Summer’s fast approaching - and that’s great news for us all as we prepare to enjoy our gardens in all their glory.
Bring your summer to life with Wyevale Garden Centres, who have a passion for gardens and everything in them. Classic FM’s Alan Titchmarsh is one of the UK’s best-known gardeners and he’s got some timely tips for you to follow at this time of year.
Together, Classic FM and Wyevale Garden Centres are offering you the chance to win £1,000 to put towards a garden makeover.
Whether you’re an enthusiastic amateur or a fair-weather gardener, we can all learn from the experts.
Keep coming back here for a series of tips from Alan…
When you’re pruning roses, make sure you snip the stem at a 45 degree angle so that the rain will run off and prevent the growth of fungal diseases.
Get mulching – things like woodchip and bark, spread around the base of plants. Mulch helps soil retain moisture and stops weeds from growing.
Draw a sun map
To identify the sunny and shady areas of your garden, draw a sun map. Keep an eye out for where the sun settles and when you know where these areas are this will help you determine what to plant – shade or sun-loving plants.
Before buying your garden furniture, sketch out your space on a sheet of paper. Plot sunny and shady areas; which direction does it face? A west-facing garden, for example, will get sunlight during the day; and when you’re sitting and relaxing, you’ll want to enjoy all the summer colours.
Plant vegetables and flowers together
Not only do you get wonderful colour, you can deter pests.
Put carrots next to spring onions and the smell keeps carrot root flies away. Garlic next to your prize roses means the aphids steer clear.
Make use of a small space
If you have little or no garden, plant your veg in a gro-bag, pots or containers. You can even use a dustbin for growing potatoes.
Make use of boxes
Grow a selection of herbs in a kitchen window box and they’ll be there ready and waiting to add in when you’re cooking.
The seeds were sown for the Wyevale Gardens Centres story in the 1930s, when a keen gardener called Harry Williamson started selling roses in jam jars. His little enterprise grew and grew, and he opened the very first Wyevale Garden Centre in Hereford in 1961.
Today, there are more than 140 Wyevale Garden Centres across the country, and a thriving website. Harry Williamson would have been amazed. But at the heart of it all remains a passion for gardens and everything in them.
Wyevale Garden Centres want to spread the joy of gardening. That’s why, street by street, garden by garden, window-box by window-box, they aim to pass on ideas, inspiration and valuable tips to make garden-lovers of everyone.
They sell all sorts of plants and everything else, from compost to containers to garden furniture and barbeques.
Classic music and gardens were made for each other. Both inspire us, relax us and colour our lives.
You can really make an impact on your garden area with £1,000 to spend.
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Entries close at 23.59 on Sunday 7th May 2017.