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April 22, 2018


The Chelsea Fringe – One month to go -

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Ahead of ‘Hens & Garden’s, horticulturist advocates keeping rarer breeds  -

Friday, April 20, 2018

BALI CEO supports Scottish Horticulture Action Plan -

Friday, April 20, 2018

Green-tech launches new spring catalogue -

Friday, April 20, 2018

The numbers behind an award-winning Chelsea Flower Show garden -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Is the gender pay gap an issue within landscaping? -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Outdoor Creations continues growth -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The chainsaw of the future -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

University College Dublin’s Future Campus International Design Competition shortlist announced -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Celebrate Life without Walls at RHS Chelsea 2018 -

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Great Escape industry exhibit at RHS Chelsea Flower Show -

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Gillespies to put ‘the Garden’ into Ebbsfleet Garden City -

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

First look at Macmillan’s RHS Chatsworth Legacy Garden -

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Capel Manor College scoops Best in Show at Ascot Spring Garden Show -

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tim O’Hare Associates completes Soil Resource Survey RHS Wisley -

Monday, April 16, 2018

BALI to launch Professional Designer Webinar Series -

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The “live outdoors” Partnership -

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Nurseries unveil new environmentally friendly bags at Hall Place Plant Fair -

Friday, April 13, 2018

Countrywide Grounds teams up with Perfectly Green -

Friday, April 13, 2018

Alan Titchmarsh to open exhibition to mark Humphry Repton bicentenary -

Friday, April 13, 2018

Harrowden Turf

New global vegetable garden establishing well with HortLoam

Vegetable varieties from across the world are establishing well in RHS Garden Hyde Hall’s Global Growth Vegetable Garden, thanks in no small part to British Sugar TOPSOIL’s planting topsoil, HortLoam, which is the major component of the planting medium.

The new garden, which was designed by Xa Tollemache to celebrate the huge range of crops from across the globe that can be grown in the UK, was officially opened in July. The unusual circular design is divided into quarters, each representing a different continent. The garden is finished in Italian porphyry stone and many of the crops are planted in curved raised beds created from oak sleepers and filled with a blend of two parts HortLoam with one part native clay and green waste compost, providing an open, friable and humus-rich medium ideal for growing vegetables and fruits from around the world.

Whilst traditional crops are being grown, including carrots, potatoes, sweetcorn and peas, and some plants regarded as ornamental yet with an edible element such as hostas, dahlias and amaranthus, the garden is also pushing the boundaries by attempting to grow unusual crops and crops that are hard to grow in the UK, such as heat-loving chickpeas and Asian salad leaves such as mizuna and pac choi, which prefer a cool climate. More unusual crops such as tiger nuts, with their coconut-flavoured root nodules, and wonderberries, a relative of deadly nightshade, which can be eaten when fully ripe and used in jams and purees, are also doing well.

National TOPSOIL manager Andy Spetch said: “Seeing this project rise from plans to reality has been a great experience. We were delighted that the RHS chose HortLoam for such a high profile scheme and it is very satisfying to see how well the garden is establishing. It shows that HortLoam is a highly efficient planting topsoil, ideal for flower and shrub beds as well as vegetables.”

RHS Garden Hyde Hall, home of the Global Growth Vegetable Garden, is situated near South Woodham Ferrers in Essex, 20 minutes south east of Chelmsford.

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