You may have finished your spring cleaning around the house and found yourself with various trinkets and mason jars that are no longer in use. In turn, you may be at crossroads with what to do with your garden and how to give it a fresh look. Well, consider going vintage! By upcycling most of your items, at least you would know it will not go to waste and you can give it a second life! Read ahead for further inspiration.
Month: April 2018
Conservatories are great places for relaxing, hosting dinner parties and even turning into a home office. If you’re looking to add some “wow” factor to your conservatory space, or are just looking for some conservatory ideas, there are three simple interior design trends for 2018 that are easy to add into your conservatory.
Floral PatternsConservatories first became popular with upper-class people in the Victorian times, when exotic plants were brought home from travels and placed in the conservatory to be cared for. Over time, conservatories changed to become a place for relaxing in. The popular floral pattern trend is truly at home in the conservatory. You can easily incorporate the floral trend into your conservatory by adding a rug or a couple of cushions or, for something a little more extravagant, you could reupholster your conservatory furniture. Adding green and pastel shades will help to seamlessly blend the outdoors and indoors, which is a perfect example of combining conservatory ideas with the outdoors.
Vintage LightingVintage Lighting is a strong trend for 2018. To add an updated look to your conservatory, try replacing your light fixtures with some copper pendant lights for a more sophisticated feel. If you’re looking for something a little cosier, add a couple of vintage lamps for a touch of elegance and luxury. Getting your conservatory lighting right is essential in creating the right atmosphere, which is crucial for entertaining and relaxing. If you’re after a more natural form of lighting, modern glass roofs will provide daylight as well as keep your conservatory cooler in the summer and warm in the winter – one of the better conservatory ideas you can have. Glass roofs provide access to natural light and look very impressive.
Dark SurfacesChoosing a dark surface to have in your conservatory may not seem like the best option at first, but dark surfaces offer the perfect contrast to the light, airy space of a conservatory. If your kitchen is in your conservatory, then choosing dark work surfaces will keep the space on trend. If dark worktops aren’t your thing, how about dark flooring? Your choice of flooring in your conservatory will have a big effect on how warm and comfy it is, especially in the winter. Tiles are a great option as they can be easily cleaned but can make the room cold, especially in winter. A good quality laminate or wood floor will add a warmer feel, with the extra benefit of being easy to clean, which is perfect if you have pets or young children. You could also include a rug to add some extra style, which can be easily taken away or changed to suit your needs and the seasons.
Fruit is one of those garden essentials that every gardener – novice or expert – loves to hate. After all, you can do everything right and there is no guarantee that your fruit will appear that year. Many curse the UK weather, but many also just accept that it is a luck of the draw. It can feel like a game of maybe’s and cross-your-finger for it to happen. Which isn’t how anyone wants to spend their time gardening. With that in mind, here is our quick and easy guide to growing fruit in your garden – no matter what level of gardener you are currently.
Planting TipsNo matter what method you use to plant your tree, vine or bush, you need to make sure you water them well before they even reach the planter or soil bed. A good layer of mulch – a few inches thick – is also important as it can retain moisture much longer than typical soil, meaning less need to water your fruit plants on your part (also good if you happen to forget). Mulch is also beneficial for controlling weed growth. Stakes for fruit trees, especially if you live in an area prone to windiness, is also important. This can help support it to grow as straight and possible and withstand any adverse weather that it may come to face. Avoid tightening the stake to the tree with a wire, as this can damage your fruit tree and impede its growth. After a year or two, you can remove the stake in order to allow the tree to grow its own sturdy trunk.
PruningUnlike some of your other flowerbed inhabitants, a fruit-bearing plant or tree will need pruning in order to keep producing. How often depends on the fruit in question. But, if you notice any dead or diseased branches, these need to be dealt with as soon as possible to prevent harm to the healthy part of your fruit producer. Pruning tends to be most effective during late Autumn, Winter or even early Spring as this is when your fruit tree, shrub or vine will be leafless and easier to handle. A prune prior to its prime growing season also gives it a chance to rejuvenate in time to produce new fruit.
Watering & FoodThese plants need constant water levels more than any other type of plant in your garden. Particularly if you want them to create consistent, juicy, fruit which you will be able to eat. An irrigation system may be the best way to achieve this, as it is the least effort and allows you to reach your whole garden without fear of missing a spot. This type of system also reduces water waste in the long term, making it much more efficient. Feeding your fruit plant can be a difficult thing, as after all; what do you feed a fruit plant to ensure good overall growth and health? Understanding the type of soil in your garden or planter is the first step to determining this. Once you understand the environment, then you can add the right plant fertiliser and food necessary for growth. Never over fertilise your plants, however, as this can cause burning in the plant roots.
PestsWhen growing fruit, pests can be the worst part of your maintaining your garden. As they can eat all of your hard work if left and allowed to get out of control. And pests might not necessarily be what you expect, if you have wild rabbits in that like to chew on your plants, they may very well become a pest for your allotment/garden fruit growing efforts. Erecting fences, wire meshes and other obstructions is often the easiest way to secure your garden from larger pests – especially things such as deer and rabbits. Bird netting can also stop feathered pests from eating all of your fruit. At the end of the day, once you have the fruits of your effort before you, you will want to enjoy it. Having the perfect outdoor furniture to do this from is the best way to sit and look at the fruits of your labour (pun intended).
It’s the cherry blossom season. Taking this as our inspiration this week, we are going to go east to Japan! Japanese style gardens are a truly a sight to behold. They ooze the scene of tranquillity and mystery and bring over the sense of peace as well. Unlike, cherry blossoms which are fleeting, the Japanese style gardens are here to stay and provides that endless style. So, if you feel your garden is too small and needs a major overhaul, hopefully, this can provide some great inspiration for you. It is best to start from scratch with your garden, as it requires some landscaping which allows you to be more flexible too! So, if you are ready, let’s erase the greatest myth, you do not need a wide open space to create a Japanese style garden. So, let’s get stuck in the mud and discover some of our tips here.