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Award Winning Flowers

Spring has arrived (although the weather may tell us otherwise), and many gardeners are getting ready for upcoming flower & crop shows, and competitions. Whether you’re an onlooker or a contender, there’s no better time to grow your own show-stopping flowers and crops.

To wow the judges (or your neighbours) why not turn your garden into a beautiful Eden full of bright and healthy plants.

Calla 

These lovely South African lillies are a beautiful asset in any garden. They grow in many different colours, including lavender, white, purple, orange, yellow, and peach. These flowers become dormant in the colder weather, but if you're a fan, keep them in the greenhouse year round, and then move them oustside in the springtime.

Garden Salad

Why not grow your own garden salad, including favourites like lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers this spring. They’re eaten regularly at meal times, so you'll save on your shopping bills! Be creative, and try alternative places to plant. Salad may be tasty and nutritious, but it isn’t the most stunning plant, so be experimental to keep your garden looking award winning! Use many different containers; it could be something that’s just sitting in the garage, an unused wagon, wheelbarrow, or mop bucket for example. However, be aware that you should drill a few holes at the bottom of a DIY portable planter for the excess moisture to drain off.

Herbs

Fancy growing your own herbs? They're an essential part to everyday cooking, and they're the easiest thing to forget when you're doing the shopping. Herb growing could be a daunting thought, but they are very easy to grow, and you can grow them indoors or outdoors. With herbs like basil, chives and parsley, all you need is the packet of seeds, and either a planting pot for indoors, or a space for outdoor growing and plant them in an appropriate compost. Choose a compost like Mircale-gro moisture control compost for your potting, and Levington multi-purpose compost for outdoor herb gardens.

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