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The day the clocks go back is somewhat monumental. It’s the day we lose an hour of daylight, but gain an extra hour in bed 😉. If you are or know of the kind to go into immediate hibernation as soon as the sun sets, spread the word – the day isn’t over! This post will ensure that the clock change means you can still make the most of your day, light or dark.

Meeting the night wildlife

Although our instincts may be to go back inside when it gets dark, many animals just outside our doorstep do the exact opposite. By using any pet food or leftovers that you might have and leaving them outside, you could attract the local neighbours of badgers, foxes, hedgehogs, bats or even deer if you’re lucky! It’s can be pretty breathtaking to watch nature in all its glory.

Star and planet gazing

Not only can you see so much already from your back garden on a clear night, but you’ll be able to also see the whole sky so much clearer with simply a pair of binoculars or a birdwatching telescope should you have them handy. It’s a wonderful activity to do with the kids as you can teach them about space and the different moon phases.You can show them the full moon on the 23rd of November, whether they think it’s made out of cheese or not. 😉

Light a bonfire

This is a really sociable way of getting your friends and family outside during the colder months. Getting some wood together and a box of matches (and even some wooden scraps from an old DIY) is the perfect recipe for an evening of toasted marshmallows and great conversation, you’ll want seconds.

Visit a viewpoint

This may only apply to those of you who live near or in a city, but it’s a beauty. A great thing to do as the sun sets or as soon as it gets dark is to go to your favourite highpoint and take in a view of the city. The street lights and tiny houses will make it seem so small, and you get perspective on how huge everything really is!

Make some DIY lights

A great way to celebrate the darker months is to decorate your space with your own DIY creations. You can even use leftover firewood or things around the house, to light up your indoor or outdoor space. If you’re in need of a little inspiration, this blog post has 20 great ideas for light ideas you can make yourself. We also have a tutorial on how to make your own upcycled glass bottle light and a plastic concrete pendant light. De-light-ful!

Plant some shade-friendly greenery

There’s no denying that as the clocks go back, not only is it a sign of the coming cold but it also means that your plants don’t get as much light per day. So, here’s a heads up on some fern-tastic plants which grow in these conditions.

A plant that will give your garden a spot of colour and are perfect for this time of year are autumn crocuses. If you’re looking for greenery which loves the extreme shade look no further with Autumn ferns. They don’t need too much care when integrated into your garden, and Japanese maples are trees which are ideal to plant in Autumn, are relatively easy and will give you flowers in early to mid spring.

Camp with your kids

A guaranteed way of bringing the kids outside when the clocks turn back is by using your back garden as a camping ground. What better way to bring them on an adventure – on your own home turf! Activities such as teaching them how to set up a tent, playing around with hand shadows from a torch  or listening out for owls will give them an experience of being that little bit closer to nature!

We hope you enjoyed this post are now looking forward to the clocks changing! Enjoy spending time doing lots of fun activities with family and friends, and quite literally, have the time of your life!

 

Essential Gardening Jobs for November

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Here are a few ideas to hopefully give you some inspiration of some less obvious ways of subtly adding autumnal touches to your home as the cold draws in!

 

1. Add touches of autumnal colours

Different shades of deeper reds, yellows and browns will fit unbe-leaf-ably well with autumnal aesthetic. This colour scheme still stays within a neutral palette, yet adds some warmness to your home.

 

2. Brighten your home up with plants

Adding seasonal house plants is always a good idea. It’s been said that adding some nature and greenery to your space will help you to de-stress, which means that a pop of colour is simply a huge bonus. 😉

Autumnal Chrysanthemums and Bromeliads are gorgeous examples of autumnal house plants which can add vibrancy to your home and leaf you smiling.

 

3. Get some wood

Wood similarly has warmer tones in it and contributes to the ‘outdoors is indoors’ feel. Wood-n’t you love a bit of a rustic edge to your space? There are so many pieces of indoor furniture which use wood – why not turn over a new leaf and switch up your stool for a wooden one?

 

4. Warm up with candles and fire

Any form of (non dangerous) flame in a home is guaranteed to autumn-atically make your space so much more cosy! You can mix it up with candles of different sizes and smells, or even light up a wood fire.

 

5. Bring in the furs and rugs  

Added Hygge or comfort is a huge indicator that we’re entering into the colder months. Having a rug or blanket on hand in your space means that you’re guaranteed never to get chilly. Furr-ntastic!

 

We hope you picked up some tips on how to keep your home cosy yet seasonal this Autumn! Anyone who steps into your home will want to know where you got your inspiration from. 😉

 

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Essential Gardening jobs for October

 

The days are getting shorter and colder, and despite the lack of sun, your garden still needs tending to. With these essential gardening jobs for November you’ll ensure your plants make it through the winter disease free, while also reducing your workload in later months!

Flower Garden

  1. Bring plants like tulips and potted lilies inside, and be sure to check all plants for pests or diseases
  2. Prune bush roses to prevent them from rocking in the wind
  3. Keep bagging up fallen leaves and putting them into compost heaps to turn into mulch
  4. Keep track of weeds – they’ll still keep springing up throughout the colder months

Vegetable Patch

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  1. Prepare the ground for next season before heavy frosts. Dig up during dry spells, and lay down polythene to stop weeds
  2. Start harvesting Brussel sprouts, kale and leeks
  3. Keep an eye out for caterpillars and any plant debris, remove yellowing leaves from brussel sprouts
  4. Some plants (eg exotic plants like “hardy” bananas) will need protection from the cold, using straw or bubble wrap

Greenhouse

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  1. If you haven’t cleaned out your greenhouse yet, now is the time to do it. Disinfect it fully
  2. Consider a method of greenhouse heating to keep your plants going through the cold
  3. Certain spring bulbs, like tulips, can be planted now for an early blossom
  4. Keep your greenhouse ventilated, and be careful not to overwater your plants

 

We hope you’re enjoying the garden, despite the cold. If you have some catching up to do, why not check out our essential gardening jobs for October and September?

 

Source: pots2plots, thompson-morgan

It’s October, the days are getting colder, the nights are getting longer, and all those spooky demons surpressed for 364 days a year are preparing to show themselves on the creepiest night of the year. If you want to join in with the festivities but don’t want to spend lots of money, or you want to spend time making something with the kids for the house, we’ve put together these 6 Easy Homemade Halloween Decorations to get you suitably spooked.

 

1. Puking pumpkin

You’ll need: a pumpkin, tools to carve the pumpkin and scoop out the excess

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  1. Start by carving out a pumpkin as you would usually – cut a circular hole around the stem and remove this portion, and then scoop out the inside of the pumpkin.
  2. Take out the pumpkin innards and put them aside in a bowl – you don’t want to throw these away.
  3. Carve out your pumpkin face in any pained or repulsed expression you choose, remembering to leave the mouth wide.
  4. Put the pumpkin a place of your choice, and position the pumpkin innards you removed in the most gruesome way you can manage!

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2. Throw in the towel

You’ll need: an old towel you don’t mind ruining, some red paint and a brush – that’s it!

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This DIY is SUPER simple and quick, but can be pretty impactful for any unsuspecting guests. All you need to is take your paint, then press down firmly onto the towel. Repeat with your other hand, and add a few splatters of paint by flicking the paint brush towards your towel.

 

3. Cheesecloth ghost

You’ll need: cheesecloth, some sort of stand for your ghost (either a bottle with a round top or something straight – eg. a bottle or kitchen roll and a balloon), wire or coat hanger, scissors, tape, liquid starch or elmers glue.

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  1. Firstly, you’ll want to put together a form for your ghost. If you’re using a bottle with a rounded top – you’re all set. If not, you’ll want to either tape your balloon to the top of a bottle, or attach it to a long cylinder like a kitchen roll
  2. Take your wire and wrap it around the ghost’s ‘body’, with excess sticking out from each side. Manipulate these how you want to be the arms of the ghost. If you don’t want arms, just leave this step out
  3. Mix up your glue substance. If you’re using liquid starch, the ratio should be three parts starch to one part water. If you’re using glue and water, mix equal parts of both.
  4. Cut up your cheesecloth and submerge this into your glue mixture. Make sure the cloth is properly saturated – moving it around in the liquid and then wringing it out a little so it’s not gloopy
  5. Drape the cheesecloth over your form, and keep layering up until your happy. Make sure there’s excess cheesecloth at the bottom – this is what will keep your ghost standing
  6. Once they’ve fully dried (we recommend leaving overnight), remove your form and voila! Little ghosts! If you fancy, you can add in extras like black felt eyes, or even googly eyes.

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4. Bloody Handprint

You’ll need: Elmer’s glue, red and blue food colouring, cling film, wax paper, tape, gloves (optional – will protect your hands from dye but also make it harder to give accurate prints. Without gloves, put lotion on your hands to reduce the dye stain)

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  1. Prepare the area you’re working in for the inevitable dye and mess. Take a chopping board, wrap in clingfilm, and secure tightly at the back with tape.
  2. Pour out 30ml of glue with one drop of blue food colouring. Mix, then begin adding red colouring, stirring between each drop, until you reach the shade you want.  Remember it will darken a little when dry.
  3. Taking your hand, paint on a layer of *only* glue – this will act as a base. Press your hand onto the clingfilm. Wait until it dries, and then repeat several times, until it’s about 1/8th inch thick
  4. Once this is done, cover your hand in the red ‘blood’ mixture, and press this on top of your glue. Go back and fill in any gaps once dry
  5. Once this is dry, peel carefully from the clingfilm. If yours isn’t thick enough, simply go back with more coloured glue layers. Now just to stick them in spooky places around the house!

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5. Creepy Crawlies

You’ll need: yarn, tape, fake spider

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  1. Start by creating two X shapes that meet at the middle. Tape each end to the wall
  2. Knot a piece of your yarn close to the centre around one of the spires, and then work in a circle, looping around each spire as you reach it. Continue this until you’ve worked your way out to the end.
  3. Tie your fake spider onto another piece of yarn, and tape this so it either hangs from your net or off the ceiling

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6. Dripping Candles

You’ll need: kitchen or toilet rolls, small LED candles, glue gun, paint, fisherman’s string (optional)

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  1. Use your glue guns to put ‘wax’ drips around one side of your cardboard rolls
  2. Paint your candle to make the wax look realistic
  3. Glue in your electric light to the top of your candles
  4. If you like, you can use fisherman’s string to hang from the ceiling

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We hope these 6 Easy Homemade Halloween Decorations help you get your house suitably prepared for Halloween, whether you’re throwing a party, going trick or treat

ing, or curling up on the sofa pretending you can’t hear those kids knocking on your door and hoping they leave soon. If you try out any of these, we’d love to see! Just send us a photo over to our Facebook page (we promise we’ll be suitably impressed). Not into the whole Halloween thing and want to have a relax instead? Why not try your hand at a killer DIY combo – your own hammock and personal bar!

 

Sources: craftylumberjacks (blogspot) and feltmagnet

There are garden jobs to do all year round and October is no different! Start protecting your plants for the coming cold, insulate your greenhouse, and clear away those many, many fallen leaves. Stay on top of things with these essential gardening jobs for October!

Flower Garden Jobs

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  1. Put any fallen leaves in a compost heap. For a full guide to dealing with the Autumn leaves, click here.
  2. If you’re thinking of planting large trees or shrubs, October is a good month for this as their roots have enough time to establish before winter sets in.
  3. Prune shrubs like Cornus alba, Buddleja davidii, and Lavatera.
  4. Tie in any climbers to protect them from autumnal winds. Cover anything delicate which can’t be brought inside with horticultural fleece.

Vegetable patch jobs

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  1. If you’re harvesting pumpkins, do this when their skin begins to harden.
  2. Pick apples and pears. Prune your blackberries and cabbages (make a crosscut in cabbage stems).
  3. Plant autumn garlic and onion (you may also consider doing this in your greenhouse).
  4. Plant root fruit trees such as apples, cherries and plums.

 

Greenhouse jobs

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  1. Ensure your greenhouse is protected from the growing cold (check out our guide to greenhouse insulation). Remember to ventilate it on days which are a little warmer.
  2. Bring tender plants into your greenhouse to protect them from the frost
  3. Continue removing dead plant material to prevent any fungal disease.
  4. Clean your greenhouse with detergent and disinfectant. Be thorough – the cleaning will deter pests.

We hope this helps you stay on top of your garden jobs for October! If you want to read more of our Essential gardening guides, check out September and August here!

 

Source: http://www.mandycanudigit.com/jobs/october-gardening-jobs/