I have been looking at houses for what feels like years now, trying to find the right house for our family. They are either too small, or too dark, too new or not enough “toy space”. One thing I have been focussed on though is the garden. I want the right garden, no negotiations. It has to be a big garden. It has to have space for the children to play, the grown ups to relax and the furbabies to run around. Quite a large list and quite impossible with our budget.
If, like many homeowners (or long term renters of course), you gaze into the back garden and see a mass of tangled weeds and an unruly lawn, it is time for a change. There are countless benefits to getting out in the garden and up close and personal with the soil. Whether you are willing to go it alone, or you would rather seek help from landscapers in Perth, creating a superb outdoor space should be a top priority.
You may have read my gift guide for the kiddies the other day, well now its Mummy and Daddy’s turn. There are some great gift ideas for various people in your Christmas shopping list, including smellies, hot water bottles and good ole “fashion accessories”.
Rattan Direct are running an opinion poll to see which photo best captures wildlife, you can see the images on the wildlife competition poll page. All you have to do is pick your favourite wildlife photo from the 5 pictures provided. Thats all you have to do, it’s incredibly easy and one lucky winner will receive a fab prize.
We were recently sent a great parcel of goodies from Tiger Box, including a nice Tiger box and some seedcell herb seeds to plant. It was a fantastic kit, we especially loved how easy it was to use the seedcells, tear and dip into the soil. The Tiger Grow Along project is designed to make it easy to grow herbs and encourage you to get planting. It worked with us.
Rattan Direct are running a fantastic competition at the moment and all you have to do to enter is send in your favourite wildlife photographs from your very own garden. I love wildlife and I take photos of it whenever I can, I am sure many of you are the same. Or you might have a budding photographer in the making, spending all day taking photos of the butterflies in the garden.
More often than not the home garden goes unused or unnoticed. Well in my house it is more that I do not get time to spend in the garden as much as I would like. A garden does not have to only be for looks, it also can be a great area to entertain guests and a relaxing haven for the whole family. Using outdoor furniture you can extend your house out into the garden: creating an extra room in a way. You can do this easily by looking at things such as the layout of your garden. Any old garden can be turned into a magical grove with some high quality garden benches and tables. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
One of the joys of having a nice garden is that you can let your children play in it occasionally. Unfortunately, there are plenty of outdoor safety hazards that can make your garden a dangerous place to let children roam. Especially when you have a greenhouse and dogs, like we do it could be a safer place for kids! If you want to make your garden as kid-friendly as possible, start with the following 10 tips:
I love the GTech gadgets, you may remember the AirRAM that we tested out back in 2013. This year we got to try out the new GTech HT05-Plus Cordless Extendable Hedge Trimmer and it is fantastic, it makes light work of keeping the garden tidy and is really strong for a cordless trimmer. Another amazing bonus is that the arm extends so you can reach the tops of the overgrown hedges.
In searching for our first family home, we are really thinking and analysing what our perfect home actually means to us. What layout do we want our house to have? What size do we want our garden to be? I have been doing a lot of research and looking to Pinterest (obviously) for garden inspiration.