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Water warning after Britain basks in warmest winter day ever- Using Strulch Garden Mulch Can Help

Strulch Garden Mulch used to keep moisture around plant roots.

 

 

Gardeners told to fill their water butts and prepare for a scorching summer that could rival 1976

Sarah Knapton The daily Telegraph today is predicting a hot summer as the last time we had warm conditions in February was in 1976 when we had a scorching summer. I remember it well as we were growing runner beans on a very small plot. We used spent bath water on them as there was a hose pipe ban! Here is the article but I liked the tips that they supplied,

' How to Make the Most of a dry spell-

1. Apply a layer of mulch to insulate plant roots againsy colder nights 2,Wrap horicultural fleece around early blooms 3.Bring early blooming pot plants into the house on frosty nights 4.Consider covering green houses so that saplings don't get too much sunshine 5.Plant cabbage. carrots and  lettuce seeds to benefit from an early harvest.

BRITAIN recorded its warmest winter day ever yesterday as temperatures tipped over 69F (20C) in Wales, the Met Office confirmed.

The mercury at Trawsgoed in Ceredigion, west Wales, reached 69.08F (20.6C), which had earlier set a new record of 68.5F (20.3C) for the warmest February day since ­meteorologists started monitoring temperatures. The Met Office said three sites exceeded 20C, and some places had around 10 hours of sunshine. Gardeners were encouraged to get vegetables into the ground so they could enjoy an early harvest in June, rather than waiting until late July.

But Monty Don, the gardening expert and presenter, warned gardeners to start filling up water butts because the weather was giving all the signs that an unusually hot summer was approaching. “The last time I remember a spell of February weather like this was in 1976,” he said. “If we are going to have a summer like that one, start storing your rainwater now.”

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) warned that delicate trees such as magnolia, and plants like camellias and hydrangeas, could become “nipped and scorched” if caught by frosts when they had just come into bloom. And those growing saplings in greenhouses were warned to cover the glass and open windows in the day to avoid the large temperature fluctuations of unusually hot days and chilly winter nights.

Guy Barter, chief horticulturist at the RHS, said: “This week is going to be a bit of a wake-up call for gardeners, particularly as it looks like this hot snap will be replaced by wet and windy weather which could leave plants that have just started to bloom at their most vulnerable. One thing saplings in greenhouses hate is fluctuating temperatures … so it’s a good idea to cover the plants in one or two layers of felt. And if you’ve got potted plants like camellias, it’s worth taking them inside at night.”

The premature hot spell has seen a host of early reports of brimstone butterflies and bumblebees. Yesterday’s high beat the previous record of 67.4F (19.7C) in Greenwich in 1998.

Much of Britain received less than half of its typical rainfall in January, leading to fears of drought in the summer because reservoirs have not refilled sufficiently.

Janet Manning, water management specialist at the RHS, said: “Thinking about what you can do in your garden now to help see your plot through a dry summer is advisable. Gardeners can consider trialling Mediterranean varieties such as rock rose and rosemary which can withstand drier summers better than some traditional options.”

 

MULCHING IS A MUST

As suggested mulching is one of the key benefits for protecting roots from cold but most importantly for retaining mositure around plants in dry spells. Water evaporation is greatly reduced when you do water too. Strulch Garden Mulch was develoiped with this in mind and the benefits to plant hesalth have been mentioned by many professional gardeners over the years. Our latest advatorial in the RHS The Garden Magazine March edition, contains direct quotations from The Trials Officer at RHS Wisley,from the Head Gardener at The Alnwick Garden and from a Garden Consultant. Early Spring is a great time to mulch before the germination of weed seedlings. The good weather will encourage them too so get mulching.

 

 

 

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Strulch Garden Mulch keeps moisture in the soil.

Strulch Garden Mulch will keep mositure in the soil

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.

 

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Strulch- The Yorkshire Gardening brand visits the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden at The Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Strulch Garden MUlch at The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden at The Chelsea Flower Show

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.

 

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Using Strulch Garden Mulch and Attracting Birds to Your Garden

A nest of eggs made from Strulch Garden Mulch

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.

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Alice Bowe’s article in The Times recommends Strulch garden mulch to make winter flowers last longer.

Spring gardening, protect lupins and delphiniums from slug damage with strulch garden mulch

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.

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