This weeks news from Hayes Garden World

Recent extremes of weather in some areas of the country have shown the need to conserve water in the garden. One way to conserve water is to mulch borders with chipped bark, do it after a downpour, hoe out the weeds then apply about 5cm of chipped bark. Evergreen Mini-chip Bark in store is 2 x 50ltr bags for £10; normally £5.99 per bag. If you hold a Rewards card they are 3 bags for £12.

Salvias are a great drought tolerant plant; they love a sunny spot on poor well draining soils. Available in a fantastic palette of colours; electric blue, scarlet, hot pink and white or in pastel shades they are worth a spot in any garden.

When it’s raining cats and dogs collect it in a water butt to see you over the dry spells; they easily attach to a downspout and are available in slim-line versions for small gardens. If you are on a water meter why waste precious mains water on the garden.

Mixing water retention gel into the compost as you plant up your containers keeps the compost moist and cuts down on the chances of your bedding plants drying out. All you need is about a teaspoon full in an average size hanging basket.

This weeks recipe is a bit of a challenge, try baking a cake on your BBQ. This lemon drizzle cake is everyone’s favourite and so easy:

Why not have a go at our Veggie BBQ Recipe competition and win yourself a new charcoal BBQ or some accessories:

There’s still plenty of fine weather to come so time to enjoy a new set of garden furniture; check out our outdoor furniture sale pages for a bargain:

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