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All you need to enjoy your garden

By Herald Express  |  Posted: June 13, 2013

winners: Sophie and William Cunningham collecting their prize wheelbarrow from Fermoy's

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AS we finally say goodbye to the frosts and winds of this spring, it's safe to plant out all those tender plants and crops raised in pots indoors or in your greenhouse.

If you have had any sowing failures or just want to brighten up a dull corner, you can buy replacement plants from Fermoy's to instantly add some colour.

Many young bedding plants are also available in strips and small containers and are ideal for transforming baskets and patio containers or for filling prominent borders.

Otherwise, this season's best new product of the year is Miracle Gro's Flower Magic, an instant way to brighten up your pots and beds with a magic sprinkle from a tub.

Check out the coupon below to save half price on RRP on Flower Magic at Fermoy's.

A month or so after planting, standard potting compost will start to run out of nutrients, unless you have added a slow-release fertiliser to the compost at planting time.

The easiest way to increase the plants' diet is to apply a liquid feed such as Miracle Gro once a week when you water.

For free-flowering summer bedding, use a high-potash feed, such as tomato fertiliser, to encourage the maximum amount of flower production.

To keep repeat-flowering plants blooming well don't forget to dead head as often as possible.

This not only keeps the displays looking good, but will encourage further flushes of flowers.

This is particularly important with annuals, such as ageratum, marigolds and petunias, which will simply stop flowering as they put their energies into producing seed.

Concentrate your efforts on large-flowered plants which are easier to deadhead and those, such as roses,which look unsightly if left on the plant.

DON'T forget that you need to take time out to enjoy your garden and take advantage of the sunshine and use your garden as an extension to your home this summer.

Fermoy's sells barbecues as well as all of the ingredients you need. The deli is stocked with home-made pies and quiches, the farm shop has a great range of fresh local foods and drinks and the on-site butchers, Gerald David, has a full range of local meat and barbecue ideas.

Local-grown strawberries and locally produced sparkling wine will help you to celebrate Wimbledon this month.

WELL done to the Cunningham family from Liverton who won first prize in our recent competition in conjunction with Miracle Gro.

Staff sold more than £300 of raffle tickets and all of the money will be donated to Green Fingers Charity, making sensory gardens in children's hospices.

We hope the Cunninghams make the most of their wheelbarrow of goodies and enjoy their gardening!

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