Homes with outbuildings for sale – in pictures | Money

[ad_1] Whaplode, Lincolnshire This Georgian farmhouse has been split into two, and the larger residence (covering 235 sq metres, or 2,531 sq ft) is for sale. The five-bedroom family property has been boldly decorated but showcases its period heritage, with cornicing, moulded arches, high ceilings, a marble fireplace, sash windows and a cellar for extra … Read more

I have tried everything, but my houseplant just isn’t happy | Life and style

[ad_1] Maybe it’s because I’m still new to the houseplant craze, having only begun this summer, but I can’t get Shirley (my aloe vera plant) out of my head. She droops atop my medicine cabinet, her leaves yellow and creased. She did not look like this during the years she was at my friend’s house, … Read more

How to tidy up an unruly garden | Gardening advice

[ad_1] Rain, wind, sun, rain, wind, sun: this summer’s varied weather has led to a lot of lank growth, which means things are flopping all over the place, or running amok. I certainly have some geraniums intent on taking over the world. Right now, these plants, whether in a window box or a flowerbed, often … Read more

In a strange summer, take pleasure in small triumphs | Gardening advice

[ad_1] First morning back in London. I am at the plot at around 7am. The allotment site is still lush, a symphony of near-impossible greens. The long grass is flattened by days of heavy rain, and many of the wilder flowers, too. Our poppies lie exhausted and battered. Snails are on poles, on plants; slugs … Read more

How to make the most of gardening’s therapy bonus | Gardening advice

[ad_1] It seems you can’t pick up a gardening magazine these days without reading about the measurable benefits that horticulture can have on both mental and physical health – from alleviating stress to reducing pain levels. However, as someone who spends most of his waking hours tending to plants, I wonder if there is also … Read more

British lockdown trend for shed conversions leads to spike in fires | Home insurance

[ad_1] As the first Covid lockdown hit, workers in Britain opted to turn their sheds into offices – “shoffices” – and bars, but the trend has led to a surge in outbuilding fires. Data from freedom of information requests by the insurer Zurich found that blazes in sheds, garages and conservatories rose by 16% in … Read more

A tip for gardeners: don’t let soil lie bare in winter | Life and style

[ad_1] Nature abhors a vacuum and your soil speaks, in volumes at times, in weeds. Leave it bare and it will respond with a flourish of sow thistles or speedwell or a smattering of nettles; if you don’t listen, it will send out its thoughts in tendrils of bindweed and briars of brambles. Your soil … Read more

Harvesting the seed of a favourite plant is one of gardening’s great pleasures | Gardening advice

[ad_1] We are getting deep into seed season. It’s time to think about harvesting some. There are few garden joys that beat growing food or flowers from seed you have saved yourself. Note: this is not a call to stop shopping from favourite suppliers. They’ll need your help now more than almost ever before. Multiple … Read more

How to make your garden more sustainable | Gardening advice

[ad_1] Trying to do the right thing when it comes to the environment can seem daunting. The wonderful thing about gardening, however, is that we can make a real difference. Here are some simple ways to make your plot more sustainable – and more beautiful, too. Unlike, say, energy-intensive power tools, some of the contributors … Read more