Raised garden beds are not only beautiful and functional additions to any garden but can also help solve many common garden problems such as poor soil or drainage. Raise beds also allow you to worry less about foot traffic, whether it is kids or animals, damaging plant growth!
There are various material options to choose from when planning your raised bed from wood, bricks, blocks, decorative stones, slates and just plain old rocks. But for the ultimate in elegance, stone is a great choice for a raised flower garden. Natural stone guarantees an attractive, long lasting and no maintenance finish making it an ideal choice. Depending on the scope, size and scale of planting raised beds using natural stone can be constructed in a number of ways…
When you hear the words synthetic grass it wouldn’t be a surprise if astro turf and the game of soccer were the first things to spring to mind. While its common knowledge that astro turf is widely used in the commercial market it’s now starting to make headway into the residential market as an alternative option to traditional garden grass.
For many the very idea of replacing a natural lawn with synthetic or artificial grass would probably be greeted with plenty of cynicism and derision. However…
Garden lighting is quite a handy way to ensure safety and add security around your house but garden lighting doesn’t have to just be there for “serious” reasons and there is definitely no need for it to be boring! Along with security and safety, garden lighting is a great way to highlight particular features of your outdoor space, showcase trees and lawn décor, illuminate pathways. Not only that but outdoor lighting is also easy way to create ambiance and add atmosphere to your garden which is especially great when you want to sit out and make the most out of those long summer evenings with BBQs and outdoor parties!
Did you know the first carrots grown were purple, yellow, white, even black! In the 1500’s, Dutch growers developed orange carrots in honour of their Royal Family, the House of Orange! This is what we all love today.
Freshly pulled carrots taste fantastic compared to shop bought or processed carrots in ready to eat dinners, or microwave bags. These really are tasteless.
Carrots grow great in tall containers, such as old dustbins, long pipes, high deep pots as their roots can grow long and straight and the plants are high above their enemy – the carrot root fly. There is even a special new Carrot bag, just for the purpose!
You can grow your own fresh Strawberries in a pot outside the door. A strawberry pot can hold 6-8 strawberry plants and will fruit with delicious fruits all summer long if you water and feed it well. This is the time to plant them up. First they will flower with bright eyed white flowers and then the fruit starts to swell. Expect to pick your first delicious strawberry in early June.
You can also sow strawberries in hanging baskets, window boxes and big flower pots. This method suits them very well as the fruits can hang over the edge and be free of soil. In pots and borders, strawberries are best surrounded by a few handfuls of straw. It keeps the soil warm, stops the soil losing moisture and stops the strawberries lying on the soil. That is why they are called STRAWberries after all! …
You don’t need a farm, or a large garden, even a small garden, you can even grow vegetables in a pot or a bag on a balcony, doorstep, window sill, patio, or deck. You can even grown some salad sprouts on the office desk for lunch! How cool is that?
Since we believe its so easy, here are a few simple steps to get you started.
The Salad sprouts are the easiest of all to grow. You can grow them indoors in a seed sprouter. In just 3-4 days you can have crunchy, healthy, bean sprouts, baby beetroot leaves, baby radish, black eyed peas and lots more growing in your kitchen or office to eat for a healthy salad lunch. Just add water! …
The ground is looks fairly miserable and rock hard at the moment and although it seems to have gotten milder over the past few days we are still yet to see spring bulbs in full bloom and overwhelming the countryside with their colour. While we wait for the bulbs to show up we give you our top 5 Spring bulbs for your garden.