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Growing Veggies – It’s Easier Than You Think!

Most people have been making an effort to cut back on their carbon footprint for some years now. However, in the last few years, there has been a more significant push to have less single-use plastic, less fast fashion purchases, and more ‘self-sustainability’. And that in itself is very cool. Recycling, using the car less when possible, cutting back on cleaning chemicals are all great efforts. And, even the smallest eco-goal is one worth making. But, managing to produce a range of fruits and vegetables is an excellent addition to your efforts. It’s easier than you think! Photo by Sven Scheuermeier on Unsplash Start Small You might be tempted to rush out and buy as many seeds and small plants as possible. But you should start smaller. Think about what you currently eat, and what would be beneficial for you and your family. Laying the groundwork is going to be vital. The basic soil makeup to grow tasty veggies is plenty of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. In most bags of soil, you will get a …

Top Five Benefits of Greenhouses

If you’re a keen gardener, a greenhouse can be extremely advantageous in growing your plants – especially if you live in a colder climate. Gardening itself has many benefits, from giving you something you can enjoy to do with your family to saving you money on buying fruit and vegetables. When it comes to purchasing a greenhouse for your garden, you should always look online at reviews and what each of the designs can offer you. If you want a state-of-the-art greenhouse with automatic climate control, there are many high-tech companies (such as Cultivar greenhouses) that offer upgraded models of the traditional type – extending the life of the plants/veg or whatever you grow inside it. So what are the top five benefits of investing in a greenhouse? They will protect your plants/veg/fruit This may go without saying, but a greenhouse can protect your plants from being attacked by the elements and pests. Often, if you have planted vegetables or fruit that is exposed to the outside, caterpillars, mites and more will infest them. By …

A Garden for Fun, Relaxation and Socialising

Ah the garden, the last bastion of the home where fun and crazy ideas can exist without judgement. You may not realize it but, the garden has always been a playground both in the literal sense and figuratively. It’s a great place for both adults and children to come and rest and or play. However, it’s also a great place to run wild with your ideas. A garden doesn’t have to be the stereotypical nice flat green lawn and surrounding orange varnished fence. It can be much more than that, but you need to be confident. You need to balance your ideas between the cost and the prolonged enjoyment you will get out of them. Bear in mind that, a family home needs a good family garden. Therefore you need to satisfy both your children and any guests that might come over; including family and friends. Summer and spring seating First of all, know that in a garden the simplest things are often the best. A nice comfortable place to sit is one of them. …

Front Garden Ideas For Ultimate Kerb Appeal

  Photo credit If someone were to reference your “garden”, the chances are that you would immediately picture your back garden – and you’re far from alone. Back gardens tend to receive a huge amount of thought, time, and attention, but for most homeowners, there is a second garden they have to consider: the front garden. While typically smaller than the back garden, and usually more functional by necessity, spending a little time improving your front garden can greatly enhance your house – especially in terms of all-important “kerb appeal”. If you want to give your front garden a new lease of life, here are a few ideas that are definitely worth considering… #1 – Add an archway In terms of a quick change to the front of your house that can make a big impact, it’s tough to beat archways – they require relatively little space, ‘installation’ usually just means assembling a few pieces, and the effect they can create is inherently charming. You could opt for a metal archway across your main footpath …

Summer Fashion: Weddings, Events and Accessories

Summer is probably the most exciting season for fashion, with the multitude of outfit options available (despite the predictably erratic British weather, there will indubitably be cause for shorts and skirts at some point!).  Knowing what to where for which occasion, however, can prove a bit of a headache. I stumbled upon this infographic which has lots of inspiration for summer event fashion: I love this – I am incredibly indecisive so suggestions are always welcome when it comes to clothing choices. You don’t even need to be too formal with your outfits – with the right accessories, you can dress up something casual to make it fit the wedding season. A few of my favourites are sparkly clutch bags, oversized sunglasses, diamond stud earrings, stacks of colourful bangles or just a pretty statement watch. Of course, being British, an umbrella is an absolute must for every outdoor occasion; these clear umbrellas are both practical and stylish, complete with gorgeous Cath Kidston options. Ideal not just for wedding fashion but also for every day summer …