This better house and garden website is designed to share ideas and to promote gardening at whatever level a person may be interested in.
Rose growing, cottage gardens, seasonal gardening chores, veggie patches, practical tips – and more ……………………… AND see the articles (blogs) on the right column for more help
TWO NEW ARTICLES ON THE BLOG LIST – spring chores and using manures (7th)
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A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill
except for learning how to grow in rows. – Doug Larson
Five of my Gardening Guides are now available on Amazon Kindle Store – click for this page to see the titles – they are inexpensive!
Top Fiction Books – ideas for something to read & relax while sitting in your garden!
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I hope my gardening tips and ideas, and resources for a complete gardening experience can help you to take advantage of the points listed below.
Go to our Sustainable Homes & Garden section and explore the pages there for more information and tips
For ideas on chickens and their care, container gardening and other useful tips check out the DIY Gardener.
Good gardening practices means more than just plants and lawns!
Good gardening means
- value adding to a home’s equity
- saving on costs
- lower maintenance
- water conservation
- carbon reduction
- exercise and healthy outdoor activity
- complete use of a property’s potential
- simply pleasure
Although we are not a nursery we do include a list of some online garden nurseries for your convenience.
I started gardening years ago initially as a means of ”just getting away from it all” – stress relief and just a break to relax. From there my interest grew as I learned more and eventually I changed careers and went landscape gardening full-time.
My Special Interest is in rose gardening and being a bit old fashioned I also specialize in cottage gardens – believing that annuals not only give a garden loads of color, but ‘almost’ immediate gratification – in that they come into flower so much quicker than perennials. In addition, I am a great believer in having trees in a garden – no matter what its size – from small courtyards and balconies to half acre sized yards. There is a way!
My Experience My experience has grown over the years – ranging from designing new gardens, re-furbishing older gardens, developing ideas for making gardens more eco-friendly and now I also now provide coaching for new gardeners – set up at whatever level and requirements the client needs. Even when I was living in the tropics, I still maintained a rose garden and grew many annuals – and simply developed techniques of care to cater for the problems higher humidity causes. Our range of topics is always being expanded Check “What Experts Say” in the ‘All about Gardens’ section Gardens are an easy and affordable way to make an initial impact for a more sustainable environment. It is a means for every property owner to reduce their carbon footprint. It is an affordable strategy, one any person can undertake and a real contribution.
Gardening is the world’s most active hobby or outside activity – for so many reasons: • Love of beauty and nature • Love of watching things grow • Relaxation • To enhance the home property • To add more entertainment space – bringing the outdoors in. • The practical – growing your own food
Anyone can garden – there are ideas and solutions even for those who don’t really want to spend much time maintaining their garden.
Ideas and Tips • Energy Saving • More on eco-friendly gardens • Gardening ideas – design, practicalities, ideas and suggestions • Rose Gardening is a major feature here • Home Improvement – this is a time to be more green • The eco-friendly home – for ideas on insulation, energy saving, recycling It has been estimated that a well laid out garden and lawn will add 5% – 10% value to a property, so it is also a well worthwhile investment of time and money.