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Newsletter 2011

04 January 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can you believe another year has flown by already?  And what a great year 2010 was. From the Soccer World Cup, to us winning Gold at the Garden World Show Gardens, 2010 was an extremely busy year.  Once again thank you to all our clients for their continued support and may your "show gardens" give you all the joy and happiness we intend them too.  All the best for the year ahead in your personal lives and we look forward to being of service to you again this year.

We are extremely excited for the year ahead.  Apart from all the new gardens we are going to make- over, we will be putting a huge focus on being more environmentally friendly.  From recycling the little black bags the new plants are delivered in, to doing our best to reuse old garden ornaments and other materials in new and trendy ways.  And more importantly we will be more focused on intelligent water usage in the garden.  Looking at better ways to reduce our dependency on water but still producing beautiful gardens.  Rain water Harvesting is definitely the way to go, for more information on this, please take a look at our services page.

One of the trends for 2011 seems to be very much focused on self sufficiency in your home and garden environment.  With this in mind, herb and vegetable gardens have become very popular.  Show Gardens will be updating readers in our quarterly newsletters on what herbs and vegetables should be planted in the applicable season. Most herbs and vegetables are surprisingly easy to propagate and with a little water feature thrown in, it can make focal attraction to the garden. You also don't necessarily need many meters of space to grown most herbs and vegetables, and we can give you practical advice to make the most of minimal space areas as well. For those of you that have children, this is a great way of getting them out of the house and playing in the garden,  there is nothing more fun and rewarding than eating veggies you have grown yourself.

With this in mind, we recommend the following vegetables be planted in the months of Feb and March to ensure you have some lovely winter root vegetables that are ready at the end of Autumn, start of Winter.

Your "Mug of Soup" vegetables should include, Carrots, celery, leeks, radishes, onions, turnips and peas.  It's also a perfect time of year to plant Spinach, lettuce, cauliflower and cabbage.

Keep a look out for next newsletter, where we will cover ideas on dry gardening (no more lawns to mow), as well as how to successfully implement a child friendly garden, as well as the next installment of herb and vegetables to be planted.

Happy Gardening from Your Team at Show Gardens

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