If England Wins the World Cup – Get your Money Back!

Get your Money Back if England Win the World Cup*

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With the World Cup less than one month away we have put together a deal that will have you singing for England, even if you’re not English.

Purchase any product(s) on www.originalorganics.co.uk orwww.waterbuttsdirect.co.uk
Between Monday 12th May 2014 to Wednesday 11th June 2014 inclusive
To the value of £50 or more in one transaction excluding any P&P charges
And if England win the Mens FIFA World Cup Final in Brazil you can claim your money back. (terms & conditions apply)

For all terms and conditions;
Original Organics – http://www.originalorganics.co.uk/world-cup
Water Butts Direct – http://www.waterbuttsdirect.co.uk/world-cup.htm

This year England are going into the World Cup as rank outsiders, with a group of youngsters which only has six players with World Cup experience and only five have played. This is what makes us a dark horse this time round, gone have the golden generation which flopped without any passion or heart in previous tournements, enter a squad of young athletic men, keen to prove themselves, to hussle for every ball, to run until the final whistles goes and to win at all cost! This could be our year, the year a squad has been chosen on merit and not on which team they play for or how much they were bought for.

England always expects but this time could it actually happen?

Everybody loves getting something for nothing, especially when it could also mean your team winning the World Cup. Why not Back England and buy yourself something great at the same time and if England Wins you will have some money returned to you in time for the summer holidays.

September Newsletter

Newsletter : September 2013

This month our Newsletter Features

Welcome

Welcome to the September edition of the Original Organics Newsletter

I have to say that over the past few days it really feels like autumn is here, it seems greyer, colder and wetter. The kids are back at school after a summer of no routine and my slippers have come out of the cupboard.

Not that I mind Autumn and the colder months, in fact I quite look forward to them. The football and NFL season kick off again, fresh soups & stews simmer away in the kitchen producing wonderful smells and steamed up windows,  my warm clothes come out of hiding and family sofa snuggling, under a cover as we watch the new season of a big autumn show keeps all the family entertained on the shorter nights. But more importantly the holiday season begins, well it does for my family anyway. September to November is full of Birthdays, we have Halloween, Bonfire night, Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’m not American, but I have found myself celebrating Thanksgiving, I guess it started because I watch American Football and on Thanksgiving Day they broadcast 3 live games on TV, It got me thinking that it would be nice to bring up the kids having at least one day, when we could take time out and think about what we should be grateful for. We cook a large Turkey dinner and then we go round the table and tell each other what we are thankful for that year. Three years in and i’m still the only one eating pumkin pie though.

This month I guess most of us are thinking about tidying up the garden, cutting the grass for the last time, pruning the overgrown shrubs, planting for next spring and harvesting our crops. I planted pumpkins for the first time this year and I’m not sure they are going to be ready in time for Halloween. The female flowers only just flowered a couple of weeks ago, we had months of only male flowers and then they died off and then only females. I have had to hand pollinate the females with any stray male I have been able to find, fingers crossed we will be able to harvest a few for Jack O’Lanterns and Pumpkin Pie.

Enjoy the beginning of autumn and all the fun colours it brings.
Tom

Porcupipe Offer

15% OFF Black Porcupipe Gutter Brush

Porcupipe Gutter Brush Offer

Porcupipe is a simple, but extremely effective device designed to keep virtually any water gutter system clear and free from all kinds of debris including moss and leaves.

Porcupipe can also help to prevent entry of birds into roof space, and can also help to keep out twigs and seeds dropped by birds. It is made from high quality Polypropylene filaments securely fixed into a flexible central rust-free stainless steel core.

Porcupipe is different from other devices that just cover your gutters – Porcupipe actually fits inside and fills the gutter, effectively screening your gutters from debris, whilst keeping them clear for water to flow freely.

The 15% OFF offer is only available through this newsletter from this link and is valid until 30/09/13

New Water Butts
Rainbow Water Butt Collection Rainfall harvester Water Butt 150L Woodgrain Effect Polybutt
110L Rainbow Collection 200L Rainfall Harvester 150L Woodgrain Effect
Rainbow Water Butt Collection Rainbow Water Butt Collection Rainbow Water Butt Collection
1500L Dual Water Tank 190L Oak Effect Rain Barrel 150L Rattan Effect Water Butt

With many months of rain ahead, now is a perfect time to be thinking of buying a Water Butt, by the time spring comes, you will have plenty of free water to irrigate your garden. You will find all these new water harvesting products on Water Butts Direct our number one dedicated Water Butts Website.

Fleece Jackets Offer

15% OFF Fleece Jackets

Fleece Jackets Offer

Ideal for plants of all sizes in beds, borders, hanging baskets and pots. Haxnicks Fleece Jackets make it quick and easy to protect your tender and semi-hardy plants from frost and other harsh weather.

The 15% OFF offer is only available through this newsletter from this link and is valid until 30/09/13

Garden Jobs for this Month

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September days are noticeably shorter, if you have a fruit or vegetable patch, you’ll be busy reaping the rewards of harvest. It’s also time to get out and start planting spring-flowering bulbs for next year, and the general garden clean up starts.

  • Harvest your crops
  • Plant spring flowering bulbs
  • Net ponds before leaves start to fall
  • Place pumpkins and squashes on a piece of slate or wood to raise them of the wet soil and prevent rotting
  • Start the autumn clean up; remove any old crops and clear weeds
  • Get your compost bins ready for fallen leaves and dead plant material
  • Install water butts to collect rain this autumn and winter.
  • Raise the height of mower blades as grass growth slows down
JT’s Blog: Why I love September

‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’…………. (Keats)

Why I love September……

Since leaving college I continue to love September. No longer is it a case of new uniform, books and teachers but a time to tidy and prepare things for the beginning of autumn / winter.

As the evenings are noticeably drawing in, I begin to ‘bed-down’ the garden by cutting back the overgrown shrubs, thinning the bi-annuals and pulling out any annuals that are now past their best.

The composters quietly come into their own; working their magic by turning this year’s spent growth into beautiful rich humus for next year’s seedlings.

September is a fantastic month to make the most of any gluts of fruit and vegetables. Personally I love to dry tomatoes and preserve them in basil infused olive oil and make chutneys from windfall apples and green tomatoes. I am really fortunate to live in the Somerset countryside that has lanes lined with beautiful, shiny, sweet blackberries. I love to make jam with some to enjoy the taste of summer during the dark days of winter. (Am I the only one that still rates a preserving pan as one of my favourite ever presents?)

We have a strange family tradition that has evolved as the children have left home. I used to always pickle onions in September to be eaten over the Christmas holidays- and beyond as well as extra jars to be given as presents. Since leaving home the offspring now also pickle onions in readiness for the Pickle onion taste-off on Boxing Day.

Enjoy any Indian summer we get. Perhaps by enjoying a glass of freshly pressed apple juice or warm crumpets topped with homemade jam.

Tips: Wildlife Habitats

A good wildlife garden is more than just a corner of a garden left to go wild. Whether you are creating a new wildlife garden, or have an established one, think of it as a nature reserve and you are the warden.

Here are a few products to entice wildlife in your garden now;

Bat box: These nocturnal mammals need safe places to roost in during the day. Bats are becoming increasingly rare. One reason for this is a loss of roost sites as old trees are cut down, mine shafts filled in and caves and tunnels disturbed.
Hanging a bat box in a suitable position can help local populations.

Bird bath: Birds need water in all seasons. They need it to bathe and keep their feathers in tip-top condition for good insulation during the bitter winter nights. They need it to drink, too.

Bird table: Using a bird table is an excellent way to feed garden birds. It gives you a good view of its visitors and also gives the birds some protection from predators.
Winter is the most important time to feed birds, as this is when their natural food is scarce. Once you start feeding, don’t stop – birds will rely on the food you put out and make a special journey to your garden to fill up.

Bug box: Bug boxes provide snug, safe places for insects to hibernate. They are especially good for lacewings, ladybirds and solitary bees.

Compost heap: A compost heap is important in any garden, not just for kitchen and garden waste but for attracting wildlife. Inside the compost, worms and fungi feed on the rotting vegetable matter. Insect predators feed on the slugs, insects and other invertebrates that are attracted to the heap. Birds visit to seek out insects and seeds. Some animals, such as common newts, shelter there during the day.

September’s Competition: Bokashi Spray Composter

Bokashi Spray Composter

This month we are pleased to offer the Bokashi Spray Composter

Unlike our other more traditional Bokashi composters, the Bokashi Spray Composter uses a convenient liquid spray activator, rather than a dry bran. That said the principal is the same for this particularly stylish, neat and efficient addition to our Bokashi range. The modern design and ‘fun’ colour options make them ideal to encourage children to take charge and deal with the kitchen waste!

To win this great prize we want to know about your last experience with us.

We have put together a short survey of 10 questions, which should take no longer than a few minutes to complete. We hope that the information gathered in this survey will help us to make your shopping experience with us better in the future. Click here to take survey

The winner will be selected at random from the list of all entries containing an email address. Competition results will be posted in our October Newsletter

Closing date is Monday 30th September 2013

Until next time

We hope you enjoyed The September Issue of our Newsletter, if you would like to comment on any of our topics, or have any suggestions for our next issue, please contact us on our Blog, Facebook, Twitter or Email.

Original Organics
Unit 9 Langlands Business Park, Uffculme, Cullompton,
Devon, EX15 3DA
Tel: 01884 841515| Fax: 01884 841717 | E-mail: sales@originalorganics.co.uk

COPYRIGHT 2013. ORIGINAL ORGANICS ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

August Newsletter

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Newsletter : August 2013

 

This month our Newsletter Features

Welcome

Welcome to the August edition of the Original Organics Newsletter.

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for my family and I as we have just moved to the lovely town of Ivybridge in Devon. I’m glad to say the new house comes equipped with water butt and composter, as well as a whole new way of dealing with our rubbish. We now have fortnightly bin collections, one week general waste the following week recycling waste. This now means we have to recycle a lot more than we did at our previous address as the waste collections were weekly. Trying to fit 2 weeks’ worth of general waste in a smaller black bin is going to be struggle. The thing I don’t really understand is where are you supposed to put all the recycling while it stores up? Not sure about anyone else but my kitchen doesn’t have space for 6 bins, all tips are welcome on our Facebook page.

This month we have some brand new prouduct ranges for you, we are now able to offer our 25 Litre Bokashi Bins in a multitude of colours; Blue, Purple and Yellow to name a few.

We are also proud to introduce a new line of Watering Posts on our Water Butts Direct website. These posts are available in stone and wood effect.

With our monthly offering of competitions, tips, JT’s blog post and garden jobs, I hope we have a little something for everyone.

Enjoy the last of the good weather, and here’s hoping for an Indian summer.

Tom

Pruning Tools Offer

We have taken 20% off all our Pruning Tools, valid for the month of August.


Pruning Tools Offer

Secateurs, Anvil Secateurs, Pruning Saws, Japanese Steel Anvil Pruners, Trimming Pruners, Hand Shear, Ratchet Secateurs, Hedge Shears, Anvil Loppers, Multi Shears and more.

New Bokashi Bucket Range

Need to bring a bit of colour back into your life? Then why not try one of our new Bokashi composting kits. Available in single or double sets, these kits include everything you need to start up.


New Bokashi Bins

Available now on Original Organics website

New Watering Posts


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These Natural Stone & Wood effect 3P Watering Post allows the user to draw water in the garden comfortably and easily, while adding a touch of class to the garden at the same time.

The Watering posts are made of first-class polyethylene plastic and can be connected to a water supply using standard snap connectors, which can be screwed onto a firm base or placed directly into the ground.

The water supply is guaranteed through a normal hose connector system. Equipped with a 1/2″ brass or chrome tap. The input is made through a 1/2″ connection for hose connector systems.

Available now on our Water Butts Direct website.

Garden Jobs for this Month

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August is usually one of the driest months of the year – making watering essential. Try to use grey water wherever possible, especially as water butts may be running low if it has been a dry summer. August is traditionally holiday-time, so you might need to enlist the help of friends and family to look after the garden while you are away.

  • Sow in green manures
  • Sow winter salads
  • Prune trained apples, pears and other fruits
  • Mulch
  • Deadhead flowering plants regularly
  • Watering! Particularly containers, and new plants – preferably with grey recycled water or stored rainwater
  • Collect seed from favourite plants
  • Harvest sweet corn and other vegetables as they become ready
  • Continue cutting out old fruited canes on raspberries
  • Lift and pot up rooted strawberry runners
  • Keep ponds and water features topped up
JT ‘s Blog: Summer Holiday

“We’re all going on a summer holiday, we’re going where the sun shines brightly, ………”

Many crops have done me proud through the summer thus far. We have enjoyed salad leaves, spring onions, cucumbers, beetroot, carrots, potatoes, broad beans, tomatoes, basil, courgettes….the list goes on! However the cauliflower plants that started so well have begun to look very sorry for themselves (although the caterpillars seem to find them tasty.)

It is a time of year to thoroughly enjoy your garden. Yes there are a few jobs to keep on top of such as dead-heading flowers, cutting the lawn, watering, and weeding, but none of these tasks are onerous with the sun shining on your shoulders and a glass of chilled home-made lemonade to sip every now and then. (My kind of work!)

Sitting in the garden around 6.30 on a warm evening has got to be one of life’s free luxuries. Our chicken strut happily around the garden making contented sounding noises as they scrimmage around for a tasty snack. The sound of a lawn mower buzzes in the distance, happy chatter from children playing in gardens, the smell meat sizzling on the grill – all combine to sum up what summer is for me. Wonderful!

Enjoy your gardens.

Tips: How to water your garden when away on holiday

If you are looking forward to getting away for a week or two, or have been away the garden will have been, or will be a consideration. The crops that have been carefully nurtured to fruitfulness now need watering and harvesting. If you are lucky to have neighbours who do not mind popping in and watering the plants in your absence then job done! If you are not so fortunate it may be worth considering a watering system to keep things alive. There are many different options on the market from simple drip systems to automated electronic ones.

On Water Butts Direct we offer the Irrigatia Solar Automatic Watering System, an excellent system that harnesses the power of the sun and the water in your water butt to automatically drip water into your plant pots, beds or even hanging baskets.

Other useful tips on how to keep your plants watered are:

  • Keep plants in a shady place
  • Line the bottom of a shallow tray with small rocks or pebbles, fill the tray with water and rest the plant pots on the rocks.
  • Place a damp towel in a sink and place the pots on top.
  • For larger plants place several layers of damp newspaper over the top of the soil.
  • Make your own watering system with a vase and nylon cord. Fill the vase with water; place a 1/4 inch nylon cord in the bottom of the vase and the other end at least 3 inches into the soil.
  • Place wood bark / mulch around outdoor plants
  • Add bottles of water pierced with tiny holes in the ground around your plants.

If you have any more tips to add please add them to our Facebook page, I will start a section on watering tips for holidays here.

August’s Competition: Big Worm Dig

For this Month’s competition we have teamed up with our friends at Riverford to offer some wormery prizes for their Big Worm Dig Competition.

How it works.

1. Get the Big Worm Dig survey pack here. You can download it right now or request it to arrive in the post. The latter will include mustard powder and hand lens (limited supply, so first come, first served).

2. Do your survey and jot down the results down in your booklet. It should only take about half an hour.

3. Upload your results to the enter the competition to win a family holiday, wormery and more.

Not only are you helping with the study of worm species but you can also win a prize for doing it.

Last Month’s Competition: July : Tuscan Water Butt

The winner of the Tuscan water Butt Competition is Maria from Southampton

The Winning tip with 76 votes was

Rather than rinsing your fruit and veg under a free flowing tap – use a plug, wash and then reuse the water on your houseplants.

For full details of the competition see the results here

Till next time

We hope you enjoyed The August Issue of our Newsletter, if you would like to comment on any of our topics, or have any suggestions for our next issue, please contact us on our Blog, Facebook, Twitter or Email.

July’s Newsletter : Water Harvesting

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Water Butts Newsletter : July 2013

This month our Newsletter Features

Welcome

Welcome to the July edition of the Original Organics Newsletter.

This month we are focusing on Water Harvesting, with lots of Offers, Handy Tips and a look at how much you can actually save using a Water Butt at home.

With temperatures nearing 30 degrees this week, and the prediction of a great July all round, keeping your plants watered needn’t cost you a penny more than the cost of a water butt.

We would also like to show off the new website design for Water Butts Direct; we have worked hard to simplify the process of finding a water butt. Including one click categories for Styles (Barrel, Column, Round, Wall Mounted etc…) , Effects (Stone, Wood, Clay etc…) , Colour (Green, Black, Terracotta etc..) , Price, Capacity, Brand and much more. We have also added the ability to sort by volume and price and also to change the view layout from grid, list and detail.

We are also pleased to announce that the site has now been customised to work on smart phones and tablets, meaning the layout will change depending on what device you are using. This will mean no more pinching and expanding to view on your mobile phones or tablets.

Have a wonderful month and enjoy the sun.

Tom

Water Butts Offer

We have taken 15% off the following Water Butts. Valid until 11th July 2013 or until stocks run out.

Flat top water butt Round water butt

Flat Top Water Butt now only £30.49 and the 210L Round Water Butt now only £33.99

Garden Lake Water Butt Round water butt

Garden Lake Water Butt now only £35.49 and the H2UGO2 Collapsible Water Butt now only £84.99

How much can I save using a Water Butt?

Summer is definitely here so whilst the majority of us are enjoying the garden we are also noticing how much the garden needs water!

There are some very simple steps to take to make the most of rainwater to ensure your garden doesn’t go thirsty during the hot spells. Obviously we are biased, but having a water butt is a great way to collect rainwater, store it and then use on the garden.

A recent report has stated that a 7 foot by 5 foot shed could collect 640 litres of water during an average summer! With houses being significantly larger than the average shed, imagine the amount of water that could be saved – water that would cost money if it came from the mains! and don’t forget we are also charged for water going through the sewage system even if we don’t flush it down the drain.

Now for the fun part, trying to work out how much you can save in a year by using a water butt or tank.

The BBC has produced a worksheet on how to work out how much rain fall you can collect in a water butt during an average year.

To work out the average rainfall in a certain area, check the met office website here.

Once you have that information you can calculate how much water you could be collecting for free each month.

The next step is to check how much you are currently charged for the same amount of water if ran from a tap, either check your last bill or check on your local suppliers website, a list can be found here.

Then if everything has gone smoothly, you should have a nice large figure in front of you which could be saved each and every year going forward.

An example for July and August, typical rainfall in the east of England, a dry part of the UK, is around 50mm per month. That means that the monthly harvest using the formula would be 1,200 litres per water butt.

Rain Water Harvesting: Save with our Twin pack Water Butts


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Need double the amount of capacity, but don’t want to fork out double the amount of money? Well now you don’t need to! Get more for your money with our Water Butt Twin Packs.

For example one 190L Rainsaver Kit is currently £53.95 but if you choose the Twin Pack you only pay £89.95 that’s a saving of nearly 20% plus you also get a linking kit and a watering can thrown in for good measure.

It’s perfect for connecting two water butts together, and can also be used to connect to multiple downpipes, either on the same property or on a shed or garage for example. One could even be taken down to the allotment, or even given to a friend or family.

So take advantage while our prices are low and the weather is nice.

Luxury water Butts

Our extensive range of luxury water butts from 3P Technik will grace any garden. These quality water butts and tanks are made with elegance in mind, perfect for those that want to add a little bit of panache to their outside living space.

Arcado water butt Barrique water butt Column water butt Finesse water butt Helena Amphora water butt Little Tree water butt Maurano water butt Noblesse water butt Rustico water butt Timberly water butt Tuscan water butt Wall Tanks

This is just a sample of our 3P water butts, more can be found here.

Garden Jobs for this Month

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This is often one of the sunniest months of the year and a great time to sit out and enjoy your garden. Keep plants looking good by regularly dead-heading, and you’ll enjoy a longer display of blooms. Make sure you keep new plants well watered and dig up weeds, which thrive in the sunshine.

  • Water tubs and new plants if dry, but be water-wise
  • Be water-wise and invest in a water butt, especially in drought-affected areas
  • Place conservatory plants outside now that it is warm
  • Pick courgettes before they become marrows
  • Give the lawn a quick-acting summer feed, especially if a spring feed was not done
  • Clear algae, blanket weeds and debris from ponds, and keep them topped up
  • Give woodwork a coat of paint or preserver, while the weather is dry
  • Spread perennial weeds out to dry on paths – once they are shrivelled and thoroughly dry they can safely be added to the compost heap
  • For big pumpkins, allow two or three to grow on each plant. Pick off others as they form.
  • There is still time to sow beetroot, lettuce, peas, radishes, radicchio and turnips.
JT ‘s Blog: Summer Time and the living is easy?

George Gershwin clearly did not grow his own vegetables! There is NOTHING easy about ensuring your blooming garden and vegetable plot does not wilt through lack of water.

July is turning out to be a ‘proper’ summer month in that the sun is sunning and the temperatures are definitively in double figures. This wonderful weather does mean that the plants that have been carefully grown, thinned and weeded now need watering daily.

For many this will be simply a case of turning on the outside tap and ensuring the sprinkler is moved every now and then to cover the whole garden, however here in very rustic, off the beaten track, Somerset, the historic cottage that I call home does not have an outside tap.

The front garden can be watered ‘Heath Robinson style’ with a sprinkler by opening the window, attaching a hose to the Butlers sink and running the hose out of the window, down the side of the road, back over our wall into the front garden.

The back garden is not so easy…..this is where water butts come into their own and the persuading, nagging or bribing of offspring to collect all spare water from the kitchen and taking straight out to the waiting potatoes. I had to assure my 18 year old that really the potatoes do not mind being showered in the water used to rinse salad vegetables. Good try though!

Now that summer is with us, the evenings are warm enough to sit out in the garden relaxing, chatting, or reading a book – all of which can be done whilst enjoying a well-earned glass of chilled grape juice.

Happy summer to you all.

Tips: Saving Water in the Garden
  • Avoid the loss of water through evaporation by watering your garden in the cool of the early morning or evening. This will reduce the amount of water lost to evaporation.
  • Lawns can survive long periods of dry weather if the grass is not cut too short.
  • It is ok for your lawn to go brown, it will turn back green again when the rains come.
  • Your garden plants probably need less water than you think. Watering little and often does not help, as the water does not soak deep enough into the ground and encourages plants to develop roots near the soil’s surface. One good soak every 10 days is better than a daily sprinkle. You can find out if you need to water by digging a hole a spade’s depth in the soil and examining the soil: only water if the soil feels dry to the touch.
  • If you water plants and shrubs too often their roots will remain shallow, weakening the plant. Leave them alone until they show signs of wilting.
  • Collect rainwater in water butts and use a watering can instead of a hose. If you prefer to use a hosepipe, fit a sprinkler nozzle to control the flow.
  • Plant flowers and shrubs that thrive in hot and dry conditions such as thyme and evening primrose.
  • Mulches such as wood chips, bark and gravel help to prevent water evaporation.
  • Grey Water: It is simply water used for domestic tasks such as bathing and washing clothes, then saved from going down the plughole and redirected to the garden – either by bucket, or specially installed outlet pipes. This water is fine to use to water plants, particularly if you avoid using harsh detergents, although most water companies counsel against using such water on fruit or vegetables. Research by Environmentalists found that people who saved their grey water cut their water meter figures by 5% to an impressive 36%.
  • Keep the lid on your Water Butt shut to stop evaporation.

Information sourced from water saving websites such as waterwise.org.uk and ccwater.org.uk

Julys Competition:
Win a 300L Tuscan Water Butt

This Month’s competition is for a Luxury 3P Technik 300L Tuscan Water Butt worth £159.95.

Water Butts no longer need to be hidden down a path or behind a trellis. Make a feature of your Water Butt with the attractive Tuscan Butt from 3P Technik. Rotationally moulded from polyethylene, this tank is very durable and eye-catching. Finished to an exceptional standard this water butt enables you to bring a little piece of the Mediterranean into your garden. The Tuscan Water Butt has a Child resistant, removable bayonet fit lid and comes packaged with a complete tap set. Either plunge a watering can or use the tap.

Tuscan water butt competition

In order to win this much sort after Water Butt, we want you to send us your most innovative water saving tips, they can be for the garden, in the home or at your work place. We will use the best entries for website content about water saving.

You can email your entry to: competition@originalorganics.co.uk – or post your tips to us at Original Organics Ltd, Tuscan Competition, Unit 9 Langlands Business Park, Uffculme, Devon, EX15 3DA.

There are a few conditions;

1) In sending us your tips, you give us full permission to use them, unaccredited, in our promotional material on or offline.

2) Our staff will shortlist the best tips, and then a vote will take place on our Blog – With a Poll deciding the winner. A further email will be sent in advance of this taking place to let you know where and when to vote. The winners will be announced in the August Newsletter.

3) You may submit as many tips as you like but only one will be eligible to make it into the shortlist if chosen.

4) Entries must be received by 14:00pm on Tuesday 16th July 2013.

Last Month’s Competition: June : Wooden Composter

The winners of the wooden composter competition are as follows;

1. Penny from Falmouth

2. Andrea from Bognor Regis

3. Lesley

As you can see from the results below, 2nd and 3rd place were only separated by 2 votes, very close, and each vote counts. Congratulations to Penny for a wonderful picture, which I’m sure has inspired lots of our readers.

Events: July
09-14 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2013
12-7th September The BBC Proms 2013
18-21 British Open
Till next time

We hope you enjoyed The July Issue of our Newsletter, if you would like to comment on any of our topics, or have any suggestions for our next issue, please contact us on our Blog, Facebook, Twitter or Email.

Original Organics
Unit 9 Langlands Business Park, Uffculme, Cullompton,
Devon, EX15 3DA
Tel: 01884 841515| Fax: 01884 841717 | E-mail: sales@originalorganics.co.uk

COPYRIGHT 2013. ORIGINAL ORGANICS ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

June’s Newsletter

 

Father’s Day Newsletter : June 2013

This month our Newsletter Features

Welcome

Welcome to the June edition of the Original Organics Newsletter.

Let me first introduce myself, I’m Tom, the e-commerce manager here at OO, I started with the company last September and I hope I have improved the content of the newsletter in my first few months. My aim is to make the newsletter a must open email, full of interesting facts and offers, plus tips, new product features and competitions. Last month we held our first competition since last year and it went very well. I’m hoping that future competitions will entice you all to enter and send in photos, tips and whatever else I ask you for…. I would love to hear any comments or suggestions for further issues, so please contact me on our Blog, Facebook, Twitter or Email. I have also created a Pinterest account for all those pinners out there.

So let me say thank you, for opening our newsletter and I hope this month we can offer a little something for everybody.

Father’s day is in just over a week and we have just sourced some new products especially for it, so have a look and at the feature and you might just find that something that will lighten up his day… Remember NO Socks, Tie’s or Mugs this year, let’s get inventive. As a father myself, I have asked for Lego, I have a soft spot for those little guys, and it doesn’t help that they keep on releasing new sets from films I love.

We also have a new competition for you, with prizes for the top 3, plus an offer on Raised Beds. You can save money with our Water Butt Twin Packs, and JT updates us with her monthly blog.

Our Garden Tips this month are for Raised Beds and we showcase some of our vegetable and fruit planters. Plus another new feature is the events calendar, which with keep you updated on national events.

Have a great read and enjoy the sunshine while it’s here. The newsletter is also posted on our blog if you ever want to find any tips from back issues, or have just lost it in your in box (as I tend to do quite often).

Tom

Raised Beds Offer

We have taken 15% off the following Raised Beds . Valid until 14th June 2013 or until stocks run out. We only have a limited amount left and when they are gone we will not be getting anymore.

Mini Grow Beds now only £16.74 and Mini Grow Bed Extension Kits now £13.59

Grow Beds now only £19.46 and Grow Bed Extension Kits now £16.14

Timber Grow Beds now £24.39 and Timber Grow Bed Extension Kits now £19.00

Raised Bed Frame now only £15.29 and Timber Grow Bed Hoops now £16.99

Father’s Day Gift Idea’s

We have put together a huge list of products we know Father’s will like and appreciate, see their face shine with happiness this year when they don’t receive socks, ties, jumpers, mugs or pants.

We have also just received stock of some new products which might just be the perfect gift you hadn’t thought of.

Decorative Wheelbarrow Wooden Obelisk
Premium Decorative WheelBarrow Wooden Obelisk
Heritage Pop-Up Garden Bag 1m Easy Wooden Raised Bed
Easy Super Jumbo Net Cloche Easy Jumbo Single Grow Cloche
Rain Water Harvesting: Save with our Twin pack Water Butts

Sometimes one water butt isn’t enough, and we don’t want you to fork out double the amount to get the same product twice, which is why we have introduced our Water Butt Twin Packs.

For example one 190L Rainsaver Kit is currently £53.95 but if you choose the Twin Pack you only pay £89.95 that’s a saving of nearly 20% plus you also get a linking kit and a watering can thrown in for good measure.

It’s perfect for connecting two water butts together, and of course can be used to connect to multiple downpipes, either on the same property or on a shed or garage for example. One could even be taken down to the allotment, or even given to a friend or family.

So take advantage while our prices are low and the weather is nice.

Grow your Own Products

For many of us, little beats the taste and satisfaction of their own garden crops. In the past, many gardeners have been put off growing their own potatoes, vegetables and fruit because of the space and the heavy work involved. Nowadays, a bag of multi-purpose compost, a few seeds and a bag are all you need to enjoy a crop of delicious home grown crop at any time of year, from even the smallest garden with very little work.

This is just a sample of our planter range, we also stock willow baskets, buckets and jute bags.

200L Salad & Vegetable Planter Botanico Tomatoes Upside Down
Botanico Lets Grow 3 Tier Planter Bean Planter including Wire
Botanico Lets Grow Potato Spud Bag Haxnicks Potato Patio Planter
Garden Jobs for this Month

June 21 is the longest day of the year, and the extra light and warmth encourages the garden to put on an exuberant burst of growth. But this extra light and warmth also means weeds will sprout up from seemingly nowhere. Keep on top of them by hoeing regularly in dry conditions. Remember summer has arrived late this year so harvesting will also be pushed back.

  • Hoe borders regularly to keep down weeds
  • Be water-wise and invest in a water butt, especially in drought-affected areas
  • Plant out summer bedding
  • Harvest early potatoes, lettuce, radish and other salads
  • Mow lawns weekly
  • Shade greenhouses to keep them cool and prevent scorch
  • Add Bamboo Sticks next to tall and floppy plants
  • Position summer hanging baskets and containers outside
  • Pinch out side-shoots on tomatoes
JT ‘s Blog: Sunny June

At long last it actually feels like summer!

At long last I am confident that my nurtured seedlings can ‘stretch their roots’ and be planted out.

At long last the raised beds are looking as though the crops are growing.

Suddenly the idea of being able to soon pick a full salad from the garden is not just a dream. Some of the quick growing radishes are already being enjoyed and the spring onions will be next!

This is the first year I have had a go at growing cucumbers and to my surprise the small plants seem to be thriving. (And there was me thinking that only my parents in the family could grow such a temperamental salad vegetable. Ha – not anymore!)

One of my outside jobs for this weekend is to plant the tomato plants that I have raised from seed. (It will be good to see the window sill again.) I love the smell that lingers when handling tomato plants! That reminds me……the basil seedlings will need pricking out. Tomatoes and basil – delicious!

Talking of nice smells isn’t the smell of freshly mown grass an evocative smell? For me it reminds me of my dad pushing the old mower over the lawn. Yup ‘pushing’ the mower. It did not get plugged in in those days!

I think the recent 100 year anniversary of the Chelsea Flower show has got me reminiscing!

Enjoy your gardens – (quite often enjoyed best when sat out with a glass of your favourite tipple.)

Tips: Top Tips for Raised Bed Gardening

Don’t walk on the soil: The biggest advantage of raised beds is the light, fluffy soil you’re able to plant in.

Add mulch after planting: Use either, wood chips, leaves, straw or grass cuttings. This will reduce the amount of weeds you will get.

Install a weed barrier: Install a weed and root barrier at the bottom of the raised bed to stop unwanted growth.

Use a tunnel: Consider using a tunnel or frame to shield crops from frost in colder months.

June’s Competition:
Win a 400L Blackdown Single Wooden Composter or £70 in Vouchers

This Month’s competition is for a Blackdown 400 Litre Single Wooden Composter or £70 worth of Gift Vouchers to use on any of our websites. We are also offering a £20 gift voucher for 2nd Place, and a £10 gift voucher for third place.

Transform your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient rich food for your garden with this great Wooden Composter, it’s easy to assemble and use, and will look great in any garden.

In order to win this great prize, we want you to send us your best in situ photographs of any product that we sell on our websites. We are especially looking for photographs of our Blackdown Range Products, these include all sizes of our Composters and Raised Beds. We are also looking for in situ Water Butt and Wormery photographs but all are welcome.

Remember – the best images will be bright, showing straight taps (where relevant) and a clean product with any labels / decals properly stuck down!

You can email your entry to: competition@originalorganics.co.uk – or post a photograph to us at Original Organics Ltd, Blackdown Photo Competition, Unit 9 Langlands Business Park, Uffculme, Devon, EX15 3DA.

There are a few conditions :-

1) You must be the sole author and owner of the copyright of all image entered.

2) In sending us your photographs, you give us full permission to use them, unaccredited, in our promotional material on or offline.

3) Our staff will shortlist the best photographs, then a vote will take place on our Blog – With a Poll deciding the winner. A further email will be sent in advance of this taking place to let you know where and when to vote. The winners will be announced in the July Newsletter.

4) You may submit as many photographs as you like but only one will be eligible to make it into the shortlist if chosen.

5) Entries must be received by 14:00pm on Tuesday 18th June 2013.

 

Happy snapping!

 

Last Month’s Competition: May : HOTBIN

The winner of the HOTBIN competition is Alison from Greenock.
Congratulations Alison, the HOTBIN Composter will be on the way to you very soon.

The results are as follows, it was pretty close between the top three, but Alison’s idea for collecting her work colleagues’ food waste in a kitchen caddy just swung it. I wonder if this idea will take off, more waste = more compost!

Events: June
10-16 AEGON Queens Championships
12-16 BBC Gardeners’ World Live
16 Father’s Day
18-22 Royal Ascot
21 Summer Solstice
24-7 July Wimbledon
26-30 Glastonbury
28-30 British Grand Prix
Till next time

We hope you enjoyed The June Issue of our Newsletter, if you would like to comment on any of our topics, or have any suggestions for our next issue, please contact us on our Blog, Facebook, Twitter or Email.

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Devon, EX15 3DA
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