Growing your own food is an excellent way to slash money off your food shopping bill, and is a fun and productive hobby to have. Knowing you’ve grown something from scratch is always a proud moment, and it can really help you to appreciate where your food comes from. We can be so used to seeing it packaged in plastic at the supermarket that it’s easy to forget how miraculous it is when fresh produce grows from tiny seeds! While anything you can get going in the garden and enjoy consuming is beneficial, there are some crops that are particularly good. This is because they preserve well, meaning you can enjoy the fruits of your labour long after the growing season comes to an end.
Strawberries are easy to grow in the garden, and are a staple for food storage. Big batches of strawberry jams and jellies are ideal for baking with, or just to slather onto hot buttered toast throughout the year. You could also dry them, and make homemade granola or just use them for cereal toppings. Home dried fruit will last up to a year, so you’ll have plenty of time to use up a big stash. You could go a step further and consider a greenhouse for your garden wooden greenhouses are popular choices. Growing strawberries under cover like this will produce fruit a whole month earlier.
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When you think of gardens, you probably imagine them at their best in spring and summer. However, a true gardener can appreciate the beauty of a garden all year. A garden can be just as stunning in autumn or winter, even if you aren’t lucky enough to get snow. If you love your garden, you should be able to enjoy it all the time. Even if you don’t want to be outside all the time, you can still appreciate it from the kitchen window. There are lots of moves you can make to create an all-weather garden. Come rain or shine, or even snow, you can get out and take pleasure in the fresh air, the plants, and the birds and other animals.
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Build a Conservatory or Winter Garden
You don’t always have to enjoy your garden from outside. Observing it from the warmth of indoors is a great idea too. With a conservatory, orangery or winter garden, you can get a brilliant view of your garden. At the same time, you can set up a comfortable seating area and make sure it’s warm. It can be just as much fun in the summer when you can open the doors and enjoy the sunshine. If you’re planning on reconfiguring your garden, start thinking about a conservatory first. You’ll need to consider how much space you have and how you’re going to rework the rest of the garden.
Just because Autumn is here and it’s colder out, doesn’t mean you can’t still get out and spend time in the garden.
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Even though your garden might not see much action until Spring, it might be a good idea to upgrade it now. A lot of garden supplies and equipment go on discount during months with less demand for them. If you’re thinking of taking on a project for garden improvement, why not turn it into a hangout spot?
The best way to get the most out of your garden space is to make it a place for get-togethers and parties. You can invite friends around or spend some quality time there with family. You might even want to relax there by yourself. Here are some tips for turning your garden into a hangout spot.
Growing up around animals on a small holding gave me such a love for nature and all widlife. This time of year as Autumn is here and Winter is creeping upon us give a thought for the birds in your garden. It’s cold and food is getting harder to find, so why not set up a bird feeder in your garden?
It can be fun activity as well for getting your kids interested in activities in the garden. I remember when I was little mum used to have a cute little pair of robins that lived in the trees in the garden. We used to leave out seeds and fat balls. I loved hearing them singing away.
So when the lovely people at Boxwild contacted me asking if I would love to review one of their gift boxes that they do. I thought it would be a great idea to start attracting more birds to our garden this Winter.
We got sent the Bird Feeder Gift Box to have a look at. They also do the fatty box and various bird seed subscription packages and wildlife subscription boxes.
Not everyone plans on growing trees in their garden. You might plant them yourself. But often you end up buying or renting a property that comes complete with trees. You might not be keen on caring for them, but perhaps you enjoy the way they look. Many trees don’t need much maintenance. But there are certain issues to which you might need to pay close attention. You might need to protect your trees from disease. You may need to keep the branches trimmed back or protect a tree’s roots. It’s possible to hire someone to care for your trees, but keen gardeners prefer to try it themselves. However, there can be challenges in caring for trees, due to their size.
Know Your Tree
If you want to care for your trees properly, it’s a good idea to get to know them first. If you plant them yourself, you know what they are. You’ve probably done some research on the care they need to make sure that it’s suitable for your level. However, if you’ve inherited a tree with a new house, you might not even know what it is. Your first job is to identify it so that you know how it grows and what you need to do to look after it. It’s important to be aware of issues such as whether it’s sensitive to the cold or any diseases.