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Autumn Spruce Up
Setting up your garden for a season of prosperous growth
Hopefully you've been able to spend the summer enjoying your garden and perhaps just keeping the weeds
down a bit, but now there are a few signs of seasonal change and the call to action stirs once again.
Autumn can be a startlingly busy time of
year in the garden, but also a particularly
rewarding one with the maturing of
various fruits and vegetables, autumnal
colours and frequently mild conditions to get
out there and tend to things.
It's also a time to look ahead and prepare for
Spring bulbs such as daffodils, crocuses and
tulips can be put in the ground now.
By careful selection and planting, you can
contrive to maintain a colourful bulb display
right from late winter through to early
Autumn is also the ideal time to plant trees
and shrubs in your garden, giving them time
to bed in before winter, ready to burst into
activity in spring.
With our relatively mild local climate, it's not
too late either to get a crop of vegetables in
the ground for next year, for example broccoli,
cabbage and cauli, or broad beans, carrots
Much of the garden begins to die back in
autumn, and with that phenomenon comes
the need to keep things tidy.
Where vegetable plots have finished their
growing for the season, turn over the soil with
a spade to aerate and mix in any compost,
manure or green fertiliser you've added.
This pays dividends next spring with a bed
that should be easy to prepare and nutrient
rich for sowing.
Don't leave rotting leaves and debris lying
around the garden, as this can encourage
pests and disease, but instead add to your
compost heap or mulch.
Frost needs to be considered, and measures
taken to protect frost tender plants that you
want to last out the season.
And if your flower beds are looking a bit sorry
for themselves, then why not plant up with
some late potted colour from any of our
excellent garden centres and nurseries?
With a bit of loving care and attention, there's
no reason why you shouldn't continue to
enjoy your patch long into the autumn, and
look forward to the flourish of spring!
New season, new opportunity
As we wave goodbye to the hot summer weather, and welcome the oranges and browns of autumn, now's a
good time to consider diving into a bit of autumn cleaning,' to welcome the new season with open arms.
This may mean getting rid of clutter
gained over Christmas, brightening the
house with a change in decor or style,
preparing the gardens for spring or simply
changing things around to start fresh for the
months of March, April and May.
Whichever move you plan on making,
embrace the seasonal change and create an
environment to suit the season and your
Everyone dreams of a home which is clutter-
free. It may seem like an unreachable goal as
you stare at the bowl on the kitchen table,
home to a myriad of 'useful things'.
But it's more realistic than you think. Homes
of today's modern standard are fresh, clean,
vibrant and more importantly -- clutter free,
and it was through hard work that they
became this way.
Look at the bowl on the kitchen table, or that
drawer in your living room, or even the rows
of ornaments gathering dust on a shelf in the
kitchen. Are they necessary? Do they give the
room any flair? Or do they just sit there,
gathering dust, being mementos of some-
thing you can't quite remember now.
Now imagine that shelf in the kitchen, home
to those mementos and dead pot plants, and
imagine it with one centrepiece -- possibly a
clock or a vase, and one thing either side of it.
It looks good, and it feels good. There's no
clutter on that shelf, and nothing gathering
dust. It's a small change but it's the beginning
of something much larger.
With the clutter gone, why not dive into
something much bigger such as some interior
design. With feature walls taking the interior
design market by storm, why not jump on the
A feature wall can not only liven a room up,
but it can add a touch of modernity, comfort
Look around your living area, what does it
lack? Is there a large wall, home to outdated
pictures or tatty wallpaper or paint? What
does it need? And what would it mean to you
to create a personal space that is fresh and
By choosing something new and vibrant, you
are creating an inviting space, giving you an
inner feeling of satisfaction and you are
embracing that 'new season, new oppor-
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