An Entertaining Place to be

An Entertaining Place to be

Hare Hatch Sheeplands is open for business. The Farm Shop is thriving, the plant centre is awash with colour, and in all parts of the centre we have bargains and great value for money.

 

Over the Easter holidays we'll have our usual aray of children's entertainment, including Bertie's Slippers, Quirks, Oojamaflip, MAD Academy, Creative Studio, Treasure Trail and Colouring Competition. Plus we're hosting the Reading Rock Choir (April 1) and Thames Valley Orchid Show (April 8). There's something for everyone at Sheeplands and it's very definitely business as usual.

 

More on planning in 2 - 3 weeks.

Wow! Take a look at these ...

Wow! Take a look at these ...

Take a look at these stunning woven willow trees (Salix Alba). These willows are braided from fresh willow cuttings and the trees can be planted in pots or beds. Eventually the braids will grow together.

 

They need plenty of water and fertilizer and a sharp trim every spring to stay at their best, but what a fantastic addition to the patio or garden.

 

These woven willow trees are available in a variety of sizes:

  • 50 cm = £16.99
  • 60 cm = £19.99
  • 90 cm = £49.99
  • 120 cm = £69.99
  • 180 cm = £119.99

Mother's Day Planters

Mother's Day Planters

Choose from a selection of outdoor and indoor planters, especially for Mother's Day. Choose from different planters and baskets in a variety of sizes and colours:

 

Outdoor

  • 15 cm square and round planters = £9.99
  • 15 cm trough planter = £9.99
  • 25 cm round planter = £12.99
  • 28 cm round planter = £16.99
  • 40 cm trough planter = £19.99

Indoor

  • Small round and square planters = £9.99
  • Two tone oval basket = £14.99
  • Indoor hydrangers = £15.99
  • Medium planters = £19.99
  • Oblong two tone basket = £19.99
  • Large basket = £29.99

Farm Shop Focus

Farm Shop Focus

The Sheeplands Farm Shop has been established for years and yet it sometimes feels like one of our best kept secrets. Managed by Magda, the Farm Shop team are friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about customer service. What some of you may not know is the depth and breadth of products available from basic staples to that special treat.

 

Here's some of what the Farm Shop has to offer:

  • Fresh fruit and veg
  • Freshly baked bread
  • Fresh local eggs
  • Jon Thorner butchery - joints, meat saver packs, english sausages, cheese, homemade pies, etc
  • Unique wines from Woods of Henley
  • Local craft beers and cider from 7 breweries
  • Convenience and ready meals from Cook
  • Gluten and allergen free product range
  • Field Fare frozen fruit and veg
  • Speciality products such as food gifts, special occasion treats and luxury food items
  • Artisan suppliers of preserves, chutneys, cakes, biscuits, pickles, juices, and jams
  • Olive bar
  • Healthy eating crisps and snacks
  • Not so healthy sweets, Easter eggs, chocolates and treats

Marvellous March Offers

Marvellous March Offers

In marvellous March pick one of these great offers:

  • 20% off clocks - valid until the end of marh
  • 20% off Melissa & Doug toys/games, with up to 50% off selected lines. Indoor and outdoor toys available.
  • Buy 1 get 1 FREE on Milano pots. Different sizes available @ £3.99, £5.99 and £7.99. Cheapest pot FREE.

Enter Now: RG10 Front Garden Competition

Enter Now: RG10 Front Garden Competition

Calling all local gardeners in RG10. We have HHS vouchers to be won for the best kept gardens:

  • £100 - 1st prize
  • £75 - 2nd prize
  • £50 - 3rd prize

Anyone aged over 16 and resident in RG10 can participate. Your participation will also help Twyford in Bloom as the village aims to achieve a gold award.

 

To enter, either pick up an entry form in-store, or click on the website link HERE.

Colourful Bargains in the Plant Centre

Colourful Bargains in the Plant Centre

The plant centre is awash with colour and we've a fantastic array of shrubs, herbaceous perennials, starter plants and vegetables. Taking advantage of our multibuy offers is great value for money:

  • Herbs and strawberry plants (9 cm) - £1.99 each or 6 for £10
  • English heather (9 cm) - £2.49 each or 5 for £10
  • Herbs and lavender (13 cm) - £2.99 each or 4 for £10
  • Hardy patio and hanging basket plants (9 cm) - £2.49 each or 5 for £10
  • Strawberry plants and sweet peas - £2.99 per strip or 4 for £10
  • Senetti (3 litre) - £6.99 each of 2 for £10
  • Starter plants e.g. Fuchsia (7 cm) - £1.29 each or 10 for £11
  • Herbaceous perennials (1 litre) - £2.99 each or 4 for £10
  • Vegetable plants - £2.49 per strip or 5 for £10

Plant of the Week: Azalea

Plant of the Week: Azalea

A clump of azaleas in full bloom is a breathtaking sight, their day-glo colours singing from a wooded corner. Group several en masse for full pyrotechnics in neon yellow, orange, red and pink – it’s a sight you’ll look forward to all year.

 

Azaleas are closely related to rhododendrons, but have one elegant bloom per stem instead of huge clusters. That makes them more dainty, though still covered in flowers. They enjoy a spot in dappled shade, in acidic soil – if yours is neutral or alkaline, simply grow your azalea in a roomy container of ericaceous (acidic) compost. They’ll reward you with superb colour every May for years to come.

Protect your plants

Protect your plants

March can be a fickle month – so stock up on plant protection now to get your precious charges through frosts and rain showers unscathed. Popping extra protection over vulnerable plants like just-germinated seedlings, dahlias or new potato shoots is a great way to raise the temperature around them by a few degrees and prevent frost damage. It also saves them a battering from sudden spring gales and rain. Here are a few of the ways you can keep them safe:

 

Polythene tunnels: stretch across rows of seedlings to keep them tucked up cosy till they grow bigger.

 

Bell cloches: glass or clear plastic bells to slot over large single plants like courgettes or just-sprouting dahlia crowns.

 

Horticultural fleece: good emergency protection when a cold snap strikes without warning: throw a double layer over vulnerable plants in a trice.

 

Mulches: A thick layer of bark chips over roots helps prevent them freezing: just remove once the weather warms up again.

 

Pop-up grow houses and cold frames: Luxury accommodation for housing seedlings, cuttings and young plants on their way out into the open garden.

 

You’ll find all these and more on sale in our garden centre right now so pop by and stock up before the next frost strikes.

Job of the week: Sow sweet peas outside

Job of the week: Sow sweet peas outside

Sweet peas are a riot of colour and scent all summer and make a cheery addition to any flower border. You’ll find all your favourite varieties on our seed racks, as well as a selection of wigwams and obelisks to train them up. Sink your support into the ground, then sow four seeds directly into the soil around each vertical, about 2cm deep. Water thoroughly and protect from slugs and they should germinate within about ten days.

 

Flowers:
  • Hard prune buddleja, removing all growth to 15-20cm above ground
  • Dig up and divide congested clumps of herbaceous perennials
  • Trim spent flowers from winter-flowering heathers
Fruit & veg:
  • Direct sow hardy veg including carrots, parsnips, spinach and radish
  • Clear winter brassica beds, remove weeds and mulch with compost
  • Divide perennial herbs such as mint, marjoram and chives
Greenhouse:
  • Sow seeds of aubergines, chillies and tomatoes
  • Install extra shelving to make room for as many seedlings as possible
  • Keep watering seedlings carefully, keeping them just moist
Around the garden:
  • Re-pot pond plants into bigger containers so they can expand their spread
  • Place copper tape around pots to deter slugs and snails
  • Prepare the ground for sowing grass seed and laying turf next month

 

 
 
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