Few things in the garden are as rewarding as growing and eating your own produce. With some forward planning and our expert tips, you can keep your kitchen supplied well into the Autumn.
Once the late frosts finish, seedlings that have been started indoors can be taken outside. Do it gradually though, so their growth isn’t stunted by the sudden change in temperature. Harden them off by taking them out during the day only until the nights are more temperate (a couple of weeks is usually enough). Prepare your soil or pots for planting by adding a good quality multi-purpose compost or well-rotted compost if planting into the ground. If you are planting into pots, make sure they are big enough to accommodate the plant at its maximum size. After planting, water in and water and feed regularly. Most fruit and veg require full sun to do well, but there are a few exceptions, such as lettuce.
Mix it up!
If you are planting fruit and veg in the ground, why not mix them amongst your flower beds? Swiss chard can be beautifully colourful in borders, and squashes can look great climbing up a fence. Lettuce can also look great amongst flowers.
A word on watering…
Plants in containers require plenty of water, especially fruiting plants such as tomatoes and pumpkins. Plants in the ground require less watering, but you still need to be generous in order to get good crops.
Some of our favourite things to grow
Salad leaves are great for beginners, with rocket and spinach being particularly popular and easy. Although a packet can contain up to a thousand seeds, don’t sow them all at once. Instead sow in succession every 2/3 weeks so you have a continual supply to see you through the summer months. Beetroot is another popular choice amongst our customers. We stock seeds of colourful varieties that you don’t see often in supermarkets. For something different, try Chamomile. The daisy-like flowers can be used to make a relaxing tea or a cooling compress on irritated skin.
plants and gardening can be a natural part
of your city life.
some enjoy of good dousing of water, and others will only bloom given full sun.
Some have thorns, some climb by tendrils, and others creep or trail along the
ground. You’d be surprised at the selection offered at N1.
Louise Alhadeff, outdoor plant director at N1 and W6 and her team of plant specialists, work in close collaboration with selected nurseries to ensure the quality of all plants. To make sure our customers get the quality they’ve come to expect, every plant delivery is checked upon arrival.
plants can be an essential part of urban life.
In the indoor sections of N1 Garden Centre you will also find on-trend home accessories, pots and furniture. All items are handpicked by Paul, and selected from across the globe.
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FOUNDER AND CHAIRMANBeryl is widely recognised as an inspirational force within the garden centre industry. Through N1 and W6, she has been able to bring her two passions, gardening and business, together.
CREATIVE DIRECTORFullfilling his dream to bring exciting plants to urban dwellers, Paul combines his great passion for indoor plants and on-trend home accessories with a degree in horticulture.
OUTDOOR PLANT MANAGERAlthough Louise runs W6 Garden Centre, she still works closely with carefully chosen nurseries to ensure the quality of all our outdoor plants.