hero of the month – april 2016

Each month we are picking someone we feel deserves some recognition, be they an established celebrity, or more of a local celeb – We want to thank these everyday heroes for the things they have achieved.

This month we looked close to home and have picked Ron Morris from Weird Fish Head Office. Some of you may be familiar with Ron, he is not only a fantastic member of the Distribution Centre team, but in his own time he also co-created, and painstakingly maintains the Weird Fish Car Park Garden.

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planting a spring hanging basket

Guest blog from Alasdair Urquhart, plant advisor at Haskins Garden Centres

“A well thought out hanging basket will lift any outdoor area, especially in spring. Here are some tips for creating one yourself and getting the best from it.” Alasdair Urquhart

1) Choose your basket.
Baskets come in all shapes and sizes, some even have a flat back that would be perfect for a wall mount. Choose one that suits your style. When hanging your basket, brackets and supports can be located on walls or sturdy garden frames, such as a pergola. Remember to position them so they are not a hazard to passing foot-traffic.

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the weird fish garden – broad beans

After hearing about our award winning car park allotment, the lovely people at Haskins Garden Centre were kind enough to send us bundle of broad beans.

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With the help of our garden founder Ron, we sowed the seeds in anticipation for a bumper crop of these little green gems in a few months time.

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what to do in your garden in November

Guest from Alasdair Urquhart from Haskins Garden Centres

November is a time to enjoy the last of the autumn colours, tidy up the fallen leaves and move any plants before the ground becomes frozen.

With leaves falling, November is the last call for planting before the ground becomes too wet or frozen.  It’s the perfect time for planting bare-root shrubs or trees and for moving any plants around in your garden. It also the time for finishing off spring bulb planting or putting the final touches to your seasonal colour display, using wallflowers, sweet william, primroses or pansies.

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what to do in your garden in october

Guest Blog from Alasdair Urquhart from Haskins Garden Centres

With winter beckoning, october is a busy time of harvesting fruit, storing vegtables, planting trees and tiding up.

This is the month to get new plants in the ground for the coming spring, especially bulbs. Whether they are naturalised in lawns and borders or planted into pots, bulbs provide the perfect antidote to winter. Their fresh colour signals the return of life and they provide essential forage for emerging bees.

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