To maintain an almost free supply of fruit and vegetables throughout the winter months, the best answer is to install a greenhouse in your garden to save you the expense of buying at either a farmers market or your local superstore.
There are many good reasons to grow vegetables in winter greenhouses. The first advantage is that you get the opportunity to eat fruit and vegetables which can grow out of their normal season. Vegetables that you can only grow during the summer months in your garden, can be grown in a lean to greenhouse during the winter and supply you with all of your five a day requirements.
Learning to sow at the right time
If you’re new to growing fruit and vegetables in winter greenhouses, you will need to take advice from experts to find out when it’s the best time to plant your seeds so that your dinner food is available at the right time.
You can start by buying a lean to greenhouse from your garden centre or one of the many online shed greenhouse kit making manufacturers. You might decide that you have greater needs than can be provided from a smaller lean to greenhouse and immediately install a full-size greenhouse so that you may be able to supply your immediate family and perhaps friendly neighbours with fruit and vegetables across the winter months.
People often catch colds across the winter time and this is usually because of a lack of vitamins C. If you can grow the right products, you can take in natural vitamins and minerals which can keep you clear of colds and flu when the weather isn’t so kind outside.
Organic produce in your greenhouse
Almost everyone would prefer to purchase organic fruit and vegetables over the choice of your usual foods which are being grown through a variety of chemicals. By placing a winter greenhouse in your garden, you can grow your own organic produce which may provide not only fruit and vegetables, but your salad items for when it’s snowing outside, yet heartily warm inside.
Fruit and vegetables can’t grow in your garden during the winter months because of frost which either damages or kills off the plants if they’ve managed to survive the rain and snow.
By keeping your greenhouse at the right temperature and with the correct amount of ventilation, you can provide a first-class growing facility during the colder months.
You will need to learn how to vary the temperature of your greenhouse with the amount of moisture and the watering of your plants so you can maximise the growth across the colder months without putting your fruit and vegetables at risk.
Winter greenhouse give you the perfect opportunity to provide healthy fruit and vegetables for your family. You can choose to grow the plants that you enjoy the most rather than staying with some of the old favourites which may not become family favourites. Unless you are contemplating selling your excess and unwanted fruit and vegetables to your neighbours or family friendly local market, it is easier to stay with the items you’re going to add to your favourite meals, rather than forcing people to eat your free food just to save money.
Some British traditions suggest that you buy an aluminium greenhouse when you’re searching amongst the many greenhouses for sale and if you’re buying a shed, you should choose one made of wood. In reality, you should weigh up the differences between aluminium and wooden greenhouses and sheds to make the right decision based upon the circumstances that suits you and your garden best.
Before aluminium greenhouses became popular, wood was the favourite choice, but as the years have moved on the designs and flexibility of aluminium frames have meant that wooden greenhouses have taken a step backwards in reputation.
What’s best about wooden greenhouses?
If you’re going to choose a wooden greenhouse and combine it with an area where you’re going to be increasingly humidity, keeping it warm and including a good level of ventilation, then you may have a battle on your hands to keep the wood fully maintained and protected against damp areas which causes rot and the many bugs which might prefer the heat of your greenhouse, while leaving your fruit and vegetables alone.
There is no doubt that wooden greenhouses blend well with most gardens because wood is a natural substance which will blend well, particularly if you have a number of trees in your garden and perhaps some wooden fence panels.
Some expert gardeners always suggest a wooden framed greenhouse will allow them to easily fix hooks and shelves exactly where they want them. Aluminium greenhouse makers have seen the advantages to this subject and have counteracted by providing accessories that work well with the metal greenhouses.
Wooden greenhouses will cost more than aluminium greenhouses, but the differences are not so enormous that price makes your choice for you.
What’s best about aluminium greenhouses?
The metal variety is much closer to being maintenance free, than the wooden options for greenhouses. If you’re a lazy person and expect that your maintenance is going to be carried out once in a blue moon, a metal greenhouse is the best choice for you.
You will have to inspect the aluminium regularly, because any scratch marks that are not treated quickly, could lead to rusting in that area. It’s much easier to replace part of a wooden structure that is rotting or failing that it is to try and cut out the area of aluminium and weld in a new piece whilst maintaining the strength of the structure. This task may be beyond the average DIY person and you might suffer the cost of calling in a professional to carry out the work for you.
Your garden centre will stock lots of accessories that will attach easily to your aluminium greenhouse structure.
The lighter metal option of greenhouse makes it much easier to move as a flatpack and to erect and install in your favourite location in your garden. Whilst this is a job that should be carried out by two people, it is much easier for one person to erect an aluminium greenhouse than it is to attempt to build a wooden greenhouse.
Popularity suggests that aluminium greenhouses are certainly ahead of wooden greenhouses at the moment. This might be because they cost less, are easier to assemble and are easier to maintain, but for a lot of people they are an attractive building which can be located easily in your garden.
When it comes to gardening in April, the temperature’s slightly creeping up – so it’s a great time to get stuck in. But before you start getting your garden ready for the year ahead, have a think about what plants you fancy growing. To give you some inspiration, here’s a guide to what flowers and vegetables you can start growing this month – either in the greenhouse or outdoors.
Flowers for sowing in greenhouses
The perfect plant to brighten up your garden, sunflowers can be sown both indoors and out. You can sow them either in your greenhouse – or directly into the borders of your garden. If you’re planning on growing petunias, now is the time to sow them – this way you’ll be guaranteed of a good size just in time for the summer. Petunias ideally need to be sown in pots and placed in a greenhouse before transferring outside. Same goes for the summer bedding plants Salvia, Ageratum and Zinnia. By sowing them now, you can enjoy a colourful display in your garden in the summer months. April is the perfect time to start sowing marigolds, too. A wonderful way of adding sunshine to your garden, marigolds need to be sown in warmth – so starting them off in your greenhouse is your best bet.
Or plant directly outdoors…
If you want to skip the greenhouse bit – and plant seeds directly outdoors – then Calendula seeds are great for sowing outside in April. Tip: plant them in a vegetable garden if you have one – their edible flowers will attract beneficial insects.
Once frost warnings have passed, pansies can be planted directly into your borders or flower beds. Other flowers suitable for planting in April include Blue Ensign, Dicentra Spectabilis and Sweet Williams.
Vegetables for sowing in greenhouses
When it comes to growing vegetables, you can start sowing aubergine, courgette, marrow and pumpkin seeds in your greenhouse now. Simply transplant them outdoors later on if you wish. Towards the end of April, cucumber and gherkins can be sown in individual pots. Runner beans and French beans can also be sown at the end of the month.
Lettuce can also be sown in April – either in the greenhouse in module trays or directly outside. If you plan on sowing lettuce outside, make sure you thin out the seedlings.
In addition, strawberry seeds can also be sown in your greenhouse now. You can make a start at growing tomato plants too. If you fancy growing herbs, then rosemary, sage and thyme will come on leaps and bounds if you sow them in your greenhouse this month.
Or sow directly outdoors…
There are a number of vegetables that can be sown directly outdoors they include: broad beans, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, parsnips, swede, carrots, peas and spinach. And, to prepare for your first salad of the season, you can start sowing beetroot, radish and spring onion seeds, too. Towards the end of the month, you can start sowing cauliflower. When it comes to herbs, chives, coriander, dill and parsley can all be sown directly into the ground.
Author: Robert Smith
These days, there are a whole range of eco homes and offices for people to choose from and a rising number of individuals are using special garden buildings as bases from which to complete their work. Remote working like this can be convenient for employees and cost effective for the companies that employ them.
Meanwhile, entrepreneurs can minimise their overheads by opting for accommodation like this as opposed to traditional rented office space.
Indeed, according to a recent Daily Telegraph article, liveworknet.com research has revealed that there were around 2.43 million people in Britain running businesses from home last year. This was a rise of 80,000 compared with the previous 12-month period and it represented one in 12 of the working population.
Commenting on the appeal of special garden rooms, the article stated: “Although we don’t miss the commute, we appreciate the importance of a change of scene, of making a mental switch. In the past, it was down the garden path to a draughty shed. Now, we want something better. Garden offices are currently all the rage and the more unusual the better: tree houses, shepherd’s huts, gipsy wagons, eco-pods, even signal boxes, all equipped with Wi-Fi, phones, electricity and heating.”
Meanwhile, Alex Johnson, author of Shedworking: the Alternative Workplace Revolution, remarked: “The beauty of garden offices is that they’re not restricted by any rules of size, shape or construction material.”
He noted that it is possible to find versions in various different shapes and styles.
Commenting on his own experiences of starting to work from home, Mr Johnson added: “At first, I worked in a study in the main house – but whenever the children saw me they thought I was available.”
It was because of this that he started to work from accommodation located outside in his garden. He stated that this allowed him to shut himself off from distractions.
The Rosemary bonsai is a great choice for bonsai tree growers, particularly those in the beginning stage of growing. Rosemary bonsais prove to be easy to train as they grow rapidly, and in a short time, you can take a potted Rosemary bonsai from a spikey, bushy mess into a prettily designed tree in about a year’s time. Since the foliage grows very rapidly, if you make a wrong cut as a beginning bonsai gardener, you can simply wait a few days and try again. This, among other things, is why Rosemary bonsais are so popular in growers’ gardens.
Rosemary bonsais are known for their spikey, pointed leaves and small purple buds. The leaves themselves look dusty green in color, and the buds are a light lavender in color on rounded petals. When first planted, the Rosemary bonsai can look gnarled, and does need ample training as it grows rapidly into a mature plant. What makes this bonsai great for beginners is how easy it is to train, and how quickly maturity and growth can be achieved. The plant needs simply to be placed in a large pot with plenty of draining and rich soil and ample sunlight to grow, and within six months to a year, will be already showing signs of turning into a beautiful bonsai addition to your garden. The quick-growing branches and leaves allow for fixing any mistakes in training and pruning.
Shaping a Rosemary bonsai starts as soon as it is planted. Trimming the low-hanging leaves and branches after planting assures a strong structure and trunk for the tree to grow. The leaves can be pinched to allow them to grow into more of a swaying, arm-like shape than a bushy shape the tree will attempt naturally. Make sure that as you trim the branches, you do so in the inner structure of the tree to allow the bonsai to have plenty of air to travel through. This allows the Rosemary bonsai to change its natural course and train itself to achieve that arm-like structure. Cut away all branches that won’t benefit the final ‘look’ of the tree. If you change your mind of make a mistake, the branches will grow back to allow you to start again.
To help your bonsai grow successfully, you can wire around the root and trunk structure of the plant as it grows taller. Since Rosemary bonsai wood can be stubbornly brittle and break away easily, be careful when wiring your tree. Only wire up to the first main branches and around the trunk to help support the tree as it grows taller. Cut away any plant material or roots that grow at the bottom of the bonsai, as this will impede growth and affect the shape of the mature tree.
Rosemary bonsais are both beautifully unique to look at and easy to train. When considering a bonsai that is easy to shape and prune and pretty in design, look no further than the Rosemary bonsai. It’s easy to grow and allows a beginner planter to sharpen their bonsai training skills successfully without ruining any existing foliage. For more information, visit http://www.bonsaitreegardener.net/rosemary-bonsai provided by Bonsai Tree Gardener.
Walk into any garden and you will probably see a garden shed. Garden sheds,comes in all shapes and sizes but they tend to all look pretty similar. If you want to make your shed stand out this summer give it a makeover with these four simple steps.
Adding colour to your garden shed is a good place to start. Wooden sheds need to be treated annually with a timber treatment. Timber treatments come in two forms, oil based and water based. Water based treatments are less expensive than oil based treatments as they don’t last as long. Shed manufacturers always recommended oil based treatments because they last longer, the oil sinks down into the grain of the wood and is not easily washed away by rain.
Timber treatments are usually clear in colour but you can now find many garden shed paints with treatment built into them. The colour paint tin will have treatment inside it so you don’t have to paint your shed twice. This is a cost effective and time saving way of painting and treating your garden shed.
There are many colours available on the market from more traditional colours like dark green or a more modern, bright colour like pink. There are many options to pick from and adding a bright colour can really make your shed stand out.
Bright colours look great on a back drop of greenery and will make your garden memorable to all its guests. Vintage and retro colours continue to be more and more popular especially in the year of the jubilee. Painting your shed a retro colour like duck egg blue can give your garden that retro feel.
If you’re shed has a window they can be a great way to personalise your shed. Most garden sheds come with plastic glazing. This is because it is cheap and very safe perfect for when people are working in and out of sheds. If you want to make your shed stand out even more you could try glazing your window. Glazing kits are readily available from most garden centres and are easy to fit to any shed.
If you’re shed does not have a window you could try adding one. This can be quite a tricky task because if you cut out a window in the wrong place it can make your garden shed very unstable. If you want to add a window to your windowless shed hire a carpenter; he/she will know where to place to window and ensure your shed is always stable!
Changing the door on your shed can also make a big difference to the way it looks. Sheds with smaller dimensions will often have single doors as they are space saving. Adding a door handle to your shed can make a world of difference and can also help you secure your door properly.
Converting your single door garden shed into a double door garden shed can be difficult but once completed it can make your shed look very different. Adding double doors can be difficult; hiring a local carpenter is an easy option.
A great way of adding the final finishing touches to your shed is to add extra facia boards to your shed. Decorative facia boards are available from most garden centres and are very easy to attach to your shed. Facia board come in many different styles from very modern to very traditional. A great way of making them stand out is to paint them a different colour to the rest of your shed.
Taking these four simple steps can really help improve the way your shed looks. Making your shed stand out will make a real different to your garden and can even improve its look. After all what’s the point of putting a ton of effort into your garden and then ignoring your shed?
Forming an integral part of home exteriors, gardens in homes plays a major role. The exterior of the place is as important as the interiors and people nowadays understand this concept. However, making it imperative to install natural stones that can bear the changes in climate and maintain their strength and appearances, the exteriors are subjected to varying weather conditions.
Strength is the greatest factor that is taken care of when making a decision regarding the kind of garden paving stone. Tough and hard in texture, sandstone is perfect for paving stone. To merge with surroundings and alleviate the natural beauty of the place it is available in earthy colors. To make different styles and patterns out of it, sandstone is used. This way a dramatic increase in the beauty and aura of a place making the place look exceptionally beautiful.
In defined patterns, garden paving slabs are arranged that helps in enhancing its aura. To enhance the beauty and aura of gardens these are arranged in a creative way. However, to suit the purpose of the person, these stones are mostly available in earthy colors that are just best. To form a geometrical or an abstract figure as per home owners’ liking, one can always install different shaped garden paving stones.
Patterns are also made through paving stone. To form large geometrical figures as per green area and choice of home owner sandstone circles are basically used as garden paving stone. In gardens meant for public use, geometrical patterns like sandstone circles are also installed. Coming-up with beautiful landscaping patterns, professionals work with creativity. In gardens for public use, space is not a constraint. To install garden paving slabs in large spaces and make the place praise-worthy, professionals have full freedom to play with creativity.
Corporate houses also uses paved stone to enhance the beauty of their exteriors. They have their own buildings. Creating beautiful patterns with garden paving stones, relevant department hires professionals. In sizes, stones are generally large. To form sandstone circles and different other figures then these are cut in right shapes. Providing beauty to the place, the art and craft of the place casts a magical feeling.
Maintaining a green area is compulsory in many residential buildings with many flats. Becoming main attractions of dwellers and visitors, these areas are quite large in size. For better maintenance, for decades these are landscaped with garden paving slabs. With ease, people walk on these slabs. As people generally prefer to walk on garden stone paving also green area beauty is maintained. In paving stone slabs, the strength and aura is simply incredible. Thus paving stone is the best way to enhance the aura of the exterior and the same time imparting strength to it.
Are you striving hard to move your kids away from the gadgets like computer and play station during the long vacation, then gardening is the best tool to pull them for the outdoor work. Miracle-Gro has many gardening experts to teach your kids about the garden work and the parents can also accompany them. They have a variety of products to feed your plants and help you in getting the fruitful benefits. The food products are different for the variety of the species so it is important to consult them before applying in your garden. The Scotts gardening with kids is a program organized by the gardening experts, and they provide the healthy activity for the children.
The program insists on the easy steps for cultivating the plants, first select the place where there is enough water and it enters deeply into the soil quickly. Feeding the right food for the plants is the next step. The Miracle-Gro fertilizer kit is used to make the plants grow healthy without the infection of the bugs. You can grow your fruits and vegetables in your garden by watering them yourselves. They are both healthy and clean without the usage of any harmful chemicals. This is the leading company for the lawn and garden care consumer products. The healthy soil is the main criteria for the healthy plant so the Mracle- Gro soil is used for the strong root. The best services are provided for the gardening and the landscaping facilities.
Walking into a model home is like walking into every person’s dream home. Everything is literally perfect: the furniture is pristine, everything looks new, there is fresh paint on the walls, the cabinets look beautiful and everything is coordinated. These homes seem ethereal. With a little bit of help, you can remake your home into a model home. The secret that these homes rely on is a total coordination. Every single item in the home works upon one another. The medicine cabinets match seamlessly with the wall decorations in the bathroom and the paintings hanging throughout the family room match perfectly with the light fixtures and the family table. Creating wholeness in your home is the key to creating a home that everyone envies.
By looking at the bathroom, it is easy to see just what you need to do to make your home flow right. In the bathroom in a model home, you will notice that all of the hardware matches in style and color. The color of the toilet is coordinated with the tub and shower. The tile compliments the color of the wall decorations. The towels hanging up are perfectly coordinated with the shower curtains. You need to scrupulously follow this model while working throughout your home. When choosing a medicine cabinet, you need to ensure that it fits with the decor in your bathroom. If your bathroom decor relies on deep earth tones, then you should search for brown medicine cabinets or tan medicine cabinets. This is the sort of coordination that you need to utilize throughout your home.
Creating a model home is not an easy task. However, if you keep this idea of oneness in your home, you are going to have an easier time. Make sure that everything from the blankets up flows together.
The HGTV 2012 Home Environmentally Friendly Southern Home will serve as a means by which to realize the ecological tenets of living consciously in the United States in order to reduce the carbon footprint on the globe. The challenge, that can be entered via postal and online means, continues starting 12th of the month up to the closing date of the first day June, which means almost one-and-a-half months’ worth of anticipation. Some of the HGTV Green Home features that will be showcased on the 13th of this month on television include the following:
- A highlight on a Georgian room that encapsulates the 4 seasons of the State.
- A presentation on the kinds of accessories, appliances and even the architectural style itself, all boiling down to ecological stipulations.
- Though copying the building esthetics of the nearby residences, this home will also showcase how it is possible to reside in an eco-friendly manner in a suburban area of a fast-paced city.
- Finally, there will be a presentation of many other advertisements by featured companies that showcase their related merchandise that consider ecological ethics.
In a word, the HGTV Green Home is a tour de force in the architectural sense that overcomes modern restrictions that building anything must have to use carbon resources. In fact, the designer and facilitators of this challenge will provide audiences in the course of the competition with information on how the building in question is far ahead of other giveaways that have happened in previous years.