Archive for September, 2010

Summerhouses

Posted by admin on September 10, 2010
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EXTENDING YOUR SUMMER and bringing the INSIDE OUTSIDE with a Summerhouse

The summer is nearly over and the nights will be drawing in but that does not mean that your evenings should be spent indoors. Having nurtured your garden for many months you will want to enjoy it for as long as you can. British gardens have increasingly become extensions of our homes and there has never been a greater choice of exterior structures to help you extend the time you spend in your garden – bringing the inside outside.

Summerhouses, like the Westminster or the Hampton that retreat at the bottom of the garden, somewhere to escape to, a room with a view – a summerhouse is all these things as it is a structure with a roof, walls and windows and it stands more or less permanently in one place. No matter what the vagrancies of the weather a Click4Garden Summerhouse is truly the inside outside. There is a myriad of choices on the summerhouse market, you will need to work out what type of wood you would like to buy and ask yourself questions such as: do you want a pre treated building, do you want extras like a veranda or window boxes; what about the thickness of the wall logs, do you need insulation? It is therefore essential for you to draw up your list before you go shopping and ask the sales office at click4garden!

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Garden Arbours

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EXTENDING YOUR SUMMER and bringing the INSIDE OUTSIDE with a Garden Arbour

The summer is nearly over and the nights will be drawing in but that does not mean that your evenings should be spent indoors. Having nurtured your garden for many months you will want to enjoy it for as long as you can. British gardens have increasingly become extensions of our homes and there has never been a greater choice of exterior structures to help you extend the time you spend in your garden – bringing the inside outside.

An arbour was, and indeed still is, a framework that supports climbing plants, thereby providing a shady resting place;something just like the Romana or the Montebello. Over recent years they have developed into garden features and in some cases can be described as mini gazebos since the roofed arbours are garden shelters designed for sheltering from the sun; the Arezzo Arbour is a good example of this. Although our summers are so unpredictable that sheltering from the rain should be included in the description! There are some stunning arbours on the market, some evoke a sense of the seaside; others provide a solid growing arch for your climbing roses or clematis. Some will provide a combination of roof for protection and lattice for supporting your plants.

Arbours are a wonderful present – a gardener’s gift that will bring great joy to the recipient.

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Wooden Gazebos

Posted by admin on September 10, 2010
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EXTENDING YOUR SUMMER and bringing the INSIDE OUTSIDE with a timber garden gazebo

The summer is nearly over and the nights will be drawing in but that does not mean that your evenings should be spent indoors. Having nurtured your garden for many months you will want to enjoy it for as long as you can. British gardens have increasingly become extensions of our homes and there has never been a greater choice of exterior structures to help you extend the time you spend in your garden – bringing the inside outside.

Did you know that the word Gazebo was first used in 1750 by British architects William & John Halfpenny? Although the origin of the word is unknown it is said to come from Latin “I shall gaze”. How appropriate – nowadays we use gazebos, such as the Budleigh and Regis, as garden retreats, individual ‘rooms’ from which to sit and view or ‘gaze’ at our gardens. Daytimes spent in your own shaded retreat; time to read, paint, work or just relax and enjoy your garden. Evenings spent in the comfort of your outside room; romantic meals, drinks with friends – all in elegant surroundings.

Wooden Gazebos take on many forms. They are freestanding structures with roofs and although originally open on all sides, rather like a bandstand which is how the Budleigh comes, some can now be ‘dressed’ with balustrades, Elite Trellis, Elite Mirrors or Elite Fencing, allowing you to create a look to suit your garden and your needs.

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Arthur’s Composting Tips

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Recycling is important to us all and particularly so since some of us now only have fortnightly bin collections. HOME COMPOSTING is the most environmentally friendly way of dealing with our garden waste plant material. Composting can be fun and easy and you don’t need a huge garden to accommodate a click4garden composter. So how do you get started?

Choose the location for your click4garden composter bearing in mind that an earth base under the composter allows drainage and access to soil organisms. Composters come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes but the wooden click4garden composters are perhaps the best to use. The wood provides insulation and allows the compost to breath. Build your compost bin, place it on the bare soil and then get recycling.

Composters, like us, benefit from a balanced diet. You can feed it with garden refuse as well as kitchen waste and below you will find a list of some ‘dos and don’ts’.

Do compost: • Uncooked vegetable & fruit scraps • Tea bags and coffee grounds • Old flowers • Gerbil, hamster & rabbit bedding • Soft prunings • Perennial weeds • Vegetable plant remains

Don’t compost: • Meat & fish • Dairy products • Cooked food • Coal ash • Cat/dog litter

The composting process requires air and in an ideal world we should add all our compost at once and then turn periodically to let the air through. However, most of us accumulate waste gradually and therefore add it to the composter in layers. This build up of layers can cause compaction and the decomposition of the waste becomes less efficient and therefore slower. Turning your compost is time consuming but speeds up the process.

Finally if your heap is predominantly green material then add straw, paper or shredded woodchip which will help break it down.

Have a look at click4garden composters and become greener today!

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Arthur’s September Gardening Tips

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Gardeners are beginning to undertake the deadheading and tidying of beds in preparation for the autumn. We now need to check our fruit trees and also take cuttings of various plants. The nights are drawing in and autumn is knocking at the door but the garden still needs us. Read on for September’s gardening tips…
Deadhead your roses as the blooms fade, remove the flower just above the uppermost leaf on the stem. Trim back your lavender bushes after flowering to remove any old blooms and the tips of shoots. Take care not to cut too enthusiastically into any old wood. Take cuttings. Try removing faded blooms from your perennials and annuals in the hope that you will get a continued display of flowers.

Don’t forget that you can put all your cuttings in your click4garden composter – there are sizes for every garden.

Our little orchard is beginning to become a hive of activity, not least to the wasps, and our early ripening apples – Discovery – have already been picked. They don’t store very well so eat them while they are at their best. Stew them if you like – they are sweet and delicious. The plums have not been as abundant as previous years but still enough to make plum jam for breakfast, lunch and tea!

You can give your evergreen hedges a final trim to make sure they are in shape for winter and if your lawn isn’t too waterlogged keep up the mowing, moving the blades up a little each time.

Our summer migrant birds are gathering together and will soon begin their journey back home. We will miss them as they swoop and dive bomb around the farmyard and garden. Our domestic birds still need us though and we must continue to fill the feeders with whole peanuts.

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