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All Greenhouse Sensation Planters, Propagators and Click & Drips are designed and manufactured by us here at our factory in Lancashire, England. We stick to what we're good at, so over the years we've added products to our range designed and made by other manufacturers and some of these are made outside the UK, the British-made products are clearly indicated. All products, whether designed and made by Greenhouse Sensation or by others are extensively trialled in our polytunnels and greenhouses in Lancashire.

 

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A wildlife-rich garden is a real joy and when you help hedgehogs, bees, butterflies, ladybirds and wild birds thrive in your garden they will repay you by pollinating your plants and controlling unwanted pests. Our wildlife garden products have been extensively trialled by wildlife specialists.

Many native species of bee, butterfly and ladybird are sadly under threat, but whether you have a bijou balcony or a huge orchard you can do your bit to help increase their numbers again. To increase pollination attract bees and butterflies with our solitary bee logs, butterfly habitats and feeders, bee houses, wildflower packs and bee food.

Hedgehogs are very efficient at keeping slugs under control. A single hedgehog can eat 80 slugs in one night. Provide visiting hedgehogs with a Luxury Predator Proof Hedgehog Home to attract hedgehogs to your garden and help them to survive.

To keep aphids, red spider mite and thrips at bay attract ladybirds and lacewings with our bee and bug house and attractant food. Our Ladybird and lacewing log even provides a safe, frost free and dry place for these beneficial insects to hibernate.

Our Beepol bumble bee hive makes it easy to benefit from a colony of bees – no bee suits or specialist equipment required. We even send you the bees. It isn’t your imagination, butterfly populations really have declined and many people don’t realise that butterflies are very important pollinators, so we need to ensure their survival for the benefit of our own food supply.

Our butterfly feeder and butterfly house are small enough for a balcony but are equally effective in a large veg garden or orchard. Siting a butterfly house or feeder near your plants will help you to attract butterflies. Butterflies need a good supply of nectar rich flowers, many of which are ideal for containers and window boxes, so even with a tiny balcony you can do your bit to boost the butterfly population.

Birds also need our help and the cabin nester lets you choose which bird species you want to attract thanks to its variable entrance size, and how about providing some extra tasty titbits for you’re your wild bird visitors with this apple feeder.

The Life Cycle of Your Bumble Bee Colony

Beepol Lodge & Colony FAQ

Grow bumper harvests of fresh, tasty herbs with our herb growing kits and herb growing essentials in a few easy steps. Including our Herbgrow Planter designed to keep herbs watered up to 2 weeks at a time.

Our Herb Growing Kits contain everything you need to grow your own herbs all year round and acheive bumper herb harvests. Even if you have an allotment, it's still worth growing a few herb varieties at home as you are more likely to use them as it only takes seconds to snip a few leaves when needed. 

Where to Grow Your Herbs

When choosing which herbs to grow, try to choose varieties which grow well together, e.g. rosemary, thyme and oregano all enjoy a sunny aspect. Herbs will grow great in a container or one of our Herbgrow, Saladgrow or Quadgrow-Plus Salad & veg Planter.

Varieties of Herbs to Grow

Rosemary - This aromatic shrub flowers in spring. A range of varieties are now available bearing flowers of white through to pink or blue. Rosemary has many uses:

  • Adds flavour to eggs, stuffings, dressings, vegetables, lamb and beef
  • Can be used as a pot pouri, as a digestive aid in infusions, as a treatment for eczma and rheumatism in ointments and in shampoo and conditioner for hair

Thyme - As a small leaved shrub, lemon scented and alpine varieties are available. This versatileherb belongs to the same family as Rosemary, Basil, Marjoram, Oregano and Mint. Thyme has a number of uses:

  • Essential in bouquet garni, French & Creole cooling including Cajun, blackened spice and jerk seasoning, also in Middle Eastern dishes
  • Like Rosemary it has been historically been used for a number of ailments including digestive disorders and a number of skin conditions.

Basil - Bearing a mild, ainiseed flavour, basil offers a wide variety of uses. It thrives in a sunny position on a windowsill or patio. Be mindful to protect from harsh midday sunlight though , as this can scorch the leaves a little. Basil can be used for:

  • Pasta dishes, flavouring tomato dishes particularly well as a key ingredient in pesto. Tear leaves on to mozzarella, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with a little black pepper for the perfect starter
  • Often used a tonic to aid digestion and when drunk as a tea may relax and reduce anxiety.

Oregano & Marjoram - Marjoram is a form of Oregano and can be equally used for similar dishes. These herbs are often used for:

  • Tomato sauces or on pizza
  • Combined with garlic, olive oil, thyme and parsley
  • Oregano and Marjoram are popular herbs in French, Greek and Italian dishes

Sweet Bay - A sweetly scented shrub bearing delicate white flowers in late spring, Sweet Bay can be planted in a sunny spot on the patio, growing happily all year round. This can be used in:

  • Flavouring soups, casseroles and meaty dishes
  • Adds a delicate flavour to rice

Parsley - Grows well in a container or in the garden and is versatile and flavourful and is used in a wide variety of dishes and has had a vast number of medicinal uses throughout history.

  • It’s a staple ingredient in Tabouleh, garlic butter, bouquet garni

Chervil - More subtly flavoured than parsley so will not overpower delicately flavoured dishes such as asparagus. An essential ingredient in French cuisine, chervil can be added to salads, used to garnish pork or veal dishes, used in soups and to flavour butters and vegetables.

Chives - In the garden the scent given off from Chives can confuse undesireable insects such as Aphids when planted near susceptible plants such as Roses, thus keeping them at bay. As a member of the onion family, chives have a delicate onion flavour. Excellent for flavouring:

  • Egg dishes, adding to salad, soups and as a handsome garnish.

Taragon - A part of the French ‘Fines Herbes’, Tarragon has a slightly Aniseed flavour. French tarragon has a slightly superior flavour to Russian tarragon and both need protection over the winter. Works exceptionally well with:

  • Chicken & Fish
  • Rice dishes (particularly risotto)
  • Flavouring vinegars

Sowing Your Herb Seeds

Some herb seeds such as Coriander are big enough to handle individual seeds. Place a few in the palm of your hand and place on the surface of the compost at intervals. Gently push them a little way into the compost and knock the side of the pot or tray to redistribute the compost; water in as normal.

Caring for Your Herb Plants

When growing herbs, it’s important to ensure that they are well ventilated especially in moist weather. Ensure that seedlings emerge in a light space and that your final growing space is adequately lit.

Harvesting Your Herbs

Herbs are easy to keep fresh with regular harvesting. Chives, Basil, Coriander & Chervil are easy to freeze, meaning they can be preserved for use during winter months. Aromatic herbs such as Rosemary, Oregano & Thyme are all evergreen and should provide you with a supply of flavour & aroma throughout the year.

Grow bumper harvests of lush salad in a few easy steps with our salad growing kits and essentials. Including our Salad & Veg Planter designed to keep salads watered up to 2 weeks for bigger harvests.

Grow your own salad all year round with our salad growing kits. We love growing our own Salad as it grows very quickly, and if you have a Saladgrow or Quadgrow-Plus Patio Planter you can grow them anywhere, creating your own salad garden, even if you’re short of space.

Salad leaves love to be sown where they are going to grow-one and be harvested – making them perfect for the Saladgrow & Quadgrow-Plus or a large trough. Sow the seeds little and often and cut the leaves rather than pulling up the whole plant and you can have fresh, home-grown salad leaves all year round.

Each variety of salad leaf has a slightly different nutritional value so a combination of leaves helps maintain a healthy balanced diet.

Where to Grow Your Salad

Even if you have an allotment it’s still worth growing a few mixed salad leaves at home as you are more likely to use them as it only takes seconds to snip a few leaves when needed.

Salads can be sown throughout the year for a continued crop. They will grow equally well on the windowsill as in the greenhouse or out on the patio in a light position.

Varieties of Salad to Grow

OurSalad growing kits will get your salad seeds off to a great head start and include everything you need for a bumper salad harvest. There's a wide range of salad varieties for you to choose from.

Loose Leaf – Salad Bowl – all the major suppliers do salad leaf mixes

Lettuce cabbage type or Cos – Little Gem, Winter Density, Tom Thumb, Cassandra, Arctic King

Spinach – Medania, Toscane, LazioF1

Also consider Endive, Rocket, Lambs Lettuce to add dimension to your salad choices.

Sowing Salad Seeds

Salad leaf varieties are best sown either directly into a Saladgrow or Vitogrow or into seed trays. Alternatively you may have seed tape which is a fantastically easy way to grow from seed. These can be laid out on the compost surface and covered with a light covering of compost and water.

Caring for Your Crop

Ensure your salad seeds emerge in a light space and that your final growing space is adequately lit. The biggest threat to young salad leaves in moist weather conditions is grey mould, a fungal disease which can quickly destroy a crop. To avoid this ensure that your Salad is well ventilated and has plenty of access to light.

Harvesting Your Salad

Salad Crops can be harvested a little at a time to provide a continual supply. Lettuce varieties which produce a head such as ‘Little Gem’ or ‘Webbs Wonderful’ can be sown in succession to give a continued harvest.

There is nothing more satisfying or rewarding than growing your own plants from seeds or cuttings. In just a few simple steps you can turn a small pack of seeds or cuttings into beautiful blooms or a delicious harvest of vegetables with our propagation equipment.

Our Award winning Vitopod Propagator delivers even heat distribution through the base, to give your seeds the best start. If growing from cuttings then our Hydropod cuttings propagator is perfect for improving cuttings success rates and producing healthy plants.

Increase the speed and germination success rates of your seeds by creating the perfect grade of compost with our Garden Sieve. Our curved scoop prevents spillages and is made from rust resistant galvanised steel. A seed sowing tamper will remove any air pockets in soil, which would otherwise fill with water and rot the seeds – this really does increase germination success rates.

No need to transplant seedlings when using biodegradeable pot – when seedlings outgrow the coconut pot, simply replant it into a large pots. Remember what varieties of tomato, chillies, beans, peas and other veggies you’ve sown by marking them with plant labels. Seeds last longer when properly stored, so treat yourself to a sturdy powder coated seed storage tin.

GardenPop Tomato, Chilli and Veg kits include everything you need from sowing seeds to harvesting your fruit and veg - ideal for patios and balconies as well as conservatories, polytunnels and greenhouses. Grow your own herbs on your windowsill or balcony with the Naked Herb Kit which includes pots, seeds, compost seed starter discs, plant labels and a step by step guide.