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The winter is nearing, and the nights are darkening. The temperatures are plummeting and  the snow will soon be falling. Whether you’re tucked up in bed, or out for a scenic walk, we’ve all been there where our feet feel as though they’re close to dropping off. So we’ve compiled a list of 5 ways to keep your feet warm.

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  1. Place heated inner soles into your shoes
    Great for when you’re heading outdoors, heated insoles add an extra layer of warmth for inside your shoe. Many heated insoles provide a heating element running down the entire length of the insole meaning your whole foot will be kept toasty, even those pinkies prone to the cold.

    What’s better is heated insoles will often fit into any shoe as they are easily trimmed down to size.

  2. Layer up with socks
    Whether you’re tucked up in front of the TV, or you’ve ventured out for an explore, choosing the right socks can benefit the warmth of your feet greatly. There are socks on the market with external heating elements (battery heated/ heat packs) which provide a gradual warmth to your legs and feet. These are a great option if you’re skiing, hiking or walking as they provide extra warmth in colder conditions.

    Alternatively, cosy thermal socks are great for lounging around the house and help maintain core body temperature also. They’re also perfect for long-term use, with very little maintenance or hassle.

    It’s important here that you don’t wear socks that are either too tight, or that don’t fit comfortably if you’re wearing shoes as this can cut off circulation to your toes.

  3. Put your slippers in the microwave
    You heard right. Cozy Body slippers are microwavable, and in only two minutes, you can benefit from instant warmth and relaxation. A short term solution, they are ideal for those cold mornings when making a brew or late evenings after a bath.

    With Christmas around the corner, they make a great gift too! (I will admit I did buy my Nan a pair and she loves them).

  4. Massage your feet
    Who’d have guessed that a soothing foot massage would improve circulation to your feet? Aiding blood flow, a massage helps to circulate the blood to even the nippy toes.

    Next time you have cold feet, nudge your boyfriend or girlfriend, and blame the cold!

  5. Top up with soups and stews
    With winter around the corner, forget the salads and ice cream and turn your attention to warm, heart foods. Stews, soups, vegetables, potatoes etc will help to keep your whole body warm.

    Also, avoid the caffeine! I know a morning brew is a staple part of most people’s routine, but caffeine is a vasoconstrictor which means it limits blood flow around the body.

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    Hopefully you’re now covered  in knowing 5 ways to keep your feet warm!

    For more tips and advice on how to keep warm this winter, we’ve a host of blog posts to read over.

    AmieAmie is a marketing enthusiast, having worked at Primrose since graduating from Reading University in 2014.

    She enjoys all things sport. A keen football fan, Amie follows Tottenham Hotspur FC, and regularly plays for her local 5 a side football team.

    Amie also writes restaurant reviews on  Barnard’s Burger Blog.

 

Gardening, Geoff, How To

Here at Primrose we like to think of your garden as not just a place chock full of plants and trees, but a place full of expression and character – filled with fine little details that make it simply a great place to be in and explore. Taking this into account and in no particular order, here is a list of 6 of our favourite DIY garden ideas we’ve come across that we think you should definitely try!

Tree Stump PlantersTree Stump Planters

Old tree stump causing a bit of an eye sore? No problem, turn it into a tree stump planter! Save spending money on removing them and simply hollow out a section of the stump, fill it with soil and plant some of your most vibrant and exciting plants. This gives you a wonderful natural looking flower bed without the heavy price that sometimes comes with one. Just be sure to break off some bark and create spaces for drainage at the bottom of the stump to allow for proper growth.

Sail Shade Cinema ScreenOutdoor Cinema

We’ve mentioned this before, but we’re mentioning it again because it is such a fantastic idea. Don’t settle for a big movie night in a cramped living room, check out this customer built outdoor cinema! Most iterations of this idea involve using old PVC piping, weighted buckets and sheets, but we suggest using one of our ever versatile shade sails. If you have the space to manage it, simply hook one up on its side, grab a projector (and of course snacks!) and you are good to go.

Wheel Barrow PlantersWheel Barrow Planter

Revive some life back into an old wheelbarrow and fill it up with soil and plants. Simple as that. Just make sure you have a few small holes for drainage, beware of large holes though or you could end up with flowers across your lawn! Not only does this provide you with a super versatile planter, you can easily move it to anywhere in your garden.

Garden MarkersGarden Markers

If you are particularly arty and need some plant markers, grab some stones from your garden and get painting. These works particularly well when growing your own vegetables are you can get pretty creative with your markers. If you’re feeling brave you could even let your kids loose with the paint and let their imagination run wild.

Coffee GroundsCoffee Grounds

This one isn’t so much a creative ornament or display but a way to recycle something you probably throw out every morning. If like me, you prefer percolated coffee to instant then it turns out you have one of the best and most versatile tools any gardener can have! Sprinkling said coffee grounds on your shrubs and home grown veggies will not only give them a nitrogen boost – promoting better growth – it also doubles as a natural way to deter slugs and ants!

Pallet ShelvingPallet Herb Garden

If you have had a large pallet delivery in the past and don’t know what to do with it, this is a fantastic a rustic way to show off your plants or home grown herbs. Simply remove some of the strips of wood, leaving the top and bottom sections of the pallet. Be sure to use a hammer to remove the nails without damaging them, you’ll need these later. Reattach these pieces of wood at suitable shelving heights and use any remaining strips for front facing and feet. If you are unsure, take a look at the images below for a better step by step idea – but we can assure you, these look fantastic!

Fancy trying your hand at any of these DIY garden ideas? Show us how you get on and send in any pictures to our Facebook or TwitterIf any of these are featured on site, we’ll be sure to send you a £5 voucher!

 

GeoffGeoff works within the Primrose marketing team, primarily on anything related to graphics and design.

He loves to keep up with the latest in music, film and technology whilst also creating his own original art and his ideal afternoon would be lounging in a sunny garden surrounded by good food, drink and company provided there is a football nearby.

While not an expert, his previous job involved landscaping so he’s got some limited experience when gardening.

See all of Geoff’s posts.

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Top Bank Holiday Gardening Products

With the bank holiday weekend just around the corner, and the sun set to shine down on us, we’ve highlighted a handful of products perfect for your garden this August.

Rattan Weave Set of 4 Armchairs and 4 Stools in Black by Arboro™
Relax in style with a rattan chair/ stool set, perfect for putting your feet up in the warm summers evening. Coming as a four-set, there is plenty of room for everyone to put their feet up too.

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Firefly­™ Black Lampshade Heater with Beech Wood Effect Stand
So you’re relaxing in your garden, but the sun is starting to set and you start to feel a bit cool. A perfect solution is a patio heater. Not only are they stylish and cheap to operate, but they will keep you and your guests warm long into the night.

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Banquet™ Jamaica Masonry Charcoal BBQ
There is nothing better than serving up sausages on a BBQ for your friends, family or even yourself. What better feature for your garden than a masonry charcoal BBQ, ready to deliver you a delightful, authentic taste.

Wheel Metal Garden Clock by About Time
A brand new addition to Primrose’ clock range, this stunning clock will be the perfect focal point for your guests who need to tell the time. It’s very easy to lose track of time when you’re having so much fun.

Kookaburra™ Shade Sail Frame
Need a break from the sun? Perhaps you have had enough of putting a hat on. A shade sail frame, along with a shade sail can be set up almost anywhere, and fit a range of shade sail shapes and sizes to create an idyllic shady area.

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Tortola Nautical Outdoor Garden Hammock
For when you want to just laze and imagine you’re basking in the tropics of Hawaii, hoist up a hammock and shut your eyes, imagining the ocean is behind you. Read a book, listen to some music or just watch the clouds pass.

Outdoor Rug Aqua
Spread out for breakfast, lunch or dinner with this gorgeous all-purpose rug. Great for relaxing upon, or setting up picnic with the family, you don’t have to worry about an outdoor rug getting ruined.

Bruce the Bull Recycled Steel Cooler
What better way to keep your drinks cool than with a recycled steel drinks cooler. Bruce the Bull is a best seller, and it’s easy to see why. Ample space for beers, wine or soft drinks, and a stylish design.

No matter what you get up to this bank holiday weekend, we’d love to know so send us in your photos in the following ways;

AmieAmie is a marketing enthusiast, having worked at Primrose since graduating from Reading University in 2014.

She enjoys all things sport. A keen football fan, Amie follows Tottenham Hotspur FC, and regularly plays for her local 5 a side football team.

Amie also writes restaurant reviews on  Barnard’s Burger Blog.

Animals, Composting, Geoff, How To, Insects, Ponds, Spiders, Wildlife

wildlife friendly garden

Wildlife is often synonymous with countryside and rural areas but wherever you are situated, why not encourage some vibrant wildlife into your own garden? With spring now fully in motion, become one with Mother Nature and bring your garden to life with the following tips:

Long Grass
Although it is tempting to neaten up your lawn for the summer, by leaving sections of long grass in your garden you pave the way for butterflies and ladybirds to easily lay eggs and inhabit. Also, remember to allow dandelions to flower as these attract bees – just remember to cut them before they turn to seed heads or they will infest your entire garden!

Bird Boxes and Feeders
Bird boxes and feeders are a great way to attract different types of birds, some of which you may have never seen. Situate these in sheltered sites out of reach of predators, and be sure to put out protein-rich feed during the spring, while they are feeding their young and seed in the winter. Another good tip is to place your bird box or feeder near dense bushes allowing smaller birds such as blue tits to feed while providing cover from cats.

Insect Hotel
Most insects aren’t fancy; a pile of rocks or rotting wood will do just the job. A quiet space with plenty of leaves, twigs and anything they can hide under will be just the habitat for insects to thrive.  If you want to give them a luxurious safe haven, turn it into a project like our user Kingston has done with their fantastic bug garden! Alternatively, cutting bundles of drinking straws, hollow canes or plant stems and placing them in suitable areas works well when creating a living space for these critters.

Pond
All creatures in your garden need a source of water, so why not make a pond! If you need some tips on how to make one from scratch we suggest you take a read of our handy guide. For those of you without the space or time, you can simply bury a shallow bucket or stone basin, just be sure to leave some shrubs and twigs to allow frogs and similar creatures to get in and out. To be fully self-sufficient, you could even use rainwater collected in a water butt to fill up your pond.

Compost
It’s always good to keep a compost area or bin in your garden, not only for wildlife but also for the good of your plants. They are a great habitat for worms, woodlice, frogs and spiders which are all useful for the ecosystem in your garden – typically attracting larger animals such as birds and hedgehogs. Be sure to turn your compost every week to aerate your soil, a pitchfork or compost aerator will do the job. This gives your compost an influx of oxygen and speeds up the decomposition time.

Fruit Trees and Bushes
Fruit trees not only attract great wildlife but also provide you with fruit to grow and eat yourselves. During the spring time, fruit trees such as apple and pear trees flower, providing a sweet source of nutrients for many pollinating insects such as honeybees. Furthermore, once the fruit begins to fall in the autumn, this becomes great grub for birds and insects alike.

Weeds
Before you go and clear your entire garden, be mindful of long term benefits to some weeds. Plants such as buttercups, daisies and foxgloves flower over a long period of time and are a great source of pollen. These can grow in the harshest of growing conditions and attract many beneficial predators to your garden so consider leaving a section in your garden to keep pests such as aphids in check!

Like weeds, there may be some forms of wildlife that you’d prefer to keep out of your garden. Learn how to get rid of rats and other pests.

 

GeoffGeoff works within the Primrose marketing team, primarily on anything related to graphics and design.

He loves to keep up with the latest in music, film and technology whilst also creating his own original art and his ideal afternoon would be lounging in a sunny garden surrounded by good food, drink and company provided there is a football nearby.

While not an expert, his previous job involved landscaping so he’s got some limited experience when gardening.

See all of Geoff’s posts.

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