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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Guest Post - How to Make the Most of Your Garden

Today I have a guest post that is no good for me personally, as I kill any plant I come into contact with nearly immediately, but for those of you with gardens, January is a good time to start your planning for optimum growth (so I hear. I'll stick to plastic flowers, thanks.)


No matter what the size of your garden, it’s important to keep it in good condition, while making the most of its features. You can achieve this in a number of different ways, with the end goal of adding value to your home, while also creating a more pleasant atmosphere around a property. Some key areas that can be focused on to make the most of your garden include professional services, growing fruits and vegetables, installing new buildings, using the right conservatory blinds, and starting a compost heap. These tips, and more, can be found below:

Grow Fruits and Vegetables

Another case of something that becomes easy once you get over the challenge of starting it, having a fruit and vegetable patch can generate a lot of produce for the kitchen, and can save you money on your weekly groceries. You can also make the most of a small garden by using bamboo sticks and rows to separate out different sections. Mini vegetable patches can be a great idea for children!

Install New Buildings

A significant investment like a summer house or a gazebo can provide an excellent place to shelter from the sun during the summer, and a way of avoiding the rain. Adding in a gazebo can also make for a good base for barbecues and picnics.

Make the Most of the View

Many people don’t get the chance to appreciate a well maintained garden due to their window coverings, which can block views. You can avoid this problem through the use of window blinds that can be rolled out of view in a conservatory, or easily adjusted to let in natural light.

Make it Child Friendly

Your children will spend their early years exploring all areas of your garden so it is imperative that your garden is not only child friendly but also a lot of fun. Removing sharp objects is a given and ensuring tools remain out of reach should be easy. Wendy houses, climbing frames and sand pits make for a great garden for both you and the kids.

Make Your Shed More Efficient

You can improve your gardening skills by decluttering your shed, making it more efficient. Sort through anything that you’ll never use again, which might include old paint and mildewy boxes.

Pick the Right Plants

Choose garden plants that are appropriate for the season, and can be easily maintained. Once you get started, you can add more rows and containers to the garden.

Start a Compost Heap

Having a compost heap in the garden can add to your recycling efforts as away of storing mulch and food cuttings. This option is particularly recommended if your local council don’t issue green bins.

Use Containers with Small Gardens

A small garden doesn’t mean that you can’t carry out a lot of these tips. Use containers and hanging baskets with patios, and place pots for growing herbs and spices on windowsills, and within your kitchen.

Invest in Professional Gardening Services

You don’t need to do this very often, but it can make a significant difference to the appearance of your garden. A professional report can identify the best way to deal with problem weeds, and can also suggest ideal plants for different seasons. Effectively, a professional assessment of your garden can give you the information that you need for your own maintenance routine.

Author Bio: Liam Ohm writes about home improvement, from wetrooms to solar panels – he writes
about it all.



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