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  1. I finally planted some veg in MAY!  Lots of these could be planted from March, but when the last frost has passed.  Unbelievably, my car was still iced over a few times at the end of April when I left for work.  How crazy is that?!  I was planting my seeds directly into the soil outdoors, so had to wait.

    My leek, carrot, beetroot, green bean and courgette seeds are from sowhow.com who sell organic seeds in very modern packaging with very easy to follow instructions!  My friend gave me the carrot and beetroot seeds as a gift last year, for Christmas perhaps, and I had to visit their website to see what else they had.  I then got the others!

    It was a tad late for me to order their tomato seeds, so I purchased two plants from the garden centre.  My courgette seeds didn't sprout, so I have purchased one courgette plant from the garden centre, just in case.  I've since soaked the courgette seeds to see if it makes a difference.  I may plant a few more as they can still be planted in June.  I love courgette so an abundance would not be a problem!

    Last year I only purchased plants from the garden centre, so it was a lot easier!  This year I've done it nearly all from seed. I was amazed that they are all starting to grow!  Woohoo!

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    So chuffed with my new trugs!  Not the official Veg Trugs, but by Blooma.  I picked them up one day for less than half price in B&Q.  Those are the tomato plants from the garden centre.  I must grow from seed next year.

    blooma veg trug grow your own patio vegetables lylia rose garden blog

    Hello little green beans!  These suddenly shot on through the soil out of nowhere!

    blooma veg trug grow your own patio vegetables lylia rose garden blog green beans sprouting

    Green beans sprouting!

    blooma veg trug grow your own patio vegetables lylia rose garden blog

    So carrot fly is a thing.  After my black kale and cauliflower got demolished last year, I decided to cover with thin mesh netting whilst these get going!  Carrot fly is apparently attracted to the sweet smell produced as carrots sprout and begin to grow.  In here are carrots, leeks and beetroot.

    blooma veg trug grow your own patio vegetables lylia rose garden blog carrot shoot sprout photo

    Ooh hello baby carrot!

    blooma veg trug grow your own patio vegetables lylia rose garden blog beetroot sprout

    Beetroot :)

    My leeks are also now growing.  They just look like grass as they come through!  Straight little lines.   They took a little longer than the rest.  So excited to see these all grow.

     

  2. Yesterday finally really felt like the first day of summer.  We managed to spend a lot of time in the garden.  It's been a bit awkward to sit outside before in the sun as we didn't have a parasol.  Our last one flew out of the table last year in a summer storm, smashed into our window and snapped!  Oops.  I finally ordered a replacement last week, which means we can all sit outside and enjoy al fresco dining once again!  I love to sit in the sun, but the children need to be shaded when it's really shining down.  Reuben is also still crawling so needs constant watching to stop everything going in his mouth!  Things will be easier outdoors once he's toddling about.

    As it felt like a perfect garden day I just had to go to the garden centre to pretty up our garden.  It feels so much better now and a delight to sit outdoors.  I mainly purchased ready made hanging baskets and pretty tall flowers for the planters.  I also planted lots of seeds in one planter that 'should' grow quickly and flower in the summer.  They're for beginners and easy to grow, so I hope they work!

    Here's this year's pretty bloomin' garden:

    Making our garden pretty gerbera planter patio

    Making our garden pretty purple hanging basket patio lylia rose blog

    Making our garden pretty sunflower lylia rose blog

    Making our garden pretty purple basket flowers lylia rose blog

    Making our garden pretty purple flowers lylia rose blog

    Making our garden pretty purple flowers lylia rose blog

    This is where the seeds are also planted ^^^ Fingers crossed for an overflowing tub of flowers!

    Making our garden pretty gerbera patio flowers lylia rose blog

    I asked Bella which were her favourite.  She said 'That one, that one, that one...' pointing at them all! On the way home from the garden centre I told her our garden will look so lovely with the flowers.  She replied 'Daddy will like them too and I will be so pleased' !!

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    When you start to think about selling your home, you’ll begin to consider making it more valuable. It needs to be an attractive purchase. Ideally, you want to transform your home without spending a massive amount of money. That means you want your home to look more valuable without increasing the actual value. Perception is everything here, and I’ve got some ideas how you can positively impact a buyer's perception.

    New Flooring

    New flooring is always going to have a huge impact on how your home looks. A complete renovation, provided by a company such as UK Flooring could make your home look a lot more valuable. But you don’t have to spend a fortune on this type of renovation. Indeed, you can choose an aesthetic material. It may look like an expensive product but the material used is quite cheap. An example of this could be aesthetic marble floor in the kitchen. You’ll probably find you can get this installed for near to half the price.

    Minimalistic

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    You might want to think about styling your home with a minimalistic design. In particular, try to limit the amount of furniture in the bigger rooms. By doing this, you’ll make the space look larger. Complementing this with bright or light colors will make your home look grand and vast. The buyer will be tricked into thinking that it’s worth a lot more than it is.

    Modern Furniture

    Buyers can’t help but look at a home filled with modern furniture and think that it’s worth more than it is. If they stopped and thought, they’d realize that the furniture is not going to be in the house when they buy it. But they never do. They can’t help but imagine what modern furniture they could buy would look like in the home. Remember, if your property looks modern, you are going to attract young buyers.

    Mirrors On The Wall

    You do want a few mirrors on the wall around your home. Again, this is another trick that will make the house look a lot bigger. One room that you should pay particular attention to is the bathroom. You might want to set up a full-length mirror on one wall of the bathroom. Doing this will certainly open up the space.

    Clean And Tidy

    If your home looks like it’s being kept in good condition, buyers will think it’s worth more. That’s another effect on the psyche. If it looks good, they’ll love the idea of living there. That means there shouldn’t be toys and games all over the place. There should be no crumbs on your kitchen floor. You should make sure that your house is cleaned before every viewing.

    Dream Ideas

    Finally, make sure that at least one room in your home is set up to replicate a home buyer's dream. You may not have children yourself, but you can still set up the spare room as a nursery. This is going to encourage younger buyers to think about starting a family there. Do this and we’re sure you’ll get some incredible offers on your property.

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