LED Light Bulbs NOW IN STOCK
We’ve replaced our bulb selection with super efficient and energy saving LED light bulbs. Here are just a few benefits to show you why it’s good to make the swap…
MONEY SAVING: LED light bulbs are extremely energy efficient and consume up to 90% less power than incandescent bulbs.
LENGTHY WORKING LIFE: LED lights can last up to 50,000 hours which is over 8 times the lifespan of a traditional bulb.
RAPID AND BRIGHT: LEDs turn on at 100% of their intended brightness every single time so there’s no waiting for them to get bright.
THE SAFER OPTION: LED lighting temperatures are much lower than traditional bulbs meaning they are cooler and safer.
Can you grow the tallest sunflower?
Get involved with our first sunflower growing competition and you could win a gift voucher to spend in store. Application forms in the shop and FREE seeds when you spend over £10.00
New range of tools in stock
These superb tools from Draper don’t cost the earth but are perfect for both trade and the DIYer. All come with full warranty and are highly recommended!
The Great Snowman Hunt
The Somerton Business & Trade Association are putting on a Snowman Hunt this Christmas for 5 – 16 year olds. There will be 38 twinkling snowmen in shop windows within the town from the beginning of December. Each snowman has a number and all the children have to do is find the snowmen and fill them in on an entry form. Two winners will be drawn at random before Christmas and they’ll win their very own snowman to keep! Entry forms are available from Stationary House in Somerton.
If you’re in the area, do stop by and take a look at our window display this year for Remembrance Day. Very poignant and simply captivating at night.
Proudly supporting the Poppy Appeal 2016
Buy online or pop in store throughout October and November and treat yourself to some bird seed and a pretty poppy cast iron feeder. The best bit? 50p from each product sold goes direct to the Poppy Appeal.
Premium Wild Bird Seed Blend 1.8kg – Just £4.99 A premium blend with oil rich, high energy sunflower hearts, black sunflower seeds and suet treats. Suitable for use in seed feeders, on bird tables and on the ground.
Poppy Cast Iron Feeding Dish – Just £6.99 Team your seed with this pretty cast iron feeding dish for the garden – only while stocks last.
All donations will help provide thousands of modern veterans, service men, women and their families with vital advice and support. Don’t just wear a poppy for the memory of the fallen, wear it for the future of the living. Every donation really does make a difference.
Unwins Seed Ranges for 2017
NOW IN STOCK! We have the new range of gardeners seeds from Unwins with high germination rates, many that have been Which Best Buys. One of our favourites is the Broad Bean De Monica – the earliest maturing broad bean. Come and see what we can tempt you with in store.
Get a GripIt®
Based and manufacturing in Britain, GripIt® are The World’s Ultimate Plasterboard Fixings. When GripIt® was launched in 2012, they provided an instantly popular and winning solution to an enduring problem. Home and hardware stores, tradespeople and DIYers welcomed this simple method of wall hanging on plasterboard because of its ease of use, high performance and convenience – and it instantly trumped all other similar products on the market.
The four different colours represent each GripIt® size which can hold different weights in plasterboard. These clever fixings are perfect for hanging everything from mirrors to window blinds, to picture frames and even flat screen TV’s. Pop in store and speak to our team to find out which GripIt® you need or visit www.gripitfixings.co.uk/diy/
Last week we received a lovely letter from Ann in Somerton.
Potato Blight Information
What is potato blight?
Potato blight is a fungal disease caused by organism Phtophthora Infestans.
In warm and humid conditions, it spreads in the air rapidly through foliage and can infect tubers causing rapid rotting.
Infection can easily destroy a crop, and tubers can be under threat for long periods.
What blight looks like
Initial symptoms: small dark spots on leaflets, often surrounded by a light green halo.
Subsequent symptoms: fine white downy growth around the edge of the lesion. This is the fungal fruiting growth. At this stage, the fungus is producing millions of spores.
Final symptoms: brown dying foliage and stems. Spores can be washed down into the soil to infect tubers. Once tubers are infected, they will develop soft rot by invading bacteria, a foul smelling putrid mess.
What to do
- Chitting (producing shoots from seed in the light) reduces emergence time and canopy development. This helps as foliage, is more susceptible during growth phase.
- Watering crop at the base, NOT the foliage, will reduce humidity around the foliage. Mulching will reduce the need for frequent watering.
- Mix varieties in alternate rows with the highly resistant varieties (eg. Sarpo Mira).
- Use only Safe Haven certified seed potatoes (do not use harvested tubers from previous crops).
- Always check foliage regularly, particularly in humid weather. At first sign of infection, remove infected foliage and burn.
- Do not compost infected foliage or tubers. Spores will remain active in the heap.
- Crop rotation. Remember, tomatoes and potatoes are from the same family.
Bee Vigilant! How to Garden on Behalf of the Bees
With the global decline of bees, it has never been more important to support the pollinator population in your garden. Make sure you fill your garden with as many pollen-rich plants as you can to give our bees a fighting chance, as they are vital components of our biodiversity. The Royal Horticultural Society reports Britain as having 25 species of bumblebees, of which about 11 commonly visit garden flowers. They also state that there are about 260 species of solitary bee in Britain, all of which have been in decline in the last 50 years for a variety of reasons.
Nectar and Pollen
Flowers attract insects by providing them with two rich sources of food: nectar and pollen. Nectar provides insects with an energy source as it contains sugar, while pollen grains contain proteins and oils. It’s also a good idea to have at least two nectar or pollen-rich plants in flower at any one time during this period. The nectar feeds the adult bee, while the pollen is collected to feed their larvae. It is vital that gardeners provide flowers throughout the bees life-cycle, from March to September.
Different bumblebee species have tongues of differing lengths and so prefer different flowers. The longest-tongued species, Bombus hortorum, prefer deep flowers such as honeysuckle, foxgloves and aquilegia. There are six plant families bumblebees are particularly attracted to, but they will also appeal to other pollinators such as honeybees and butterflies. These include Boraginaceae (the wildflower comfrey, which makes a potassium-rich compost), and Fabaceae (peas),
Viper’s bugloss ( Echium vulgare ) is perhaps the best single plant to attract bumblebees to a garden, and attracts both short and long-tongued varieties. Planting just one or two of these will attract many bees. It has beautiful blue flowers two feet tall, and blooms from June to August, making a good herbaceous border.
The rose family, especially hawthorn and potentilla, seems to be irresistible to bees, as are fennel, angelica, cow parsley and sedum flowers. Tubular-shaped flowers, such as snapdragons and heathers, are also all favourite feeding grounds for bees. Spring flowers attracting bees include bluebell, bugle, crab apple, daffodil, flowering cherry and currant, forget-me-not, hellebore, pulmonaria, pussy willow, rhododendron, rosemary, viburnum and thrift.
To tempt the bees in early summer plant aquilegia, astilbe, campanula, everlasting sweet pea, fennel, geranium, potentilla, stachys, teasel, thyme and verbascum. Late summer flowers attracting bees include angelica, aster, buddleia, cardoon, cornflower, dahlia (single-flowered), delphinium, eryngium, fuchsia, globe thistle, ivy, lavender, penstemon, scabious and sedum.
Make Your Garden a Home for Bees
One of the best ways to encourage bees in your garden is to keep your own bees with a hive, or allow a beekeeper to place hives in your garden. You could also add a bumblebee box to your garden. Nest boxes containing cardboard tubes or hollow plant stems, or holes drilled in blocks of wood, ranging from two to eight millimetres wide, will provide nest sites for some species of solitary bees.
The more flowers you plant, the more varieties of bees you will attract into your garden, and the more flowers and vegetables will be pollinated. This is particularly important for fruit and vegetable growers as apples, plums, pears, cherries, raspberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, red currants, gooseberries and strawberries, broad beans, runner beans and some members of the marrow-pumpkin family all rely on insects to bring about pollination. Be conscious that you should never use pesticides on plants while they are in flower, as this will harm bees.
Calor Gas Stockists
At Overt Locke Ltd, we are stockists of Calor Gas (butane, propane, patio and automotive). We offer a fast and free delivery service. Please contact us for further information or to place an order on 01458 272626.
Wild Bird Care
We stock an excellent range of wild bird care products in store, including wild bird food, bird feeders, and bird feeding accessories. Some of our products are available to purchase online at http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Overt-Locke?_rdc=1
DIY and Home Improvements
We stock quality DIY and Home Improvement products at great prices!
Available in store or order by telephone 01458 272626.
Cooking and eating is such an important part of daily life and we’ve got all the cook and bake ware you could need to help create delicious dishes and make life easier.
We also stock a full range of kitchen electricals, utensils, food storage, plus many items for food preparation and much more.
Call into the shop at West Street, Somerton, Somerset, TA11 7PS.
For all your gardening needs
- Plants, bulbs and seeds
- Seed potatoes
- Onion sets, shallots and garlic
- Gardening tools and equipment
- Fencing and posts
- Greenhouses and sheds
- Pots and tubs
- A wide selection of composts
Visit the shop, where our friendly knowledgeable staff will only be too happy to help. Free delivery is available.
At Overt Locke Ltd, we are stockists of strong and durable fencing:
- Lap Panels
- Featheredge Panels
- Wicket Fencing
- Willow Hurdles
- Heavy Duty Trellis
- Capping Rail
- Timber Posts
- Concrete Posts
- Concrete Gravel Board
- Log Rolls
- Fence Post Supports
- Fencing Tools
- Fencing Treatments
Visit the store. Free delivery is available.
Cake Tin Hire
At Overt Locke we offer a cake tin hire service. The costs are as follows:
- 9am-5pm £5 per tin
- 5pm-8.30am £5 per tin
- *A deposit of £10 will be required
Key Cutting Service Available
- All types of keys cut to size
- Key cutting whilst you wait
- Suppliers of all locks and padlocks
- Lock Repairs
Carpet Cleaning System Hire
We offer a carpet cleaning system hire service.
NUMATIC CT-570 – the most effective way to give your carpet a deep clean
The costs for hire are as follows:
- 9am-12 noon £10
- 1pm-5pm £10
- 9am-5pm £15
- 5pm-8.30am £15
- Deposit of £30 will be required
Telephone: 01458 272626 or call into the shop at West Street, Somerton.