Harrowden Turf is pleased to announce today our support for “The Secret Garden” – a fantastic initiative being undertaken by Leicester’s Hospitals and its partners to create a garden oasis for hospital staff, visitors and partners from the Leicester Hospitals region.

Joining an extensive team including Bowmer and Kirkland and McDermotts as well as a host of volunteers the project is being developed in phases to provide different value in support of a very diverse range of needs.

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Harrowden Turf is pleased to announce the re-opening of our Edinburgh Office from where we trade as Stewarts Turf.

After nine weeks in lockdown the office has re-opened and we look forward to re-establishing business with all of our Scottish customers whether they are landscapers, designers, garden centres, local authorities, sports facilities or just anyone with a garden project.

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It would seem that we have reached the key guide on planting at a very opportune time as garden centres may be opening later this week so if you have been scheduling your “lets build a garden” project week by week we should just about be ready.

Planting – sounds easy. Everything is ready, the hard landscaping is done, the beds are all beautifully raked and you have a clear plan for what’s going where.

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There is a long-standing proverb about proper preparation and how it can make the difference between a good job and an exceptional one. This is as applicable to garden planning as anywhere else. The time you put in now will make a difference.

Soil needs to be a light tilth (weird word), free of stones, clods of earth and raked so roots have a great chance to establish themselves and don’t have to struggle to find their way through the soil. Taking the time to dig in fertilizer, to establish the nutrients your soil needs and to clear debris will pay back.

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With an audit, a plan, a design and construction plan its now all about the structure of the garden with the hard landscaping to be done first.


It’s important to understand what you can do yourself and where some help would be a good idea. Think about the skills you have, the experience you have and the time it will take you to complete the tasks you have planned. More importantly, think about the skills you don’t have and will need to buy in.

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Week 4 Construction Pack

So far – audit, inspiration, design and brief creation. Now – the construction pack. What are you actually going to need to build a garden?

Hence the construction pack:

– topsoil, turf boards, turf, wildflower turf, green roofs, decking, fertilizer,

– gloves, secateurs, loppers, trowel, spade, garden fork, fencing, rake

– hoe, garden hose, watering can, wheelbarrow, seeds or young plants

– compost, mulch, soil-tilling equipment, hard landscaping materials

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So, this is probably the one you have been waiting for. The design one. So, no spoilers – let’s get straight to the homework because it’s all homework now.

It is simple:

Draw a design for your garden! He said like it was the easiest thing in the world.

But we can do this at several levels.

  • For those of you with children the designs can be as simple as a drawing of your garden now,
  • For those with older children the design can be as you would like it to be and
  • For those with children who are confident these designs can be based on real measures and to scale.
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Lets Build A Garden – Week 2 – Inspiration.

Now you have looked at your garden / window box / courtyard and begun to consider what you have / what you have to leave / and what is definitely going – time to think about inspiration….

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Week 1

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is driving all sorts of changes for all of us.

To help those self-isolating, working from home, looking after children or feeling vulnerable “Let’s Build A Garden” is a social media and e-communications campaign designed to encourage the sharing of ideas, the creation of resources and the practice of building a garden whether you do it with your children, your parents or just for you.

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