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Monday March 01 , 2021

Blue Daisy Blog

Blue Daisy blog written by Nicki Jackson & Jules Clark - for news, views, garden design, gardening and plant observations and thoughts.

Success for National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners

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The National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners (NSALG) has had some amazing news - their invite to HRH Prince Charles to become their Patron has been accepted.

I'm sure this will be a great partnership given his interest in organic gardening, his passion for growing whether it is edible or decorative! It will also help raise the profile of this society, add more credibility to 'Growing your Own' and will reach newer audiences whether it is hands on growers or political decision makers!

As soon as we hear more from the NSALG we will up date you, but for now our warm congratulations are sent to them!

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Has the Grow Your Own Bubble Burst?

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I took part in an online discussion recently about different trends in the garden design world and one that was mentioned was the Grow Your Own (GYO) trend.  Personally, I believe that more and more people are turning to growing something edible in their garden.  Whether it is due to the economic climate, the feeling of nurturing and growing, encouraging the children or simply that it helps to keep the carbon footprint down - people are still doing it.

One or two people in this discussion thought that the bubble had certainly burst and indeed one nursery owner said that their sales of fruit and vegetable plants to garden centres had drastically dropped this year in comparison with last year. I have to admit that I was amazed by that comment whether based on fact or gut instinct; to me it just doesn’t ring true.  Take this year’s Chelsea Flower Show for example; there were lots of gardens either with an edible theme like Bunny Guinness who designed the M&G Investment garden, it was a modern take on the traditional kitchen garden using raised beds which were crammed full of produce.  The B&Q garden being the tallest show garden at Chelsea showed us how we can make small spaces attractive with flowers and still have room for edible crops even on balconies.  Both the Hampton Court Palace Show and Tatton Park have had show gardens with an edible theme too.

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An Interesting Find

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I found myself in an antiquarian bookshop last week looking through the horticultural titles (of course!). There were some really lovely old fashioned books - totally out of date now - but absolutely lovely to flick through. Also saw some second hand copies of newer titles, for example Prince Charles' book on Highgrove.  As I worked my way through the shelves I came upon an author's name that I knew but I couldn't remember where from so I took the book down off the shelf and as I opened it I remembered why it sounded familiar.

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Composting Made Easy - a Blue Daisy Guide

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Compost is something that we're always being asked about so in response to all those questions you have we've put together a downloadable Blue Daisy guide - Composting Made Easy.

foodwasteWe tell you what you need to compost, what to put into your compost, and answer the following questions and more:

  • How often do I need to turn the compost?
  • How long does it take to make?
  • How do I know when it’s ready?
  • If I’m leaving my compost to ripen where do I put all the compostable material I continue to generate?
  • I heard that rats are attracted to compost – is that right?
  • Can I add weeds to my compost heap?

So, if you want to know the answers to these questions and more please download your Blue Daisy Guide - Composting Made Easy here.

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Workshops & Advice!

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We’re really excited here at Blue Daisy because we are offering a new Garden Advice at home service so if you’re looking for new ideas or you have an area you don’t know what to do with contact us.

Not content with just advice at home Nicki will be starting to run some workshops during summer and autumn this year for beginner gardeners, growing vegetables and even garden design so if you want to know more please visit our garden advice & workshops page.

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