Snow problem; vegetable patch preparation!

Snow problem; vegetable patch preparation!

The first snow forecast of winter resulted in an early gardening start as I had to remove the small gauge netting from the roof of my vegetable cage to prevent the frame collapsing under the weight of the white stuff.

Dawn on a very frosty morning in Staffordshire found me unclipping the netting from the sides and then rolling it back.  It is a very large cage and it took two of us almost an hour to remove the netting.   I keep it in the greenhouse over winter and the winter sprouts and other greens are protected from the pigeons and pheasant by a two-inch square net roof.

I was glad to see a heavy frost as my leek crop is being damaged by the unseasonal warm weather and they are still growing and splitting.  I hope the cold will help them recover.

Graham Paskett

The Tomato Sitter??

Are homeowners still really getting in a tomato/plant sitter while they go on holiday to look after their crops – the horticultural equivalent of a house sitter?
I must say I was surprised to read this in a recent Times article. Surely in today’s modern day and age more sophisticated methods could be utilised, such as the Irrigatia system.

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An online customer survey conducted by our client Irrigatia earlier this year found that homeowners are enjoying complete peace of mind when on holiday knowing their prized plants back home are getting their liquid needs when required, delivered naturally by their automatic watering system – therefore not having to rely on friends, family or neighbours.

It really is the 21st century irrigation solution for domestic gardens that does all the hard work for you, just set it up and go!

Unlike electronic timer systems that deliver water at a set time, this solar powered system automatically judges their needs and waters every three hours. The longer the daylight hours and the greater the light intensity in a day the more the system waters. The volume of water can be manually adjusted to suit individual watering needs.

More than 350 homeowners across the UK participated in the Irrigatia online survey. Over 70% stated ‘holiday watering’ was the key reason they choose the Irrigatia system followed by the fact that it uses rainwater from a water butt, and is weather responsive.

Yes, I believe Irrigatia is the new tomato sitter!



This week we were once again out and about on behalf of our clients and headed to the NEC in Birmingham for the new look, new venue Saltex show.

Briggs & Stratton Saltex 2015

Saltex is a landscaping, agricultural equipment and groundscare show that is a key date for many of our clients. Traditionally Saltex has been a three day show held in September at Windsor racecourse. The downside to Windsor was the unpredictability of the weather, but this was outweighed by many benefits for exhibitors including space and demonstration areas. Perhaps this was why the announcement of the move to the indoor NEC faced such scepticism when plans were revealed ahead of the 2014 show.

EGO Saltex 2015

However, the general feeling around the show was one of surprise. I think people were expecting the show to fail, but in fact the opposite happened. The stands were busy on both days and all of our clients had a steady flow of people visiting throughout the entire show. Not just that but it was the right kind of people – all visitors seemed genuinely interested in what our clients had to say and whilst, we were on the look out for media, our clients were pleased with the quantity and, most importantly, quality of customers visiting.

Cobra Saltex 2015

We were there with Briggs & Stratton who had a very well placed stand and caught footfall near the entrance and exit. We were also there with Henton & Chattell and EGO, who were launching the new range of 2016 products. Henton & Chattell work closely with EGO to sell the range so it was nice to see two of our clients uniting and sharing a stand with the EGO lawnmowers being displayed on Henton’s stand.

A very well deserved congratulations to the folks at the IOG for putting on a great show. We’ll certainly be back next year and hopefully the crowds will be too!

– Holly

April Foolery

Looking at the news today it seems that April Fools Day has lost all meaning and become a day of pr stunts. The Paskett PR team have taken a look through some of the today’s stunts and pulled out our favourites.


The BBC has turned April Fool’s Day on its head today with these ten stories that sound like they should be April Fools but aren’t!  Although, “illegal dancing” in Sweden?  We’re not too sure!


Dr. Oetker Baking has brought out pizza flavoured sprinkles! Devasted this one isn’t true. Pizza and cake?! What more could you want.

I also heard on the radio that legendary boybands 5ive and Blue are reforming, and will be called Flue, but can’t find any mention of it online. Mixed emotions about that one!


Firebox come up with some great April Fools every year and this one caught my eye today. Just watch the wobble. It will send you into a trance!


Online electrical retailer has developed an exclusive fridge freezer that monitors your food intake and will automatically lock if you reach your recommended guideline daily amount of calories. We could do with one of these in the office – the amount of biscuits we get through is criminal…

Savoy ahoy!

Savoy ahoy!

At Paskett PR we are very proud of our relationships with leading journalists from the gardening media.

To celebrate this, last month Graham and Holly, along with our client Briggs & Stratton, headed down to London to the prestigious Savoy hotel for the annual Garden Media Guild awards.Savoy

After arrival drinks in the very grand River room, we proceeded in to the breath taking Lancaster ballroom for a delicious three course meal before the awards began.

Briggs & Stratton were a main sponsor of the awards and our table was filled with a whole host of guests and gardening writers. As part of the sponsorship, Briggs sponsored the Trade Journalist of the Year category and Ian Small from the company took to the stage to present the award to a very well-deserving Lucy Summers.

Oxford Street

We’re not ones to turn down a good shindig and it was a great do in an amazing location. The Garden Media Guild is a fantastic thing to be involved in and it was a great chance for us to do some media mingling! Not only that but it was a good opportunity for a spot of Christmas shopping afterwards with a trip to Oxford Street to see the lights and visit John Lewis on a mission to spot Monty the Penguin!

New additions to the Paskett team!


It’s a time of new beginnings here at Paskett PR. We have a new website, new staff and perhaps most excitingly, a new kettle!!

Kitchen appliances aside, our best new asset is the appointment of Marie Gretton, our new junior account executive.

After a succession of new business wins, Marie joined the team in August and completed her trial period to become a fully-fledged member of staff earlier this month.

Louise Carlin, senior account manager, “Marie has quickly become an integral part of the Paskett team, supporting us on a number of client accounts as well as helping with vital admin work. She is also an amazing baker, which means we’ve all had to start exercising a lot more!”

20141027_093923Marie is looking forward to the future, “It’s been a long road to get a full time job since graduating a few years ago. I’m very grateful to Pasketts for giving me a chance and I’ve really enjoyed the last few months.

“Although they said one thing I can improve on is the frequency of my cake making! Despite making a minion for Lou’s birthday, it’s just not enough for this bunch of cake lovers, so I need to channel Mary Berry and get baking!”