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SylvaGrow Tomato tips

Five tips for growing tomatoes

17 May 2022
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This British Tomato Fortnight, our technical manager Vicki Wright shares her tips for top-notch tomatoes…   Home-grown tomatoes are a delicious and rewarding crop to grow for the summer. And whether you grow them undercover, in pots, or in the ground – there’s a few key things to remember to ensure your salads, sandwiches and sauces…

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Melcourt Awarded a Royal Warrant by Her Majesty The Queen

20 April 2022
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Melcourt Industries Ltd are delighted to announce that they have been awarded a Royal Warrant by Her Majesty The Queen. A Royal Warrant of Appointment is granted as a mark of recognition to people or companies who have regularly supplied goods or services to HM The Queen, HRH The Prince of Wales or their households.…

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How to prick out, pot up and plant out

11 April 2022
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  Potting sheds, windowsills and greenhouses should be fit to burst with young plants. In this month’s garden blog, we show you how to prepare your seedlings for their next important steps… Pricking out Seeds sown close together in seed trays will compete for light and water and will require more spacious surroundings to stretch…

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“There are so many great female role models in horticulture”

7 March 2022
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This International Women’s Day, we talk to Catherine Dawson about women in horticulture and her role as Technical Director at Melcourt   How did you get into the horticultural industry? I knew nothing about horticulture, other than having parents who were keen gardeners, when I joined bark company Cambark in the early 1980s. I had…

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Peat-free Grower Profile: Harriet’s Plants

8 February 2022
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  We’re proud so many professional gardeners and growers use our peat-free growing mediums for their plants and gardens. In the first of a series of grower profiles, we chat to Harriet Thompson, founder of Harriet’s Plants, about why she chooses to grow peat free   You may have heard of free-from food – but…

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Houseplant tips from SylvaGrow

Top tips for healthy houseplants

10 January 2022
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Happy Houseplant Week! Our new technical manager Vicki Wright shows success with houseplants is down to a few simple indoor gardening strategies…   During the winter months, I reluctantly retreat from my garden – beaten back by the dark and ice. But it’s at this time of year, my houseplants begin to shine. Each plant…

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Festive ideas for Christmas containers

8 December 2021
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Want to inject some colour into your garden or patio this festive season? Here’s our top tips for bright and beautiful winter containers… Although it might feel like the colour drains from the garden in winter – it’s easily replaced with bright pops of berries, foliage and flowers in Christmas containers and pots. Choose three…

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Melcourt Sylvamix® – December Press Release

2 December 2021
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Melcourt Sylvamix® achieves two peat-free decades One of UK horticulture’s leading peat-free brands reaches its third decade this year. Launched in 2001, the Melcourt Sylvamix Range of Professional peat-free Growing Media has been used by nurseries throughout the UK since that time and has proved itself to be reliable, consistent and very popular. Few other…

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Sylvagrow tulip planting tips

Time for tulip planting!

11 November 2021
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  November is perfect for planting tulips for flowering in the spring. Here’s our top bulb-planting tips…   Just when you think there’s nothing left to plant, along come tulips! From cups, goblets to fringed parrots; through snow white and stripes to shocking pink – tulips hide unseen for a quarter of the year, only…

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COP26 Report – Peat-Free Horticulture – Demonstrating Success

5 November 2021
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We are delighted to be the first case study in the newly launched IUCN report ‘Peat-Free Horticulture – Demonstrating Success’ The report highlights the great success that companies such as Melcourt have enabled in both the retail and professional growing markets.

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Autumn mulching tips and products

18 October 2021
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  We don’t just make beautiful peat-free composts. Our FSC-certified bark and mulch range offers a variety of ways to bring some TLC to your garden this autumn   Autumn or spring mulching is a great way to lock in a multitude of soil benefits. A mulch can help suppress weeds and encourage beneficial soil…

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A growing interest in peat free

9 September 2021
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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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