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Signs Of Spring and What To Watch Out For In Your Garden

With Spring only around the corner, gardeners and wildlife enthusiasts can finally look on with relief that winter is at last behind them. Having said that, the winter months have been very different this year, prompting spring to effectively come on a little earlier.

When the days get hotter, it usually prompts spring to literally come into life. These signs have been coming for a while now, so what exactly are the tell-tale signs that the winter is over and spring is coming?

Daffodils, Crocuses and Snowdrops

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Believe it or not, it was the beginning of September when the Snowdrops started to blossom. But these three plants usually signal the sign of brighter weather and blossoming flowers. So keep an eye out for delicate Daffodils and beautiful Crocuses

Buzzing Bumblebees

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Perhaps the clearest indication of a change in season. These tiny little insects are one of the most important parts of any functioning gardening eco-system. The bees are key when it comes to pollination and after leaving their winter hibernation homes, they will be buzzing to get back to business. After the bees, make sure you keep an eye out for butterflies!

Building Birds

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Are you ever gardening during the winter, stop, then suddenly realise just how quiet it is? Towards the end of March and early April, that gentle sound of birds will be back. Each bird spends a few days designing their nest, specific to its species, so you should notice that wonderful music coming back to your ears. Make a note in your diary for the start of May, specifically ‘International Dawn Chorus Day’ which is supposedly when bird songs are at their peak.

Frogs Spawn Everywhere

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Much like the birds, frogs are occupied for most of the winter and aren’t seen out and about very often. But ponds quickly become overfilled with frogspawn, as spring begins. They do quickly disappear as the race for survival begins!

Bluebell

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Spring’s token flower. There is usually only one time of year when these stunning flowers make an appearance and its spring. Over half of the world’s population of bluebells is found in the UK and when in full blossom, these incredible flowers create blue carpets across the nation.

Red Squirrels

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Although you will still notice them throughout the course of the year. These bush-tailed creatures really come into their own during the spring months. Usually spotted climbing through trees, make sure these little guys don’t steal too much of your bird food!

Spring Lambs

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One of the more common sites you have driving through the countryside, over winter, is a host of freezing looking sheep trying to stay warm! The spring months bring out these unsteady little balls of fun, with more and more popping up in farms all across the country. An average farm tends to see 300 new lambs join its family each year.

Fighting Hares

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Normally extremely shy and timid, these Hares really come into their own over the course of spring. You would expect to see hares diving into their burrows and escaping any threat of danger. But in March, males come out and physically box each other in order to try and impress females.

Beautiful Butterflies

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These stunning creatures are among the first set of winged insects to come out and make their mark. It tends to be the beautiful Brimstone butterflies which first make an appearance, with such bright yellow colours, effectively putting the butter, into butterflies. Most of them come out during hot days in March and can stick around right up until September.

Cherry Blossom

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For those in the cities, Cherry blossoms are perhaps the biggest indicator that spring is round the corner. They quite literally spring up in even the most urbanised cities and provide some welcomed nature to busy parks.

As we come towards the end of winter we can, at last, begin to see some of these key spring indicators only around the corner. It’s the perfect time to get your gardening going!

 

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How To Make Your Garden Completely Cat and Dog Friendly

All pets use the garden. Like us, it gives them some breathing room to get outside and really be let loose. Yes, sometimes they do tear up the garden, but most of the time they’re doing us favours. Cats and dogs are great at keeping furry pests away from the valuable vegetables, we want them to have the freedom to roam free and let loose their wild side.

But letting your pets out can be problematic. Although most pets will naturally love the outdoors, various complications like allergies and other animals. Not to mention what they might do to your plant beds. So what’s the best solution? It wouldn’t be fair or right, to keep any pet cooped up inside all day, even if it’s for their own good. But there are things around the garden that we can do, to make it a friendlier environment for our beloved pets.

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Clear Paths

Just like us gardeners, we would prefer a clear and solid path to follow. Gravel is certainly a dog’s worst nightmare and cats aren’t much of a fan either, so try using pavers instead. If they still like wandering off and tirading around the place, get down to their level and look at what they see. Maybe there’s an obvious path for them through all the shrubbery, you just simply haven’t noticed.

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Give Them Plenty Of Shade

During the summer months in hot weather, animals need to be outside. It’s the prime time for them to exercise and feel the benefits of being outdoors. However, for animals with thick or black fur they can get too hot and overheat. By giving them just a few spots of shade, it gives them an opportunity to relax but still enjoy the weather. It should also stop them from burrowing into any bushes.

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Know Which Plants Could Be Poisonous

It’s not a common issue, but some cats and dogs are vulnerable to certain plants. Not many chew on garden wildlife, however, some younger animals do, and this can lead to big problems. It’s worthwhile just doing a check around your current plant life, seeing what could be harmful. When buying new plants it’s also something always worth considering. If you find out that some of your plants could be harmful, move them out of reach it would be a shame to have to rip anything out!

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Don’t Use Pesticide (Or Go Natural)

Although pesticides aren’t usually deadly, they can be troublesome for your pets. They usually make most animals sick. The problem is, they’re a lot lower down to the ground and have much less body weight, so any chemical effect is concentrated. Going natural with all your pesticide is a much better solution for your plants alone, but it won’t have any harmful effects on your pets. If you have to use pesticide, then try limiting its use and keep your pets away from the applied area for a couple of days.

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Try Keeping A Good Space Of Grass

Although having less green and grass is begining to pick up in popularity, it can be quite limiting for your pets. Animals need a space to run, they need a space where they can be free and chase after others. If you keep just a small space available, it will stop them from running riot and shredding up your beds. If you invite friends and family round who also have pets, it can act as a ‘mini park’.

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Toilet Habits

To protect your own horticulture, it’s worth setting up an area where pets can do their ‘business.’ You might not think it’s an important issue, but dog and cat urine can brown your plants and actually cause damage. If you’re going organic this is the last thing you want on vegetables. There is a simple solution, it just requires time and patience. Try training your dog outside, so that they have regular spot to go too. Some pets, especially dogs tend to ‘mark their territory’ and usually it is your plant pots which take the brunt of it. As well as training them, use taller pots to shelter your shrubbery from any possible harm.

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Be Careful With Your Mulch

Mulch is a hugely beneficial product for your garden. If you create it yourself, it’s filled with natural organic ingredients which are full of nutrients and are great for your whole garden. However, for some pets elements of mulch can be harmful. Coffee beans have just as much of an adverse effect on dogs as chocolate does, so just make sure you’re careful.

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Make Sure Your Garden Is Secure

If you live in a city or close to a busy road, it can be worrying letting your pets out. Apart from changing where you live, the simplest solution is giving your garden some protection. If you can, put up some fences and always make sure that gates are securely closed it’s a great start. Some animals might be able to find a way out, but generally it gives them a good perimeter.

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Giving your pets the freedom and space to express themselves in the garden is essential. It has so many health benefits for them, which will make them happier animals.

 

 

10 Gorgeous Shed Ideas Which Will Inspire Your ‘She Shed’

Switching from work and family mode to down time can be a struggle. Finding an area of peace and quiet, without spending a fortune getting out of the country is a challenge. There are too many every day stresses that come with family life. So what’s the solution?

For men, it’s called a ‘Man Cave’, for women a ‘She Shed.’ A sanctuary, tucked away in your garden, free from all the house hold drama. For so long a shed has been considered the domain of a man, consuming cheeky cigarettes or naughty beers.

But the time has come for change. Women up and down the country are finally beginning to take control of their garden sheds. Maybe you need a bit of space to do your hobbies, an area where you can do what makes you happy.

With this in mind, we have pulled together 10 of the prettiest sheds around. The idea being, they will inspire you to design your very own ‘She Shed.’

Old Fashioned

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Old fashioned, classical look. As you get out into the garden, why not go back to your roots? Kit your shed out with a traditional look, that fits in with the rest of your garden. Why not go back to basics? Go for something old fashioned and organic, a style which connects with nature. Having a change from the modern hustle and bustle of life, might just give you that bit of rest bite you need.

Plants Galore

Getting out into the garden can be a fantastic break, from the stresses of work. There have been numerous health benefits shown to gardening, with decreases in stress, improved memory and greater physical fitness noted. However, sometimes a big garden can be slightly too overwhelming, so why not spread the load and create a potting shed. This should give you a bit more space garden wise, whilst giving you a whole area dedicated to potting plants. A potting shed should provide you with a fresh clean space, with an aura of fresh air and calmness.

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Perfect Hangout

All you might want is an area to chill out. A place you can call your own go to after a hard day and relax, maybe even get your friends over there. Kit out with some nice comfy furniture, fill it out with some blankets and if you fancy it why not put some cooking appliances in? This ‘She Shed’ would be the envy of all your friends would certainly make your place, the go to place.

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Ski Lodge

If you want to feel like you’re going away, without actually going away the ‘Ski Lodge’ might be just right for you. Design the exterior, with lodge wood, so it gives the effect your up on the alps, then make sure you have plenty of hot cocoa available. During the cold winter months, it might just give you the feeling you’re relaxing on a ski holiday.

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Going All Out Chic

If you haven’t got the interior design you adore at home it can drive you up the wall. Redecorating can be a painful experience, it takes forever and getting everything to match in a house can be a hassle. If it sounds like too much, move your ideas into your shed, give it a chic makeover and make it your space. Don’t let anyone cross over the threshold, it’s a space just for you!

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Your Own Library

Even finding a space to get on your and read can be a struggle sometimes. For commuters, you might get 30 minutes or so to delve into a good book, but for the rest of us, we don’t even get a chance. The solution is simple, create your own library style. With a compact shed, you’ll have enough space to make it cosy, comfy and warm. All you need, is a sofa, book shelf and then you’re sorted. To be even more adventurous why not fit a bed in there? You can fully indulge in your books and even fall asleep with your head in the page!

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A Crafters Studio

For the designers among us, getting a space at home where you can really get your head down is at a premium. If you design cards, knit, draw or do anything creative you need a space you can call your own. The garden shed is the perfect environment, stress-free, fresh air and the natural sound of the world. Treat yourself to a big enough desk to dance on, then put up some shelves for storing away any crafting equipment. Make sure there are some good windows fitted in, things would get difficult without any natural light.

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Beach Side Hut

Craft yourself your very own seaside getaway. Getting away on holiday is the only chance most of us get to take a break from the stresses of everyday life. So why not bring that luxury to your own back garden. Planked walls, sea shells and plenty of candles will give you that beachside oasis you’ve been looking for. It’s a great space for relaxing and enjoying some time to yourself.

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Cocktail Bar

Sometimes all that we need after a long day is a nice chair and a glass of the good stuff. Finding that magic combination is not always so easy, however, and going to a bar in town can be more stressful. So why not utilise the space in your garden? Move in all your favourite chairs, stock it full of your tiple and then you have your own space to relax in. A cocktail bar style shed, would also be a perfect hangout spot, so get the girls round and enjoy taking a break.

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Minimalist Style

A house full of clutter does not make for a relaxing environment. If you’re coming home from a long day at work, the last thing you want is to have dirty clothes or washing up on top of you. The minimalist shed gives you a break way from it all and it’s incredibly easy to make! All you need is a really snug chair, some blankets and a small coffee table. You can get away from the mess and clutter and finally get a bit of time to yourself.

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So there we have it, if you want some time to yourself a ”She Shed’ is the answer.

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Get Gardening – 15 Quotes That Will Have You Outdoors

For some of us, gardening is not all fun and games. It can be difficult to constantly find the energy to keep and maintain a garden, not to mention plan out your strategy for the year. Sticking to the trends, or not growing tired of your own garden can for some be a constant battle. However, there are enormous benefits of gardening, mentally and physically. If you need a pick me up on a cold winter morning, just take a look at one of these quotes.

Francis Bacon –                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.

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Rudyard Kipling –                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Gardens are not made by singing ‘oh how beautiful?’ and sitting in the shade.

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C.L.Forni –                                 

No life without difficulties, no garden without weeds.

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H.E Bates -

The garden that is finished is dead.

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Vincent Van Gogh –

If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.

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Gertrude Jekyll –

A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all, it teaches entire trust.

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Oscar Wilde –

Keep love in your heart. A life without it, is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.

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Audrey Hepburn –

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.

 

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Abraham Lincoln –

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.

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Horace Walpole –

When people will not weed their own mind, they are apt to be overrun by nettles.

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Rumi –

Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.

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Sigmund Freud –

Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.

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William Wordsworth –

The flower that smells the sweetest is shy and lowly.

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Doug Larson –

A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill, except for learning how to grow in rows.

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Rabindranath Tagore –

By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.

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What Are The 25 Garden Trends To Live By In 2017?

You can’t force something to grow quicker, which often leads gardening at the back end of the trends list. This, however, does not mean that there will be no new gardening trends in 2017. With the economic and political climate constantly changing around us, gardening has to keep up. So what can we expect to see in the New Year?

 

1. City gardening

Rented accommodation, micro apartments and bohemianism has led to an influx of indoor plants. Pinterest and Instagram have become a platform for users to boast about their use of Feng Shui or combat pollution. But the bottom line is that there simply isn’t enough garden space for urban freewheelers.

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2. Upward growth

With garden space becoming a bigger problem, plants are headed the same ways as architecture, vertically. Taller plants have become increasingly captivating, serving as a great alternative for urban gardeners. Wall planting is set to be a big feature of 2017, with hanging shrubbery creating vertical gardens.

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3. Garden houses

Bringing nature indoors will be the gardening strategy of a new generation. The ‘iPhone generation’ are due to start an urban jungle.  Expect to see house plants boom and garden balconies spread across city tower blocks. With renting amongst young people growing, there is a dwindling number of garden owners.

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4. Going vegan

Veganism is on an upward trend. Over the last decade, the number of vegans in Britain increased by 360 percent. With backing from Hollywood A-listers like Arnold Schwarzenegger, more people are trying to reduce climate change and cut out the meat. So expect more fresh veg available, when preparing your home cooked meals.

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5. All-weather protection

Climate change is set to have an everlasting effect on our gardening. It has become essential to prepare for all manner of weather changes. 2016 was the driest year on record according to the Met office. But with flooding a constant issue, expect more plants set to combat both droughts and water flooding.

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6. Authentic looks

2017 is set to be a year of back to basics. Instead of the clean-cut modern look, landscapers are going back to the DIY image of the 1970s. Going organic and producing fresh veg is a big part of modern culture. To keep gardens on an organic path and to maintain a natural look, expect more running rivers and wooden decor.

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7. Hyperlocalism

Plants or vegetables with a local connection are set to see a boom. During the past decade, foreign imports have been a big hit, with exotic plants taking centre stage over home grown. After the referendum in June, and following uncertainty surrounding potential trade agreements, locally sourced plants are set to come back into fruition.

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8. Staying healthy

The mental and physical benefits of gardening are at last being recognised. Stress is a major problem for the NHS, 37% of sick days in 2016 were down to stress related issues. There is a huge benefit of mental wellbeing found in the garden. Thrive, a mental and physical disability charity, made note of the improved social connections that gardening brings. The physical bonuses are more noticeable, with gardeners regularly seeing improvements in joints and fitness. With more cutbacks to national trusts, the governmental parks inquiry are set to produce their findings on the role of health in parks.

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9. Smaller shrubs

Lack of space and time for the everyday worker has left gardeners in need of low maintenance plants. Horticulturists are still in love with growing, but finding the time and energy is difficult. Small shrubberies give the best alternative to 20 years’ worth of unnecessary pruning

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10. Homemade pesticides

Much has been made of the potential health hazards surrounding chemical pesticides, especially the effects on ‘good bugs.’ Natural remedies are far cheaper and give you total control of what is going into your garden. Ingredients such as garlic, nettles, cayenne or even green tea, diluted in water have been deadly to destructive bugs.

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11. Containers

Following the trend of city gardening and reduced law space, an influx of containers is likely to come. You can virtually grow anything anywhere as long as you have a container. Expect to see more pre-prepared vegetable pots like tomatoes and herbs, could we see entire ready-made vegetable plots?

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12. Price comparisons

Foreign plants are already feeling the effects of Brexit which could trigger price wars in the market. A higher demand for local plants will also see competitors going pound for pound against each other. It’s great news for the everyday gardener, a drop in price could see plant and veg sales boost.

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 13. Winding patios

As gardeners focus on the authenticity of a garden, winding patios have come back as a feature. A straight and narrow walkway has too much association, with urban parks. A winding path, which has curved edges, provides a natural organic look which gives the impression everything is handcrafted

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14. Outdoor lighting

Having a garden, fresh with wild flowers and vegetables is no longer enough for modern society. There is a big focus on garden design and furniture, with trends pushing for an area of socialising for summer months. Lighting schemes are being used to big effects, not only to highlight horticulture but also to serve as mood lighting for social areas

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15. Water growing vegetables

Having a constant supply of fresh organic vegetables is extremely difficult for any gardener. If you’re working with limited space and only have potted veg, then it becomes even more problematic. Re-growing vegetables in water is quickly becoming a time and waste solution. Plus you can continue to have growing vegetables around your garden. Putting the roots of various vegetables, such as celery, green onion and cabbage in a water bowl you can re-grow the food. It requires nothing else and simply grows just from the water source.

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16. Epsom salt  

Epsom salt is the home remedy of gardens. When people first started using the salt, it failed to pick up much traction, however, its benefits are clear for all to see. Just by simply sprinkling a few table spoons of the salt across your garden, will hugely enrich the soil. For the city gardeners who need quick results, it is a great alternative to plant fertiliser.

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17. No compost no problem

As we see more garden’s move onto balconies and indoors, creating a full batch of compost is just not viable. But there are some great things that you can do with the same wasted food bits. Instead of creating a full batch, adding crushed egg shells, banana skins or coffee grounds have all been beneficial to soil.

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18. Preserving your herbs

Garden herbs are so readily accessible from supermarkets that you don’t even need to buy any seeds. Purchasing the entire herb ready to use has been a hit amongst urban cooks. However, preserving them is a different issue. Sticking your herbs in an ice cube tray is a quick fire way to make sure they stay nice and moist. If you want to have your herbs readily available, freezing them in oil, allows you to stick them straight in the pan.

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19. New plants on the scene

Last year it was a long-standing Calendula, along with the mountain pepper and Golden Duchess. Finding plants that can stand up to tough weather is what gardeners are already pioneering after this year. Fleuroselect have already mentioned that 2017 will be the year of the Zinnia and bean, whilst the begonias is set to be a hit

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20. Getting shapely

Shearing and clipping into geometric shapes is not something new for 2017. But it has been a continual trend which shows no sign of slowing up. The progression is more in shaped beds, with right angles and asymmetric geo-shapes taking development. The Chelsea Flower show proved, that sharp shapes can add that extra boost, so expect more in 2017.

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21. Outdoor living room

Outdoor seating has never been more comfortable with a huge emphasis now put on indulgent garden sofas. Gone are the days of upright, hard wooden chairs, hosting a garden party requires, lazy, soft, lounging chairs. The trend started with seating areas, but has since progressed to day beds and egg swings.

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22. Less paving

Paving has been adapting for the past few years and has now transformed into something completely different. Paving is now a mash-up between grass and gravel, or lawn slabs. Winding patios, with granite setts interspersed between lawn and shrubbery, is the latest trend.

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23. Outdoor kitchens

An outdoor kitchen very much comes along with the outdoor seating territory. If you have such a beautiful place to lounge around and relax, there must be food services available. Garden kitchens are much more than a BBQ on wheels, fridges, work surfaces and sinks have made their way outdoors, following fire pits. This is a trend which will only continue to grow.

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24. Clean gardens

With a push on small gardens and reducing waste, there is set to be an emphasis on ‘tidy gardens.’ Gone are the days of strewn tools lying around or unkempt shrubbery. Gardeners are emphasising on a natural, organic look with low maintenance.

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25. White plants

The more common use of white plants is more of a returning trend than a new one. The flowers give off a glow at night, which compliments any outdoor seating or living areas. Flowers such as the English marigold and Calendula have shot up around Europe, finally making tracks back to the UK.

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7 No Nonsense New Year’s Resolutions For Your Garden

Winter might seem like the worst time to get into the garden but January is a crucial period for any gardener. With blue Monday gone, now is the time to start planning your gardening strategy for the year. With these no-nonsense resolutions, you can get stuck in and make sure that everything runs smoothly throughout the course of the year.

 

  1. Get brutal with your pests

The simplest and cheapest way to stopping pests is having a healthy garden. This naturally discourages any creepy crawlies. Clearing away debris and disposing of infected or damaged plants is the best place to start. Use fresh healthy soil to fill in any gaps, using natural composting methods, then lay down a layer of mulch. This encourages plant growth and will prevent creatures from using your garden as a habitat. To stop more insects coming, apply fresh layers of mulch to your soil and water early in the mornings. Applying chemicals across your garden is not the way to go, it can kill off the good bugs. Lady bugs, lacewings and ground beetles will eat the pests which cause you problems.

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  1. Plan your growth for the year

Make a decision early about what you want to grow throughout the seasons. This will then allow you to order the necessary seeds and get ahead of the game. Resist buying too many, as it will lead to waste or using up too much room. Deciding early also allows you to rotate any plants or make any necessary changes to your garden layout. Rotating plants or crops keeps your garden fresh and will further eliminate the risk of disease and pests.

 

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  1. Prepare all your soil

Get things off to a good start and test your soil. Mixing soil with compost and clippings will only enrich it with natural nutrients. To stay prepared for the year, stockpile anything which might come in handy and put them into soil bags. This will stop you re-using any infested or dry soil, which prevents plants from absorbing what they need.

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  1. Use Raised beds and containers

Separate your plants into raised beds or containers to prevent overusing garden space and overcrowding. This will also reduce water wastage, whilst minimising the risk of any vegetation getting trampled or damaged. Having already planned out your growth for the year, you can create different beds for crops. Keeping all your seeds a good distance apart will stop plants from overshadowing others, enabling a similar rate of cultivation.

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  1. Stay on top of your watering

Water your plants at least once or twice a week. The best time to water your plants is the mornings, cool air helps the soil maintain moisture, which means the roots absorb more goodness. Rain is the best source of water for plants, so do not overwater if it’s not necessary. Make sure you get to the base of the plant, when the roots are sorted the rest will blossom.

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  1. Don’t resent your weeding

Weeds are a natural part of any garden. Getting rid of them without using chemicals is hugely important to maintaining a natural organic garden. Give yourself the task of weeding once a week, this will keep you on top and stop you from time wasting. Spreading mulch across your plant base is a great technique for combatting weeds early and it will further fertilise your soil. You can buy mulch, but the best you can make with wood chippings, straw and garden clippings.

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  1. Get the right fertiliser

Keeping your soil fertilised is the most efficient way of boosting plant and vegetable growth. This is especially important when using beds or containers as they have a limited amount of soil. Using the right soil is a great way to start and means later down the line, you don’t have to use as much fertiliser. Planning your growth for the year, also means that you can get the right stuff in early. Giving certain plants the wrong fertiliser or crossing them over will have a negative effect on growth.

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Gardening should be fun and enjoyable, but if you don’t stay on top of it then it becomes a chore. Using these seven steps to stay ahead will allow your garden to grow and prosper throughout the course of the year.