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What You Should Be Planting This Month

If you cannot wait to add some life to your garden, you can start sowing seeds now to get some more colour to your flower beds. Here are some suggestions on what crops to plant in February.   Herbs While you may still need to wait a little longer for spring flowers to withstand the frost – especially with the cold snap we’ve been having lately – you can get your green fingers going by planting some herbs. Basil, oregano, sage and thyme are fantastic to grow, adding delicate fragrances to your garden. You can also try sowing chilli seeds if you like a bit of a kick to your meals, adding a splash of rich red to your backyard.   Root vegetables Root vegetables don’t need warm weather to thrive, so start planting onion, carrot and leek seeds and watch your...

Garden Inspiration From The SGD Awards

The Society of Garden Designers (SGD) has unveiled the winners of its 2017 awards, showcasing some of the most stunning and inspiring garden design projects in the UK in the past 12 months. If you’re thinking of tackling your outdoor space this year, you may want to have a look at some of the judges’ picks to get some inspiration. Water featured in many of the winning residential gardens, either in the form of pools, fountains or unusual water features. There was a fair amount of decking across a number of the winners too. Some of the top outdoor spaces utilised it in unusual shapes to make their garden really stand out. If you’re looking at your garden and wondering how to transform it from a rather empty space into something spectacular, it’s worth getting professionals to...

‘Now’s The Time’ To Prepare Your Spud Crop

If the unpleasant winter weather is keeping you from gardening in your Lancashire home, why not take a green-fingered project inside? If you have never planted your own potato crop but always wanted to, now is the perfect time to prepare your seed potatoes for planting. BT.com explains that seed potatoes are easy to come by from garden centres and over the internet and early varieties of seed potatoes need to be chitted in January and February before they can be planted outside. If you've never chitted a potato, you simply lay them rose end - the end with the majority of little sprouts - on newspaper in seed trays or in old egg cartons. Place them on a windowsill or in a frost-free greenhouse somewhere light - but not in direct sunlight. In a matter...

Master Companion Planting To Protect Veg Crops

Have you ever heard of companion planting? Well, if you’re going to set up a vegetable patch in your garden this year then you may want to learn all about it. The Westmorland Gazette highlighted how companion planting can be used to protect your crops, which means thinking carefully about what vegetables, herbs and other plants you put where. If you’re going to hire someone to help you with your gardening in Lancashire, they will be able to ensure you get this kind of thing right. Tom Attwood explained that companion planting is a natural way of protecting crops from a range of issues. He cited the example of carrot plants, which can easily be damaged by the carrot fly. However, by planting the likes of onions, leeks, wormwood, sage and rosemary by your carrot plants,...

Will Lancashire Homes Follow The Decking Trend In 2018?

There may be a greater demand for decking in Lancashire in 2018, so if you are planning to include an attractive new deck space to your garden  in the coming months, start researching now to get the best deal. Builder Online revealed that Metrostudy data shows there will be a 4.6 per cent increase in the number of deck installations in 2018 compared to 2017. This is because decking technology is advancing, so many households are investing in new decking either to set up an entirely new deck, or to replace one that is not going to weather the British climate as well as a newer material. Advances in wood-plastic composite decking last longer than traditional wood decks and Remodelling's Sean Wallisch believes these are the products that will convince more people to invest. As well as...