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Ever get frustrated that your plants can’t stay with you for more than a couple of weeks from a disease you never saw coming? This post is here to save you from the worry of them targeting your precious plants again with these handy tips. In order to choose your plant protection products wisely, you first need to identify what exactly is wrong with your plants. Below are the most common issues: Insects – They bite or drill holes in the leaves, stem and fruit, and can cause serious damage or even death to your plant. They usually hide out on the underside of leaves, making it relatively easy to find them. To get rid of or ward off insects, you will need an insecticide. Moulds – These attach themselves to your plants and feed on them. The first warning that you have mould is when you see any…

This is the ultimate guide to growing your favourite happy hour cocktails within the comfort of your own home – so that you’ll have the herbs you need at hand for whenever you feel like it’s about thyme for a beverage! Home Growing When it comes to growing herbs indoors, hydroponics is one of the best methods. This is because hydroponic herbs grow more rapidly from seedlings, are able to grow bigger volumes in a smaller containers,  and are known for having a heightened aroma which means – more taste! Hydroponics will result in your herbs growing 25% to 50% faster than in soil, in a controlled environment where you won’t even have to bother with keeping them hydrated. No soil messiness and herbs all year round – it’s just mint to be! Herb Cocktails We’ve put together some of our favourite herb-y concoctions for you to give a go…

What is a drip irrigation system? A new way of effectively watering plants: a drip irrigation system! This is the ideal way to navigate and distribute the water used for your plants directly to their roots, as well as being able to leave your plants to become hydrated whilst unattended. So, in order to make your life easier – and especially as the holidays are coming up! – we’ve decided to show you just how easy it is to install. The controller The heart of the system is the irrigation controller. This is installed on a tap near the garden or vegetable patch and is responsible for opening and closing the flow of water according to what you have programmed in. There are many different models and prices available to satisfy the needs of all: from those that control two different areas of the garden (image 1) to those…

Learn how to build your own practical outdoor storage bench from pallets. With pallets, not only can you make almost any type of furniture, but you can also do so cheaply, while at the same time recycling some pallet wood. Outdoor Storage Bench Tools and materials To make an outdoor storage bench like the one in this tutorial, you’ll need the following tools and materials: Reciprocating saw or crow bar Orbital sander and/or electric planer Mitre saw or handsaw Drill/ screwdriver Nail gun Pallets (read our article on where to get free pallets here) A plywood board measuring 860 x 340 x 5mm Wood filler Wood screws Varnish Brush Masking tape Hinges 2 handles/ knobs Cost, time and difficulty The difficulty level of this project is rated as medium, given that you’ll need a certain level of skills when it comes to using the different tools, as well as furniture…

Looking to upgrade your sofa but don’t have a big budget? Save money by making your own DIY Pallet Sofa with this handy tutorial! See for yourself how to turn old pallets into your own personalised and comfy sofa, a perfect match with your living room or garden! DIY Pallet Sofa Tutorial Tools and materials The tools and materials that you’ll need to make this DIY pallet sofa are as follows: Reciprocating saw Circular saw Drill or screwdriver Orbital sander Electric planer Mitre saw 2 pallets (read where to find free pallets here) Sofa cushions measuring 120 x 80cm (seat), and 2 measuring 60 x 40cm (backrest) (These can be indoor or outdoor cushions depending on where you’ll put the sofa!) Coach screws Coloured varnish Paint roller Cost, time and difficulty This project is rated medium difficulty as it requires a certain level of skill when it comes to handling the electric…