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Help From Helen: Planters

Hello and welcome to Help from Helen on a very rainy wintery day. I've got something wonderful to show you this week. We have been busy over winter with our new wonderfully handmade wooden planters, that come in a seven different designs, shapes and sizes, all guaranteed to be a great addition to your garden, balcony, or yard!

The planters already come with drainage holes at the base. The design of all of our planers means that they are unique and so really the planting design is left up to you.

The one I show you in the video is great, as it’s got some real height to it. I have some really nice ideas of the types of plants you could put in, for example, Thyme plants that you can put in to start building your own herb garden, or you might want something taller maybe like a, or even something that trails and hangs down from the planter. All I can guarantee would be a fine addition to your outdoor space! So, we have a generous range of planters that are available from our website:

Lavenderworld.co.uk and thesecretgardeningclub.co.uk. They range from £27.99 all the way to £39.99. Check them out!

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Tulip Bulb Planting

Help From Helen: Sprouting Tulip Bulbs ready for Spring

Hello and welcome to Help from Helen. It's a little bit cold and miserable outside, and it's going to get frosty and snowy later in the week so I thought I'd turn our attention indoors.

We've got a fantastic range of tulip bulbs ready to flower for spring at the Secret Gardening Club, and they can be planted indoors or outdoors. Don't worry too much if you've missed planting new tulip bulbs in Autumn, because they're versatile. You can plant them in the ground or in pots now and you'll just get a later flower, as they don't mind that too much.

At the Secret Gardening Club, we have some that are starting to sprout out, ready for flowering. They will arrive in small 9cm pots, so I will be showing you how to put them in to a new larger pot, so you can have them indoors for a splash of colour.

The tulip bulbs from our website come with about three bulbs per pot, often more! We have a huge variety of tulips on offer, including Tulip 'Apeldoorn' -Potted Bulb-. I’ll be using about a litre and a half pot to plant these bulbs, I wouldn’t recommend anything less.

I am going to have these beautiful Tulips indoors, as I want a splash of colure for the house. You will want a saucer to place under your pot if you are keeping it indoors too, to assist with the drainage hole at the bottom.

I'm also going to be adding our Root Rocks to help with the drainage. I recommend putting about three in the bottom for this size pot (1.5 Litre) and then just top it off with a bit of soil, so they are nicely covered.

We are using our Lavender Mix Compost, which is great as it's multipurpose. It offers fantastic drainage to the soil and this is what the Tulips will want. The Lavender Mix Compost does come dry, so you will want to moisten this off a little bit to begin with so the Tulips are not going straight into dry soil.

The Tulip bulbs are already growing so we don't need to plant them as deep as you normally would if they were just bulbs. When planting your sprouting Tulip Bulbs, you want to create indentions in the soil. I will be making three indentations for my bulbs so they sit nicely spaced out.

When taking the pot away from the bulbs, gently tease them out a little bit. As they Come apart, you may get an extra one or two bulbs. As you tease them out of the pot, don't worry if you lose all the soil, just spread them out a little bit. If you don't want to rip the bulbs completely apart, just spread them apart a little bit and they can go in just as they are.

As you have now placed the sprouting Tulip bulbs in your pot, you do not want to completely cover them up. You want them to slightly poke through, so make sure they haven’t been buried too deep.

If the soil's quite dry, give them good water. You might want to give some plant feed to your newly planted Tulip bulbs to encourage strong growth and good floweing. When picking a position in the house to put them, make sure it’s a nice sunny position, like a south facing window sill. If you do want to pop them outside, bear in mind that it is still very cold outside for their sprouting stems, so I would leave it at least another four week, looking ahead into March at the weather to pick your moment.

To find out more about our products, know how’s and top tips, check out our website: www.secretgardeningclub.co.uk today.

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Helen

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Wild Sack

Help From Helen: Wildlife Sack

Hello and welcome to another Help From Helen. Today we're going to be showing you our Wildlife Sack. This is great for all the family and allows the kids to be outside having fun during lockdown. Let's dive inside our sack and see what we have. There are plenty of treats inside out Wildlife Sacks for the birds band other wildlife you find in your garden. 

Let’s see what we will find!

There is Hedgehog food, so you can sprinkle the food just before dusk and then you can hide inside by looking out the window to watch them come and nibble.

There is also some Wild Bird seed. This can be sprinkled in all sorts of places. You can put them in bird feeders and on the ground, along walls or on tables. Wherever you see them in your garden. Birds of all species often feed at different heights, so will prefer nibbling the food in different places, so keep an eye out!

We also have some Squirrel food! Those little rascals are always fun to watch in your garden. You can pop these almost anywhere you like really. Maybe try to put them on higher ground, or all around the base of trees as this will help them out a little bit.

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about the bees! Our Bee nesting/hiving tubes can be placed in almost all sorts of places, such as our wooden handmade nesting box: https://www.secretgardeningclub.co.uk/products/wild-garden-box?variant=37581459194024

We also throw in some lovely wild flower seeds to spruce up your garden for all the local wildlife, to make it a real haven for them this summer.

These goodies for your local wildlife, now come in a lovely traditional hessian sack which is so useful for all sorts of bits and bobs around the garden and house.

For just £29.99, you get everything in the Hessian sack, and for an extra £10, you can also purchase a bird nesting cabin. The cabin is perfect in keeping the birds all nice and cosy during the winter. Buy throwing in the Bird nesting cabin, you can get all of this for just £39.99!

However, that is not all! We also have a fabulous bird nesting box, handmade by us out of timber that allows you to create a small bee hive for wild bees, a bug B&B plus so much more! Check out the video to see how to use it.

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Mud Mate

 

Help From Helen: The Mud Mate

Hello and welcome to another Help From Helen. This week, I have been out in the garden and, I don’t know about you, but its either been rock hard from the frost or so damp and miserable in clumpy mud. However, if its been the latter, you will have the same problem as me, MUDDY BOOTS!

So, wherever you’ve been, whether it’s down to he allotment or a country walk and you need to get back in the car, or you have been in the garden and don’t want to trail mud around the house, it’s one of those small annoying problems…until now!

We have one of the latest little gadgets on the market to help you keep your boots, car and house all FREE from mud. It is called, Mud Mate.

To use it, all you need is any well-known branded plastic disposable bottle. It comes with an attached screw nozzle head, and you just simply screw it on to the bottle like you would with the lid. As well as adding water to the bottle, you may want to put a squirt of washing up liquid too.

So, when using it, you don’t need to squeeze too hard, it comes out itself once tipped downwards. In a nice scrubbing motion, you soon see the mud dripping off as the brushes do their job. Within ten seconds, you can start to see the difference. No more messing about with the hosepipe or forgetting a plastic carrier bag for the car. You can get your boots cleaned instantly with the Mud Mate. The Mud Mate will clean each boot in less than ten seconds.

The Mud Mate’s use doesn’t just start and end with your boots. You can also use them on, well, anything! Your garden tools, pots, window sills even! They are also incredibly environmentally friendly, as they give a new lease of life to your disposable plastic bottles.

Make sure you check out the video for a full demonstration on how to use the Mud Mate in action.

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Helen

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