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Gifts for the gardener

Egan having a great time!Gifts for the garden and home are always special and here at Eckards we have plenty to choose from to treat the gardener in the family ... even if it's you treating yourself with a Me2Me gift :-) This year we have some festive toys for your dog too.


Here's my boy Egan showing of just how to take down a squeaky reindeer, hours of fun and distraction and plenty of tail wagging.

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Holiday Kids Garden Project

Make your own #BirdGardening tree decorationsDecember can be an exciting time for children with Christmas approaching but with no school to keep them busy, finding things to keep them occupied can be somewhat tiring at times. A fun activity will bring Christmas, the outdoors and bored children together!

Make your own tree decorations

Tree decorations that can serve as indoor tree or outdoor tree decorations are easy to make and also make great gifts for granny and grandpa! Here's how to make #BirdGardening seed blocks that will also attract birds to the garden when hung up outside afterwards.

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Hydrangea time

Intensify the colours by adjusting the soil phHydrangeas are commonly known as Christmas flowers in South Africa because they flower this time of the year. The most popular are the classic big leafed French Hydrangeas and this month they are the pride of the garden as they come into full bloom.

Caring for Hydrangeas is easy. Growing just over a square meter or more they prefer morning sun or dappled shade all day. As long as they get protection from the heat of the day in a moist but well drained soil. If they are in too much shade they tend to get mildew on the leaves and don't flower well.

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Install a water feature

Water encompasses all the sensesIf you don’t already have a water feature this is the year to consider installing one. Water brings movement and peace and there is nothing more relaxing and calming than listening to soft running water after a stressful day. With some of the easy to use products we listed below there is no need to have green water in your pond or fountain to put you off having one.

Because moving water encompasses all senses, your water feature should be the focal point of your garden or patio. Fountains have many benefits other than adding beauty to your home or gardens. Water in the garden aids in stress relief and relaxation, acts as a natural humidifier, improves air quality with negative ions, and produces soothing water sounds that can drown out annoying sounds or street noise to soothe and relax you.

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