white-lilac    Life is really hectic at the moment. Yes I’m at home with Babylish but this does not mean we are here having peaceful days of togetherness, taking naps and batch cooking. Second time around seems much, much busier. Littlelish is at school so we have school life on top of life with a baby. Yesterday for example, Littlelish told me it was Viking dress up day 10 minutes before we had to leave for school, I kid you not. I most certainly win the Epic mum award as we managed to russle up a half convincing Viking outfit complete with fur gilet (I only felt slightly guilty that it was 24 degrees outside! Next time she won’t let me know so late hehe)

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On top of all the day to day business, starting a new family lifestyle blog with my friend Sarah, we are also busy renovating the house and giving the garden a makeover. If I’m honest I have days when I feel like the stress of all of this is choking me. I’m drowning in little toys, pureed baby food and dirty washing. Whatsmore Babylish just won’t seem to settle. On these days I’ve found there is only one remedy, I leave it all behind and head out into the garden.

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I’m lucky to be the owner of quite a lovely garden. Stepping foot outside into the sunshine of my green little paradise is healing. We have birds nesting in the dogwood and tiny blue butterflies fluttering between the bushes. Our enormous Willow tree rustles softly in the breeze and the sunlight dapples through the garden. When we first moved in it hadn’t been touched for many, many years. Originally owned by a lady who loved gardening and lovingly planted many wonderful things, it was now very overgrown and many of the bushes had grown into large trees. The back part of the garden was totally ovegrown with brambles. It’s a big job but we’ve slowly been working on bringing it back to it’s former glory and we are making progress.

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We’ve entirely cleared the back section of the garden and chipped the cut down bushes and trees into bark to spread over the back. The trees that were once bushes have been cut right back and we have removed some that were beyond saving. We’ve been clearing out lots and lots of weeds including the formiddable ground elder. We’ve even planted some of my favourites from lupins, foxgloves and hydrangeas.

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Keeping on top of a garden is a lot of work but incredibly enjoyable. As a newbie gardener I’ve been doing plenty of research into handy tips and tricks. Recently I’ve been contacted by my voucher codes who wanted to share with me their guide to creating a beautiful, easily manageable garden over on Pocketful of Rye. It shares loads of tips on garden design, different plants and handy hacks.

Did you know many everyday items can help your garden achieve its full potential? Here are some of my favourite garden hacks from the kitchen.

Beer – Beer is a great slug killer for your garden. You wouldn’t want to use your prized craft beer for this but any out of date beer is fine. Simply fill some paper cups with the beer, submerge them in the ground and watch the slugs get drunk and die.

Coffee granules – Your left over coffee grounds can be used to enrich the soil and is also a great deterrent for creepy crawlies.

Egg shells – Egg shells contain lots of nutrients that help your plants to grow faster. In addition, keep any water that you use to boil your eggs, this will have the same nutrients in and is great for watering seedlings and young plants.

Rice water – In much the same way as egg water, the water left over from boiling rice also contains a number of plant friendly proteins to give your plants a nutritional boost.

Why not check out My Voucher Codes latest Wickes vouchers and save on your essential gardening equipment.

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