Water is a precious commodity and it seems we are experiencing the hottest summer since records began!
This is bad news for gardeners trying to keep plants from shrivelling up! Apart from a daily rigorous watering regime what else can we do? Mulching will reduce moisture loss considerably. Ideally, you would have done this earlier in the season, but it can still be done now if you follow this advice. When the sun has moved off the chosen area, soak the beds with water and then apply a mulch such as Strulch Garden Mulch. Water it in to let it settle. The Strulch keeps moisture in the soil as it reduces evaporation.
Strulch- The Yorkshire Gardening brand visits the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden at The Chelsea Flower Show 2018.
Geoff and I, the makers of Strulch Garden Mulch, visited the Chelsea Flower Show specifically to see The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden. It is a magnificent garden that looked like it has been there for years! An excellent design that truly represents the Yorkshire countryside and was perfectly executed too. Congratulations to Mark Gregory who designed this rural image of our county. I am not surprised that the RHS judges gave it a Gold Award! It was also best liked by the BBC audience who voted overwhelmingly to award The BBC People’s choice award to The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden.
Over the years we have received lots of feedback about the benefits of using Strulch Mulch - some of them not so obvious.
A customer sent me this charming picture of eggs nestled in Strulch. An unintended consequence of using Strulch Garden Mulch but very appropriate for Easter. I know birds also use Strulch in their nests as I have seen the evidence when they are abandoned later in the season. Birds are adept at making use of materials that are available to them. Mulching with Strulch encourages earth worms near to the surface of the soil which is great for keeping soils friable but also an excellent source of food for the young.
Here in Yorkshire the garden has been slow to wake up and today we have had another coating of snow! A friend joked that his village had been twinned with Narnia!
The wintry weather has led to stop start gardening outside but has provided an opportunity to reflect on what to grow in our raised vegetable beds. As it is a relatively small space I like to grow my favourite crops that I use regularly in my cooking, and which cost a bit more in the shops. I particularly love shallots as they are so easy to grow and to store. Tender herbs are another favourite along with mange tout, silver beet and dwarf french beans. When they are estabished I give them a good mulch which cuts down on the need to water in dry spells.
Beast from the East or Pest from the West?
The bad weather has certainly delayed Spring in Yorkshire! Today has been much warmer and tempted us to get into the garden. Geoff has topped up the Strulch, protecting new shoots from slugs and preventing weed germination at the same time.
Gardening is very satisfying but it is also a big investment. We started our current garden from scratch in 2014 adding many new plants. This picture from May last year shows our success at growing delphiniums and lupins which slugs love to devour! Mulching is a good investment but not everyone appreciates the benefits.
In a recent article on the Daily Telegraph, their Chief Political Correspondent, Christopher Hope, shared how a report from the Conservative Environment Network recommended gardening needs to be put at the heart of Government Policymaking. The report which is backed by the Prime Minister Teresa May, is also supported by us here at Strulch.