideas.
This Cristmas we are selling the large (5-8 cm) fir cones in boxes of 30 and also sprayed gold and White edged both of which are wired.
Please continue to let us know if there is something you need but cannot find on our site and as always, we are selling at a discount on here because there are no exorbitant fees being charged like on eBay and Amazon.
May Keith & I wish you all the very best for 2020 and a great big thank you for all your support this year.
In The Potting Shed
|Posted on 11 May, 2019 at 10:55||comments (163)|
At last, weather is started to get warmer encouraging new growth around the garden, time to get vegetable beds ready for those seedling carefully nurtured in the greenhouse and plant your bedding plant arrangements.
Exciting times around the corner, but the trouble is, pests thrive with growing plants, slugs and snails expecially but now there is a completely harmless to children and pets answer to the slug probles, it is SLUG GONE, developed by British Wool, it is chemical free granules that you spread around your plants (expecially Hosta's and veg) that, when waterered bond together to make a mat that slugs cannot cross, we trialled it for the past 2 year and not only does it work but it is peace of mind, no bits for children, pets or birds to pick up, a completely safe method of slug control that works.
We are selling it for £3.20 for a 1 litre bag or £6.00 for 2 litres at the same postge cost of £2.80 on this website and it is selling fast.
We are also selling 6" plant labels that have so much more writing space than the normal 4" size which means much more information can be written so you always know just where you are with the plants, what to expect and when. 25 labels for £1.80 or 50 for £2.90 both of which are post free.
Other items that are going really well at this time are the Orchid saucers, they match the pots so well and are flying off the shelves, you can find them under the 'pot' section and can get a real bargain if you order more then one pack or get them with the orchid pots.
New out are the plant rings, galvanised for durability outside as well as in so the plants with the thicket stems, those that need to be fastened to trellis or have a thick sturdy cane support can really bre taken care of these come in a pack of 50 for only £2.50, the ring is easily opened then closed again around the plant with very little pressure to make it secure, cuts out tying lots of small shoots to trellis and can be done in a fraction of the time.
We got behind this year with the plants, we put up a tunnel but the weather was so windy when it was time for covering in the plastic sheeting we had to wait just over 3 weeks until the job could be completed hence late sowing but now everything is really thriving in there and there is just aboout enough space for a chair so I can take a cup of coffee in and a book when I have time and enjoy a bit of peace and quiet time.
Jobs to do are many, potting up your seedlings prior to planting, sowing later seeds, don't forget we still have the Seed compost offer on, well worth going for, it is proving very popular this year, tending to lawns, fruit trees and climbers to check, so much fun to be had in the Garden in Spring, enjoy it all
Irene & Keith
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|Posted on 31 October, 2018 at 15:15||comments (3)|
It is never too early to start planning what is going to happen at Christmas, where you are going to spend which part of which day, how many you are going to have to cater for, what food needs to bought in, what presents to buy not forgetting the cards, paper and all the finery, well, we know that no matter how much you want to spend time on getting the decorations exactly like you want, very often, you run out of time and that gorgeous decorative feature has gone by the board because you have run out of time.
We at In The Potting Shed are offering a solution, we have now in stock cans of Gold & Silver spray paint along with cans of Decorative Snow Spray, you can get a pack of either the Gold or Silver spray along with 20 large fir/pine cones (5-8cm in height) for a special price of course so all the materials are to hand just when you have time to start.
A few painted cones look great wired together (wires are included in some packs) and will brighten up that forgotten corner, or, a glass bowl with painted cones along with a few red or blue plain baubles you have left over makes a real statement, or if you want to go the whole hog, tie some trimmed conifer branches together and plant on your mantle shelf and add a few painted cones along the top, makes people think you have spent hours when in fact it only takes 20-30 minutes.
Take a few miniutes to browse our CHRISTMAS section and let your imagination run wild, you will be amazed at what you can achieve for a fraction of the cost in the shops.
Our Natural Fir/Pine cones will beautify anything from door wreaths to a bowl of cones on the hearth, pine cones are a traditional decorative feature for anything and will last for many years to come. All our cones will arrive in a box, which, if opened carefully will store your cones from year to year, and once bought the Gold, Silver & Snow Sprays will be just as freshlooking next year so there is no need to waste anything, just follow the instructions on the cans for cleaning the nozzles and they will be good to go next year too.
Middle of next month, we are introducing a kit so you can make a candle table centre and also tree decorations for children to make, younger children will have to be supervised for some of the kits but in the main, they can make wonderful tree and table decorations whilst you get on with your endless lists.
Don't forget to visit our CHRISTMAS section and tell your friends about us. we are as always inthepottingshed.co.uk.
Look out for us again next month.
|Posted on 5 October, 2018 at 2:45||comments (20)|
Well Autumn seems to be well and truly upon us and what a busy time we are having here at In the Potting Shed, we are getting ready for Christmas, sorting out new products like Fir/Pine cones (which are now available at www.inthepottingshed.co.uk and wreath bases, ribbons etrc. We have even taken some order for the Holly Pots which will be ready early December for those who have to travel a distance, in an assortment of coloured ribbons which proved very popular last year. We are also looking to put together some kits for children this year to make up themselves so they can add their own stamp on the the run up to the festivities as well as those special touches you can make yourselves, so keep watching for those, they will be available mid to end October.
In all the hustle and bustle leading up to Christmas do not forget your house plants, even though you can reduce the amount of water you give them now, some will need to be potted into larger pots or new shoots will need to be planted, we have a great range of our Specialist Composts, all mixed by hand with great care so your plants can have the very best growing medium to enable them to thrive. Whether it be Orchids, Cactus, Citrus, Bromeliad or the more unusual, we have them covered, we understand that some varieties need a bit extra something to make their compost complete, so if you are in doubt or cannot find what you are looking for, just send us an email to: [email protected] or call 07443916733 and it will be our pleasure to help you, we can produce just about anything your plants need at no extra cost to you.
We have a great range of plant gift ideas Large Orchid Repotting Kit, Small Orchid Repotting Kits, a Complete Care Orchid Kit and a Cactus Repotting Kit, along with a Bromeliad care and a Cactus care, not to mention the Flower Press which is on special offer and an assortment of tins which are so very useful for anything. Any of which would make an excellent Christmas Gift or just to say Thank You to someone important in your life.
October Jobs for the Garden
Finish planting those Spring Flowering bulbs so you can see if you need any more before they run out.
Dig up the remainder of your potatoes and store for the winter in hessian or paper sacks
Gather the last of the raspberries before the birds get them and cut down the canes making room for next years growth.
Dead head perennials and hardy annuals and dry the seeds in paper bags, carefully labelled ready for sowing in the early Spring.
Divide herbaceous plants, these will need planting in their new spot straight away, if the new plot is not ready then wrap the root ball in damp sacking or old towels to keep the rootball from drying out but plant again asap.
New plants that will be ready to plant out in a few weeks need to be kept watered.
Greenhouse need to be cleared out, pots and tray need to be washed in Jeyes Fluid and stored away when dry until needed again, wash down all surfaces as well as the glass, the more you clean the less chance of carrying over any diseases fromm year to year.
Place bird proof netting over your leafy vegetables.
All that done, then the catalogues need to be poured over for seeds and ideas before the January sowing begins, all the plannins is exciting before the really hard work starts again .
For more information, or to find out about our specialist horticultural products, call In The Potting Shed on 07443916733 or email us on [email protected], not forgetting our website www.inthepottingshed.co.uk. We will be delighted to hear from you.
|Posted on 29 June, 2018 at 4:40||comments (0)|
WOW Summer has certainly come in with pheww!!!!
We have had a really busy Spring, sowing and planting Baskets and Tubs, the weather has worked wonders lifting people's spirits.
The markets have been heaving, with orders for plants much earlier than usual, all growers have been kept on their toes trying to keep up with demand but some have had to close early as their 5 months supply of plants only lasted 3.
We are looking forward to getting our own garden in shape, its gets neglected every year with our focus being on the plants and composts and the table and chairs out there are looking in need of a little TLC
I love seeing the roadside Poppies in full bloom and hearing the birds chirping, looking at different planting schemes and new plant varieties.
Amazing how many ways people can use 1 plant, just change the setting and it looks completely different from one garden to another, fascinating.
We have started the new monthly offers now and have had some really good feedback from these, any suggestions for future months would be appreciated so we can get an insight into what our customers are looking for.
Hope your have a lovely Summer and recharge your battereries.