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Easter Essentials: Don’t Miss Out on Yours!

Easter is an annual festival that takes places on a different weekend each year.  Why?  The short answer is because the date is determined by a complex set of calculations that are based on the observations of the moon, meaning this annual festival can occur any time between March 22nd and April 25th.

Based on this formula, it means Easter 2019 falls about as late as it possibly could with Good Friday occurring on Friday, April 19th and Easter Sunday in the diary on April 21st.  You’d have to go back nearly 20 years to the year 2000 to find an Easter in the Gregorian calendar so late with Easter Sunday falling on April 23rd that year.

One thing that always stays the same is your ability to get a great deal on Original Organics which is why we’ve launched an Easter Flash Sale, complete with all your Easter Essentials! And you don’t need chocolate eggs and hot cross buns to have a good Easter.

In case you didn’t know already, we’re giving you £10 off when you spend £80 or more with the code Easter19 which you can redeem at the checkout and is valid on all products on our website including our Easter Essentials range.

 

Here’s a rundown of our Top 10 Easter Essentials for 2019

4 Tray Standard Tiger Wormery Green

4 Tray Standard Tiger Wormery Green

Our popular 4 tray standard green wormery will help you to transform everyday food waste into rich compost for your garden!  This wormery includes worms or a worm voucher, lime mix and coir bedding.

BUY NOW FOR £68.99

 

The Original Wormery Composter

Original Wormery

This best-selling Wormery allows to collect, store and produce rich worm compost all in the same place and includes worm bedding, brass aeration vents, a drainage system, lime mix, worms and coir bedding. It’s also sealed so it can be kept indoors or outdoors!

BUY NOW FOR £64.99

 

190L Heavy Duty Trunk on Wheels190L Storage Box

If you’re at a loose end over the weekend, it could be an opportunity to tidy up your shed or do some sorting out. A good old spring clean could be on the cards, so why not make use of this 190L Heavy Duty Trunk on Wheels which has a generous capacity and is easily movable.

BUY NOW FOR £29.99

 

Flora & Fauna Indoor Watering Can

Flora Watering CanKeep your indoor plants hydrated with this stylish and classy Flora & Fauna Indoor Watering Can which can hold up to a litre of water. Made from galvanised steel, the watering can is very durable and hard-wearing and comes complete with a beautiful design too!

BUY NOW FOR £16.99

 

300L Rotol Compost Converter

300L Rotol ComposterThe 300L Rotol Compost Converter is good for the environment on two levels – firstly, it’s made from recycled plastic and secondly, it allows you to convert your household and garden waste into compost. It’s also an amazingly low price.

BUY NOW FOR £38.99

 

Large Metal Butterfly Orange and Black Garden Ornament

This metal butterfly is as easy on the eye as a real one. It’s suitable for both indoor and outdoor use meaning you can hang it on your living room wall or put in the garden to accompany your plants and produce!Metal ButterflyBUY NOW FOR £7.49

 

180L Draper Compost Tumbler

180L Compost Tumbler

The 180L Draper Compost Tumbler will allow you to create compost that’s ready to use in just 6 to 8 weeks as its tumbling ability mixes the contents and ensures air is circulated. It’s also designed to keep vermin out and is made from durable polypropylene.

BUY NOW FOR £119.99

(£109.99 using Easter19)

 

300L Lanzarote Water Butt with Stand

300L Lanzarote Water ButtThis 300L water butt will look great in your garden and boasts features such as a childproof lock, tap and, of course, a stand. Made from 100% recycled material, it will be an asset to your outdoor space.

BUY NOW FOR £118.99

(£108.99 using Easter19)

 

 

Ultimate Thermal Glove – Large

Leather Gloves Easter

You might want to get out in the garden if the weather is nice, so why not tackle some weeds or prickly plants with this pair of Ultimate Thermal Gloves. They’re thermal-lined, comfortable and resilient and are also suitable for other work purposes.

BUY NOW FOR £8.99

 

 

What is the best UK Flower Show?

There are hundreds of different Flower Shows to visit all around the country every year in the UK, put on by several different charities and sponsors, and all of which look absolutely spectacular.

Some of the shows have been in existence for over 100 years whilst others are much newer but all of which attract thousands of visitors every year in an attempt to win people over in the upkeep and development of these gardens as well as helping people understand how to improve their own gardens at home.

We have put together a list of the top 5 flower shows in the UK.  Tickets are available for each show by following the links.  Alternatively, you can enter our competition to win 3 pairs of tickets to one of these shows by signing up to our GM8 Group newsletter by 31st March 2019.  And not only will you have a chance to win but you will also receive industry news, garden insights and seasonal tips from us in our weekly newsletter.

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RHS flower show

Source:  www.prabhuventures.co.uk

 

The Chelsea Flower Show

The Chelsea Flower Show is the most well-known flower show in the UK and arguably across the world too.  It is held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in South West London and has been long established dating back to 1912.  The show attracts over 150,000 visitors somewhere between mid to late May every year and the British Royal Family can always be seen there along with several A-list celebrities.

The show is also put on by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), the UK’s leading gardening charity.  The RHS encourages people to attend all its flower shows throughout the year in a bid to convey the benefits of gardening to people across the world whilst trying to source funding to help grow and develop new art and science centres and the practice of gardening itself.

New plants are often revealed in a number of beautifully crafted show gardens and many new trends take effect thereafter, creating huge PR in the process.  Despite the show being one of the most famous, it can sometimes be tricky to walk around at your own leisure due to the enormous footfall it receives, which makes the show a bit touristy and less about the content of the show.

Non-members can attend the show from the third day with all-day tickets starting from £67.  Tickets can be bought here.

Show Dates:  Tuesday 21st – Saturday 25th May 2019

 

Harrogate Flower Show

flower show

Source:   https://www.flowershow.org.uk 

The Harrogate Spring Flower Show is an event located at the Great Yorkshire Showground in the beautiful town of Harrogate, about 15 miles north of Leeds in Northern England.  Like Chelsea, it is sponsored by another gardening charity, that of the North of England Horticultural Society (NEHS) and is run twice a year; once in late April and again in mid-September.

The show itself welcomes some of the UK’s up-and-coming garden designers and landscapers, featuring some of their work whilst also putting on a range of exciting shows is hugely appreciated by all its visitors.  Some of the other things to look out for are the Floral Pavillion, the Plant Nursery Pavillion and the Grow! Garden Theatre which features expert talks and advice from some of the garden industries leader contributors.

Show Dates:  Thursday 25th – Sunday 28th April 2019

 

Blenheim Flower Show

The Blenheim Flower Show is a day event held in the stunning grounds of Blenheim Palace in Woodstock in Oxfordshire somewhere between the middle to the end of June.  The show is a celebration of lifestyle and exploring the great outdoors and despite the fact it is only in its 7th year which when compared to the Chelsea Flower Show and Harrogate Flower Show that have existed for over 100 years is nothing at all, it is still widely regarded as one of the shows not to be missed.

The show features some of the UK’s finest nurseries and plantsman competing to win various awards whilst the Grand Floral Pavillion is the focal point for attendees to the show.  There is a shopping village which has an array of market stalls selling various beautiful gardening sundries including gazebos, greenhouses and various luxury goods too.

Adult tickets to the Flower Show cost £15 in advance or £17 on the day whilst tickets to Blenheim Palace as well cost an additional £10.  Tickets can be bought here.

Show Dates:  Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd June 2019

 

Tatton Flower Show

The Tatton Flower Show is another RHS funded event usually available in mid-July and is situated in Knutsford, 20 minutes south west of Manchester Airport.

The show is another fabulous celebration of gardening at its best with flower displays and garden attractions that keep people queueing through the door throughout the day.  There is constant advice by industry experts who can offer advice from growing vegetables at home to using your garden ingredients to cook some tasty meals whilst there are a number of boutiques surrounded by live music and entertainment.  The show is a fantastic all-round day of fun and teaches those started out in gardening to the others who have been enjoying gardening for decades.

Tickets are available to non-members from the second day at £34 on the day or £28 if bought in advance here.

Show Dates:  Wednesday 17th – Sunday 21st July 2019

 

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

Chatsworth House is located in the Derbyshire Dales, east of the Peak District and south of Sheffield.  Chatsworth is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, or more commonly known as the Cavendish family since 1549.  The Chatsworth garden attract over 300,000 visitors each year in its magnificent setting and the Flower Show is usually run over the first of second weekend of June.

The Chatsworth grounds are approximately 21 hectares (which are equivalent to 26 football pitches) and therefore you can only start to imagine the scale at which the flower show is accessible.  For example, the raised beds in the Great Conservatory feature more than 6,000 plants and 30 hefty trees – which when you compare them to Original Organics’ raised beds at 1.5metres long they are simply in a different world.  The show also features more inspirational and thought-provoking Show Gardens, brimming full of innovative ideas and which have been put together in a matter of days.

Tickets for the show can be purchased here for £34 in advance.

Show Dates:  Wednesday 5th – Saturday 9th June 2019

raised beds RHS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source:  https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chatsworth-flower-show/news/2018/show-highlights 

 

Conclusion

To say which Flower Show is best is very subjective as everyone has their own opinion on what makes it ‘the best’.  The Chelsea Flower Show is certainly the most frequented and has the highest worldwide recognition, so it has a case there.  However, our favourite is the Harrogate Flower Show as the whole show experience was magnificent.

Whichever show is your favourite, you can purchase the tickets to each show using the links above – with prices ranging from £15 up to £67 depending on the show you are interested in.

Alternatively, you can enter our competition to win 3 pairs of tickets to one of these shows by signing up to our GM8 Group newsletter by 31st March 2019.  And not only will you have a chance to win but you will also receive industry news, garden insights and seasonal tips from us in our weekly newsletter.

So what are you waiting for, sign up and win today.

 

 

Top 10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

The origins of Mother’s Day came from a lady called Ann Reeves Jarvis who felt that celebrations of mothers and motherhood should be celebrated.  Her intention was not to make it the commercialised day that it is today, but she certainly made her mark with a very important day that reminds us how important our mum is to us.

Given how much our mums do for us over the course of the year, celebrating this day is certainly no hardship and the notion of giving presents should be one of appreciation rather than necessity.

With that in mind we’ve put together a list of our Top 10 Mother’s Day gifts for Mother’s Day 2019 which falls on the last day of March.

 

    1. Flora and Fauna Compact Umbrella



Flora and Fauna Compact UmbrellaA perfect Mother’s Day gift ahead of the April Showers, this Flora and Fauna Compact Umbrella will be a great purchase in time for March 31st. With its beautiful and vibrant design, it’ll brighten up your mum’s day and provide efficient protection from torrential rain. Its dimensions also mean it can be easily folded away and transported around, making it compact and portable!

BUY NOW FOR £14.99

 

2. British Bloom - Pruner & Holster

British Bloom - Pruner & Holster

Another great choice for Mother’s Day, this British Bloom – Pruner & Holster is a superb gift set for a mum who loves their garden and wants to carry out pruning jobs with ease and confidence. With its attractive presentation box and durable and portable design, this pruner and holster will be an ideal and extra special present!


BUY NOW FOR £19.99

 

3. Knee Pad Berry

Knee pad berryGardening doesn’t have to be painful and this Knee Pad is made from shock-absorbing EVA foam and soft memory foam to make kneeling down for those outdoor jobs as comfortable as possible. These pads come in seven other colours and the material they’re made from is durable and weather-resistant. This is a simple, yet incredibly useful item for a mum who’s a gardening enthusiast!

BUY NOW FOR £14.99

 

4. Egg Planter 35cm – Charcoal

Egg Planter 35cm – Charcoal

Garden enthusiasts can give their patio, lawn or even their front porch the edge with this Egg Planter 35cm – Charcoal. This durable planter will look the part in a modern garden and has an excellent stone effect finish. Have a go at growing various types of plants or flowers all year round with this planter!


BUY NOW FOR £13.99

 

 

5. 4-Tray Standard Tiger Wormery Terracotta

4 Tray Standard Tiger Wormery Terracotta

Our 4 Tray Standard Tiger Wormery Terracotta is a superb way to give kitchen waste a new lease of life as it transforms it into rich and organic compost for your garden using Tiger worms! This wormery will make for a superb gift, especially for eco-friendly mums, and each one includes worms or a worm voucher, lime mix and coir bedding to help the worms settle into their new environment.

BUY ONE NOW FOR £68.99

 

6. Flora & Fauna Indoor Watering Can

Flora & Fauna Indoor Watering Can

Keep plants and herbs hydrated with this Flora & Fauna Indoor Watering Can which will also make for a perfect Mother’s Day gift. With its elegant design and ability to hold up to a litre of water, this watering can is a must-have item for any gardener or garden enthusiast and is durable and hard wearing, meaning its ready to give years of good service!


BUY NOW FOR £16.99

 

7. Herb Pots Leather Handled Tray – Charcoal

Herb Pots Leather Handled Tray – Charcoal

Herbs are great for many culinary creations and if your mum is a basil buff, an oregano oracle or a parsley professional, this set of Herb Pots Leather Handled Tray – Charcoal will be a welcome addition as well as an inspired present. These premium pots are made from beautifully-moulded steel and include pre-written and blank labels so the herbs will always be identifiable!

BUY NOW FOR £18.99

 

8. Solar Powered Duck Garden Ornament

Solar Powered Duck Garden Ornament

With its ability to look great in the garden both during the day and at night, this Solar Powered Duck Garden Ornament will light up your outdoor space effortlessly. This metal duck is attractive in natural daylight and becomes a glowing centrepiece when it’s dark and is a great gift for a mum who wants to make a simple and creative animal-themed addition to their garden!


BUY NOW FOR £32.50

 

9. Blackdown Beehive Wooden Composter - 4 Tier – DIY

Blackdown Beehive Wooden Composter - 4 Tier – DIY

If you’re after a compost converter that will be a fantastic fit for your garden, then this Blackdown Beehive Wooden Composter – 4 Tier – DIY will be a strong candidate! If your mum is a compost connoisseur, then this product is a great way to help the environment. The composter is pressure treated with a natural timber finish and you can also see our full range on Original Organics!

BUY NOW FOR £139.99

 

10. Flora and Fauna Trowel and Secateurs

Flora and Fauna Trowel and Secateurs

Gardening gifts are always a good bet for Mother’s Day and these Flora and Fauna Trowel and Secateurs are some of the classiest garden tools around. They’re made from high carbon steel for sharpness and come complete with alloy handles to ensure comfortable and easy grip when carrying out your jobs. They also have a superb finishing touch by way of a beautiful presentation box.


BUY NOW FOR £24.99

  

Don’t worry if you have found inspiration from any of these Mother’s Day Gifts.  We’ve got hundreds more ideas for mum presents in our Original Organics online range to help you find something that will make her feel really appreciated, exactly like she should.

Shop Mother’s Day Collection now

 

Why is winter pruning beneficial to both you and your plants

Pruning your plants effectively can give them the best opportunity for growth in the following months.  What you’re trying to achieve when you prune your plants will differ depending on what kind of plant it is, however the overall purpose is to control the direction of growth and to promote your plant’s health.

The time that a plant flowers or bears fruit will influence when the most suitable time to prune it is, but for the majority of garden plants winter is the best time to get it done. To name a few, you would want to focus on deciduous trees and shrubs, apple and pear trees, autumn flowering plants and flower bushes such as roses and wisteria.

There are several reasons why winter pruning is beneficial to you and your plants:

 

  1. Plant Happiness


Like humans, plants feel pain when they are picked at, and because most plants remain dormant during winter, pruning them whilst they are dormant will help them prosper when they start to grow again. Minimising the stress to the plant will allow you to be more aggressive with your strategy and make larger cuts where necessary to prevent things like rubbing branches.

You’ll want to use dormant pruning techniques on overgrown plants so that the plant can have new and healthy growth. This is usually referred to as “thinning” which is great because it allows more light and air to the core of the plant.

Another important thing to note is that sap isn’t active in certain plants during the winter, so the cuts you make are less likely to cause “bleeding”.

 

  1. Safety


Winter trees can potentially be dangerous, especially when they have heavy snow or ice weighing on their branches. By pruning out any branches that may have been weakened by disease or rot, you can make your garden a safer place to be.

 

  1. Increased visibility


During the winter we all notice that most of the leaves and flowers have fallen away from the branches of our trees and plants. This is advantageous when it comes to pruning because it allows you to see the “skeleton” of plants. With this increased visibility you can be sure that you won’t make any critical cuts to major branches and it will decrease the amount of time that it takes you to get the job done.

 

  1. Prevents disease


One thing that the fallen winter leaves will also allow you to do better, is identify diseased branches that could potentially be harmful to the rest of your plant. By pruning out these branches during the winter period you reduce the risk of the disease spreading because the fungi is not active like it would be during the Spring or Summer.

 

  1. Summer bloom


Pruning in the summer can sometimes be problematic because the young and new branches that you will leave exposed may not make it through the coldest parts of winter because they haven’t had the time to fully develop. That’s why it’s best to leave it until just after the coldest part of winter has passed – although with the UK weather it is sometimes hard to know! You can then give your plants ample time to grow for the start of a beautiful bloom in the Summer.

 

Putting your work into action

In order to put our suggestions to work and prune effectively, it is worth noting that there are different kinds of pruners for different purposes. The main types are Anvil pruners and Bypass pruners.

i)  Anvil Pruners

Anvil pruners are great for removing dead wood and dying branches. They make a really clean cut by using a singular blade that passes through the branch with ease and is then stopped by a flat side, almost like a knife to a cutting board.

Pick up a pair of Anvil Pruners here >

ii)  Bypass Pruners

You’re going to want to use this tool for most of your pruning tasks. The blade on the bypass pruners works much more like a pair of scissors whereby two blades pass each other. This motion is much gentler for the plant and will cause almost no damage or trauma to the branch.

Pick up a pair of Bypass Pruners here > 

 

Pruning your plants is key to ensuring that they grow healthily and preventing the spread of disease. At Original Organics we have a wide range of pruners and a huge range of garden tools for all your garden jobs so check out our products today and get your plants feeling healthy and ready for Spring.

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How The Visual Arts Create An Oasis At Home

There are few things as pleasant as an environment that has been carefully laid out with handpicked items such as canvasses and sculptures. In the UK, spending money on arts and culture provides a terrific gross value of £7.7 billion and is a great boost to the economy. Providing households with diverse items means taking stock of empty spaces and filling them with items you love. Whether this is adding touches to the landscape or filling up empty walls, the right item goes a long way.

Tiny Patios And Mini Courtyards With Pizzazz

A tiny patio is often one of the most underutilized spaces as homeowners don’t quite know how to use the space to their advantage. One of the best ways to treat the space is not to be afraid of being bold. The use of colours, mirrors, and specially designed furniture will take the space to a whole new level. Another smart idea is to create a focal point such as an elaborate design on the floor or a carefully placed water feature. Finishing touches should include adequate lighting and also carefully placed potted plants or creepers to add to the natural ambience.

Wall Treatments That Inspire

One of the best things about treating a vertical space to some visual interest is that it’s no longer only paintings and photographs in traditional frames that go. Instead, pair these up with interesting wall treatments such as rustic frame doors or interesting crafted items specifically designed for walls. Walls also happen to be the perfect backdrop for hanging plants and creeper vines especially when the lighting is done right.

The walls are often also the best showcase of personal talents and there’s nothing quite like a hand-drawn sketch or self-portrait to bring some personality to a space. Personal mementos and memorabilia from holidays or overseas trips also tend to add flavour while also serving as great conversation starters. Those who have large cavernous spaces who wish to add their own personal stamp on it, can opt for a larger-than-life mural with a modern twist as they project an image onto the wall, resize it to the desired size, and then paint along the outlines.

Lighten Up Dead Spaces Indoors

Forgotten corners and dead spaces that serve no purpose or have no function can often pull the ambience of a room right down. Spaces that are particularly difficult to use include areas that are under a very low ceiling, spaces under stairs, and even open spaces in large, galley-like rooms. While the go-to seems to default to additional storage, these spaces can also be used to provide the ideal spot for interesting sculptures that have a story to tell, bonsai or other small plant collections, and more. To get the best out of these areas, they should be well-lit in order to make the items on display more prominent.

A small investment in interesting items and good lighting can brighten up any area. A home should be a comfortable abode and it’s often these items that help it get there.

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.

Furniture



  • 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.

Hedges


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.

Fences


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.

Lawn




  • 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.

Snow




  • 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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