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Top Tips For Growing Cut Flowers

If you love having beautiful blooms in your home as well as in your garden, it is worth exploring how you could cultivate flowers in your outdoor space that are also suitable to be cut and used in arrangements indoors. Writing for the Northern Echo, Jenny Needham explained that it’s relatively easy to establish a cutting garden of your own - and that you don’t necessarily need lots of space. She noted that the cheapest way to do this is to grow your flowers from seed, which means you will need a greenhouse or similar space where you can start to cultivate the plants during the winter. One of her pieces of advice is to stagger sowing the seeds to ensure that not all of your blooms are ready for cutting at the same time. Get...

Garden Named As One Of The Top Desired Features For Homebuyers

The housing market is stiff competition at the moment and there are a disproportionate number of homebuyers compared with properties for sale. However, those who are searching for a new place to live are being very selective over the features they want in their dream home. And among the most popular ‘must-haves’ is a garden, with 69 per cent of homebuyers looking for a house with some outdoor space. According to GoCompare Home Insurance’s recent survey, this is the fourth highest in-demand feature from homebuyers. It follows secure doors and windows, with 74 per cent requesting this, and double-glazing, with 80 per cent of homebuyers ruling out properties without energy-efficient windows. The most popular must-have is central heating, as 82 per cent of people want this in their dream property. Ben Wilson, spokesperson for GoCompare Home Insurance,...

Chelsea Flower Show Tackles Plastic And Pollution

If you're in the process of landscaping your garden in Lancashire, there's one event each year we all wait for to hear about the latest and greatest garden trends: the Chelsea Flower Show. This year, it takes place on the 22nd - 26th May, and this year is sure to be spectacular. The focus of this year's show gardens will be regarding pollution, and more specifically the problem of plastic, which has dominated headlines over the past year. According to ITV News, displays at this year's Royal Horticultural Society event will focus on urban green spaces and how they deal with all kinds of issues – including air pollution and more severe weather conditions, linked to global warming. One garden display, The Pearlfisher Garden, designed by John Warland, is looking at the specific issue of...

Why Choose Decking For Your Garden

With summer just around the corner, homeowners will be desperately trying to make their garden look nice in time for the sunny weather to return again. Taking your living space outdoors has become really popular in the UK, allowing Brits to enjoy the sunshine when it does arrive and be able to sit and unwind in their garden. That is why many people choose to add some decking to their outdoor space. Here are just a few reasons why decking might be the best option for you:   - Easy to construct A major advantage of decking over patios is that it is easier to fit. Many households struggle to have a patio laid down if their outdoor ground is uneven or on a slope. However, this is not a problem with decking, as you can level out...

Tips To Get Your Kids Interested In Gardening

If you’ve decided that this is the year you’ll get some help with groundworks in Lancashire and sort out your garden so that you and your family can spend more time out there, then you may want some advice on how best to get your kids to make the most of this outdoor space. There are a few simple things you can do to get them to engage with your garden, with iNews recommending that you start by planting some plants that are easy to grow. For something that’s easy to grow from seed, start with the likes of sunflowers, marigolds or poppies. These are great because they produce such colourful and distinctive blooms when they flower. The website also notes that the likes of lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) or curry plant (Helichrysum italicum) are...