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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Week 4 Construction
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
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
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
- For those with children who are confident these designs can be based on
real measures and to scale.
Lets Build A Garden – Week 2 – Inspiration.
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….
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.
Wondering how to make your garden (or roof garden) more environmentally friendly? In this article, we’re looking at the different ways that wildflowers are important to the environment and how you can incorporate them into your own outdoor space.