New Season Seed Potatoes – Now available!!

New Season Seed Potatoes – Now available!!

Potato Terms Tuber Tubers are various types of plant structures that are enlarged to store nutrients. They are utilised by plants to survive the winter or dry months, to provide energy and nutrients for regrowth during the next growing season. Seed potato A potato that is intended for replanting to produce a new potato – and thus more tubers. Early These are small, new potatoes. First, early potatoes will be ready to harvest approximately 13 weeks from the planting date. Ideal for growing in bags or containers. Maincrop Maincrop potato varieties produce larger potatoes perfect for baking and roasting. Potatoes will be ready for harvest after about 20 weeks of planting. Varieties We stock a number of seed potatoes, including those that are RHS approved; varieties that will perform reliably in the garden. First earlies: Foremost, Red Duke of York, Pentland Javelin, Premiere and Rocket, Arran Pilot, Int Kidney, Maris Bard, Swift. Second earlies: Charlotte, Nadine, Maris Peer, Nicola and Wilja. Maincrops: Maxine, Picasso, Pink Fir Apple, Maris Piper, King Edward, Orla, Desiree and Cara. Preparing Potatoes will grow in almost any soil, however, they cultivate much better if the soil is enriched with organic matter. Potatoes grow best in an acid soil so add well-rotted manure and garden compost. It is also important that you do not lime soil at any time. You will improve your crop size and yield of the seed potato by “chitting” the potatoes before planting. Stand them, rose end up (the rose end is the one with the smallest dents in the skin, or ‘eyes’) in an empty egg carton, somewhere that is...
WOLF-Garten Garden Tools

WOLF-Garten Garden Tools

We are pleased to announce that we are now stockists of the WOLF-Garten Multi-Change® range! The Multi-Change® is a unique system which allows you simply click any tool head from the range onto any of the handles and with a quick push of a button, release it, allowing you to quickly change tools whilst working. Chose from a simple trowel, fork or hoe, to a rake, brush or aerator, these tools make great gifts for the gardening fanatic too! Prices start at just £4.99 and we have some wonderful starter packs to get you going which include the handle and accessories, saving you money from the outset. The WOLF-Garten philosophy is to provide gardening tools of premium quality and performance that help make gardening easier and more enjoyable. All Wolf products undergo rigorous quality testing and every tool in the range is covered by a manufacturer’s...
Root One favourites for a shady border

Root One favourites for a shady border

One of the most common questions we are asked in the garden centre is what plants we recommend for a shady border, so we thought we would compile a list of a selection of our favourites (note that this is not an exhaustive list, there are plenty more that we like too!). Alchemilla Mollis (Lady’s Mantle) The Lady’s Mantle is a herbaceous perennial forming a clump of softly hairy, light green leaves with scalloped edges. Flowering from Summer through to Autumn, with it’s small sprays of bright yellow flowers, it will be happy with all aspects, and soil types. Anemone With their beautiful saucer-shaped flowers, these herbaceous clump-forming perennials can grow up to 1m tall. Flowering from Summer into Autumn in varying shades of pink, purple or white. They will thrive in all soil types – moist but well-drained. Euonymus A large shrub with oval, leathery, green leaves up and small sprays of yellow-green flowers which are followed by yellow-orange fruits that split to reveal orange-red seeds. Euonymus is easy to grow, is hardy and can be either deciduous or evergreen. Ferns Ferns come in all shapes and sizes and are low-maintenance and tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions. They are great way of adding interesting structure to a shady corner of the garden and will thrive in any moist, well-drained, humus-rich, neutral to alkaline soil. Heuchera A very popular addition to the garden, with so many varieties to chose, the Heuchera are a genus of evergreen, herbaceous perennial plants in the family Saxifragaceae. Flowering from late Spring, they prefer semi-shade and alkaline to acid well-drained soil. As a...
Top mosquito repelling plants for the garden!

Top mosquito repelling plants for the garden!

We are now well into the BBQ and summer party season, spending a lot more days and nights outside in the garden where the dreaded mosquito’s are out in force! Not only are they annoying and give an itchy bite, they are a health concern for the whole family. Rather than buying the usual citronella candles and flares, why not plant your garden with natural mosquito repelling plants? Here’s our Root One recommendations: Lavender Due to their lovely fragrance, which comes from its essential oils that are found on the leaves of the plant, mosquito’s hate Lavender! This plant is very tough and drought-resistant once established, and only needs full sun and good drainage. And while it can endure many climates, it thrives in warmer areas. Marigolds Marigolds, an easy-to-grow annual flower, emit a smell that deters mosquitoes. Grow them in pots and place them near your patio or entrance to your home to keep bugs out. Marigolds are also a popular addition to borders and vegetable gardens. Citronella Grass Known for its distinct smell, citronella grass is the most commonly used natural ingredient in mosquito repellents. This low maintenance plant does best in large planters because it cannot withstand frost, but in warmer climates, can be planted directly a sunny area in the ground. Other lemon scented plants such as Lemon Balm, Lemon Mint or Lemon Thyme are also effective at repelling pests. Nepeta (Catnip) Catnip is from the mint family and is very easy to take care of, just be wary that it may even start to invade other areas of your garden! If you are willing to forgo...