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Home Paintings and Wall Art – Now at Original Organics

Original Organics has long been a brand renowned for its history relating to composting and wormeries.  Whilst this is still very much at the forefront of its brand offering, they have now diversified into other areas and in particular home products including artistic paintings and decorative wall art.

Fields of Flowers

The world of art is a vast and established industry that has been around for thousands of years and has developed ‘art eras’ over time.  If you go back 150 years i.e. to around 1860 you will have started at the modern art era.  This lasted around 100 years and includes famous painters such as Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol to name a few.

Shortly after 1960 a new art era evolved namely contemporary art.  Artists all around the world have been designing contemporary art right through to this day in 2018, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Damien Hurst, Jeff Koons, Annie Leibovitz and Cindy Sherman.

Hot Air Balloons

Art is subjective and there are so many different styles to choose from with Leonardo Da Vinci being arguably the greatest artist of all time.  But if you are interested in contemporary art, Original Organics is the place to discover them.  From metal paintings that feature 3D automobiles that jump out at you from across the room to stunning circular wall hangings which can spread as far as a metre wide, you can find some simply stunning pieces that will complement your home and lead to happy and tranquil safe haven.

solar powered crane

In addition to art, Original Organics also has several beautiful animal-inspired ornaments.  Although these collectibles can be placed artistically around the garden, they are also very much a home product and are often suited to kitchen or conservatory shelves or pinned to the wall in the downstairs area of your home.   Many of these have vibrant colours which are very attractive and make your home that little bit more colourful.

Children’s Learning Sets and gardening kits have also become very popular of late.  Children love to play and adults love it when their kids are engaged with something fun, active and interesting.  If you are stuck for ideas of what to buy your kids for Christmas or you just want to get them involved in gardening, try one of our Children’s Learning Sets or gardening kits.  They can have huge amounts of fun using plastic tools to prune the garden weeds with our mini tool kit, they can grow flavoursome cherry tomatoes with our cherry tomato growing kit or they can even make flowers for the family with our flower growing kit.  Explore our vast range today.

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How To Dress For Gardening During Each Season

Every year in the UK, 300,000 people get injured while working in their gardens. Wearing the right gardening clothes as you prune, dig and weed will provide protection which helps to reduce the risk of injury.  Discovering the best clothing choices for each season will also help you to enjoy every single minute that you spend puttering around your own home garden.

Go for lightweight clothing in summertime

When gardening in the summer sun, you should go for lightweight clothing and don a wide-brimmed sunhat. It’s smart to choose natural fibers which “breathe”. When you do, air will circulate close to your skin and sweat will evaporate. You don’t need to wear light colors unless you want to. Black clothing does absorb more heat, but a scientific study showed that the absorbed heat doesn’t transfer to the skin. It’s much more important to choose lightweight clothing that has a loose fit, to ensure proper ventilation. Loose-fitting, long-sleeved tops are sensible summertime choices, because they will give your arms a bit of protection from thorns, nettles, insects and other common garden hazards. Cover your hands with protective gloves and wear wellies made from waterproof neoprene.

Choose removable layers for spring

When you’re gardening in the spring, you may expect occasional spring showers. If you’re dressed in removable layers that are water-resistant or waterproof, a few raindrops won’t deter you from getting things done in your garden. A windbreaker that zips up and has a hood will be the ideal outerwear for a spring day. Knee-length work pants made from high-tech, water-resistant fabrics and long-sleeved cotton-t-shirts are also fine choices for spring gardening. If you’re female and don’t want to wear a hat, do what Queen Elizabeth II does and use a silk scarf to protect your hair from wind and raindrops. Gardening gloves and wellies should also be worn.

Bundle up a bit in the autumn

In the fall, you’ll need to stay warm and cozy as you enjoy the glories of nature, including the turning leaves, while you work in your home garden. A waxed cotton coat will offer a lot of protection and warmth, without being too hot. Jeans are popular choices for fall gardening, but they should have some stretch, or they won’t be as comfortable as they could be. Work pants made from cotton twill, with reinforced knees and deep, easy access pockets, are probably the best choice for gardening at this time of year. Don’t forget your gloves and neoprene boots. Gloves and boots are year-round gardening essentials.

Go for maximum warmth in winter

In winter, use your autumn gardening clothes, but add thermals underneath and choose thicker, warmer gardening socks and gloves that are designed for winter. If you want more warmth, switch out the jeans or work pants for thick overalls which will cover part of your torso. A warm and cozy wool or fleece hat and insulated ankle boots (or your trusty wellies) will also be smart options.

Gardening is so relaxing

When you wear the right clothes for the season, you’ll find it easier to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of gardening. Gardening relieves stress, boosts self-esteem and enhances fine motor skills. So, why not put together a new gardening wardrobe today?

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The Benefits Of Letting Your Kids Get Their Hands Dirty In The Garden

Access to reasonable green space makes children 24% more likely to be physically active, according to the HTA. Therefore, now is the perfect time for you and the kids to tackle any outstanding jobs in the garden and introduce them to the world of organic and sustainable living. By getting your hands dirty together, you will all enjoy some valuable family time, benefit the environment and you'll boost your offspring's wellbeing too.

Encourages healthy eating

20.1% of 10 to 11-year-olds are obese, reports The Guardian. This is because too often kids are choosing unhealthy foods, such as pizza and burgers. However, by growing your own fresh, organic produce as a family, your children will be much more inclined to eat it due to having grown it themselves. The youngest of children can get their hands dirty planting seeds, so long as you monitor them at all times. Meanwhile, older children can be given the additional responsibility of regularly watering and feeding the fruit and vegetables with recycled rainwater and organic feed. And, when the time comes to pick your own produce, you can all get stuck in, checking the ripeness and readiness of the food before plucking it from the ground.

Teaches practical skills

Earlier this year it was reported that school-age children are starting school unable to hold a pen or pencil. The reason cited was due to an increase in the use in technology. Thankfully, even if your kids are avid tech fans, the garden can teach them practical skills, such as how to handle tools, which will set them up both in the classroom and for life. Getting your children involved in woodwork is the ideal place to start as there are multiple components they can get involved in. Childcare Lounge advises that from the age of four, children should be taught how to use real tools, so long as they are supervised. Start by assisting them to nail scrap pieces of wood from sustainable sources together. Then you can move on to designing, making and painting a fun creation together, such as using recycled wood to make a swing or train to play in.

Gives responsibility

Responsibility is a life skill that can be encouraged in the garden. Preschoolers will enjoy imitating your actions and having their own plants to water. Meanwhile, weeding is the ideal task for school-age children who love to play in the dirt. Although, it is advisable to keep a close eye on them to ensure they don't start taking up your beloved plants too. Older children can be given the responsibility of chopping up the fresh organic produce you pick and disposing of the peelings in the compost. This will teach them to be responsible when it comes to recycling and food waste.

The garden offers a great family bonding opportunity. Additionally, getting outdoors together encourages healthy eating and responsibility, and teaches valuable skills that will aid your child for life.

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Is Coffee A Stimulant For Your Garden?

Coffee is said to make the world run, but it’s a great product to use when looking for something more to add to composting or fertilising. It’s estimated that in the UK we send approximately 500,000 tonnes of coffee to landfills every year. So, composting or fertilising is a great way to use coffee grounds that would end up in a landfill, and get your plants or garden a few more nutrients it needs.

Why Coffee?

It’s widely known people are using coffee grounds in composting or as a fertiliser because it provides a source of nitrogen for the plants. Nitrogen is what helps produce growth and strong stems. It’s also why you find fertilisers rich in nitrogen to use from your local gardening store.

How To Use Coffee In The Garden

The main way to utilise coffee is to incorporate the grounds into your compost box. Used coffee grounds are considered a green compost material, so you’ll want to be sure to balance them out with brown compost material, such as dry leaves or wood chips. It’s recommended if you want to use the grounds as a fertiliser, to go sparingly and also use additional fertiliser. This would be because if you use too much of the grounds, it can become compacted and stunt the growth of the plant.

It might seem strange to use liquid coffee as part of a plant care routine, but it is growing in popularity. You’ll need to dilute it until it looks like a weak tea. A great ratio of dilution is ¼ coffee to ¾ water, but that ratio also depends on how strong you brew your coffee. It’s recommended to water the plants with this mixture at least once a week, but not more due to the acidity coffee can contain.

What Plants Should Coffee Be Used On

Due to the acidity contained in coffee, it’s usually best to use it with plants, fruits, and vegetables which love acidic soil. Plants such as gardenias, begonias, magnolia trees, beechwood trees, and all types of ferns, are good with having acidity in the soil. Vegetables and fruit such as radishes, blueberries, cranberries, potatoes, parsley, currants, and rhubarb love acidic soil, while apples, cabbage, onions, grapes, cucumbers, and strawberries are a few which tolerate acidic soil.

Coffee, composting, and gardening appears to go hand in hand with saving money and producing beautiful plants. It’s a great way to dispose of coffee grounds while looking out for the environment. Start today and reap the rewards of a beautiful garden tomorrow.

Turn Your Garden into A Winter Wonderland This Christmas

Usually during the Christmas period, we like to bring greenery inside our homes; we put up holly wreaths, we hang decorations and most importantly we put up a Christmas tree, complete with Christmas lights! We love to take inspiration from our gardens to spruce up our homes over the festive season but decorating the garden itself can sometimes prove to be a bit more challenging so here are a few ways you can turn your garden into a winter wonderland this Christmas.

The Front Door

Your front door may not be a part of your garden, but it’s just as easy and fun to decorate the entrance to your home. The most popular Christmas decoration to hang on your front door is a holly wreath and they’re a beautiful classic complement to almost any coloured door.

If you were looking for something a little bit different this Christmas, then you may want to try out one of these ideas:

  • Christmas Cards

So many old Christmas cards get either thrown away or put in a box in a cupboard somewhere never to see the light of day again. Why not turn them into a beautiful and festive decorative upcycled wreath that you can use time and time again.

  • DIY

You can purchase bare wreath rings online and get as creative as you like by building your own! You could use artificial flowers, ribbons, tinsel, bits and bobs you’ve found in the garden or just whatever you feel like to make the perfect Christmas wreath for your front door.


  • Decorative Heaters

Christmas garden heater

Most people cover up their furniture for the winter because they don’t want to sit outside in the cold. But a simple garden heater will give you something to cozy up to with friends and family as well as add a beautiful decorative element to your garden.


  • Faux Fur Throws

faux fur throws christmasA stylish and modern way to get you garden furniture looking nice and cozy is to cover them with a faux fur blanket just before your guests come over for holiday festivities. They’ll add a warm, winter look to your garden and they’re something that you can use throughout the rest of the year once the Christmas period is over.

  • Gazebos

Blankets and heaters are great, but they won’t protect you and your guests from the snow! Gazebos not only provide excellent shelter throughout the Winter, they can also be a nice decorative feature in your garden. They’re great for hanging up garlands, lights and baubles.


The greenery in your garden is already a beautiful vibrant green colour which is perfect for Christmas, so they really don’t need much. Outdoor fairy lights are a perfect way to add some Christmas magic to your hedges, they’ll shine through the snow and will hold up well once the snow melts.


Tinsel has always been the decoration of choice for fences. It looks great, it’s cheap and its quick and easy to put up. However, if you were looking to try something more original for your fences then here are a couple of ideas;

  • Homemade Pinecone Decorations

christmas pinecone decorations

You don’t have to spend lots of money to have beautiful Christmas decorations; is there a pine tree in your garden or local park? Simply take any old pine cone and cover the edges with a bit of clear or glittery nail polish. Once you’ve done that then all you need to do is attach a piece of looped ribbon or string so that you can hang it up to on the fence.  Repeat 10 to 20 times for a magical look.

  • Santa Hats

santa hats on garden fences

There are very few things as iconic as Santa’s red and white hat and propping these up on your fence will help your garden to ooze Christmas spirit, making it seem like Santa has stopped inside your house for a milk and cookie break.

Why not add Santa hats to outdoor decorations like gnomes, too? The festive cheer doesn't stop at indoors!

  • Big Red Bows

Some big, bright red bows will make your home feel like it’s been all wrapped up just like a Christmas present! If you are using real ribbon, just make sure that you use a wide flat ribbon so that they will really stand out against the white snow and frost.


  • Ornaments and Figurines

Some of our lawns will be covered with a blanket of snow this Christmas, and sometimes that can be decorative enough. However, if you wanted to go the extra mile then light up lawn ornaments are a great way to go. There are so many different styles and figures about. From minimalistic penguin figurines to a life-size Santa sleigh with the reindeers and everything.

  • Candle Lanterns

garden candle lanterns

If you’re more of a minimalist but you still want to join in with the Christmas spirit, then ornamental candle lanterns are a great way to go. They’re small, inexpensive and they don’t use any electricity. You can also find a wide variety of different colours and designs.


  • Snowmen

The first thing that most people want to do when it snows is build a snowman, it’s a great family activity but it also is an eco-friendly and inexpensive way to add a decorative Christmas element to your garden.

  • Snow Angels

garden snow angels

Just like building a snowman, another fun activity for the whole family when it snows is to make snow angels! All you need to do is lie down face-up in the snow and draw your arms and legs through the snow and you will leave beautiful angel shaped prints on the
lawn in your garden – then hope it doesn’t snow straight after!


An Eco-Conscious Christmasreal vs fake christmas trees

To so many, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year but sometimes we forget about how much goes to waste over the festive season. Here are a few tips that will help you be a little bit kinder to the planet this year.


  • The Christmas Tree

Contrary to popular belief, using a real christmas tree is actually more eco-friendly than using a fake one. If you’re using a real tree in your living room as your Christmas tree, a good idea to help reduce your environmental footprint over the festive season would be to take your tree out into the garden on boxing day and plant it there. That way you can preserve a beautiful Christmas tradition and the life of a tree.

Although, do not throw away old plastic trees, why not give away on a recycling page?


  • Biodegradable Decorations

Whilst tinsel and ribbon are beautiful, they also last a long time once we have disposed of them. That’s why many of our ideas have revolved around using pine cones and other things that you can find in your garden because after the Christmas period you can simply leave them out in your garden until they naturally degrade.


  • Compost your wrapping paper

A lot of wrapping paper is used and thrown away over Christmas and most of us remember to throw it away in our recycling bins, but if you wanted to you could go a step further. If you receive a gift that’s wrapped in paper that doesn’t have that chemical glossy layer, then you can actually compost it. Just make sure you shred it before you add it to your compost heap.


Keep your eyes peeled for more Christmas tips and ideas for your garden and visit our store now to get your favourite gardener friend their Christmas present.


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Give Old Fruit A New Lease Of Life

Around £13 billion of food was wasted in 2015, according to a report generated by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. Finding ways to reduce this figure could save households hundreds of pounds a year as well as having a significant environmental impact. Composting vegetable peel and fruit skins is far better than sending them to landfill; however, the more of our food we can consume without wasting at all, the better.

With supermarkets selling us the idea that fruit and veg is supposed to look a certain way and conform to uniform standards, we are becoming detached from the true life-span of our fresh food items. That blackening banana in your kitchen has more potential than you realise, and there are a number of things you can do to reduce food waste in your household just by giving that slightly-ropey looking fruit and veg a new lease of life.


Apples that are just slightly too ripe to be appealing in your lunchbox are perfect for pies and cakes. Squidgy berries will make a wonderful, juicy summer pudding, and bananas that have forgotten they were once bright yellow will turn into an excellent banana bread or pancakes. Even carrots, courgettes and parsnips can be used to make deliciously moist cakes. Many traditional bakes include fruit, and often it’s the ripest fruit - the fruit you’re less inclined to eat fresh - that turns out best used in this way.


If you’re short on time, pureeing overripe fruit in a blender and freezing it in ice cube trays or food containers gives you a tasty treat to use at your own leisure. The immediate problem is dealt with, and you have gained precious ingredients for smoothies, dessert toppings, cocktails or special-occasion ice cubes. Chopped, overripe bananas frozen and stored in a sandwich bag will also blend from frozen with cocoa powder and maple syrup to make a delicious chocolate-banana ice cream.


Even if freezer space is an issue, your blender can still be put to work on using up leftover fruit. There are endless combinations of fruits that whip up into amazing smoothies, which make quick and tasty breakfasts while offering a range of health benefits. The beauty of this method is that there’s a recipe for every kind of fruit you might have hanging around the kitchen.

Jams and Chutneys

These are great for using up that fruit that seems like it’s already a lost cause. Deseeded and chopped up, most fruit can be turned into a delicious jam that can be packed away until you’re ready to use it on your toast or make a gift of it at Christmas. Chutneys too are a great way of preserving old fruit with masses of flavour.

Whatever your taste, whatever your time restraints, there’s something you can do to reduce food waste in your kitchen. Old fruit isn’t hopeless fruit: it’s just ready to begin its next chapter.

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How Beekeeping Can Change The Way You Garden

There are 1,500 species of insects pollinating plants in the UK, including bumble bees and honey bees. All of these pollinators work to create many benefits for humans, and one of those is to increase the health of your garden. Whether you are a fan of honey, bees, flowers or positive impacts on the environment, beekeeping can prove to be a fun new hobby that will also benefit your garden.

Changing the way you view your garden

Instead of viewing your outdoor space from a human perspective, you will likely begin to view it from the eyes of your beloved pollinators. You will begin to plant things such as forget-me-nots, wildflowers, and weeds such as buttercups as they are hugely beneficial to pollinators. You will learn how to use compost effectively to prevent flowers from setting seed. In fact, you will learn how to create so much compost that you can cultivate a bumblebee hive in each of your bins while also learning how to differentiate between the different types of beehives. All of this will make you a better and more diverse gardener while allowing you to watch your garden thrive.

How to get started

Does this sound like something you are ready to begin? You are not alone, as the British Beekeepers Association´s membership rose from about 8,500 people in 2008 to more than 24,000 in 2017. Once you have decided to incorporate beekeeping as part of your daily gardening routine, you will want to source British-bred bees as they are more acclimated to the cold winter climate. If you can, find a breeder that can provide you with calm bees that will be easy to handle. In regards to gear, you will probably want to start out small with a bare essentials beekeeping kit such as a hive, protective clothing, and hive-related tools. You will also want to find a beekeeping association in your area to benefit from advice and tips from others who know which kinds of plants your garden will need to thrive.

A thriving garden and bee population

Wild honeybees are nearly extinct in the UK and natural beekeeping could be an efficient way to save honeybees and other types of pollinators while also ensuring that your garden is beautiful and thriving. By intelligently incorporating these insects into your garden they can help you grow flourishing food and plants that will not only make you a more diverse gardener but increase the health of your green space overall.

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A Natural Fruit Tree Fertiliser You Can Make Yourself

In Britain 54% of people grow their own produce in their gardens or allotments. Keeping fruit trees will give you a delicious crop in the summer, and they are easy to keep - however, they do need feeding. Fruit trees prefer organic and natural fertilisers. If you feed them at the right time, they will produce far more fruit, that will be delicious to taste.  Bearing in mind that trees take their nutrients from the soil, it makes no sense giving them a chemical fertiliser as it can affect the taste of the fruit. Instead here is a great, natural tree fertiliser that you can make at home, costs nothing, and works brilliantly.

What do fruit trees need?

Fruit trees need the right nutrients in order to flower and produce a good crop. They prefer a fertiliser that is very rich in nitrogen. For every year that they age, they need 0.10 pounds of nitrogen. If they have all the nutrients that they need, then they will grow better. It also helps to use a good, organic compost.

When should I fertilise?

There is a right and wrong time to fertilise your fruit trees. If you want an abundant harvest, the perfect time is just before bud break in spring, certainly before you prune your trees. At this time, the tree is starting it's growth cycle and consume the most nutrients from the soil. The window of opportunity for looking after your tree is there until June. You should never fertilise fruit trees in late summer and fall, because if the tree develops new growth in this time, it could be easily damaged by the frost. What you can do however is mulch them with a good compost to help protect them over the winter.

Making a natural fertiliser

A natural fertiliser is an easy process. Fill a bucket with as many comfrey leaves as you can. Comfrey is an abundant and quick-growing plant, that loves shade. It is often found down the end of people’s gardens, or growing under trees. You can also use stinging nettles, a weed that we normally try and get rid of. Top the bucket up with water and leave covered for a couple of weeks. You can always top this up with water if it evaporates too quickly in the hot weather. Use this fertiliser as a concentrate, feeding your tree every couple of weeks. You should mix it with water 1 part fertiliser to 5 parts water. 1 litre of fertiliser is plenty for each tree If you give your tree too much, you will notice it grows more leaves and shoots, but very little fruit.

Fruit trees will thrive with this natural fertiliser. There are no chemicals, so your fruit should taste even better.

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The Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter

The Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter

The Dangers of a blocked gutter


A historic issue with the operation of guttering on a house is and has been the build-up of debris, moss and leaves in their gutters. The main cause of this has been the standard practise of roofing contractors or DIY people of fitting what is called a bell or balloon type strainer in the top of the downpipe to prevent debris, leaves, moss from going down the downpipe. This may be done with good intensions; however, the leaves and moss collect around the strainer and block it. This means someone must climb a ladder to clean it, with the inherent danger of falling off the ladder.

Dirt getting into your tanks and barrels leads to complications as it blocks up the flow of water leading to an inefficient and ineffective water harvesting system. This is where the Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter provides you with a simple yet effective solution.  Find out more today...

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Here’s Looking At Sustainable Gardening That Weathers Even This Current Heatwave

The June-July Heatwave of 2018 is one of the longest and most intense heatwaves Britain’s had to face in five years. While the population flocks to coastal regions to make the most of sunbathing and cool waves, the gardens are in disarray as water restrictions loom. With water an integral part of maintaining a garden, there are ways to still keep it lush.

Implement Water Planning Before The Drought Hits

A water butt is one of the handiest ways to save and distribute water even if there is a drought looming. Proper irrigation systems tend to also work well and those who are still new to gardening should look into preserving grey water. A rain chain adds some charm to any building facade and helps guide water straight to the water tank, well in time before the heatwave hits. The key is to have enough reserves to carry the garden through the dry periods, thus freeing the water for personal use instead.

Water Features Don’t Have To Suffer

Before filling in or switching off the fountain, there are ways to keep it going without placing too much pressure on the water reserves supplied by local government. Fountains recycle the water and when it’s time for a top-up, it can easily be done with the rainwater. Fountains also happen to have another sustainable feature, and that is that some of the fountains are solar powered, placing less pressure on that electricity account and the grid. Proper maintenance of the fountain is an important part of keeping it sustainable, as debris and waste can easily place pressure on electricity and water usage.

Find Plants That Look Great But Don’t Require A Lot Of Water

Plants that seem to be increasingly fashionable of late are succulents, partly because they create a stunning display once they start propagating. These hardy little plants are very adaptable, are great gifts and happen to use very little water. Those who may worry that planting a whole bunch of succulents is hardly as exciting as a bed of poppies or geraniums can rest at ease as there are a number of types and even colors that blend together beautifully for a striking feature area. Add a few old watering cans and rusty buckets to the display and the garden is suddenly transformed into a fashionable - and sustainable - masterpiece.

There is something whimsical about an English garden. But an English garden that also happens to sustainable? Well, that’s just magical.

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