Gardening and pest control

How to Turn an Outdoor Abomination Into a Beautiful Garden

  When I moved out of my last home, the garden resembled more of  a forest and the weeds were taller than me! I liked to think I was doing my bit for nature by leaving lots of natural habitat for beneficial insects. But when my daughter came along, I suddenly realised we needed a…

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Here’s What Not To Do When Starting Your Garden

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  Gardening can be a wonderfully rewarding past time. You can create your own little piece of paradise to relax in and if you’re growing food, you will also have the opportunity to be a little bit self-sufficient too. However, there are some mistakes you’ll want to avoid, to give yourself the best results: #1:…

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Six Edible Plants Every Kitchen Garden Needs

six edibles to grow in pots and containers

  Regular readers of this blog will know I love to be surrounded by nature and ‘green things’ – the clue is in the name of the site, right?! But there’s more to it than just enjoying gazing out onto grass and trees. While we all know getting into nature is good for our health,…

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5 simple things to grow and eat

Gardening is a great self sufficient activity. Unfortunately many people are put off through either lack of space, time or information. Nothing beats eating home grown produce – it tastes like nothing you can ever buy, it’s packed full of nutrition when eaten fresh, it’s cheap and you can grow organically, so you know exactly…

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7 Ways to Grow Food Without a Garden

7 ways to grow food without a garden

  As you know, I love a bit of ‘Grow your own’. It’s a fantastic way to save money, reduce air miles on the foods you eat and eat more healthily. But I have a confession… I’m not a natural gardener! And I admit to feeling a bit guilty, as I have a large garden.…

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Encouraging Yourself To Spend More Time In The Garden

spending time outdoors in the garden

  I don’t know about you, but during lockdown, I’ve definitely spent more time in the garden. It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for years, but somehow work gets in the way. I usually feel a bit bad about this. All the ‘shoulds’, ‘oughts’ and ‘musts’ pile up – I should be growing more…

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Making the Most of A Large Outdoor Space

how to make the most of a large piece of land

  A home with a lot of outdoor space is a wonderful thing. And I’ve been increasingly grateful for our ‘war garden’, here at home. Our house was built in 1936 and it was the done thing back then to have a long garden to grow food. By having a large space, yes, it’s more…

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Gardening Shortcuts That Take The Pressure Off

potting soil and trowel with straw hat and gloves in background

  Throughout the lockdown, gardens have never looked so good! Unless you’re a full time carer, homeschooling or a key worker then there has been plenty of time to get our gardens looking good. But with schools re-opening and parents going back to work, it’s time to figure out how to continue keeping a decent…

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Really Common Gardening Mistakes That Can Be Fixed

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  Many amateur gardeners exist and while some are naturals, others have to learn to develop a green thumb.  Here are some of the most common gardening mistakes and how to avoid them. Improper Watering Technique Many garden owners water at the wrong time of day. For instance, if you water during the heat of…

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The Most Beneficial Ways To Plant A Garden

  Planting a garden is something a lot of homeowners consider in their lifetime. It’s the perfect way to craft your own little slice of green paradise out there, and lead the climate change fight from the comfort of your own home! But if you’ve not got any gardening experience, the whole prospect can feel…

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