Sep 30

Mini Houseplants for Apartments

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A small plant in a coffee mugIs there such a thing as a home that’s ‘too small for houseplants’?

We think not but in an apartment where every inch of space counts you need to make your selection very carefully. There are plenty of tiny plants to choose from. From classic to quirky, whatever your style there’s something to suit. Here’s a few ideas to get you started. (more…)

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Sep 23

Gardening Tricks: Use the Best Gardening Apps

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GardenAppsApps for your phone that can help you garden? On the face of it, it might sound like an odd idea. Gardening’s about getting out there with a spade and folk, getting your hands grubby and pulling up those weeds. Well, yes, it’s all of that, but it’s also about planning and plotting. There are apps to help you design your garden, others which help you learn more about it, and rich resources available to give you ideas and inspiration. Here’s a roundup of some of our favourites. (more…)

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Sep 16

Five Poisonous Plants Which Might Hide in Your Home

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HydrangeaIt may surprise you to know that some really quite common house and garden plants are toxic, in some cases significantly so. We’re not saying that this is a reason not to have them at all, but it’s useful to know about them so that you can make sure that your children or pets aren’t exposed to unnecessary risks. (more…)

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Sep 9

The Gardening Fever Catches on

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Even Young People Get Excited About Gardening in the UK

young girl in natureIt may surprise you, and to be honest it surprised us, but a recent survey shows that the younger generation in the UK is going back to the land. Far from spending all their time on Facebook or Twitter, the average 25-35 year old spends around 12 to 15 hours a month working on their garden. They’re not just investing time either; the survey commissioned by Alfresia demonstrates a significant increase in financial input too, up from an average of £273 to £518 per couple per summer. (more…)

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Sep 2

Autumn Leaves: What to Do with Them

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Autumn leavesThere may be times when you’re close to cursing those leaves. You spend hours working hard with the rake, you clear the lawn and then the wind blows. Five minutes and your garden’s back where it started. Don’t despair! Those pesky leaves are actually a free gift from nature. All you have to do is decide how they can best be utilised in your garden, your choices include: (more…)

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Aug 26

Choices, Choices… How to Pick a Reliable Gardening Company

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Fantastic-GardenersA well maintained garden will make a world of difference to the enjoyment you get from your home. Not to mention, increasing both sale and rental value. If you don’t enjoy gardening or don’t have the time to do it you’ll be looking for someone you can employ to do the work for you. How do you choose a good gardening company? Here are a few ideas about how to go about it. (more…)

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Aug 19

Social Media Elements in Your Garden – Hashtag Plants by Art We Hart

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Facebook LogoSocial media rules. Whether it’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest, it’s rare to find someone in the UK who doesn’t spend at least a few hours a week on some social platform or another. It’s inevitable that anything that has a daily presence in our lives will also start to influence our fashions and trends. Here’s just a few examples of how the virtual world of social media has entered physical life. (more…)

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Aug 14

The Best Gardens in London

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Street view of London cityYou may have noticed that we’ve been giving you lots of tips recently on how to improve your urban garden and enhance your front yard. After all that hard work it’s time to put down your spade and take some time out. London is a fascinating city and it has some of the most amazing public gardens and parks. This weekend is the perfect time to visit at least one of them, you’ll have a great time and maybe gain some inspiration too. This post will be about London’s most famous gardens and some lesser-known but nonetheless extraordinary green spaces. (more…)

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Aug 5

August Gardening: What Are You Missing

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CalendulaAs we head into August we’re moving towards ‘late summer’ (where did the year go!). In some ways your gardening tasks are getting easier; the summer bedding is in place, the major weeding is done as the spring and early summer growing period is past. On the downside, especially in dry summers, by August much of your planting may be looking tired, straggly or just plain thirsty. Here’s a quick round up of tips to help keep your garden looking fresh and attractive through later summer and into the early autumn. (more…)

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Jul 29

Why a Grey Water Recycling System Is Exactly What Your Garden Needs

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SprinklerSave money on your water bills and make your garden more environmentally friendly too. It really does have to be a winner, so if you haven’t yet considered recycling some of your grey water read on: (more…)

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