Garden Fresh – Restoring Your Garden Back to Its Former Glory

If you’re lucky enough to own a garden, the chances are the winter has taken its toll on its appearance. But never fear: March represents an excellent opportunity to get your garden back in shape before the summer starts.

Sweep paths and surfaces

Really, you should be doing this regularly anyway. However, if you’ve neglected the superficial aspects of your garden over the winter, this is an excellent way to kick-start proceedings.

Trim hedges

This is another area of garden maintenance that can get away from you all too easily. The longer it’s left, the harder it gets. Could this be the year you invest in a proper set of hedge trimmers? Buying guides are easily accessible, with a number of manufacturers providing useful information online.

Andrea cutting the hedge, Aug.8/2008

Mulch ado about nothing

Using organic mulch is not only a good way of sprucing up your garden; it can also save weeding, improve the soil and make up for nutrients lost in the rainy season.

Clean and mend

If you’re planning to spend the summer eating outside, then it’s sensible to check the state of your garden furniture. If it’s been left exposed to the elements, some of it may need to be re-oiled, repainted or even replaced. While you’re at it, why not wash that greenhouse glass too?

Get planting

The best time to plant summer salad vegetables is about now, at the start of spring. If you fancy a salad of fresh garden-grown vegetables, it’s time to get going! Take your pick from tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce, basil, rocket and parsley.

Water features

It may well be the last thing on your list, but removing the leaves and debris that have accumulated over the winter can be extremely therapeutic. Like a number of the tasks outlined above, it’s a chance to squeeze in a little exercise too.

With these tips in mind, it won’t be long before your garden is back to looking its glorious, elegant best. Then you can sit back and take in the beauty. Just remember to keep on top of the maintenance.

Image by Andrea_44, used under Creative Commons license


Decorating your first home

Decorating your first home

Moving into your first home is liberating and incredibly exciting however, it can also be daunting due to the large amount of decisions you must make when it comes to decorating. Whether you have just moved into one of the new homes Midhurst or a more traditional Victorian property in Petworth, turning your house into a home always involves a large amount of decision making.

So, now that you have finally broken away from your parents’ apron strings and you have plucked up the courage – and the money to purchase your very first house, it’s time to begin turning it into a welcoming home.

Whilst moving into your first home is exciting, daunting and extremely exhilarating – it’s also really expensive. So, it’s important to remember that you can decorate your home as cheaply as you want to and here’s how:

Start with your bedroom

We are all guilty of spending more time in our bedroom than any other room in the house; it’s where we sleep after all! So, the bedroom should be the very first place you begin your decorating. Begin by purchasing some gorgeous new bedding – don’t skimp on the thread count; that really makes a difference!

Still have money in your pocket? Why not paint the walls? Try to ensure your paint complements your choice of bedding and any accessories you already have.

Don’t buy it all at once

You should live in the house before you start making any elaborate purchases. How you think you’re going to use the house and how you actually do are two very different things. For example, you may have set aside a hefty budget to renovate the bathroom; but after a couple of months of living in the house, you may decide that the money is better spent in the kitchen. Be careful with your money and think before you buy!

Tie everything together with colour

Don’t panic if all of your furniture doesn’t match – if you have a really old style couch but an IKEA coffee table. The best and most economical way to ensure everything works together is to tie it all together using a bit of colour. So, add some blue cushions to your sofa and blue coasters to your coffee table – sorted!

With these quick tips in mind, redecorating your first home can be fun and cheap!


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Shrewd Window Choices Can Transform Those Early Mornings

Over the years there has been a mammoth amount of research invested into sleep – and the exact amount that we really need. Whilst researching this article, we actually found that there is no magic number, but the general consensus is that if you sleep somewhere between seven and nine hours you’ll hit the spot and do your health no harm whatsoever.

Our research also showed that there is a need for us to drop into a “deep sleep” – where our body can fully rest and ultimately prepare us for the rigours of the next day. Achieving this is easier for some of us than it is for others, but something that unquestionably aids it is sleeping in a pitch dark environment. This is where window treatments enter the picture and more specifically, blinds.


If you do happen to lead a somewhat stressful life, investing in an appropriate set of blinds could very much be the best thing you ever do. Even if your lifestyle means that it’s just impossible to hit the pillow for nine hours, if you can at least improve the quality of your sleep there is every chance you will wake up feeling more refreshed than you ever did before.

Fortunately, one of the easiest ways to achieve this is one of the simplest, renowned and established products that have been available from blinds manufacturers. Blackout blinds do exactly as they say on the tin – they make your bedroom an absolute cave. No natural light is allowed to peak through the

window, and you’ve immediately improved the quality of your sleep. Additionally, this happens to be one of the most affordable types of blinds – presumably because of just how long they have been available on the market.

Developments in the blinds industry mean that there are a whole host of other ways in which you can improve the quality of your sleep though. While the blackout blinds could be a godsend for some, for others they might just make it impossible to wake up on a morning. Some people require a small amount of natural light to enter the room in the early hours, to gradually wake them up. It’s one of the reasons so many companies have started producing alarm clocks which mimic the natural morning sensations – as this is meant to be one of the easiest ways to kick us out of the “deep sleep” phase.

For those that do need a little help in the morning, any horizontal blinds which allow some form of light filtering can be the answer. The fact that you can alter the angle of the slats to allow the optimum amount of “waking up light” into the room in the morning is important, but there are products which allow you to go a step further.

For example, if you were to turn to a motorized and programmable blind, you could limit the amount of light in the evening, whilst allowing a small amount in the morning to wake you up. It’s another case which highlights the flexibility that blinds allow you when it comes to your sleep and shows just how important your window treatments are if you do want to feel fresher in the mornings.