January and February are often the wettest and coldest months of the year and there are few of us who feel inclined to venture out into the garden, so why not stay indoors and Prepare you Garden for Spring with the help of Tesco.com.
Tesco have a large range of plants, seeds and bulbs which you can order now to plant out when the weather improves.
Their plants range from shrubs such as Hydrangea, hanging basket plug plants including Begonia and Geranium and the amazing Foxglove ‘Illumination Pink’ winner of Chelsea Flower Show RHS Plant of the Year 2012.
Not many people can resist the smell of Sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus) so take a look at the range of seeds from Tesco which consists of many varieties in a rainbow of colours; including my personal favourite Matucana. They also have a number of wild flower seed such as Tansy, Cornflowers and Sweet Violet.
For the keen kitchen gardener or allotment holder you can buy your seed potatoes now and begin chitting them in a shed or cool conservatory. If you have a propagator you can also begin sowing seeds such as tomatoes, salad crops and brassicas and it won’t be long before you can sow your autumn crops outside to provide you with vegetables such as sprouts, pumpkins and parsnips; the list is practically endless.
Many of the seeds available are from the Alan Titchmarsh Collection so you know they’ll be good and you also shouldn’t forget your summer flowering bulbs such as Lilies, Begonias and Gladiolus.Although you can start off your seed potatoes in a shed or germinate your seeds in a propagator or on a windowsill there is nothing better than owning your own greenhouse. Some crops just don’t do well outdoors in our cooler climate but will thrive in a well ventilated greenhouse; try different varieties of tomato, or grow your own Chillies and Peppers.
Your greenhouse can also be used successfully to overwinter delicate plants such as Citrus or Scented Geraniums and you can get a jump start on the growing season by sowing your seed a month or more earlier than usual and germinating them in the greenhouse. And at the end of the season you can propagate your own plants and bring them on over the winter without worrying about the frost getting to them.
Tesco Direct are currently offering up to 1000 extra Clubcard Points when you buy any greenhouse*. You can choose from aluminium, steel or wooden frames in sizes from the smallest mini lean-to up to a massive 14x8ft; plenty of room to grow everything you need for the season to come.
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