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Boost Your Garden With a Propagator

Propagating is a great way to increase your plant stock by taking cuttings from successful plants and using them to grow new shoots and create a new plant. The best part is that propagating is free – all you need is the equipment to get started which you can find at Two Wests.

Depending on how much of a seasoned gardener you are you may already have the propagating trays, covers and garden supplies necessary to begin, but just in case you don’t then head over to Two Wests to browse our range of propagators.

Propagating is the process of using cuttings of a current plant to create more plants for your garden and is popular practice amongst gardeners, especially those who like to grow veg. Propagating is a great way to maintain your garden’s image and quickly expand it for free without having to buy more seeds or small plants.

It also helps you choose the strongest plants or the most fruitful. For a veg-grower, using a propagator to grow more versions of the highest-yeilding plant from the previous season is an effective way to increase the yield of your crop if the conditions are similar. It works the same with fruit, flowers or any other plant you are attempting to grow: just make sure you take your clippings from a strong plant to begin with.

A propagator is a useful tool that should be in every gardener’s arsenal. There are a range available, including a dedicated propagating bench or propagating tray that can be powered with electricity or you can even use hydroponics – the art of growing plants in a nutrient-rich chemical solution without water.

The art of propagating can take a while to learn as you need to know when the best time to plant your seeds are. For example if you are wanting to grow squashes like pumpkins then you need to prepare your seed trays three weeks before the last spring frost, but if you want more delicate plants like peppers you need to plant them six weeks before.

This is mostly trial and error but there is plenty of advice out there for help on when to get your propagating tray started. When you do know the appropriate times it is a good idea to write them in a calendar or diary so you will be able to remember for next year – otherwise you’ll have to do all the research again!





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Freshening up for Spring – From Raised Beds to Garden Arches

Now that we’re heading towards the end of winter it’s time to start thinking about freshening up your garden’s image, whether you’re wanting to completely re-landscape it or you want a bit of a restyle. We’ve put together a few hints and tips to give your garden a new image without the upheaval of a complete landscape:

1.Raised Beds

Raised beds are a great way to add some character to your garden, especially if you want to put in some new plants or perhaps even create a vegetable patch. A raised bed will also make it easier for you to manage things such as changing the soil composition or pH, as you can just empty the bed and start over.

To make your raised beds successful you could also buy accessories such as support frames, especially useful if you plan to grow climbers in them, or cold frames and covers so you can protect your plants in the winter months.

2. Garden Benches

A garden bench is a great way to improve your garden’s atmosphere whilst giving you a place to relax after a hard day’s gardening. Garden benches are best placed at the bottom of the garden or in a place where you are able to sit and admire your horticultural creation.

Garden benches come in a range of styles and there is something to suit everyone’s tastes. There are metal garden benches as well as the standard wooden bench seat as well as a variety of bench styles to choose from. You could opt for a romantic garden love seat to spend some quality time with your significant other or stick with a classic two seater, whatever you choose will add another dimension to your outside space.

3. Greenhouse

A greenhouse is a brilliant addition to your garden and will give you the opportunity to spend some time growing your own fruit and vegetable or cultivating flowers that need to thrive in a warmer temperature.

There are literally thousands of greenhouses available on the market including plastic greenhouses and timber greenhouses, each one ideal for its own purpose. Greenhouses are great because you can fill them with whatever you want, and there is so much potential in them for shelving or adding workbenches, even a mister or heater can be added according to the temperature and needs of the plant.

4. Potting Benches and accessories

Having accessories such as potting benches and a variety of garden accessories around the garden can add some charisma to your space and make it seem stylish whilst giving it an authentic feel, especially wooden versions. Potting benches can also come in handy for actually potting your new plants in sprint or transferring them to larger pots as they grow.

Although potting benches and other garden accessories make great ornaments and features for a garden, it’s worth remembering the amount of rain we have in the UK. If you are intending to leave your potting bench outside then try and ensure it will be somewhere relatively dry.

5. Garden Arches

Garden arches are great decorative pieces that will bring a touch of style to any garden, providing you have a pathway through the garden. The use of garden arches are perfect for separating different parts of your garden, such as a vegetable or flower garden and a section of lawn turf.

By coupling garden arches with small fences you can create an effective barrier between areas of your garden. Garden arches are also extremely effective frames for climbing plants and some amazing effects can be created by taking advantage of this with flowers such as roses or even ivy to give the arch a fairytale appearance.

Try all of these tips to freshen up your garden in time for spring.

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Can You Guess How Many Petals are on our Livingstone Daisies?

As we start to sow seeds and anticipate the colourful summer gardens we thought we’d bring some of the summer colour into January with our Livingstone Daisies competition!

Here is a picture of some of our gorgeous Livingstone Daisies in full sun. For your chance to win £50 worth of Two Wests & Elliott vouchers all you need to do is to tell us how many petals are on the flowers visible in the picture – it couldn’t be simpler!


This can be done via Facebook or Twitter . . .

Facebook – simply like our facebook page (or if you already ‘like us’ then just like the competition post) and tell us how many petals you think you can see. If you don’t want to count just have a guess – you never know you could guess correctly! Find our facebook page here:

Twitter – simply follow us on twitter and guess how many petals are in our picture of Livingstone Daisies, sending your guess to our Twitter handle @TwoWestsElliott using #PetalPower. Our Twitter profile is here: ! Good luck and happy tweeting!

New to Twitter?
Signing up and entering our competition is as easy as 1…2…3!
1. Visit: to fill in your details, then click ‘create an account’
2. Once your account has been set up, click on ‘compose tweet’
3. See here for a sample entry tweet for our competition: ‘400 petals @TwoWestsElliott #TryYourLuck’
4. Click ‘Tweet’

Our competition will end on the 31st January and we will announce the lucky winner on the 2nd February. If no one gets the correct number the prize will go to the person with the nearest guess. If there are duplicate winning guesses, the winner will be determined by a random draw.

Good luck and happy counting!

At Two Wests we have a great selection of gardening supplies and materials that are perfect for growing your own flowers just like the ones in our competition. Whether you need a seed tray to plant your seeds or a propagating tray to encourage them to grow,then we are the perfect place to go.

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Is There Beauty in Your Garden?

Is There Beauty in Your Garden?

The run-up to Christmas is a magical time to be in the great outdoors: enjoying the beautiful foliage and interesting creatures which call our gardens home.  So as it’s a time to celebrate the beauty that still exists in Britain’s gardens (even when it’s cold!), we’re running a competition!

Is your landscape your pride and joy this season? Or do you have a beautiful garden picture to share with us (of anything at all!)..?

…then you could be the lucky winner of a fun-filled basket of *Christmas goodies worth £50!

So to keep your garden in tip top shape for the New Year and beyond, why not have a go?

How to enter:

Simply take a picture of something beautiful in your garden, and tweet in your entry to our Twitter handle @TwoWestsElliott using #BeautyInYourGarden!

Deadline for entries is midnight on the 12th December 2014 and we’ll announce the lucky winner on the 15th December 2014 at midday! Good luck and happy tweeting!

New to Twitter?

Signing up is as easy as 1…2…3!

  1. Click this link and fill in your details in the form, clicking ‘create an account’.
  2. Once your account has been set up, click on ‘compose tweet’.
  3. Click on ‘add photo’ and upload your landscape image.


See below for a sample entry tweet for our competition: capture








*Applications are only valid after following the Two Wests & Elliott Twitter handle and sending their garden image to @TwoWestsElliott. The winner will be judged and decided by Two Wests & Elliott.

See Two Wests for an extensive range of grdening supplies that will help you create beautiful flowers of your own in your own space. We can supply everything from potting tables and benches to a misting kit to keep your flowers moist constantly.


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Can You Guess How Many Flowers are in Our Hanging Basket? #TryYourLuck

How Many Flowers Image 3

The glorious British summer may be a fading memory, but our Twitter Competition is in full bloom!

To welcome the autumn season, we’re giving away £50 worth of Two Wests & Elliott Vouchers* to help one of our lucky green-fingered friends spruce up their autumn landscape!

Have a keen eye? Simply follow us and guess how many flowers are in our hanging basket below, sending your guess to our Twitter handle @TwoWestsElliott using #TryYourLuck.

The competition ends on the 31st October 2014 and we will announce the lucky winner on the 2nd November 2014 on our Twitter profile here: ! Good luck and happy tweeting!

New to Twitter?

Signing up and entering our competition is as easy as 1…2…3!

  1. Visit: to fill in your details, then click ‘create an account’
  2. Once your account has been set up, click on ‘compose tweet’
  3. See here for a sample entry tweet for our competition:   ‘546 flowers @TwoWestsElliott #TryYourLuck’
  4. Click ‘Tweet’


* Entries are valid after following the Two Wests & Elliott Twitter handle and sending a guess by @mentioning @TwoWestsElliott. The nearest guess will win the prize.  If there are duplicate winning guesses, the winner will be determined by a random draw.

At Two Wests you can find a great range of gardening supplies for every level of gardener. You can buy quality raised beds to get you started right up to Elite greenhouses for the seasoned gardener.

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Easy Fleece Plant Jackets

“The warm south wind is taking a nap.
Zip up your coat and put on your hat.
So Mr. North Wind won’t nip at your toes,
Put on warm boots and warm winter clothes.
Put on your gloves to protect your fingers.
Now Mr. North Wind’s cold won’t linger.”

A Warm Winter Jacket . . .

We all like a warm winter coat when the weather gets cooler, and your plants are no exception. So why not treat your plants to a thick and fleecy winter jacket with one of the Easy Fleece Plant Jackets?

Made from high grade, 35gsm polypropylene fleece, they will keep your plants protected from harsh weather and pests. However, they allow your plants to continue to grow as the fleece lets through light and moisture needed to maintain healthy plant growth.

Easy Fleece Jacket

Easy Fleece Jacket protecting container plants from harsh weather

Grab A Bargain . . .

We all like a bargain, so we’ve worked with the manufacturers to get you an exceptionally good price – so you can look after your plants and at the same time look after your pennies! We’ve managed to get you a 30% discount off the normal selling price – so rather than £5.99 for a set of Plant Jackets, you’ll only have to pay £3.99!! But we can’t maintain this price forever, so be quick and snap up a bargain.

For those milder days, we also have a great selection of cold frame kits to protect your plants from the inclement weather. These are especially useful if you have a lot of plants and you don’t want to buy fleeces for all of them, as you can ensure your seed trays are protected from the cold with one kit.

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Death By Pumpkin . . .

Yes, it’s true, the humble pumpkin has been reported to be the most dangerous vegetable to prepare – according to a survey run by, the world’s leading online takeaway service – do you maybe spot a slight problem with this survey? Just-Eat took a poll of over 2,000 of its customers and the results make interesting reading . . .

pumpkin harvest

‘Killer Pumpkins’

The Usual Squashspects . . .

Just-Eat’s results found that 88% of Brits admit to injuring themselves in the kitchen

67% of these were accidents occurring whilst preparing vegetables

With the top five most dangerous vegetables to prepare being identified as, in reverse order:

The wily Jerusalem Artichoke – 9%

The uncontrollable Turnip – 11%

The hard as nails Butternut Squash – 16%

The uncompromising Swede – 20%

And the winner is . . .

The cumbersome Pumpkin – 23%

David Buttress, MD UK for Just-Eat commented:

“Our research shows that cooking at home can be a dangerous game. When it comes to food preparation, it’s the usual suspects that crop up time and time again. Preparing hard root vegetables is something better left to the professionals. If it’s a choice between laying down the potato peeler for the night and a trip to the hospital waiting room – I know which I’d chose!”

(lets’ not forget  that Just-Eat is the world’s leading takeaway service  . . . )

Although deadly in the kitchen, pumpkins are great vegetables to grow in raised beds or in your garden patch. They’re not too difficult to grow and can provide you with home grown produce in the Winter months – especially around Halloween when you can sell them to your neighbours too!