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Join us as we focus on the beauty around us and how people engage, work and get inspired by nature. We ask our team to take us on their Winter Wanders – showing us the beauty in the places they live on their daily walk, run or cycle. Discover entries from us and our Friends of Begg x Co as we relish in the majesty of nature.
Growing a Mini Garden Xanthe Gladstone

“I personally feel that it’s a myth that we need a garden to grow our own produce. There is really so much that we can do with a small indoor space to still provide fresh, delicious food for ourselves. All you need is a light and reasonably warm space, good quality compost, seeds, and something to plant them in.” Read Xanthe’s guide to growing a mini indoor garden now.

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Gardening Guide Xanthe Gladstone

“Spring is undoubtedly the most important time in a vegetable gardener’s year and it’s also the most challenging because there’s just so much to fit in. I want to get as ready as I can for that time and also set myself up for my most successful vegetable growing year yet.” Read Xanthe’s Top 5 tips to getting your garden ready for Spring.

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Gentle January Stargazing

Did you know January is the best month to go stargazing? Set your alarm and grab a flask of tea to sit in the garden. A hot water bottle and a big blanket should do the trick to keep you snug as you gaze. Follow the link to read Forbes Stargazing Guide to January 2021.

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Winter Wanders Joe - Design

“I have taken to walking around the city most weekends, especially by the Clyde and the Kelvin.”

Winter Wanders Ailis - Design

“A Winter Wander exploring Glasgow’s Southside.”

Winter Wanders Lorraine - Creative Director

“Weekend wanders around The Grove estate, Hertfordshire.”

Winter Wanders Alice - Sales Exec

“My usual walk is Regents Park/Primrose Hill, which is about 15 minutes walk from my flat.”

Winter Wanders Ian - CEO

“A walk around Neilston and the frozen lochs.”

Image of Neilston and the frozen lochs
Image of Troon beach
Winter Wanders Michelle - HR Advisor

“Troon beach. From the beach you can see the beautiful Isle of Arran, covered in a blanket of snow.”

Winter Wanders Lynne - Finance

“Pictures from my wanders around my hometown of Mauchline”.

Photograph of Mauchline, Scotland in winter
Photo of Caprington Estate, Kilmarnock in winter
Winter Wanders Coral - Design Manager

“I took this on Sunday at the Caprington Estate, Kilmarnock. I do this walk every week as a pram walk or a run as It’s the perfect 5k route from my house. It’s beautiful to see it like this.”

Happy Earth Day! Sustainability

We are wholeheartedly committed to making improvements in our sustainable practices in any way that we can. We strive to have a minimum impact on our environment, not just today, but every day.

Sustainability and Quality are two of our key values at Begg x Co, and they are both at the forefront of our minds when making decisions for our business. From certified energy management systems to maintaining animal welfare and supply chain standards, and the creation and disposal of our waste (of which zero goes to landfill) - we are always looking to improve any impact we have on the environment. Our dedicated sustainability team work hard to ensure due diligence on all matters relating to our industry. The craftsmanship and innovative techniques that we use here at Begg x Co allow us to create products that can be loved for a lifetime.

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Lucy Jones Author Losing Eden

"The sounds of nature - birdsong, for example - are linked to decreased stress. Even if you’re not someone who would seek out birdsong or likes getting their hands dirty, studies suggest ‘background’ nature can enhance mood. Walking through a tree-lined street reduces activity in the brain associated with rumination and brooding for example." Discover our Q&A with Lucy as she reveals how nature inspired her book Losing Eden

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Keeping your plants hydrated Soil & Solder

First things first, water preparation is key. I always leave my water for 24 hours before use, this gives the chlorine in your water supply time to evaporate. Chlorine kills beneficial bacteria and enzymes in the Ryzoshere of your substrate. It also brings the water down to room temperature. Using freezing cold water can send your plants into shock.

After a while, soil can become very solid, and as most of us grow in terracotta pots, these can absorb a lot of moisture. You will sometimes notice with age of soil it will begin to pull away from the pot and portray a gap. When this happens, watering your plant can become a waterfall down the inside gap between the pot and soil and straight out the bottom - meaning your plant is getting nothing it wants! When this happens I get a chopstick or similar and poke the stick in the soil several times, breaking up the soil and allowing water to pour down into the holes. This also allows the water to pull down oxygen to the roots for a longer lasting and stronger plant (it's also a good way to help you to not over-water your plant - but more on that in a minute). Another method is to fill up a bucket and sit the plant in it overnight. This will soften the soil and give your plant the much needed water it requires.

Overwatering your plants

We all love to over care, becoming very attached to our plants, and often wanting to work with them more than necessary. Sometimes you will notice the top of your soil is dry and you will straight away add water, whereas the danger is, it can be sodden underneath. Simply grab your chopstick, and drive the stick into the soil. When you remove it, you will either be faced with a stick covered in wet soil (which shows its still damp underneath) or completely dry. It's the same as checking if the inside of your sponge cake is cooked! So now you know what’s going on inside the soil.

Creating the perfect soil mix

I won't go too crazy into this, as I could type for hours. But I’ve always liked to play around with different soil substrates and mixing my own. I mostly use a mix of organic grow soils, with a perlite and orchid bark (and maybe a bit of coco substrate). I sometimes use some sphagnum moss to hold a bit of moisture, the faster it drains, the better. Some people grow in straight coco substrate. This takes much more care, as it is a form of hydroponic. Coco holds 6 times as much water as soil, but it helps to hold the plant in place. When feeding, you will need to pH your water for the roots to be able to absorb the feed - if it's too alkaline or acidic, it will reject what it needs.

Last but not least. Using plant feed during the summer period is beneficial. When buying new soil, plants will usually include around 6 weeks of feed - after that your soil will then need a boost from yours truly. I feed my plants around every 2 to 3 weeks to help keep roots healthy, leaves nice and green and stems strong!
All the best with your plants!

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