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Fertiliser change saves £4,500 a year

Fertiliser change saves £4,500 a year

28 July 2014

Placing fertiliser onto beds of outdoor flowering gladioli at the planting stage as opposed to broadcasting, is saving a Lincolnshire grower an estimated £4,500 a year by reducing fertiliser usage and the cost of application in a separate pass.

Sunflower sales bloom

Sunflower sales bloom

28 July 2014

This summer's fine weather has led to a bumper crop of sunflowers in Lincolnshire, with one supermarket giant reporting sales up by 288 per cent.

Bishop Burton walled garden re-opens

Bishop Burton walled garden re-opens

28 July 2014

The redesign of Bishop Burton College's walled garden has been opened to the public for the first time since work on the project started in 2012.

Supplier calls for artificial turf regulatory body

Supplier calls for artificial turf regulatory body

28 July 2014

Paxman Landscapes managing director Justin Paxman says the artificial turf market needs to be regulated.


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UK Grower Awards

Call for entries as UK Grower Awards 2015 contest launches

Call for entries as UK Grower Awards 2015 contest launches

25 July 2014

New categories for UK Grower Awards 2015 offer even more opportunities to highlight strengths to potential customers.


Garden Retail Top 100

Top 100 profile - Coolings

Top 100 profile - Coolings

Now operating across two sites in Kent, Coolings has built a reputation as a successful family business, won multiple awards and achieved a high rank in the Garden Retail Top 100, Matthew Appleby reports.

Plant Focus


These ideal water garden plants offer summer colour and year-round ground cover, says Bethan Norris.


Pest and disease factsheets


Key facts to help you protect your crops from pests and diseases


What Kit?

Find and compare landscape & amenity equipment.

What kit? - Find and compare landscape & amenity equipment

Explore Horticulture Week

Reviewed - Tractor-mounted mowers How will new models cope with time pressure and the demand for a quality finish? Sally Drury finds out.

Eucryphia Grown for their abundant and showy white or pink flowers, these trees are great companion plants for varieties that love acid soil, says Bethan Norris.

Edibles crop protection: Control headache What help is available for growers to cope with increasing complexity and a shrinking pool of chemicals in pest and disease control? Sally Drury investigates.

Apprenticeships: Employers in charge Major Government changes to apprenticeships put employers in the driving seat. Is horticulture ready? Jez Abbott finds out.

Grow your own - Back on track Weather conditions have led to a more steady sales season for fruit and vegetable products and suppliers are lining up new varieties for 2015, Matthew Appleby reports.

Pest & Disease Management - Spider mites The glasshouse red spider mite, also known as the two-spotted spider mite, is a troublesome pest of both protected and outdoor ornamentals.


Plant Pests and Disease Identification Training Day

  • PlantNetwork
  • Date: Thu 31 Jul 2014 - Thu 31 Jul 2014
  • Venue: Woking, UK

National Cut Flower Centre Open Day

  • HDC
  • Date: Wed 06 Aug 2014 - Wed 06 Aug 2014
  • Venue: E M Cole Farms Ltd, Small Drove Lane, West Pinchbeck, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 3NL - then National Cut Flower Centre, Rookery Farm, Joys Bank, Holbeach St Johns, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE12 8SG

Prognosfruit 2014

  • Date: Wed 06 Aug 2014 - Fri 08 Aug 2014
  • Venue: Istanbul, Turkey

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In This Issue

Horticulture Week - 25 July 2014

NEWS: Gardeners’ wages likely to be raised by RHS in benchmark exercise

GARDEN RETAIL TOP 100 PROFILE: How Coolings in Kent has built up its reputation

KIT TEST: Echo, Makita and Stihl submit their latest chainsaw models for testing at Derby College

PLANT FOCUS: Ligularia


UK GROWER AWARDS 2015: Entries now open