The month of the longest day is with us once again and that’s worth celebrating with us by taking advantage of our great-value goodies for your vegetable plot and your garden.
Have a look through our range of outdoor furniture and solutions for entertaining outdoors plus ways to tackle the effects of drought which has hit the UK hard since winter. See out news piece below for more information.
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Organic Extra is a water-retaining soil solution perfect for long-term dry weather. The concentrate formula improves the soil making it hold onto water for longer so that even when rain is lacking as it has been this winter and spring plants can rely on the stored water within the soil.
There’s nothing more soul-destroying than seeing your well-grown crops suddenly stripped down to the stalks by slugs. After a rainfall slugs arrive in large numbers to feed on the greens you have spent time and love growing. Nemaslug is an easy solution to wipe out large numbers of slugs. Simply dissolve in water and add to the soil with a watering can.
Strawberries are the epitome of great-tasting summer food which you can grow easily yourself; sun-ripened and responsive to rain the flavours intensify with varieties particularly suited to the UK weather. Home-grown strawberries beat the supermarket equivalents in value, quality and flavour so give them a go at home, growing them in baskets or containers to suit you.
Space-saving solution to growing your own crops even if you have no garden. Marshalls Greenhouse Gro-Beds just needs four canes to slide in the special sleeves at the top for rigidity. Then fill with good loamy soil or compost and you're ready to grow. Each bed takes an impressive 140-150 litres of vegetable-growing compost to give you around 40-50 salads or strawberries growing at one time.
Fruit cages and nets are the perfect solution to keeping birds off the soft fruit and tree fruit that you are growing in your garden or on your allotment. Birds are eating more fruit than usual because of the high water content; a relief to birds during the long-term lack of rain we have had since winter. Cages and nets are effective solutions against birds and come in different price ranges to suit your budget.
Looking for fewer green tomatoes at the end of the season? Attract pollinating insects like bees and flies to your plot by planting summer-flowering bulbs and the pollinators will help towards more fruiting. Flowers like lilies and gladioli and height and colour to your outdoor space and you can plant now for blooms from mid to late summer. Last chance buy – HALF PRICE.
The crisp fresh taste of runner beans is fantastic – especially when you eat one or two fresh from the plant before steaming the rest for Sunday dinner. Plant now and you can be harvesting colanders full of beans from as early as July, after charming flowers have put on their display.
Varieties to try...
Runner bean Firestorm - Less than 70p a plant - Brilliant red flowers and tender pods. Self-fertile, producing runners whatever the weather.
Runner bean Stardust - For fans of white gardens - This self-fertile variety reveals clusters of snow-white flowers before setting to stringless beans.
Runner bean Jackpot Mixed - Perfect for pots - perfect-for-patios French and runner bean hybrid. Even works well in hanging baskets.
Runner bean risotto
Have a filling and tasty meal after spending time outside working on the vegetable plot or in the garden.
- 150g / 5½oz runner beans
- 1x tablespoon olive oil
- 1x large onion, finely chopped
- 300g / 10½oz risotto rice
- 1x litre / 1¾ pints vegetable stock
- 50g / 2oz parmesan (or similar vegetarian hard cheese), finely grated, plus extra to serve
- 200g / 7oz cooked broad beans
- 3x knobs of butter
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
Slice runner beans into 2cm/¾in pieces and boil in a pan of water until they become tender. Drain beans.
Heat the olive oil in another pan and add the onion. Cook over a low heat for 5 minutes until onions become soft.
Stir in the rice and cook for a further 2-3 minutes, stirring continuously.
Add the stock, stir the mixture and cover with the lid. Simmer for quarter of an hour, or until the rice has become tender.
Stir in parmesan, butter and runner beans and season, to taste with salt and pepper
Avoid grey mould by keeping your strawberry plants well ventilated. Grey mould loves humidity which comes about when there is too much foliage and too many stems around your fruit. Cut out around a fifth of the leaves or stems of strawberries to keep the air flowing and Botrytis at a low.
Beware of long-term lack of rainwater
It’s been in all the newspapers - Despite the odd rainfall we’ve had very little rain in the long-term since around September, having an impact on farms and indeed allotments up and down the country.
At Marshalls we can’t stress enough how important soil water is for your crops which is why we’ve extended our range of irrigation and watering solutions to you.
Get hold of Chelsea stars from Marshalls
Back once again with 40 Sunbury Road The Horticultural Trades Association exhibited in conjuction with Peter Seabrook and The Sun newspaper to win a Silver Medal. Proudly featuring is easy-to-grow strawberry Marshmello from Marshalls, producing flavoursome strawberries perfect sun-ripened and grown from your garden.
Pre-order overwintering onions now - for one thing less to think about in busy autumn
Order your favourite varieties of great-value onions, shallots and garlic now and cross that task off your autumn-gardening list. You’ll receive sets in autumn to plant out and grow underground over the winter for earlier harvests the following year.