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How To Keep Your Decking In Good Condition

Now that the weather’s improved, it’s the perfect time to take a look at your decking to see if it needs any care and attention. Doing it now, during the summer months, means that it will be able to weather the winter far better and you won’t have to be out in the wind and rain, fixing problems. Start by cleaning your deck area, giving it a good sweep from top to bottom. Look through the boards to see if there’s any debris that needs removing and if you find anything, use a screw-in hook in the end of a broom and drag it through the cracks to lift it out. Once you’ve finished sweeping, you can get the pressure washer out and give the decking...

Tips For Getting Your Vegetable Garden Growing

If the lockdown means you’re running short on new Netflix series to binge, and you’ve mastered your sourdough bread making skills, then bear in mind that they’re not the only COVID-19 lockdown pastimes. Masses of people in both urban and rural areas have had the urge to grow vegetables, and even if space is limited, there are options for growing healthy veg in a container on a balcony. For anyone looking at a tiny patio and wondering if it is even possible, the good news is that it’s easier than you think. Vegetables are essentially the weeds of the plant world. They are annual plants; they occur in the wild, they’re opportunistic, and they will germinate in disturbed soil. They grow fast and easy. They don’t have much time and most grow for just one...

Why Gardening Is Good For Your Mental Wellbeing

Gardens are special peaceful spaces with restorative qualities that can work wonders when we are stressed and under pressure, and in these unprecedented times, we are all feeling some level of stress and need a lift.

Stress is a worldwide problem that can cause physical problems such as higher blood pressure, muscle tension and digestive problems, while long-term stress can lead to serious health issues including depression and anxiety, and as championed by Dame Helen Mirren, gardening might just be what we need.

There’s growing evidence that gardening can benefit our mental health, an important consideration at a time when the NHS is stretched and one in four adults are experiencing mental illness. researchers in Sweden discovered that...