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The first how to guide

We thought it would be a good idea to detail some of the simple things that we take for granted, its only easy if you know how to do it, something I can personally vouch for, having tried to cut my own hair.

Ordering online, despite many orders being placed directly on our websites Woodmeadow    Taylors    www.woodmeadowgardencentre.co.uk www.taylorsgardenbuildings.co.uk  www.gardenproductsonline.co.uk and despite trying to make it as simple and hassle free as possible we are still happy to speak with anyone that wants that final piece of reassurance or would prefer to place an order with a real person and not just a computer screen.

Live HelpThe other alternative is Live Help –

When the button is green it means there is someone on the other end that will be more than happy to try and help, just click the button and type your question.

 

Always consider you safety when buying online below some safety tips to be mindful of or read the full blog here

  • Check the website has a contact phone number and address
  • When checking out make sure the address bar starts with https:
  • If you pay with a credit card you are protected with your own bank

I Blame the supermarkets – Support your local Garden Centre

I didn’t want this blog entry to turn into a rant but, not mentioning any names you will know who they are, but being a frequent visitor to a range of supermarkets on a weekly basis it is disappointing to see how they are now encroaching into the garden centre market offering cheap bedding plants (unloved hardly cared for) cheap shrubs which have been forced with either poor root or pot bound.

Now I understand the requirement to diversify and maintain market share, I understand offering the right product at the best price stack it high and sell it cheap etc etc but the power of the supermarket to manipulate buying patterns and educating a majority is shocking, where will they stop?

This was brought to my attention this weekend I was advising a couple on what flowers they could plant that would give colour all year in a narrow border and low maintenance, they said they had purchased twice this year plants from the local supermarket that had died very suddenly (from the description I assumed they frost killed them), needless to say I spent some time with the couple walked around our busy garden centre talked about the different type of plants which ones grow in shade and sun, the different types of annuals, perennials our wide selection of bedding and basket plants (which at this time of year can be killed by the frost) and after leaving them to browse was happy to see they walked out with a trolley full of plants. The next day I went to that said supermarket and checked out the plant offering which as usual was a dismal display of unloved and uncared for bedding plants a simple range of fashionable shrubs stacked high on trolleys for quick impulse sales.

Is it a false economy buying product purely out of convenience or because it is cheap? Where has the passion gone? Why are we happy to be spoon fed or so easily lead? are we sheep?

Support your local business, sometimes they might not be the cheapest but they do know their business, product and market. if you don’t use it you will lose it take a look at the lack of gren grocers (where you could get local fresh produce) butchers (where you could get the best advice and best meat) the lack of bakers (where you could get the best bread and cakes) and no I am not going to say candlestick makers but you get the point, where is the community spirit?.

At the risk of sounding like a hypocrite I do shop at the supermarkets and buy other products outside of the usual groceries which have contributed towards the demise of a lot of the regional and local independent businesses such as DVD’s, computer games and clothes, I have also been forced to diversify within our garden centre selling products related to the house and home the difference being we don’t have anywhere near the customers, the sales turnover or the buying power so naturally to remain competitive have to work on lower margins.

Is there still a place for us? well whilst we can we will continue to offer the best garden related products at the best prices we can but most of all valued customer service.

Thank you for reading.

May, in the garden

It’s time to plant up your tubs and hanging baskets for Summer colour in the garden. Don’t forget we are still getting cold winds and even some frosts so make sure they are covered at night with a cloche or fleece until the end of the month.

Prune Spring flowering shrubs such as Forsythia, Ribes, Chaemoneles, Pyracantha and Kerria as soon as they have finished flowering.
Put a good layer of bark mulch around established shrubs and trees to conserve moisture and suppress those ever advancing weeds.

Check your fruit plant supports, replace and damaged wire or wooden stakes and tie in the young emerging shoots.

Sow sweet corn in deep pots for transplanting outside in June. Keep an eye on the potatoes and earth up the shoots to encourage a higher yielding crop.

Garden Centre Terminology

Follow recent discussions this weekend with a few customers that are new to gardening maintenance but that have purchased from supermarkets, I thought it might be an idea to detail below some basic terms commonly used within the horticultural world which will help with a basic understanding. with the help of Wikipedia

French Marigold

French Marigold – can also be used as natural insect repellent and can be planted between roses

 

Annual – is a plant that completes its life cycle, from germination to the production of seed, within one year, and then dies
Biennial – is a flowering plant that takes two years to complete its biological lifecycle. In the first year the plant grows leaves, stems, and roots (vegetative structures), then it enters a period of dormancy over the colder months. Usually the stem remains very short and the leaves are low to the ground, forming a rosette. Many biennials require a cold treatment, or vernalization, before they will flower. During the next spring or summer, the stem of the biennial plant elongates greatly, or “bolts”. The plant then flowers, producing fruits and seeds before it finally dies. There are far fewer biennials than either perennial plants or annual plants.
Perennial – is a plant that lives for more than two years.[1] The term is often used to differentiate a plant from shorter-lived annuals and biennials.
Evergreen – is a plant that has leaves throughout the year, always green.
Deciduous – are plants which completely lose their foliage during the winter or dry season.
RhododendronEricaceous – A lime free compost that supports a large family of plants commonly known as the heath or heather family, found most commonly in acid and infertile growing conditions. The many well-known and economically important members of the Ericaceae include the cranberry, blueberry, azalea, rhododendron, and various common heaths and heathers
Alpine – commonly grow in the alpine climate, which occurs at high elevation and above the tree line. Alpine plants grow together as ain alpine tundra. Alpine plants must adapt to the harsh conditions of the alpine environment, which include low temperatures, dryness, ultraviolet radiation, and a short growing season.
EricaceousHerbaceous – generally small flowering plants, that grow and bloom over the spring and summer, die back every autumn and winter, and then return in the spring from their root-stock.

I am sure there are loads more that I have not listed feel free to comment and add them or if you want local friendly advice give us a call 01604 781899

Even better pop in and have a chat with any of our friendly staff who have a vast knowledge but are more than find out anything they don’t know, I think it is fair to say that we never stop learning.

 

Fish and Pond Centre at Woodmeadow Garden Centre

FishAlthough Woodmeadow Garden Centre has been a garden centre/nursery near Hannington on the A43 between Northampton and Kettering (NN6 9TD) for more than 30 years it has been the proud home for over ten years now to a well known local business called Fish and Pond Centre.

With a wide offering of fish and pond related services and a wealth of over 140 years combined experience you would struggle to find better. Fish Ponds – Pumps, Filters, Liners, Plants, Food and Supplements

PondCold water fish including Koi, Goldfish, Shubunkins to name but a few and a variety of Tropical and Marine fish.Ponds

The Fish and pond centre also offer a range of fishing rods, tackle and baits for anglers. you will see when you speak with any of the team at the Fish and Pond Centre it is not just a job for these guys it is a passion.

I would say if you have not visited before then you should give them a go open 7 days a week or give them a call on 01604 781 260

 

Pentagonal Summerhouses

We have a range of Summerhouses and Log Cabins on display at Woodmeadow Garden Centre. Come and take a look at what we have on offer to get a feel for what you want for your garden. For example take a look at the ever popular Prima Fifth Avenue Pentagonal Summerhouse by Lugarde. It’s surprisingly affordable and is great if space is at a premium. It comes in a variety of sizes starting at 1.8m x 1.8m, for the smaller garden,  up to 3.6m x 5.4m if space isn’t a problem. Come and speak to our friendly experts who will be able to advise you on the best building for you.

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Woodmeadow is a traditional horticultural centre which prides itself on plant quality and value for money.

We are a local, independent garden centre and not part of a multinational chain. This means we pick and choose the products we want to sell and we think you will enjoy. Our team are a friendly, knowledgeable bunch. Nothing is too much trouble.

We have a wide range or garden buildings on display at our show site including sheds, summerhouses, log cabins, gazebos and much more including garden furniture, picnic tables, water features and sooooooo much more.

If you are looking for a particular product or building, we would always urge you to call before visiting the show site. Our stock is always changing and we don’t want you to be disappointed so call our friendly team on 01604 781899.