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  1. Allotments for National Garden Month

    Allotments for National Garden Month

    Gardening is not only great for your health, but can also provide a great source of food – from mint, to lettuce, to rosemary, to garnish your drink.

    Andrew and Vicky, who are a part of the team here at Johnsons, have their own allotments.

    And to celebrate National Garden Month, we’re pleased to share some of their top tips.

    Andrew Barker
    Amenity sales rep – North

    1. Protect everything from birds and slugs.
    2. Plant successional crops, so they don’t all come at once.
    3. Rain water is as valuable as gold.
    4. Be nice to your plot neighbours and they will give you free strawberry plants.
    5. The best way to get rid of slugs is to go out in the rain and pick them up in a plastic bottle.
    6. Don’t be surprised if weeds grow back in a matter of days.
    7. Direct sow what you can as soon as you can.
    8. Wear sun cream!

    Vicky Newell
    Amenity sales – North and Scotland

    1. Once your growing season has finished, dig over you bed and remove weeds as soon as possible, dig in a thick layer of manure and cover over your beds with mypex sheeting to stop weeds growing, and help the worms work the manure through your soil.
    2. Get potatoes and onions in a soon as possible. You can always cover these with a fleece until the frosts have finished.
    3. Plant cut flowers – not only do you save you loads of money but it also helps pollination
    4. Commit a regular amount of time tending to your allotment – once you start missing a week or two the weeds will take over!
    5. Grow fruit on your allotment. Apples, pears, plums, blueberries, currants and strawberries are all relative easy to grow and can be left to their own devices.
    6. Make sure your house insurance covers all your tools that you store on your plot – allotments are regularly targeted for their equipment.
    7. Enjoy your allotment and spending time outside. Talk to your neighbours, swap advice and plants.

    Posted 3rd Apr 3:39pm
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  2. Look out for our blog posts during April, as we celebrate National Garden Month!

    Look out for our blog posts during April, as we celebrate National Garden Month!

    To get us started, here are some calorie-burning facts – gardening is not only great for the mind, but great for boosting your health and wellbeing, too!

    Posted 3rd Apr 3:38pm
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