Planters – Make Yours Stand Out

Planters are the jewels that can make your garden sparkle.  You can move them around, highlight special spots or make a feature of them – and so much more.  Spending a little time and thought on them can bring your garden alive all year round without too much effort. Planning Your Planter Whilst planters can be moved around the garden it is wise to have some idea where it is going to be positioned in the main so you can choose plants and a container that will fit the conditions – shade loving plants in full sun are not going …

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Making The Most Of Your Garden

Making the most of your garden whilst we are living under such strange conditions is incredibly important for your wellbeing, both mental and physical.  We have all been told by the Government that we can take one period of outdoor exercise for general wellbeing be it Running, Walking or Cycling, the choice is yours.  But is that enough? There is no doubt about the benefits of spending time outdoors, so if you are lucky enough to have a private space, this is the time to make use of it. What are the best things to do?  Spring is definitely here …

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Blue Christmas decorations

Christmas Decorating

Every year as Christmas rolls around there are new trends in decorating your home to make it ready for the celebrations.  Every family has its own traditions which should always take pride of place and sit at the heart of your theme but it is fun to ring the changes and see what the trends are. The traditional Christmas colours of red, green and gold will always be there – and they are easy to match up as old favourites need replacing, and this year is no different.  What is evident this year is a real return to more natural …

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Pumpkin Soup Bringing the Outdoors in

Pumpkin Soup – Bringing The Outdoors In

Autumn is the time when we are still hanging on to the outdoor pleasures of summer – but it’s just a little chilly, so we want to bring the outdoors in.  One of the joys of autumn is the rich harvests, especially squashes and what better way to combat the chill and cheer ourselves up than a lovely rich spicy Pumpkin Soup.  This is a lovely recipe for Halloween and Bonfire Night, it freezes well and is always delicious, especially with a hunk of crusty bread.  If you want it extra spicy you can always leave the Chili seeds in. …

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Puppy Proofing Your Garden

Puppy proofing your garden is vital when you have a new addition to the family – especially when that addition is an eight week old Labrador puppy named Harvey. We thought we would share a few guidelines that will make your #OutdoorLiving space fun for you and your new addition. Puppy proofing is mostly common sense but you should also try and think like a puppy to see what you might miss.  Some experts suggest getting down on all fours and moving around your home and garden, pretending you are a lively puppy to see what might grab your attention …

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Fire Pit

Garden Lighting – Lengthen Your Day

Garden Lighting is the single best way to extend the time you can spend relaxing outdoors.  During the working week most of us only get to spend time outdoors in the evenings and if all that is there is a dark space there is little pleasure in it.  A few well placed, well chosen lights can make all the difference. Most garden designers spend a lot of time lighting a garden, both to make the best use of natural light and to extend its use into the evenings. Matthew Wilson summed it up beautifully “Without lighting, a garden is just …

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Vale Wildlife Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre

At Pits Pots and Patios we are deeply committed to outdoor living and enjoying the environment we are fortunate to live in.  Much of the pleasure and beauty of that environment is in the wildlife that shares it with us. Sadly modern living and wildlife often do not always go hand in hand, many of the beautiful wild creatures we love to watch are damaged by other aspects of our lifestyle. We have decided to support The Vale Wildlife Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre by donating a percentage of our profits to enable them to continue their wonderful work. The Vale …

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Fire Pits – Patio Heating Whatever The Weather

Fire Pits for Patio Heating are one way of fulfilling our desire for Outdoor Living when the weather doesn’t deliver.  To be fair, in the UK it is pretty much given that even in the best Summer we might need to extend the time we can be outdoors by adding in a little extra heating.  Unless it has been very warm for a longish period of time when the Sun goes down there is soon a chill in the air. This can be frustrating when you have spent a lot of time and effort making your garden into an extension …

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Caring For Your Planter

Planters can change the look of your garden in an instant.  Add them, move them around, replant them and you suddenly have a whole new area of interest in the garden.  That said, they do need some care to show off at their best – the good news is it doesn’t take much effort! 1. The Right Plant Every plant has its own needs. While there are plenty of general rules that apply to most plants, you will have the best results and the greatest success when you take the time to learn about the plants you want. You need …

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Feed The Birds

Feed The Birds

Mary Poppins might have been talking about the pigeons in London when she said ‘Feed The Birds‘ but it holds true wherever you are, especially in the winter and early spring when there is little food around.. There are three main things to think about when feeding the birds – Food Feeders Water Suitable Bird Foods The type of food depends very much on the type of birds you want to attract and what you have available.  There are lots of commercial mixes available, ones that have whole grains, split peas, lentils and rice are best for larger birds such …

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