Monthly Archives: November 2014

How to Grow Your Own Christmas Herb Garden

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Nothing can enhance your Christmas dinner quite like fresh herbs! Don’t let a little thing like winter stop you from growing your own aromatic herb garden over the festive season. Simply bring your plants indoors to enjoy fantastic flavour-enhancing herbs all year round.

It’s so easy to grow your own herb garden that even inexperienced gardeners will be able to sprinkle their freshly grown thyme over their roast potatoes on Christmas Day. Growing herbs indoors is also a great way to get young children interested in gardening! Your kids will love knowing that they’ve made Christmas dinner really special this year.

Just follow our simple guide to growing garden herbs indoors and you’ll be enjoying fresh, fragrant herbs in no time.

 

Pick the Right Pot

Ideally, you want to use pots that are large enough to give your herbs space to grow and have ample drainage. Avoid any mess by placing a tray underneath your pots to catch the runoff water from your plant pots.

Pretty, colourful plant pots are ideal for creating a decorative indoors herb garden. If your children are growing their own herbs, buy plain plant pots which they customise with their own designs.

 

Find a Sunny Spot

Giving your plants enough sunlight to grow during the winter can be difficult. The best spot for your plant is near to an east, south or west facing window so it can soak up as much sunlight as possible. Don’t be tempted to place your plants too close to a radiator; you might think you’re keeping your plant cosy but the excess heat could cause your plant to wilt before it sees Christmas.

Don’t limit your indoor herb garden to the kitchen. Try putting calming lavender in the bedroom or fresh anise hyssop in the hall to give guests a colourful welcome into your home!

 

Keep Your Soil Loose

Give your herbs the best start in life by planting them in loose soil so their roots have the freedom to grow. Fill the pot to the brim with soil but resist the urge to compact it. Keeping the soil loose will also let water filter down to the deeper roots so they don’t need to rise up to the surface. Once you’ve placed your plant in its pot, moderately water it to settle the loose soil in.

 

Avoid a Drought

Working out how often you should water your plants can be tricky; the central heating can quickly dry out the soil if you water it too little but, overly soggy soil could attract insects which are deadly to your plants!

A good rule of thumb is to water your plants every 3 – 5 days to avoid the soil becoming waterlogged but we recommend checking your soil every couple of days to make sure that it hasn’t become bone dry.

 

Enjoy Your Harvest

Congratulations you’ve successfully grown your own herbs! Now pick off the top of your plants to enjoy a fresh, fragrant addition to your Christmas dinner. We recommend adding fresh sage to your turkey stuffing or crisp mint to new potatoes.

 

How will you use your herbs this Christmas? Leave a comment below to share your top tips.

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5 Steps to Transform Your Deck into a Winter Wonderland!

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Don’t say goodbye to your deck when the short winter days and cold nights set in. With eDecks winter decking design tips you can transform your decking into a winter wonderland that your family and friends will love!

Simply follow our 5 easy decking design steps to create a festive deck that’s perfect for brightening up your garden during the bleak winter months. Why not use yours to throw a stylish Christmas party in December? Just add mulled wine to warm up your guests when the sun goes down.

 

Step 1: Prep Your Deck

Show your deck some love during the festive season by giving it a thorough clean, replacing any broken or damaged boards with new decking and adding a protective timber treatment.

We know it’s tempting to skip this stage but if you don’t create a solid foundation for your winter wonderland you’ll be forced to disassemble your decorations to carry out time consuming DIY jobs when your deck falls victim to warping, mould or splintering!

 

Step 2: Go Undercover

Covering up your deck with a stylish canopy is crucial during the winter if you want make the most of your decking. A canopy will also protect your decking furniture and winter decorations by acting as a much needed wind break and rain guard.

When choosing a canopy, you want to find one that’s manufactured from hardwearing, waterproof materials which will look great for years. If you stay in a region where the winter climate is particularly harsh, a canvas covering might not provide you with the level of shelter you need. Instead consider using a solid, fixed canopy.

 

Step 3: Light Up the Night

Dark winter nights are no match for decking lights! No winter wonderland would be complete without pretty lighting. Fairy lights are our favourite way to decorate decking for the holidays and create a festive atmosphere. For a quick and easy way to create this look drape a string of fairy lights over decking handrails. If your decking cover has a sturdy frame, use it to hang large decorative lights if you want to turn your lighting into a stand out feature.

Finish the look by installing fixed decking lights that will showcase your winter wonderland and increase the safety of your deck. Our top tip for safety conscious parents is to install fixed lighting on their deck’s stairs to prevent trips and falls.

 

Step 4: Turn Up the Heat

You don’t have to let the frosty winter nights keep you from enjoying your decking. Investing in a patio heater will help you to keep warm during the cold nights. If you’re planning on throwing a winter party, your guests will welcome the extra heating once the sun goes down!

Patio heaters come in a huge range of styles so you’re guaranteed to find the perfect one for your deck whether you need a large standalone heater or a small hanging corner unit.

 

Step 5: Embrace the Holiday Spirit

Christmas trees? Baubles? Inflatable Santa? Embrace the holidays with outdoors decking decorations! Don’t hold back from decorating your deck with fun Christmas decorations as soon as we enter into December.

We recommend using either sturdy decorations that you can nail down or light, easy to move novelties that you can quick move inside if the weather is particularly bad.

Create your own winter wonderland with eDecks. Shop our range of decking supplies online today.