Three Easy Plants for Children to Grow

Sunflowers These large seeds which are easy for young children to pick up and plant can be sowed straight into a prepared bed towards the end of Spring.  However, they can be started a little earlier in the season by planting the seeds in pots and placing in a greenhouse or on a window sill indoors.  Once the seedlings reach about 10 – 12 cm, they can be transplanted to bigger pots or planted in the prepared beds.  They will need protecting from slugs and snails and from late frosts.  Once the plants are established well, they will need supporting with canes.  Make sure they are watered regularly during dry spells. Nasturtiums These can be sown in prepared beds or sown in planters or pots on the patio.  They are...

Awnings from Markilux Brand – Four Wonderful Choices for You

Do you want to find the best awnings on earth? If so, you should check out Markilux awnings. Produced by Markilux, the largest producer of awnings in Germany, these products are elegant, innovative, functional, safe, and dependable. For more than a quarter of a century, Markilux has been making life on the patios and balconies more comfortable and pleasant. Marklilux is now an international brand. Its presence is felt strongly here in the UK and elsewhere in the world. Besides owning a dedicated team of master craftsmen and designers, Marklilux also uses materials that meet the highest standards of quality. If you intend to add an awning to your outdoor area, there are four main types you could choose from Markilux awnings collections. Each is briefly discussed as shown below.

Gardening Jobs for January

Trees and Shrubs Remove dead and untidy branches. Support any shrubs which have become loosened by the wind and stake them if need be. Hedges Tough, deciduous hedges like privet and hawthorn can be hand pruned in mild weather. Fruit Prune apple and pear trees. Feed trees and bushes and also strawberries with sulphate of potash. Force rhubarb plants by covering the crown of the plant with an upturned bin or bucket. This will force the pink stems to grow and they should be ready in about 8 weeks time. Annuals and Biennials If this has not already been done, then prepare beds for Spring sowing. After a severe frost, firm biennials which were planted in the Autumn. Dahlias and Begonias Inspect stored tubers for rotting, mould and for drying...

How To Clean A Patio

It’s coming to the end of summer, so it’s probably best to give your patio one more clean before winter creeps up on us all. The job can be time-consuming , depending on how big/dirty the patio is. Here’s a few tips to help. First make sure to declutter your patio. If there’s something that doesn’t belong there or has lost appeal in your patio, then get rid of it! Clean the patio area and get rid of all the dirt, debris, leaves etc. If you have annoying weeds, then use a kitchen knife to remove them. You can also pour salt or use weed killer to get rid for good. To start cleaning, make a solution with a cup of bleach and bucket water. Use a stiff brush to...

How to Properly Maintain Wooden Garage Doors

Wood garage doors are mostly popular with homes that have a more traditional style; they look great especially on house’s that have a ranch, colonial or Victoria style. Even though garage doors made from this type of material are the most aesthetically pleasing as you can customise the appearance to your whim – they can be stained, painted, or even engraved – however, this doesn’t come without drawbacks. If you have decided to purchase a wooden garage door then it’s important to understand how to properly care for it; this will ensure that the door stays in good condition throughout the years and that you don’t waste your money purchasing a replacement. By following the tips outlined below you can make sure that the material of your garage door stays...