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7th September 2020

15 garden tips for September

15 garden tips for September

As the days start getting shorter and the leaves blaze red and gold, enjoy the last of the good weather as you wind down the garden for winter. There’s lots to be harvested and plenty of planning to do for next spring. Here are our top 15 gardening tips for September.

Top 15 garden tips for September

  1. Harvest French and runner beans frequently to keep them producing more. Once the plants have finished, cut them down at ground level, so that the roots can release their stored nitrogen back into the soil.

  2. Pinch out the tips of outdoor-grown cordon tomatoes once they have 4 trusses of fruit, to focus the plants’ energies on ripening the fruit.

  3. In the orchard, pick blackberries and autumn raspberries. Cut back the fruited canes of summer raspberries down to ground level and tie in this year’s strong new canes to supports for next year’s crop. Harvest plums, pears and apples.

  4. Harvest the last of the maincrop potatoes. Cut off the foliage three weeks before you harvest, to reduce the risk of blight spores infecting your spuds. Leave the potatoes to dry for a few hours before storing in paper bags or hessian sacks.

  5. Net leafy brassicas like kale to protect them from birds.

  6. It’s not too late to sow and plant vegetables. Sow spinach and spring cabbage for next year, and have horticultural fleece ready to cover the ground from October to protect the seedlings from frost. Plant onion and garlic sets now for early harvests next year. Choose onions suitable for autumn sowings, like ‘Troy’ or ‘Radar’.

  7. Pot up strawberry runners to make new plants, or cut them off to conserve the plants’ energy.

  8. Sow hardy annual seeds, including nigella, poppies, cornflower and scabious, for next year’s summer display.

  9. If you’ve been growing biennials like wallflowers (Erysimum) from seed, plant them out now so that they can settle in before winter.

  10. Plant up containers with violas, heucheras and heather for autumn and winter interest, and pop in a layer of daffodil bulbs first for spring flowers.

  11. Now’s a good time to plant new perennials and shrubs, while the soil is still warm. It’s also a good time to move existing shrubs and trees.

  12. Lift and divide overgrown clumps of perennials like crocosmia.

  13. Keep deadheading dahlias, roses and penstemons, and cut back geraniums and other perennials as they fade.

  14. Raise the blades on your lawnmower, and mow less often. Scarify and aerate lawns, and give them an autumn lawn feed which is high in potassium. Patch gaps in lawns with seed or turf.

  15. Plant spring bulbs, including daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, bluebells and fritillaries. Wait until November to plant tulips, as the colder weather reduces the risk of disease.

We’re here to help you with your garden all year round, so come and visit our centre to find seeds, bulbs and everything else you need.

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31st July 2020

Eat Out to Help out

Eat Out to Help out

From Monday 3rd August 2020 we will be taking part in the government scheme to encourage people back to the delights of eating out - all at a safe social distance.

Use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme at Willowbrook Cafe and Tea Room:

  • to get a 50% discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in (up to a maximum of £10 discount per diner)
  • every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 3 and 31 August 2020
  • as many times as you like

You do not need a voucher to use this scheme and you can use it at the same time as other offers and discounts. There is no minimum spend.

You cannot claim discount on alcoholic drinks or service charges, but we do not serve alcohol or add a service charge.

The discount will be automatically available to you at Willowbrook Cafe and Tea Room.

All diners in a group of any size can use the discount.

It can be used on a simple cup of coffee or a whole meal!

See you soon.

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18th May 2020

Willowbrook Nursery and Garden Centre now open!

Willowbrook Nursery and Garden Centre now open!

We are now open again for all your gardening and pet requirements. We are implementing the government’s revised recommendations to help all our staff and customers remain safe while shopping during this stage of the Coronovirus COVID-19 pandamic.

While we are adapting to re-opening again after eight weeks there may be some gaps on our shelves while we get new stock in. If you are after something specific then please call to avoid an unnecessary journey as we have lots of plants that will be with by this weekend and beyond.

Although the aquatics and pet departments are open the café and tea room is still closed for the time being. This is in-line with the government’s current recommendations so we will NOT be serving any food or drink even as take-away on-site. Hopefully from early July this may change but we will be monitoring the government’s future recommendations and act accordingly.

 We will be delivering again to our local areas - Taunton, Wellington and the villages in between from Tuesday 26th May. We will not delivering during the first week of opening.

 If you have any questions, then please give us a call during our regular opening hours on 01823 461324.

 

Stay Alert - Control the Virus - Save Lives

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12th May 2020

Re-opening since temporary closure due to COVID-19

Re-opening since temporary closure due to COVID-19

 

 

Willowbrook Nursery and Garden Centre will be opening again on MONDAY 18th MAY 2020.

We will NOT be opening on Wednesday 13th May 2020 so please DO NOT travel or try to enter our car park as we are remaining closed until 9am on MONDAY 18th MAY 2020 when our gates will be open for customers.

Before we open, we are implementing the government’s recommendations to enable all our staff and future customers to remain safe while we are at this stage of the Coronovirus COVID-19 pandamic. We will be posting pictures with some of our changes so that you will hopefully know what to expect before you arrive.

The Aquatics, Pets, Garden shop and plant area will be open, but the Cafe and Tea-Room will remain closed. This is also in-line with the government’s recommendations so we will NOT be serving any food or drink even as take-away as we are not allowed. Hopefully from early July this may change but we will be monitoring how the Coronovirus COVID-19 Pandamic changes and the government’s future recommendations and act accordingly.

From Tuesday 26th May, we will be able to deliver products to our local areas - Taunton, Wellington and the villages in between. We will not be able to deliver from the first week of opening.

We will be answering the telephones again from Monday on 01823 461324 and if you have any questions please give us a call.

Stay Alert - Control the Virus - Save Lives

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25th March 2020

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

Following the current government recommendations all departments at Willowbrook Nursery and Garden Centre are now closed. This also includes our website and our click & collect, so during this time we will still show products that will be available when we re-open, but cannot be bought during our closure. This is due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are closely watching the situation and do aim to open again when we can later in the year. Please keep checking this page to find out when we re-open or subscribe to our newsletter via this website to know as soon as possible. We thank all of our customers, past and present, and look forward to seeing you all again soon.

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22nd March 2020

Mothers Day - Sunday 22nd March

We are very sorry but the Cafe and Tea room is currently closed.

Due to government recommendations the café and tea room at Willowbrook is currently closed. This is due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are closely watching the situation and do aim to open again when we can later in the year. Please keep checking our Facebook page to find out when we re-open or subscribe to our newsletter via this website to know as soon as possible. We thank all of our customers, past and present, and look forward to seeing you all again soon. At the moment Willowbrook Nursery and Garden Centre, Willowbrook Pets and Willowbrook Aquatics are still open and trading.

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8th March 2020

Mothers day is nearly here!

Mothers day is nearly here!

Mothers Day - Sunday 22nd March

We have lots of gift ideas including plants that could be just right for your mum so why not head in store and take a peek...

Also if you haven't arranged going out for the actual day then why not book lunch in our cafe so you can sit back and relax and enjoy the day.

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23rd January 2020

The RSPB Big Garden Watch 2020

The RSPB Big Garden Watch 2020

This weekend is the RSPB Big Garden Watch 2020.

At Willowbrook we have a wide range of wild bird products including the official RSPB range of birdcare. Follow the following instructions to take part - and have fun!

It’s so easy to take part. An hour with the birds is a wonderful opportunity to sit back, relax and spend time with nature. So, pop the kettle on, put your feet up and start counting!

  1. Watch the birds for one hour
    Choose an hour between 25 and 27 January to watch the birds in your garden or local park.
  2. Count the most birds that land at once
    Only count the birds that land in your garden or park, not those flying over. The same birds may land more than once, so you can avoid double counting by recording the highest number of each bird species you see at any one time – not the total number you count over the hour.
  3. Tell us what you saw
    Every count is important, so don’t worry if you don’t see anything. Observing which birds aren’t around is as important as seeing the ones that are. You can submit your results online at rspb.org.uk/birdwatch from 25 January until 16 February.

If you’d prefer to send the RSPB your results by post, you can download a submission form from rspb.org.uk/birdwatch. Please make sure you post your findings back to the RSPB by 11 February. 

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16th January 2020

Job vacancy

Willowbrook Nursery - Assistant plant area manager position available.

We are currently looking for a Plant Area Assistant Manager.

It is a great opportunity for mixing a love of plants and outside work with passing your knowledge onto our customers.

Previous experience would be an advantage to be able to assist customers with purchasing the right products.

This job may suit someone from a horticultural background but may also suit someone from another retail position.

It will be working outside with our small and happy nursery team which is part of the larger family-run business.

This is a full time position with one day off during the week and working alternate weekends.

Please either bring in a CV to the Garden Centre Shop marked for the attention of Steve or you can send it by post to our address which can be found on our 'How to find us' page.

You can also send your CV and apply through our face book page @willowbrooknurseryandgardencentre

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24th December 2019

Christmas opening times

 

Christmas Day - Closed

Boxing Day - Closed

Friday 27th December - Closed

 Saturday 28th December- 9am - 5.30pm

 Sunday 29th December- 10am - 4pm

Monday 30th December- 9am - 5.30pm

Tuesday 31st December- 9am - 5.30pm

New Years Day - Closed

Thursday 2nd January - Closed

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