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AUG
21

Wild Blackberry Kiss Cocktail

Wild Blackberry Kiss Cocktail
Well, as Helen won our last inter office cocktail competition with her Lavender and Lemon Cooler; we thought we would make the most of her whilst her boastful head still fits in the office.  We sent her to make the most of the autumn gathering / scrumping season whilst it is at it’s most “fruitful’! (only from hedgerow’s my we add and not neighbors garden’s as the true definition suggests!). I have come up with this beauty; making use of my favorite berry the Wild British Blackberry, don’t go to your local supermarket, get yourself out for a walk and you...
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JUL
31

How to Take Rose Cuttings

How to Take Rose Cuttings
How to make take cuttings from Roses… One of the nations favorite plant’s, the rose is a great way to add crazy colour and sultry scent to your garden.  Why not try getting a sense of accomplishment by growing some from a cutting on an existing plant.  Here is our 4 steps to propagating roses from cuttings: Pick which rose you would like more of .  Choose a long and healthy stem, which has grown this season. Take a cutting by cutting to a length of 25cm long, cut above a bud at the top and below a bud at...
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JUL
29

Luscious Lavender & Lemon Cooler Cocktail

Luscious Lavender & Lemon Cooler Cocktail
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Here at Quality Garden Supplies we love all things British and this Friday we got a little bit of that Friday Feeling.  To make the most and celebrate the wonderful weekend weather we challenged ourselves to make an inventive Summer Cooler Cocktail using key ingredients’ from our own gardens.  The one we all loved the most would be posted here on our blog.   And so our winner is… Luscious Lavender & Lemon Cooler Cocktail Ingredients: 60ml Gin 40ml Lemon Juice 40ml Lavender Syrup Soda water or tonic water (which ever you prefer, we used soda) Ice Beautiful Cocktail Glass...
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MAY
07

The 5 Step Garden Makeover

How To Give Your Garden a Makeover The weather is just starting to get out nice enough for us to enjoy a bit of time in the great outdoors. If your garden has suffered a little over the winter and needs a bit (or a lot) or TLC, don’t worry! We are here with some easy steps to help you get your outdoor space in order. Step 1: Tackle The Borders and Flowerbeds Chances are you have a couple of unwelcome weeds that have crept in. If you haven’t already attacked them, start now, ensuring you get the roots by...
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MAR
01

Lawn Calendar

A year in the life of a lawn.  Here is a bit of guidence to help you care for your lawn and grass throughout the year, season by season.  This calendar will help you to get your lawn looking great all year round.  Early Spring   (February - March) It's time for some corrective work right now, repairing edges, rolling and applying moss killer or racking moss.  If you lawn is waterlooged or frosty however then you should wait or you will risk harming the lawn.    March    Start mowing your grass as soon as it begins to grow....
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FEB
21

Things to see & do in March

Things to see & do in March
Things to see & do in March With St David's Day falling on the 1st of the month, Save a Spider Day on the 14th (yes you read that correctly!), St Patricks day of the 17th, Easter , Ash Wednesday and not to mention the first day of Spring , March surely is the month to get excited about.  Put down that comfort food, adorn those old faithful garden wellies and get out there! Take a deep breathe of fresh air, go on, breathe in and enjoy it. There is so much to see and do outdoors in right now,...
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FEB
12

February...Spring is on it's way...I promise!

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Well we have done it!  We have made it through the bleak, long and dark month of Janaury.  The month we all dread so much. The month that follows the colourful and coziness of the Christmas season.  So yes, we have done.  Now we are through with the Janaury diets and the motivattion to give up booze we can start to think about being normal again and gaining some motivation to get out and start to think about our gardens.  Signs of Snowdrops have started to peer through the somewhat soggy and still a little snowy in places ground so...
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AUG
30

Our Turing's Sunflower

Back in the early spring we had a lovely phone call from Stephen at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry.  As part of their exciting nationwide project Turing's Sunflower; where they are calling on people throughout the UK to grow a sunflower and in the Autumn be part of a national head count.

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AUG
08

August

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August is here at last, the time of year where we can enjoy the garden, it is on show the most and where we see all of the past year's hard work pay off, blooming into a mass of lush colour, scent and fruit.  There are still jobs to be done however (in-between alfresco dining and Gin & Tonic's of course!) to keep the garden looking at it's best. Borders and Plants ; any borders or plants that have not achieved their full potential, where colours schemes have not worked, plants that have not taken as well as expected can...
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