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Gardening Basics

When it comes to gardening, there’s a lot going for this great hobby. For starters, gardening can be incredibly relaxing, despite being hard work. It can also become a way to feed yourself without spending too much money. It could even become an alternate source of income, depending on your level of commitment. Regardless of your goals when gardening, gardening has a lot to offer you, and there’s almost no downside.

When you’re starting a garden, there are a number of things you’re going to want to know in advance to improve your chances of having a fruitful (get it?) gardening experience. For starters, you’re going to want to be ready and willing get your hands, and everything else, dirty. With that in mind, don’t wear your finest clothes, like your Sunday’s best, or your Victoria’s Secret. Instead, wear something you don’t mind ruining. Or, for that matter, where what other farmers and gardeners wear. Overalls. These garments are literally made to protect your other clothing by taking the brunt of the damage for them.

Another important thing to keep in mind is that you’re going to need to your homework on each different plant you’re growing. We often over simplify the growing of plants. Sun, water, soil, done. But, it’s much more nuanced than that. For example, jalapenos like full sunlight and little water, but something like spinach requires more water and less direct sunlight. The nutrients in the soil will also vary from plant to plant, so read up on each plant to intend to grow before hand to maximize your chances of success.

Grow a Fall Garden, ways and Shortcuts

Fall can be a great time to grow a vegetable garden. We typically think of spring as the best planting season, but believe it or not fall can be an even better time of year to grow a garden. Even though summer is coming to an end, it’s not too late to grow a fall garden. Fall gardens work best with a little advanced planning, but I can help you throw one together quickly.

If you’re interested in planting a fall garden now, you can! I know you’re busy, that’s the way of the world. We are constantly over-booked and running from one responsibility to the next. In the essence of time, I will give you some great short-cuts. You can order mostly everything you need right now while you’re searching the web. Then, within the next few days or by this weekend you can start growing a fall garden. It should take you an hour or less to get it going. So, what are we waiting for? Let’s get too it!

Tips and Shortcuts:
• Use the internet to reduce shopping time
• Order plants today
• Order an easy to assemble raised garden bed
• Determine your growing climate
• Buy Gardening Soil & Organic Fertilizer
• Set aside time and start your garden

PURCHASE ONLINE
I know how busy life can be. Who has time to drive from store to store looking for the right plants and materials to set-up a garden? I know I don’t have that much time, so I’m sure you don’t either. Hey, since you’re sitting here learning about how to grow a fall garden, I bet you can spend another 15 minutes ordering all the supplies you need to get started. I promise that’s all the time it will take you. I will give you links to quickly direct you to the information you need to get a jump start on growing your garden.

ORDER PLANTS TODAY
I have to admit, we’re getting a late start on our fall garden. Since fall is just a few days away, the best thing to do is to start with seedlings or pre-sprouted plants. There are many good options for direct sow seeds that can be used in fall gardens, but at this time I think we should start with pre-grown plants. That way we can avoid the dreaded freezing of our lovely crops. Burpee.com is a great site to visit when planning your fall garden. You can order just about any plant you’re looking for, and in my experience the plants you get from Burpee are healthy and grow very well.

ORDER AN EASY-TO ASSEMBLE-RAISED GARDEN BED
The best way to get a garden growing quickly is by purchasing an easy to assemble raised garden bed. By doing this you can avoid tilling up your yard and will minimize the amount of digging required. There are many easy to assemble garden beds available for online purchase. Both Burpee and Amazon have some great products. I will give you direct links to a few of these products on my website if you want to quickly link to them and get them shipped to you in a hurry.

DETERMINE YOUR GROWING CLIMATE
One of the most important steps in growing a fall garden is to determine your growing climate and choose the right plants. It’s easy to get lost in a slew of maps on the internet. I am a big fan of the Burpee website; they make it easy for the typical gardener. They have a growing calendar tool. All you do is enter your zip code and boom there’s a list of the crops you can grow throughout the year. This awesome tool even gives you information on which method to use for planting (direct sow, indoor sow or transplant). If this sounds like something of interest to you, I will give direct links on my website so you don’t have to spend too much time searching around. I’ll do the leg-work for you to make this process as quick as possible.

BUY GARDENING SOIL AND ORGANIC FERTILIZER
Since we will be using an easy to assemble raised garden bed, our plants will get fresh healthy soil. This makes plants happy! It also makes gardeners happy because it eliminates the step of having to till and dig up our yard in order to get the ground ready for planting. This is the most simple and effective way to get a fall garden growing quickly with healthy plants.

Get this:
• Two bags of topsoil
• 1-2 Bags of more expensive garden soil/compost
• Organic Fertilizer

You can just buy these things from your local garden store. You can stop by on your way home from work and run in, it should only take you a few minutes. Remember, we’re doing this quickly. You will also need a few handfuls of grass clippings or leaves to spread over the top. You can have your kids collect these from your yard. It shouldn’t be too hard, and it gives your garden some nice organic material.

SET ASIDE TIME TO SET-UP AND PLANT YOUR GARDEN
You should set aside about an hour to get your garden set-up. Depending on which raised garden bed model you choose, your time commitment for setting-up the garden may be more or less. This is a simple process. Here we go!

Prepare the Bed:
• Choose a location for your garden
• Take your raised garden bed assembly kit, plants, soil and fertilizer to your garden location
• Make sure you have a garden hose nearby
• Assemble the raised garden bed kit
• Take your top soil bags and lay them down near the garden bed
• Poke several holes in the bottom of the bags
• Lay the bags inside the raised garden bed
• Cut off the tops of the top soil bags
• Pour the garden soil/compost, little by little on the top soil mixing the soils as you go
• Add the organic fertilizer to your top soil/compost mixture, mix again with your hands

Basically, what we’ve done here is create a quick and effortless healthy soil for your plants to thrive in. By leaving the top-soil bags partially in-tact we are reducing the amount of weeds that will attack your veggie garden. Don’t forget to cut holes in the bottom of the top soil bags though. This ensures proper drainage of the soil. We also combined healthy garden soil/compost with a cheaper top-soil to cut cost. By blending in the fertilizer, we are ensuring your garden will have a healthy start.

Now it’s time to plant:
• When planting, be sure to leave a small pathway between your rows of plants
• Take the plants, one at a time and wet them well with the garden hose
• Remove the plants from their containers, one at a time
• Plant in rows, close enough to prevent weeds from taking over bare spots
• Once you’ve planted all your seedlings, top with grass clippings or leaves

It’s important to plant your vegetables close together. It may seem counterproductive, but this will reduce the weeds in your garden. By wetting the plants before removing them from the pots, we are giving them a nice and minimizing the amount of root damage upon removal. Topping the garden with grass clippings or leaves adds organic matter, further preventing weeds and other undesirables.

FLAT Garden Could Be A Simple Answer

Flat gardens or Hira-niwa in Japanese do not have hills and do not have any water in the way that a western garden would. The flat area which is essentially made of either sand or more usually gravel IS the water. All Japanese gardens tend to be a lesson in environment and space.

Just like in a Zen garden the gravel is raked into swirls and different shapes to give the impression of the movement in a body of water. The ground is usually covered this way and on occasions I have seen flat gardens that use very small pebbles,once again raked in circles and straight lines to give the impression of water ripples.

A flat garden can include many familiar ingredients that you would expect when making a Japanese garden. Stones, Rocks, Trees and Shrubs are very common.The trees although natural will be pruned and the low level shrubs and bushes shaped on the edge of the water space.

Flat gardens were first designed to interpret and in miniature mimic Japan’s seaside landscapes or some of its grander lakes, a journey through Japanese garden history points to war and water shortages as to why water was replaced by gravel as a ‘dry’ substitute. This is a trend that has continued for hundreds of years even in peacetime and with abundant supplies of water. The Edo period of Japanese history is when flat gardens became very popular.

Interestingly water features apart from a body of water are fairly common in a Japanese ‘Flat’ garden. For example, large upright stones can symbolise a waterfall and this something that you can copy for a garden space that you have in mind however large or small.

Use non sharp edged rocks or stones (Granite) to depict islands within your gravel water area. 3 together is a popular representation of ‘The Isles of The Immortals’.The Japanese Circle and Gourd Islands are often copied and represented in the gravel water area to add the spirit of enlightenment. You will be able to get the correct rocks and stones from your local aggregate supplier – take some time to consider the shapes that you want and strictly speaking for authenticity you should not use rounded stones.

Other ingredients that you may wish to add to a flat garden are stone lanterns, included for the illumination of parts of the garden at night, basins and if you are very ambitious even a well! Well’s are normally constructed out of wood and have some way of getting the water out of the well – a pulley and bucket or a large wooden spoon are common.

Stepping stones can be placed across the gravel water area and look very effective if they lead to the far side of the gravel area where a rustic hut or pagoda is located. After the 16th century this was a popular type of design where the hut would be used for the slow and meaningful Tea ceremony.

A completed flat garden will give a real impression of depth of space to the viewer as the eye is drawn into the water area with the clipped shrubs on the faraway edge. The stones or rocks placed carefully within the raked gravel ‘water’ area give a feeling of depth and perspective relative to the scale of the garden.

As a Zen garden is designed to be viewed from a single space it is exactly the same with a Japanese flat garden. The view is sometimes ‘framed’ when a veranda door is opened or when looking through a larger window into the garden itself.

The viewer’s eyes are drawn across the water to the carefully clipped low level shrubs and plants like Lilies or Azeleas. In Japan plantings are deliberately made in a flat garden to show off the seasons.

Maples for the autumn, Cherry blossom looks its best in Spring, the soothing impression of water signifies summer and something like a Black Pine denotes the winter.

Flat gardens became an alternative to hill gardens in Japan as were amongst the first residential gardens added to the homes of ordinary Japanese people and they continue to be a wonderful type of garden today for any yard or garden area.

I believe a ‘Flat’ or Hira-niwa garden is a cost effective and beautiful option for a domestic Japanese garden as it includes some of the essential ingredients needed for a Japanese garden as well as the classic Japanese garden design method of borrowed scenery. This is where the designer either copies a specific landscape in miniature or use existing scenery such as a hill located outside of the flat garden space to include it in the overall garden view.

Tips on How to Design a Sloping Garden

A good design can transform a sloping site into a spectacular garden. I have designed many sloping gardens, I love doing them but know how tricky they can be to get right. You need a thorough understanding of site topography and a detailed plan to address the level changes in order to avoid the many pitfalls of creating gardens on slopes.

The best way to design gardens on sloping sites is to create terraces using retaining walls to provide flat areas that can be used as functional spaces within the garden. The level changes in a sloping garden dictate naturally the creation of outdoor rooms at different heights each with a unique atmosphere. The spaces can be enclosed and/or sunken for privacy and intimacy or opened up creating a sunny terrace with a fabulous view. The steps and ramps needed to navigate and access the levels can provide different journeys around the garden as well as being sculptural design features.

The garden must be structured to create useable spaces that work with the level changes and meet the clients brief. In the UK, retaining walls can be no more than 1m high adjoining the roadway or 1.8m high elsewhere in the garden without needing planning permission. Always check house deeds as some have covenants that relate to maximum permissible heights of garden walls.

It is rarely feasible or desirable to create one large retaining wall to reduce the garden to a single level. Other than on a very small slope this would be overbearing, make some parts of the garden hard to access, and almost certainly raise the garden so that it infringes on neighbors privacy. Avoid very high retaining walls, and split the garden into fewer, shallower levels.

The new garden levels must not be raised so high that they are overlooking neighboring gardens. It may not be possible to construct a large terrace adjacent to the house if it sits on top of a steep bank. This would create a platform from which people could see directly into neighboring gardens and houses and this is neither desirable nor legal. In the UK, deck may not be raised more than 30cm from the existing ground level without planning permission. The solution is to create a seating area in a lower part of the garden – not quite so convenient, but more private for everyone concerned.

The height differences between various parts of the garden dictate how high any retaining wall needs to be for any given distance away from the house. The further any terrace extends out over or into a slope the higher the retaining wall required.

There are many different material options for constructing retaining walls, the most common is concrete blocks. Concrete blocks are relatively cheap and create robust, stable and long-lasting retaining walls. A blockwork wall can be rendered or faced with a wide variety of materials including brick, stone and even stainless steel sheets. I like facing retaining walls with slate cladding and pebble mosaic sheets to give textural contrast to other hard landscaping materials. Other options for wall construction include brick, stone, gabion cages, poured concrete, railway sleepers, timber and even compacted earth.

The choice of building materials depends on budget, the style of the garden and what the wall is to support. Railway sleepers are cheap and quick to erect, but they are not as robust or long lasting as blockwork and are not recommended for higher retaining walls that must support large volumes of soil. Although they often seem like a cheap option, gabion cages can be time consuming to erect and more expensive than a stone-faced concrete blockwork wall.

Getting rid of excavated soil is another important consideration. Excavating the levels and digging footings will create a surprisingly large pile of soil. Some, if not all, of this soil can be used to back fill the new terraced levels. But there is usually some excess and this needs to be factored into the project costs. Grab loaders and skips are expensive and it’s surprising how many people overlook this element when estimating project costs. A couple of sections through the various garden levels will enable some idea of how much soil will be left over after ‘cut and fill’.

Plans for any garden construction project should always include a construction detail and setting out drawing. These are particularly important for facilitating the construction of a sloping garden. One or both of these drawings should include multiple sections through the garden showing existing garden levels and new finished levels of each garden terrace as well as the positions and finished heights of each retaining wall. This allows for accurate quotations as well as ensuring the build goes smoothly.

Once all the terraces and heights of the retaining walls needed to create them have been established the next thing to do is decide how to access the various garden levels. Steps are a logical and obvious choice for getting from one level to another, but a winding ramp will create a lovely informal journey around the garden and break the harshness of the hard landscaping. If the garden includes a children’s play area some fun ways to navigate this area include a helter skelter, rope ladder and a fireman’s pole.

If steps are being used to link the levels then creating walls with a finished height that is a multiple of the ideal step riser height of 150mm will make construction much easier. Ramps should have a slope of no more than 1:12 so this will also dictate the height of retaining walls.

All raised garden areas should be secured with railings. There are many elegant options that avoid the construction of a hefty wooden barrier that interferes with a view or the overall garden aesthetic. Steel or wooden posts with tensioned wires look fabulous in a contemporary scheme. Glass panels can be used to give an unimpeded view of the garden or countryside beyond. There are many metalworkers who will fabricate unique railings that serve as sculptural additions to the garden as well as providing safety for its users.

There are many considerations when creating a garden on a sloping site and many potential pitfalls. But having a good design with clear construction detailing, an experienced contractor and a realistic budget will produce an exceptional garden.

How to Design a Small Garden but Adorable

Designing a small garden involves making use of every centimetre of space, and using visual tricks to make the garden seem larger. The plan for a small garden must be millimeter accurate as there is no room for adjustment if the plan is found to be incorrect when constructing the garden.

Many people think a plan is not necessary when they are landscaping a very small garden, whereas the absolute opposite is true. It is especially important to prepare a plan where space is limited to ensure that the finished garden meets the practical requirements and looks great too. Preparing a detailed garden design plan will ensure all the functional areas are the correct size for their purpose and will fit into the garden. A good garden design plan allows you to check that the garden will work before you approach landscaping contractors and start spending money. Some well-prepared 3-D visuals bring the garden to life and help you see how the garden will feel once it is constructed. The garden model and visuals are the final check that the spaces all work in harmony with one another ensuring that the garden is a comfortable, relaxing space in which to spend time.

When designing a small garden a simple layout with clean lines and strong geometric shapes works best. The design should not be overly complicated. If curves are required a central circle which can be either lawn, planting, paving or a path is better than fussy freehand curves.

Although it is tempting to scale down the garden features to avoid cluttering the space this will result in a muddle of insignificant elements that does the exact opposite. Including a single bold structure like a chunky pergola or a rendered blockwork wall around a seating area creates a sense of enclosure, introduces a touch of drama and holds focus inside the garden. Textured finishes like slate or pebble cladding can be used on courtyard walls to add interest and also stop the boundaries from becoming overbearing.

Wooden structures like pergolas and arches enable vertical planting and provide height. A heavily planted pergola placed against a boundary wall blurs the edges of the garden and suggests extra space beyond. Paint a black rectangle on the wall at the end of the pergola to suggest an entrance to another garden area beyond the wall to increase the sense of depth in the garden. Another extremely good way to add height and drama to a garden is to include a tree. A well-chosen tree will give immediate internal focus to the garden as well as adding an essential 3-D element. There are small trees suitable for even the tiniest garden.

A gate fixed to a wall or fence surrounded with climbing plants creates the illusion that the garden continues beyond the boundaries. A well-executed trompe l’oeil doorway painted on a wall framed with evergreen planting and climbers is a simple, fun way to add interest and give the appearance of more space. Using diminishing sized pots, plants or statuary, or narrowing a path as it approaches the boundary will create a false perspective that makes the garden seem larger.

Level changes like steps, raised beds, or a raised pool give the garden an extra dimension, make it appear more interesting and distract attention away from the boundaries. Raised beds and retaining walls for pools can also double as seats if they are between 450mm and 600mm high. Creating extra useable space in the garden by introducing features that have a dual purpose it more useable as well as more attractive and this automatically gives the illusion of more space.

Using contrasting colours is another way to suggest that the garden extends beyond its actual boundaries. A pale wall with a door-sized rectangle painted in a darker colour framed by some climbers and planted pots looks like a passageway. Contrasting flower and foliage colours are also effective for creating interest, contrast, directing focus and adding the illusion of extra depth.

When there isn’t much ground area using the vertical space helps to provide more visual interest without cluttering the garden. Some ways of doing this include attaching planters to walls, hanging baskets and troughs from fence posts or mounting them along the top of fence panels.

In a small garden is it essential to use a limited plant palette – too many different plant species will make the space seem busy and closed in. It is also important to make clever use of all available planting space. Climbers are a great way to introduce greenery without taking up valuable space, and shrubs like Garrya elliptica, Fatshedera lizeii and Itea illicifolia, Ceanothus and Rhamnus alaternus perform well when secured to a wall or fence. In courtyards where there are no borders place trellis panels in floor mounted troughs. Green walls work extremely well in small spaces. Sedum roofs on sheds, bin stores, and other covered spaces are a great way to introduce low-maintenance planting into smaller gardens.

A small garden does not have to be boring and featureless. With some careful planning and creativity smaller spaces can make stunning gardens and wonderful, low-maintenance places to de-stress and entertain.

Using Good Garden Art

Including art in your garden design can be loads of fun and bring a unique quality to your outdoor spaces. Whether your selections are flamboyant or subtle, a small decorative piece or a major work, artwork of any kind in your garden can create a major point of interest for visitors and an ongoing source of inspiration for you.

For many people the idea of selecting garden art can be quite daunting so they hurry the process or avoid all together. Art has been closely linked with garden design since early civilisations and still today has an integral garden design function to play. With the right state of mind you can find the perfect piece of art to complement the mood of your outdoor world, no matter its size or layout, that will bring you pleasure for many years to come.

The choice of garden art available to designers now is greater than ever before. From Iron and copper sculptures to marble figures, mosaic balls to plated tables, modern garden art encompasses all cultures and styles. Even for the most experienced designers the choice can be overwhelming, so where do you start?

Be Passionate

The first step in selecting garden art is to trust your instincts. Chose something that you feel passionate about – not what is in style at the time or what you’ve been told to buy. Your own confidence in what you like is the starting point for selecting any artwork. If you aren’t certain what you like be patient and find a piece that stands out or one you ‘keep coming back to’.

Frame The Art

When deciding on a location for your new piece of garden art consider these points:

    • Think about where you will view the work from – the view from inside your home is just as important as from the garden.
    • Framing is equally about blocking details out as it is highlighting the piece – distracting elements must be blocked out to provide maximum impact.
    • Framing with plants will subtly blend the artwork into the garden.
    • Try an overhead frame like an arch or arbour – try framing your art with a pattern around the base such as paving, stones or a hedge.
  • Introduce a reverse frame by growing vines on a wall – place a sculpture in front of the wall and trim the leaves behind it.

Create A Statement

Always have a vision of the kind of presence you expect the artwork to have in your garden. Is it going to be a focal point or a finishing touch? Whatever piece you decide on it must draw your attention.

Consider what kind of lifestyle your garden is tailored to. Is your garden designed for entertaining, relaxation, activity or aesthetics? Your selected artwork must blend and suit the ‘lifestyle’ of your garden. If it doesn’t suit it will not work. For example, slate and stone sculptures will create a sense of oasis and relaxation, particularly when combined with water. Murals with colour incorporated or glazed ceramics will be more stimulating and better suited to entertaining areas.

Know your Garden Style

You must know and understand the ‘style‘ of your garden. Japanese, urban, formal, cottage, Tuscan, country or other – you must consider your garden style to chose your artwork correctly. The art must compliment the style. Any individual piece can look terrific given the right setting. What is important is that the opposite is also true – any art can look awful if it clashes with the rest of your garden. Rustic farm style artwork will not suit a Tuscan themed garden. Likewise an abstract sculpture will look out of place in a country-style garden.

Also consider the association between materials and garden styles. Unglazed terracotta works for instance are associated with Tuscan gardens, marble pieces with formal gardens, timber and iron with country gardens. While your artwork should stand out in the garden, it should serve to highlight your chosen style, not detract from it.

Key To Success

The key is to keep the perspective of your entire garden in mind when choosing garden artworks. If you have a style already firmly fixed try taking some photos of your garden with you when shopping for pieces to compliment it. If you intend for the artwork to be a focal point of your garden, it is best for it to be part of the gardens original design.

Try sketching your garden to scale and include the intended locations for your garden art. This will help to ensure that the pieces you purchase are the correct size for the locations. The most common error made when selecting artworks for the garden is purchasing items that are too small. To get a feel for how the artwork will impact your garden try placing an object of similar size in the location.

Be Practical

To conclude I will stress the importance of practicalities. These few tips will help ensure wise decisions:

    • Consider children in the garden – if they use the space for physical activity chose artwork that is not easily broken.
    • Avoid placing pieces on walls or steps where they may be easily knocked off.
    • Concrete pieces may crack if subjected to locations that are likely to have dramatic changes in temperature.
    • Water sculptures made from concrete should be treated with a proprietary sealing agent to prevent lime from leaching out.
    • Sedimentary stone based artworks such as limestone and sandstone are porous and can attract mosses and lichens.
  • Glazed finishes on artworks will ensure they don’t fade or rust.

This practical advice should help you to choose artwork for your garden that blends in and creates interest as a focal point. If you have any further advice about selecting pieces for the garden let us know your ideas in the comments section below. Happy gardening!

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How To Build The Perfect Garden And The Right One

For some people it is enough to place a garden shed somewhere in the corner of their yard while other people are trying to come up with the new ideas of how to create some extra space for outdoor activities. They try to build a garden office or a studio workshop, a guest house or beautiful gazebos, wooden garages or carports, which would blend harmonically into the yard.

Most of the people imagine a wooden house construction as a complicated and time-consuming process. That is not true. Today, garden sheds, log cabins, wooden garages as a rule come as do it yourself kits because all the items are easy to install and they come with detailed assembly instructions offering a step by step guide to installing the structures. It takes about 2 or 3 days for a few persons to build a medium size garden building.

To make sure the garden building stands long, it is necessary to build it on the perfectly flat surface and to lay a proper foundation. It is also a few ways for foundation. And after the foundation is laid, it is time to install the windows and doors. Common garden building design has domes and windows to improve the air quality and the lighting. Windows and doors must be long-lasting, waterproof and UV resistant. Nowadays, building companies can offer you the widest door entries and enough space for the larger equipment items.

If you feel confused and do not know where to begin when rearranging your yard, we recommend you to break it up into smaller areas. Do not forget to make the entertaining area, the sandbox for your children, the pool area, utility area, and the vegetable area.

If you have gardened for a year or more and have found that you want to continue this hobby, you will really want to rearrange your garden. A beautiful garden will also give a better look to your home. However, there is one problem that comes with the gardening – the more you garden, the more tools and various equipment you want to keep. You can’t store all the gardening tools and equipment at your home. A garden shed is an ideal place to store all those gardening tools in one place. You should think about building your own garden shed.

Most of the garden buildings are made from wood. There are many types of garden buildings and you can choose the one which meets all your needs. A garden building is any structure built-in a garden or yard. Such structures include garden sheds, cabana, wooden garages, garden offices, and many more. A garden shed is a simple structure and mostly used to keep various tools and unused equipment. Sometimes garden sheds are used as a workshop. Garden sheds are different in their size, construction method, and design. These buildings are widely used in industry because they can be very large buildings.

Another type of garden building is wooden gazebos. It is necessary to mention that gazebos have a long history and they are mentioned in Chinese and Persian literature. Generally speaking, wooden gazebos are log cabins with pavilion structure. A gazebo can be a separate structure or attached to another wall of your house or other building. It can also be with a roof and openness on all sides.

The gazebo is installed to give a shelter and it is also a design element, a part of the landscape, and a place to rest. There are a lot of different types of the gazebos. Gazebos include kiosks, pavilions, follies, pergola, rotunda, and other similar buildings. Most of the gazebos are built where sunny and warm climate is.

You can also build a cabana which is also known as the local structure of the house. The cabana is a small hut built with a thatched roof. These buildings are usually built near the water. Cabana frames are usually made ​​of aluminium, steel, and treated wood. If you need a place to work in, you can choose a garden office. Usually it is a separate building from the house, which is used as a place for a professional home worker or a home-based business.

It is useful to know that if you want to build a garden office, you will not need a separate permit for construction but your garden office should be used as a home study, and if the construction and size should be similar to the garden shed. Garden office does not need a separate garden office building permission if the construction is not more than 4 meters in height and at least 2 meters from the property line. You should also know that your garden office should not cover more than a half of the garden area. So if you are running your business from your garden office, you may need a permit because it can cause some problems for your neighbours.

It is important to know all the types of the garden buildings, so you can easier choose the one for your yard. Think about the usage of your garden building and the size you want your garden building to be. Garden buildings can be built quickly and qualitatively. All you need to do is to choose the reliable building company.

As the weather gets warmer, many of us start searching for new ideas of how to rearrange their garden or yard space in a versatile style and to add some decorative touch to its environment. Make sure you choose a garden building that provides you with the proper amount of storage place you will need. It is highly recommended to think it through before making your decision.

Quick-garden.co.uk offers a high-quality log cabins, garden sheds, wooden garages, and carports. It is very important that the customers have a feeling of safety and calm in their garden buildings whatever the weather conditions are like outside.

Use of Main Materials for Different Garden Buildings

If you’re looking for a garden building, you might be surprised by the amount of various buildings to choose from. We would like to break down the different types of garden buildings. If you think that a garage is just a garage, you are about to learn that there is a lot more to it than that. Garden building is typically a very simple and small wooden structure in the garden. These buildings can be used as garden offices, wooden garages, storage sheds, summer houses, and log cabins. If you need more space for unused garden tools and other equipment, it is extremely important to decide which type of building you need in your garden because there are many options for garden buildings. Nowadays, the demand of these buildings has increased extremely.

A garden building is a simple wooden structure, mostly used to store unused equipment or gardening tools. These buildings may also be used as workshops. Small garden buildings are common buildings in many gardens because they are sturdy, durable, and functional. If you grow vegetables or fruit for you and your family members, you need a place to keep all your gardening tools. Of course, people are very curious and they want to be sure that the new building will meet their needs. Garden shed or log cabin is the most common choice because of the great look and curb appeal.

Garden buildings can be made in a lot of styles and sizes, but always with the one purpose of providing as much storage space as possible. These buildings are usually of a very simple design that makes it easy to take care of them. Garden buildings are very popular in many gardens because they are extremely sturdy, durable, and functional. There are many types of these buildings but garden shed is the most common choice among the gardeners because of the great look and curb appeal. Of course, keeping your gardening equipment somewhere in the corner of your garden isn’t bad, but many people want something more than this. You should build a great garden building where the gardening equipment, mower, and other tools have their place. Most of the gardeners can do most of their work without a garden cabin but when the gardener’s yard is full of gardening equipment, a small garden cabin no longer seems a bad idea. Garden buildings now are common items in the yards.

If you work from your home, you may want to buy a small garden building to act as your garden office. Garden offices come in a number of different sizes, shapes, and it is very easy to turn your log cabin into a perfect office place. There are many great benefits of creating a special place to work which helps to make you much more productive. One of the key advantages of working from home is that there is no rush hour commute to work and no parking costs involved. Work life can be left in your garden office allowing your house to be just your house again and not the place you work and live. What is more, the price of the this building is lower than having a house extension built and most garden buildings do not need planning permission.

All garden buildings can be fully insulated and the walls offer great insulation properties. For example, these buildings are cool during the summer months and warm during the winter months. You should look for the garden buildings that come with double glazing fitted as standard. You should also know that these buildings tend to be very durable and sturdy because they’re built from the logs. The main characteristics of these buildings are curb appeal, noise reduction, energy efficiency, simple and fast maintenance. However, many people think that these buildings are of short-term value but this is not true. Think about your log cabin as an investment. The great look of your building can increase the value of your building and cultivate your investment.

Garden buildings are coming back to our lives and gives us a chance to enjoy living in environmentally friendly houses. These buildings are very popular in many countries such as the United States, South Africa, United Kingdom, Norway, France, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Denmark. Wood is a natural building material without any negative effects on our bodies. According to the University of the France, these buildings offer lower cooling and heating costs because of the density of the logs and it is very important for both the builders and the consumers. Build a garden building in your garden if you want to save on the heating and cooling bills. The best thing you will find when you are using a garden building is that you can customise this building for your needs and your space requirements.

A garden building is a beautiful and comfortable place for your family and friends to meet and relax. What is more, all these buildings can be used for almost anything but the most common uses are as a guest room, sitting room, garden office, wooden garage, log cabin or summer-house. You can see that there are many garden buildings available these days, tailored to many functions. Remember that having a wooden house in your garden can be a charming accessory to add. It can give your garden a style like nothing else. With a little bit of planning and research, you can be on your way to building a great building for a reasonable price.

Designing Your Own Garden, A Step-by-Step Guide To Creating a Garden on Your Home Page

Do you love nature? If so, you can surround your home with a beautiful garden. Drawing up an accurate plan is a crucial step when designing your own garden. By drawing a design of your garden on paper, you can determine whether your garden design is viable within the space you have available. It also provides you with a clear visual image of the garden you want to create. A detailed design plan will also prevent many costly mistakes that often happen in the process of buying materials and plants. This guide will make designing your own garden an easy task.

Step 1 – Tools needed when designing your own garden

With a few basic tools, you can draw up a garden plan. Not only do you have simple tools such as paper and pencil to get you started, there is also a variety of free software tools available on the internet. Both types of tools are excellent at helping you bring everything together into something beautiful, useful, and productive.

Step 2 – Make use of what you have

When it comes to designing your own garden, most people know what they want. However, what they have available to them and what they want to create does not often match. For example, you may want a huge vegetable patch, but only have a small garden. It is important to make use of the space you have and be realistic about what you can achieve. If you already have a nice garden feature such as a pond, you may want to keep this in your new garden design.

Step 3 – Plot your garden boundaries

Measure the outskirts of your garden, then plot this area on paper or computer. This is done with a drawing that can be as rough or precise as you wish, although the more precise you are the better the results.

The outskirts of your garden design could also mean a small portion of your yard you want to redesign. Either way, you are creating what could be seen as a canvas of your garden design. These measurements should be scaled to the paper or computer program so that you have a sense of where things will go.

Step 4 – Choose your garden theme

It is important to consider the style and theme when designing your own garden. There are many themes you can choose from, here are some examples below:

Modern garden design: This theme could have stainless steel features and expensive paving such as slate or natural sandstone. Overall this look would look minimalistic and clean cut.

Traditional garden design: This type of theme would probably have no specific features that stand out. Would look like the average garden with plant borders and a couple of trees.

Creative garden design: This type of design may make use of existing structural features within the garden. For example, an old shed could be turned into a bar or kids play house. Or there could be an old pond, which could be transformed into a beautiful sitting area.

Step 5 – Draw out your garden features

Once you have decided on your garden theme, you can now think about what features you want. Draw out the shape of your lawn, paving, decking, plant beds, etc. It’s always interesting to recreate what is already there into something beautiful, useful and exciting. For example, you might want to introduce a small plot of colourful flowers in with some original flower beds you have, in order to brighten up the mood of your garden.

Step 6 – Sun light

All your garden features must make full use of your environment. Here are some tips below:

  • Ensure flowers are placed in correct soil types.
  • Ensure flowers are placed in the correct amount of shade/light. Your garden will have areas where it is most dry or wet. Read labels on each new plant before grounding them.
  • If you want a sitting area in your garden make sure it is placed in the appropriate amount of light.

Step 7 – Drainage

  • Is there enough drainage in your garden? A sloppy garden can be unusable. Good drainage around your home can help preserve your house foundations, and reduce damp build up.
  • Water logged lawns can be solved by installed soakaways, perforated pipes or planting trees to soak up the water.

Step 8 – Maintenance

Think about how your garden design will be maintained. Most people want a low maintenance garden due to heavy work schedules. Gardens which have less trees and plants require less maintenance. Design your garden so weeds are suppressed with membrane sheets. Weeds can easily get out of control if your garden is not carefully designed.

Step 9 – Putting it all together

Using all the tips above, designing your own garden should be an easier task. Have a go at drawing some design plans. Walk around your garden trying to imagine how your design would look like. Consider all of the following points when designing your own garden:

  • How easy is it to maintain my garden?
  • Does the garden theme flow throughout?
  • Is drainage be an issue?
  • Is sunlight an issue?
  • Can I afford my garden design?
  • Is the garden practical for parties?
  • Is storage a problem?
  • Is garden seating area good?
  • Is there room for a BBQ?
  • Does my garden require lighting?
  • Do I have the correct type of plants and trees?
  • Will tree roots cause a problem?

Step 10 – Making a Shopping List

A comprehensive garden plan also serves as an excellent shopping list for your garden. With your plan in hand you can determine exactly what you will need. Without a plan to make something concrete out of your thoughts and ideas, you will probably end up drifting and be dissatisfied with your results.

Creating Beautiful Beautiful Gardens Requires the Right Places or Hydroponics

Choosing the best supplies is the key determinant of healthy, quality and outstanding plants thus, giving your garden a more pleasant look. There are varieties of garden supplies that will help you give your plants all the necessary care required during growth. The hydroponic supplies are meant to improve your plant’s performance as well as making your organic gardening work easier and fun.

The aim of this article is to provide you with more insight that will help you make better decisions based on the following gardening categories

Water Filtering Systems: It ensures that your plants remain healthy by pre-treating your water. Water that is used to water your plants is passed through these filters that remove any chlorine from water that can cause adverse effect to soil and plants in your organic gardening. Water filters eliminates the chlorine which could have otherwise killed soil microbiology in the soil. Therefore, purchasing a good water filter system will ensure that your garden soil remains fertile by providing the much needed minerals and vitamins that ensure your plants grow healthier in your garden.

Soil Treatment: Treating your gardening soil is the first step that you should emphasize on to ensure your plants get the required optimum soil conditions for proper growth. Major soil treatments in gardening usually focus on nutrients level, soil PH and mineral deficiencies.

Bud Trimming Machine: They are useful garden equipment that helps you prune the unwanted protruding leaves. You can as well use them to cut roots and in the preparation of flower petals. They ensure that you handle your plants safely without making any unnecessary damage. They are found in different varieties to suit your gardening preferences.

Grow Tent: Grow tents enable you to develop a perfectly controlled garden area a micro-environment Grow Room / Grow Cabinet where you can specifically control temperature and humidity levels and photoperiod lighting. They are made of light proof construction that does not allow light leaks which can lead to possible plant problems during the growth and flowering period.

Aeroponics Systems: Aeroponics systems have widely been used by many individuals in their effort of growing clones, veggies as well as herbs. The method entails growing of plants without use of any soil. Water with nutrient solutions is used where the roots of the plants are spread in order to absorb the essential nutrients. Aeroponics systems are available in different varieties at affordable prices.

Greenhouse Controllers: Use of a green house controller in your garden ensures that your plants are within the optimal environment for proper growth. All your crops will be protected from harmful pests and diseases as well as from harsh environmental conditions. Purchasing a greenhouse controller will ensure that your plants remains protected at all time and you are assured of better quality produce at the time of harvest.

PH/EC/TDS Meters: They are necessary equipment that every gardener must have. Whether you do indoor gardening, hydroponic gardening or green house gardening, they are equipment that will help you test for many issues. This equipment will enable you test your soil pH levels quickly so that you can know the best ways to adjust the soil Ph. In addition, they will also help you make calibrations on your Ph meters.

Plant Pots and Containers: Growing your plants in plant pots or containers is the most convenient form of gardening. There are many benefits that come with containers gardening. Plant pots and containers are easily movable and thus, you can even choose to grow your plants either on your balcony, courtyard, indoors and many other places. With containers, less weeding is needed and you also avoid using heavy gardening equipment. Plant pots and containers also give your plants an optimum environment for their growth because monitoring is easy.

Garden Accessories: Having proper accessories makes your garden appear more attractive and eco-friendly. These amenities will make your gardens a better place to visit and enjoy. Garden accessories such as furniture for gardens, lightning, outdoor cooking or outdoor heaters are some of the best garden accessories that you should consider purchasing so as to give your gardens an elegant look and style.

Hydroponic Nutrients: Use of plant nutrient in gardening is a modern trend that every gardener needs to embrace. It involves growing your plants without soil and instead uses solutions containing essential nutrients that your plants require for proper growth. Hydroponic nutrients provide an easy way of farming as it does not require any soil testing or much labor which saves you a lot of gardening costs. It supplies your plants with all the required nutrients thus ensuring that your plants are grown in the best conditions.

Pest and Disease Control: Controlling pests and diseases in your garden is very essential. For your plants to grow and thrive well, they require a disease and pest free environment. Therefore, you should ensure that you have set aside proper mechanism for your pest and disease control. In fact, pests are the ones that transfer diseases to your plants. Thus, purchasing the proper supplies will ensure that all your plants remains healthy and yields more at the harvest seasons.

Rooting and Propagation: This type product provides faster plants generation by rooting the stem cuttings and propagating the cuttings. They easily produce roots after a short while and you can use them to increase the amount of crops that your garden produces. This method saves you the cost of purchasing seeds and it also reduces the germination period of some plants. The process of rooting and propagation is not labor intensive because plants take less time to produce roots and develop.

Growing Media: Despite the fact that hydroponic gardening is a soil-free gardening, growing media are necessary as they provide support to your plants roots. They also help in maintain the necessary oxygen/water ratio so that your plants remain healthy. There are different varieties of growing media to choose from in the market that comes with different features according to your preferences.

Fans and Blowers: Are you having problems with frequent falling leaves in your garden? To maintain cleanliness and keep a good condition in your garden, fans and blowers are the best choice for all your landscaping needs. Blowers ensure that you remove fallen leaves from your garden with ease compared to using other tiresome tools such as hand rakes. Fan and blowers are available in the market with different features at affordable prices. They will help you conduct all your landscaping needs with ease.

Grow Lights: Grow lamps are the best choice for your indoor gardening. Especially when you want to start seeds, growing lights provides optimal conditions that ensure you get healthy green seedlings. Selecting an indoor lighting system that matches your preferred plants will ensure that your crops grow in a well controlled environment with the right light intensity required by plants.

Odor Remover: Bad odor smell in our gardens is something that can make them unpleasant for us to visit and work. That’s why it’s necessary for us to ensure that we get rid of all odors and make our gardens fresh and smart. Odor removers are found in different forms that you can spray to your garden and they eliminate any bad smell in your garden and you stay protected for up to one month. Charcoal filters are the preferred choice for indoor gardens.

Air Ducting: Air ducting equipment ensures that your gardening containers or greenhouses remain air-tight. They are designed to give you a tight waterproof and prevent unnecessary leakages. They are also primarily used for moving air in and out of your indoor garden or green house.

Garden Irrigation Systems: Garden irrigation systems have gained a lot of popularity in modern gardening today. They have been designed to ease the gardening work and make it enjoyable. By relieving the gardener of the hassles and legwork of irrigation, gardeners now spend little time when watering their plants. The other benefit of using the garden irrigation systems is improved efficiency through systems such as drip irrigation compared to traditional methods. Gardeners should embrace these irrigation systems for optimum gardening benefits.