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Rachel - Gardening Tips IdeasI will begin by introducing myself, my name is Rachel, I have been a part of this exciting team for four years now. In the gardening world I would describe myself as a ‘rooky’ keen to learn from the wealth of knowledge that works around me. I then take that home to experiment in my own small village garden.

I love to write about my trials and tribulations, my successes and failures as my garden develops into a well-loved and very used space. I’m sure along the way many more topics that may be of interest will crop up too including the occasional recipe or tip I have heard!

Planting New Ideas With Rachel

Guest Blog – Protecting Plants from Frost

Just like myself, most gardeners worry about their plants when there is threat of frosts. Frost can damage, harm and kill crops. There are some things you can do though for protecting plants from frost.

Frost often happens when the night is still and clear, when air temperature is almost freezing. When temperature is almost freezing, the plant’s surface temperature has a tendency to dip below freezing point. Under this situation …Read More

Guest Blogger – Geoff Stonebanks, Driftwood Garden.

Back in March this year I was approached by Rachel Morgan from Bakker’s  marketing department and asked if I wanted them to run a competition for my many Twitter followers. Not really sure what it would involve I said why not. Little did I know how successful it would be for Bakker, myself and the lucky winner of the £50 box of goodies, Jane Rogers!

Nor did I realise too that …Read More

It’s a cheese & vine party!

 

Led Zeppelin is on in the back ground and the coffee table is swamped by a Swiss cheese plant… No you haven’t just stepped back in time, the 1970’s style is set to take interiors by storm this year ( and Zeppelin never went away).

 

From shag pile rugs, to colourful velvet sofas and house plants in abundance, there’s something to excite everyone about this fun 70s décor style revival.

So, dust …Read More

Just like I imagined

Bakker’s Top 10 for Spring 2018!

Who wouldn’t want some extraordinary bulbs ready to spice up your spring?
Here we have our top ten, chosen for a long display of colour, vigour and fun!
Every bulb offers something different! They will certainly stand out in the spring sunshine. With a wide variety of colour, shapes and sizes, they really are perfect to be planted in your borders, patio pots and homes!
There are so many spring bulbs to choose …Read More

Who will dig it? Proud sponsors of The Gardening Scotland Festival!

Scotland’s hugely anticipated garden festival – Gardening Scotland – will once again open its doors to the public at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, from 2nd-4th June 2017.
Welcoming more than 35,000 people, the three-day event is a celebration of all things related to the great outdoors, attracting novice and expert gardeners, foodies, nature lovers and families looking for a fun and action-packed day out.

Bakker.com is the proud sponsor of the …Read More

TOP TIPS FOR BUDDING POND KEEPERS!

 

Spring is upon us and that means it’s the perfect time to give our gardens some much needed love and attention after the cold, winter months. It also provides an opportunity to redesign gardens and put in that pond you’ve been thinking about. Maybe you already have one but you need some help bringing it to life. To help, Dave Hulse, Tetra’s Technical Consultant has popped together some key tips …Read More

A Helping Hand From Rosemary

Do you fancy something a little different with your lamb this Easter?
Here is a easy winning recipe for just that!
Crispy Rosemary Potatoes
For 4 hearty eaters you will need.

2kg white potatoes

140g butter melted

Small springs of rosemary

Sea salt or rock salt (if you have it)
Method
1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Slice peeled potatoes as finely as possible, preferably on a mandolin, if you don’t have one, use a very sharp …Read More

Driftwood Garden Owner Guest Blogs for Bakker.com

This is the first blog I have written for Bakker! I have bought quite a few new plants this year as there always seems to be a unique collection available. Some of you may have heard of my multi-award winning garden on the south coast. It’s called Driftwood and is situated midway between Brighton and Eastbourne. There is nothing between the garden and the sea, a quarter of a mile …Read More

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Autumn’s colourful cloak diminishes with every chilly gust, sending blazing leaves swirling on the breeze, while down below, diamond lilies sparkle and spring bulbs begin their slow march to glory, sending out roots into the cold earth.
 

It may feel like the year is drawing to a close, but there’s still one or two really worthwhile jobs to be doing in the garden. Those autumn leaves make a wonderful addition to …Read More

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Keukenhof 2016

March the 24th, was the open day of Keukenhof 2016! Bakker.com have been proud sponsors of the Keukenhof now for many years. I was lucky enough to visit recently and my high expectations were well and truly met! From walking though the gates, the sense of excitement is buzzing around you. For any gardener, I can only liken it to Charlie entering the Chocolate Factory! Just wow!

It was a chilly morning …Read More

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Spring Cleaning Soup!

If like me, you have eaten too much choccy just lately, and want to kick start the healthy eating again for summer. I have found a real health boosting soup that will spring clean you from the inside out! It is very simple to follow and should only cost pennies to make four portions.

What you will need….

2tbsp olive oil
1 red onion, finely chopped
2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut …Read More

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Olive the tortoise!

Meet Olive! The newest member of our household. It’s no wonder tortoises live for so long, they have the healthiest diet of anyone I know! As a house of gardeners, we are keen to grow all of Olive’s food ourselves. Not only will this be good fun, it will also keep her as close to nature as possible. By doing this she will be following the seasons veggie delights very much like …Read More

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Helping bumblebees!

Last spring we saw lots in the media regarding our UK decline of bumblebee species. Many of which have been declining for a number of years. The main reason for this is the loss of their natural habitat through urbanisation and a steep incline in intensive use of agricultural pesticides. Historically, large proportions of our countryside was not cultivated due to it not being feasible or profitable for farm use. …Read More

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From root to fruit!

Whether you have acres and acres of countryside, or a high-rise balcony, we all have space to grow our own strawberries! As the nation’s favourite fruit to grow, you really are missing a trick if you haven’t given them a go!
I inherited mature strawberry plants in my little village garden, they are now hardy enough to withstand the snow and take no maintenance at all. I have decided that this …Read More

Roasted Vegetables

Roast Vegetables, a guide to getting them just right!

Roasted vegetables are a simple, delicious healthy dish. Using a mixture of different vegetables (home grown if you can!) will give a good balance of flavours to be eaten on their own or as a side dish.
Prepare butternut squash by chopping off any tough skin. Scrub or peel root vegetables like parsnips. You can also use other vegetables such as carrots, squash, celeriac and sweet potatoes. The more the merrier!
A …Read More

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Grow your own detox

If, like me, you stumbled into 2016 suffering from a severe overdose of booze and cheese, read on. January is traditionally the time when we kickstart a healthier regime, but who honestly wants to spend lots of time in the gym, or splash out lots of money on health food supplements? The real answer is at your (green) fingertips.
It’s time to grow yourself healthy – gardening is proven to have …Read More

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January Blues Buster Smoothie!

This healthy vegan smoothie is packed full of vitamins to banish any winter blues! Pack full with fabulous flavours, dust off your juicer and give this one a try!

Ingredients

1 young beetroot (approximately 120g/4¼oz), cooked
125ml/4fl oz coconut milk, chilled
1 ripe banana
A handful of blueberries
1 vanilla pod ( just the inside, discarding the pod)
7 ice cubes
tiny pinch sea salt
2 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice

Preparation …Read More

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