Langlands Sheffield Garden Centre Magazine by YHG Media

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Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Garden Centre Magazine for Langlands Garden Centre,

Inside this edition you can find a plentiful amount of information on what you can find instore, including a section on monthly garden tips. With knowledgeable and friendly staff on hand in store to help with advice or inspiration, complemented by the huge variety of stock available, you will be sure to find what you need for your upcoming garden and/or home projects. This edition also includes many different informative editorials and alongside you will find local businesses whose services may just be what you are looking for.

We have also launched a digital copy of the magazine, available to view on your smart phone instantly. Please scan the QR code, featured at the bottom of this page, and this will bring up the publication for you to view. You can also access the digital magazine at touchpoints in the garden centre. One of the most exciting features of our digital publication is that you can interact with the garden centre's social media or connect with local business websites with just a quick tap on your device.

As always, we welcome feedback on our magazine, if you have any comments you'd like to add, we would love to hear them. Please email:

Kind regards and happy reading!

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Disclaimer: The information contained within The Garden Centre Magazine we believe to be correct at time of going to press. No responsibility can be accepted for any errors or omissions. The features in this publication are intended as guidelines only. DIY tasks can be dangerous and should not be undertaken without both the right equipment and skill. If you have any doubts, seek professional advice. Skill level and duration are given as approximate guides only. The businesses and products advertised in this publication are in no way endorsed by the Garden Centre. If you have any issues or complaints regarding the magazine please contact YHG Ltd.

Whatever the season is our garden centre will always have something new on offer.

Tucked away in a picturesque natural setting, enhanced by the presence of local wildlife lays our quaint garden centre, in Loxley, Sheffield.

Here, you’ll discover a delightful blend of products, accessories, and thriving plants. Rest assured, your furry companions are warmly embraced; our dog café eagerly awaits with toys and treats! Our garden center takes pride in hosting numerous community events and interest groups, fostering a sense of belonging for everyone. Be sure to visit our Facebook page for the latest updates on events and information.

It’s a peaceful corner where nature and wildlife come together, providing a simple and serene escape for those who appreciate the beauty of the outdoors.

Please note that the selection of products, prices, and services displayed in the magazine might differ.

Opening Times: Monday - Saturday 9am - 5pm Sunday 10am - 4pm Call: 0114 2851 487 @langlandsgardencentre @langlandsgc
Address: West Lane, Loxley, Sheffield, S6 6SN Email:

Plants, our unique service

Bring your empty baskets into the store, and we can fill them once our beautiful homegrown summer bedding comes in and also care for them during any last frosts in our greenhouse. We charge for the plants we put in and the compost which comes with added slow-release food and moisture-retaining gel. There is a small charge for the service, that “our Claire” has provided for 16 years this May.

Claire’s tips for keeping hanging baskets looking good and healthy are:

Choose a good quality compost and mix it with water-retaining gel to help maintain moisture at the roots of your plants.

When planting up your hanging baskets don’t overplant the basket as your plants will quickly fill out.

A basic planting scheme for hanging baskets is to have up-right growing plants in the center of your basket and trailing around the sides.

If you are lining your basket with moss, firstly line the interior frame of your basket with a fine netting

then compact the moss well. This will help keep the shape, retain water and also deter birds from taking the moss to line their nest with.

Feed your basket weekly with a specialist basket and container plant food, this is usually one with high levels of pot-ash to promote more flowers.

Deadhead spent flowers to promote new buds. Water your hanging baskets daily, even on a rainy day in the summer months your basket can remain dry. In the hottest times of the year you might need to water the basket twice a day.
Explore our personal refill service for hanging baskets and window boxes.
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What is the Plant Guarantee Scheme?

The Garden Centre Association’s Plant Guarantee Scheme represents the GCA’s core belief that you should be confident when purchasing plants at any member Garden Centre.

The Plant Guarantee Scheme ensures you can have complete faith in the quality of the product and the service that you have received. Any hardy plant that fails to grow, provided it has received a reasonable level of care and is returned to the garden centre within a maximum of one year of purchase, will be replaced, no questions asked!

Here at Langlands, we are so confident that our trees, shrubs, and hardy plants meet the highest standards of health and quality that we have chosen to extend the GCA’s Guarantee period to 2 years. This ensures that you can be confident of receiving the best possible quality and service.

No small print! No exclusions! No questions! No-fuss!

“The Potting Shed” A Free Community Project created for children to come on site at anytime and have a little corner to learn and grow flowers, plants or vegetables and take them home to care for. We also have lots of interesting wildlife information sheets for children to take with them!

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Rachel’s Allotment Gardening

Our store manager Rachel is also a keen gardener and she has her own allotment, she is experienced with managing it during the autumn season, including harvest and preparing for winter. Let’s explore her story a bit more!

Harvest time is an exciting period for gardeners. What crops have you been harvesting lately, and what’s been particularly rewarding this season? So at the moment it’s cucumbers, tomatoes and courgettes, and basically anyone who comes near me gets a free courgette that prolific cucumbers are the same. I’m living off cucumbers, but they’re really good for you, so there’s pretty much anything and everything you need.

The courgettes end up in a stir fry, or grated with garlic, put on a stir fry or a pasta dish. Grated courgette with garlic is really nice.

Cucumbers can also be used for drinks, so we’re having smoothies at the moment. Homegrown cubic cucumbers need the skin removing because it’s pretty indestructible so I don’t recommend anyone eating the skin as well. It has adverse reactions.

The beans are now coming out aswell as carrots and garlic, some I put into storage, but not too many.

The only thing we pickle occasionally is some cabbage, and we make it at this time of year. We’re collecting blackberries to make BlackBerry wine every year.

What challenges do you typically encounter during the autumn season, and how do you address or overcome them?

You will have uninvited creatures that will attempt to eat everything that you try to grow. I’ve been envious of people’s peas. But then I found out pigeons have eaten everything. So I’m not that bothered. I have had a rabbit on my allotment that ate through and snapped off my runner beans. When they were already around 6-7 foot high. I’ve had mice stealing shallots in the winter, so I now have to have a floating shelf from the top of my greenhouse so that they can’t steal the shallots or onion sets. Slugs have a go at everything. So I put my lettuce undercover and on a raised table so the slugs can’t eat those. It’s got a luxury spot simply to keep the slugs off it.

Brassicas - If it’s warm, they will bolt so you get nothing from them. If you don’t cover them up, they can get cabbage white butterflies laying eggs on it. So then if caterpillars turn up, they eat the whole thing. if you can manage to grow a cauliflower or broccoli, then you’re at an advanced level. Some people build brassica cages which is like a greenhouse that has netting on so that you can walk in and deal with them.

The brassicas are just a minefield, you’re at proper expert level if you get your broccoli and your cauliflower because the weather, bugs and even disease can go against you. I’ve even tried using copper scourers this year to put round things to deter slugs. It seems to have worked so far.

This year, what I’ve decided to do is just throw loads of plants in, in the hope that something survives and so far I’ve got too much. Go for more plant, as much as you’ve got the space for and then you should be all right, because you will possibly lose some to pests and bugs.

I grow some from seeds and some from plants. For example, the tomatoes that I had last year; I left the actual tomato in the greenhouse to dry out, and I got about 15 plants out of that and they are now going into fruit. They’re not sterile, so that’s good. In comparison, I got a packet of seeds that I brought and only two of those came out of about 15, so your odds are pretty good with home seed collection and garlic. Some of my garlic created seed pods at the top and it’s like a flower. You can use those to reseed, but it’ll just take a couple of years before they get big enough to turn into garlic. We’ve got free garlic, and this year I let some onions go to seed and I use the flowers on a plate in salads because the flowers of onion and garlic and chives are really nice. If you cut the individual flowers off they look really pretty on a salad, but they’re really strong in garlic or onion taste, so they’re really nice.

Do you have any tips for novice gardeners who might be managing an allotment for the first time during the autumn and winter seasons?

You need to have a whole year on your site so that you can see what evolves and what doesn’t evolve weed-wise. Some things might not be there when you take the plot on, but they’ll turn up in a few month’s time. It is normally around February, March time for people to get given new plots or a chance of a new plot, but don’t be too hard on yourself for the first year because whilst you’re onsite you’ll learn about your plot. You’ll learn where it gets waterlogged, where you get weeds and what areas of the soil are easier to work and then just do little and often. Even if you turn up with no plan, enjoy your time on the allotment. Even if you just get a little bit of weed done, you’ve done something and it’s still time out of your day. Don’t put too much emphasis on doing too much at once. You will get your allotment sorted to the point where all you’ve got left to do is weed it. It’s kind of a bit boring, so don’t rush into that point because you’ll find that

you may end up wanting to move stuff because the plants don’t grow there that well, so don’t rush it. Take your time and plan your plot out according to the site and the environment.

Consider how much you eat as well. Don’t waste your time on growing something if it’s not something you like, I don’t grow many raspberries or blackberries because I can pick those up wild, so I don’t need to water or feed plants when I can collect that myself. I just concentrate on what grows well for me and what I eat. The other thing is, with compost being as it is and going towards peak if you’ve got anything left on site and you can make your own compost, brilliant however, don’t expect too much from making your own compost, it is hard work. You’ve got to put a lot of effort into a little reward. But always look at recycling and retaining any of your old compost that can be reused and just revamped with extra nutrients and things like that so always recycle what you can and it’s easier on labour than lugging bags of compost onto your plot. Add nutrients as well. I have a feed mix in a tub, add Epsom salts and ammonia and they are really good for veggies and fruit and I use it in a granular formula mix. Ammonia deters slugs and snails, so as well as it feeding the plants and boosting them, it seems to have a slight deterrent because it’s quite acidic. Also just bear in mind what you feed your plant is what you’ll be eating so I avoid some of the chemical based modern feeds and try and stick to the the more generic and things like even seaweed. You can use that every so often. That’s a really good booster, so you better bear in mind it’s what you eat.

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Coffee Shop

Our Coffee shop serves a variety of delicious, generously filled traditional meal, sandwiches, cakes, and Hot and cold Drinks. We are open 9am - 5pm Monday- Saturday & 10am - 4pm Sunday
@langlandsgardencentre @langlandsgc Visit our NEW Dog Café, sit and relax and enjoy a meal from a Scrumptious café whilst in the company of your furry friend!

Local History

We are very proud of our local history. Thankfully Katie Illingworth kindly donated many local historical pictures, walking us down memory lane.

Once essential to Sheffield steel makers ganister mining nowadays is unknown in the modern city. By the 1860’s it was a prominent local industry. Mining ganister was tough, dirty work.

The only light was from a candle. Young boys would be working by the age of 14 and in 1914 would be paid 2/- a day and worked for 5½ days. Ganister is now redundant due to modern processes.

(Source Newsletter - Rivelin Valley Conservation Group) but before it provided prospects of work, higher wages and even newly built housing for the miners’ families.

Nearby Places to Visit

If you want to make a day out of your visit, consider some of the local attractions around. In our immediate area you will find many dams, like the Damflask Reservoir, popular with young families, as it has a pram-friendly circular walk, following the water’s edge closely on one side with woodland on the other side.

Yorkshire Natural History Museum

Lovers of fossils will enjoy spending some time in this small, charity-run museum. Apart from it being a public museum, a family attraction and a research institution the Yorkshire Natural History Museum offers a superb collection of not just locally sourced fossils but specimens from Morocco and Germany too.

Address: 149 Holme Lane, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S6 4JR

Rivelin Valley Nature and Heritage Trail

A wonderful nature and heritage trail that stretches two and a half miles, linking Sheffield to the Peak District National Park, punctuated with intriguing reminders of the city’s industrial past including the remains of 20 watermills and 21 mill dams.

Address: Rivelin Valley Road, Sheffield, S6 5FE

Sheffield Honey Challah

Fluffy, sweet loaf of rich white bread, that can easily elevate even the simplest meal to a feast. Exploring recipes from diverse corners of the world offers a delightful opportunity to savour the rich tapestry of global cultures. Challah bread is traditional Jewish egg bread made with yeast and sweetened with honey.

For this we use Sheffield Honey, which you can usually purchase from our shop floor. This recipe is incredibly simple to make. You won’t need any complicated ingredients and you can make it by hand or with a stand mixer.

You will need:

• Active dry yeast – This isn’t the same as instant yeast, so be sure to use the right kind!

• Eggs

• Granulated sugar • Salt • All-purpose flour • Milk (whole or reduced fat not skimmed)

• Olive Oil

• Vanilla Extract - Splurge on the good stuff for this recipe—it really shines through!

• Sheffield Honey

Make the dough

Whisk together the yeast, sugar, salt, and a cup of flour in a large bowl. Add in the milk, 2 eggs, 4 tablespoons of olive oil, the honey, and the vanilla. Mix until smooth, then add the rest of the flour a half cup at a time. When the dough becomes too thick to whisk, switch to a wooden spoon and continue to mix until the dough is too stiff to stir.

Knead the dough

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead it until it’s soft and springy, dusting with a tablespoon of flour at a time if it’s sticky. The dough is done when you see small air bubbles just under the skin and when you can press your thumb into it and it bounces back— this takes about 4 minutes.

Let the dough rise

Place the dough in a deep container greased with a teaspoon of olive oil. Turn it to coat the dough in oil, then cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set it in a warm place away from drafts so it can double in bulk for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Braid the bread

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease it with non-stick cooking spray. Press your fingers into the dough to deflate it, then turn it out onto your work surface again. Divide it into 3 equal portions and roll each into a smooth, thick

strip. Begin braiding in the middle of the bread, not at the top! Once you’ve reached the end, rotate your board and braid the other side, but move the outside ropes under the center.

Let the dough rise (again)

Place the braided loaf on the prepared baking sheet and cover it loosely with plastic wrap. Let it rise again for 30 to 40 minutes until it doubles in bulk. Preheat your oven to 350ºF and whisk together an egg and a teaspoon of olive oil; brush this mixture onto the dough.

Bake the bread

Place the Honey Vanilla Challah in the oven and bake it for 30 to 35 minutes, or until it’s golden brown and sounds hollow when you thump the bottom. Cool on a wire rack, then serve.

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2023 Gardening and Outdoor Living Trends

As the crisp Autumn weather approaches, transform your garden into a cozy sanctuary, seizing every opportunity to relish your outdoor spaces. The transition to autumn is an invitation to cultivate a soothing atmosphere, making the most of this seasonal shift.

Bid farewell to summer’s paddling pools and barbecues and welcome the prospect of hosting al fresco meals or enjoying a captivating book amidst the autumnal embrace. Embrace the refreshing breeze without retreating indoors; instead, infuse your outdoor haven with snug enhancements.

Suggestions abound to enhance your retreat.

Illuminate the surroundings with delicate outdoor lighting - think enchanting fairy lights and charming lanterns casting a gentle glow.

Shelter yourself from unpredictable weather under pergolas, gazebos, or cozy covered benches.

Accessorize with plush outdoor rugs, cushions, and blankets to craft a welcoming ambiance. Choose a warmer color palette - rich reds and timeless tartan prints infuse the perfect touch of cozy allure, complementing nature’s seasonal tapestry.

Invest in weather-resistant garden furniture, like durable rattan or aluminum pieces, ensuring year-round enjoyment.

Enliven your landscape with vibrant autumn plants, such as aster, sedum, and pansies, infusing vivid hues into the evolving scenery.

Enhance your outdoor haven with an autumn wreath, a captivating centerpiece fashioned from dried flowers, holly, berries, or an artfully crafted artificial wreath.

As time goes by, let your garden radiate with warmth and charm, embracing the changing seasons with open arms.

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Stephen Murfitt is a local walking group leader has written two books now and created some cards and a calendar from his walks. His books have little guides for various round walks including pub stops and local information, we have always supported Steve with his passion to share our area and the beautiful walks we have here.

Brew With a Bobby

We warmly invite you to be a part of our regular gatherings where local officers come together with residents in an inviting atmosphere. These sessions provide a wonderful opportunity for you to engage in meaningful conversations, sharing your thoughts and concerns directly. Our inaugural session took place in June 2023, marking the beginning of this exciting initiative.

Join us for a delightful chat with our friendly neighborhood officers, all while sipping on a comforting cup of brew and nibbling on a biscuit. Whether you have a specific problem you’d like to address or simply wish to discuss any general matters, these moments are designed for you. So why not come, unwind, and let your local bobby treat you to a soothing cup of your favorite brew? Your presence is all that’s needed to make this gathering truly special.

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The 30th Percy Pud Will Take Place on Sunday 3rd December 2023

“ … the name is based on a pre-war local runner named Percy, who after winning his first race on a Boxing Day attributed it to the fact that he had eaten a whole Xmas pudding on Christmas day! After that he always ate a Christmas pud the day before a race, which invariably he always won!!!!”

What a delightful tale! However, it’s important to note that this narrative is entirely fictional. It was presented on the Radio Sheffield Breakfast Show to Julie Mills by the organizers, who believed that a captivating name and logo would attract greater attention. And who can resist a captivating story, especially during Christmas-time?

The Steel City Striders are responsible for coordinating South Yorkshire’s most renowned 10km race every year. This event, which occurs on the initial Sunday of December, follows a route adjacent to our garden centre. As a result, our team frequently extends offers of parking to race participants and their supporters, occasionally even including some thoughtful extras.

Since its inception in 1993, when 600 participants successfully completed the race, this event has enjoyed a significant surge in popularity. Recent years have seen an overwhelming number of entries, compelling the organizers to impose a cap of approximately 3,000 participants.

Read more about the race here.

Embarking on a journey to our store is a delightful escapade, rain or shine. The enchantment amplifies during the festive season, where a touch of snow transforms the rolling countryside hills into a picturesque wonderland. Amidst this magic, our store beckons with its treasure trove of gifts, each waiting to bring joy to hearts. After a fulfilling shopping spree, our inviting cafe awaits, offering a culinary haven to relish. Whether it’s a tranquil countryside stroll or exploring our gift haven, topped off with a savory bite, your visit promises an unforgettable experience, each time you step through our doors.

Shop Online

Browse our growing range of products, available online! Most items are available for national delivery, as well! We often run promotions, and special offers, so it’s best to follow our social media pages and our website to get a bargain!

Take a look around the site and see what Langlands Online can do for you!

Address: West Lane, Loxley, Sheffield, S6 6SN Email: Call: 0114 2851 487 @langlandsgardencentre @langlandsgc
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