January 2017 Newsletter

Happy New Year. We hope you’ve had a great Christmas and you have a rewarding and fruitful New Year.

Winter’s been a mixed season this year, beginning cold and with some frosty snaps, and ending with a mixed bag of mild but unsettled and foggy weather. Let’s see what January brings.

We hope you get the chance to get outside in January and fingers crossed for clear days so you can enjoy the fresh air.

Whatever the weather, we have an exciting new catalogue for you to peruse in the comfort and warmth of your home. So sit back and read your Marshalls January catalogue, 150 well-illustrated pages of exciting crops you can try for yourself at home for healthy harvests.

We’ve illustrated just some of the highlights for you below in our news section including early, stringless dwarf French bean Satelit (pictured above) and a strawberry variety, named by you.

Enjoy your catalogue!


Jobs to do

Prune apples in winter

Prune apple trees now for healthy new, disease-free leafy and flowering branches to emerge in spring. Cut out dead branches and branches that are growing into the centre of the tree. Also cut out about a third of the wispy upright stems that appear around the tree, as these will not produce fruit.




Keep an eye out for mouse damage to stored fruit

In winter mice will take the opportunity to feed on fruit and vegetables that you have grown and are storing in the garage. They are partial to apples in particular so place traps around crates or keep a regular check and cover well, especially in the evening.





Keep vegetable plots tidy

Keep your vegetable plot clear of debris now to reduce the risk of disease and rot. After harvests collect the debris and bin it. Don’t put debris on the compost bin in case it is carrying spores which may remain in the compost.






Keep Brussels sprouts upright

Depending on the weather, be prepared to stake Brussels sprout plants. They sometimes become loose in the soil and are susceptible to wind rock. Tie stems loosely to stakes and mound up the soil around the base to increase the stability.





Consider saving up egg cartons

It’s wise to start collecting egg cartons now which are perfect for placing seed potatoes in. These are the immature potatoes before they go into the ground. Place seed potatoes like hard-boiled eggs in egg cartons in a cool and light spot sprouting broccoli and they become perfectly-prepared for planting for strong plants.




Improve the soil in your vegetable plot

If you’ve noticed that the soil in your vegetable patch is really heavy and prone to producing puddles, remedy this by adding organic matter into it like farmyard manure or concentrated Organic Extra. This makes the texture of the soil more open and easy to use. It also encourages earthworms into the soil to further improve it.



Easy to grow, quick to prepare and versatile, this is well worth adding to your vegetable patch for a good winter harvest.

If you’re looking for a post-Christmas detox – this is the crop for you. It’s full of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and cancer-attacking phytochemicals. It’s praised by personal trainers and nutritionists as a superfood, and by chefs as a well-flavoured natural ingredient to add to flavoursome dishes.

Extra-Early Rudolph

5-star rating: Produces good-sized and exceptionally tender spears on sturdy-framed plants. Harvest through the whole of winter and eat to ward off colds.

Summer Purple

It’s not just a crop for winter. Bred to crop in summer we provide this variety as seeds and plants to suit for gardening agenda. Very heat-tolerant and high-yielding. Beautiful picked, blanched and served with butter.

White Eye

Recognised by the RHS with an Award of Garden Merit on account of its flavour and reliability. Reveals delicious spears for you to enjoy from February to April.


Recipe of the month- cream of broccoli soup

Learn to how put your home grown crops to good use by making this tasty and nutritious cream of broccoli soup. Easy and simple to make, this creamy soup is packed with vitamin C and fibre.

You will need;

5 tbs butter or meltable margarine
1 chopped onion
1 chopped celery
750ml (26 fl oz) chicken/vegetable stock
700g (1 ½ lbs) broccoli florets
3 tbs plain flour
500ml (17 ½ fl oz) milk

What to do next... 

Melt 2 tbs butter in medium sized pan and fry onions and celery until they are soft.

Add the broccoli florets and stock and simmer for around 10 minutes.

In a small sized pan melt the remaining butter, stir in the plain flour and put in the milk. Keep stirring until the stock gets thick and creamy. Add salt and pepper to flavour to taste.


Pest & Disease watch 

These opportunistic rodents are partial to vegetables in all forms- whether roots, leaves or even seeds. They love apples and will seek out stored apples you have in the garage or cellar.

You can put down mousetraps or alternatively store fruit and vegetables in high places where mice are less likely to get to them, leaving your well-deserved crops for you. If possible, hang stored fruit and vegetables in mesh bags. This keeps your crops well-aired and away from rodents.

Be aware that they love certain seeds too. If you are sowing sweet peas, keep your seeds covered with a propagator lid. Not only will this provide the perfect humid environment for your seeds, it will keep mice from digging up the seeds to feast on them.


January news

NEW Marshalls catalogue January 2017

The NEW Marshalls catalogue is landing on doorsteps, packed with a great range of fruit, vegetables and growing accessories.

With daylight hours at a minimum, now is a great opportunity for taking stock of your kitchen garden and start planning for the spring and summer ahead. Here are some of our highlights, including NEW crops for you to enjoy and great offers like FREE garlic chive seeds with every potato order


NEW varieties to delight your senses- available now at Marshalls

Be the first to grow Sweet potato Molokai, a highly colourful and nutritionally superior variety in the UK. This variety of the much-loved superfood that is sweet potato has high antioxidant levels, perfect for January detoxing, and brightens up your Sunday dishes. Consider chopping and chipping for wedges. A healthy alternative to fries.




Introducing strawberry ‘Marshmelts’

The name chosen by you for the Marshalls-exclusive variety originally named EM1592. We asked you to name this variety in the autumn catalogue and we got a fantastic response with ideas from Leicester City fans to those embracing Princess Charlotte’s 1st birthday. Thank you for a great response.

Our Head of Horticulture praises Marshmelts for its ‘sweet high-yielding fruit with a traditional strawberry flavour and truly melts in the mouth.’


Finally the first clubroot-resistant calabrese- available NOW

Exclusive to Marshalls, Calabrese Komodo is a unique calabrese variety you can trust. Look forward to clubroot-free harvests from July to October. Growing on compact plants you can fit lots of sturdy, tough plants even in a small plot.

‘A brilliant new development which will be enjoyed by all those growers cursed by clubroot.’


Win a cash prize for growing new French bean Satelit

Grow new French bean Satelit with us and be in with a chance to exhibit exclusively in one of 5 shows of the National Vegetable Society this year for a cash prize.

Following our successful tomato Montello competition, we’re giving you the chance to grow for exhibition again. Marshalls have teamed up with the prestigious National Vegetable Society and we’ve widened the competition for you to show 9 home-grown specimens of French bean Satelit at 1 of 5 NVS shows up and down the country.

If yours are the pick of the crop you’ll win £75 as first prize, £20 as second prize or £5 as third prize. Dates of exhibiting are from July to September. Dates to be specified soon. Follow us on Facebook.

If you would like to take part we’ll send you all the details with your order of French bean Satelit. Good look and enjoy your delicious crop of stringless, filet-white seeded beans, cropping right up to first frosts.