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Gardening on a Budget: How To Cut Costs In The Garden

Other than the weeds, trimming your gardening budget is also a good idea. With all the things your garden needs to stay alive and healthy, knowing how to cut costs in the garden is a skill in itself. However, this is also a balancing act. How would you decrease your spending without compromising the health of your garden? How do you trim cost without trimming quality? Gardening on a budget may seem hard at first, but there are many ways […]

The Cost of Gardening: How to Start Pruning Back the Expenses

Whether you a pro gardener or whether you are simply dealing with the upkeep of your little patch of land, gardening can be a really expensive endeavour. From plant pots and features through to simple tasks like pruning, looking after a lawn and keeping your plant borders under control, all of the equipment that you need will cost money. This can be a little disheartening for the novice and professional gardener alike. Keeping our small patches of paradise properly organised, […]

Christmas Gifts for The Gardener

Christmas is fast-approaching, and although this is a wonderful time to celebrate with your family, it can be somewhat daunting trying to come up with gift ideas for everyone. It doesn’t have to be flashy, it doesn’t have to be expensive, but it should be something you’ve taken the time to think about. If you have a gardener in the family, you’re in luck. There are many different things you can buy them that will help with their hobby and […]

How To: Create A Dementia Friendly Garden

Quality of life is a key consideration for the elderly – making sure that their golden years are as stimulating and enjoyable as possible. Dementia is a general term, describing a group of symptoms related with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities – 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 in the UK live with dementia, with one person being diagnosed every three minutes. Creating […]

The Cost of Gardening

Tending to our garden can come at a cost, especially if we’re keeping up with garden trends which are constantly changing! It’s estimated that over the course of a gardener’s lifetime, they’ll spend £30,000 on tending to their garden. A staggering amount by anyone’s standards, but just how does the amount break down? Gardening Express carried out a survey to find where this money was being distributed. £10,000 was being spent on plants and £9,000 on renewing old decking and […]

Gardening And Your Mental Health?

By now, you’ve probably heard about some of the basic advantages of gardening. Gardening on a consistent basis provides a great source of physical activity and exposure to nature. Additionally, consuming the produce you’ve grown in your garden nourishes your body, and is cost efficient. Alongside these fundamental reasons for maintaining a garden are some deeper and more surprising reasons. Research continues to support the notion that gardening can actually improve your mental health. Want to discover the specific, evidence-based ways […]

Gardening Hotspots

Compost Direct has compiled research about UK gardening hotspots, highlighting the UK locations that avoid the worst of the weather and offer greater opportunities for green-fingered gardeners including statistics on rainfall and sunshine. Take a look below:

Crafty Garden Ideas for Kids

Bring nature a little bit closer to home as well as keeping the kids entertained all year round with these fun and practical crafty garden ideas. Help feed the birds this winter As the temperature starts to cool down, why not make a recycled bottle bird feeder using plastic bottles you would normally throw away. All you’ll need is a used plastic bottle, pencils, scissors and some wire or string. Please note that this task will require adult supervision when it […]

Variegated Pink Centranthus

This week (September 2012) I received an email from Paul who said: “I have come across a variegated pink Centranthus (Valerian) and I can’t find it listed in any of my large collection of books. Can you tell me if one exist or is it just a freak of nature”. I did some research online and in my own large collection of books and I couldn’t find any mention of a varigated Centranthus so I went onto the RHS and Gardeners World Forums […]

New Product Review

I have completed my review of my new pressure washer Nilfisk C110 3-5 PCA X-tra. I am pleasantly surprised how compact and easy to use it is, it is very light to carry and manoeuvre and it cleaned really well. It also comes with extra accessories such as a patio cleaner and car washing brush. Click here to read the full review. For a chance to win your own Nilfisk C110 3-5 PCA X-tra click here to enter our competition.