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Add some flavour to your garden with our Chelsea edibles

With an emphasis on wellbeing, this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show is highlighting the benefits of growing for goodness and the ways our gardens can benefit mind, body and soul. There’s never been a better time to get your garden working hard to fill those dinner plates, and we love the satisfaction of stepping outside to harvest the fruits (or veg!) of our labour.

The humble homegrown veg has appeared in several of the show’s gardens and displays so far this week, inspiring gardeners of all ages to grow their own goodness. Tom Dixon and IKEA have teamed up to bring grow-your-own to the heart of city living in their ‘Gardening Will Save the World Garden’.

This attention-grabbing garden explores traditional methods of planting, alongside more futuristic growing systems. We love the displays of crates planted full of edible plants, grown to maximise yield from a small space. Intent on inspiring a new generation of gardeners to give growing their own a go, this urban garden highlights that when it comes to growing, it’s not about plot size.

We’re proud to see our very Lettuce Drunken Woman (from Rob Smiths’ range of Heritage Veg) and the beautiful Chard Bright Lights featured at the show too, and we’re passionate about championing the advantages of an edible garden that’s literally good enough to eat!

We’ve put together two veg collections to help fill your veg patch (or get you started), so you can save on a selection of our best-loved veg.  Choose from 3 potted plants for only £6 or save on brassica super plugs at just £6 per pack. Whichever you go for, Chelsea’s a great excuse to save on some of our most popular veg plants and plugs!

Four raised beds filled with vegetables and herbs in Summer 2013

June Vegetable Garden

With the 21st June being the longest day this is a month of wonderfully long daylight hours, warmth and sunshine. Ideal conditions for plants to grow strongly. The flower garden will now be at its most colourful but it’s the June vegetable garden on which we will concentrate here.

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Vegetables for Chickens – What to Grow

Vegetables for Chickens – what can you grow for them to enjoy?
Gardens and allotments are the home to a great many chickens and they will certainly enjoy and benefit from having vegetables added to their menu.
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Autumn Garlic

Planting autumn garlic will provide you with an early crop next year. A member of the onion family garlic, is a staple of the Mediterranean and Asian diets and many consider it to be a super food. Full of vitamins and minerals, garlic is a powerful natural antibiotic and is thought to protect against colds and flus. Of course it also wards off vampires and Scottish midges!

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Recipes for a Cucumber Glut

Judging from customer feedback and the fact that my own plants are groaning under the weight of fruit, this seems to be the year of the cucumber glut. One of the healthiest of foods this low calorie food is packed with vitamins and is high in antioxidants. Being made from 95% water cucumbers are also a great hydrator on a hot day. Hence “She’s/He’s as cool as a cucumber.”

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