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Turning outdoor space Into a fun area for the children

Turning outdoor space Into a fun area for the children

Turning outdoor space Into a fun area for the children

All parents should think long and hard about the way in which they use their gardens. Some people let the outdoor space overgrow because they just can’t deal with the maintenance. That is a terrible idea that could encourage complaints from the neighbors. Others slab the entire lawn, but some folks like to think outside of the box. Considering that, mothers and fathers reading this post should consider turning their garden into a fun space for the little ones. The ideas on this page should point families in the right direction. However, in most instances, you just need to use some imagination.

Turning Your Outdoor Space Into A Fun Area For The Children

Get some climbing frames and other equipment

Every healthy child likes to spend time playing outside while they’re still young. Some teenagers even feel the same way, and plenty of adults do too. So, the goal is to make the garden as fun as possible. There are lots of different types of equipment anyone could purchase and keep outside to create a multifunctional garden. However, climbing frames, slides, and swings are always a top choice. In most instances, it will only take a few minutes to put the items together and start using them. For the best prices, it’s sensible to check auction websites and online retailers. That is especially the case now we’re approaching the winter because those items tend to get a reduction.

Dig a pond and add some wildlife to the garden

Most children like to spend time learning about animals, plants, and wildlife. So, it’s sensible for parents to encourage that interest. Adding a pond to the garden is an excellent move because it means you can keep lots of exotic fish. Of course, it’s wise to take safety precautions and ensure the kids can’t fall into the water. Also, in built-up areas, there are going to be a lot of cats. For that reason, homeowners will have to place a net over the water to stop the animal from eating any fish. There are step-by-step guides online that explain everything you need to know. So, just conduct some research!

Turning Your Outdoor Space Into A Fun Area For The Children

Build a Wendy house (or a whatever your child’s name is house)

Building a Wendy house is a great way of encouraging the little ones to spend more time in the garden. Of course, placing something like that on the lawn is going to damage the grass. So, lots of people will decide to get some fake turf first. That’s a fantastic move because it also means those homeowners will never have to get their mower out of the shed again. The real cost of artificial grass is nowhere near as high as most folks imagine. Indeed, it’s more than possible to get the perfect solution without breaking the bank. The benefits of artificial grass include:

  • No maintenance
  • Comes in a range of shades
  • Lasts for many years

Those suggestions should help all parents to make a start when it comes to improving their gardens. However, readers know their children better than anyone else, and so everyone should make sure they create something that suits their little one’s tastes and interests. Don’t make the mistake of letting the area overgrow because it will take a lot of effort to put things right.

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3 essential areas every garden needs

3 Essential Areas Every Garden Needs

3 essential areas every garden needs

Not every home has a lot of outdoor or garden space. That doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of the space you do have. If you have a family and the kids are still at home, your garden might be essential space you can’t do without! Are you not making the most of your backyard right now? Then why not have a look at creating these three essential areas so you can enjoy being outdoors all year round:

Kids Play Area

Kids (and pets) need space to play. Your garden is perfect for that. If you haven’t tackled this area for a while, then there are some makeover projects you might want to tackle first. This part of the garden should be secure and safe. Make sure the fencing is strong and robust. It might need staining again just to ensure the wood is weathering well.

3 essential areas every garden needs

Choose a surface for play. You might install some artificial grass for mud-free rolling around. Play mats can be quite handy too as they also just hose down when you want to use them. Your regular lawn might be OK if you don’t have a lot of rainfall where you are. Add some outdoor toys and games. You might even have a playhouse for the little ones. Perfect.

Outdoor Dining

This area is best placed on flat ground. You can build it up with decking or simple patio paving if you like. A minimum of 2.5 meters squared is needed to make a good sized dining or seating area. So grab your bramblecrest furniture, erect a gazebo and get ready for some outdoor dining!

3 Essential Areas Every Garden Needs

You can also build up an outdoor kitchen. You might only have a barbecue grill right now, but with the right features, you could include a bar and extra seating space. This area is usually best served by being attached to the outer kitchen door. That way you can use both facilities and entertain even more hungry guests!

Green, Pink, Yellow, Red and Blue

Lawns are lovely if you have the time and energy to maintain them. Of course, you can always get a robot mower! Add some flower beds or pots for a splash of color almost all year round. Flowers smell good as well as looking bright and cheery. If you’re a keen gardener, you might take cuttings for indoor floral displays too.

3 Essential Areas Every Garden Needs

When you’re setting up your flower garden, consider grouping the different colors together. Don’t forget that stems and blooms come in all different shapes and sizes. That means they will grow to different heights as well. This can be ideal if you’re trying to shape your garden. Shrubs and bushes can help here too.

Every garden has potential to be something special that all the family can enjoy all year round. If you’ve neglected yours a little recently, then why not get back out there and see what you can make of it? How do you like to enjoy your garden?

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Garden, Upcycling project

Upcycled project – wooden crate

Upcycled project - wooden crate

Upcycled project – wooden crate

We was recently given a wooden crate and asked if we would like it for a vegetable garden. We are still in the process of having a garden makeover at the moment so on went the creative cap to come up with another use. I knew I would be able to make some use of it but the question was what.

Upcycled project - wooden crate

Our garden isn’t a big garden so we are planning on using all the space to its fullest potential. Yes I do grow my own fruit and vegetables and yes this will continue once the garden has had its makeover but the fruit and vegetable area has been put into our plans and the crate wouldn’t work sadly for this area.

But not to say it wouldn’t work elsewhere..

So how did we make the crate fit into our garden space

Our creative cap went on and we enjoyed a sunny day in the garden. We spent the day turning the old unwanted wooden crate into a more useable item such as a wall hung herb garden. We did hope to get two out of the crate but the crate wasn’t big enough sadly. We turned the crate into a two shelved wall hung garden. It is now proudly being hung in the garden as a herb garden. What is the point of us growing our veg to have with our meals without some nice herbs to compliment them.

How we made it

Once we knew what we was wanting to make we then had to decide on which way round we was wanting to make it, such as landscape or portrait. Landscape was chosen.

The wooden slats was removed from the back of the crate

Upcycled project - wooden crate

The crate was then cut in half from its widest point.

Upcycled project - wooden crate

We then cut the sides and the top to size. It was then nailed in position.

Upcycled project - wooden crate

The shelves were then cut to size and added. We also added some extra support to the middle.

Upcycled project - wooden crate

Once it was built and all extra support was added we then sanded it and applied an undercoat. It was then painted white.

Upcycled project - wooden crate

 

Goodbye wooden crate – Hello herb garden.

Upcycled project – wooden crate

The finishing touches was then added and we now have a wall hung herb garden. Just because you have a small garden it doesn’t mean you can’t grow your own. We are now making use of our wall space as well as the ground space. The herb garden is giving off a lovely fresh smell and it also looks stunning.

We have had some lovely comments from family, friends and neighbours.

Upcycled project – wooden crate

We love to upcycle, we also upcycled our old camping saucepans too. Click on the image if you would like to see what we made from them.

Upcycled saucepan

Do you think we made good use?

Exterior design, Garden

Creating the perfect outdoors space

Creating the perfect patio

Creating the perfect outdoors space

Since moving house 8 months ago we have only just gotten round to looking outdoors. We have been so busy making the indoor space useable and livable. Now the summer months are well and truly upon us we thought now is the best time to start putting our plans to the outside space to create the perfect multi-functional space by using all the space we have to its fullest potential.

Our garden isn’t overly big but it is big enough for us and our family. With us both working long days time in the garden would be much more preferred socialising rather than gardening. When we do get any spare time we much prefer to use this time spending quality time together and keeping that to-do list to the minimum.
Our plans for our garden are currently in discussion, we have had the gardener/workmen in to chat through our plans and have taken measurements needed.

Shall we talk you through our plans?

Top end: Well we are going to cover the top end of our garden in polycarbonate sheets so then this will create a dry area where we can sit and socialize even if it is raining. This will also give the smokers somewhere to go for their cigarette as we don’t allow smoking in the house at all by anyone. This area will be well-lit with mood lighting and will also have power supply.

Middle: For the middle section of the garden we have decided to pull all the old lawn up (what there is of it) and also do away with the pathway too. The people here before us said the garden used to flood in heavy rain so we are going to make sure we do all we can to prevent this happening in the future. We will do this by digging down and adding better soil and also adding  a drain.

Also in the middle section to the garden we will be adding two planting areas one either side of the garden. These areas will be for plants, fruit and vegetables. This year saw my first attempt of growing my own and I loved it. It has been so nice to be able to just go to my garden and pick my own berries, cucumbers, courgettes etc..

Bottom: For the bottom end of the garden we are going to have a purpose-built/made to measure shed made. This will be unique to us as it will be our very own design. Ian has a friend in the trade who makes them from home, he will come and measure up, chat with us then take our design away and make it for us. This will be the last thing done it the garden, one of the finishing touches.

Also at the bottom end we are saving a corner, this will also be covered and have drainage, mood lighting and power. This will be for our hot tub corner, a perfect way to relax in the garden after a long day at work.

We have been browsing at some patio furniture, Fishpools have a stunning Rattan set at the moment, what do you think of this set?

Creating the perfect patio

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Leaf It alone! how to keep unwanted pests out of your garden

For many people, their garden is their pride and joy. It's just as much of a part of their home as any room and is an opportunity to express their personality and creativity. It's also a great outlet for a lot of people to spend a little time on themselves without having to worry about all of the stress and pressures of daily life. Not only that but there are few things more enjoyable than looking out with pride at a garden that you worked hard to make beautiful. Of course, there is one thing that can take all of that enjoyment and satisfaction and ruin it in an instant: pests! Unwanted pests in your garden can make life a lot more difficult than it needs to be and do a lot of damage to your garden. Because of this, here are some of the things that you can do when pests appear in your garden. Prevention There are two basic types of prevention when it comes to keeping pests away from your plants: natural methods and chemical methods. When it comes to natural methods, it can sometimes be hard to distinguish between old wives tales and the stuff that actually works. You might have heard the classic technique from your parents about egg shells and snails, but you might be surprised to learn that it actually does work! Scattering broken egg shells around your plants is a pretty effective way to keeping slugs and snails away from them. Of course, this isn't really going to work for your entire garden unless you happen to have access to hundreds of eggs! Of course, you can also find plenty of different brands of slug and snail repellent on the market if you're more interested in being able to cover your entire garden more easily. Just be careful to choose carefully since you don't want it having an impact on your plants. Extermination Sometimes you end up with pests on your plants, even with all of the preventative methods in the world. Of course, pesticides are the traditional method of choice, but they can be both expensive and a little dangerous. Fortunately, there are also plenty of natural ways to deal with pests in your garden. For one thing, you can introduce predators into your garden. If your plants are covered in greenfly then introducing ladybirds can deal with that problem surprisingly quickly. There are also the classic techniques of salt to deal with slugs as well as simply picking them up and getting rid of them by hand! The methods that you choose to use when dealing with pests are going to depend on your garden as well as your personal feelings on the matter. Whatever you choose, make sure that you take care to protect your plants not only from pests but from your solutions as well. The last thing that you want is to spend a lot of time dealing with pests in your garden only to end up killing your beloved plants in the process.

Leaf It alone! how to keep unwanted pests out of your garden

For many people, their garden is their pride and joy. It’s just as much of a part of their home as any room and is an opportunity to express their personality and creativity. It’s also a great outlet for a lot of people to spend a little time on themselves without having to worry about all of the stress and pressures of daily life. Not only that but there are few things more enjoyable than looking out with pride at a garden that you worked hard to make beautiful. Of course, there is one thing that can take all of that enjoyment and satisfaction and ruin it in an instant: pests! Unwanted pests in your garden can make life a lot more difficult than it needs to be and do a lot of damage to your garden. Because of this, here are some of the things that you can do when pests appear in your garden.

Prevention

There are two basic types of prevention when it comes to keeping pests away from your plants: natural methods and chemical methods. When it comes to natural methods, it can sometimes be hard to distinguish between old wives tales and the stuff that actually works. You might have heard the classic technique from your parents about egg shells and snails, but you might be surprised to learn that it actually does work! Scattering broken egg shells around your plants is a pretty effective way to keeping slugs and snails away from them. Of course, this isn’t really going to work for your entire garden unless you happen to have access to hundreds of eggs! Of course, you can also find plenty of different brands of slug and snail repellent on the market if you’re more interested in being able to cover your entire garden more easily. Just be careful to choose carefully since you don’t want it having an impact on your plants.

Extermination

Sometimes you end up with pests on your plants, even with all of the preventative methods in the world. Of course, pesticides are the traditional method of choice, but they can be both expensive and a little dangerous. Fortunately, there are also plenty of natural ways to deal with pests in your garden. For one thing, you can introduce predators into your garden. If your plants are covered in greenfly then introducing ladybirds can deal with that problem surprisingly quickly. There are also the classic techniques of salt to deal with slugs as well as simply picking them up and getting rid of them by hand!

The methods that you choose to use when dealing with pests are going to depend on your garden as well as your personal feelings on the matter. Whatever you choose, make sure that you take care to protect your plants not only from pests but from your solutions as well. The last thing that you want is to spend a lot of time dealing with pests in your garden only to end up killing your beloved plants in the process.

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Turn your garden into a multi-functional paradise

Turn Your Garden Into a Multi-Functional Paradise

Turn your garden into a multi-functional paradise

Most of us have gardens that we have no clue what to do with. We usually mow the lawn, add new plants, maybe use the shed and sometimes lounge in the garden, but there are times when it can feel rather dull, empty and frankly a waste of space. It can also be expensive to keep maintained; a gardener doesn’t come cheap and time is money, meaning we can’t always be at home to spend hours on cutting grass and trimming hedges.

Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to turn your garden into a multi-functional paradise that is full of fun, excitement and also practicality. Below are a bunch of different ideas that will inspire you to do something productive with your garden. Be warned, however, as some of these can be time-consuming DIY projects or expensive renovations. But rest assured, they are all worth every single penny and will give you plenty of reason to spend more time in your garden.

Turn Your Garden Into a Multi-Functional Paradise

Playground for your kids

If you have children living with you, then you can turn your garden into a private playground for them. Install things like a swing under a tree, a climbing frame, slides, and other fun playground apparatus. The size of your garden is going to have a huge impact on what you can install. If you have a fairly large garden, you could even install a mini golf course that you can indulge in as well. Some very basic playground additions are basketball hoops and goal posts for football. They provide plenty of fun all the way from their toddler years to when they become a teenager and they’re very low maintenance. If you plan to build playground apparatus such as slides and swings, then remember that you’ll need to get rid of them when your child is too big or grown up to play on them. Check out this fantastic article at https://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/ for some brilliant DIY plans for an outdoor playground.

Vegetable garden for you

If you’re interested in living a green lifestyle by growing your own fruits and vegetables, then there’s nothing like growing them in your own backyard. With the help of a greenhouse, you’ll be able to grow pretty much anything that you want assuming your climate supports it. In addition to growing just fresh fruits and vegetables to snack on and cook with, you can also grow beautiful plants to decorate your house with or send to friends as gifts. Building your own greenhouse is very possible, but if you’d prefer something pre-made then take a look at https://www.swgreenhouses.co.uk/wooden-greenhouses.html for some great pre-built greenhouses that come with installation services. It’ll save you plenty of time and you won’t need to learn how to build your own greenhouse. There’s nothing quite like plucking some fresh herbs and vegetables from your own backyard, so this is definitely a life-changing home improvement!

Rest and relaxation

Our gardens can become tranquil paradises that are full of relaxing things. Perhaps something simple like a water feature could relax your mood and help you de-stress, or maybe some comfortable garden furniture will be enough to help you unwind. Garden furniture can be luxurious instead of being those boring plastic chairs and table. If you want a bit of inspiration to help you out, take a look at this article from http://www.lovingoutdoorliving.com/blog/category/outdoor-furniture/. There’s plenty of ideas that include luxury weatherproof chairs and tables, and they’ll add a new dimension of comfort to your garden that you never knew was possible.

Turn Your Garden Into a Multi-Functional Paradise

Hobby area for everyone

Depending on what your hobbies are, there’s always room for them in your garden. Perhaps you and your kids love to get messy with arts and crafts, such as spray painting and clay modelling. If you do it outside, it’s easier to clean up and the fumes from spray paints won’t spread around the home or stick to furniture and walls. It’s a good idea to designate an area on your patio or in your garden for arts and crafts if that’s your hobby. You might also think about renting chickens for the sake of harvesting their eggs. Services like https://rentachicken.co.uk/ allow you to raise chickens that will eventually lay eggs that you can harvest. These require quite a bit of space, but that’s not a problem if you have an empty garden that isn’t seeing much use. Raising chickens can be quite tough, however, and it’s something that will require a lot of attention, but if the lure of fresh eggs is tempting enough, then you should definitely consider it.

Swimming pool for health and fun

Building your own swimming pool takes a lot of work and there are many considerations. A raised swimming pool takes a lot less work because it means less digging, but an in-ground swimming pool can be a fantastic alternative if you have planning permission and enough space. Swimming pools are fantastic for both your health and enjoyment and they create great centerpieces for people who want to throw pool parties. Owning a swimming pool does take a lot of work—it’s not something that you can just buy and forget about. You need to clean out the water, you need to ensure the pool is safe and you need accessories to go with it like a pool cover.

Grill area for parties

Lastly, we can’t forget about outdoor kitchens. Even if it’s just a simple grill to cook up meats and vegetables on a hot summer day, it’s the perfect appliance to enjoy the outdoors more often. With summer coming up, there’s even more motivation to get outside more because cooking indoors will spread heat throughout the house and make it unbearable to live in. Make sure you have a luxury set of furniture to go with it and learn some delicious barbecue recipes. This makes it great to hang out with your family members and invite friends over for parties, and there’s nothing like relaxing with loved ones on a summer day as the grill is on and drinks are being served.

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Create your very own home from home

create your very own home from home

Create your very own home from home

Down at the bottom of the garden, amongst the birds and the bees, there lives a…..

How would you finish the verse to that song when thinking of your own garden? Would it be, a lot of debris? A few old rusty spades and rakes perhaps? Or maybe you’re already on top of your spring gardening and you can proudly finish that sentence with a newly varnished garden seat or the children’s new swing set.

Well what if you could finish that sentence with your very own garden log cabin? I know, it sounds rather grand doesn’t it and it is. Garden log cabins are the new summer-house and they are the ultimate way to create a home from home in your garden.

So if you’re looking to really rev up your garden this year your very own garden log cabin could be just the ticket.

Location, Location, Location

So first things first. Before stomping down to your local garden centre and picking the first one that takes your fancy, look around your garden and think about the best place you could put it. Take into consideration things such as the areas that get a good amount of sun throughout the day and where you will have the nicest view of the garden. Then take measurements in order to understand the dimensions your garden can accommodate.

Research

The internet is a good place to start looking at the different varieties of garden log cabins. So spend some time looking through the different styles and sizes that would best fit in your allocated space. Then start to think about what you would want to do with the interior space. These cabins are surprisingly spacious so start to think about how you would want to decorate them and the overall style that would want to create.

Decorate

So then comes the fun part. As your log cabin will be the perfect space for entertaining your friends you’re going to want to show it off with pride. Maybe you want to go for a theme, like a beach-side hut style with nautical stripes cushions, relaxing shells with a picnic table as your dining table. Or maybe you want to wow your friends with a contemporary, chic look by adorning the walls with large mirrors and kitting it out with large leather sofas and a mini bar.

Extend Outwards

You don’t have to stop with the interior either, you can even go one step further and create a patio area in front of the cabin where you can put additional chairs and tables to create extra space. Decorating the exterior of the cabin with lanterns or fairy lights will really bring your cabin to life in the evenings. Candles and other mood lighting will make your log cabin look cosy and romantic and the perfect place to enjoy the balmy summer evenings. Experiment with the details and choose colours that complement those already in your garden. Then step back and admire your handy work. Your enchanted ‘home from home’ nestled away in the bottom of your garden.

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