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Autumn Blog 2015

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Well its Harvest time –  a wonderful time of year to gather and reap the benefits of all your hard work!

We recently picked an amazing amount of chillies from just one plant which was planted in one See it Gro grow bag!

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This year we planted tumbling tomatoes – lovely and sweet. Also strawberries, as always grew particularly well and were eaten rather quickly!

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Autumn is a great time to gather, pick, pickle, poach, bake and preserve produce, even if it is from just one grow bag! You don’t need a huge amount of space to grow your own.

Green tomatoes are great for Chutney

Herbs are also a great addition to any culinary delight!

 

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Our peat free mini grow bags are not only a successful grow bag for plants to thrive but a brilliant alternative to the traditional peat grow bag.

The grow bags make wonderful gifts which have been appreciated by many and suitable for any age, gender or size of garden. They are easy to wrap and post too!

 

Christmas gifts sorted……

 

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And Spring planting at the ready……

If you would like to order, find your nearest stockist or have any questions please contact jo.d@seeitgro.co.uk

Or order online through Not on The High Street or Amazon

 

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See it Gro – Blog December 2014

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The festive season is upon us and preparing for Christmas is the busiest time for many of us, especially whilst working! Rushing around buying gifts, writing cards, sending out invitations, posting parcels, cooking, singing, etc… would we have it any other way?

So it’s a good job us gardeners, have a much longer time to prepare…..

We can look back at the beginning of Spring when we began preparing our grow bags, planting them with a selection of strawberries, tomatoes, chillies, peppers, courgettes and herbs, to name but a few!

Some were put in greenhouses or in a cold frame for extra protection and nurturing, gradually hardened off to acclimatise. However, the weather in the UK was generally good and plants were in good hands.

With care, and feeding once a week the plants were showing great promise and we were delighted with the progress.

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We had a steady crop of tomatoes and strawberries. The courgette was amazing until it was struck down with mildew. My fault for taking my eye off the ball!

Before we move on, I have to mention our chillies! We were so proud of them. They continued to grow steady and strong. Producing green long, shiny peppers, slowly changing to a rich, hot red!

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We have now harvested them. Some we have frozen and others have been hung up to dry. Looking forward to cooking with them and tasting the warming hint of chilli!

Shows

We have enjoyed being at various Garden Shows this year. Hellens Manor , Much Marcle was a little wet but it didn’t stop the public coming out! Our grow bags were enthusiastically received by many families, students, beginners and experienced gardeners wanting to try something that they hadn’t seen in Garden Centres before. Being so light they were able to carry them home and start growing.

Glee Trade Show in Birmingham was a real success for us. Our first time of being there, and it was great to talk to many Garden Centres, Nurseryman, and Garden Buyers. Some from abroad too.

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Stockists

If you would like to purchase any grow bags for next year, please contact us via our email address or telephone direct:

Not on the High Street – online

Amazon

Eden Project, Cornwall

Hiller Farm Shop, Alcester, Warwickshire

Stewarts, Christchurch, Dorset

Spring 2015 – Blue Diamond Garden Centres, We will update details when we have confirmation of the exact Garden Centre addresses.

As always, we would love to hear from you, either sending us photos of your See it Gro bag with your produce or your comments and feedback. Also, very happy to answer any questions.

New for next year….. Watch this space!

A mini herb kit for the windowsill – great for children

Until then, Thank you for your custom and we all wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

From all the See it Gro team

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GYO in June

GYO in June
June has to be one of my favourite GYO months. Conditions have been so “growy” this Spring – perfect combination of rain, sun and (so far) not too much wind to damage some of our taller veggies.
My See it Gro bags are thriving with a weekly feed, and an eye kept on the watering – such a great and easy way to grow.
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At the moment we have Tomatoes, Strawberries, Courgettes, Cucumbers, Peppers and Chillies – all situated on our patio , close to the BBQ in anticipation of some “freshest of fresh” ingredients when we have friends and family around.
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My Courgettes have a little mildew but a spray of 1 part milk to 10 part water will help keep it at bay, so I was told by my elderly veggie guru in the village. What he doesn’t know really isn’t worth knowing about veg growing.
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Probably my most successful crop to date has been my See it Gro Strawberries. Not surprising that commercial growers all around the world are now using coir to grow commercial crops of soft fruit – the wonderful balance of air and water is perfect for berry production. I pinched my first berry this week and anticipate full production for Wimbledon week! If only I had a few acres instead of a few plants….A tip to improve the flavour of your berries is to just increase the fertiliser slightly as they approach ripening – this will result in the berries taking up slightly less water ( all to do with osmosis!) and so concentrating the flavour..give it a try and let us know how you get on.

Stockists
Our grow bags are gradually being seen in more and more Garden Centres around the country, and available on line, and the great news is that we are now being asked to top up stocks, so the word is spreading! If you need to find a local supplier, or if you are interested in stocking our See it Gro range, please contact us on e mail, Facebook, twitter…or even the good old fashioned telephone. We will always be glad to hear from you.


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The Garden Festival

The Garden Festival
We recently took a stand at Hellens Manor, Much Marcle Herefordshire. “The Garden Festival” is a wonderfully well supported charity fundraising event for the local Hospice. Some of our favourite gardening personalities were there, such as James Sinclair and Terry Walton, famous for his allotment slot on Radio 2!
Although the weather was mixed, it didn’t deter the public and enthusiastic gardeners from coming to view the plants, garden essentials and beautiful surrounding gardens.
Our grow bags were enthusiastically received, and it was good to talk to people about coir as a peat alternative for growing their fruit and vegetables. Many commented how light the grow bag was, and on the depth of the bag for the root growth. The bright, cheery packaging adds a splash of colour to anyone’s garden.

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A variety of people purchased the grow bags – young families, encouraging and educating their children about fruit and vegetables, new gardeners who were keen to begin “ growing their own” with the small space that they had, or new home owners wanting to brighten up their patio, or experienced growers wanting to try something new !


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FUN GARDENING FACTS

FUN GARDENING FACTS
Spring is just around the corner but the weather is still not great and like us you may not feel like venturing out into your rather drab looking garden. I have been doing lots of research online over the last few weeks, looking at what is going on in the gardening world and what’s new for this year. While I was online I found several sites that do great gardening facts, some of them I never knew, I recon some of these facts make for great pub quiz knowledge.
Below is some good facts I read and thought I would share with you all. I can’t guarantee that everything is actually true but some are very interesting!!….

• 30 minutes of digging actually burns off one hamburger (250 calories), mowing burns off one packet of crisps (195 calories) and weeding burns off one bar of chocolate (105 calories).

• It’s widely held that gardens are relaxing places, but it has been shown that on average 50% fewer crimes take place in communities where there are green spaces.

60% of schools said that pupils’ attitudes to learning improved when surrounded by a green environment

One acre of forest can produce enough oxygen to sustain 18 people for a year

• Trees around buildings can save up to 50% of energy used for heating

• 80% of modern drugs are derived from plant extract

• Recycling waste water can save up to 18,000 litres a year per person, reducing a household’s water usage by a third

• Organic produce can contain up to 50% more vitamins, minerals and enzymes than intensively-farmed produce.

• Just three small house plants can absorb toxins and purify the air in a single room

• A sprinkler watering an average sized garden uses as much water in an hour as a family of four uses in one day

• Over 80% of our food comes from bee-pollinated crops

• Offices which overlook green spaces report 23% less illness in staff

• A well-kept garden can increase the value of your property by up to 6%

• Bamboo is the fastest-growing woody plant in the world; it can grow 35 inches in a single day.
• The average strawberry has 200 seeds. It’s the only fruit that bears its seeds on the outside
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• Ounce for ounce, Broccoli has more vitamin C than an orange and as much calcium as a glass of milk.
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• Tomatoes are the world’s most popular fruit! More than 60 million tons are produced every year. That’s 16 million tons more than No.2 — the banana.
• Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C. One medium tomato provides 40% of the recommended daily amount!
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Where did we find our fun facts…
Better Homes and Gardens
http://www.bhg.com/gardening/yard/garden-care/fun-facts-about-plants/
Dobbies.com
http://www.dobbies.com/ideas-and-advice/eco-living/eco-garden/
Burpee Home Gardens
http://www.burpeehomegardens.com/BurpeeHomeGardens/BurpeeHomeGardens/_FunFacts.aspx
Let us know if you have any fun gardening facts, we love sitting around the office shocking each other with our ‘gardening knowledge’!!


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Feed the Birds

Feed the Birds
Over the next few months the snow may hit and its important that we look after the wildlife in our gardens. One of the easiest things to do is to feed the birds.
My granny always used to feed the birds when I was younger, walking around her garden in Wales you would find hidden bird tables and hangers full of pea nuts. She and my grandpa turned into avid bird watchers as there garden was always teaming with birds.
When we used to go and stay she would let us help her make fat cakes for the birds, I haven’t made them in years when browsing the internet for tips to help the widelife out this winter I came across them again and thought what a great and easy way to get kids (or adults alike) into helping the birds this winter.

It is suggested you put Fat Cakes out from November to March so I think this is a job for the next few months but you still have plenty of time.

I got this super easy recipe from the Gardeners World website but there are loads of recipes out there.
http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/projects/wildlife-gardening/how-to-make-fat-cakes-for-birds/34.html

Fat cakes (don’t they sound appetising, yum!)
You’ll need –
• Lard or suet bowl
• Saucepan
• Spoon
• String or twine
• Old yoghurt pots
• Any of the following: wild bird seed, currants
• Sultanas, oats, bread and cake crumbs, grated cheese and peanuts.

How to do it
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The best ratio for this recipe is one part fat to two parts dry mixture. Mix all your dry ingredients together in a bowl.
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Melt some lard or suet in a pan and add the dry mix. Stir well until the fat has all been absorbed and the mixture sticks together.
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Make a hole in the bottom of a yoghurt pot and thread through a length of twine or string, then pack the pot with your warm fat mixture.
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Place in the fridge overnight to set, then cut through and peel away the pot. Tie a big knot at one end of the twine to secure the cake.
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Hang the cake in a tree or shrub and wait for the birds to come and feast.
There is plenty of other things you can do to feed the birds but take into account that there are do’s and don’t. The RSPB website is packed full of tips and ideas of what to feed your birds and where to buy the correct food. Most good garden centres have a ‘bird’ section where you can buy specialist bird seeds. Birds also love peanuts. Be careful with peanuts as they must be free from salt so make sure you buy peanuts suitable for birds.
http://www.rspb.org.uk/advice/helpingbirds/feeding/whatfood/index.aspx


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It’s cold, wet and miserable!

Firstly Happy New Year! I know we are nearly half way through January already but I am not sure where the time has gone? The weeks seem to be flying by and as yet I haven’t thought about my garden or the year ahead.

I was hanging up the washing over the weekend and I glanced out into the garden and I was shocked at its state. It looks like the tree next door has lost every possible leaf into my small 6x 3 meter garden; planters are on their side and everything generally looks wet and sad. I am currently 7.5 months pregnant so to be fair have had other things on my mind but I have completely neglected the garden over the last season and now it looks like it’s been untouched for months. I’m not sure our new neighbours who garden is looking immaculate like me very much.

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I have managed to persuade my mum to come up for a week next month and do some serious garden TLC. The leaves need clearing, the decking which is so slippery I can’t even take one step outside, needs to be power washed and the beds need to be dug through and I (from the comfort of the sofa) need to think about what I want to go grow next year. I’ll have a new baby so the garden needs to be very low maintenance but I also want to grow my on fruit and veg like last year. I also want to introduce more flowers with the hope of introducing more bees and insects into the garden.

I am conscious that I have completely missed planting of spring bulbs.  Last year I planted lots of daffodils in some See It Gro bags and they looked great, I loved the yellow against the blue bag. I did some Googling to see if the end of January beginning of February was too late and there was a mixed opinion. Some said to go for it and just hope for the best, some said they might grow but not flower, what are people’s thoughts on this? I love spring bulbs so feel rather sad about not thinking ahead, it shows you need to keep your wits about you when it comes to gardening and get the timing right. Because of this I am now trying to map out my plan for the next year so I don’t miss anything again.

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I have two growing calendars pinned to my board at work and I have spent the morning going through the handy guides trying to work out timings…. To be honest I think this year will be the year of the plug plant rather than growing from seed. Last year I grew most of my tomato, pepper and chilli plants from seed but I have a feeling this year I may not have the time.

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I have plenty of healthy looking strawberry plants in several See It Gro bags so I am hoping they will provide me with another bumper crop. I also have some climbing roses that I planted last year. These took off and quickly climbed up my back fence so hopefully these will provide a wall of colour which will brighten up the end of the garden.

To make life easy I am going to keep things simple…  I will go for summer flowering bulbs, maybe some ranunclus and this mix I found that is great for butterflies.

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I also want a large herb garden. I want herbs that will be useful, smell delicious  and also some that flower for a pop of colour. I know some herbs can be very invasive like mint so I will plant these in a few mini grow bags, other plants I will plant directly into my raised beds.  I found this great little nursery (Victoriana Nursery)  based in  kent so I hope to get all my herbs from them.

From looking on their website I have found a few plants that take my fancy…

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Moroccan Mint – I love mint tea and this is a great variety for  that. I also like mint in cold water on a hot day, its so refreshing and looks so pretty too when in a large jug. This will need to be planted into a mini grow bag as it can go crazy and spread everywhere!

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Thyme, this will go in the raised bed and will be great with the family favourite roast chicken.

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Chives  – Smell and taste yummy as well as having cute purple coloured flowers to brighten up the raised bed.

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Basil Mint – great for making pesto….l love pesto. I will grow this in one of our grow bags so it doesn’t go crazy.

I find growing in small grow bags a really easy and low maintenance way to grow. Last year I grew several varieties of  fruit and veg and I want to try some of them again. Tomatoes and chillies grew brilliantly and in fact my chillies are still going strong. I also tried purple sprouting (my favourite) and cabbage which both did really well to. I find having plants in small easy movable grow bags means I can move the crops around if they aren’t getting enough light or if I want to make some more room in my limited space garden then I just re-arrange them. Simple!  So that’s the plan so far, now I just need to get the garden looking half presentable and prepare the raised beds for planting.