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Gardening is on the rise – but so is knowledge and interest in the environmental cost of peat harvesting and its alternatives   One of the happier outcomes of the pandemic has been a shift in the numbers of people gardening. Research by industry body the Horticultural Trades Association shows up to three million more…

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Gloves and wellies at the ready! Here’s our top ten jobs to be getting on with in the garden or allotment this autumn…   1. Sow autumn leaves It’s not too late to sow crops such as Chinese mustard, mizuna and American land cress for salad leaves. And they can easily be grown in containers.…

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SylvaGrow Melcourt watering tips

We share our top tips for watering your peat-free garden containers this summer   Watering your garden containers should be a simple operation – but as any gardener knows, a surprising number of difficulties can be encountered. It’s useful to remember that rainfall, however strong, rarely is enough to effectively water containers. In other words, don’t…

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August’s National Allotment Week focussed on how allotments could contribute to a sustainable future. Here, we offer five ways you can save precious natural rescources on your plot   Save water Drier springs and hotter summers have meant it’s even more important to find a more sustainable way to preserve water. It’s estimated the average…

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Melcourt bag for life

At Melcourt we are very aware of environmental issues. Here we round up some of our latest eco-friendly initiatives   Having never dealt with peat, we have have been very involved with the debate about its use for nearly three decades. And we are very happy to have been able to take a leading role…

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A new Responsible Sourcing of Growing Media Scheme could help you make more informed choices about the eco-friendliness of the compost you buy   No keen gardener can be unaware of the call to stop using peat. It is an issue that has been raging within professional horticulture for more than three decades. But although…

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We usually aim to get deliveries to our stockists within 5-10 working days of order but the Covid-19 pandemic, and the current extremely busy state of the gardening market, mean we are experiencing extended lead-times beyond that. Everyone at Melcourt is doing their utmost to meet customer requirements promptly so we would sincerely appreciate your…

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Due to the unfolding situation with coronavirus (COVID-19) we are adapting our working practices in order to keep in line with Public Health England and government guidelines. The health and well-being of our staff, customers and suppliers is our first priority. At present we are open for business. For customers, we believe that we will…

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  The April podcast from Garden Organic is now live and features an extensive interview between Sarah Brown who edits their Growing Advice web pages and our Technical Director Catherine Dawson. It had 1700 downloads on the first day and by the end of the month it’s expected that over 5000 will have listened to…

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Due to the unfolding situation with coronavirus (COVID-19) we are adapting our working practices in order to keep in line with Public Health England and government guidelines. The health and well-being of our staff, customers and suppliers is our first priority. At present we are open for business. For customers, we believe that we will…

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Melcourt’s Techncial Director Catherine Dawson receiving the Best New Product Award from Vicky Nuttall, Director of GIMA and representatives of the Greenfingers charity to whom the proceeds of the awards were given. Picture ©Steve Burden Photography We were delighted that the Melcourt Bag for Life won the Best New Product at the recent Garden Press…

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One of the most enjoyable aspects of our business is the varied nature of the audiences we serve and the people we meet. This was true on Wednesday 4th March when, at our rain-soaked manufacturing base near Tetbury, we were delighted to welcome members of the South West regional group of members of the British…

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