Top Tips for Maintaining your Garden Furniture
Endless get-togethers can really put the heat on your wallet, especially if you take on the role of the host with the most. Like many Brits, if you’ll be using your outdoor space as an entertainment hub this summer, there are so many ways you can update it without the mayhem or expense of a complete redesign. To help you save both time and money, here is a handy guide to extending the life of your garden furniture with minimal cost and maximum impact:
1. The Big Clean
After the cooler months, it’s essential to give your outdoor furniture a deep clean to get rid…
The Top Five Trending TikTok Gardening Hacks
WD-40 reveals the top hacks on the internet to give your garden a quick, easy and low-budget revamp this spring
As spring is fast approaching, and the Great British weather begins to improve (slightly), many of us are beginning to take to our gardens to attempt to ready them for the coming months. But, with gas prices rising and other bills constantly increasing, the budget for garden maintenance has most likely decreased for most households.
So, if you are attempting to achieve your dream garden on a budget this Spring, iconic household brand, WD-40, has scoured TikTok to…
How Can Gardening be Entertaining for Children?
Spring is approaching, so it’s a perfect time to make use of the outdoors in the warmer weather. Especially for your children, it can seem difficult to find anything that distracts them from their devices. But once you discover something different yet entertaining to do outdoors, it’s no doubt that they will no longer be glued to their screens. But how can you persuade them to step outside and embrace nature?
Here, we explore several ways to get your kids into gardening with tips and activities.Get your hands dirty
If your children don’t spend too much time outdoors, then…
Your New Favourite Hot Spot: What You Need to Know for Creating Your Own Bar
The past couple of years have taught us how to be resourceful in our own homes due to COVID restrictions, which led to Brits splashing out to build their own bars. Having a bar in such close proximity to you is of course very practical, so the demand for a garden bar isn’t stopping anytime soon.
Although the process of building your bar might seem difficult, it’s crucial that you remember the must-have items. Here, we discuss the basics for your very own garden bar.Stocking up on the essentials
The most important feature in your bar is, of course, the alcohol; but it’s…
5 Tips to Prepare for a Summer Garden Party
As we start expecting warmer weather, we can finally start making social plans to catch up with friends and family. Over winter, your focus was probably on the kitchen and couch rather than your garden, so you may have some work to do before you feel like you’re ready to invite people over for an al fresco gathering. Here are some top tips on how you can refresh your outdoor space and get ready to host the perfect garden party.
1. Back to Basics
Give your garden a general declutter and tidy up by removing any fallen leaves, outdoor toys, dead branches and litter that may…
5 simple steps to eliminate germs from garden toys
When the sun starts peeking through the spring clouds, it will be time to get the garden in tip-top shape. While tasks like pulling weeds, mowing the lawn and wiping down the outdoor furniture can all make the garden look visually better, parents could be putting their kids at risk by not giving their outdoor playthings a thorough spring clean after removing them from winter storage.
Research shows that the plastic toys bringing children so much joy also have the ability to put them at serious risk of infection. To ensure the only thing that garden toys are spreading this spring is…
Top Tips to Get your Garden Ready for Spring
As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, people will turn to spending more time in their gardens, patios and backyards. Here are the top five tips on how to get your outdoors ready so that you can make the most of the warmer weather.
1. Prepare The Patio
The patio is an important part of the home, and acts as an extension of your living space particularly during the warmer months, so it should be given the same amount of attention as the interior. After you’ve cleared away the clutter, use a specialist outdoor cleaning product such as Jeyes Fluid, which can be…
5 Cocktails That You Can Garnish From Your Own Home
Cocktails are always a crowd pleaser. Whether you and your friends are hitting the town or plan to create an at-home cocktail party of your own, these drinks are perfect for bringing a variety of flavours to your evening.
When you fancy a cocktail, it’s tempting to have a professional prepare it. They have all of the skills, knowledge, and, most importantly, ingredients at the ready to craft a delicious and visually stunning drink.
Putting those effortless finishing touches on a cocktail can seem daunting, but it is much easier to prepare when you have the right garnish at…
What to do in your greenhouse this spring...
Ideas for greenhouse gardening in March, April & May from Hartley Botanic
Spring is the time of year when the Greenhouse becomes a plant production line and shows its value for side stepping the effects of the weather – particularly in cooler areas. It is a time when you are facing erratic weather; warm sunshine with the chance of frost, so it is important to know which crops need starting early. It also provides the opportunity for a Greenhouse spring clean before the serious seed sowing begins. Heritage Glasshouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic has provided some useful ideas…
British TV Shows to Keep Your Gardening Passion Alive This Winter
It’s winter. Rainstorms are a frequent feature, temperatures are glacial, and the weather – all in all – can be pretty bleak. Spending time in your backyard in current outdoor conditions is not the most appealing idea ever. Why get drenched and cold when you can stay dry and warm inside?
However, the truth is that a lot of gardeners will miss putting their green thumbs to the test. Deprived of their hobby … what’s an alternative way to cultivate their interest and passion for gardening.
Here Flogas offer a list of brilliant, British garden shows. All you need to do is turn…
GCA Christmas competition winners announced
BARTON GRANGE Garden Centre and Castle Gardens have recently (December 2021) been announced as the national winners of the 2021 Garden Association’s (GCA) annual Christmas competition.
The garden centres were judged to have the best festive displays in the country by the organisation and will receive their awards at its annual conference in January 2022.Barton Grange National Christmas Display Winner 2021 in the DGC Category
Iain Wylie, GCA Chief Executive, says: “We’d like to say a huge congratulations to Barton Grange Garden Centre in Preston, Lancashire who won in the…
Wyevale Nurseries launches retail plant collections for 2022
ONE OF THE UK’s leading commercial nurseries has put together a selection of plants for garden centres to follow the predicted trends for the retail sector next year (November 2021).
Wyevale Nurseries predict boldly coloured, British-grown and low maintenance plants that look set to be on-trend for 2022, so its plant collections for retailers include options ticking all the boxes.
Carol Dickinson, Head of Business Support at Wyevale Nurseries based in Hereford, explains: “Our 2022 promotional catalogue for garden centres showcases some of our boldest and brightest plants on…
Brightening up our homes at British Garden Centres
British Garden Centres has officially launched Christmas in all their centres across the UK and following their success, they are already seeing clear Christmas trends and success. This festive season has already seen a 30% increase in sales of Christmas Lights across British Garden Centres.
People are lighting up all areas of their homes, whether it's for Christmas trees, garlands, around the fireplace or outdoors, this area of our Christmas departments is proving very popular this year. British Garden Centres are also proud sponsors of this year’s Illumination Street. For more…
Create The Ultimate Sustainable Halloween Home Makeover For Just £25.59
When looking at giving your home a temporary makeover for the spooky season, it’s important to consider the effect that single-use items can have on the environment when they are thrown away and end up in landfill.
For example, 19 major UK retail outlets revealed that 83% of the material offered in clothing or costumes promoted for Halloween is plastic.
My Tool Shed are here to provide you with all the tips needed to make sure your home is full of ghosts and ghouls throughout October, but ensuring you can sleep well knowing you’re looking after the environment too.…
Winter Greenhouse Gardening Tips & know-how from Hartley Botanic
KEY JOBS TO DO IN DECEMBER, JANUARY & FEBRUARY & WHAT TO GROW: One of the most wonderful benefits of owning a Glasshouse or Greenhouse is the ability to extend the growing season – even in winter. A Glasshouse also provides an invaluable tool for the propagation of seeds and cuttings and the over-wintering of tender plants.
Heritage Glasshouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic has provided some useful tips and know-how for Greenhouse gardeners this winter, to help them make the most of their Greenhouses even in the coldest months. Insight has been taken from Hartley Botanic’s…
Kate & Tamara on focal points – garden design advice
Kate Savill and Tamara Bridge brought their beautiful, carefully planned and atmospheric garden designs to the forefront of public attention when they won Channel 5’s The Great Gardening Challenge earlier this year. Here, Kate writes for Garden Trade Specialist about the importance of creating a focal point in a garden and explains how to achieve the look successfully…
A perfectly placed focal point in a garden can really make a space. It’s like sitting a beautiful vase of lilies on a table in a freshly decorated dining room or an expertly chosen piece of art hung on a wall in…