No matter how big or small your garden or how experienced a gardener you are, you need these top gardening tips because, after all, your garden is a haven of peace and tranquillity… or you would like it to be!
Isn’t it great, coming home from a busy day at the office to sit and enjoy the sunset from the garden bench surrounding by sweet-scented flowers and pretty shrubs? Or is it? Are there shrubs that seem to have taken over the flower border and, try as hard as you might, delphiniums just won’t flourish in your outdoor space? You need these top gardening tips…
Spring is here now and Summer is on the doorstep. So now is the time to plan those long lazy days in your own garden. To give you some inspiration you might want to head to three of Britain’s most beautiful gardens to gain ideas for yourself. For this article, we’ve teamed up with Oldrids and Downtown, retailers of stunning conservatory furniture to get you in the mood.
The Alnwick Garden
The Alnwick Garden is home to famous fountains, poison gardens and one of the biggest tree houses in the world. This garden is perfect for adventures and lots of fun. Set in 14 acres there is plenty of space for all the family to roam about. You need to be careful though as some of the 200 plant species are deadly.
The poison garden is locked by cast-iron gates with skull plaques saying “These Plants Can Kill”, the garden includes strychnos nux-vomica, hemlock, Ricinus communis and more deadly plants. However, the garden stands for a much greater purpose as it aims to educate people on drugs by featuring cannabis, coca and papaver somniferum.
So you’re thinking about redesigning your garden, whether you have just moved in to your new place, or it’s been long overdue, there are many common mistakes that are made that you will want to avoid at all costs. Here are a few examples.
First and foremost, no matter how many ideas you think you have that’ll be simple enough to do – don’t just go into them with no plan of action. Write out a plan of ideas in order of ease, and then figure out exactly what you want and what you need to do to get it done, along with any prices if you think it will cost you money. (In this case, you should also create a budget!)
The easiest way to make a plan is to sit in your garden, have a good look around and figure out what’s missing, like colourful drama – or what needs to go, like an old bust up fence. Remember that no job is too big or too small if you have the right equipment and knowledge.
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.
As a busy mum, it can be hard to find time to spruce up the garden. If there is ever any downtime, it can be nice to just relax, get some work done, or get some much-needed jobs done around the house. So the garden doesn’t really feature, especially over the winter months. This spring, though, everything will be blooming and flourishing. Unfortunately, that includes the weeds! So if you are looking for ways of creating a low maintenance garden over the coming months, now is the time to do it. By summer, you’ll be needing to pull out weeds every couple of days.
Here are some ideas of how you can create a low maintenance garden.
Change the Lawn
The ultimate way to create a low-maintenance garden is to get rid of the lawn. In peak seasons you might need to be mowing it every week. No weeds can grow in it if it isn’t there. Laying down pebbles or gravel is an alternative. If you have got young children, though, you might prefer it to be like one large patio, with large tiles laid down. If the idea of having a green space does appeal, though, there is a lower maintenance option. More and more people are choosing to get artificial grass in their garden instead. It will need an occasional clean but is softer for little ones. I’m not sure I’m sold on the idea but I’ve seen bloggers on Instagram that have it, and it does look good.
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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