Preparing Your Outdoor Living Space For Summer

Preparing your outdoor living space for summer is time well spent, it will pay dividends through the summer and into the autumn. It’s not a difficult task, you can divide it into three main activities:- sorting out your garden furniture providing heat, light and shade tidying the space itself Garden Furniture Check over your garden furniture to see if it is still fit for use. You may need to give it a good clean, depending on how it has been stored. Once it has been cleaned (if you have Hartman furniture click here for how to clean and maintain it) …

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Caring For House Plants in Winter

Caring for house plants in winter is very different to the simple ‘throw some water at them’ system that many of us apply in the warmer months.  House plants have become very much a part of our lives, we use them to brighten up areas of our homes bringing some much needed colour especially in winter – think of the beautiful red leaves on the Poinsettia that brighten up  our Christmas décor. To fulfil that role they need a little extra care. As we hurry through the cold months we can conveniently forget their needs until a dark and sunless February or a pile of …

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Decorating with Christmas Lights

The tradition of decorating with Christmas lights dates back to early 1800s Germany. Christian based towns would light their religious symbols on Christmas Eve with lanterns made of paper or cloth. The use of Christmas lights quickly spread throughout Europe, America to the rest of the world. Families now decorate their homes with increasingly attractive displays of festive lights. The tradition has also become a holiday symbol that is observed in countries around the world, not just at Christmas, lights are used to illuminate streets, public buildings, bridges, and churches as well as homes. Decorating with strings of lights is …

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Why You Should Have Water In Your Garden

Having water in your garden is important for many reasons – and not just the obvious one of being able to water your plants! A water feature provides a source of relaxation and a haven for wildlife of all sorts. Even something as simple as a Bird Bath will bring birds and other wildlife into your outdoor living space making it a much more pleasant and interesting place to be. Choosing Your Water Feature Before choosing whether to have a pond, a water feature or just a simple Bird Bath and watering spots for wildlife you should think carefully about …

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Making the Most of Your Outdoor Space

Making the most of your outdoor space requires a clear vision of what you want to do with it. Work out what you would like to do, if possible, or what you are willing to spend time on doing. Is it a place where you want to lounge on a chair, have a party, or grow some vegetables? Once you know what you want to do with it, then it becomes easier to come up with ideas for decorating, planting, or landscaping. Outdoor Spaces Outdoor space a great place to spend time with friends and family during the summer – …

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shade in the garden

Shade In The Garden

Shade in the garden is just as important as light – for both people and plants. Summer sunshine is wonderful but we all need protection from too much of a good thing.  There are many ways to achieve this – some temporary, some more permanent, but whatever your garden space is like there are a number of solutions. Parasols Parasols are a quick and easy way to have fairly mobile shade, though larger heavier ones require a heavy base which might not be so easy to move. You can choose the colour to match your garden planting or your outdoor …

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Setting Up a Garden Cafe

Meeting outdoors is still  going to be the norm for quite a while as we slowly emerge from Lockdown. If all goes according to plan we will be able to meet up with one other household or up to 6 people outdoors from the 29th March but will still be weeks away from being able to meet up indoors.  We have all missed social gatherings with friends and family and want to make the most of getting together as soon as we can so how about turning your garden into an outdoor ‘meet up’ venue.  It doesn’t take much effort …

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Garden Wall Art – An Easy Garden Feature

Garden Wall Art is something that has been around for longer than we think but it has really come into its own now we are all spending a lot more time at home and in our gardens – when the weather permits. During the winter months, unless you have planned and planted otherwise, the garden can be a little bare and uninteresting.  Using garden wall art can solve that and give new areas of focus to your garden – and it doesn’t have to go on a wall!  Any vertical surface will do to display your choice, fence, wall, shed, …

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Creating Your Outdoor Space

Creating your outdoor living space is something that requires thought and planning if you want it to work properly for you and your family.  Most of it is common sense with a little out of the box thinking applied. Whilst just letting it happen has it’s attractions and advantages, you will probably get more out of it if you do a small amount of thinking and planning ahead. We have put together a short checklist of the most important things to consider to make sure you can get the most of extending your living space into your garden. 1 – …

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BBQ Sauce

Best BBQ Sauce Ever

A good BBQ Sauce is the make or break for any BBQ and recipes are closely guarded secrets.  BBQ season is in full swing now so given times are difficult we are going to do the neighbourly thing and share the recipe for our Best BBQ Sauce Ever.   This is ideal for a marinade, or as a sauce on the side, you can even use it in the oven to give your dishes a bit of extra sparkle, just remember to baste often. It freezes well so you can make a big batch and have it to hand when you …

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