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Gardening Tips for March 0

Posted on February 27, 2012 by Gardening Guru


The Hellebore, sometimes known as the 'Lenten Rose' often puts in an appearance at this time of year

If you followed my February gardening advice  by covering your soil to encourage early weeds, they can be removed as they appear.  Ensure that you lift the roots of pernicious weeds, such as nettles, thistles, ground elder etc and do not compost them.  Nettle shoots can be rotted in water to make a concentrated plant feed. Read the rest of this entry →

Help for local Gardening Clubs 0

Posted on September 01, 2010 by Original Touch Seeds

Two ICB containers take pride of place alongside the school garden shed

We were very pleased recently to be able to supply two large water containers to a local school gardening group here in Lincolnshire.  The ‘IBC’ containers each hold upto 1000-litres of water and are being used to store rainwater that is being collected from a number of areas around the school.  The leaders of the gardening group were delighted  receive the storage containers as they had been unable to locate a tap near to the vegetable planting area and  a huge chunk of the gardening lessons was being taken upjust carrying water to the vegetable plots.  This was a problem for the older children but almost impossible for the younger ones.  The school was also unable to utilise a ‘standard’ water butt so these have really helped them out as well as allowing the group to be a little more green by using rainwater. Read the rest of this entry →

Look After Your Strawberries 1

Posted on August 24, 2010 by Gardening Guru

Strawberries are very easy to grow and really don’t require too much work to look after them.  They will reward your efforts with, what I consider, to be some of the most tasty fruit you can grow.  Hopefully you will have enjoyed a handsome crop this year, with August almost at an end it is not the time to forget about them altogether. So with that in mind, here are a couple of little tips that you can put into action now which will help you to get the most from your plants: Read the rest of this entry →

Gardening Advice – On the Road 0

Posted on August 04, 2010 by Original Touch Seeds

Original Touch is shortly to announce a series of gardening advice road shows.  Buoyed by the positive feedback from recent public talks and a number of appearance requests from local gardening clubs plans are underway for a number of talks during the autumn of 2010.  Original Touch director, Samantha Ford, said “we are very excited about the plans we are making and they are all the result of the great feedback we have received following recent talks for the Co-Op and local gardening groups.  During the past couple of years so many people have taken up gardening and especially growing their own vegetables and the thirst for knowledge is immense.  We like to keep things fairly simple and fun so we concentrate on crop rotation, companion planting, natural pest control and new or unusual seed varieties.  We are planning to also talk about herbs and the many varieties we can all grow, mostly very easily.  We all have knowledge to learn and knowledge to give ”.

Talks are already confirmed such as with the Lincolnshire Organic Gardeners Association on October 25th in Lincoln (venue details) where, it will not be a surprise to learn, organic gardening is the topic.

The new dates are due to be announced by the end of August once final venue arrangements have been confirmed.

If you would like Original Touch to talk to your group or have an idea for a presentation then why not let us know.  You can call us on 01673 866677 or email us, or why not leave a comment here, and we’ll get back to you straight away.

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