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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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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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10 autumn garden jobs

8 September 2021
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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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How to water your garden containers

16 August 2021
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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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Sustainable tips for your garden and allotment

3 August 2021
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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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Our eco-friendly initiatives

15 July 2021
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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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Look out for the responsible sourcing scheme

15 July 2021
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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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