Greenhouse Sensation Newsletter - May 2014

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Our Gardening Angels are growing an unusual variety of tomato called ‘Voyage’ in a Vivigrow planter this season. We sowed the seeds in mid-February and planted up in the Vivigrow during the middle of March.

The stems are fasciated, which is caused by a genetic mutation in the growing tip. The flowers on the ‘Voyage’ variety are currently developing into tight clusters, the fruit then fuses together to form one large fruit where smaller fruits can be picked off.

Grow Tomatoes in a Vivigrow Planter

The ‘Voyage’ or ‘Journey’ originates from Central America and is classified as an heirloom variety. The cluster of smaller fruit are fused together to make what appears to be one huge tomato. The smaller fruits can be individually picked away from the main fruit, which is how people enjoyed the tomatoes during long journeys or voyages.

"The chilli revolution that will take your stress away!" Grow Your Own Magazine.

Our Chilligrow Planter was put to the test by Grow Your Own magazine - it scored an impressive 14/15. The Chilligrow keeps even the fussiest varieties of chilli plant perfectly fed and watered for up to 10 days at a time, which is why Grow Your Own Magazine loved it so much.

There’s still plenty of time to get your chillies planted out as the weather is warming up nicely. Fingers crossed for loads of sunshine!

Chilligrow Planter Review


Beneficial insects and predators in your garden

Bees, butterflies and ladybirds help gardeners by not only pollinating flowers, but also keeping unwanted pests under control, so that they don’t ravage the fruits of your labour! A wildlife-rich garden is a real joy, and once you attract these beneficial insects and predators to your garden, they will repay you by keeping pests under control.

Adult ladybirds can eat over 4,000 aphids and lay 1,500 eggs in a lifetime, which helps the cycle of natural pest control. It's easy to see how attracting ladybird to your garden can help control pests! 

Bee and Bug Home for Gardens Wildlife Habitats Lacewing and Ladybird Logs

Bees are a super-star pollinator for plants, and are responsible for pollinating one-sixth of the world's flowering plant species! The best way to attract bees to your garden is with a lovely display of different varieties and colours of flowers. We use a wildflower seed pack to produce a wonderful mix of flowers!

Butterflies look gorgeous when fluttering around your garden and they are valuable pollinators! They help to put 10% of our food on the table, but the Butterfly Conservation have shown that three-quarters of British butterflies are in decline due to habitat destruction and changing weather patterns. Providing food for butterflies helps to improve their survival rates, so why not do your bit with a butterfly feeder?

Special Offer - Vitopod Heated Propagator

We thought we would give you a little treat to celebrate all the fab photos we’ve received from our lovely customers of their plants. Order a Vitopod Heated Propagator before Monday 19th May, and we will add seed trays to your order for free. Simply add the Vitopod to your basket and we will send the trays with your order!

Vitopod Heated Electric Propagator


Father’s Day - Sunday 15th June

If you’re struggling to find that perfect pressie for your Dad, have a look at our Father’s Day gifts. There’s plenty of fab and unusual gifts that are perfect for the Father that loves the garden, allotment and veg plot.

Boot Jack Grow Chillies, Tomatoes and More with the Duogrow Planter Keep your Greenhouse Organised with a Greenhouse Caddy



Our Gardening Angels love to hear from you, so give us a call on 0845 602 3774 or drop us an email if you have any questions about anything you are growing. You can also post all your fab photos on our Facebook page - we love to hear how you’re getting on!

The Gardening Angels

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