Monthly Archives: May 2017

Garden Gifts

Garden gifts are really a great way to encourage the hobby of gardening. Anyone who can get their hands dirty can fall in love with gardening, and the appropriate garden gifts can add a special little delight to their efforts. Kids and adults alike can benefit from the therapeutic aspects of gardening. The disabled can gain some independence through gardening and the elderly can stay in better physical condition. Garden gifts can range from the practical to the adornment. If you want to give a special gardener the gift of practicality, try picking up some useful tools that they might not have. Something as simple as a garden knee bench can help them get to their plants without the hard impact of kneeling on the ground. Small gardening sets can be very much appreciated as well.

Kids make great little gardeners and giving garden gifts that belong solely to them can help ensure that they can enjoy the process and become an independent little gardener. There are kid friendly garden sets that can get them going. You can also put together a creative package of plastic pots and non toxic paints which can encourage them to create their own unique planting pots and give them a sense of pride in their flowers and vegetables. Gardening gives people a reward sensation that we rarely find in our world today. By giving to the garden, the garden gives back to us in a whole new way. We can grow award winning flowers or we can nourish ourselves and our family members. Projects throughout numerous cities have sprung up, bringing gardening into the lives of troubled children throughout many inner cities. Community gardens bring people together in a whole new way, and the gardener is never out of common friends.

When you seek out garden gifts, creative but useful ideas are definitely the way to go. While most gardeners already have a trowel, they may very well not have the decorative garden additions that can make gardening even more fun. Small pieces of outdoor furniture, foot paths, and even small water fountains can make a garden more than a labor of love. It can turn it into a sanctuary. The gardener on a budget will appreciate your efforts to help turn their garden into a place where they can relax and enjoy the fruits of their labor. More than that, it turns a garden into a social area that they are proud to show off. For any gardener, garden gifts are the perfect way to show that you appreciate their efforts that develop into beautiful life forms.

Organic Gardening

Every gardener has his own set of qualities that make him fit for some gardening styles. If you know yourself and the precise gardening style that will fit your rearing of your organic garden and facilitate you give way to your vegetables effectively, then you have pretty much gotten an advantage over other gardening enthusiasts. But what are the diverse types of gardening that you could look out for? Here are some of the types for you to consider:

  • Residential Gardening

Residential gardening does not need too much room. It can be cultivated as well in balconies, window sills, and other little areas that receive sufficient sunlight, easy to keep an eye on and all together easy to maintain free from pests. One good thing about residential gardening is the easiness with which it ushers the gardening aspirant from having no expertise to expanding to other gardening styles, whichever deems the imagination of the nascent gardener.

  • Indoor Gardening

Residential gardening is under the vast scope of indoor gardening. Other types under this grouping include the greenhouses, the gardens of conservatories and educational institutions. Systems for air conditioning and heating and may be found as well for certain breeds of plants. If you are the kind of gardener who actually loves cultivating plants in any time of year, then indoor gardening is the best choice for you.

  • Specialized Gardening

Specialized gardening involves non-residential areas that are recognized for its green feature and are frequently marketed as such. Botanical gardens, parks, enjoyment parts and other vacationer attractions fall under this grouping. Often a workforce is necessary to maintain, due to its magnitude, subsequently efficient administrative skills on top of organic gardening know-how may be essential. It is also customized for delivering in revenue to certain organizations or causes.

  • Impact Gardening

If you are up to the confrontation of blocking weeds with smallest costs, then impact gardening is for you. It involves making use of a comparatively undersized space and maximizing its gardening potential. The vegetation is often jam-packed together.

  • Community Gardening

If you are motivated by group labors, community gardening is possibly for you. It involves concerted efforts of the diverse members of the community to be able to facilitate to make a greener area. It involves a massive scope, but the members of the group of people are given self-government to style their areas in any way they prefer.

  • Water Gardening

If you want to garden with least care and love water organisms, then water organic gardening is appropriate for you. This is a bit of a defy for most gardeners for the reason that it usually does not involve the preliminary conditions of other conventional gardening techniques. The originality of water gardening appeals no more than those who have generous water services to develop this type of gardening style

Design a Sloping Garden

A good design can transform a sloping site into a spectacular garden. I have designed many sloping gardens, I love doing them but know how tricky they can be to get right. You need a thorough understanding of site topography and a detailed plan to address the level changes in order to avoid the many pitfalls of creating gardens on slopes. The best way to design gardens on sloping sites is to create terraces using retaining walls to provide flat areas that can be used as functional spaces within the garden. The level changes in a sloping garden dictate naturally the creation of outdoor rooms at different heights each with a unique atmosphere. The spaces can be enclosed and/or sunken for privacy and intimacy or opened up creating a sunny terrace with a fabulous view. The steps and ramps needed to navigate and access the levels can provide different journeys around the garden as well as being sculptural design features.

The garden must be structured to create useable spaces that work with the level changes and meet the clients brief. In the UK, retaining walls can be no more than 1m high adjoining the roadway or 1.8m high elsewhere in the garden without needing planning permission. Always check house deeds as some have covenants that relate to maximum permissible heights of garden walls. It is rarely feasible or desirable to create one large retaining wall to reduce the garden to a single level. Other than on a very small slope this would be overbearing, make some parts of the garden hard to access, and almost certainly raise the garden so that it infringes on neighbors privacy. Avoid very high retaining walls, and split the garden into fewer, shallower levels.

The new garden levels must not be raised so high that they are overlooking neighboring gardens. It may not be possible to construct a large terrace adjacent to the house if it sits on top of a steep bank. This would create a platform from which people could see directly into neighboring gardens and houses and this is neither desirable nor legal. In the UK, deck may not be raised more than 30cm from the existing ground level without planning permission. The solution is to create a seating area in a lower part of the garden – not quite so convenient, but more private for everyone concerned. The height differences between various parts of the garden dictate how high any retaining wall needs to be for any given distance away from the house. The further any terrace extends out over or into a slope the higher the retaining wall required.

There are many different material options for constructing retaining walls, the most common is concrete blocks. Concrete blocks are relatively cheap and create robust, stable and long-lasting retaining walls. A blockwork wall can be rendered or faced with a wide variety of materials including brick, stone and even stainless steel sheets. I like facing retaining walls with slate cladding and pebble mosaic sheets to give textural contrast to other hard landscaping materials. Other options for wall construction include brick, stone, gabion cages, poured concrete, railway sleepers, timber and even compacted earth.


Garden Building

For some people it is enough to place a garden shed somewhere in the corner of their yard while other people are trying to come up with the new ideas of how to create some extra space for outdoor activities. They try to build a garden office or a studio workshop, a guest house or beautiful gazebos, wooden garages or carports, which would blend harmonically into the yard.

To make sure the garden building stands long, it is necessary to build it on the perfectly flat surface and to lay a proper foundation. It is also a few ways for foundation. And after the foundation is laid, it is time to install the windows and doors. Common garden building design has domes and windows to improve the air quality and the lighting. Windows and doors must be long-lasting, waterproof and UV resistant. Nowadays, building companies can offer you the widest door entries and enough space for the larger equipment items. If you feel confused and do not know where to begin when rearranging your yard, we recommend you to break it up into smaller areas. Do not forget to make the entertaining area, the sandbox for your children, the pool area, utility area, and the vegetable area.

If you have gardened for a year or more and have found that you want to continue this hobby, you will really want to rearrange your garden. A beautiful garden will also give a better look to your home. However, there is one problem that comes with the gardening – the more you garden, the more tools and various equipment you want to keep. You can’t store all the gardening tools and equipment at your home. A garden shed is an ideal place to store all those gardening tools in one place. You should think about building your own garden shed. Most of the garden buildings are made from wood. There are many types of garden buildings and you can choose the one which meets all your needs. A garden building is any structure built-in a garden or yard. Such structures include garden sheds, cabana, wooden garages, garden offices, and many more. A garden shed is a simple structure and mostly used to keep various tools and unused equipment. Sometimes garden sheds are used as a workshop. Garden sheds are different in their size, construction method, and design. These buildings are widely used in industry because they can be very large buildings.

The gazebo is installed to give a shelter and it is also a design element, a part of the landscape, and a place to rest. There are a lot of different types of the gazebos. Gazebos include kiosks, pavilions, follies, pergola, rotunda, and other similar buildings. Most of the gazebos are built where sunny and warm climate is.  It is useful to know that if you want to build a garden office, you will not need a separate permit for construction but your garden office should be used as a home study, and if the construction and size should be similar to the garden shed. Garden office does not need a separate garden office building permission if the construction is not more than 4 meters in height and at least 2 meters from the property line. You should also know that your garden office should not cover more than a half of the garden area. So if you are running your business from your garden office, you may need a permit because it can cause some problems for your neighbours.