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  • Here Comes The Bride...!

    A few tips to consider when planning a wedding reception in a marquee

    Style: A key factor to planning a marquee wedding is the style of marquee you're looking for, there are many styles to choose from. Conventional Style... rectangular marquee houses maximum number of guests in given amount of space, remember occupancy decrease if circular tables are used instead of rectangular tables. Obviously the size of the marquee will increase if a larger guest occupancy is required. Quirky Style... Circular, star canopy or teepees are examples to name but a few. Sometimes more unusual works well particularly if the list is smaller... the event can be given that wedding to remember.

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  • (Sally) Cinnamon...You Are My World!

    Advantages of using Cinnamon in a Polytunnel

    Despite the black title at the top of this article, this has nothing to do with seminal Manchester group, the Stone Roses! Cinnamon is a great aromatic spice that has been used in cooking for thousands of years, with origins dating back to 2700 BC. Cinnamon has been recognised by many over the years to have medicinal benefits. This pungent spice can be found in most supermarkets making it easy to get hold of. So, did you know… cinnamon has also got plenty of benefits in the garden?

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  • Cut, Sew and Grow Strawberries

    Forcing Strawberries in a Polytunnel.

    Strawberries are the home gardeners best friend, from one plant, a life time supply can be grown… this is done by cutting and replanting the runners. Runners are little branches the strawberry plant grows to keep expanding, it is best to cut these off as the plant only has so much energy and the larger it gets, he more energy it needs to use resulting in less fruits. You can replant the runners into a container, and a new plant will grow. Only ever use runners from healthy, disease free plants.

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  • Make Mine A Large One...!!

    Turning your Marquee into a bar??

    It is commonly known that marquees are used for events and parties. A marquee can be used for anything from a wedding to a birthday party, the key thing about making yours stand out is what you do with it.

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  • Looking after Ginger Plants

    Taking care of ginger plants

    Water your ginger well in the early stages of planting. Continue to water or spray your plant’s soil often to keep the soil moist but not soggy. And be patient. Ginger can take several weeks to sprout.

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  • Mango Madness!

    Mango Health Benefits

    Mango is a sweet stoned tropical fruit that has been eaten for thousands of years. Mango trees can grow up to 40m tall and some still produce fruit at the age of 300. Mangos are used in a lot of cuisine whether it be for a chutney, blended into a smoothie or eaten as a fruit.

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  • No Need To Replant...Plants That Regrow Themselves!

    Single Planting Fruit & Veg!

    Does having fresh fruit and vegetables available from the garden sound great? Is having to replant year after year off-putting? Here at Crocodile Trading, we have the solution… Certain plants don’t need replanting and will grow year after year, season after season. We have made a list of 5 different fruits and vegetables for people who only want to plant once.

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  • unwanted guests?

    Weeds in a polytunnel

    Weeds are probably every gardener’s worst nightmare… they can easy overgrow the main crop starving it from its nutrients in the soil. Not only this but will also battle the plant for light meaning that it probably won’t stand a chance at surviving. Weeds needs to be dealt with as soon as possible to prevent them from ruining other plants… plus they will take over in no time at all. Using polytunnels lowers the risks of weeds as it gives plants a protective layer from outside, meaning its harder for seeds to spread. This doesn’t mean its impossible though… seeds can stick to clothing and be brought in that way, also when your ventilating your tunnel seeds can be brought in by the wind.

    Weeding straight after watering is far better and easier than pulling it out of dry soil, light and moist soil significantly enables weeds to be lifted with ease. Removing weeds before they mature is very important, this is because it will impede production of the next generation. A matured plant will develop roots in the soil and will begin to sow its own seeds… creating an army. Remember weeds grow at an alarming rate, meaning that regular checks in the polytunnel are needed. There are parts of a polytunnel weeds can hide… in corners, underneath tables, behind objects etc, its important that everywhere gets checked if you want a weed free tunnel.

    Growing crops fairly close together can also get rid of weed problems, this is because it gives weeds less space to sprout. Although to plant crops too close as you run the risk of them competing for light and nutrients. Make sure any weeds collected are burnt as you run the risk of seeds getting out again. The worst thing to do with weeds is add them to the compost as this will cause them to return.

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  • bugs bugs bugs

    Build a bug hotel

     

    An insect hotel or bug house is something manmade, it encourages insects of all kinds to nest and hibernate over the winter periods. You can build different types of bug hotels to attract various insects. Many insect hotels are used as nest sites by insects including solitary bees and solitary wasps. These insects drag prey to the nest where an egg is deposited. Other insects hotels are specifically designed to allow the insects to hibernate, notable examples include ladybirds and butterflies. Continue reading

  • garlic spray

    Garlic spray keeps the pests away!

     

    There are many insects in the garden that aren’t pests, these insects fight away the pests almost like little tiny guards for plants. When pesticides are used, they not only wipe out pests but also the beneficial insects. Once all the good insects are gone it can throw the garden off balance, meaning it has no natural defence systems. The obvious answer is not to resort to harmful toxins, as there is a much simpler and natural way of dealing with these pests, plus the friendly insects aren’t harmed in the crossfire. Being exposed to pesticides can be harmful, so you probably don’t want to introduce it into the garden, especially if there are pets and children. The answer…homemade garlic spray. Continue reading

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