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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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Revamping your garden to create a space that’s made for all the family

Revamping your garden to create a space that's made for all the family

Revamping your garden to create a space that’s made for all the family

What does the term ‘family-friendly garden’ mean to you? What should a family garden be like? Well, that tends to depend on what age your family is, doesn’t it? The needs that a family with toddlers will have will be different to the needs a family with teenagers will have. A family-friendly garden isn’t about incorporating a certain set of specific features; it’s about finding ways to make your garden a perfect fit for your’s and your family’s needs. It’s as simple as that.

The chances are that while you want to create a space that your kids love, you also want to ensure that your garden is adult-friendly too. Don’t worry, creating a space that is a good fit for the whole family is much easier than you would think, it’s just a case of being a little more creative, that’s all. To give you some ideas for revamping your garden in a more family-friendly way, below are some suggestions that tend to work well.

Create different zones

Revamping your garden to create a space that’s made for all the family

You know how everyone has their own room inside your home? Well, it can help to create different spaces for different people within your family. Instead of having one large garden area, split your garden into different zones, such as a kid’s zone, a teen zone, and an adult zone, that way there’s something for the whole family. Perhaps you could split your garden into two or three parts, depending on the ages of your kids, creating areas for every age group. For the younger kids, a play area is an ideal way to make the garden somewhere that they want to spend more time.

For teens, an area that they can play sports in, relax in, and spend time with their friends is ideal – if you’ve got an outbuilding perhaps you could create your teen zone around that? As for the adults, somewhere to relax and unwind is ideal. Think beautiful garden furniture – for a unique range of quirky furniture, visit Bridgman today – pretty accessories – bunting, candles, solar lights, etc. – and a cooking area. Different zones could be all it takes to make your garden a space that the whole family loves.

Get the whole family involved

When it comes to how you go about designing your garden to make it more family-friendly, make sure to get the whole family involved. You never know, the kids might come up with some amazing ideas. If you ask the kids what they want from the garden, you can ensure that it’s a space that gets plenty of use. Take all suggestions on board and try to make as many of them a reality as possible.

Make it a usable space all year around

Revamping your garden to create a space that's made for all the family

Don’t make the mistake of making your garden a summer only space. Instead, make an effort to make it a usable space all year around. Wondering how you can do this? If you’ve got a summer-house, make this part of the garden – perhaps it could be a hangout for the teenagers or a playroom for the kids? Perhaps you could add an awning to your deck and a heater so that you can sit outside all year around?

There you have it, everything that you need to know to make your garden family-friendly and to ensure it gets plenty of use.

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Top tips to save money and still have a great garden

Top Tips To Save Money And Still Have A Great Garden

Top tips to save money and still have a great garden

Gardening is fast becoming a popular hobby for many people, and there is no shortage of reasons why. You get to spend time outside in the fresh air, which is incredibly good for you, and being outside can give you a sense of freedom. Plus it’s great for the whole family. However, some people can be put off from spending time in the garden thinking it can be an expensive hobby to maintain. Think constant flower buying and expensive BBQ’s. But there are many ways you can save money with your garden, and I wanted to share some of the top tips to help you do that.

Shop smart when it comes to the big investments

There are costly items when it comes to your garden. Furniture and a BBQ are some of the bigger purchases that spring to mind. However, if you shop smart, you can buy these items fairly frugally. You could consider shopping online in a garden furniture sale or perhaps hunting out discount and voucher codes for some of the leading shops. Offering discounts periodically, helping to bring the cost down on some of the more pricey items. There are plenty of ways you can get fantastic items cheaper. You just need to hunt out those bargains and have the patience to wait for the right time to buy.

Spend your time not your money

When it comes to your garden it’s more worthy of investing your time than your hard earned cash, this is because your garden needs your attention. From mowing the lawn and treating the grass to ensuring that you rid your flower beds of pesky weeds that can crop up. Spending your time can really make a huge difference.

Really consider how you want to use your garden

Knowing exactly what you want from your garden can save you a lot of time and effort. Do you want to entertain in your garden? Spend time with your family or friends? Enjoy food or just have a place to relax? All of these things can be taken into account before any money is spent.

Grow your own vegetables

Why not consider using your garden, to save you money in other areas of your life? For example, your food shopping bill. Growing your own vegetables and fruit is fast becoming a trend many people are embracing, and it could shave off a few pounds on your grocery bill. There are plenty of tutorials online with a step by step guide on how to get started. It could be something you really enjoy doing.

Look after your garden tools

Finally, garden tools like a lawn mower or some of your manual tools can be quite expensive. But if you regularly keep them clean and maintain them then they should last you a long time. Saving you more investment in the future. Simple things like cleaning them after use and keeping them dry can make all the difference.

I hope these top tips help you save money while still getting a great garden you can enjoy.

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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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Allotment

Preparing to grow our own

preparing to grow our own

Preparing to grow our own

Growing our own fruit and vegetables is something we have always wanted to do but have never really gotten round to it. In our house we all love our fruit and vegetables so I don’t know why we haven’t really.

We have recently moved house so we thought whilst the design of the garden is currently being discussed now would be the best time to section some of the garden off for a little allotment area to grow our fruit and vegetables.

We have always been a believer that home-grown is best, well let’s face it you can’t get any fresher or healthier. Home-grown is also a great money saver too so it ticks the right boxes for us.

Making good use of garden space

When we thought about how much money we spend on our fruit and vegetables – OK they are not expensive and are definitely cheap enough to buy but still it is still a continuous outlay that all adds up. We have the space to grow our own so it seems silly spending out when we can grow a saving and a healthier lifestyle. We are certainly looking forward to seeing a reduction in our never-ending food bill.

OK our garden isn’t massive but most things can be grown in pots anyway so what we can’t get in the ground can be grown in pots. We are a novice when it comes to home-grown so we are currently starting from scratch and learning as we go along. Admittedly we have been watching garden programs and chatting to professionals seeking much-needed help and advice. We are going to start out small and add to our allotment when our confidence increases.

Growing our own I will admit has been rather daunting but we are enjoying it and we are finding it rather rewarding. We all look forward to getting up in the morning and checking how much things have grown – it’s rather exciting!

So far we have:

  • Strawberries
  • Kiwi
  • Tomatoes
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Potatoes
  • Cherries
  • Peaches

We would also like to add:

  • Courgettes
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Carrots

At a later date and then build up from there. Our garden is a work in progress at the moment and we currently have things in pots but they will eventually/hopefully be in the ground very soon once the garden design is complete.

Have you ever grown your own fruit or veg? what advice could you give us to help?