Potted plants can make the world of difference in your garden, especially if you have a relatively low maintenance space or possibly a tiny concreted area to work with. With potted plants, even the smallest of gardens and balconies can enjoy a touch of nature, and there are so many different flowers and plants you can choose from, including those that blossom in spring, winter, autumn and summer.
With potted plants, you can keep the space nice and tidy too, whilst they’re so easy to grow and nurture, and if the weather gets a bit too severe, you can always bring them inside to ensure they survive. These are just two of the reasons why potted plants are so popular in the UK, but a third and final reason is that they’re very affordable too. You can buy already developed plants in pots from gardening stores and you only need to have a little peak in the sale section to discover a complete collection of plants at very low prices.
With Christmas not too far away now, we’d like to focus on a festive theme today; decorating the trees in your garden. Whether you have a tall oak tree, a selection of hedges and shrubs or a fabulous conifer tree that’s perfect for Christmas, you should always try to add a few decorations. There are many Christmas tree ornaments that are suitable for outdoors such as those made of wood and metal, but it’s the lights that are going to have the biggest impact. With outdoor trees, you want a good selection of twinkle lights to weave in between the branches, and we’d recommend you go for solar powered because it’s easier and it will, of course, save you a considerable sum on electricity. You can light up your house like the house in “Home Alone” and really get into the festive spirit. Get some lights and decorations on the trees in your garden today.
As garden lovers, we want to spend as much time outdoors as possible, but sometimes the British weather can make this difficult all year round. Don’t let the rain stop you from relaxing in your garden, all you need to do is add a summer shed to sit back in.
Ironically a summer shed isn’t just for the summer, but of course, it is a little more pleasant during the warmer months. Adding a summer house to your back garden will create an area of shelter that you can personalise and make your own.
There is no need to worry about getting cold either, as all you need to do is add a small heating system to take the nip out of the air. You could add electric to your summer house to add a heater or alternatively use a gas heater instead.
Style your summer house however you like, adding seating, shelves and a table. Sit back and relax as you look out to your garden from a different view.
A greenhouse needs to be maintained all year round to get the best growth of your crops and plants inside. Winter, in particular, is a more difficult season to maintain your greenhouse.
As well as internal temperature control and ventilation, you need to make sure you keep the pests at bay during the winter months. Small slugs and snails are drawn to the warm interior of a greenhouse compared to staying outside in the cold and frosty weather.
Remember to check all of your crops and plants to make sure they have not been contaminated by slugs, snails or any other pests. Contamination of your greenhouse can result in poor growth of your plants and even cause them to die. Make sure you have adequate pesticide in your greenhouse and on your plants. You can also apply slug repellent to keep these away from the crops and plants within the greenhouse.
There are some basic tools and techniques you need to know when you first start maintaining your garden. So many young people leave home and move into a new house only to find they don’t know the slightest bit about gardening. If that sounds like you don’t worry we’re here to help.
Cutting the grass is obviously one of the easiest yet most important tasks. With a basic lawnmower, you move up and down the lawn in stripes, whilst a strimmer can be used to tidy the edges of the lawn, such as where it meets the patio or pathway. Another essential skill is watering, and even in the UK with lots of rain all year round, there will be times when you need to keep plants alive with a good covering of water. The third and final basic skill you need to know is planting. A little understanding of soil and plant types can go a long way, and without planting any flowers it will be pretty difficult to create a unique style in your garden. Master all of these and you’ll be one step in the right direction.
When it comes to maintaining your own greenhouse, there are a few important factors you need to consider to keep your plants in the optimum environment for growth. Having a greenhouse means you can effectively grow plants all year round as you have full control on the internal environment of the greenhouse, most importantly the temperature.
Keeping your greenhouse at the best temperature to help the plants grow in is important. As the weather outside changes, the internal environment should stay the same all year round. You can control the internal temperature by opening or closing air vents, adding a heater, and creating more or less direct sunlight to the house.
Another vital factor that can affect plant life in a greenhouse is pests. It is important to keep pests away from your greenhouse by thoroughly checking all plants and crops that enter, and always apply pest repent onto your plants.
With the summer in full swing, there is no better time to be out in the garden. If you love the idea of a garden full of flowers, you may want to consider creating your own flower bed.
Garden flowerbeds can be made into whichever shape or size that suits your needs, however a popular location is along the edges of the garden forming a beautiful frame to the lawn. Some considerations need to be made in regards to the location of the flowerbed, this includes sunlight exposure, rainfall and the quality of the ground/ soil.
Once you have decided on the best location you can start preparing the area, with a protective lining to stop any weeds and fresh soils to help optimise plant grow.
Plant your chosen flowers and bulbs and watch them bloom throughout the summer. If your flowerbed is looking a little bare, try adding some Gypsophila to fill out any spaces.
One of the best ways to transform our garden is to replace the old, tired patio slabs with a stunning new patio area. With the right tiles, you can create a really stunning area that’s perfect for a seating area, and there are so many options to choose from. Whether you want a simple straight patio, a curved design with a mini wall providing some seclusion or one that leads to a matching pathway down the bottom of your garden, you can carry out the work yourself. The key to success with a patio is planning. If you can really plan the style of patio you’d like with sketches or drawings you can begin to visualize how it will look, and landscape architects can take your ideas one step further. No matter how your garden looks right now, you don’t have to be stuck with it. Why not start a brand new garden with a new patio. The best to find inspiration is online and be sure to check out gardeners forums too. There’s so much you can do with a wonderful patio area, so start thinking about your next steps today.
Your back garden is a part of your house that you should be proud of. It is a great place to socialise with friends and family, enjoy good food and drink over the warmer summer evenings, however you might find your gardens grass is letting you down. Grass unfortunately isn’t always easy to keep looking an attractive shade of green, this can be due to over exposure to the sun, or dehydration from lack of water. There are a few ways to get your garden lawn looking great again:
Seeds- Sprinkle grass seeds over your lawn, especially in the patchy areas. Allow for the seeds to attach by watering them regularly and stay off the grass during this time. Once they have fully attached you will see fresh strands of grass growing through the old. With regular cutting of the lawn, watering and sunlight exposure, your grass will begin to look a lot more attractive.
Turf- If you feel your lawn can’t be saved, you may want to consider digging up your back garden and starting from scratch by laying completely new turf. This option is a little costlier, and could require a specialist to get the job completed correctly.
Are your food shopping bills getting higher and higher? Well try saving money on your vegetables and fruit by growing them yourself in your own back garden. Certain crops grow through different seasons, so if you are completely new to this, then head out a purchase a gardening calendar.
Where to start?
When deciding on a good location for our vegetable patch to be based, consider an area that gets adequate sunlight as this is fuel to your crops and will accelerate their growing process. Water is another vital component for your crops, just make sure you get the balance right, too much water means your crops will drown, and too little means they will be starved and dry out.
After you have chosen the perfect for your vegetable patch, you must prepare the ground and soil. Clear the area free of weeds and old plants. Placing weed killer can help to clear the space, but it may mean you cannot plant your seeds until the soil is clear of the weed killer. Add fresh soil to the area and turn regularly with a garden fork to bring the soil from the bottom to the top.
What are the most cost effective veggies to grow?
Tomatoes- These are great as they grow relatively fast, however we recommend growing cherry tomatoes as the larger ones are most susceptible to pests.
Lettuce- These are great as you can grow and only cut off what you need, making less waste and a fresh home-grown taste.
Herbs- Growing a variety of herbs is brilliant, rather than buying the large quantities from the supermarket, you can simple cut off the amount you require and leave the rest planted an allow them to continue to grow. There really is something great about the taste of your own grown herbs from home.
Bulbs can be grown in hanging baskets, borders and containers to give life to beautiful garden blooms. Planting bulbs in the right way is essential to giving them the best start in life. Bulbs should be fresh – they should feel firm and solid – and they should be planted in well-draining soil, with just the right amount of sunlight when the shoots come through.
Bulbs are planted by gardeners to grow flowers of many different varieties, from begonias and freesias, to crocuses and alliums. Garden bulbs that are planted in the right spot and given the best growing conditions will have the best chances of flourishing. If bulbs are healthy and fresh when planted, there’s no reason why they won’t grow into strong, healthy plants and flowers.
Looking after a lawn is essential to keep it fresh, green and healthy. It’s useful to establish a good system of lawn care, complete with scarifying, watering, spreading top dressing and sowing additional grass seeds if needed. Laying the right turf in the first place is a good first step to having a lawn that’s in excellent condition.