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.

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

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Spring Easter Newsletter 2013

 

Welcome to the Spring / Easter Newsletter : March 2013

This month our Newsletter Features

New Products for 2013

Garden Furniture Sets Garden Marquees Greenhouses
Garden Furniture Garden Marquees Greenhouses
Herb Dryer Outdoor Play Seedling Starter Kits
Herb Dryer Outdoor Play Seedling Sets
Eco Gadgets Compost Kitchen Caddy / Buckets / Crock Solar Powered Lights
Eco Gadgets Kitchen Compost Crock Solar Powered Lights
Galvanised Water Butt Stone effect Water Butts Tree effect Water Butts
Galvanised Water Butt Stone effect Water Butts Tree effect Water Butts

Garden Jobs for this Month

Spring usually arrives by mid-March and the frequent sunny days provide the perfect occasion for an increasing range of gardening tasks. It’s time to get busy cutting back winter shrubs, mowing the lawn for the first time, preparing seed beds, sowing seed, and generally tidying up around the garden.

We have made a list of some of the jobs you might want to start thinking about;

  • Mow the Lawn
  • Protect new spring shoots from slugs
  • Plant summer-flowering bulbs
  • Lift and divide overgrown clumps of perennials
  • Top dress containers with fresh compost
  • Plant early Potatoes, shallots and onions
  • Cut back Cornus (dogwood) and Salix (willow) grown for colourful winter stems
  • Deal with the Weeds before they get out of hand
  • Start feeding fish and using the pond fountain; remove pond heaters
  • Open the greenhouse or conservatory doors and vents on warm days

Our Keen Gardener Joy, tells us what she will be up-to in the Garden over Easter

“When the buds begin to pop and the robin takes a hop ……everybody says its spring today”
Anybody recognise the song?

I love this time of year. It is full of the promise of good things to come. Longer, sunnier days, barbeques, holidays and time spent in the garden. Whether it is a general tidy-up or serious planning and preparation for crop growing, Easter falls at an ideal time to do these jobs.

I usually begin by wandering around the garden noting the jobs that need doing first – usually the first mow of the lawn followed by digging over the vegetable patch. It is surprising how neat the front garden looks after its first trim!

My wonderful partner set up 4 double raised beds for me yesterday in readiness for salad crops, herbs and maybe some vegetables…..Oh the fun of browsing the seed packets and deciding!
Carrots? – Yes, Beetroot? -Definitely!  Pumpkins, courgettes and beans?  Yes, yes and yes. Potatoes? They are so easy to grow it would be silly not to!

Talking of potatoes…..did you know that traditionally Good Friday was the day to plant them? – Another reason to go out in the garden this Easter! Our potato planters are brilliant if space is limited in the garden. Personally I use the Burgan & Ball potato planter but for a full range go to our site.
Potato Planters

I must admit that my windowsills are already home to germinating tomato seeds and sweet peppers. – (Which reminds me that i need a tomato patio planter )

There is still plenty of time and window sill space to sow more – am I the only one who gets excited about choosing what seeds to plant next? Whether to stick with the tried and trusted varieties or have a go at growing something different?

Well, I am off to look through some seed packets. I hope you all have a Happy Easter and enjoy a few hours of gardening followed by a well deserved hot-cross bun and cup of tea.

Joy Torjussen

Top Wormery Tips

1) Feed a little and often. If in doubt under feed rather than over feed.

2) Drain off the liquid periodically to avoid water-logging and if it appears wet mix in dry shredded newspaper and/or cardboard.

3) A balanced mix of food waste is best.

4) Easy on the highly acidic foods:- onions, garlic, citrus fruits and very spicy foods.

5) Read and occasionally re read the product instructions. We all like to get things sorted quickly and sometimes think we know a tad more than maybe we do, but our product instructions are in all modesty, well written, informative and cover 99% of all key queries you are likely to have on your Wormery.

6) Lift the lid and take a nosey from time to time. Have a little dig or poke about to check all is well. Any problems refer to 5) above!

7) If you don’t like flies avoid storing the kitchen waste too long before adding to the Wormery and don’t leave the Wormery lid open more than is essential.

8) Look after your worms and they will look after you – well they’ll make excellent compost and liquid feed for you at least!

9) Bury meat waste to minimise the risk of flies invading.

10) Remember to dilute the liquid feed with 10 parts water prior to use. It’s excellent stuff, but it is concentrated!