Garden Design

  1. Create a Home Gym in Your Garden Shed

    Create a Home Gym in Your Garden Shed

    The New Year is here. 2018 is upon us. Millions of people around the country have made the famous resolution: to finally get in shape. The excessive consumption of mince pies and wine over the festive period has not helped anybody’s weight loss goals and gym owners will be rubbing their hands together, awaiting a massive influx of new memberships. If you’re like me, the thought of being in an overcrowded gym, waiting 15 minutes just to use one piece of equipment, fills you with horror. There is however, a more agreeable solution. The home gym. Or, in this case, the ‘shed-gym’.

    Why would I go to the effort of creating a gym in my shed?

    Well, I’m glad you asked.

    Firstly, shed-gyms will save you time and money (in the long run). There is no

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  2. How Do I Hide My Garden Shed?

    How Do I Hide My Garden Shed?

    Nothing is as beautiful or astonishing as nature, and the garden is the perfect place to enjoy its delights on a daily basis. However, an attractive garden requires a lot of practical effort and most of us have a limited space to work with. This inevitably results in the odd eye-sore, the worst of which is probably the most indispensable: the garden shed. So, you may ask, how do I hide my ugly garden shed?

    The broad answer to this question is ‘however you like’. The ways to hide an ugly shed are as varied as the human imagination but, to give you a head start, let us propose four key methods: concealment, distraction, improvement, and replacement.  

    Concealing an ugly shed is probably the first idea that comes into most people’s minds. Garden screening ideas, such as ornamental trees, shru

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  3. A guide to DIY bird feeders

    A guide to DIY bird feeders

    The local ecosystem includes garden birds. It is simple to attract birds to your garden and doing so has certain benefits that include pest control, flower pollination, and weed control. A number of insects that may not be welcome in the garden include mosquitoes, aphids, spiders, and various others. Since many birds eat insects it makes sense to attract birds and thus encourage them to eat the natural insect resources that are around.

    Birds, such as hummingbirds as well as others, sip nectar and are great pollinators of flowers in the garden. Increased pollination will create extra blooms, which adds more colour and thus attracts even more birds. Some birds like sparrows and finches consume seeds of weeds. This makes these birds suitable landscapers that can control some unwanted plants or weeds. One of the best ways to attract birds to the yard is with various types of feeders and water features. These items can be purchased at the local garden centre, but can be quite exp

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  4. Your Guide to Outdoor Bike Storage

    Your Guide to Outdoor Bike Storage

    So, you’ve finally decided – 2018 is going to be your year. You’re finally going to get in shape and improve your fitness. What better way to finally get a head-turning beach body than hopping on a bicycle? Fantastic exercise and great fun! You’ve purchased a new top of the range model, carbon fibre components galore. Your new friends at the cycling club are going to be in awe as you race past!

    But, there’s a problem - where are you going to keep it?

    The hallway? No chance. Your other half would not be best pleased if your muddy tyres stained the new cream carpets, not to mention the possibility of scraping the paintwork off the walls or, even worse, knocking the bike over whilst you’re laden with shopping bags.

    Perhaps locked up outside? A better option, but unfortunately there are thieves and vagabonds at large, possessing all sorts of tools to make short work of flimsier bike locks. Definitely not worth

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  5. How to build a pergola

    A pergola is a great way to support climbing and rambling plants. Pick the right plant (think of wisteria, honeysuckle and jasmine) and you could be walking through a tunnel of perfume as you stroll around the garden. Correctly positioned, a pergola can frame a particular view of the garden. Every garden usually needs to make full use of all available space – and that includes the vertical.

    The trick to getting a pergola to last a long time is to use pressure treated wood - that includes uprights and cross beams. When planning you also need to ensure you have enough space to walk through the pergola without stooping or, worse still, banging your head. A clear seven feet usually does the trick. What this means, however, is that the uprights need to be sunk and concreted into the ground to a depth of three feet. It seems deep, especially when you are digging the holes, but the weight of the post plus the weight of the cross beams plus the weight of fully grown wisteria i

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  6. 5 classic garden designs

    5 classic garden designs

    Whether a garden is designed by an amateur or a professional there are certain principles that form the basis of effective garden designs. Garden design elements include the layout of the hard landscape (paths, walls, water features, decking, sitting areas, and the plants).

    Here are some classic garden design ideas and a guide to using lines when designing a garden:

    1. Box Hedges

    Many formal gardens have low to medium height box hedges as a common characteristic. They are typically formed into geometric shapes that enclose an informal mix of plantings. This is a style that works well in both large and small gardens. During the winter it is the formal framework that ensures the garden remains looking stylish. This is due to the hedges, which hide the stems of pruned roses or other bare beds. The following hedging plants are suitable for local use: Abelia 'Francis Mason', coleonema, Duranta 'Sheena's Gold', and lavender.


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  7. 7 decorating ideas for your front garden

    7 decorating ideas for your front garden

    Your front garden is the first impression guests will have as they make their way to your door. A garden that isn't cared for can immediately give the wrong impression, even if the interior of your home is immaculate. You want the front of your home to enhance your overall home, a space you can be proud of and welcome guests to.

    There are a number of front garden decorating ideas, many of which will see you through the year with minimum maintenance. That is the key, the more you plant and the more lawn you have, the more work you have to spend in the garden each day to keep your front garden looking spectacular. It doesn't matter if your garden is big or small, you want to find a front garden decorating idea that you like and you feel will enhance your home and then get to work to create the perfect front garden oasis.

    Less is More

    If you have a small front garden, paving the garden may be the perfect maintenance free design you are looking f

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  8. Know your history: why Britain loves allotments

    The British have had an on-off love affair with allotments for as long as most people can remember. Particularly over the last hundred years or so the humble allotment with its shed and intensely grown vegetables has been on a roller-coaster ride. Food shortages during the war years and renewed interest in leisure gardening in the 1970s saw allotment numbers to rise, while they declined again during the interwar years and the 50s and 60s, as the end of rationing and mass production of food saw a reduced need for home-grown food and self-sufficiency.

    The story of allotments, however, goes back hundreds of years and, in some ways, is the story of the struggle between the rich and powerful and the ordinary man.

    Historical beginnings

    Like much of medieval Europe, England was an agrarian society that operated an open field system whereby villages were surrounded by fields that were allocated to the residents, with each getting a mix of good and po

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