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8th February 2019

What to do in the garden in February?

What to do in the garden in February?

It might be cold out there, but in February the first hints of spring are everywhere. The daylight lasts that little bit longer each day, snowdrops start to flower and clumps of cheerful daffodils reappear. When the sun shines, it’s time to get outdoors and get a head start on the gardening. And when that icy wind blows, there’s still plenty for gardeners to do indoors in February.

What to prune and plant In February

Prune your roses towards the end of the month, before they really start growing again. When pruning bush roses, first remove any spindly growth and any dead or crossing branches. Then prune the remaining stems down by half, cutting just above strong, outward-facing buds so that you end up with an open, vase-shaped shrub. It’s a good idea to cut the ends of the stems at an angle so that rainwater drains away from the growing buds.

Cut back last year’s wisteria shoots to within 3-4 buds of the main stems, to keep them tidy so that the gorgeous spring flowers will look their best, and prune evergreen hedges.

Provided the ground isn’t frozen or waterlogged, February is also a good time to plant new shrubs and trees. Remember to stake young trees and water them in well once you’ve planted them.

Tidy up

Before the spring breezes start to blow, tie up any loose climbers and check stakes and tree ties. Pull up any weeds that have survived the winter, and clear away the last of the fallen leaves so slugs and snails can’t hide under them.

Seeds to sow in February

Tomato SeedlingsIf it's too cold to be outside, get started on sowing seeds indoors. Summer favourites like tomatoes and cucumbers need a long growing period, so now’s the perfect month to start them off. In late February, sow seeds in small pots and place them somewhere warm and bright like a greenhouse or just on a sunny windowsill to germinate.

5 seeds to sow indoors in February:

  • Onions
  • Leeks
  • Celeriac
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers

From mid-February onwards, start chitting early seed potatoes ready for planting in late March.  This is really easy to do and a great way to get kids interested in gardening. Simply place your potatoes somewhere cool but bright indoors, with most of their buds (called ‘eyes’) pointing upwards, and leave them to sprout shoots. They’ll be ready to plant in 4-6 weeks, once the shoots are about 2cm (1in) long.

There’s nothing like a bit of gardening to make you feel that spring’s on its way, so grab your tools and get on out there! We have everything you need to get your garden looking great this year. 

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18th January 2019

What to do in the garden in January?

What to do in the garden in January?

Are you wondering what to do in the garden during January? It can be a cold month with the worst of the Winter weather so when hibernating is top of the list, make sure you do it with plenty of seed catalogues, garden books and a hot chocolate. Build on your successes from the previous year, plan your crop rotations and make lists of all the plants you would like to grow in your garden. So make the most of January and get planning:

  • Garden and Flowers
  • Fruit and Vegetables
  • Wildlife

Garden and Flowers

As long as the ground isn't waterlogged or frozen, you can plant out bare root roses ensuring they are in a sunny position. Rose bushes can also be pruned now while they are dormant by cutting back to just above a bud and removing any diseased, crossing or dead stems. After the trimmings are taken down, don't let your Christmas tree go to waste. Keep an eye out for places to take your tree for recycling or alternatively, you can shred your tree and use it as mulch in the garden, add it to your compost heap or lay it over bare soil to suppress weeds.

Fruit and Vegetables

When you are ready to get your coat on and brave the January air, it’s time to prune your fruit trees, such as apple and pear. So if you have been wondering what to do in the garden during January, there is plenty! Gooseberries can also be pruned and autumn fruiting raspberries can be cut back. Perfect time to get some fresh air and prepare your fruit for the growing season ahead. If you have stored fruit, just as with any bulbs and plants, keep a weekly check on them to ensure they are all in good condition. If you spot any sign of rotting or diseased materials or fruit discard it as soon as possible to make sure it doesn't spread. Make sure trays of apples and bags of potatoes have good air circulation and are out of the reach of pests.

Wildlife Gardening

At this time of year, it is essential to supplement natural bird food. If the weather is particularly cold, you may even notice your garden birds becoming much braver in their search for food. Berries and fallen fruits are an important food source but also hang out food to help our feathered friends make it through the winter. If you have any piles of fallen branches, twigs and leaves make sure you leave them a little longer as they may be home to garden wildlife, even a hedgehog! You can gently rake grass cuttings and other fallen leaves or stems into the pile to make sure they have a nice warm environment. It will rot down over time naturally.

It may be Winter but with plenty to be planning for the year ahead, come in to visit us and start putting your plans into action! 

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12th January 2019

Seed Potatoes - Time to grow your own...

Seed Potatoes - Time to grow your own...

Now is the time to buy seed potatoes.

With over 50 varieties which include1st and 2nd earlies, Maincrop varieties and salad types. Now is the best time to buy as you have the biggest choice. We have 3 NEW varieties for 2019. The first is called 'Accord' that produces lots of potatoes.  It has a waxy texture and a medium level of dry matter. It makes good boiled potatoes served hot or cold. It has a very good resistance to both golden and white potato cyst nematode. It has good resistance to common scab and blight making it popular with gardeners. The second one is a Maincrop called 'Libertie' which produces big crops of attractive bright and uniformly shaped tubers. It has good resistance to Common and Powdery Scab which helps to maintain if naturally bright tubers. Boiled or bakes. Libertie has good cooking qualities.The third is another NEW Maincrop called 'Setanta', it is easy to grow and a great versatile variety in the kitchen too! This red skinned variety has been bred from the famous Rooster variety. Similar to Rooster in that it has a dry, fluffy texture making it ideal for making delicious mash, roasts and chips. What makes Setanta different is it has excellent blight resistance in particular tuber blight resistance and yields lots of similar sized baking potatoes.  It stores well so can be enjoyed for many months after harvest.

So that you don't miss out, you can reserve any of the varieties using our click and collect service. Browse during the evening and then collect the following day. You can almost smell them cooking...

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21st December 2018

Christmas opening times

Christmas Eve - 9am - 4.30pm

Christmas Day - CLOSED

Boxing Day - CLOSED

Thursday 27th December - CLOSED

Friday 28th December - 9am - 5.30pm

Saturday 29th December - 9am  - 5.30pm

Sunday 30th December - 10am - 4pm

NEW YEARS EVE - 9am - 4.30pm

NEW YEARS DAY - CLOSED

Wednesday 2nd January - CLOSED

Thursday 3rd January - 9am - 5.30pm

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12th August 2018

One week to go!

One week to go!

Our first Fun Dog Show at the garden centre will be on Sunday 19th August with St Giles Animal Rescue Centre.

It will be from 12 noon to 4pm with judging starting from 12.30pm. Willowbrook Nursery and Garden Centre are hosting the event and there will be a charge of £2 for each class you enter with all the proceeds going to St Giles Animal Rescue Centre. To watch the event will be FREE.

The classes are -

          - Best Puppy up to 9 months (male or female)

          - Prettiest Bitch

          - Handsomest Dog

          - Best Veteran (over 8 years)

          - Best Child Handler

          - Dog with the waggiest Tail

          - Best Rescue Dog

          - Dog the judges would like to take home

          and BEST IN SHOW!

The winner of each class will receive a prize. 

If you take part or just watch it should be a lot of fun. We look forward to seeing you here!

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20th July 2018

FUN DOG SHOW 2018 - Date Announced

FUN DOG SHOW 2018 - Date Announced

Our first Fun Dog Show at the garden centre will be on Sunday 19th August with St Giles Animal Rescue Centre.

It will be from 12 noon to 4pm with judging starting from 12.30pm. Willowbrook Nursery and Garden Centre are hosting the event and there will be a charge of £2 for each class you enter with all the proceeds going to St Giles Animal Rescue Centre. To watch the event will be FREE.

The classes are -

          - Best Puppy up to 9 months (male or female)

          - Prettiest Bitch

          - Handsomest Dog

          - Best Veteran (over 8 years)

          - Best Child Handler

          - Dog with the waggiest Tail

          - Best Rescue Dog

          - Dog the judges would like to take home

          and BEST IN SHOW!

The winner of each class will receive a prize. 

If you take part or just watch it should be a lot of fun. We look forward to seeing you here!

 

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6th July 2018

NEW Seasonal Menu is perfect for the weather...

NEW Seasonal Menu is perfect for the weather...

Our next NEW Seasonal lunch menu is ready. Its perfect for Summer with the inclusion of some tasty new salads, drinks and sweet treats. Come on in and enjoy the new dishes. It might even take your mind off of the Tennis and football on the TV at the moment....

We have an outside seating area and also picnic benches on our lawn which is a great way to enjoy the Summer.

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29th June 2018

National Cream Tea Day 2018

National Cream Tea Day 2018

29th June 2018 - National Cream Tea Day!

We love cream teas at Willowbrook and today we have different scones to try. We have Blueberry, Honey and Ginger, Cheese scones and Fruit scones. They are limited supply so you better be quick! It's lovely today so great to sit outside on the picnic benches on our lawn, sit back and relax and enjoy the flavours. Now is it jam or cream first?...

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2nd March 2018

The snow keeps falling...

WEATHER PROBLEMS AGAIN!

We are closed on Saturday 3rd March. This is again totally down to the extreme weather and we are really sorry if it makes a problem for customers but it is for safety of our customers and to our staff and it is still snowing!. We are very sorry and if the weather improves we are hoping to be open soon and we will keep you posted via our website, facebook and google!.
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1st March 2018

Snowy Storm Emma stops the South West with a 'Red' card!

WEATHER PROBLEMS AGAIN!

We are closed on Friday 2nd March. With the weather getting worst with the help of Storm Emma we did have to close early today (Thursday) and while we are still on 'red' warning we would like to inform people that we will be closed on Friday 2nd March. This is totally down to the extreme weather and we are really sorry if it makes a problem for customers but it is for safety of our customers and to our staff and with it still snowing now, and set to continue snowing through the night we think it makes sense. We are very sorry and if the weather improves we are hoping to be open by Saturday 3rd March. We will keep you posted via our website, facebook and google!.
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