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5 Ways To Create A Sustainable Garden This Summer

In CategoryTim Whitcombe
ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

Achieving sustainability is a difficult task. Whether you’re starting with a blank canvas or reinvigorating your garden, there are plenty of useful and innovative ways to create a sustainable outdoor space that looks marvellous too. Sustainability is not only crucial in supporting our planet, it can also help you save money in the long run.

 

  1. Compost Your Waste

Composting if the first easy step you can take to achieve a sustainable garden. Too often we can be guilty of getting rid of waste that could have been recycled and used for composting – beneficial to our gardens and wallets. In fact, there are countless waste products that can be used on your compost heap, including: plant trimmings, tea bags, leaves and uncooked vegetables. You can dedicate a space for your compost heap, ideally at the end of your garden, and add your components throughout the year. Once you have utilised all of your compost, simply start the process again.

 

  1. Invest In All-Weather Furniture

Summer wouldn’t be the same without spending quality time outside with our loves ones. BBQ’S, family get-togethers, and alfresco dining is what summer is about. But what happens to our garden furniture when the rain season descends upon us? You could try and fit it in the shed, bring it indoors even, or leave it outside with a cover on and hope for the best. It can be a hassle finding beautiful garden furniture but having nowhere to keep it safe in the winter months. That’s where all-weather wicker sofas comes in, with rain proof material -ideal for all year round it’s the perfect addition to any sustainable garden.

 

  1. Create Your Organic Garden

Organic produce has never been more popular, with healthy eating and leading an active lifestyle having an impact on how people live their lives. It’s becoming increasingly important to think about what we are consuming and putting into our bodies. It’s significant to know where our food comes from; has it been covered with chemicals, is it fresh, and does it contain the nutrients your body needs? That’s where growing your own comes in. You can see your food lifecyle from beginning to end, overseen from start to finish. Not only is this an extremely fun and satisfying experience, but it also encourages you to eat more of your 5-a-day. This is especially ideal for vegetarians and vegans, or anyone who wants to incorporate more fresh food into their diet.

 

  1. Use Old “Junk”

There is such a thing as a fashionable garden. You’d know it if you saw it – the ones with an old wheelbarrow as a plant pot, a rustic illusion garden mirror, old cuts of slabs as mosaic wall art. It looks impressive and complicated. But it’s not just for professional gardeners or artistic landscapers – you can do that too! If you get creative, you can easily think of ways to recycle any old furniture or items that you would otherwise throw away. A fantastic tip is having a look in charity shops or scrap heaps. If you stumble upon an old table or unloved chair; sand it down, give it a fresh coat of paint and there you have it – shabby chic furniture with an eco-friendly journey. The perfect addition to your stylish garden.

 

  1. Save Your Seeds

Perhaps one of the most obvious but underused way of creating a sustainable garden is to consider re-planting from old seeds. This a simple fundamental way to help you in your sustainability journey. Once your plant is mature, it will produce seeds before it eventually dies out. When you notice your plant producing seeds, don’t let them go! Keep them, save them, and re-plant them for another flourishing garden next year. There is absolutely no need to purchase new plants every year, when you can salvage usable seeds and become self-sufficient. It also means you will be saving money at the same time.

So, there you have it, 5 top tips for creating a sustainable garden this summer. Try out your favourites and see how you get on. Living a fully sustainable life has never been so easy.

It is cheaper to repair your lawnmower rather than replace it

In CategoryTim Whitcombe
ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

With a few hot days under our belts, it feels like summer is finally around the corner – let’s hope we are starting to see the back of the cold weather! Over the wet months your lawn may have started looking more like a wild meadow then a nice inviting patch of grass; if so, it is time to turn your attention to garden maintenance. Before you start on the plants and lawn, you might want to turn your attention to your lawn mower.

No matter how well it has been stored, the winter months will have taken their toll on your lawnmower; therefore, you should take some time to give your mower the once-over before using it to cut your grass. If you take it out of the shed and it looks a bit rusty around the edges, consider buying new lawn mower parts rather than replacing it altogether. There are many lawnmower spares available and they are easier to replace then you think; in the long run, this will be a more cost-effective solution.

Hopefully you will have cleaned the lawnmower before storing it for the winter, but it is still worth giving it another thorough clean before using it again. Clean any debris and rust that has built up and tighten any nuts, bolts and screws.

Start to check each lawnmower part thoroughly. Check the electrical cable for nicks and cuts, as it may have been subject to gnawing teeth over the winter months. Replace the entire cable if any wires are exposed.

Next check the blade. If it is very rusty and worn, it is worth replacing this at the beginning of the season. These are easy to replace, but always refer to your manufacturer’s instructions. Lawnmower spare parts are readily available, but make sure any new blade you buy is compatible with your machine.

The air filter is another area that gets clogged up with use. A clogged filter will affect performance and can cause the machine to cough and splutter. This lawn mower part may be trickier to replace, but again you can refer to your manufacturer’s instructions to find out whether it can be done on your machine.

Most lawnmower spares are available if you look around – before thinking about replacing your machine, check out which lawn mower parts are available. This is by far the cheapest way to extend the life of your machine and is better for the environment in the long run.

Outdoor Summer Landscape Projects for Your Buildings

In CategoryTim Whitcombe
ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

 

Landscaping projects during summer range from growing blooming shrubs to facilitating your yard with an incredible fire pit. After all, your building might be your castle, but instead of keeping it clumsy in the hot weather, it would be great to provide your outdoor with a makeover to add color, texture, and warmth to the place you have invested a fortune. There are many creative and wonderful ways to give your home an appealing and inviting look.

While planning for the makeover of your outdoor space, you have to think about how it can uncomplicate your living rather than complicating it further. For instance, think about outdoor landscaping ideas that can add space to your yard so that when you host a party, guests can easily sit and relax. With that being said, take a look at these landscaping ideas outlined below that are both functional and attractive, as well as, goes fine with all kind of properties.

 

Orchestrate an Arbor Bench

Why not build a couple of deck chairs in your yard for an unplanned event where you will need some seating arrangement? A great way to organize some seats in your backyard is devising a cedar bench. A cedar bench, when shaped with the help of an arbor, provides you with a great spot in your yard to relax and unwind on a bright sunny day. You can also include a sophisticated architectural element to make it look tasteful. An arbor bench, when framed with a classic touch, will not only provide you with a backrest but will also display your taste preferences. You can also surround the bench with artificial greenery that makes it eye-catching.   

 

Light Up in Style with Firepits

Every building especially the residential ones are focusing a lot on drafting outdoor fires. When the world is indulging itself heavily in science and technology, most of the property owners are going ultra-retro with their backyard and getting warmth from fire pits placed into the earth. If you are thinking about remodeling your exterior by adding a place to sit and enjoy the warmth, why not think of lighting your ring of fire in style? Just consult the professional landscaping companies and they will help you out with building fire pits.

 

Bloom Your Driveway with Planters

Regardless of their size and usage, planter boxes can brighten up your day, dividing an overextending patio, or giving your entrance a striking feature. Planters, when availed in pairs or in a singular pattern, can easily impart a splash of color to your backyard. Opting for weather-resistant planters seems to be a healthy option given the fact that they are made of cellular PVC, which will never rot. Moreover, these types of planters can hold up well and are easy to cut, as well as, offer you an immaculate space for your favorite bloomers. You can also opt for artificial plants as they are quite affordable and require low-maintenance.

 

Double Your Sitting Space

A little bit of extra sitting space will not do any harm to your outdoor space, in fact, it helps you in making your landscape look great and enjoyable. You might not have a very large area to mark off, but at least you the make the most out of your existing building space. Focus on your flower beds and patios by checking if they still need a border. If they deserve a border, it would be a great option to customize the space in such a way that you can also use it a place for sitting. Bring some cast concrete blocks and build a wall to give it an appearance of a stone that will make it aesthetically pleasing. The sitting wall is very easy to frame, particularly when your planting season is limited to the weekends.

 

Add Personality to Your Garden Space with Garden Arbor

Garden arbors, when placed perfectly in your garden, can offer you several benefits that you cannot even think of. It can act as an entrance to an outdoor place and take your climbing plants to great heights. The ideal material for this outdoor landscaping project requires a cedar that is resistant to corrosion. When you apply a coat of paint, you will be amazed how this outdoor landscaping element will become n personality enhancer.

 

Monitor Your Hand Tools with Potting Bench

In spite of the fact that you like gardening, dividing patios or repotting plants can often feel like a huge burden if you have to look for tools in the messed up corners of your garage. For solving this issue, you can place your gardening supplies on a dedicated workstation so that the next time when you need them, you can access them without even breaking a sweat. Watch out for a potting bench in the market that comes with a wire mesh backing, which can help you in putting your hand tools right beneath your nose. As soon as you will start using the potting bench, you will recognize the facilities it has to offer.

 

Planter Bench

There is lawn furniture, and then there is a breathtaking landscape furniture that can be your outdoor custom seating built in your backyard. This has to be an absolute must in your outdoor landscaping projects since it has the ability to form a little oasis in your backyard, as well as, on your deck.

 

Build a Garden Fountain

Thinking of sitting in a natural setting where you can enjoy the tranquility of nature, feeling the breeze and hearing the birds chirp? If yes, then it is the right time to add a fountain to your standard garden. Even though if you lack a backyard brook, a fountain in your garden can definitely be the next valuable landscaping project that you can think of.

 

Surround Your Bench with Artificial Greenery

Every property owner when contemplates exterior landscaping projects, the first thing striking their mind is to have the best view of their outdoor landscape. Building a comfy garden bench in the central spot under the shade can be your ideal place to take relaxing breaks. You can also think about adding some artificial trees and tropical plants beside your bench that come with low-maintenance. Created by professional and seasoned horticulturists, these faux plants, trees, and foliage can exhibit a realistic look and give your outdoor landscaping a naturally stunning look.

 

Concluding Remarks

Ultimately, in order to conclude your landscaping projects for your buildings, you will be needing to stir your imagination. The key fact to keep in mind is that the purpose of your outdoor landscaping project is to make your exterior look amazing and creating new spaces.

Must-have technology for the keen gardener

In CategoryTim Whitcombe
ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

Technology is changing in all areas of our lives, and gardening is no different. The GardenAdvice team have been looking at some of the established and new technologies for helping gardeners to grow and care for plants.   

Heated propagators

Many gardeners wish that they could grow their dream garden, with plants and vegetables from around the world. But often, our climate doesn’t allow for it. That’s where the heated propagators come in.

A heated propagator allows seeds to germinate earlier and more successfully (meaning that less go to waste). When innovations like this first came out, it was heated greenhouses and heated benches that were on the market. But, they can add to your energy costs as the heat can quickly dissipate and therefore must be on all the time to be successful. Instead, the propagator has walls and a lid which can retain the warmth.

You can often adapt the temperature between 5°C to 30°C to grow a range of plants and flourish your vegetable seeds. Some of the more exotic seeds and hot chillies require warmer temperatures and it could be impossible to grow them in cooler climates without this piece of technology. Being able to grow from seed is more cost-effective than buying an already germinated young plant too — saving you some pennies!

Many heated propagators have a light installed too. This can help seedlings and cutting grow healthily and provide high output for low energy as often the propagator contains a reflector that can reflect lost light and diffuse light deep into the plant leaves.

Handy apps

There’s an app for everyone and their hobbies nowadays! And as a lover of gardening, you’re no exception. Which apps should you consider downloading?

  • GrowIt! — If you’ve just moved to a new house or are getting used to gardening in your area, this could be a useful app for you. It can connect you with local gardeners who are used to the climate and soil type and can give you some advice. You can also upload photos of your own plants to share your gardening knowledge with others.
  • Garden Compass — If you’re looking for other like-minded individuals to share your gardening snaps with, this could be for you. With this app, you can upload photos to the website, ask questions to horticultural experts and create your personalised garden care calendar.

Multi-pot watering

Although we don’t like to admit it, sometimes our busy schedules take over and we forget to water our plants outside. But, with the help of a pot watering kit, you don’t need to worry about letting your mind slip.

These kits can water up to 25 plants automatically and can sense what time of the day it is to water your plants. You can set up the gadget so that it slowly releases water to the root of the plant which will save you the effort! Connect it to your outdoor garden tap for even less hassle.

 

Olloclip pro-lens

With the rise in social media and the ability to photo share with others, you want to be capturing the best photos you can take! Often the beauty of the plant is in the detail of its leaves or perhaps you enjoy watching the wildlife in the garden. Either way, to take the best photos in the garden you should invest in an Olloclip Pro Lens.

This piece of technology can fit nicely onto your iPhone. Simply clip it over the lens of your phone and it combines with your phones digital zoom — letting you take macro photos with up to 100x magnification. It’s ideal for capturing the details that aren’t visible to the human eye or even monitoring insects as they enjoy your garden. You’re guaranteed to get some wonderful shots without the need for purchasing a professional camera.

 

Monitoring your plants requirements

Unfortunately, your plants can’t let you know what they need. You have to make the judgement yourself, based on the climate and soil-type in your garden. But there is one gadget that can help — the Parrot Flower Power plant monitor.

It understands the essential needs of your plant, has 7,000 plants in its database and a battery life of six months. Simply place the monitor into the soil next to your plant and the monitor can detect; sunlight, temperature and fertilizer. This information then is sent straight to your smartphone, so you know when to water them or add more fertilizer.

 

As you can see, there’s a range of technology out there to meet your gardening needs! From making the germination process that little bit easier, to being able to water your 25 pots at once, there’s not a lot that technology can’t do these days.

 

Technology in the near future for gardeners

With the fast pace of technologies new ideas and innovations are becoming available to both new and experienced gardeners. At GardenAdvice we are currently working on systems that use assisted artificial intelligence combined with our Climate Net system to predict events in your garden and individual crops such as nutrient requirements, pest and disease attacks so that timely feeding and prevention of diseases can be undertaken improving both gardens and crop levels.

 

Sources

http://www.suttons.co.uk/Gardening/Garden+Equipment/Propagators+and+Propagating+Equipment/Geopod+Heated+Propagators_MH4723.htm

http://fortune.com/2017/03/30/garden-gadgets-green-tech/

http://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/house-garden/best-gardening-apps-tech-hozelock-olloclip-ue-megaboom-netatmo-a7013496.html