If you’ve found yourself with an abundance of apples this autumn, we suggest you make your very own apple cider this year to enjoy with friends and family. Because when life gives you apples, you should definitely use them to make cider!
We’ve made an infographic just for you that lists all the steps involved in making your very own apple cider, but of course this could be adapted to include pears. Let us know if you have tried making your own cider, we’d love to see how you got on in the comments section below or on Facebook!
Becky Hughes is a designer at Primrose, and currently in her final year of Digital Media Design at Bournemouth University. When she’s not studying Becky enjoys keeping fit and gardening in her family home.
Although every family is different yet most families face similar issues when it comes to privacy and personal space. It is important that any family member gets space when they need to unwind, work,or study, and the extra living space that garden rooms offer is exactly what your family needs.The comfort of a little space outside the house can allow you to pursue a hobby like learning to play a musical instrument or hone your skills at your craft.
Almost one-fourth of all garden rooms built are home offices. Having trees around the work space improves your mood, helps you to concentrate better, and work more and still feel more relaxed. Someone who has tried to work from home cannot deny the fact that they cannot work unless there is nobody else at home. Having an office pod away from the noise and stress of the house can work wonders for architects, photographers, web designers, online retailers, and writers besides many other professionals. Having such an office space helps self-employed professionals to avoid a stressful commute between home and office and also saves time. Working amidst nature in their own garden can help those creative juices flowing to boost productivity.
If you are a business owner who often gets clients and partners at home, a garden room can provide you with that buffer to separate home from work. You would be able to communicate your ideas better without any disturbance and avoid getting distracted because of home affairs. If you are concerned about its effect on the value of your property, you would be glad to learn that a garden room is likely to add value to your home and increase the chances of a quick sale.
Check out this infographic put together by ModernGardenRooms to learn about other uses of garden rooms and what the specifications that need to be considered are.
The wildness of nature is somewhat illusory: while the chaotic spread of uncultivated plant and animal life may seem random, there is a non-human logic beneath it all that is beautiful to behold when considered afresh. The roots, the flowers and leaves of the plants in our gardens and beyond communicate and work with each other with a form of unthinking intelligence that, when over-considered, can feel like an alien presence in our very neighbourhoods. But we too are part of this cycle: we eat the plants that the insects pollinate, we breathe the air that the trees generate, and in turn we cultivate and protect our neighbours, the plants!
While all this is perfectly natural, we have lost touch somewhat with our inherent instinct on how to do this. Chemical fertilizers and insecticides have interrupted our gardens’ natural sense of self-preservation and mutual care. But learning how to cast these artificial elements aside and work with nature’s inherent logic is good for the soul and good for the environment.
For example, some plants act as natural insect-repellents, protecting their neighbours from hungry pests; conversely, other plants will attract the bugs that your garden needs if it is to thrive. It makes far more sense to work this way than to employ the industrial techniques that big agriculture uses to maximize profits.
Still other plants are of the ‘big sister’ variety, offering shelter or necessary nutrition to their fellow blooms. And some will even pay back directly to you in thanks for growing them side by side: certain vegetables and herbs can actually flavour each other while still in the earth, and other plants will conceal each other’s less savoury scents.
To start embracing your garden’s cross-species affinity, take a look at this new infographic containing some suggestions on plants that thrive well together.
You may have noticed over the last few months that we’ve been going potty over pot-growing plants. Through a series of infographics, we’ve compiled the Complete Guide to Container Gardening – simple guides to help you get the most out of planting in pots.
Here are the collected guides for you to enjoy all over again. And when you’re ready to start growing, we have all the planters you could ever need!
How to Plant in Pots
We kick off with the basics, for gardening novices or simply those who need a refresher. Planting in pots opens up a whole world of flexible gardening for decorative plants, herbs, houseplants and more.
How to Repot a Plant
Most potted plants will need repotting at some stage in their life. If they outgrow their current container it’s essential to give them more space. We made this 5 step guide to make the process super straight forward!
How to Water Pot Plants
Watering is one of those critical conundrums when it comes to pot plants. With potentially no natural water and limited drainage, it’s easy to over or under-water. Follow these best practices for healthy plants.
How to Choose the Right Planter for Your Garden
Picking the right planter is a deceptively easily task. But there are so many factors aside from taste – material, portability, size and more. We address them all to make your decision simple again.
How to Plant Potatoes in Containers
Container gardening is such an adaptable form of growing and it’s perfect for raising your own crops to eat. Potatoes especially are a natural fit for pots, meaning you can have home-grown spuds without the need for an allotment.
How to Plant Strawberries in Containers
Strawberries are perfect for growing in pots on the patio too. Fresh fruit on the doorstep – what’s not to like? We take you through how to grow the juiciest strawberries at home.
How to Grow Herbs in Pots
Take your cooking to the next level with a stock of fresh herbs at your fingertips. We show you how to start growing herbs at home in a kitchen garden or right on the windowsill.
How to Grow Plants Indoors
Of course, many of us who love container gardening do so because it allows us to fill the house with beautiful blooms. Indoor gardening has its own challenges, so we’ve got the tips for you to master it.
How to Plant a Hanging Basket
Finally we round off the series by heading back out into the garden for a classic horticultural endeavour – planting a hanging basket. By now you should be an expert in container growing and well prepared for this last task.
George works in the Primrose marketing team. As a lover of all things filmic, he also gets involved with our TV ads and web videos.
George’s idea of the perfect time in the garden is a long afternoon sitting in the shade with a good book. A cool breeze, peace and quiet… But of course, he’s usually disturbed by his energetic wire fox terrier, Poppy!
He writes about his misadventures in repotting plants and new discoveries about cat repellers.