Nov
28

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Christmas DIY Decorations

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While you are getting into the Christmas spirit why not create your own Christmas DIY decorations? They can be very simple to make and will help your garden, porch or patio look festive this winter. These winter themed Snowmen are made using new and old terracotta pots from the garden. You may find that your plant pots have discoloured or simply have a crack in the base and these can be perfect for use here. You may need to take a quick trip to the hobby shop if you aren’t arty and already prepared! All the tools and techniques are here: https://gardenclub.homedepot.com/make-a-terra-cotta-snowman/ If a wreath is not your style but you would still like to jazz up the entrance to your home, these homemade traditional wreath replacements  are perfect! Jingle…

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Nov
25

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Protect your Plant Pots

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Have you thought about your plant pots this winter?  You have probably thought about protecting your plants from the winter frosts, and moved them into a greenhouse or a sheltered spot but don’t forget that your plant pots will also need protecting from the cold. The damp weather can make terracotta pots chip and flake. Terracotta plant pots are made of clay and will soak up water.  When the temperatures drop these pots will be very likely to crack.  Similarly pots that are only glazed on the outside can also be prone to cracking in the cold weather.  Glass pots and ones that are glazed inside and out can also crack if the soil in them gets too wet. Keep your pots off the ground If you can’t bring these…

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Nov
19

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Winter is coming …

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Winter is coming and it is time to get our thinking caps on and think of warming ideas! Conservatories and lean to’s seem to be problem areas when it comes to keeping warm in the winter, but instead of avoiding the space why not attempt to keep it warm. Electric or gas heaters are good ways to warm rooms within your house, but when it comes to conservatories you don’t have the luxury of proper insulation. Draught excluders help to keep the warm air from escaping but it is also important to look at the windows and make sure that quality seals are used. If your conservatory has fitted blinds it is a good idea to make sure that these are pulled down to help avoid heat loss. Heated flooring is…

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