Seven tips to keep hanging baskets blooming all summer
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by Suttons Horticultural Team
6d ago
With a little care and attention, it’s possible to keep your hanging baskets blooming all summer. Here are some top tips from our horticultural team to help you enjoy a fabulous, long-lasting display. Check your hanging baskets every day and water if required. This is vital if you want big, healthy baskets filled with flowers. Water early in the morning to help your plants cope with the stress of very hot days. In a heatwave, you may need to water again in the evening. Remember that wind can dry them out, as well as sun. If the flowers in your baskets wilt, the roots will also shrivel making ..read more
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How to plant hanging baskets
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by Sophie Essex
1w ago
Here are some expert planting tips that take a normal hanging basket to the next level. Whether you want to smarten up a rental property or lift a house front, bigger is always better when it comes to baskets. For maximum kerb appeal, be sure to add a range of different heights along with some trailing plants for a luxurious cascade. Browse our huge selection of quality hanging basket plants before learning how to plant baskets like a pro…  What kind of soil should you use in hanging baskets? Good quality compost feeds your plants through the summer Image: Black Easy Fill Basket from Sutt ..read more
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How to care for house plants
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by Sophie Essex
1w ago
To keep your house plants healthy, you’ll need to get the environmental conditions right. That means providing the correct temperature, ventilation, humidity and light levels. In this guide, we explain how to care for your house plants, including advice on watering, feeding, repotting and pest control.  House plants are an easy way to add colour, structure, texture and a gentle, natural scent to your home. Think exotic orchids and gardenias for scented blooms, succulents for striking structural leaves and lush ferns and monstera for tropical foliage. Browse our collection of house plants ..read more
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How to grow sweet peppers
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by Lee Senior
1M ago
Sweet peppers are relatively easy to grow from seed and you don’t necessarily need a greenhouse to produce a successful crop. In fact you can grow them in a container on a sunny patio or in a warm conservatory. We asked experienced allotment grower Lee Senior for his advice on growing sweet peppers at home. Here are his top tips. Browse our full range of sweet pepper seeds for inspiration. How to choose the best sweet pepper variety to grow  Whether you have a small veg patch, a couple of patio containers, or an allotment like me, there are lots of sweet pepper varieties from which to cho ..read more
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How to garden for climate change
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by Kim Stoddart
1M ago
What should a garden look like? Although natural-style planting features regularly at flower shows like RHS Chelsea, there’s still an ingrained perception that our outside spaces should have meticulously trimmed lawns, uniformly pruned shrubs, symmetrical flower beds and neat rows of vegetables.  But the problem with this approach, says author Kim Stoddart, is that it leaves your garden vulnerable to the elements and makes plants more needy of year-round attention. Here are her top tips to help improve your garden’s natural resilience… Biodiversity is a different kind of beauty Cottage ga ..read more
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Growing food to share: 4 quick tips
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by Kim Stoddart
1M ago
Saving money by growing your own food is a great way to stretch your budget and, if you can, it’s always worth producing a little extra to give to friends and neighbours. The idea of bartering, swapsies and shares has long been a fundamental part of allotment-style growing. Whether it’s a few surplus vegetable plants left on a friend’s doorstep, or some freshly-picked fruit and veg for an elderly neighbour to enjoy, gardening writer Kim Stoddart has come up with four easy ideas for caring and sharing… 1. Sow extra trays of easy, fast-cropping plants Fast-growing and delicious, these salad leav ..read more
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Seed sowing problems: what did I do wrong?
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by Suttons Horticultural Team
1M ago
Growing your own flower and veg from seed is very rewarding, so it’s frustrating when things don’t go to plan. From failure to germinate to scraggly seedlings, here are some of the main ways that seed sowing can go wrong – and how to mitigate them. Browse our full range of flower seeds for a colourful display and check out our vegetable seeds if you like to grow your own. Why haven’t my seeds germinated? Colourful begonias like ‘Devon Mix’ can be grown from tiny seeds Image: Begonia F1 Devon Gems Mix – Supaseeds from Suttons For successful germination, seeds need the correct levels of light, w ..read more
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Ultimate guide to plug plants
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by Sophie Essex
1M ago
Plug plants save time, space and money. They’re an economical back-up plan for failed sowings and guarantee a result for things that can be tricky to germinate at home. They also represent excellent value when compared to larger potted plants. If you want to start your flowers, herbs and vegetable plants from a mixture of different sized plugs, here are our top tips to help you achieve the very best results.  Browse our collection of bedding plug plants to get started. What is a plug plant? Plug plants are a quick and easy way to grow flowers and veg Image: Suttons (©Branded Garden Produc ..read more
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Best expert advice on growing broccoli
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by Suttons Horticultural Team
1M ago
Broccoli is one of the most nutritious and versatile vegetables you can grow, and there’s a wealth of independent online advice to help you succeed. Here, we’ve brought together our favourite video tutorials, expert articles and Instagram posts to help you harvest delicious homegrown broccoli almost all year round.  Whether you prefer to sow your own broccoli seeds or order broccoli plants, these expert tips will help you produce a plentiful crop that’s so much tastier than anything you can buy in the supermarket. This article was reviewed by the Suttons horticultural team and updated on ..read more
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How to grow carrots
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by Lee Senior
2M ago
Sowing and growing carrot seeds is a quick and easy way to produce a healthy crop of delicious roots. The most important part of the process is preparing the soil. We asked experienced allotment grower Lee Senior for his top tips on how to grow long straight carrots while deterring the dreaded pest – carrot fly. Here’s his tried-and-tested advice.  Browse our full range of carrot seeds for inspiration. Choosing the best carrot variety to grow I enjoy growing early and out of season crops where possible. My go-to choice for early sowings is Carrot ‘Amsterdam Forcing 3’. As the name implies ..read more
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