Sunday, April 21, 2013
Sunday, March 17, 2013
This weeks news!
New Website - FREE DELIVERY
A big welcome from all of us here to our brand new lovely websitewww.wigglywigglers.co.uk
Built by I-Resources http://www.i-resources.co.uk/ with branding from Brand Tonic http://www.brandtonic.co.uk/ , I hope you will not only like the look of it, but also enjoy the benefits. Subscribe and Save means you can benefit from a discount on a regular delivery of a product like mealworms or flowers, but at the same time not have to pay up front (proper cool). The feature we think you will really really like though (because you have asked us for it time and time again), is FREE DELIVERY.
Yep, free delivery even if you choose a day, or order for next day (before 3pm).
Of course a new website takes a little getting used to so please give it a go and allow a little more time as you get used to it. It's performing really really well, but if you need any help just call us 01981 500391
And of course thank you for your orders - they are much appreciated.
MEALWORMS for COMIC RELIEF
As one of the UK largest suppliers of worms - and having a name like Wiggly Wigglers you do get some odd requests...
None more quirky than last week, when Radio 1 phoned up to ask for a bath-ful of mealworms to put their breakfast DJ - Nick Grimshaw into to raise lots of money doing something funny for Red Nose Day! We were pleased to help and took about 2 million of them up to BBC Broadcasting House where we met up with all sorts of celebs - Lenny Henry, Jesse J etc etc (you can see the full list and lots of photos on our facebook page Our mealworm delivery seriously helped them raise £145k directly and San and I - the "mealworm carers" had a proper giggle!
Anyway, always keen to do our bit - once we had extracted all the Mealworms from Young Mr Grimshaws vest and shorts (that was my job....), we brought them back to Wiggly HQ, cooled them down after all the excitement, and they are ready to sell! These recycled mealworms will be just as tasty for your birds (maybe more so!) and for every 3 tubs you buy we will donate £1 to comic relief at our page.
You can of course sponsor directly if you enjoy the Wiggly Mealworm Adventure Story - we will leave that to you.
BRITISH BRANDS and BRITISH FLOWERS
Can you help? We are looking for companies and especially British Brands who may find our services useful in terms of British Flowers.... We have already supplied the BBC, The House of Lords, and Jigsaw, and now we have just signed up our local Mini dealership.... whohooo! The advantage to the Brand is that if they are supplying a British product it makes sense to complement it with British Flowers. So, for example all the Jigsaw shops just use British Flowers, the Mini dealership will have a card in with their flowers explaining their commitment to British Flower Farmers. Apart from this, the flowers are fresher, they are scented and they are seasonal. We are not expensive and very keen to give good service through our specialist florist brand The Great British Florist If you think this might be of interest to your company, or shop, or brand please drop me an email; email@example.com and we will see what we can do. (no pressure, no hassle)
There's no way out of this one - it's Bad Joke Time...
What do worms leave round their baths?
The scum of the earth!
Heather and Team Wiggly
at Wiggly HQ
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Here's the email to give you an idea of what we were looking for:
We received hundreds of entries and each person was either going through a really hard time or had helped others in amazing ways. Thank you all for entering.
However, we have to choose three this time.
The flowers will go to people chosen by
and Nikki Robinson
We'll do this again in a couple of months so if you would like to nominate someone sign up to our e-news and look out for the next wiggly free flowers moment.
Friday, December 21, 2012
You can phone us on Monday 24th until 1pm and then our office will be open for your calls on 27th and 28th December. We'll be back to normal on 2nd January.
Our Wiggly SALE starts 22nd December and so we will be despatching on 27th and 28th December.
You can order flowers etc as usual but the only days we can despatch over the Christmas period is 27th for delivery on 28th Dec. (Back to normal 2nd Jan)
You can order mealworms etc as usual but the only days we can despatch over the Christmas period is 27th for delivery on 28th Dec. (Back to normal 2nd Jan)
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Saturday, October 27, 2012
What a lovely evening we had at the Pride of Herefordshire Awards 2012. It was fantastic to be recognised for a environmental award - especially after reading about the previous winners (which included Will Vaughan of Pedi Cabs). Thanks to Sanctury Group for sponsoring the award.
Herefordshire's James Bevis and Josie Pearson were there with their medals and there really was some amazing winners - including on our table Abby Higginbotham who at just 15 raised £914 for the Special Baby Care Unit at Hereford Hospital. It was a great achievement and a proper thank you to the unit which saved her life when she was born at just 25 weeks and weighed 1lb 10oz!
For all the details on the evening and all the fab awards and winners please click here
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
That feedback has been hugely helpful in helping us focus on the future. You see, Wigglys is changing… changing a huge amount – but in a good way for our farm's future…
92.5% of customers find Wigglys very or extremely convenient to buy from.
92% of customers find Wigglys very or extremely professional to deal with. (and very friendly lots of you said - thanking you)
98.4% of customers find our product quality about the same or better than our competitors.
83.5% of customers find our prices as reasonable or more reasonable than our competitors (We're working on this, that's why you have a FREE DELIVERY WEEKEND...)
and 92% of customers like Wigglys and 96% of customers would like to recommend us.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
- Use Nemasys Chafer Grub Killer to deal with a chafer grub infestation, without any of the precautions associated with chemical use, such as excluding children and pets from treated areas until dry or the question of what to do about grazing pets, such as rabbits and guinea pigs.
- Apply to moist lawns during August and early October. This is when the young grub larvae are active and the temperature is above 12ºC (54ºF).
- Immediately after applying the nematodes, water the grass well so the nematodes are washed into the soil to reach the roots where the chafer grubs will be. Make sure the lawn does not dry out after applying nematodes. Keep the lawn well watered for at least two weeks.
- Do not apply too late, since the grubs start to move down deeper in the soil and become inactive until the following spring. However, as this move downwards is temperature dependent, in some years it may still be alright to apply later. As long as the grubs are near the surface and the soil temperature is above 12ºC (54ºF) nematodes can still be applied.
- The nematodes (Heterorhabditis sp) seek out the chafer grubs and attack the pest by entering natural body openings. Once inside, they release bacteria that stops the pest from feeding, quickly killing the pest. They do not stop there. The nematodes reproduce inside the dead pest and release a new generation of hungry infective nematodes, which disperse and search for further prey.
- To Order Nemasys Chafer Grub Killer it's in stock now so please click here.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Slug populations were suppressed by a dry spring last year; but this year they are back with a vengeance. Wet conditions are perfect for their development and you may have already noticed the uneven feeding damage that they cause along with the slime trails that they leave behind them. New spring growth and young plants are particularly vulnerable to slugs and a single slug can consume twice its body weight per day!!! That could mean that you find considerable damage without very little warning.... The wet weather is set to continue into June so act now to protect your garden, and in your garden it really is best to avoid old style blue slug pellets.! They use chemicals and if the slugs are then eaten by other birds and animals this can cause problems further down the food chain, apart from which if you want organic veggies of course they are a No No! So what are the alternatives? Well, you could spend your nights collecting them outside with a torch but this method is certainly not "The Good Life - made Easy....) Although your birds and your hens may well enjoy the treat... You could go for barriers - Slug Gone is great because it provides a barrier that irritates the slug's foot, and how about SlugX - this was voted best tray in a Daily Telegraph trial - and they will die drinking beer (!) which can't be all bad... BUT our favourite and the one that all the organic farmers use that works fantastically well is Nemaslug which you can water on and will sort those pesky pests out for a good six weeks, and is perfectly safe for children, pets, wildlife and bees. Luckily, rain also benefits the nematodes in Nemaslug making it a great way to control slugs when they are at their worst. Additionally, as slugs become more active during periods of wet weather they will encounter more nematodes and this will enhance the rates of infection too. How does Nemaslug (Nematodes) work? 1: You water your Nematodes onto the soil and they seek out the slugs down in the soil. 2: The Nematodes kill the Slugs and become adults inside the dead slugs 3: A new generation of Nematodes are produced. 4: The new Nematodes are released as the pest decays in the soil SORTED. Why is it good? 1: Unique, works underground where 95% of slugs are found. 2: Long lasting control (six weeks) 3: Really economical - it protects plants for a few pence a day. 4: It even protects vulnerable potato varieties, germinating seeds and young seedlings. and even better The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh says it is fab and they are an Official Endorser. 5: Nemaslug works at 5 degrees (pellets require 7 degrees) 6: Works really well in wet weather which can be a problem with other methods. 7: Large slug species can be controlled when Nemaslug is applied early. 8: Can be used safely on food crops. and lastly it's Safe for children, pets, wildlife, and bees... Nice!
and of course available from Wiggly Wigglers!
Sunday, March 25, 2012
A punnet of raspberries from the supermarket is one of the most expensive fruits you can buy, and often whilst they look lovely and red and delicious they are a bit of a let down on the flavour front.
If you grow your own you can not only save money but you can produce the most delicious flavours ever (I know even I have succeeded!)
The key is to pick different varieties so that you have fruit throughout the season instead of one moment of bulk....
To do this you need lots of different types of Raspberry Canes and they will deliver you a proper return on your investment.
10 raspberry canes will produce well over 40 punnets of fruit (imagine the cost!!!) and you will be able to crop for around 6 weeks in the summer and the plants will remain productive for between 8 and 12 years!
Our Raspberry Canes are ready to plant straight outside when they arrive and are probably one of the best ways of saving money and having a tasty treat that you can possibly do in your garden.
Remember there's also the other ways you can preserve them too - puree, jam and of course Raspberry Ripple icecream YUM
They really like a moist soil, though heavy clay is not suitable. Light sandy soils are OK, as long as you are prepared to water weekly in the warmer summer months. For tip-top results with your raspberry plants the soil should be neutral, although raspberries are better than most plants in moderately acidic soils, and are an easy plant for beginners to start with.
How to plant your Summer Fruiting Canes
Step One: Soak thoroughly in the plastic they come in before planting
Step Two: Dig a trench about 30 cm deep by a metre wide and mix in lots of compost or well rotted manure into the soil you've dug out - your Worm Casts will be perfect for this
Step Three: Loosen the soil in the bottom of the trench to help with drainage
Step Four: Raspberries need a bit of support during the growing season so put a couple of poles into the ends of your trench - 2 metres high would be great and then fix a couple of horizontal wires to them so that you can tie your raspberries to them as they grow.
Step Five: Plant each cane about 40cm apart and put the soil back in and firm and water.
Autumn Fruiting Raspberries don't need support so you dont need to plant them in rows. Pop them in (add your worm casts etc) and let them grow as they want. A few sticks will help them but they will manage fine on their own.
Your canes are root wrapped so need to be planted asap - like NOW!
Scrummy - and YELLOW!
Sweet and squidgy, the fruit is lovely and is similar to cropping to Autumn Bliss so treat the same. Even better this fruit is a great attractant and nectar source for bees and beneficial insects
Harvest from Mid Aug - Oct (Self fertile) Produces fruit in the first year. Needs no supporting canes
Heavy cropper, bright red - needs no support. Loves deep moist soil and lots of sun (but it will stick shade quite well) Great for Jelly and puddings - Yum.
Brilliant for bees your cropping will start early July and carry on until Mid August. High Yield too.
An early fruiting variety. High yieldswith firm good sized tasty fruit.
This fruit keeps well and freezes well.
Cropping starts early July and carries through to the end of July.
Bridges the gap between Summer and Autumn fruiting, prduces good flavour and thrives in good deep moist soil.
Ready for picking August, and happy in a Northern garden too.
Nice long picking season that starts mid July and continues on to mid August - and the highest yields are early August. Excellent flavour and conical shape which look great when picked on the plate.
Raspberries are high in fibre, iron, potassium and Vitamin A and C. For best results choose different varieties for the different parts of the season.
Thursday, March 01, 2012
Ooooo.... there's nothing better than a native hedge for your wildlife.... and you. Planting a native hedge for wildlife makes a great habitat but it also delivers in terms of aesthetics and food source for you too! You'll achieve year-round interest with seeds, berries, blossom and flowers as well as lots of different type of foliage (and thorns!). You will see an increase in insects, mammals and birds in your garden who will use your hedge for food and shelter. Butterflies will find it a useful source of nectar and so will moths too who will visit at night and be particularly pleased to find a blackthorn blossom on offer.
Don't worry about planting in a straight line or putting your hedge in around the edge of your garden - we've put a Wiggly Hedge right through the middle of our garden - it helps to section things off and screen different parts of the garden. If you only have a small amount of space you can still go for a few hedging plants - the more diverse the better. What to plant Choose a mixture of hedging trees and shrubs; birch, beech, oak, hazel, dogwoods and hawthorn are ideal. Add an occasional honeysuckle to creep up your hedge - looks fab and great for moths.
The best and cheapest way to create a native hedge is from bare root saplings - whips. Don't be put off by the fact that they look like sticks on arrival - they are dormant and will soon green up once planted and Spring has sprung! Your native hedge will look fabulous and nowhere near as formal as many of the hedges that people have chosen lately.... privet.... or leylandii... Your hedge will make a fabulous barrier, is really hardy and can stand a good pruning without a problem. It will look wonderfully diverse - because it is!
Preparing your soil.
In a perfect world - remove any weeds and large stones, dig the area over and incorporate some organic matter. In an imperfect world stick your spade in the soil and make a good size slit to pop your plant in. Any time from autumn to spring is great for planting. Just make sure the ground isn't frozen or waterlogged.
How to plant
Plant your whips in a staggered double row roughly half a metre apart. Water well in and give your new hedge a thick mulch (Strulch is perfect). This will help to reduce any competition from weeds as the hedge gets going.
A few worm casts will encourage your hedge to grow and best to top up the mulch. If you have really dry periods it will be a good idea to water every now and again during the first couple of years of growth. You can give your hedge a good trim in the Autumn. There wont be any nesting birds then either. Be bold.... Cutting back hard will help your hedge thicken up which will look better and provide a more sheltered habitat for your birds, bugs and butterflies.
Native Hedge Packs and Edible Hedge Packs are available to plant until end of March.