If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Grow for Flavour!

As the gardening industry gets set to celebrate 2018 as the year of the pepper, Mr Fothergill’s calls on gardeners to forget about the fire and instead explore the many fine flavours found in the chilli kingdom If the heat of a hot curry just isn’t your thing, growing the world’s hottest chilli isn’t going to hold much appeal, but if you’ve never grown chillies for that reason you really…

Gardening Gift Ideas for a Happy Christmas From Johnsons Seeds

Picking out that perfect Christmas present for garden loving family members and friends isn’t always easy. The gifts and kits range from Johnsons Seeds offers the solution. Stocked by garden centres, supermarkets, DIY stores and on-line, you can choose from a number of innovative gardening gifts including two beautiful seed tin collections for the grown-ups and fun grow kits for youngsters, which will make the perfect stocking fillers. The Perfect…

Pumpkin twins’ giant beats their own record!

At this weekend’s Autumn Pumpkin Festival in Netley, Southampton, sponsored by Thompson & Morgan, no less than four British records were broken. Stuart and Ian Paton broke the record that they set in 2016 for the heaviest pumpkin to be grown in the UK. Weighing in at 2269lbs or 162 stone, the pumpkin beat last year’s entry by just 15lbs. Ian Paton said that producing a giant pumpkin is no…

No weight-watching for these WHOPPERS!

Champion pumpkin growing twins, Ian and Stuart Paton from Southampton are at it again!  This year they have four pumpkin babies which are currently piling on a massive 60lb or 4 stone a day!  The twins are well on the way to giving their record-breaking 160 stone pumpkin of 2016 a run for its money. The water and electricity bills are going through the roof to keep the pumpkins hydrated…

Award of Garden Merit Seed Range Offers Sowing Success for Home Gardeners

Mr Fothergill’s marks RHS preferred partner status with launch of trusted AGM seed range for 2018. Gardeners can make their Mr Fothergill’s sowing selections for 2018 from a brand new flower and vegetable seed range, safe in the knowledge that the varieties have been tried, tested and recommended by experts at the Royal Horticultural Society. The launch of the Mr Fothergill’s RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM) seed range follows…

Atomic Seeds and Mutant Cherry Trees

This amazing blog article by Jorge from the Primrose Blog site is a ‘must read’ This may come as a surprise to many but we have been breeding mutants for almost a century. Unfortunately the X-Men remain fictional but what we have produced are some plant varieties with some truly extraordinary (and many would claim unnatural) powers. Since 1942 scientists have been successfully inducing mutations in plants to improve crops…

New Introductions to the Johnsons Seed Range

Johnsons is strengthening its vegetable seed range with the introduction of three exclusive varieties for the 2017/18 season, all of which promise excellent yield, flavour and vigour for ease of growing. Kale Sympatic (RRP £1.79 for 250 seeds) offers home growers and allotment gardeners a 10 month harvest when grown as both a mature plant and baby leaf variety. Nutritious baby leaves can be picked through June to December, while…

David Domoney Seed Range Makes Grow-Your-Own Easy

Mr Fothergill’s teams up with celebrity gardener to launch brand new seed range aimed at newcomers to grow-your-own Love Your Garden presenter David Domoney has joined forces with the vegetable experts at Mr Fothergill’s to develop David Domoney’s Get Growing seed range for the 2018 season. The collection comprises 56 of the most popular vegetable varieties in the Mr Fothergill’s range, plus 10 easy to use seed mats and tapes…

Brexit Backlash as Gardeners Choose ‘Euro Veg’!

Is this just a strange coincidence or a manifestation of repressed wishful thinking? Whilst analysing this year’s veg sales, the team at mail order seed specialists D.T. Brown have discovered an interesting trend. Since the Brexit vote last year, sales of vegetable seeds with European connections are considerably up on last year, however some with British links have performed poorly. Vegetables such as French Beans, Brussels Sprouts, and Swiss Chard…

Cutting Edge Veg one day course with Garden Organic

A must do course for budding organic gardeners Cutting Edge Veg at: Ryton Organic Gardens on: Tuesday, 22 August 2017 – 10:00am to 4:00pm In the last 50 years our culinary horizons have broadened to encompass a wide range of cultures including India, Chinese, South East Asia and the Caribbean. However, it seems that our growing skills have lagged behind our cooking habits. This course will show you how to…