Little Stoke Garden Society has an on-site shop holding a range of horticultural products available to all members. All profits made are used for the benefit of the members.
The shop is open every Sunday 10.00am to 12.00am from February through to end of July.
Canes - 8ft, 6ft, 5ft, 4ft, 3ft, 2ft and 18".
Labels, pea & bean netting, Phosphogen plant food, tomato feed, slug killer and Ant killer.
Coated garden wire, raffia, twine/string, cable ties, multipurpose bag, Miracle Grow, children's gloves and cotton grip gloves ,
bug spray, bean rings, various plant pots, hanging baskets 10", 12" and hanging basket liners.
Growing pots - fibre - 12's, growing pots - fibre - 20's, grow tubes
Organic chicken manure, frost fleece, cloche tunnel.
Pistol grip dibber and sieve scoop set.
If you have any suggestions for further products we should stock, please do hesitate to contact any of the committee members.
We also offer a large range of fertilisers and additives for your allotment
Soil is limed to counteract its natural tendency to become more acidic, and to create and maintain optimum conditions for plant growth.
An alkaline soil contains lots of calcium, an element required by all plants. In very acidic soils there is a shortage of calcium salts.
Most soils in the UK are slightly acidic due to leeching of the calcium from the soil by rainwater. Most plants will thrive if the acidity of the soil can be adjusted to 6.0 – 6.5 pH
Soil for brassicas should have a pH of approximately 7.5, therefore an application of lime will help maintain optimum conditions
Care should be taken when adding lime to soil, if possible, apply lime in the autumn or winter whilst digging, enabling the rain to wash it in slowly. Choose a calm day and spread it evenly with a gloved hand Never use lime at the same time as manure and nitrogenous fertiliser, as it may react and reduce its effectiveness. If you are unsure of the pH of your soil, testing kits can be bought in most garden centres.
Growmore is a traditional garden fertiliser which contains a careful balance of nutrients, to promote healthy growth throughout your allotment and garden.
It is easy to apply and will give your plants everything they need to flourish. No mixing or diluting required.
Use early spring to October.
Base dressing: before planting fruit and vegetables apply 5oz per square yard. Work in to the top 4” of soil.
Top dressing: sprinkle evenly 3oz per square yard. Hoe and rake it in during dry weather Repeat every 6 weeks during the growing season
BLOOD, FISH and BONE
Organic based compound fertiliser for general use on fruit and vegetables. Quick acting in warm weather and in moist soils, it is one of the most rapid acting fertilisers.
2oz per square yard in the seed bed or for initial top dressing. A further 2oz per square yard dressing is recommended during the growing season.
Bonemeal is a good source of organic phosphate, which is safe to handle.
It also provides a useful level of slowly available “organic” nitrogen.
Bonemeal is a particularly good pre-planting fertiliser for roses, shrubs, trees and woody plants, encouraging strong healthy root growth, leading to quick establishment.
Vegetables, especially peas, potatoes, onions and root crops benefit from it.
A regular dressing encourages the vigour and colour of outdoor bulbs and plants. It may be applied all year round as a base dressing before planting and sowing. Sprinkle evenly over the whole area (4oz per square yard) and work into the top 4” of soil with a fork.
When planting roses trees and shrubs, mix 4oz with the soil from the planting hole before planting.
As a top dressing to established plants sprinkle it evenly between bushes and flowers and rows of vegetables, hoe and rake in. if dry conditions prevail water for maximum effect.
Concentrated organic fertiliser. Quick acting in warm weather, in moist soils it is one of the most rapid fertilisers to act.
Dried blood is mainly used as a top dressing (2oz-3oz) per square yard.
Rake into the soil prior to planting of plants
Very effective when used in the greenhouse.
HOOF and HORN
A slow release fertiliser, best used after winter digging, to give the soil time to absorb the nutrients for spring planting.
SODIUM NITRATE (Nitrate of Soda)
This fertiliser increases both sodium and soil pH – one pound of sodium nitrate raises the pH about as much as three pounds of lime would.
Use sodium nitrate on soil prior to planting, 1oz per square yard.
Particularly beneficial for Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, lettuces, celery trenches and asparagus beds.
Only a small amount of sodium nitrate will provide adequate nutrients for the allotment and garden
Gardeners who employ intensive techniques will need to add a little extra fertiliser after removal of particularly heavy feeding crops, especially where the soil tends to be heavy.
For vibrant blooms and heathy foliage.
For established plants put evenly around the base, keeping it off the stems and leaves, hoe in lightly and water well if dry.
Only 2 applications are required during the season. First one in the spring, 1oz for each plant when active growth starts. The 2nd application in the summer when the first flush of flowers have faded.
For new plants, Plant October -March. Make sure the ground is not waterlogged or frozen, container grown plants can be planted anytime, as long as the soil is suitable.
Bare rooted plants: dig a hole wide enough to spread out the roots, mix a handful of fertiliser with the bottom soil. Buds should be 1” below the soil when planting is complete.
POTASSIUM SULPHATE (Sulphate of Potash)
Potash strengthens plants and makes them more weather and disease resistant. It also encourages flower formation and colour, leading to better blooms and higher fruit yields. It is particularly beneficial for tomatoes.
Apply from early spring to November as a base dressing before sowing and planting. Sprinkle it evenly over the whole area (2oz per square yard) and work into the topsoil with a rake.
As a top dressing to established plants, apply early spring (1oz per square yard and up to 4oz per square yard for fruit trees and bushes.) Sprinkle evenly between rows of vegetables, amongst flowers and over the whole area covered by the branch spread of the trees, shrubs and fruit bushes. Hoe in and water well.
Premier fertiliser for fruit, vegetables and flowers.
It contains vital plant food and trace elements for vigorous growth, abundant flowering and ripening fruit.
Roses 4oz per square yard prior to planting or for established plants, as a spring dressing.
Fruit and vegetables 4oz per square yard before sowing and planting and 2oz for top dressing once or twice in summer months.
Apples, pears and plums 5oz per square yard Currants, gooseberries and raspberries 4oz per square yard Strawberries 2-3 oz per square yard.
Phosphates are vital in helping root development and quick establishment of young and recently moved plants.
Vegetables especially peas, potatoes, onions and root crops benefit,whilst regular dressing encourages the vigour and colour of outdoor bulbs and flowers. It also encourages the early maturing of fruit.
Superphosphates may be applied all year as a base dressing before sowing or planting. Sprinkle it evenly over the whole area (2oz per square yard) and work into the soil.
For seed germination Vermiculite is ideal for the germination of seeds because of its aeration properties, and its water holding capacity makes it a very suitable medium for direct contact with seeds.
When used alone, without compost, seedlings should be fed with a weak fertiliser solution when the first seed growth appears.
Large seeds can be mixed with vermiculite in a small polythene bag closed at the neck, and kept in a warm place until the seeds start to germinate. Then the plants can be transferred to small pots of potting compost. When used in potting compost it gives a very light, open compost holding more water and therefore requiring less watering
A 50% - 50% mix of vermiculite and moss is ideal for hanging baskets To improve existing compost, add 20% -30% vermiculite and mix thoroughly
If it is important to keep pots at a constant temperature, you can protect them with a covering layer of vermiculite
Perlite is great for rooting cuttings and fosters much stronger root formation than those grown in water alone
A premium mix of one part loam, one part peat moss, and one part perlite is optimum for container growing, enabling the pot to hold just enough water and oxygen.
For container gardens and potted plants, use up to 1/3 perlite per container. Succulents and orchids especially love perlite, and their potting soil can be mixed with half or even more perlite depending on the species.
LAWN- WEED, FEED and MOSS KILLER
A high quality mini granular feed for a strong and healthier looking lawn Kills weeds and moss. Organic based.
Can be mixed with compost when sowing seeds and taking cutting
When sowing, fine seeds can be mix with silver sand enabling the seeds to be sown more thinly
Can ne mixed with compost, to help with aeration for planting and potting on.
BASE FERTILISER: (SUITABLE BEFORE PLANTING)
Bonemeal* *, Growmore, Hoof and Horn, Sulphate of Potash Superphosphate Sulphate of Ammonia, Vitax, Rose Fertiliser* and Sodium Nitrate.
FOR TOP DRESSING: (FOR ESTABLISHED PLANTS)
Bonemeal **, Dried Blood, Growmore, Sulphate of Potash, Superphosphate, Sulphate of Ammonia, Blood, Fish and Bone, Vitax, Lawn, Weed and Feed, Rose Fertiliser, Sulphate of Potash, and Sodium Nitrate.
**Suitable for Organic Gardeners