Get the biggest, best crops!

maxiOnce your tomato seeds have germinated, you’ll have a pot of seedlings that need to be pricked out. Gently lift each seedling and pot it up in its own small pot, burying it quite deeply. The tiny hairs on a tomato seedling’s stem turn into roots if they’re buried, ultimately giving you a plant with a bigger root system. Depending on when you sow, you may need to pot them on once more. When the first flowers appear, move them into their final pots, grow-bags, baskets or borders – with a bit of luck, this will coincide with the last of the frosts! The secret to success with tomatoes is all in the watering and feeding. These are thirsty, hungry plants and the increased yield you’ll get if you water religiously and feed regularly makes it well worth doing.

Grow-bags and pots quickly dry out in the heat of summer when the plants are growing rapidly. It’s important to keep the soil evenly moist so check regularly and water when it’s necessary – in a really hot summer that could be twice a day. It’s especially important that the plants don’t dry out while the fruits are developing. If they  do, the skins could split or the tomatoes might get blossom end rot – black patches at the base of the fruit. About four or five weeks after pricking out, the compost in the individual pots may start to run out of nutrients, so feed if it’s necessary – the telltale sign is leaves that start to yellow. And once the plants are in flower, weekly feeding is a must.

Use a fertiliser formulated for tomatoes with high potassium to promote more flowers and fruit. Mix up the feed following the instructions on the packet and feed once a week or as directed. Maxicrop’s Tomato Fertiliser contains a mineral fertiliser that’s high in potash, but it also contains Maxicrop’s famous seaweed extract, which helps root and leaf development and builds plants’ natural health to help resistance to environmental stresses. If you’re an organic gardener, use Maxicrop Organic Tomato Natural Fertiliser, which has been Get the biggest, best crops!

maxi2approved for organic use by the Soil Association. It’s made from naturally-occuring plant extracts and seaweed to give balanced, healthy nutrition for your toms. If you use a separate fertiliser or feel your plants are lagging behind, use Maxicrop Original as a pick-me-up, applied as a foliar spray or root drench every one to two weeks.

Maxicrop is available from good garden centres. If the Maxicrop product you want isn’t available in your local garden
centre, check the Garden Centre Group website (www.thegardencentregroup.co.uk) for your nearest store (there are over
130 in England and Wales) or you can buy the entre Maxicrop range from http://www.capitalgardens.co.uk

 

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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!

 

 

Keep healthy plants, whatever the weather!

It is no real surprise that most  of the UK is damp and dull despite the summer season being in full swing. People of the UK have slowly nut surely adjusted to the idea that the ‘British Summer’ is characteristically erratic weather wise. But don’t let the weather dampen your spirits, in the true British spirit, get out there and get gardening regardless!

Get a little help from a local source

When the seasons aren’t on your side, encouraging seedlings to grow into healthy and thriving plants can be an uphill battle. That is why more and more people are turning to their local garden centres and plant nurseries for help. Let the experts get the hardest part over with for you, and purchase some ready potted plants. They are value for money, and the experts not only start you off with a healthy specimen for your to grow and maintain, but they can advise you on how to keep them healthy and protect them against the UK seasons.

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Local garden centres have a wide variety of healthy potted plants

Plant shopping tips

  • Make a list of what plants and extras you are looking for, and be sure to check that those plants will do well in your garden before buying them.
  • Smaller plants such as perennials or shrubs are value for money as they will grow quickly once planted out.  Also,  remember young trees  will establish more quickly and strongly than mature trees and are more reliable long term.
  • Perennials and annuals that can be divided up mean you could get two plants for the price of one.
  • Plants bearing the cup symbol of the RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM). These plants have all been rigorously tested for hardiness and pest and disease resistance.

What to look for when buying plants

  • Check the roots. Avoid plants where roots are circling or are so densely packed that no compost is visible.
  • Be sure any flowers match the label images.
  • Check leaves for any signs of pests and disease. Warning signs are holes, discolouration or ragged edges.
  • When buying shrubs and trees find the best-shaped plant and avoid plants with broken stems or branches.
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How to maintain plant health, whatever the weather

  • Water plants only when needed, during dry spells and when the plant begins to show signs of dehydration.
  • Water plants during the early morning or evening to minimise evaporation.
  • Use a natural fertiliser such as Maxicrop to top up the soil nutrients washed away during heavy rain spells as well as promote natural and healthy plant growth.
  • Prune trees and shrubs to remove dead or diseased leaves and branches and promote growth of healthy new ones.
  • Keep pruning tools sharp to avoid ragged cuts, and disinfect them to eliminate disease transfer.

To find out which Maxicrop products are best suited to your plants and to find out more gardening issues that can be helped with the aid of Maxicrop, click here.

Haddon Lake House: One of the Britain’s most picturesque garden projects has more to it than meets the eye…

The beautiful Haddon Lake House is a self build home in a restored historic setting, situated in the Isle of Wight, UK. The unique self build project taken on by landscape designer Phillippa Lambert and her husband, architectural illustrator Steve Lambert, in 2002. Together they have restored the once abandoned area to the two acre lake, picturesque Victorian gardens  and Lake House which can be seen today.

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Phillippa and Steve are extremely proud of their restoration of the Haddon Lake House gardens

The site now attracts many visitors each year and has also had  its fair share of attention from the likes of Channel 4’s Grand Designs who short-listed them for their ‘Eco Architecture Award’, Channel 5’s ‘I Own Britain’s Best Home and Garden!’ with presenter Lawrence Llewellyn Bowen, and various home and garden magazines including Country Living and Ideal Home.

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Phillippa and Steve’s self build lake house overlooks the Haddon Lake

The most recent publication to feature Haddon Lake House is the book ‘Exploring Britain’s Country Gardens’, which features 85 carefully selected gardens from the length and breadth of Britain. Each entry each illustrated with stunning photography and has a detailed description of the garden, including its history, and practical information such as contact details, opening times and facilities.

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Part of the restoration included the installation of a period greenhouse.

Phillippa has stated how she has found Maxicrop to be a saviour when it came to keeping the Haddon Lake House gardens thriving all year round:

“As ever Maxicrop makes the difference.  For instance, the Canna lilies were slow into flower this year because at times they lacked enough hours of sunlight.  I switched to feeding them on your tomato food and they just shot into flower!”

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Thanks to Maxicrop, the Haddon Lake House gardens are thriving all year round.

Worried about the summer 2012 drought? No need to be…

Maxicrop – Helps reduce drought problems

Gardeners and growers could benefit from the unique action of certain seaweed extracts in helping plants cope better in dry conditions.

We believe the main reason that keen gardeners and commercial growers in the UK use Maxicrop seaweed extract is for the stronger, healthier growth that results from its use.

However, it has been shown that Maxicrop can also helps plants cope better with stress – including drought stress. Maxicrop works by improving the efficiency of uptake of water from the soil and by allowing plants to cope better physiologically with drought stress.

Improving the efficiency of uptake of water from the soil

Regular use of Maxicrop increases root mass and rooting depth – from seedlings to mature plants – see images below. The greater the root mass and depth, the greater the potential to take up available water from the soil.

Researchers at the University of Wales recorded a near trebling of root weight with perennial ryegrass after five weeks following use of Maxicrop – they concluded that: “The ability of Maxicrop to improve root development gives the plant a greater potential to increase nutrient uptake. Similarly, under field conditions, an increased resistance to water stress could be expected from a more extensive root system.”

More and deeper plant roots will tend to give better soil structure – allowing rainwater to enter and penetrate the soil better, with less run off.

Allowing plants to cope better physiologically with drought stress

Some naturally occurring substances in seaweed – such as mannitol and betaines – are known to enable plants to cope better physiologically with drought stress.

These substances work as ‘osmoprotectants’ in plants – increasing the ability of the plant cells to maintain an internal cell solute concentration when the external solute concentration is high – enabling plants to function better in drought conditions – see images below.

Will Maxicrop cure a severe drought problem?

Absolutely not! – but it can help the situation as described above, as part of an overall package of measure that gardeners can employ – such as water conservation (water butts, etc.) using dish or bath water, watering early morning or late evening (to reduce evaporation) mulching (to hold moisture) etc.

However, if plants don’t get enough water they will not ‘do’ – Maxicrop will help, but it is not a miracle cure for drought!

Which product and how much?

We recommend mixing 45ml of Maxicrop Original seaweed extract in 9 litres of water (typical watering can full) – this solution can be applied as a root drench or foliar spray every 7 to 14 days (every 7 days in hot, dry weather). Watering cans or knapsack sprayers can be used to apply the solution.

Although positive effects on root growth start to occur after just two applications, it is important to apply regularly to get the best effect.

Applied in this way, a litre bottle of Maxicrop Original (costing £8.29) will be sufficient for a garden of 140 sq.m. (assuming the whole garden is fed for a 3 month period).

Maxicrop Original contains negligible quantities of N P K fertiliser and so tends to be used by gardeners who already use some sort of fertiliser mix. Maxicrop Complete Garden Feed has all the advantages of Maxicrop seaweed with the added benefit of 5:5:5 NPK fertiliser.

The benefits of Maxicrop in normal/non drought situations (better rooting, greener leaves, stronger healthier growth) make it excellent value for money – helping as part of a package of measures to cope with drought conditions is an added benefit.

Image Below- Roots with & without seaweed extract blend treatment

Species Salvia. Top row plants treated with root drench containing seaweed extract blend.

Top row plants in each case treated with root drench containing seaweed extract blend.

Image Below – Plants with & without Maxicrop treatment