As we move into winter and the temperature drops, it’s essential to prepare your garden – no matter how small – for the change in seasons. It’s especially crucial if you want to have your garden looking well during the spring and summer months when it is a joy to be wandering around. Here are some top tips to help you: Remove fallen leaves Rake up any fallen leaves, especially from pathways as they can be slippery. However, don’t just throw the leaves away, use them to make leaf matter. It will take about eight months to decay, but it is so worth it for your plants or vegetables. Prepare plants for colder weather Cover any plants that don’t like frost with bubble wrap or hessian sacks.… Read Full Post
While most of your lawn is probably in direct sunlight for most of the day, there will be patches that remain in the shade, especially as the seasons change. In the winter, for instance, the sun doesn’t rise high in the sky. This pattern creates long shadows for several months, leading grass in some parts of your lawn to be deprived of the light it needs to thrive. Often, there’s nothing you can do to remove the source of the shadows, either. It could be your two-story house or a large, protected tree (or something on your neighbor’s property). Thus, your only option is to adopt proper lawn care. But what does that involve when parts of the lawn experience a lot of shade?… Read Full Post
Winter is usually seen as a quiet time in the garden, with not much to do or enjoy. If you miss working in the garden when the weather is cold, there is plenty to do in the garden during the colder months. Here are some ideas to get you gardening over winter. Appreciate evergreens. Choose a range of evergreens, like box balls and topiary, or large shrubs to add some much-needed structure to your garden all year round. Choose an evergreen, so you get some shape and color even in the depths of winter. Create cover. Winter sometimes brings bright, sunny days, even if it’s cold, so you might find yourself wanting to sit outside (well-wrapped up of course) to enjoy the sun.… Read Full Post
For more than eleven years I have been growing succulents. Yes, even before they were on the cover of every household magazine in the supermarket! Growing succulents indoors is one area that is particularly challenging, but also oh-so-gratifying. The folks at SucculentMarket.com sent me a box of succulents specifically for indoors. I truly think plant selection is one of the keys to growing succulents indoors successfully. Look through any gardening website, decorating magazine or go crazy on Pinterest to see the designs and uses for this group of plants. From containers to wreaths to temporary installations, succulents have compelling shapes and colors that make them ideal for a wide range of displays. This article will provide concepts for basic care and design uses that can easily be incorporated into your home and will flourish in low light levels.… Read Full Post
It used to be the case that gardens were purely places you wandered around on foot. Then, people saw that they could make the experience better by bringing indoor elements, like tables and chairs, outside. Pexels – CC0 License In the early days, these weren’t the comfiest. Often manufacturers made sets of cast iron covered in thick paint to ensure that they could withstand the weather. Even with the invention of waterproof plastics, things were slow to change. It’s only recently that we’ve seen the introduction of weaved vinyl seating and furniture to the garden. Before then, you either had to make do with solid wood or metal. The following are some of the reasons you don’t feel cozy in your garden and what you can do about it. You Don’t Have A Canopy Covering Having a roof over your head is important, even when enjoying time outdoors. The reason is simple: it protects you from the elements.… Read Full...
Picture Are you worried about planting a new garden this summer because you tend to have lots of pests in your local area? Do you want to avoid wasting money on plants and flowers only to discover bugs and insects are eating them? Then take a few minutes to read this post, and put some of the advice to good use. At the end of the day, there are always going to be some pests you won’t catch. However, there is also a lot you can do to protect your plant life and ensure the chances of pests becoming a significant problem are slim. Use organic pesticides Many people are concerned about using pesticides in their garden for good reason as you can learn if you click here or online.… Read Full Post
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