6 Top Tips For Creating a Garden From Scratch.

There are many people that often tell me, “I wouldn’t know where to start in my garden!” Or “My garden is a pile of weeds so there is no point doing anything.” That’s such a shame as gardening is such a healthy hobby. It’s good for us physically and it’s good for the soul as it brings such pleasure. What could be more lovely than being surrounded by beautiful plants or pretty flowers, especially if you have helped to nurture them? Or how about eating your own produce? This post is dedicated to all of you who would like to create a garden from scratch and are not sure how to go about it.

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My Garden Bucket List Top 5, Spring 2018

There are some lovely garden buys this Spring and there are many that I have my eye on! All would look fabulous in the Old House Garden  or in any garden for that matter! I would love to buy all of these and although at the moment we are saving for the extension, I can still look! Here are my garden bucket list top 5 items Spring 2018.

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Clever Energy-Saving DIY Ideas Anyone Can Implement.

Most people would agree that it is important to try and save energy in the home. If you also believe this, then you are probably forever on the lookout for some good clever energy-saving ideas which you can implement in your own home. As it happens, it is pretty easy to save energy in your home without making big, drastic changes. Most of all, it is just about those smaller changes which you will find add up to make an enormous difference. In this article, we are going to take a look at some of the best energy-saving DIY ideas which you can probably easily get behind. As long as you try these out, you will be surprised with how much energy you can really save in the long run.

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Creating a Wildlife Pond in the Old House Garden

We started this project in February when we decided to move the Building that the cats slept in! Honestly, that was all the little house was used for! It also took up room and light so a new area was in order! The old pond liner has degraded so much it is full of holes so we decided to create a wildlife pond in this space. What we hadn’t expected was the cold and snowy weather we had in March which really put our plans behind. However, this Easter we have finished the wildlife pond and it looks fabulous!

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When Old Homes Throw Temperature Tantrums

We all love our old homes for what they are. The truest sense of love is not about possession and treating it like it’s a mere trinket in your pocket. The way you really love someone, or something is about appreciation. The problem is, old homes have their own personalities that they have shaped and made for decades but they do need looking after to maintain their quirks as well as maintaining their value. In this recent cold weather, we have sometimes struggled to control the temperature in the old house; in fact, we often wake up to condensation on the windows in these freezing temperatures!

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Choosing a New Shed for the Old House Garden.

We already have a shed; it was left in the Old House garden by the previous owners. In fact, it is every Gardener’s dream shed because it was left FULL UP with garden tools, gadgets, 2 mowers and an old fashioned lawn roller! However, hubbie has more gadgets, tools and thingyme bobs in the garage and house; you name it, he has it. He is the gadget king when it comes to DIY and gardening! As the garage is coming down in a month’s time to make way for a new garage and extension, he needed a place to put these too.
A new shed was in order!

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The Plans for the Old House…..finally!

And so it begins.

As many of you know, we have been granted planning permission for some major works on the Old House. This took a full year as the building is listed. This means that we have to rightfully respect the history of the house and ask permission to change any part of it.

This week, we met with our lovely builders to look at the plans again and to go through a programme of works to ensure a smooth and efficient build. For example, we shall be without a boiler for a period of time which means no hot water which means no showers! With teenagers (and their mum!), it is vitally important to plan for this! In seriousness though, both children have exams in the summer (one has A Levels and the other has GCSE’s) and we had to be mindful of this when planning when to start and when the build would affect the present house and the ability to shower!

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I’m proud to call myself a Mindful Gardener.

I didn’t know that I had missed my time in the garden so much until this weekend. Was it the return of Monty in Gardeners World? Was it the fact that we finally managed to get a spade in the ground after all the freezing weather? Was it the appearance of the early Spring flowers?

No. I realised that I had been missing my mindful moments for I am proud to call myself a Mindful Gardener!

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