Soccer World Cup 2014 – Win a Weber Grill

Estimate the number of goals that will be scored during the Soccer World Cup 2014 in Brazil. If your tip turns out to be right or close enough you might win a grill by Weber!

The international gardening fair spoga+gafa is giving away the following prizes:

  • 1. place: Weber gasgrill Spirit E-320 Original
  • 2. place: Weber gasgrill Q1400 Stand
  • 3. place: Weber charcoal grill Go-Anywhere

Click this link to enter your tip and your contact details

You can enter your tip until July 02nd. The winners will be informed by the koelnmesse via email.

The spoga+gafa 2014 will be held from August 31st to September 02nd in Cologne.

Garden Centers: Get Your Customers Involved

The recent insolvency of the German hardware store chain Praktiker showed that price dumping doesn’t guarantee success. Customers want to be connected and involved with the products a store wants to sell. This goes especially for garden centers. One possibility of connecting with people is through food. Everything that has to do with cooking, be it shows on TV, cookbooks or kitchen supplies, is more popular than ever nowadays. Why not creating the same enthusiasm for growing your own healthy and fresh food in the garden?

The professional horticulturist and business consultant Leslie Halleck collected some useful ideas on how to accomplish that. In her article for Garden Center Magazine Real foodies grow their own she gives answers on how to get customers involved and excited about gardening through different ways of education.

Kettal Launches App

Garden furniture producer Kettal introduced an app to inform its customers about the latest products, variants, news, designers and dealers. It’s called “Kettal – Timeless Outdoor Furniture Design” and shows high quality pictures and videos.

According to Kettal, this is the first app of its kind in the garden furniture sector. You    can get a free download in Apple’s App Store in German, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

The user interface supports Apple’s Retina Display and comes with a horizontal menu, “lazy loading” function and you can request cost estimates. In the “Dealers” menu the customer can find every Kettlar-retailer by region and information about the shops and Kettlar’s distribution network.

Further Information: kettal.es and iTunes Store

 

Eden made in Russia

Life in Russia is an everyday challenge – and so is gardening there. Although gardening can be pretty difficult in Russia because of the rough climate, Russians love it and mix work with pleasure.

From the biggest challenge for Russian gardeners, i.e. the unforgiving weather, arises the second challenge: the gardening knowhow. Russian gardening bloggers have extensive knowledge of what and when to do and how to do it best in the garden. The intense exchange of information is therefore vital for achieving good results with the gardening activities. This is even more important, as the favourite trend in Russia is kitchen gardening, which is more than just nice to do, as for instance in Britain. In Russia kitchen gardening is also a sort of necessity. When the harsh Russian winter puts an end to the autumn harvest, the urban gardeners proudly enjoy their homegrown vegetables and fruits.

For Russian gardeners organic gardening is not a matter of environmental protection or health, as it avoids chemicals, but above all, it is cheap. Russians, who live in the big cities and neither have a garden nor can afford a dacha, grow the vegetables in their apartments or on the balconies. Cutting costs is an important reason for the huge popularity of kitchen and organic gardening, but it is not the only one: It is also the creativity in building a personal paradise coupled with satisfying the Russian passion for gardening. The Russian gardeners do not spend much money on their gardens; on average it is just 34 Euros (45 $) per year.

More information: newsroom.husqvarna.com

Brazilian gardening: Everywhere is room for a plant

People in Brazil are passionate gardeners. Even those living in the very densely populated areas of the country do not want to live without a garden. However, sometimes the “garden” is no more than a container or a couple of flowerpots.

A big house with a large garden is a sheer luxury, most people in Brazil cannot afford. Nevertheless, for a Brazilian lack of space is no excuse for not having a garden. Living in a small house or even an apartment does therefore not necessarily mean that it is impossible to have a garden. Necessity is the mother of invention and so every little space inside and outside the house, be it on the balcony, the rooftop or the pavement, is being used for placing pots or containers. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that the favourite Brazilian gardening trends are urban gardening, container gardening and indoor gardening. Due to the circumstances given, the pots and containers are an important part of the garden. They therefore have to be very decorative and must contribute to the aesthetic appeal. Moreover, these pots and containers are often used as a sort of living green fence put up around the houses. The plants used can be ornamental plants or herbs and vegetables. Everything is possible and everywhere is room for a plant. Even house owners with large gardens are enthusiastic about container gardening, because they appreciate the easy maintenance and flexibility. Containers and pots can be easily moved on the terrace or within the garden, thus giving the garden a new look without huge efforts but at very reasonable expenditure. Although Brazilians are passionate garden lovers, they are not among the top spenders on gardening and outdoor living. On average they only invest 17 Euros (22 $) per year in their garden.

More Information: newsroom.husqvarna.com

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