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Help your plants flourish


Just like with human beings, to keep healthy and live long plants need a good balanced diet too. For plants though, their balance is not between carbs and protein, but between Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium or NPK – as well as all those little micronutrients they need – just like we may take a vitamin pill.

In the garden, each type of soil can hold varying amounts of feed in it. Clay soils bind feed in, sandy soils less so. But heavy rain can flush it all through. If growing in pots and baskets, it is even more important as peat and composts have little or no feed in – luckily our Premium Professional Compost Mix does – but even then does not last forever.

Going back to our NPK, each of these helps different parts of plants grow:

N – Nitrogen – for the leaves and stems of the plant
P – Phosphorous – boosts the roots and toughens them against diseases
K – Potassium (or Potash) – helps stimulate flowers and fruit – bigger corps and better flower displays

Just like you wouldn’t feed a newborn baby a hamburger, what we feed and when will also affect your plants too. Plus all those little “vitamin” micronutrients they need to toughen themselves up against pests and diseases. Plants can only use feed when they are growing – so when they have no leaves in Winter, no need to feed. The warmer it is, the brighter it is, the faster they grow, the more feed they need.

It may all sound a bit complicated – and if you’ve been dazzled by the array of feeds in garden centres, it is confusing. But worry not – we have the perfect solution. Take 3 bottles into the garden shed? No, our Blooming Fast Universal Soluble Feed really is perfect for all your plants – indoors or out, fruit or veg. flowers or trees – anything in fact apart from lawns.

So how do we do this? As it’s s soluble powder, one spoonful goes a long, long way. Simply dissolve one scoopful (scoop provided) into one standard gallon watering can – it turns it pale red so you can see there is feed in it. Finally, water your plants as normal around the base, or onto the pots or tubs. Avoid applying to the leaves – its just a waste, and ideally do it in the cooler evenings or early mornings too. Every 2 weeks or so is fine – there enough there for them to last that long. And each 750g tubs makes up into a whopping 10 watering can fuls of feed. Compare that to market leading brands ready to use mixes, and its less than 2% of the cost per can.

Used regularly like this you will see amazing results in your garden. More fruit, More flowers, longer lasting flowers, greener leaves, tougher plants, less diseases. All this starts with a healthy balanced plant feed – and Blooming Fast Universal Soluble Feed really is the only one you need. Team it up with our Professional Compost for even better results.

Make sure you add Blooming Fast Universal Soluble Feed to your basket now, visit

Shaun talks Gardening

Garden, Presenter Blogs

Hello to everyone, and particularly my gardening buddies out there!

From now on I will be doing a weekly gardening blog as a bit of fun and to share with you some of the things that are happening in my own garden and some of the other gardens that I help maintain. This includes my mum’s garden, the village pub’s garden and the small piece of land as you enter my village that I have promised the Parish Council that I will look after. Sounds like I’ll be a busy boy this year so it’s a good job I love gardening! I also thought it would be nice to share with you pictures of some of the plants, trees and bulbs that I have grown from the gardening shows last year and prior to that.

I didn’t have a lot of time during the week to do much in the garden and the weather has been a bit all over the place recently – sometimes sunny but often cold and wet. I’ve sure many of you will have noticed that I’ve grown a gardeners beard to keep me warm, but it doesn’t really help with the rain! Having said that I still managed to tidy up quite a bit as well as doing a lot of pruning, dead heading and revamping of my winter hanging baskets.

I don’t know how many of you remember one of the plants of the month last year – the Narcissus. They were amazing value and I planted dozens of them in my baskets and pots. They are now all in bud and should be out my next weekend, another reminder that spring is just around the corner. There is more yellow in my garden this month too as my Mimosas which I got from the gardening shows last year is also in full flower and looks beautiful as you can see from the photo.

I will forward to seeing you all on the regular gardening show this Sunday at 11pm with the lovely Angela and lots of new plants and surprises. Thanks for reading my first blog and happy gardening.

Shaun xxxx

Hayley enjoys Spring Gardening

Garden, Presenter Blogs

Hayley and Peter on a Gardening showIdeal World presenter Hayley tells us how she became interested in gardening and plants..

“What a great day Sunday was, it was our Ideal Spring Garden event and was a fabulously fun day. The fact we were busy from start to end makes you feel good because you then feel that the products were right, the prices were right and that everyone really enjoyed it.

I was lucky enough to have two shows with Lloyd Ashford-Thom with amazing deals from Spear and Jackson and then I had two hours of gardening with Peter McDermott and what a show, packed full of things we all wanted!

I’ve always loved gardening and fell in love with the beauty of plants when I started working at the garden shows, I absolutely loved Chelsea Flower Show.

Hayley and Lloyd on their Spear and Jackson showI’ve had many jobs, for years as a singer and dancer but also for many years as a demonstrator of products at shows and exhibitions – Chelsea Flower show was one of these shows we did for years and it was amazing. Sadly we never really had time to look around but we loved the atmosphere as they were always such wonderful busy days! They were long days 8am till 8pm, but come rain or shine or gale force winds the show was always packed. The weather never stopping the gardener, they still came!

Staying in London was always so expensive and trying to find somewhere affordable near to Chelsea was a nightmare. One year we rented a flat which from the window  (when you stand on your toes and lean out the window!) you could see the Thames. Not long after we were there, we were lucky enough to see the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations and they sailed right past our flat on the Royal barge.

It was a great character flat but was further from the show then we thought. We would always try and stay in walking distance but not this time , first we did have a long walk to the tube station and then a tube to Sloane Square and a final walk to the show! It meant very, very early starts but however early we left we always seemed to be running past Chelsea Royal Hospital in the hope we would be at the stand by 8am in time for opening! And always forgetting the bag check at the gate! Perhaps we needed to not go to bed at all and should just turn around and head straight back out the door as soon as we walked in to the flat! We still loved it though, what a show to make you fall in love with gardening.

Make sure you tune in this week for a whole week of gardening shows, including 6pm tonight, 9am Saturday and 11am-1pm Sunday.

Have a happy week and countdown to spring!”

What on Earth are Air Plants?!

Garden, News

What on Earth are Air Plants?!

Gone are the days of the wilting pot plant in the corner. Air Plants have cemented themselves as the new kid on block for self- sufficient household plants. It may sound like an idea straight from a Sci-fi novel but these root-less plants survive simply by obtaining nutrients from the air, which means not having to worry about constant watering, pruning or feeding! Perfect, right? So if you’re a proficient plant killer you’ll be pleased to hear these little  guys only require a small spritz of water once a week. Continue reading

Stargazing with Mike: Why I Love the Stars

Garden, Presenter Blogs

Why I love the Stars

When I was a child I always dreamed of going to the moon and flying in space. I would sit for hours imagining what it would be like to travel to far away galaxies and visit distant solar systems, which is one of the reasons why I was so happy when my mum and dad bought me my first telescope. The first time I looked at the moon through the eyepiece I felt as if I was there on the moon and that was it…..I was hooked. Continue reading

My One To Watch

Garden, News, Shaun's One To Watch

Now you may be feeling uninspired by the British weather to get out in the garden this weekend. But not to worry, that’s all about to change! We’ve got up to 50% off summer garden essentials this weekend, which means when the sun finally makes a reappearance, you’ll be ready to get out there and start planting!


We caught up with avid gardener Shaun to see how he was progressing in the garden, and what’s next on his gardening to-do list!

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Vintage Vax Vacuums

Garden, Home, News, Technology

Our dear Queen is turning 90! As part of our Right Royal Celebration (which includes 90p P&P on everything in case you hadn’t heard) we are launching some fantastic products. Royal celebrations like this are a great time for the country to reflect, therefore we are taking a fond look back at our extra special brand Vax, our beloved British floor care brand which we have supplied over the years. As part of the celebrations, we invite you to reflect with us by looking through this fabulously old fashioned Vax brochure dipped in nostalgia. Don’t you just love the retro hair? We so enjoy seeing how the Vax brand has grown and are therefore paying homage to the very first Vax model by launching a modern day version of the retro beauty! You can see it in action at 9pm on Sunday 12th June. To add to the excitement, our promo vacuum line is the VAX Air reach with bonus tools at just £90.

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Our Buyers’ Top Product Picks

Beauty, Fashion, Garden, Health & Fitness, Home, Kitchen, News

As part of our #RightRoyalCelebration, we have some incredible prices and of course 90p P&P on absolutely everything, giving you more reasons to celebrate! We also thought we would share our Buyers’ top product picks from each of their categories. These include their favourite made in Britain, British heritage brands and the best of British design products, in order to pay homage to our Queen. These items are available at an amazing value for this very royal event and we want to help celebrate their British roots. “Happy Birthday, our beloved Queen! As a nation we salute you and the following products make us proud to be British.”

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