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14th January 2019

5 Things You Can Do In Your Garden During Winter

At this time of year, we can start to feel a little down; the pretty, sparkling lights of December have been packed away for another year and the cold, drab days of January feel like they’ll never end.
For the green-fingered people amongst us, however, January can be an exciting time. Spring is just around the corner and the evidence of this is all around the Winter garden.

It’s the perfect time to be out there doing those jobs that get put off during the busier Summer and Autumn months and for the bargain hunters, the January sales can be a great time to replace any old tools and equipment you might need.
Places like SGS Engineering have an excellent selection of garden power tools should any of yours need replacing.

Snowdrop in a WInter garden

Things To Do In The Winter Garden

Plant bare-root plants

Bare-root plants are plants that are sold without any soil around the roots. During Winter these plants are dormant and planting them in Winter means they should establish well.
The tops of the plants often look dead, but beneath the soil, the roots are still doing their thing!

The kind of plants that are ideal for planting at this time of year are:

  • Shrubs
  • Trees including fruit trees
  • Roses
  • Hedge plants like box and privet

Plant Winter Containers

There are lots of plants that flower and look great during Winter. Using containers means you can change them out each season.

Good plants for Winter containers include:

  • Hellebores
  • Crocus
  • Snowdrops
  • Wintergreen
  • Winter-flowering pansy
  • Cyclamen

Lots of grasses and heathers can also be used with great effect in Winter containers.

Winter flowers container

Organize Seeds

Unless you’re super organised throughout the year, half-empty seed packets can end up everywhere.
A quick Google search will bring up many different ways to get your seed packets in order ready for Spring.

Deadhead And Prune

Many plants and trees are dormant in Winter so it’s a great time to deadhead and prune them. Pruning encourages growth and pruning fruit trees means you’ll be rewarded with better quality fruits.

pruning a tree

Start Planting Seeds

There are lots of seeds you can plant now which will give you beautiful flowers and flavourful herbs further on in the year. Here are just a few:

  • Sweet peas
  • Dahlias
  • Basil
  • Chillis
  • Aubergines
  • Delphinium

Be aware, however, that seeds planted in January will need more time and care spent on them if they’re to survive and flourish.

Plenty More To Be Getting On With!

There are plenty more jobs you can be doing in the garden during these colder months, such as giving your greenhouse a good sort out and clean.

It may seem like a long time until Spring, but it will be here before we know it!


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How To Relax On Holiday

It’s not always easy to relax properly at home; knowing what is still to be done can make it difficult. Taking a break and going away on holiday can be the ideal way to ensure that we feel better and can be more productive when we return. Here are some of the best ways to relax when we’re away from home so that we can be our best selves when we get back.

planning a holiday - sunglasses, camera, book, coconut with a straw in it, sunhat

Choose The Right Accommodation

Some people find that they can relax best in their own space where they can be completely at ease. They like to be in control of the food they eat and how it is prepared, and they like to be able to do as much or as little as they choose. If this is the case, try to find the right type of accommodation in order to be as free as possible. Booking villa holidays in Cyprus could suit you perfectly, as you won’t be as restricted as you might be in a hotel, for example. Cyprus as a holiday destination can provide sun, sea, and fun for the entire family, so you can catch some rays in your own private space and really give yourself the chance to relax. Spend your days in your villa or exploring attractions such as Aphrodite’s rock or the Troodos mountains.

Don’t Be Too Organised

Being organised is a good thing in many cases, and planning ahead of time can be the ideal way to ensure that everything goes well. However, when it comes to relaxing on your holiday, it can sometimes be better just to ‘go with the flow’ and allow your plans to happen naturally and organically. Too much planning ahead of time can mean that you don’t enjoy yourself as much as you should because you are too focused on making sure everything goes well.

Plan the beginning and end of your holiday so that you can relax regarding travel arrangements, and leave most other things until you arrive and even then, make sure your plans are flexible.

books on a table by the beach - a good way to relax on holiday

Be Careful In The Sun

Heading off on a hot holiday in the sun where you can lie on the beach or perhaps around the pool in your hotel or villa is a wonderful thing, and getting away from work and home stresses can be the best way to relax. However, if you aren’t careful in the sun, then you might find that you become unwell through sunstroke or sunburn. If this happens you won’t feel relaxed – you will be ill or in pain.

To be safe in the sun and be sure of a relaxing time on holiday, you should:

  • Wear suitable sun scream
  • Re-apply your sun cream every three to four hours, and more often if you go swimming
  • Stay out of the sun when it is at its hottest
  • Wear a hat and protective clothing where possible

Have A Social Media Break

No matter how much time you currently spend on social media, try to have a complete break when you are on holiday. Not constantly trying to take the ideal picture for Instagram, or attempting to keep up with what family and friends are doing on Facebook will make your holiday much more enjoyable.

When you are on a break, you should enjoy the moment, especially if you are with your family. Leave social media for when you get back, and enjoy your time without it.

reax on holiday by taking a social media break - laptop with 'On vacation' written on the screen

Try Somewhere New

Of course, a holiday should be about relaxing, but it also should be a time to find out more about yourself, if you can. For instance, try a new activity, or immerse yourself into a new culture by trying different cuisines and getting to know the locals. For some, relaxing on a beach is enough, but for others, finding peace often comes with exploring the new and unknown and building more memories. You could attempt to learn the basics of a new language, or spend your time learning about the history of the area you are visiting. These are great ways to expand your mind and feel fulfilled and refreshed from your holiday.

If you are looking for ways to try something new on holiday, consider a new destination you haven’t yet experienced and test your fears by taking on an activity such as a water sport, or skiing. Sometimes the best memories to be made are through trial and error. This can give you the confidence to reset and be your best self when you return.

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