Plants and Gardens Perform Best With Regular Feeding

Soil, watering and care are major factors in the growth of a plant. But too much watering, heavy downfalls of rain, dry spells, and vigorous plant growth can all reduce the nutrients naturally found in soil, leaving the plants malnourished.

But it’s so easy to replace the nutrients lost from the soil and then some, to ensure your plant grows to be the healthiest and biggest it can be! A regular feeding regime goes a long way to doing your garden and its inhabitants the world of good.

Plant Feeding Can Be Simple

Feeding your plants regularly doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming.  Maxicrop Plus Complete Garden Feed is a balanced all-purpose seaweed extract based fertiliser for great for excellent healthy growth all round the garden, including all flowers, vegetables, shrubs, fruit and trees, and even houseplants!

 

Specified Plant Feeds

You will receive better results if you do have the time to use targeted plant foods for a specific type of plant, as each one is      formulated to be that specific plants needs, where as complete garden feeds for all plants tend to be weaker and more general formulas, for easy and quick use.

Flowerbeds and borders will benefit from the use of Maxicrop Plus Flower Fertiliser. It is a seaweed extract based fertiliser formulated specifically for flowering plants, including bedding plants, hanging baskets, tubs, containers and borders. It produces brighter, healthier and longer lasting blooms.

Maxicrop also offer plant specific formulas for Bonsais, Cactus & Succulents, and Orchids.

For excellent natural yield on tomato and other crops, Maxicrop Plus Tomato Fertiliser is recommended, and many growers will use nothing else!

It is important to regularly feed your container plants throughout the summer as they are in need of plenty of nourishment to perform at their best, especially where there are several plants in the same container, as any fertiliser in the compost will soon get used up.  Keep plants performing at their peak, no matter what their position or neighbours, by using Complete Garden Feed or a specified fertiliser, and you will be sure to see results. You will wonder how you ever managed without feeding your garden!

 

 

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Keep a colourful and flourishing garden during extreme weather

The record breaking weather we have experienced recently has affected our gardens in various ways, and we have to adapt to these extreme changes, so learning how to garden during droughts, deluges, arctic chills and heat-waves is a main priority.

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Record breaking rain fall has hit the UK this year

Although many of our plants will adapt and toughen up to the weather extremes, for some it will be their undoing, separating the strong from the weak. But that shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying some of your favourite more tender plants, even during biting frost. There are preventative measures that can be taken during particularly cold and icy winters. We suggest using a frost protection spray to lessen the damage and aid adaption. Also, keeping such plants in an environment where frost is at a minimum, such as a shed with a window or a greenhouse, will help keep them in tip top shape over winter.

A greenhouse is one of the best investments for any gardener in this changing climate, and sowing plants inside and allowing them to grow and prepare before transferring into the garden is a must for veg and perennials.

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A greenhouse or shed is a gardener’s best friend during climate change

The early summer in March, followed by non-stop rain in May, June and July, caused many garden centres to cancel their orders for bedding plants. Wholesalers ended up having to compost thousands of cancelled bedding plant orders, and the trade has still not picked up, as sales are remaining poor for garden centres this year. But this could mean good news for you. There is no better time than the present to go on a hunt for some bargains on shrubs, perennials and veg plants.

Whatever the weather, tender perennials seem to be able to adapt and perform well. Many of the salvias, including the dark pink S. involucrata ‘Bethellii’ and the blue ‘Indigo Spires’ seem to spring back no matter what. Argyranthemums are equally as good, and the pale yellow ‘Jamaica Primrose’ brings a beautiful burst of colour to the garden.

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‘Jamaica Primrose’

Plants with tall, leafless stems of colourful bulbs and perennials, such as the Verbena bonariensis, can be beautiful and useful as the naked stems give an airy feel and allow different plants to mingle closer together. Thalictrum delavayi is also a popular choice, as it has branching sprays of tiny lavender flowers and fine foliage. Dianthus carthusianorum has intense magenta flowers, and regular deadheading will keep it blooming from July to September at least. This looks well mixed with naked stemmed tulbaghias (lilac flowers). Alliums and eremurus in late spring and early summer are brilliant, and can be ordered for autumn planting.

Before you embark on your summer holidays, be sure all your plants are prepared. Soak all pots, despite if it is wet, and move them into shade. Deadhead the flowers, especially the annuals, so they will be blooming when come back. Harvest all nearly ripe vegetables to prevent rotten crops from spreading disease, and cut back any over long growth on trees and shrubs in case of storms.

Climate change: How to keep a healthy garden in a changing climate

Climate change is at the top of political, environmental and scientific agendas worldwide. However, they may be combating the bigger picture, but no-one is considering the effect it is having on horticulture and gardening here in the UK. Maxicrop take a look at what the changing climate means for our gardens, and how we can best adapt to the constant changes.

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Flood Garden

Seasons change

The general effect of climate change will be seen on our seasonal weather and expected temperatures. Summers will become hotter and drier. Lawns will become malnourished and brown, bedding plants and vegetables will require far more water, trees will scorch and lose their leaves prematurely, and hosepipe bans are likely to be far more widespread.

Winters will become warmer and wetter. You may have noticed there has already been less frost and snow, as well as heavier downpours and more frequent rain. This will continue to increase, and our gardens will suffer from storms and flooding from the excess downfall.

Spring is coming around increasingly earlier, at the moment at a rate of 2-6 days earlier each decade, and summer will become longer, and extend into what would have been autumn, at a rate of 2 days later per decade.

The impact on gardens

How will the changing climate affect our gardens? Our gardens are special ecosystems, and they combine many different plants and materials such as water, wood and concrete. Fortunately, plants in gardens are much more adaptable to climate change than those in natural and semi-natural ecosystems, where the fight for survival is tough.  Unfortunately, anyone tending to a historically important garden which is required to look the same in 2050 as it did in 1750, there will be issues faced, and the National Trust is already aware of this. For home gardeners, the majority of the plants in the garden today will survive the change in climate, but are not necessarily safe from the changing weather.

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Trees could suffer from lack of moisture

What can we do?

There is plenty that we can do to help our gardens stay healthy and gradually adjust to the changing climate.

Be adventurous: Play around with new ideas and exotic plants that you haven’t thought of or been able to manage in the previously cold UK climate. Olives and bananas are fast becoming a popular crop choice in the changing climate, as are Albizia and Strelitzia flowers. For more exotic plant ideas, check out Climate Change Gardening. You can provide more shade for summer using Pergolas and similar structures, so that the garden can still be enjoyed even when it is too hot to work in. If some plants succumb to recurring droughts or new pests, simply pick a new plant to try and grow. Trial and error is the best way to find what will work best.

Be greener: Start (if you don’t already) to store rain water so when droughts and hose pipe bans occur, you have a natural and sustainable alternative water source. Opt for plants and soils that store carbon. oUse Organic and permeable materials rather than concrete for paving, as concrete causes large amounts of carbon to be emitted into the atmosphere in its manufacture and transport, and offers nothing in return. Deep cultivation of the soil to add organic matter, organic mulching, and growing woody plants all help to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere (and also help the soil absorb and store water). Use of an organic fertiliser product like Maxicrop will protect your plants all year round, as it helps soil to store moisture in dry periods, and also prevents plants from getting ‘wet feet’ (too much water collected around their roots) in periods of heavy and frequent rain.

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Try growing something exotic like this Arum Lily – ‘Green Goddess’

Think ‘sustainable’:  When buying gardening tools and working in the garden, aim to avoid powered tools such as hedge-trimmers and lawnmowers. Use sustainable tools such as shears that can be continuously sharpened and hand propelled mowers. For small lawns, push mowers are a great alternative to powered equipment. For large lawns, opt for a cylinder mower as they use far less fuel than a rotary.

Be flexible and adaptable: Rather than trying to control problems, a more effective method for gardeners is to avoid them. By keeping your garden in a strong and healthy condition all year round, and with an assorted variety of youthful plants, you will help guard against disaster as, if one plant fails, the gap can easily be filled.