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Few things in the garden are as rewarding as growing and eating your own produce. With some forward planning and our expert tips, you can keep your kitchen supplied well into the Autumn.
Preparation is key!
Once the late frosts finish, seedlings that have been started indoors can be taken outside. Do it gradually though, so their growth isn’t stunted by the sudden change in temperature. Harden them off by taking them out during the day only until the nights are more temperate (a couple of weeks is usually enough). Prepare your soil or pots for planting by adding a good quality multi-purpose compost or well-rotted compost if planting into the ground. If you are planting into pots, make sure they are big enough to accommodate the plant at its maximum size. After planting, water in and water and feed regularly. Most fruit and veg require full sun to do well, but there are a few exceptions, such as lettuce.
Mix it up!
If you are planting fruit and veg in the ground, why not mix them amongst your flower beds? Swiss chard can be beautifully colourful in borders, and squashes can look great climbing up a fence. Lettuce can also look great amongst flowers.
A word on watering…
Plants in containers require plenty of water, especially fruiting plants such as tomatoes and pumpkins. Plants in the ground require less watering, but you still need to be generous in order to get good crops.
Some of our favourite things to grow
Salad leaves are great for beginners, with rocket and spinach being particularly popular and easy. Although a packet can contain up to a thousand seeds, don’t sow them all at once. Instead sow in succession every 2/3 weeks so you have a continual supply to see you through the summer months. Beetroot is another popular choice amongst our customers. We stock seeds of colourful varieties that you don’t see often in supermarkets. For something different, try Chamomile. The daisy-like flowers can be used to make a relaxing tea or a cooling compress on irritated skin.
Welcome to the
The W6 cafe serves deliciously seasonal, organic, healthy foor in a beautiful, plant-inspired setting.
Our extensive menu begins with breakfast. Try our homemade granola with berries or our warming organic porridge with fruit compote. Bruch is all types of deliciousness on toast – tamari roasted mushrooms with ricotta, smashed avocado or our own special-recipe hummus with olives. Filling, healthy salads are on the menu for lunch, alongside quiche or veg-filled soups. Fancy something a little more substantial? Try our signature burger: Sweet potato, blackbean patty and lettuce on toasted focaccia with homemade rice chips.
Of course, children are always welcome and we have some very special dishes just for them.
Expertly brewed coffee, superfood lattes and a wide selection of teas are served all day – perfect with a slice of one our refined sugar-free cakes.
For the love of our garden
Whatever outdoor space you call your own,
plants and gardening can be a natural part
of your city life.
Plants come in many different forms. Some plants like a bit of shade, some enjoy of good dousing of water, and others will only bloom given full sun. Some have thorns, some climb by tendrils, and others creep or trail along the ground. You’d be surprised at the selection offered at W6.
Louise Alhadeff, outdoor plant director at N1 and W6 and her team of plant specialists, work in close collaboration with selected nurseries to ensure the quality of all plants. To make sure our customers get the quality they’ve come to expect, every plant delivery is checked upon arrival.
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR GARDEN MAINTENANCE?
W6 Garden Centre provides garden maintenance for urban gardens of any size, executed with great care by a team of experienced and knowledgeble gardeners. Please contact us to book a consultation.
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For the love of our home
Whatever space you call your home,
plants can be an essential part of urban life.
Paul Holt, Creative Director of N1 and W6 Garden Centres, has been a passionate advocate for the benefits of indoor plants for many years. Thanks to his expertise, W6 has become a well-known pit stop for anyone looking for high quality, stylish and unique houseplants.
In the indoor sections of W6 Garden Centre you will also find on-trend home accessories, pots and furniture. All items are handpicked by Paul, and selected from all over the globe.
How can we help you?
Do you have a question about a specific plant or which compost to use? Would you like expert help in picking out the right mix of herbs for your window box? Do you need home delivery?
At W6, knowledgeable and passionate staff are a key feature and we are proud to provide outstanding customer service. Whatever the size of your outdoor space, or of your home, we are here to help you find what’s best for you, and to help you make plants and gardening a natural part of your city life.
So come and see us, join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or send us an e-mail. You never know what new and exciting discoveries you will make…
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FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN
Beryl is widely recognised as an inspirational force within the garden centre industry. Through N1 and W6, she has been able to bring her two passions, gardening and business, together. She maintains an active role overseeing both N1 and W6 Garden Centres.
Fullfilling his dream to bring exciting plants to urban dwellers, Paul combines his great passion for indoor plants and on-trend home accessories with a degree in horticulture.
OUTDOOR PLANT MANAGER
Always keen to take on a new challenge, as long it includes plants, people and dogs, Louise was thrilled to be offered the opportunity of running W6 Garden Centre.
A story of transformation
In 2011, visiting a site under the railway arches of Ravenscourt Park tube station, Beryl Henderson knew she had found the next challenge for her and the N1 Garden Centre team. This was where they would create W6 – a truly life enhancing garden centre in the heart of London.
Having started N1 Garden Centre ten years earlier, Beryl was no stranger to the hard work and dedication needed to transform an unloved piece of London space into a flourishing garden centre. At N1, she had turned an old button factory into one of London’s most innovative and inspirational garden centres. Now, with the full support of her team, she was determined to let her passion and expertise transform another London site into a life enhancing urban space.
When starting N1, Beryl had been guided by her vision of a new kind of garden centre. An urban garden centre with quality plants, grown by specialist English growers, and friendly, knowledgeable staff. Now she was going to let that vision guide her again.
Five years on W6 has established itself as an outstanding garden centre in its strive for excellence, and in 2015 W6 was awarded best boutique garden centre at the industry’s Garden Retail Awards.
Connecting to the urban gardening movement, W6, like N1, continues to attract innovative suppliers within horticulture, design and home accessories, making urban gardening accessible and truly inspirational to both the knowledgeable and the beginner gardener alike.
Staying true to Beryl’s vision, W6 is a place where urban gardening is made possible every day, through passion and expertise.