New Delivery Charges from 1st February 2023

After a period of quite severe inflationary pressure where we have absorbed supplier price increases as far as possible, to ensure we can maintain our service levels we have made the decision to introduce a charging mechanism that more accurately reflects the actual costs incurred in making a lorry delivery to our customers.
As many of you will be aware, these are the first changes to our delivery charges since Madingley Mulch began trading in 1999!
The following changes will be made from 1st February: Our minimum order value eligible for delivery will increase from £40 to £50 Delivery charges will now be applied to all orders to reflect the combined cost of distance travelled and space taken up on the lorry.
Please see our delivery page for more information about the new charges.

Top Gardening Trends for the Summer

Soil Conditioners Hertfordshire - photo of a raised garden bed

Gardening has never been so popular – and that’s official! Data released by Google shows there has been a 39% increase in garden-related searches year on year. But how is this likely to be reflected in the months ahead, when we start planting and growing?

Madingley Mulch are specialists in soil conditioners and composts, as well as a wide selection of other outdoor gardening supplies. We serve customers in Hertfordshire, Essex, Suffolk, and our home county of Cambridgeshire. Here we look at the most likely trends for budding horticulturalists this summer.


Low-Maintenance Flowers, Fruit and Veg

Everyone has been spending a lot more time in the garden – and that includes novice gardeners who may be looking to grow their own flowers, fruits and vegetables for the first time.

There is likely to be an emphasis on low-maintenance, easy-to-grow species. In terms of flowers, this means species like sunflowers, sweet peas and marigolds, while radishes, peas, beans and potatoes will be an attractive option for vegetable patches.


Don’t Forget the Youngsters

It’s not just the adults that are spending more time at home, children will be too with the summer holidays coming up. That is why it is important to make a space for them to call their own in the garden, where they can have hammocks, playhouses, tyre swings and other play equipment. In addition, if you give them their own growing patch they will be more likely to eat vegetables if they grew them themselves.

This area could be fenced off to give them, and you, more privacy. Different areas can be screened off with picket fences, fencing panels and other products which we at Madingly Mulch can supply from our base near Cambridge.


Growing in Small Spaces

Increasingly, people with smaller gardens and balconies are also looking to make the most of their outside spaces. This is why dwarf hybrids and small trees that can be grown in pots and on balconies have been growing in popularity.

Raised beds (above) have also become more popular because not only can they be accessed more easily, but also placed on a hard surfaces like concrete, slabs or wood. Madingley Mulch are exclusive suppliers of Denise’s Delight, a high-quality soil conditioner which mixes horse manure, Black Fen soil and other plant nutrients and which is ideal for this type of planting.


Inside Outside

More and more people are treating their gardens as an extension of their houses. This is why interior and exterior design should work in harmony. However, what does this mean from a planting perspective?

One way of achieving this is to choose species which can grow indoors as well as out, such as succulents, potted palms and peace lilies. Vertical gardening is another way of integrating the outdoors with the indoors, as well as making use of limited space.  You can do this by taking full advantage of hanging and wall planters, shelving and wall pots. Climbers and crops like strawberries and herbs can also be grown vertically.


Outdoor Gardening Supplies from Madingley Mulch

As well as providing soil conditioners, compost and fencing products to gardeners in Hertfordshire, Essex, Suffolk, and our home county of Cambridgeshire, Madingley Mulch can also offer friendly, experienced advice to gardeners.

Our home delivery service operates in Cambridgeshire and the surrounding counties, and drops off orders in Ely, Huntingdon, Newmarket, Saffron Walden, and many other locations.  Delivery is free within a 15 mile radius of our operation just outside Cambridge. There is a standard £20 delivery charge applied up to a radius of 24.5 miles.

If you need an order delivering beyond this area, call us on 01954 212144 for a custom delivery quote, either by our bag lorries or via our nationwide palletised delivery for our specialist products that you can’t source locally.

Owing to high demand, delivery times may be slower than usual. If you would like to know more, call us on 01954 212144 or click on this link to find out more about our products and prices.

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