Grow Your Own Potatoes

Potatoes are one of the easiest vegetables to grow yourself, and they have such a wide range of uses. You don’t need a large garden for these, in fact, you can grow them in containers so you don’t need ANY garden! There are three main types of potato, each of which have their own requirements.


In October we polled our social media followers on which they preferred; the Devonshire scone with cream first and jam on top, or the Cornish scone, with the cream layered on after the jam. It was tense, but the general consensus was that jam should be added before cream. Scones are one of the most

Finding the right bird box

By Sam Stewart Before a bird builds a nest there are many different elements that need to be considered. Just like us humans building a house, it’s foundations are of the upmost importance. Unlike us however, birds have the added element of predators to consider. Building a strong and safe nest that’s protected from both

How to Decorate the Perfect Christmas Tree

By Angela Fisk, Christmas/Outdoor Plants, Christchurch My favourite time of year seems to come round so quickly. Dark evenings and chilly mornings firmly indicate christmas is fast approaching. Whether you have opted for a fresh real tree or an artificial tree, the concept remains the same. I always start at the bottom of the tree,

Chris’ Christmas Dinner

By Chris Allen, Second Chef, Christchurch The countdown to christmas has begun, with the start of festivities only a few short weeks away. This year take the hassle out of the holiday season with a little help from the christmas fairies (chefs) here at Stewarts. Here is a step by step guide on how to

Looking After Your Poinsettia

By Becky Terry, Houseplants Christchurch First introduced to The United States in 1825 by Joel Roberts Poinsett from which it got its name. The poinsettia was once commonly used by the Aztecs using its purple dye in cosmetics and clothing, while its milky sap (latex) was also used for medical purposes to treat fevers. (Nowadays

How to Attract Garden Birds into Your Garden this Autumn

By Jane Matthews, Garden Shop Christchurch Providing Food A varied selection of bird seed mixes will provide more opportunity to attract a wider range of birds into the garden. Rich in oil, giving a vital energy boost to our feathered friends are sunflower hearts and black sunflower seeds. Alongside these staple foods are peanuts, nyjer

Chicken & Vegetable Pie

By Doug Cameron & Chris Allen, Head Chef & Second Chef, Christchurch As the winter nights draw even closer, there is nothing better than getting the family together for a nice hearty meal (or you can come to Stewarts and I will do the hard work for you)! This time of year is great for

A Horrific History Lesson

By Luke Nash, Projects Manager, Christchurch With the dark drawing upon us much sooner in the evening and the boundary between earth and the underworld thinning toward the end of the month, I thought we could take a moment to reveal a tale so strange it’ll whiffle the whiskers of your black cat and scare the

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