Top 5 -yesterday
- UK: Grower reduces greenhouse temperature by more than 6°C during heatwave with no cooling, fog systems
- Understanding the profitability of your greenhouse
- Agave: The new drought-tolerant California crop?
- Patromex and DIDIHU partnership invests in modern plant for value-added coconut substrates
- US: Larry Ellison is feeding Hawaii from his high-tech hydroponic farm on Lanai
Top 5 -last month
- Vertical farming technologies tool in researching and fighting diseases
- German retailer Kaufland and horti-family Reichenspurner open new greenhouse
- "Water is the new gold"
- Growing strawberries from seeds becoming increasingly popular
- Higher productivity and earliness are the story behind these pink greenhouses
UK: Sales and confidence boost for garden retail
Consumer confidence has risen significantly over the course of the year. Whilst this appears to have plateaued over the last two months it is still a positive sign for consumers and an indicator of potential increased willingness to spend. Business confidence too has improved with the score for garden retailers in Q3 higher than it has been at any point over the last two years.
There is more good news on the TV front as well with gardening set for greater exposure in the coming months and into 2014. BBC2’s 10 part series ‘The Great British Garden Revival’ starts on 9 December at 7pm. It aims to promote different aspects of gardening, and provide inspiration for viewers to try things like kitchen gardens or bedding plants.
Early in 2014 the BBC will also launch Grow, Make, Eat: The Great Allotment Challenge. This series, to be presented by Fern Britton, will take a Masterchef type of approach which will hopefully drive renewed consumer interest in growing your own.
ITV’s Love Your Garden, produced by Spun Gold, will also return in June 2014 and is keen to work with the industry closely to source products and share information about the content of each episode. There will be also be a further three part series looking at Great British Gardens, hosted by Alan Titchmarsh who will be celebrating his 50th year in horticulture in 2014.
HTA Chief Executive Carol Paris comments, “It is hugely encouraging to see that garden retail businesses are feeling more confident undoubtedly driven by the strong end of the summer. With that in mind the industry has entered the Christmas period and the build up to the 2014 season on a more positive footing than a year ago. This will only be helped by the exciting news of more gardening on TV in 2014.”
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