The Start of a New Garden From the Beginning

When we moved into our new house at the end of June, I had great plans on designing the new garden. I love gardens, the outdoor space, the tranquility, the plants, nature. I adore it all. I knew when we bought off plan that the house had a pretty rectangular shaped garden, much better than our hilly garden in the old house! So I know this is a garden I can get the most out of. My husband said I had such a huge smile on my face when I saw actually how big it was. The size is roughly 12 x 18 metres. I have yet to get out and measure it properly!

It was a garden of mud, but I loved it! I looked beyond that and could see the potential, here is the start of the new garden right from the beginning.

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The Humble Honey Bee and Humanity

As you know I have always been a keen gardener and the most important thing to a gardener is the honey bee. Farmers around the world depend on bees to pollinate their crops, without the bees we ultimately have no food. So I’m sharing this infographic with you today on how honey bees affect the world around us.

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As I go about designing my new garden, I’m going to plant lots of bee friendly flowers.

If you love bees, I have a review and giveaway running at the moment on a wonderful little kids book called Curious Beekeeper Nina.

Thanks for stopping by today.

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How Decking Can Transform Your Garden

Decking is a great way to enhance your garden. It can make your outdoor space look better, and give you more capacity to enjoy it. You can use your decking area to house a seating area, or fill it with attractive plants to make it a focal point. If done right, decking can add value to your home, but if it’s done badly, the opposite could be true.

Think About Purpose

Decking can be used for several different purposes, so in the planning stages, its important to consider what you would like to use the decking for. Would you like to use it as a place to relax? Perhaps as a space for entertaining? Or do you wish to use it for storage, as an alternative to a garden shed? Knowing the function of the decking can help you plan – you can make sure there is enough space for a table and chairs, or leave room for a fire pit.

Plan

There are lots of different things to consider when you’re thinking about where to place your decking area. You don’t want it to overpower the space, so the size of the decking is a factor. However, small gardens can still use decking; you just need to plan efficiently. You’ll also need to think about the sun – for instance, if you want to use your decking area to relax and you build it in an area that is blocked by the sun; you won’t get the desired effect. These are all things to consider before you get to work with building the decking area.

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Blooming Marvelous Gardening Advice for Beginners

Now that the warmer weather is finally here, you will probably be wanting to get outside in your garden as much as possible. And you may even decide that this is your year to take up gardening! If you have never really tried it before, it is a very rewarding activity that many people also find very therapeutic. If you are a complete beginner, it can be very difficult to know where to start. This is where this blog comes in!

So, let’s take a look at some fantastic and simple gardening advice for first-timers.

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A Child and Wildlife Friendly Garden For The Summer

For most children, there can’t be anything more exciting than playing in the garden. For most parents, though, there isn’t anything more stressful on earth than their children playing in the garden. It’s one of those eternal dilemmas that we can’t resolve.

There is a way to make them child-safe without making them dull. Outdoor activities are essential in the development of your child. Consequently, you don’t want to introduce your child to the sanitised pleasure of plastic grass and fake flowers. It is about combining the excitement of wildlife and nature in the safest possible way for your children. It’s said that urban children don’t know much about farm animals. While it is difficult for them to interact with a cow or a hen, there is no reason for them not to recognise the basic British birds and bugs of garden life. After all, a little bit of nature has never hurt anyone.

Childproofing Your Garden

Childproofing the garden may sound a little overwhelming at first. It is about limiting risks so that your child can play outside without getting injured. The main areas of danger, in the garden, are the fences, the pond, and the edging decoration when children could fall and hurt themselves. Fences, if they are made of wood, need to be smooth to the touch and firmly planted into the ground. If you have a water feature, it is essential that you keep it safe, as young children could easily fall into a pond or a low fountain. When it comes to edges, your best bet is to avoid any rock and stone edge so that you don’t have to rush to A&E for emergency stitching.

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Smooth garden fence

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Top Tips to Safe Proof Your Pool Area

The other day I posted about ways to enhance and modernise your pool area, but never covered safe proof your pool area. With young children around this is a must for any family.

A backyard pool is a privilege that should be enjoyed free of stress. If you’ve got small kids and pets running around your backyard, they are going to need constant supervision.

 

Safe proof your pool area

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