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Create a herb pyramid

A easy DIY project for a morning in the gardenWe had fun planting up a herb pyramid pot as a DIY project here at Eckards. Herbs are particularly well suited to being container grown and this cool pyramid idea will add increase the number of herbs you can grow without taking up much space on a patio or balcony.

If you have the space why not plant up different ones? One for salads, one for cooking and one for fun! This project can easily be done in a morning and is so easy it can be a garden project for kids too.

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Summer colour time

Petunia Night Sky, NEW for 2016Come rain or shine nothing gets the garden looking better than a spot of colour. If you have a pot full of colour on the patio or at the front door it catches the eye and creates a happy spot which is easier to manage with a watering can and still look great. Not all bedding plants need a lot of water and here's our list of tough summer favourites.

Nothing quite compares to colour in the garden. Colour outside sets the mood similarly to how it would indoors and with clothing trends but with the big difference being that colour in the garden is alive! Flowers and foliage colour can add energy to a space and can also be used to calm an area down or to even make one feel cool and relaxed.

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Wake up the garden!

The only way to grow the best is to feed your gardenGet you garden ready for summer entertaining and bring back some green. Even though the garden has not slowed down as much this past winter it’s time to wake it up and get it ready. Over the next week sort out the lawn, feed the beds and to add a generous layer of compost all round.

Plants grow right through the year and even though some may seem to be standing still their roots are always growing. It is important to feed all plants, even indigenous ones need to be fed to perform at their best. Plants need various nutrients to give their best, some more nitrogen for leaves and others more potassium for better flowering or fruiting. Which fertiliser should you be using on the lawns or the beds?

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Grow sum yum

It is time to plant the first crop!Growing your own food is very rewarding; our food court has been extended this year to give you even more choice. Get the kids involved, they eat what they grow easier than what you tell them to eat and it’s a great way to teach them about organic food as well as using water responsibly. This summer #GrowSumYum and let the Masterchef in your home play with the tastiest veggies on the block. It’s time to plant the first crop!

Every garden or balcony has a spot for some herbs or veggies. Besides the cost savings the taste is always better and it is so rewarding when you put a salad on the table that is truly home made.

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