Creative landscaping ideas

Creativity lives inside all of us. A lot of the time we are too scared to let it out or we’re afraid that other people may not like the result. Your garden belongs to you, and it’s about time you get your creative juices flowing and make it stand out from the crowd. Of course, your outdoor areas can look beautiful with just the usual soil, plants and water features but why not think out of the box and create a memorable space?

Lights

Outdoor lighting can go beyond usual spotlights on display features. Why not try some colourful lighting such as green or blue? This attracts so much attention and does a great job of showcasing dark areas of your garden. Use green lights to highlight your plants and trees, and the blue lights to highlight water features – this will add extra oomph!

Wall paintings

If your home is surrounded by a wall, why not add some beautiful artwork to it. You can paint murals directly on the walls or even add canvas paintings. Who says artwork should remain indoors? Just remember to treat the paintings accordingly to avoid any weather damage. This is a great way to show off your stylish taste or it can be a fun activity for you and your kids.

Fence decorations

A metal fence can be quite dreary, especially when your garden is basic. Have you ever thought about adding some wall art?  Try using little butterflies or other common garden animals to create a masterpiece for onlookers to admire. To protect wall art from the elements spray with clear gloss, to prevent rusting and fading.

Pathway patterns

Remember how much fun you had as a kid jumping on giant feet that made up a pathway? We’re not saying you should go out and buy giant stone feet, you can work with what you have, or purchase pavers and stones to create your own unique pathway. Place them in interesting positions to make a unique pattern. Adults and kids alike will enjoy navigating the pathway and it will look awesome!

Interesting shrub shapes

Edward Scissorhands’ garden was the pinnacle of fascinating outdoor shrubbery designs. You don’t have to have shrubs and bushes shaped as elephants or angels, but you can try some basic shapes like circles, rectangles or mini squares.

Hanging charms

If you have trees or hanging plants in your garden, you could add pretty hanging charms off them. Try getting charms that are made from glass because when the sun shines, you’ll experience a show of beautiful dancing lights that reflects off the walls and water.

The 10 Best Garden Crops to Plant This Summer

Get vertical! Grow these crops for hearty fall harvests!

People recognize the space-saving advantages of growing vegetables vertically up garden netting or a trellis, and they are surprised at the number of varieties that can be used to create a vertical garden.
Here is my list of 10 favorites—and the reason I turn to them—for crops you’ll harvest in the fall:#1. ‘Sugar Snap’ Peas.#2. Cucumber ‘Orient Express.’

#3. ‘Lazy Wife’ Pole Beans.
 
#4. ‘Doctor Martin’s’ Pole Lima Bean.

#5. ‘Vegetable Spaghetti’ Squash.

#6. ‘Malabar’ Heat-Resistant Climbing Spinach.

#7. ‘Better Boy’ Tomato.

#8. ‘Sungold’ Cherry Tomato.

#9. ‘Trombone’ Zucchini.

#10. ‘Charentais.’ Melon

This story was taken from Rodale Organic Life – to read all about the details, tips and harvest inforamtion click here

Crushed Limestone Uses & Benefits

Of all the naturally forming rocks in this world, there is perhaps none that is as versatile as limestone  – especially when it’s been crushed and screened.

It’s really no wonder, then, that so many contractors throughout a wide range of industries are interested in picking up crushed limestone to complete their various projects.

But what is it that makes crushed limestone so special, and are you even taking full advantage of all that the material has to offer?

For inspiration on how you can get the most out of pulverized limestone, consider the many practical uses and benefits that it has to offer.

Story originally taken from Braenstone. To read the full story click here

How to prepare an area for a vegetable garden

I’m bored!!! How often as a parent have we heard this from our children? Children are always learning, whether they know it or not, and we want to pass on good habits to them, so instead of letting them play video games , let’s get them outside and helping in the garden. Let them experience the wonder and joy of watching something grow from a tiny seed to a full grown plant, flower or fruit, with the knowledge that they were instrumental in the process of it. There is always the added bonus of being allowed to get their hands dirty and playing with wet soil making mud pies, as most of us did in our childhood.

Pick an area that is theirs alone, this could be a small table with a few pots on it, a garden bed or even a vertical garden (as they get older and taller). If they are old enough, let your children design and encourage them to decide what type of things they would like to grow. You may have to guide them a bit at first with the right types of plants for the area and soil type, but as they get older, let them investigate for themselves – all part of the learning curve. You might be able to suggest certain plants that attract birds that will bring extra colour to the garden. Children will need size appropriate tools to get them on their way (what a wonderful idea for a present!); a small watering can, spade, garden fork, rake and gloves are the basics to start with.

Teach them the correct way to plant seeds and how to care for them so they will grow, how often they need to be watered, what to do if weeds appear. It might be an idea for children to chart the progress of the plant, so they can see the growth for themselves; young children may need help with this at the start. Encourage them to discuss this with you and watch the amazement on their faces as they realise the different stages of the plant.

Once the plants have matured, let them pick the flowers and display them in a vase on the dining room table (or somewhere else prominent in the house) for all to see. Eat the fruit they have grown or use the vegetables and herbs in your cooking. The pride your children will feel is the best learning experience they can get, it will keep them wanting to go back and do it again, and so the love of gardening begins.

Ensure a safe area for your children to garden, make sure there are no dangerous tools left laying around for someone to trip over or hurt themselves with. Remember to always keep pesticides and weed killers away from children at all times, let them know this is your job in helping keep their garden pest free. Most of all, remember to enjoy your time together and set that good example we want to be for our children.

If you want help don’t hesitate to contact the team at Midland Sand & Soil Supplies

Plants to grow this summer

When choosing plants to buy and grow this summer, it’s important to work with those that will thrive in the hot, local climate. Luckily for you, here’s a guide of some of the best sun-loving plants.

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