Winter is practically here now in most parts of the country, which means that many of us in the gardening community need to transfer our plants from the garden, to the greenhouse. But before you get your plants all cosy for the winter, it’s important to give your greenhouse a good clean to remove the summer plants that will now be dying off, and ensure no nasty pests or bugs can find a hiding place.
Here are a few tips to follow to get you started.
- Take out your plants and equipment.
Choose a mild day and keep your plants covered, or even take them into the house to keep them safe while you’re cleaning. Remove all equipment, pots and other storage containers from the greenhouse, vowing to return only the things that are absolutely essential.
- Get your structural parts in tip top shape.
In order to maximise the short daylight hours we have in the winter, it’s important to make sure the panes inside and outside of your greenhouse are as clean as can be. Using specially designed cleaner helps to remove particularly difficult algae, mould, lichen and greenhouse sun shading, but be careful to avoid getting water on the leaves of your plants. Make sure to mend any broken glass to protect your plants from the cold, and clean down any metal or other structural parts.
Not everyone is lucky enough to have a garden, and with the rate the towns are expanding, most new houses come with an extremely small garden. But that doesn’t mean that you can make the most of it. Small gardens can be as lovely as a large one, plus it has the added benefit of not needing as much maintenance.
To get the most out of your little garden, you do need to spend a little time designing it in a way that creates and utilises the space you have, while also giving it the illusion of even more space.
Levels are your best friends when it comes to designing your small garden. Use plants of different heights, including climbing plants, to create the illusion of depth and height. Low lounge chairs are great to put you at a level to enjoy more of the space and to immerse yourself into the paradise you have painstakingly created. Hang potted plants along the fences, or implementing trellises will introduce more depth, and, by covering the physical edge of your garden, you’ll make it seem bigger than it is.
A lot of people love to spend the whole of the summer in the garden, either tending to it or celebrating in it. In the UK we unfortunately don’t have too much good weather during the summer, but when we do we love to throw a damn good BBQ. Whilst the colder months aren’t really great for having a BBQ, there’s no reason why you still can’t enjoy the beautiful garden you’ve spent the summer in. There’s plenty of additions you can add that will create the perfect chill out zone, providing the weather isn’t raining!
Take a look at these additions and see which would suit your garden.
If you are like me and forget to water your houseplants, a solution to this would be to use a watering globe from Plantpal. If you plan to go away this Christmas these are the ideal plan. They will keep your plant hydrated for up to 2 weeks giving you a piece of mind. If you are looking for a Christmas gift for a plant lover these make pretty gifts.
Plantpal watering globes come in a 3 pack of blue, green and orange. They are fairly large in size but hold enough water for a couple of weeks.
Although we spend a lot of time planning out the hidden delights of our back gardens, space at the front of the house too often becomes a neglected wilderness. Broken paving, overgrown borders, and a general air of scruffiness take over quickly. But the space at the front of our houses is vital – a transitional space between public and private areas, giving your front garden a makeover is usually a very low-cost way to give a home a sense of identity and ‘kerb appeal’.
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Scandinavian inspired designs are a very popular decor trend for the home at the moment. The minimalist designs that make more from less are taking over more traditional and cluttered designs. This trend is starting to spill out into the garden and people are opting to take inspiration from these stripped back designs.
If you’re looking to make some changes to your green areas, why not try some of these great Scandinavian inspired ideas?
Scandinavian countries have a strong focus on environmental issues and they’re bringing this into the garden. Making furniture and planters from reclaimed wood reduces the impact that the garden has on the environment, as well as giving it a nice, rustic aesthetic. There are all sorts of ways that you can use old bits of junk and turn them into planters so get creative with it.