10 Favourite Gardening Buzzfeed videos #2

10 Favourite Gardening Buzzfeed videos #2

It’s a Friday and you know what that means – today we sit back, scroll and watch as I give my run down of my favourite gardening Buzzfeed videos.

Gardening Buzzfeed videos are brilliant! Nifty videos cover arts and crafts and Tasty videos cover food and recipes. I’m often watching gardening and outdoor related Buzzfeed Nifty videos or Buzzfeed Tasty videos via YouTube or Facebook. I think they’re really cool and quick to digest.  When it comes to the gardening, the guys at Buzzfeed have produced some fantastic content that involve recycling, creativity and true out of the box thinking.

I’ve started to compile my favourite Buzzfeed videos that I hope you can enjoy. In fact if you’ve tried any of the below – I’d love to see what you’ve been getting up to and what you think of these projects in the comments below.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Hanging plant room divider

Mushroom lawn lights

How to make a Swedish fire torch

(Great for those summer nights!)

Plants for plant killers

Not everybody is into gardening, but there’s no need to refer to them as ‘Plant killers’…

4 Ways to preserve your summer veggies

Make a Kokedama hanging garden

I had to look up what Kokedama means – it means moss. So this is how you make a moss hanging garden.

How to stop garden pests

Terra-Cotta BBQ smoker

Now we’re talking!

10 ways to waste less and help the environment

Come on guys – we all need to do our bit.

DIY Trash can rain barrel

Seriously need to make myself one of these…

10 Favourite Gardening Buzzfeed videos #1

10 Favourite Gardening Buzzfeed videos #1

Gardening Buzzfeed videos are brilliant! Nifty videos cover arts and crafts and Tasty videos cover food and recipes. I’m often watching gardening and outdoor related Buzzfeed Nifty videos or Buzzfeed Tasty videos via YouTube or Facebook. I think they’re really cool and quick to digest.  When it comes to the gardening, the guys at Buzzfeed have produced some fantastic content that involve recycling, creativity and true out of the box thinking.

I’ve started to compile my favourite Buzzfeed videos that I hope you can enjoy. In fact if you’ve tried any of the below – I’d love to see what you’ve been getting up to and what you think of these projects in the comments below.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Outdoor Tire Seats

Succulent Dinosaur

How to grow herbal tea at home

Solar illuminated planter

Grow you’re own guacamole garden

Mannequin head planters

How to turn a carrot into a recorder

OK – this one isn’t particularly garden related… It’s a just a bit of fun 🙂

10 Gifts for mother’s who love to garden

10 Gifts for mother’s who love to garden

If you have a mother who has an allotment, loves to garden or a mother who loves flowers and plants I’ve cobbled together some gift ideas to salute Mother’s Day 2018.

Monty Don – Down to Earth

Down to Earth by Monty Don was published last year and from what I can see, has been flying off the shelves. It’s still marked as a number 1 best seller on Amazon, so if you’re a Gardener’s World fan this gift will certainly earn you some brownie points.

Click here to purchase it off Amazon

Gold Leaf Gloves – Dry touch

I was the lucky recipient of  pair of Gold Leaf Gloves Dry Touch gloves this Christmas and I have to say, without understatement, these have to be the best pair of gardening gloves I’ve ever owned. The dry touch is a fantastic multi-purpose glove and they’re so comfortable to work in. You can find your local stockist here.

RHS Membership

The RHS is the world’s leading horticultural organisations – so it makes sense to be a member if you’re into gardening. Also the gardens have some great seasonal events to attend which can make for some lovely days out. You also get a discount for tickets to the Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows. To see some membership options – click here.

Kitchen Garden Magazine subscription

I recently admitted in a Twitter chat that I hardly ever buy a garden magazine. On reflection, this is a bit of a shame – I really should purchase magazines more often because they are so rich in content, community and competitions. Paying for a subscription is a great gift for someone in this day and age. You’re giving them the gift of reading! Click here to see about a subscription to Kitchen Garden Magazine.

Grow Your Own Magazine subscription

OK, so there are dozens of the gardening magazines on the shelves – so you don’t have to subscribe to just Kitchen Garden Magazine. Grow Your Own Magazine is also very good and very highly regarded.  They too have a great readership and they often include seeds with their issues. Click here to see about subscriptions to Grow Your Own Magazine.

Tickets to RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Tickets to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 are now on sale and from experience this makes for a great day out. Chelsea is rich in plant and design inspiration. There are tonnes of stalls and you can easily find out what the fashion trends of the year ahead will be. I went to the Chelsea Flower Show last year, so click here to see some pictures of some of the gardens. Click here to purchase tickets.

Tickets to RHS Hampton Flower Show

I’ve been to Hampton Court a number of times – but I’ve never been to the RHS Hampton Flower Show. I can imagine it being a great addition or alternative to RHS Chelsea, but either way it’s another fantastic day out to put in the diary. Hampton Court Palace is stunning in all weathers, and the gardens – even without a show are great. If you go, let me know if you complete the maze! Click here to purchase tickets.

Alex Mitchell – Gardening on a shoestring

Alex Mitchell offers some great ideas when it comes to gardening on a budget. As I was doing research for this post – this was listed on my Amazon account as a number 1 best seller. It should tie in with a lot of the sentiments that allotment goer’s have and that’s how to do things in the most cost efficient way possible. If your mother has an allotment, this book should really help her out. Click here to purchase a copy.

Herb Garden Seed Growing Kit Gift Box – Thompson and Morgan

I’ve done a post recently about how important herbs are when it comes to cooking – it’s a great read so you should check it out here. These sorts of kits are great and they set you up with everything you need to start your own herb garden. This particular kit contains seeds for basil, parsley, chives, coriander and rocket, as well as seed starters, snips, labels and pot plugs. Click here to purchase your herb growing kit.

3 piece tool set – Spear and Jackson

I have a pair of Spear and Jackson sheers and they’re truly brilliant. This particular set utilises carbon steel and have weatherproofed handles to enhance durability. Tools really should stand the test of time in my book and recently – I’ve gone through trowels like there’s no tomorrow, I doubt I’m the only one, so this should be a really well received gift.  Click here to purchase.

There we have it! This year’s Mother’s Day Gift suggestions – if there’s any I might have missed, leave a comment below 🙂 

10 Allotment and gardening questions answered…

Every now and then I take a look at the search terms that bring readers to my blog and I pick out the questions and search terms that need answering. It’s amazing to see what people are typing into Google and finding out what needs to be answered.

I try and do this exercise once a year, and below are some of the questions asked over the last year and a half by people from all over the web. I hope you find these useful!

What does “Kelveldon Wonder” mean?

Kelveldon Wonder is a variety of pea that was bred in Kelveldon, Essex in 1925. They’re a heritage variety that I’ve grown at the allotment before. Generally speaking, when I think of Essex – I don’t think of variety of pea…

Why are runner beans so expensive to buy?

This is a very good question. I can only put this down to how much space they take up, how much water is required and the fact that they’re probably one of the few vegetables that still have to be hand picked. They’re incredibly seasonal as well which can also dictate the price based on that years growing conditions. Although, in 2016 we did experience a hike in prices.

What tools do I need for an allotment?

When you have an allotment, you really don’t need that much. Thankfully I’ve written this article here that’ll give you some sort of idea.

Garden Fork

Why is weeding important?

Weeding is important because weeds take up space and water that should otherwise go to your plants. By definition, a weed is a wild plant growing where it is not wanted and in competition with cultivated plants. Here’s an article where I go into a bit more depth about weeding.

Do slugs eat carrot tops?

I’ve never seen a slug turn what it has for a nose to anything at the allotment. That said, with carrots – I’ve seen them decimate seedlings and totally bypass carrots that are much more mature. Which brings me onto the next question…

How to deal with slugs at the allotment?

There’s a number of ways you can deal with these little blighters, click here to read more.

Why out of date seeds won’t germinate?

Some, but not all out of date seeds will germinate – it really does depend on variety they are. Packets of seeds left in the shed, that are not kept in a cool, dry place for most of the time are at the behest of fluctuations in temperature, which can effect germination. If you have a packet of seeds that are out date, my advice is to sow them earlier than what’s stated on the packet – just in case! Here are a few more reasons why seeds won’t germinate from Thompson and Morgan.

When can I plant Casablanca Garlic bulbs?

Probably the most common variety of garlic you’ll see at your local garden center. Usually available during the winter months, I tend to plant my Casablanca garlic in January – but if you can plant them before Christmas then all the better!

What to do with a spare allotment?

Get digging of course! It can be a bit overwhelming taking on a new plot and there are tonnes of things you can do when you first start out. Here’s my take on what to when you first get an allotment. If you have just taken on a plot – keep at it! It pays off and having an allotment is very much in fashion.

What household items can you use at an allotment?

I wrote this article on recycling about two years or so ago now, and if you do a search online there’s probably even more to recycle.

Bonus Question: What are the main vegetables grown in Mozambique?

Probably the strangest question to appear in my stats… But according to Google…

Farmers grow cassava and maize/corn as the main crops, with millet, rice and beansalso common. Cash-crops provide vital extra income. Cashew and mango trees can be found on many smallholdings. And cotton,tobacco, sugar and tea are grown in certain areas of the country.

10 gardening things you can do when it’s freezing cold outside

It’s December, it’s absolutely freezing outside and I’m currently tucked up in bed writing this post. I’m debating on whether to go the allotment – and I’m wondering what I’m going to do when I’m there as the ground is frozen, and there’s very little growing.

If you’re a fair weather gardener and you want to get outside and get going, but the the baltic temperatures are putting you off – here are ten things you can do for your garden or allotment when it’s absolutely freezing outside.

1. Make a seed strip

Seed strips help to keep all of your plants in a nice neat row. You then plant the strip, the seeds grow and eventually the strip rots into the ground. You can buy these in the the garden centre, but they’re so easy to make at home.

Here’s a little how to video I found online. https://youtu.be/BPSbTV0BTbs

2. Make some seed starter pots

Making seed starter pots is dead easy and there’s a lot of material online about how you can do this from either old newspapers or toilet rolls. It’s a bit of a process so definitely something worth doing when the weather isn’t to your liking.

Here’s another video showing you how to make your seed starters. https://youtu.be/lP5Fa6A5lFM

3. Pick Brussels sprouts

Believe it or not, Brussels sprouts are best if you’ve had a chill overnight. They’re most likely one of the last things you’ll pick in the garden. Lower temperatures will encourage your plants to produce sugars meaning your sprouts will take on a sweeter taste.

4. Plan your gardening

Put the kettle on, get your books out and decide what you would like to grow and where. Many gardeners I know draw out their plots on paper and scribble down some ideas. How did you fair over the last year? Now is a good time to reflect and improve for next year.

5. Make a herb garden

Herbs are brilliant and easy to grow indoors and there’s a tonne of ways you can do this. I’ve seen old baked bean tins, jars and even empty oranges being used a herb gardens. Buzzfeed’s Nifty are are churning out videos all the time on how to do this and here is a compilation of them.  https://youtu.be/vJRxbWvFfKI

6. Make some eco friendly weed killers and pesticides

2018 is my year to be more eco friendly, I’m going to be using less plastic, walk more and look into some eco friendly or homemade solutions to use in the garden. There are loads of recipes online for eco friendly pesticides and weed killers to suit your needs – go on, give it a Google.

7. Make some drip feeders

Economical use of water is a great thing to focus on and homemade drip feeders are a great way of recycling wine bottles, milk cartons and plastic bottles to.

Here’s a great article by Buzzfeed on how to make a wine bottle feeder. https://www.buzzfeed.com/erinphraner/wine-bottle-plant-feeder

8. Brush up on your gardening knowledge

We all have successes and failures in the garden, what makes us a better gardener is understanding why some things work and why some things don’t. We are at the mercy of nature, so it’s good to do a little bit of research if you can.

9. Order your seeds for the next season

I love the smell of fresh seeds in the morning… It smells like…(enter your own ending here!). If you’ve planned you garden for next year (point 4) what better to cement that commitment than to order your seeds.

10. Have a bonfire

I love a bonfire! No matter what you get up to outside in the cold weather, light a match, stay warm and get rid some of the wood and other burnable material you’ve been meaning to get rid of all year.

Remember to wrap up warm folks and have fun!