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Spring is on its way and soon you’ll be caught up in a frenzy of seed sowing, growing, and nurturing your garden as it comes back to life. Spend this month organising your thoughts and get a head start on the new gardening year.
Here’s our useful guide for top tips on how to prepare you garden this Spring.
Clean up your act.
Over the Winter months, your garden has been exposed to all the elements and it’s probably a safe bet to assume it’s looking a bit sad and untidy. So, now is the perfect time to get everything shipshape again.
Tamara Hosken, Manager of the Spectra Showroom, Carlisle Homes
Gone are the days where the kitchen was just for preparing and cooking, with guests stayed tucked away in the living areas, not setting foot in the ‘work zone’. Today’s kitchen really has become the new living room, the nucleus of the home, a place where the family gathers for meals and friends get together over coffee.
Growing your own edible garden isn't hard – it just requires a little time, patience, good advice and common sense.
Here are our top tips for getting started…
What to plant?
The very first thing is to decide what you want to grow. This can be as simple as thinking about what herbs and vegetables you like to eat and use often. Plus, it’s also a good idea to research which varieties grow best in your area.
We all look forward to retreating to our homes from the busyness and chaos of the world. Your home should provide an opportunity to unwind and offer you an environment of calm to enhance your wellbeing and happiness.
It’s important to feel connected and calm within our homes and these quick and easy decorating tips with have you on the road to creating a space for optimal wellness.
Chaos to calm
As the days get shorter and colder and we embrace the idea of being warm and cocooned inside, here are some essential winter decorating and organising tips for your home that might inspire.
Layer it up!
Just like laying up our clothes during winter, we can also do the same with our homes. Adding an additional layer of soft furnishings during the winter months gives a space a sense of warmth and homeliness. Using a beautiful basket some additional cushions or throws to hold these when needed will remove the opportunity for clutter.
Thanks to social-distancing regulations, we’re all spending way more time at home. So why not take advantage of the opportunity to roll up your sleeves and tackle a few value-adding DIY projects around the house.
Check out our top 10 easy home improvement ideas that you can start right now – from decorating to storage to lighting and more – which cost little, but yield great results, guaranteed to save you money in the long term and add value to your home.
If you’re spending more time at home, growing your own herb garden is the perfect home project for you. Growing your own herbs is easy and cheap, plus there is nothing quite like the hit of fresh rosemary or basil on your home-roasted meat & vegies or favourite pasta dish.
Here’s what you need to do:
Step 1: Pick the right pots
Easter is a wonderful time to relax, refresh and spend extended time with family and friends… and get creative!
For those of us who love nothing more than grabbing a glue stick and some shiny paper, or, better still, heating up a vat of melted chocolate and pouring our own eggs, Easter is prime DIY time.
With Google on hand, there are plenty of fabulous (and cheap) ideas. Here are a few of our favourites to get you started. You might even like to invite the kids to get in on the action…
Decorate your own eggs
Setting up a new home is an incredibly exciting time and it’s tempting to race out and buy everything all at once.
Too often, buying something in a rush can result in a design decision you will regret. You may end up with a ‘matchy matchy’ interior that lacks personality, or even worse, a horribly uncomfortable couch that you don’t enjoy sitting on!
So take a deep breath, slow down a little and tell yourself that you are only going to buy things you really love, even if it takes a little longer to get your home just the way you want it.
How to grow lawn that will make your neighbours green with envy.
So you’ve finally moved into your new house! But to really complete your dream home, it’s time to tackle the garden! The first step? Creating the perfect lawn. And while you might think it’s as simple as sprinkling some grass seed out and hoping for the best, a little bit of planning up front will pay dividends and deliver you with an outcome that is sure to be the envy of all your neighbours.