12 simple gardening ideas

Because of the time of year, supermarkets are stocking a whole host of different house plants to brighten up your space. If you don’t have seeds, you can gain a lot of extra life out of your supermarket herbs by planting them up—you know the ones you get in pots? Take them out of their pot, split the root ball up into halves or even quarters and pot them on in a wider space of soil. Often there are too many shoots in one of those basil pots, which is why they often die.

Upturned crates can be stacked to fashion shelving for displaying plants or simply storing pots and accessories – even garden shoes. We’ve picked this tip up via Love Your Garden’s celebrity gardener David Domoney. On his Instagram David writes, ‘Use wine corks, instead of buying pot feet for containers. By elevating your pot you’re creating a gap between the container and the patio allowing the pot to drain effectively and preventing the soil from getting waterlogged’.

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The Garden Media group predicts that calming clover green is expected to be a hit among gardeners looking to create a soothing oasis. Vibrant green reminds us of life, renewal and nature.” For inspiration on nailing this trend look to Ula Marija’s Green. Gardens and gardening provide prompts for interaction and reminiscence for residents . For example, flowers in one of the gardens prompted Alan to talk about his mother’s chrysanthemums. Recognising the personhood of people with dementia has become a driver of policy and practice . Personhood can be defined as simply being a human being, and is at the heart of our residents’ care plans.

  • Instead, gardening activities are woven into residents’ care plans at a level acceptable for each person; for example, someone who is a wheelchair user will have trips to the garden planned every day.
  • Do you want to attract more bees, birds, frogs and hedgehogs into your garden?
  • The six categories – including landscape, flower and vegetables, and water features – include over 150 objects.
  • Secondly, you can put them in a nice pot and they’ll last a couple of weeks, sometimes longer, depending on how well they’ve been grown.
  • Never confuse your chives with your chervil again by creating handy labels to pop in your herb pots.
  • Take them out of their pot, split the root ball up into halves or even quarters and pot them on in a wider space of soil.

If they are needing a re-pot, in other words, if their roots are coming out of the bottom and they’re looking a little bit tight in their space, now’s the time to start potting them on. Rather than taking on new projects, you could use this time to take care of the plants you already have if you live in a bit of an urban jungle. Why not utilise your spare social distancing time to take care of the houseplants that may have got a little ratty over the winter?

European houses

Keep a feeling of warmth, even in a shady corner with bright cushions and matching planting. Give your old garden sofa a boost by layering it up with new-season accessories for a modern, budget-conscious look. Here, and old brick garage has been magically reinvented as a mystical pathway through the woods. And all it took was some tins of paint, applied by an expert wall artist.

It’s a great Bank Holiday project – you’ll need some frames, chicken wire, paints, and succulents and moss to fill them out. Before throwing out old pots and pans, think about whether they could be used as alternative planters instead. Simply punch a couple of drainage holes in the bottom before re-potting your plants. If you have an old set of shelves mount them to a fence and fill with terracotta pots to create your own vertical herb garden. You can also convert an old pallet or ladder if you don’t have any old shelves lying around. On Gardening Together with Diarmuid Gavin on BBC2, a must-watch for any keen gardener, Diarmud showed fans how to use nettles for a greater good in the garden – by making nettle soup for plants.

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A really inventive use can be seen in the NHS 70 Garden for Addenbrooke’s Hospital by garden landscape company Bowles & Wyer. They used reclaimed oak posts to frame the view along a meandering path at its centre, positioning them at different heights and angles so that new aspects of the space open up to visitors as they make their way through. And let’s not forget other garden must-haves, including fire pits and chimineas, patio heaters, barbecues and pizza ovens – planning space for these is key, as is where they will be stored or protected once it’s winter. Golden paving works with flowers that have soft tones – pink, lavender, and chalky yellow.

The garden as a restorative space is something garden designer, Alexandra Noble, knows all too well. We’re not saying the lawn’s days are numbered but it’s definitely bensonfarmersmarket.org losing its place as the focal point in garden design. Post pandemic, we’ve seen a shift to ‘broken plan gardens’, as ‘garden rooms’ overtake the open plan concept.

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