Urban Garden Ideas For City Living.

The countryside isn’t for everyone. Here at The Old House in the Shires, we love the wide open spaces and the weird and wonderful smells that waft from the nearby fields. Of course, if you are a big city type, you may prefer the hustle and bustle of people and the constant buzz of the hub. Both have their pros and cons and it’s down to personal choice which lifestyle you pick. One thing that you may miss or envy is a garden or having your own outside space. There aren’t many better ways to relax or brighten up space than with plants.

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Keeping Up Gardening Through The Colder Months.

We are a nation of garden lovers! Believe it or not, gardening has topped various polls as one of the most loved and engaged with hobbies of a whole variety of individuals. While traditionally, many of us associate gardening with the older generation, nowadays the pastime is drawing in a much wider demographic, varying from children to teens, young adults and the middle-aged too! Now, we are in the midst of winter, so you might not fancy hitting the outdoors for a spot of digging, weeding, and planting. Who can blame us? Temperatures have dropped this week and you don’t get the immediate reward and satisfaction of planting beautiful, bright flowers and seeing them thrive.

However, before you can get stuck into those spring garden jobs you need to carry on with your hard work even if it is freezing outside! If you’re unsure of where to start, here are a few things that you can do to keep your garden in good nick until the sun starts shining again.

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6 Must Do Jobs For The Spring Garden

Aside from being a great hobby, gardening teaches you a lot of things like patience, discipline, and responsibility. After all, you need to be committed to working in your garden all throughout the year. But don’t worry because it shouldn’t take too much of your time provided that you plan accordingly.

Besides, all your effort and hard work will have been worth it once you see the fruits of your labour. As a gardener, you need to understand that what you do in your garden this season will significantly affect what your garden will look like in the next.

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Master the Art of The Children’s Party

Gone are the days of pass the parcel, musical statues and a few sandwiches. Kids parties can now be the most lavish of affairs with parents competing to see who can hold the most talked about birthday soiree for their offspring. While you may not be one for entering into such trivial matters, you can’t help but want your little ones to have the best party to celebrate another year on the planet. Read on to see how you can master the art of the kids party!

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6 on Saturday: Jobs in January.

I shared my garden plans in 2018 with you all at New Year and we have started with a few jobs that we could fit in around full-time jobs and family commitments. I thought I would share some of the things we have been up to in this 6 on Saturday post. If you are unsure what that is, you can read about this over at The Propagator Blog.

I’m in bed this Saturday morning enjoying a coffee so these photos were taken throughout January. I didn’t get to the post before Saturday was over so I thought I would share with you today instead.

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How to Create The Perfect Home Office

If you work from home, it is so important to create a productive home office that you will actually want to work in. Finding motivation is often one of the most difficult factors about working from home. This is why you should never work on your sofa or in bed. You need to emulate a traditional work environment. So, just how do you create the perfect home office? Read on to discover some amazing tips to help you get started.

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How Can I Protect My Garden In Stormy Weather?

My garden is looking a little battered! After all the rain and windy weather we have been experiencing in Wiltshire over the past week, I’m surprised that no trees have come down. Sometimes the weather goes a little overboard and gives us a mad storm to deal with, and when this happens, our gardens may get hurt due to heavy showers and strong winds, which can leave us with a mighty mess on our hands.
In order to avoid this from happening, here are some of the best tips that you can put to action to keep your garden a protected one.

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