Friday the 20th of May 2016 — Wrote by Deborah Clark
Yes – you read the title of this post correctly – gardening on your narrowboat! Yes, those long, narrow things that you see along the canal, that you look at and muse “what would it be like to go on one of those?”
They have a warm, British charm about them and there are hordes of people now making narrowboats their home or holiday destination. We spoke to Matt over at ridethewaves.co.uk, the UK’s premier narrowboat equipment supplier – the company has been in existence as a chandlery supplier for almost a century and in recent years, he tells little green nursery that the demand for narrowboat accessories has exploded. He thinks at least due in part because they are a cheaper alternative to mum, dad and 4 kids trekking abroad. A narrowboat gives you all the freedom you could want, with sprawling open, vibrant views of unspoiled country side (and if the British weather actually delivers some sunshine – it can be quite the breath taking experience).
Ridethewaves sell everything you could need for your narrowboat, so get on over to their website and take a look. We also have a special coupon code giving our readers 10% off (more about that later) – keep reading to find out more!
So, with more people taking to narrowboats and taking their mod-cons such as TVs. microwaves and fully working kitchens – many narrowboat owners now use the roof of their narrow boats to grow vegetables and plants! Plants like geraniums are even used to keep insects at bay. We have a few tips about how to create the perfect narrowboat garden!:
Plants are aesthetically pleasing and can also produce you, your own scrumptious food!
Lots of plants are now grown for urban gardening. Meaning a narrowboat is ideal for container gardening
The roof of your narrowboat is a fantastic place for your crops, just ensure they are secured
Growbags are ideal for the roof of your boat
Use purpose made gardening trays to protect your paintwork
If you are just spending the summer on your narrowboat – purchase some fast growing salad crops and herbs – get back in touch with nature!
Ensure you can still get under low bridges!
Whatever you decide to grow, it will really add a spark of vibrance to your time on your narrowboat. To make things even more tempting – ridethewaves.co.uk are offering a 10% discount on all of their narrowboat equipment to our readers! Simply apply the coupon code: RWLGN10 at checkout to receive your discount!
As always, if you have anything you would like to add or say – email us at firstname.lastname@example.org! Happy boating – take a look at the video below for more ideas!
Friday the 9th of October 2015 — Wrote by Deborah Clark
I know many of you will be like “what are you talking about – it’s only October!!!” and that’s true, October doesn’t really fill one with Christmas cheer but with only 10 Fridays to go – Christmas is coming and fat man red, knows if you’ve been naughty or nice!
The older I get, the quicker time seems to go – 8 weeks ago, I was lying on a beach in Cyprus in 45 degree heat, in another 8 weeks – the Christmas tree will be up, thermals on and sleigh bells ringing.
Now, as a horticulture site (and as a reader), we recommend purchasing real Christmas trees. To get the most out of your Christmas tree, you could use topsoil (we wrote an article on topsoil here. Topsoil will keep the tree hydrated and stop it from dying, making the branches green and full of life – bringing Christmas cheer to all that see it.
If you do not keep your Christmas tree hydrated and ensure it is getting the nutrients it need – well, it may not actually survive to see the big festive day and we hate to imagine sad faces on young children, expecting to sit around a topsoil rich, green Christmas tree only to be confronted with a branch less weed!
Wednesday the 9th of September 2015 — Wrote by Deborah Clark
It should be no surprise that topsoil Bromsgrove can bring you a myriad of healthy, green and lush grass (and is fantastic for planting!) and anyone that has the pleasure of being able to spend an extended amount of time in the garden will tell you – the well being benefits of a great looking garden or allotment is unmeasurable!
Topsoil can help plants such as the peace lily, aloe vera and spider plants grow tall and healthy. These kinds of plants are excellent at breaking down airborne toxins and putting oxygen back into the atmosphere within your open space. It’s also well worth considering how the plants are arranged as well thought out landscaping adds to the overall aesthetic of any garden or allotment.
So how does topsoil help?
Well – good quality, screened topsoil is full of nutrients and can help any lawn or soil that is poor or infertile to grow lots of green grass and lush vegetation and plants. It contains all the vitamins and nutrients that your grass, lawn and plants require for sustained, healthy and vigorous growth!
There are many places on the internet that you can purchase topsoil from but our personal favourite is valleycontractors.co.uk. Offering same day topsoil delivery throughout the west Midlands including Birmingham, Redditch at topsoil Bromsgrove and starting at only £78 for a bulk bag, it is both great quality and an excellent price! They also provide express delivery nationwide!
Arrange your garden for maximum impact
Mixing flowering plants with ferns or other foliage plants and putting sculptural plants in a prominent position will create a variety of focal points which will break up what would otherwise be a bland, almost lifeless garden space. Some plants such as a large, established yucca work perfectly in solitude, and coupled with some well placed lighting can cast some wonderfully shadows across the grass.
With a little imagination and a lot of plants you can create a landscaping design which will completely change the look and feel of your landscape. By creating a more pleasing and healthy outdoor environment will have a positive effect for the time you spend outdoors.
Wednesday the 2nd of September 2015 — Wrote by Deborah Clark
With no end of the recession in sight, many office managers are still looking to cut costs wherever they can. These cost cutting measures can range from saving paper by only printing off essential documents to implementing a policy where members of staff must provide their own pens and pencils. Office managers are also looking for non-essential expenses which could be dropped. However it’s worth bearing in mind that some seemingly innocuous cost cutting measures could prove counter productive.
For example, if you hire plants for the office, this may could be deemed as an unnecessary expense. But given the fact that office plants actively create a better working environment, both aesthetically and on health grounds, removing the plants from the office will more than likely have a detrimental effect on your workforce. Obviously cutting costs is essential to an extent, but you need to cut costs which will not affect the smooth running of your operation.
Other cost cutting initiatives could also prove to be a bitter pill to swallow by some of your staff. Some larger companies have introduced fees for using the company car park, which is never welcomed by employees who drive to work. All of a sudden charging for tea, coffee, milk and sugar also receives a frosty reception, but they’ll get over it in time. Your staff may seem a little disappointed should all the office plants be gone one day, but probably won’t notice the adverse affects of having no living plants in the office for a week or two. If you do hire plants for the office, then keep hold of them as they are the unsung heroes of any office environment.…
Wednesday the 2nd of September 2015 — Wrote by Deborah Clark
A great way to make an office more inviting and relaxing to be in is to have office plants. Office plants can add softness to an office. Unfortunately, they do require people to take care of the plants, which can take away from the time people are working. However, there are companies which you can hire office plants from and they will also take care of the plants for you on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis. There are several different things that plant services can do to take care of the plants that you put in your office. It all depends on if you want to have nothing to do with taking care of the plants, or if you just want to do a minimal amount of taking care of the plants.
They can handle the watering of the plants for you. Plant companies can also come in to prune the plants for you. If you need the plants to be fertilized, they can also come in and take care of that. You can determine how often you would like the company to come in and take care of the plants. This would probably depend on what types of plants you put in your office and how much watering they require.
If you decide to hire someone to take care of your plants, it can be very affordable. It costs much less to pay a company to come and take care of them than it does in lost time that you are paying your own employees. It will take away from their productivity. So, you will not only be losing out on their work, but you will also be paying them to take care of plants at a rate probably much higher than you would have to pay the plant company.
There are many different types of plants you can choose for your office. You can choose ferns and palms. These require minimal work to take care of and would not cost much at all to hire a company to handle them. You can also choose more exotic tropical plants. These plants will really make a big statement to your office. They will also require more maintenance, so they will be a bit more expensive to take care of.
The bottom line is that plants can make a huge difference in an office. They will make the office feel less industrial. The workers will be able to relax more and become more productive. When you get the plants, be sure to hire someone to come in and take care of the plants, it will be well worth the money.…