Rosemary Sweet Potato Chips Recipe

Do you LOVE potatoes in all types of shapes and forms? These gorgeous rosemary sweet potato chips are the perfect option to accompany a burger, or as a side to your favourite dishes.

Follow this easy guide to create a culinary masterpiece!

Servings: 4

Time: 15 minutes prep, 30 minutes to cook

You will need:

  • Resealable plastic bag OR medium sized bowl for mixing ingredients together
  • Baking tray

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 large sweet potatoes
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1tsp fresh rosemary OR 1 tbsp of dried rosemary
  • 1tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220C/Gas 7
  2. Prep the potatoes – Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into long strips.
  3. Mix the herbs and spices – Add all your ingredients to a large bowl and mix it together. Try and cover every potato strip with the mixture for an even flavour. You could also put the ingredients into a bag and shake until combined.
  4. Cook in the oven – Put your sweet potatoes onto your baking tray and spread out evenly. Cook for 25-30 minutes, or until crispy!
  5. Serve! – Enjoy as a side to your favourite burger or as a solo snack!

Tips

  • Add some spice

If you’re looking for a more intense flavour, then you could add some chilli flakes to the spice mixture when combining in a bowl.

  • If you don’t like rosemary

Not a fan of rosemary? Use salt, pepper and garlic for a sensational flavour!

Now you’ve tried our rosemary sweet potato chips, why not try something else?

How to Plant Geraniums

Geraniums, also known as Cranesbill or pelargoniums, are hardy bedding blooms. Their vibrant colours and gorgeous green foliage can provide months of beauty to the summer garden.

If you’re new to gardening and are searching for the perfect flower for your beds, then look no further. If you’re unsure on how to plant geraniums, then use this blog as a handy guide!

Where to Plant Geraniums

Typically, Geraniums are used for bedding and container displays. Our Geraniums are supplied as handy plug plants, making the planting process far more straight forward.

However, you can also plant varieties like trailing geraniums in hanging baskets for a floriferous effect throughout the season!

How to Plant Geranium Plugs

Before planting, ensure your soil is well prepped. Position them in well-drained, fertile soil in an area of the garden that reaches plenty of sunlight.

Gently remove the plug from its tray. To do this, you can push from the bottom of the tray and lift. Give each plug a small pot so that it can retain moisture before potting on after a few weeks if the weather allows.

Add compost to each pot and dig a hole that will fit the plug, ensuring the surface of the plant is level with the soil. Cover gently and pat the soil to ensure its secure.

Water once planted, but ensure the soil doesn’t become too wet. Geraniums aren’t thirsty plants, and will do well with intermittent watering. However, when you do water them, do so in the early mornings or late evenings, so the sun doesn’t evaporate the water instantly.

When to Plant Your Geraniums

As a rule of thumb, Geraniums should be planted from the end of May to June, after the risk of frost has passed. If you live in colder climates, then wait as long as possible so you know that there’s no danger of harsh weather.

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What to Do In the Garden This May

garden jobs to do in May

As we move into May, we get closer and closer to those warm summer days that we have all been craving! In preparation for your summer displays, there’s plenty of garden jobs to do in May.

From rigorous spring cleaning to planting and preparing your beds, borders and containers, there’s plenty to do this month. Follow this easy guide to help you start your monthly to-do list.

Hanging Baskets

hanging baskets are perfect for may planting

May is the perfect time to plant summer hanging baskets. Plant shorter plants toward the edge and taller plants in the middle.

Water your baskets regularly, preferably in the early morning or late evening so that the plants can soak up the most water before the sun appears!

Prune and Prepare

Garden jobs to do in may - pruning and preparing for sweet peas

May is the perfect month to start dividing, pruning, and preparing your blooms and plants. Divide large clumps of daffodils, being careful not to disturb the bulbs too much.

Add support rings to your sweet peas to help them climb nice and tall. Divide Hostas, and prune spring-flowering shrubs.

Harvest Rhubarb

harvesting rhubarb - garden jobs to do in may

Now is the best time to harvest your Rhubarb plants. If this is your first year growing Rhubarb, then do not harvest until the second year of growth. Even then, only lightly harvest to avoid weakening the rhubarb crowns.

To harvest, pull the stalks when they are between 23-30cm long. Do not take more than half the stalks at any one time.

Earth Up Potatoes

Earthing up potatoes in May

Once your potato leaves have grown to around 10cm tall, it’s time to start the earthing process. This is to help the crops grow perfectly. This process is then repeated one or two times within 3 week intervals to help the tubers produce the best possible potato.

More Garden Jobs to do in May

  • Feel like starting a new project this month? Adding lawn edging around the garden can make the space feel tidier and well-maintained!
  • Plant summer bedding plants toward the end of month, if you live in southerly parts of the country (just to avoid late frosts, especially in northern England and Scotland).
  • Leave out seeds for birds that are nesting.
  • Mow lawns regularly, if needed.
  • Prune over-crowded and dead stems from early clematis plants once died back.

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When to Cut Back Spring Flowers & Plants

Did you know that cutting back some spring flowers and plants helps them to perform better?

Spring is a great time of gardens, as all the remnants of winter finally disappears and we manage to see some sunshine. However, some plants and blooms need regular maintenance to help them thrive.

Herbaceous Perennials

If you’ve yet to trim your herbaceous perennials, then early spring (March onwards) is as good a time as any! Deadhead any seed-heads, dead leaves and stems to tidy up your garden borders. Throw them in a compost heap so that you can use it later on as mulch.

Bulbous Blooms

Spring bulbs are often the herald of the season. Daffodils, Hyacinths and tulips all fall into the spring flowers category, and although they look breathtaking when bloomed, they need maintaining to keep them that way. Leave your bulbs’ foliage for around eight weeks before cutting them back once died.

Bulbs photosynthesise, meaning that they store food and nutrients within the bulb which helps them to reappear the following year. If you cut these before they’ve had the chance, then they will struggle to regrow, leaving your displays looking sparse. For example, if your bulbs bloomed through March to April, then you should leave them standing until June or July.

Summer-flowering Shrubs

Although these aren’t spring flowering, summer-flowering shrubs should also be pruned throughout spring.

To promote a healthy regrowth before its flowering season, shrubs like Fuchsias should be pruned in early-mid spring. This will ensure that it creates an impressive display throughout its season. Simply cut back any of the previous year’s stems between one or two bud of the older wood frame.

Ornamental Grass

Ornamental grasses should be cut back in early-mid spring, depending on the variety. Grasses fall under two categories: Deciduous and Evergreen. The difference will determine how you prune them. Deciduous grasses will go a golden straw colour, and can be cut back entirely. Evergreens, however, do not need hard pruning, allowing you to simply remove what’s dead.

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What Is a Perennial Plant?

echinacea - a variety of perennial plant

When you’re new to gardening, commonly used phrases and complicated jargon will boggle the mind. What’s an annual? What does ground-cover mean?

The most commonly asked question we receive from new gardeners is, what’s a perennial plant? If you also ask yourself this question, then we’re here to clear up your confusion.

What does ‘perennial’ mean?

The word ‘perennial’ is a blanket term for flowers that you plant in beds and borders but aren’t bulbs, shrubs, or trees. Perennials can also be evergreen or semi-evergreen plants.

Somewhat separate from perennials is the term herbaceous perennial. This refers to plants that are non-woody and will die back in autumn/winter, reappearing in the spring. A few examples include Geraniums, Sedums and Asters.

Put simply, perennials are plants that are non-woody (eg., rose bushes) that will reappear for many years after planted. Their time span will vary, depending on the plant. If they’re also evergreens, then their foliage will remain throughout the year, but will only blossom in specific seasons.

Perennial plant lupins

Which plants are perennials?

Agapanthus, Delphiniums, Echinacea and Lupins are all great examples of perennial plants. When buying perennials, you will usually buy them one season ahead of time. For example, if you’re buying perennials that will bloom in summer, you should buy them in early-mid spring.

On our website, we offer a broad range of perennial plants, perfect for adding colour to your garden. Here are some quick examples:

Echinacea magnus
Echinacea Magnus
lupin russell mixed
Lupin Russell Mixed
Phlox subulata collection
Phlox subulata Collection

Perennial plants are perfect for both beginners and those looking to create a maintainable garden. Their ability to last several years make them a brilliant addition to your seasonal displays.

shop our perennial plant range

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How to Keep Your Plants Cool During the Summer

Knowing how to cool plants down in the summer is an essential part of gardening through the season. Although some plants and flowers are drought resistant, many can struggle through particularly warm weather.

If your plants struggle to thrive throughout the summer months, then you’ve come to the right place! Here are some quick and simple ways to keep your plants cool during seasonal heatwaves.

Install Shade Cloth

Shade cloths are great for protecting crops through the season. You can buy these at most outdoor stores or online. Usually, they won’t be as big as the one pictured above.

Shade cloths are perfect for reflecting the heat of the sun away from your more delicate crops, such as peas and lettuce. The use of a shade cloth can help your crops to grow for longer, providing more produce!

The Best Time to Water Your Plants

You may not realise, but there are optimal times for watering your plants in summer. Although you may think they’re being hydrated when you do it midday, this can actually stunt the amount of water the root is getting.

As a rule of thumb, water your plants early in the morning, or in the evening once the sun has gone down. This allows the water to soak into the soil and nourishing the plant before the midday sun can dry it out.

Think About Your Plants Positioning

Potted plants are great for those that need a bit more shade. Pots can be moved anywhere around the garden, allowing you to find the shadiest areas throughout the day as the sun moves. For this reason, it’s best to grow drought-resistant plants in beds and borders, as they can resist a beat of heat.

Utilise Your Mulch

Mulch is a perfect way to cool plants down. Adding a bit of mulch, like leaves and grass cuttings, to the surface of the soil that surrounds the plant can actually cool the plant down.

Mulch also helps to retain moisture in the soil, and prevents weeds from appearing!

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Create the Perfect Patio Garden Display

plants on the patio

Patio displays are the modern gardeners dream! They’re perfect for spaces of any size and design, providing a gorgeous outdoor living space for year-round activity.

Requiring very little maintenance, the patio garden is a perfect place to display your favourite seasonal blooms. If you’re stuck for inspiration, here’s a few tips to get you started!

Plan for Size

the perfect patio garden

Regardless of size, you can create the garden of your dreams. However, its always a good idea to plan your design within reason. If you have a grand design in mind but limited space, maybe try and scale the project back to maximise the effect.

If you’re struggling to get creative with your smaller garden, try starting small. Find furniture that fits the space, or maximise your design with plenty of potted plants scattered around the edges.

Decide on a Focal Point

a garden fire pit

If space permits, creating a focal point can take your patio garden to a whole new level! Whether it be a fire pit or pond, find something that will benefit you and your family as well as your personal taste.

Go Alfresco

patio garden design for small gardens

Unsure of what to include in your patio design? A great option for any patio is a gorgeous outdoor dining table. Pair it with a big parasol for sunnier days, and you’ll be ready to go. Just don’t forget the sun cream!

Keep it Simple

plants in pots on the patio

If you’re still unsure of where to start or what design you prefer then just keep it simple! Pick a few colourful flower pots to scatter around the patio and fill them with all your favourite seasonal flowers and plants.

You could even try your hand at growing your own produce by using grow bags or pots!

Perfect plants for growing in patio pots and containers

Diascia Divara mixed
Livingstone Daisy mixed
Cosmos Apollo Lovesong

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How to care for Herbaceous Perennials

Herbaceous perennials are the backbone of any garden display. Not only will they add plenty of colour and texture to your garden, but you can rely on them to reappear year after year!

Perennials, on the surface, seem easy to care for. And usually, they are! But by following these simple steps, you will help them to thrive throughout their season for years to come.

What Are Herbaceous Perennials?

Simply put, herbaceous perennials are plants with non-woody stems. This description encapsulates many different types of plants, from annuals to evergreens. Often enough, when people refer to herbaceous perennials, they typically are referring to plants without woody stems.

Although they are under the general umbrella of ‘herbaceous perennials’, not all of these plants will act the same. Evergreens, for example, will continue to thrive throughout the majority of the year, whereas others will die back at the end of their season.

Caring for your Plants Throughout the Season

Like we mentioned before, as long as you’ve chosen the correct plants for the climate in which you live, your perennials will need very little maintenance. However, there are some things you can do to help them thrive for longer!

In spring, add mulch as this will help the ground to maintain its moisture and will also mitigate the appearance of weeds. Taller perennials, like Lupins and Peonies, might need staking to help them reach their full potential. Do this in spring, so that their blooms hide the stake.

Keep your plants well-watered, especially during particularly warm weather. And finally, deadhead wilting flowers to help encourage a new one to grow, as well as keeping the area looking neat and tidy.

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Mind-Blowing Gardens In Art

The Monet Family in their garden, by Edouard Manet, 1874, French impressionist oil painting.

Art lovers everywhere will have their favourite pieces. Sometimes they’ll be from iconic painters, and sometimes they’ll be from underground artists.

Some of the most famous paintings ever created are of depictions of gardens. Pictured above is the painting created by Édouard Manet. As he reached the garden of Claude Monet, he found the scene so entrancing that he decided he must capture the moment.

Here are a few of our favourite famous paintings of gardens in art work that have been created throughout the last few centuries.

Vincent Van Gogh – Garden of the Asylum

Image by Fine Art Images via Gardens Illustrated

Garden of the Asylum is a popular piece from Van Gogh. It illustrates the garden of the clinic where he stayed for a year in Saint-Rémy. Van Gogh loved to use bold colour in his paintings to portray the world in the way he saw it. His pieces aimed to convey feeling and emotion, which you can see just looking at this particular piece.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir – Woman with a Parasol

Image by Bridgeman Images via Christies.com

Surrounded by beautiful blooms, Renoir felt inspired. ‘Woman with a Parasol’ is a timeless classic that reflects the studio’s gardens in which he worked. This impeccable impressionist piece gives off a peaceful emotion, which one can imagine he felt as he recreated the scene.

Paul Cézanne – The Garden at Les Lauves

Image by The Phillips Collection via theculturetrip

Completed in 1906, Cézanne’s cubist depiction of the Garden at Les Lauves is a perfect summary of his late work. Cézanne was infamous for becoming frustrated and dissatisfied with his work and would try again and again to create the perfect piece. The Garden at Les Lauves is a piece that heavily influenced cubism.

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What to Do In the Garden this April

What garden jobs to do in april - admire your crocuses

Spring has sprung, Daffodils are blooming, the sun is shining – Let’s talk about garden jobs to do in April.

Now that the spring season is in full force, it’s truly time to get gardening. Not only is there plenty to plant this month, but there’s also lots to do! Follow this quick and easy guide to help you write your monthly to-do list.

De-weed the Garden

Deweed the garden to prepare for spring gardening

Nothing is more annoying than those pesky weeds clogging up valuable plant space! Before you plant any new plants or flowers, get rid of as many weeds as you can. Make sure to try and get the whole root to ensure it doesn’t grow back!

Give Your House Plants Some Love

Regularly water your house plants

Now that the weather is starting to get warmer, your indoor plants will need extra TLC! Start to feed them a liquid fertiliser once a week to encourage a healthy growth, continuing through to Autumn.

Hanging Baskets at the Ready!

Stuck for garden jobs to do in April? Start to plan and plant your hanging baskets.

Now is a great time to start potting up your summer bedding plants, especially for hanging baskets. Flowers like Sweet Peas, Petunias and Geraniums are perfect for both seasonal hanging baskets and throughout borders! However, if you’re in colder parts of the country like Scotland, wait until the threat of frost is gone.

More Garden Jobs to do in April

  • Feed roses and shrubs. You can do this by using general purpose fertiliser.
  • Grow herbs in trays (This includes Coriander, Chives, Parley and Basil).
  • If you’re an owner of a greenhouse, give it a general tidy and spring clean before you start to spend more time in there. There’s nothing worse than being hit in the face by a cobweb or two when you’re potting up plants!
  • Deadhead spring flowering blooms to encourage regular growth.
  • Protect your newly planted fruits at night by covering them with a garden fleece. This will protect them from sudden frosts in the evening or weather that’s colder than expected.

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