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Our eco-friendly initiatives

15 July 2021

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

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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SylvaGrow® Farmyard wins Garden Press Event New Product Award

25 March 2021

We are delighted to report that for the second year in a row, Melcourt has won the Best New Product Award at the Garden Press Event. Voted by the delegates at this year’s event which was successfully held online, SylvaGrow Farmyard carried the day. Melcourt’s Managing Director Andy Chalmers said, ‘We are delighted to have…

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Why Fresh Compost is Always Best

24 March 2021

This month, we explore what can happen if compost is stored incorrectly – and what to do with leftovers…   Anyone who has read the small print on the back of our SylvaGrow bags will see that we recommend using the product within the season of purchase. This may seem a rather vague statement –…

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What does ‘John Innes’ mean?

18 February 2021

We know there can be confusion about what John Innes composts actually are and who he was. In this month’s blog, we aim to answer all the questions you may have about this great heritage range of composts… Our new SylvaGrow John Innes composts went into production in February and will start appearing on garden…

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Why our composts are suitable for vegans

25 January 2021

We delve deeper into our vegan composts this month and explain just what makes them perfect for vegan gardeners. Interest in vegan gardening has sky rocketed in the last year – and with it the curiosity about our vegan range. Many of our peat-free SylvaGrow composts are suitable for use by vegans, but exactly what…

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January Jobs in the Garden

18 December 2020

Grab the New Year by both gardening gloves! Melcourt’s technical director Catherine Dawson shows you how to plant a tree, take root cuttings and get mulching January. A new year with all the hope and promise that it brings – this year more than ever. Many of us were thankful for the sanctuary of our…

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Four Frosty Gardening Projects

3 December 2020

Gardening year at an end? Melcourt technical director Catherine Dawson shows you there’s still plenty of garden jobs to dig into this December Winter approaches. A season of calm in the garden. A time to put the flower beds to bed and batten down the hatches. But when the weather is mild and you have…

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Product Lead Times

11 May 2020

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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Melcourt is open for business

6 April 2020

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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Our Technical Director Catherine Dawson ‘Unpruned’

2 April 2020

  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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Melcourt is open for business

25 March 2020

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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