• Gardening Basics

    What to Do in Your Garden in Autumn

    What to Do in Your Garden in Autumn

    Summer is coming to a close and those long warm days where you can sit in the garden will soon be gone.  Now it is time to get your garden ready for the long winter ahead.  Preparing your garden for the winter helps make sure that the flowers and plants can survive the winter and the new crop that you plant next year can thrive in good soil.  What to do with your garden in autumn is as important as what you do in the spring, both are important to having a beautiful garden next summer.  Here is some of the things that you need to do in the fall.

    1. If you want good soil and stronger plants next season then mulch any of your vegetable beds. It will help with the texture of the soil for next year.

    2. If you plant annual flowers then now is the time to get them in the ground. You will want to start planting things like Ammu Majus, Sweet Rocket, Cornflowers and Nigella. If you have a vegetable garden every year then now is the time to plant your spring onions. These grow through the winter and give you your first crop in the springtime.

    3. This is the time you want to use manures that are a hardy green such as field clover and use it to keep your vegetable garden covered for the winter.

    4. This is also the time that you want to plant the bulbs that are going to bloom for you in the early spring. You can start first with alliums and a little later in November once the soil has thoroughly cooled you can add your tulips.

    5. Start deadheading some of your flowers, this will make them stronger and give you some new blooms in October. You can do this with both roses and dahlias.  Here is how to deadhead roses.

    6. Harvest your root vegetables like potatoes and squash. You are also going to want to bring in the last of your beans. Once you do that they you need to cut down the foliage from the bean plants but leave the roots in the ground they will provide nitrogen to the soil.

    7. After you rake up all the leaves from around the property you can use them to make leaf mould which can also help your soil over the winter.

    8. Don’t stop watering your plants, make sure that they don’t dry out.

    This should get you started to prepare your garden for the winter so that you have beautiful blooms next year.

  • What is Outdoor Art
    Outdoor Art

    What is Outdoor Art?

    As our technology evolves and changes that shows up on our homes, they begin to look more like the set of a futuristic movie rather than a home.  More practical with a lot less integration with our natural surroundings.  Another way that technology has affected us is in how we create art, while we can create magnificent digital art we have lost some of the old methods of creating art.  People don’t decorate their homes like they used to and instead have turned to video games or reality television.  Outdoor art has become popular, it leaves the inside of our home practical but the outdoors has become our sanctuary.  So what is outdoor art, let’s have a look.

    You really don’t need much to change the outdoors and make it look incredible.  In the summer months when most of us spend a lot of time outdoors so it is important to create an environment that is appealing and stress free.  Here are some of the ways you can use outdoor art to create a beautiful sanctuary for you and your family.

    Bonsai Trees

    Trees are beautiful but you may not have the space for a mighty oak, on the other hand a bonsai can go anywhere.  You can have a bonsai on an apartment balcony.  The art in bonsai’s is in the cutting and shaping them to suit our tastes.  You can be as creative as you like.  Here is some more info on working with bonsai trees.

    Trees are beautiful but you may not have the space for a mighty oak, on the other hand a bonsai can go anywhere.  You can have a bonsai on an apartment balcony.  The art in bonsai’s is in the cutting and shaping them to suit our tastes.  You can be as creative as you like.  Here is some more info on working with bonsai trees.

    Fountains and Water Features

    Much like trees fountains appeal on a universal level.  Water soothes us and we depend on water for our very survival.  Fountains and the sounds of bubbling water can soothe us after an exhausting day.  You can create a water feature with different sculptures and create something brilliant.

    Canvas Art

    There is nothing stopping you from taking art that normally goes inside and putting it outside.  In another post we showed you how to waterproof your art so that it can be hung outside.  Don’t limit yourself to landscape paintings you can use any type of art that you like.

  • How to Waterproof a Painting for Outdoors
    Outdoor Art

    How to Waterproof a Painting for Outdoors

    With summer upon us we are spending more of our time outdoors and you want the perfect outdoor oasis in which to relax after a long day at work.  In order to create the perfect outdoor spot you can take your cues from your style indoors.  You can take some of your favorite pieces of art from inside the house and move them to the porch or patio.  There is a little prep work to be done first so let us show you how to waterproof a painting for outdoors, it is fairly easy and it won’t take long at all.

    Materials you are going to need all of which can be found at any art supply store or online.

    • A piece of art
    • Polyurethane spray sealer
    • Mod Podge clear acrylic sealer

    Step 1: Sealing the Frame

    You are going to want to start with sealing the frame of the canvas and for that you will use the polyurethane spray sealer.  Roll back and tape down any canvas that is loose on the back and make sure you cover the frame thoroughly.  You want to leave it to dry thoroughly, leaving it overnight should be more than enough time.

    Step 2:  Sealing the Canvas

    Now you want to make sure that the canvas gets properly sealed and for that you want to spray the entire thing, front and back with the Mod Podge.  You can follow the instructions on the can and make sure you spray in a well-ventilated area.  After the canvas has dried thoroughly you should re-spray it just to be on the safe side.  You want your porch to look good not to let the weather destroy your art.

    Things to Watch Out For

    If you’re piece of art is white then don’t use a polyurethane spray, it can leave behind a yellow tint, spray on just the frame alone.  This was meant to seal outdoor furniture not art so be wary while using it.

    Mod Podge has both an outdoor sealer and a clear acrylic sealer, while it may seem like a good idea to use the outdoor sealer, it isn’t.  The outdoor sealer can leave behind a sticky film on your canvas that looks terrible.  The clear sealer works just as well and it is much easier to use.  If you want you can use both, but use the acrylic sealer first to seal in the painting and avoid the sticky residue.

    You are now ready to hang your painting outside and it should weather the elements just fine.  Now, sit back and relax, enjoying your outdoor oasis!