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With Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day just around the corner, why not get your loved one something that will last longer than a day. The team in our award-winning house-plant department puts a lot of effort into the area, not only with the displays, but with the knowledgeable advice they give. We try to keep on top of trends with some fabulous unusual varieties arriving each season, as well as having a fantastic gift range for occasions such as Mothering Sunday.  Plus, with free gift wrapping, what’s not to love?

Don’t forget, the Weldmar Hospicecare Trust will be with us this weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 10.30 to 3.30p, for a Valentine’s Charity Bonanza. They’ll be in The Butterfly House at Castle Gardens with special stalls, including handmade gifts, jewellery, designer scarves, hats, accessories, cards and edible presents. What’s more, 10% of sales goes to the Trust.

Mike

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There’s been a lot in the news recently about how the wet weather – and let’s face it, there’s been a lot – has caused poor harvests, smaller and less flavoursome fruit and veg and how the lack of nutrients left in our soil could have a great effect on the growing season to come.

We want you to take action now, and our team of gardening experts at Castle Gardens, Brimsmore Gardens and Poundbury Gardens are here to help. Beds and borders can be improved with good mulch which will put back rich organic matter into the soil, but it is important not to work the soil too much while it’s still wet, as this can do more harm than good.

A good soil improver can be really useful on beds and plots and it’s not too early to start planning how to feed the garden after such as prolonged period of wet weather. Once the weather warms and plants start growing, the addition of balanced fertilisers will be beneficial. Traditional slower release fertilisers such as bone meal, but also fish, blood and bone and chicken manure will all be useful.

Look out for our free talks, special promotions and useful information on all aspects of gardening.

Mike

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