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Timmermans Garden Centre News

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NEW Addition to Timmermans Garden Centre!

We are delighted to announce the arrival of Belle & Joe’s Kitchen bus! Still the same homemade high-quality food and beverages but ON THE GO! She may have over a million miles on the clock but she is beautiful. Serving hot & cold drinks, locally sourced beef burgers, bacon rolls, and lots of yummy snacks! Over the next few weeks she will be transformed by having new signage making her part of the Timmermans family – WATCH THIS SPACE!!!

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FREE Event – Saturday 1st June

Following the huge success of Ian Cooke’s Advisory Desk on Garden Re-Leaf Day, we have invited him back for an inspiring talk called ‘From Tropics to the Trent’ on Saturday 1st June at 11am. The celebrated writer will be presenting an alternative garden experience, inspired by his latest book. The talk covers hardy exotics, tender summer additions, bananas and other fascinating options, followed by an opportunity for you to ask Ian your top questions. An event not to be missed – BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW!!!

FREE EVENT pre-booking recommended

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British Tomato Week 20th-26th May

It is time to celebrate British Tomato Week, which was originally launched by the British Tomato Growers Assocation. This association of tomato growers emphasise that they grow tomatoes naturally in a way that protects the environment and promotes good health to the public. They grow in glasshouses, which means that they are protected from the cold but revealed enough to soak up the sunshine that they need.

There are of course different types of tomatoes! The standard, rounded tomato is most well known. Then we have the small version of this tomato, known as the cherry, often sweet in taste. The beefsteak sounds like its name – its a lot beefier and bigger than the standard! And what about a tomato that also matches its name – Oxheart; it really is shaped like a heart! They can also come in different colours – from dark red, to orange to green! Contrary to what people might think, the colour doesn’t have much affect on the taste but they all include lots of nutrients.

Why not start growing your own tomatoes? We have a wide variety of tomato plants for you to grow and harvest yourselves from only 99p!

May is National Asparagus Month

Throughout the month of May it’s National Asparagus Month – the perfect time to try out this delicious vegetable!  We sell a selection of Asparagus plants for you to grow yourself.

Asparagus isn’t everyone’s favourite vegetable to have at lunch or dinner time, but there are lots of exciting ways to try it and there are lots of healthy benefits that come from eating it too! Native to Europe, asparagus is a great source of fibre and is rich in vitamins A, B and C as well as folic acid.

The British asparagus season runs from May to June and it is considered to be the best in the world. Asparagus comes in green, purple and white. The white variety, which is grown in the dark to stop the colour developing is popular in Europe. The majority of British asparagus is green.  Asparagus soon looses its flavour and tenderness, so it is best eaten on the day of harvest. Before cooking wash in cold water and remove the ends of the stalks. Boil or steam until just tender (4-7 minutes depending on thickness).

So get ready for asparagus month and start eating your greens this May!

Chelsea Flower Show 21-25th May

The Chelsea Flower Show will throw up plenty of trend setting ideas for people and businesses to follow. For further details check out their website: http://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show/2013

HTA Plant of the Month: Petunia

With the emergence of late spring, the HTA’s plant of the month for May is the colourful Petunia.  They are ideal for baskets and containers and will provide bright, vibrant flowers all summer long.

Top Petunia Facts:

  • They come in a variety of blooms including single and double, ruffled or smooth petals
  • They can be striped, veined or solid colour with mounding or cascading habitats
  • Spreading-type Petunias do not need dead-heading
  • They come in all shapes and sizes from bushy small flowering types to large trailing ones
  • They can be grown in blocks or mixed with other bedding plants
  • They need full sun but can tolerate a variety of different soils
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David Thornton at Timmermans

Award winning David Thornton, Secretary of the National Vegetable Society and veg-growing Champion, has exhibited his wide selection of fabulous vegetables all over the UK. His visit to Timmermans Garden Centre to lead our customers in a FREE event on successful veg growing was very well received by all who attended. We look forward to welcoming David again soon.

Want to grow better veg?

Don’t forget that award winning David Thornton will be with us on Saturday 4th May at 11am to share his experience and knowledge on successful veg growing followed by an opportunity to ask questions. This is an ideal talk for those who are new to veg growing to get a better understanding of what is involved and how to get started, or for the more experienced gardener to improve their expertise.

FREE EVENT – pre-booking advised as places are limited!

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‘Best Borders’ event a BIG Success

It was standing room only at our free event on ‘Best Borders’ with the ever-popular Stuart Dixon.  He led us through an informative and entertaining talk on his beautiful English Country Garden at Hebbs Farm, and the various plants and shrubs that can be used to create stunning borders, which will last all the way from April to October.

We look forward to welcoming Stuart to Timmermans Garden Centre again on Tuesday 1st October at 11am for another FREE event to discuss his popular talk on ‘They Think its All Over’ and how to keep your gardens looking fantastic over the autumn and winter months.