Monday, 12 March 2018

Super Clever Ways to Organise your Greenhouse

Having a greenhouse is a great way for you to grow the things you have always wanted and on top of this, you can really reap the rewards of your hard work as well. The main problem that a lot of people have when it comes to their greenhouse space is that they find it hard to keep everything neat. You may find that unruly plants are growing everywhere and you may also find that it is hard to keep the glass clean.


When you own a greenhouse, you need to try and organise it into zones. This will help you to make the best use of the space and it will also help you to keep track of what you have planted as well. Try and have an area that is for potting, and an area that is for non-edible plants. Keep everything you need in one place as well or even in a storage area as this will cut down on the time you spend trying to find your tools.
Harvest Times

Some greenhouse stores also provide planters and even organisational trellises as well. When you do shop for these, you’ll find it very easy to keep everything looking great. One thing that you can do is organise everything into specific spaces. You may want to have everything in neat rows or you may want to organise things based on their harvest time or even by the amount that they need watering as well. The best way for you to keep your greenhouse organised is to try and get rid of as much clutter as you can. You need to be ruthless here and the more junk that you have, the easier it is for pests to hide as well.


Shelving can provide you with a ton of new space and it also gives you the chance to take advantage of the higher levels of your greenhouse. It’s more than possible to find some freestanding shelves or you can even get wall-mounted shelves. These are ideal if you have lean-to greenhouse and it really is the best way for you to make the most out of the space that you have without having to invest in another greenhouse for the garden.


Taking care of your rubbish will really help you to keep your greenhouse tidy. This is often overlooked and you may not think that a few wooden planks are taking up that much room but they are probably shutting away valuable planting space. If you want to try and stop rubbish from piling up then try and have one bin for composting and also have one bin for general rubbish. When you do this, you can then keep track of everything you need and you can also deal with any old plants as well. You can then use the compost to try and help your new plants grow, and this system is ideal if you want to have as little waste as possible. You can even label the bins according to the waste that they are for, so you can recycle easier than ever.


Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Winter Onions

Following on from our post earlier this month about how to grow onions its worth reminding ourselves that there are actually quite a number of different varieties of onions from sets that can planted in your vegetable plot or allotment now. Sets are the simplest way to grow onions yourself much easier than from seed. They have the bonus that they can be harvested earlier on in the year as well.

Electric is a good red set, Radar a good yellow and Shakespeare is a highly reliable white.

You can also sow some spring onions now: White Lisbon Winter Hardy is a good one that we like to use. Check your local garden centre as quite a lot of them will have shallots available now for plantin. Jermor is already available in my local garden centre. These are good to be planted about now or though until just into the New Year.

Monday, 26 February 2018

Creating a Successful Allotment

For those who consider themselves to be at least a little green-fingered, the idea of starting an allotment might be a frequently recurring fantasy. And why not - having an allotment has many benefits to it. For a start, who doesn’t love the idea of producing their own produce year after year? This is a cheaper, much more fulfilling way of sourcing fruit and vegetables, and many agree that the taste is even better as a result. What’s more, an allotment affords you a wonderful opportunity to practice your gardening skills, and it is also likely that you will learn a great deal which will be beneficial in the future. But one of the hardest aspects of the whole process is in the beginning; starting an allotment has its own unique challenges which are quite a lot of effort to deal with. As with anything, it is remarkably easier if you break it down into smaller steps - so here are three steps towards starting your own allotment plot.

Plot It Out

One of the quickest ways to ensure failure with your allotment is to fail to plan it out. This is vital, as there is so much that can go wrong if you fail to plan properly. With a decent plot laid out on paper, however, the whole process is going to be remarkably easier. You need to think about where you are going to have not just your plants, but anything else which might be necessary to. For example, have you included space for your compost? Is there room t walk between the beds, so that you don’t tread on your soil? All of this needs to be considered in your plotting, as it all makes a big difference to the final outcome. Allotment planning is a difficult art, but one which is vital to your success.


When you are planning, it is vital to remember rotation. This means that you need to rotate where your different plants go from one year to the next. In the first year, you need to have your brassica in one patch, your root vegetables in another, your salads and leaves in another, and so on. Then, it is important that you rotate where these are the following year, as this ensures that the soil is kept in the best possible way. You need to remember this during planning, so as to make the most of the space you have.

Prepare The Soil

Now it is time to actually get down to work and get your hands dirty. Preparing the soil is one of the most important parts of the whole operation, as it ensures that your plants will actually grow and be as healthy as possible. The first thing to do here is to remove any weeds, ideally by their roots so they don’t grow back. Then you want to turn over the top layer of soil, add some compost and dig it down to whatever depth you need, depending on what you are planting. With well-prepared soil, you are now ready to actually begin your planting - arguably the most exciting stage of all.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Keeping your garden safe from frost

 If you’re lucky enough to be living near the equator, then you don’t have to worry about winter. But the rest of us stress and prepare for winter from as early as August. Don’t just abandon your garden to the elements over winter. There are lots of steps and precautions you can take to save the lives of your plants, and here are a few of the basics:

1. Move less hardy plants indoors or into a greenhouse - heated if possible. If you’re unsure whether or not your plant is less hardy, just search for it on Google – find out where it’s from and if anyone recommends you take it in over winter. If you have a heated Greenhouse, make sure you get ahead of spring and furnish it with a few plants and maybe a sapling fruit tree.

2. Don't allow snow to build up on the roof of your greenhouse or on the netting of fruit cages – they aren't designed to take weight. Move any items that are likely to be damaged by sliding snow away from the roof if possible. This might seem obvious, but many people forget. The crash of a collapsing greenhouse is a dreadful sound, and it’s impossible to clean up in the snow.

3. Wrap terracotta pots in horticultural fleece or bubble wrap to protect from frost. Alternatively, they can be wrapped in straw. If they're empty, put them away in a shed or garage. This isn't technically a plant tip, but it’s very important, and your plants do stand a better chance if their pots are intact. The Daily Mail wrote a great article with tips for wrapping terracotta pots; have a read if you’d like to know more.

4. Any plants that can't be moved can be protected with straw or horticultural fleece. Do not use bubble wrap for this; it will create a cold, damp environment and cause plants to rot. Taller plants should be firmly secured to their supports to minimise wind damage.

5. Make sure you clear footpaths of snow as soon as possible. Remember: hard packed snow is as slippery as ice and you can't tend to your plants from a hospital bed. This is good advice even if you don’t enjoy a spot of winter gardening. Keeping your garden clear will make every other job you do all the easier.

There you have it. These tips should see most of your garden plants through the long winter and into spring. Don’t get too down about the garden this season; remember that the cold gets rid of all of the pests for a few months. Take the good with the bad, eh?

Monday, 29 January 2018

Keep Your Garden Looking Good Year Round

Do you love how your garden looks one season, only to wish it looked a different way the next? You should expect high and low periods with your garden - things happen that we just can’t control, and worrying too much about the minor details will only stop you from enjoying your garden and home to the fullest!

That being said, there are a few things you can do to keep your garden looking good year round. Take a look at the pointers below and see what you can use:

Choose Low Maintenance Plants And Flowers

If you have more time to dedicate to your garden, then by all means, choose plants and flowers that are a little more high maintenance. However, choosing low maintenance plants and flowers will mean you can spend less time fertilizing, watering, and pruning, and more time admiring the view! Flowers that can look great all year round include the Snow Princess Sweet Asylum and many different types of begonias. You may still need to invest a little time to make them look good, but not nearly as much as you would for other kinds of flowers.

Keep Your Furniture In Great Condition
Having garden furniture you can relax on is a wonderful way to socialise, get a little headspace, and even throw a party. However, you need to know how to maintain garden furniture if you’re going to keep your garden looking great year round. You don’t want weathered materials ruining the look of your garden! The elements can be tough on garden furniture, so make sure you choose durable pieces and know how to keep them looking great.

Declutter Your Plot

Look at your plot and declutter. Decide what you’re keeping and get rid of things that haven’t looked good for a while. Putting in structure is a good idea, so figure out how you can make patterns with boxes and plant pots. Also, considering the season that is most important to you can help - after all, your garden will always look its absolute best during one season. That being said, it isn’t difficult to purchase a couple of plant pots suitable for any season as they come and go, simply placing them somewhere that looks good.

Invest In Great Accessories For Your Garden

Just like any home interior, the garden should have some great looking accessories to add personality. You shouldn’t treat the outdoor area any different just because it’s outside. Treat it the same as you would a room inside of your home; creating a social space, adding personality and texture, and figuring out a structure that works. Accessories will enhance your garden. Water features are a wonderful way to add a serene feel, but then there are plenty of other options.

Use some of these tips and your garden could look good year round. If you’re a total novice gardener, don’t be afraid to download a few apps. They can give you useful tips and remind you when it’s time to water certain plants so that they flourish!


Friday, 12 January 2018

Garden Additions

Now the Christmas rush is over and we are all busy focusing on our new year's resolutions some will begin to look to their gardens. Winter is yet to end but spring draws ever near. Gardening is a hobby for many, but for some they just like to see it look a bit better than the previous year, so why not give your garden some character with these little additions.

Use Intricate Wooden Carvings

Wooden carvings have a certain charm that stone ones do not. They can come in a myriad of fantastical beasts and animals and you can even request exactly what you want before commissioning a sculpture. If you get them treated they can last for years, ever gaining in character as they become weather worn. They can fuel a youngster's imagination and become a talking point of any garden party. You can get them in many different sizes too so you can choose exactly what you want for the perfect location. You can even carve sculptures out of existing trees or stumps to make use out of annoying wood you’d otherwise have to find a way of disposing.

Try Some Different Plants

Some people fall into a routine with plants and end up planting the same things every year. So why not buy some new plant pots for your new plants and give your garden a different look this year. You can use vibrant colours in different areas that bloom at alternating times, this way there will always be a splash of colour in your garden. You can also try some hanging baskets or wall growing plants and flowers to lend colour to other areas that could need it.


Different Garden Furniture

Using different garden furniture can help get people out into the garden more often. Try comfortable chairs and loungers instead of hard wooden benches and seats. The additional comfortably furniture can be placed on its own or even under some form or awning which will really give it some character in the summer months. Commissioned furniture can set your garden apart from the rest.

Try A Swing For The Kids

Getting a kid to play outside is harder than ever. With all the new gaming software, social media and Christmas presents it’s almost impossible to get them outside. But if you use a swing you can help get the kids outside whilst also making a worthwhile addition to your garden. You can get them specially made, so that they fit into your garden perfectly instead of buying a garish multicoloured swing set which ruins the feel you’ve been striving for.


Personalise Your Garden

To really make it yours you need to personalise it. This will give your garden bags of character that won’t be seen anywhere else. You can use personalised slate signs to spruce up the fence or wall. If you have an artistic streak why not try painting a picture on a wall or making your own carving into a thick shed wall. You can find a myriad of personal ideas here for your garden.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Planning ahead

We weren’t all born blessed with green fingers and radiating creativity in our every step. While exuding imaginative ingenious in garden design and maintenance is the trait of a lucky minority, the good news is that with a little know-how, training and determination we can all adapt the mind frame of a landscape gardener and create an outdoor space blossoming with life, colour and exquisiteness.  

Thoughtful landscape gardening can not only improve your overall satisfaction with your home but it can also increase the value of your property, substantially in many cases. In fact if a landscaping project is done well, according to CNN Money the investment can add as much as 11% to the overall value of a property.

You are however more than aware of the many advantages a well-landscaped garden can bring to your home, both for your own personal pleasure and when, or if, you come to sell the property. The most pertinent question on your lips is how do you acclimatise yourself into the world of landscape gardening and create a garden of truly palatial dominions.

Plan ahead

The key to effective and successful landscaping is, similar with all design projects, to plan ahead. Adapting the artistic mind set of a landscaper simply cannot be achieved without generating some sort of landscape plan.

Before you plant one single seed in your garden it will be profitable to devise a layout plan for your outdoor space. A backyard centred with a pond and surrounded by verdurous vegetation and brimming with colourful petals might be your idea of a heavenly backyard, but do you realistically have the resources and finances to accomplish such a lush back garden.

A landscape gardener, while wildly artistic, will be realistic in the possibilities of a garden. It is therefore important that you plan the design of your garden with your budget, resources and goals in mind.

Hardscaping and softscaping

Savvy landscape gardeners know that some of the most effective and aesthetically pleasing gardens combine hardscaping and softscaping. If you are not familiar with such terminology, to really adapt a landscaper’s mind frame, not only will you need to be conversant in such gardening lingo but you will need to apply it.

Softscaping refers to all the pretty plant life in a garden. By contrast, hardscaping denotes all the non-plant life in a garden, such as patios, walls, paved paths, rocks, walls and ornaments. Hardscaping is widely deemed to be the “foundation and anchor of landscaping plans.”

The most effective outdoor spaces combine elements of carefully thought of and inventively combined hardscaping and softscaping. While the softscaping element of your garden provides the decorative and pretty edge, effective hardscaping will need to have some very useful and practical functions. For example, it should provide a place to sit or a path one can walk down to reach the other end of the garden.

Go native

Native gardening has become particularly fashionable in recent years. Native gardening involves growing native plants, or those that have grown naturally in your local area prior to the European settlement, in your garden. The essence of the concept is that native plants, which have evolved to withstand certain climates and diseases, will outperform imported plants.

Perceptive landscape gardeners will research what plants are native to a particular area, which will influence their decision in what type of plant life they introduce or expand on in a garden.

In order to get into the artistic and knowledgeable mind of a landscape gardener it would therefore prove invaluable to carry out some research into the native plant life of your geographical area. This way you will be more adept in producing a truly luscious garden that won’t wilt under the unpredictable weather Britain inevitably presents before too long.  

Qlawns have provided an insight into ways that anybody in society can adapt the mindframe of a landscape gardener in order to produce a picturesque garden.
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