Minimalist Gardens: What are they & how to design one

Posted by admin on Mar 13, 2019 under Uncategorized

Is an empty garden a minimalist garden?

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How To Make A Zen Garden

Posted by admin on Mar 12, 2019 under Backyard, Uncategorized

What is a Zen garden?

Zen gardens, also known as Japanese Rock Gardens, originated as a place of contemplation. The ambient textures, sounds and lighting form a peaceful space for reflection amidst life’s busyness. In recent days, the stand-out gardens have been adopted by the active and the laid-back, attesting to their universally appealing nature.

What do you need to create a Zen garden?

There are seven key components in creating a Zen garden:

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The Best Garden Furniture for Small Gardens

Posted by admin on Feb 20, 2019 under Buying Furniture

A small garden is such a nuisance when you don’t know how to optimise it. Tripping over chairs and plant pots, it’s hardly the picture of peace and relaxation. Not to mention, gardens are becoming smaller with new builds and flat demands. So the best thing to do would be to find furniture for small gardens that maximise your space whilst looking great. In this post Faraway furniture will take you through the best garden furniture for small gardens.

CONTENTS:

What is the best garden furniture for small gardens?
1. Furniture sets
2. Materials that look smaller
3. Small garden parasols
4. Matching furniture

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All About Rattan Furniture

Posted by admin on Jan 15, 2019 under Buying Furniture

If you’re looking to buy rattan furniture but you don’t know enough about it – this post will answer all your questions.

Contents

1. What is rattan?
2. What is rattan garden furniture?
3. How to care for rattan garden furniture
4. What is the best rattan garden furniture?

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What are the Top 4 Teak Wood Properties?

Posted by admin on Dec 18, 2018 under Teak Advice

Teak wood is a tropical hardwood tree species, which means it is highly water-resistant, durable and tough against pests, diseases and rot. Therefore, understandably, teak wood is expensive as it is proven to last – this is why it is often used for outdoor furniture and boats. However, despite this, teak garden furniture is definitely one of the best value for money, unlike other types of furniture on the market. As a result, it is best to have an understanding of what you are buying, and the different teak wood properties, before you make a purchase to avoid being ripped off.

But, how can you tell if wood is teak? Read on to find out the top four properties of teak wood to help you expertly identify real teak wood furniture.

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A Guide to Purchasing No Maintenance Garden Furniture

Posted by admin on Dec 6, 2018 under Buying Furniture

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With the right garden furniture, you can transform your outdoor space into an extension of your home. But, to get the most out of your garden space, you need outdoor furniture designed to fit your needs and the space you have at your disposal. Most importantly, though, the key is to make sure you are picking little to no maintenance garden furniture.

For us Brits, we predominantly use our garden furniture through the spring and summer months, yet we often leave our garden furniture outside all year round. Despite this, we expect our outdoor furniture to be perfectly fine when summer rolls back around, but this is not often the case. Instead we are greeted by dirty furniture which needs some restoration work to get it back spick-and-span. Thus, picking maintenance free garden furniture is highly advantageous.

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To Bee or Not to Bee? A Guide to Backyard Beekeeping.

Posted by admin on Apr 25, 2017 under Backyard

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There have been many reports on the decline in the bee population, which has become a major concern for conservationists. For many, it brings Einstein’s famous quote to the forefront of our minds: “If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live”.

Oftentimes a mere hobby, backyard beekeeping could in fact be a solution to the dwindling bee population. For those of you looking to do your bit for the bees, this guide aims to help you get started.

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The History of Teak Plantations

Posted by admin on Jul 19, 2016 under Teak furniture care

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Teak is one of the most sought after and well-loved garden furniture materials, not only for its beautiful, aesthetic appearance but also for its unmatched quality.
After the introduction of teak into Java, Indonesia, the first teak plantation was started in Sri Lanka in 1680. It gradually grew in popularity and eventually spread to India in the 1840’s where it continued to spread to a substantial level in 1865.

After becoming so popular in Asia, Teak’s charm and utility led it to spread outside of Asia and its first stop was Nigeria in 1902.
Then tropical America jumped on the bandwagon and the first teak plantation was established in Trinidad and Tobago in 1913, followed by Honduras, Panama and Costa Rica between the years 1927 and 1929.

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5 Reasons to own a Garden Hammock

Posted by admin on Jun 22, 2016 under Backyard

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If you’re having trouble convincing your other half that a hammock is a worthwhile and necessary purchase; look no further! There are numerous reasons that affirm having a hammock in your life will improve your overall quality of life, but for now, we will just explore our top 5 reasons to own a hammock in your garden!

1 – Closer to Nature

Often, we do not take the time to stop, unwind and appreciate the wildlife around us. Creating a home for nature in your back garden can be very rewarding and relaxing too! Many of us only notice larger forms of wildlife such as gulls, pigeons or muntjacs, due to our lack of patience and a lack of time to simply stop and “take five”.

So just what could be visiting your garden? As cited by the RSPB, animals and insects that are commonly spotted during this time of year include:

Badgers, hedgehogs, rabbits, foxes, grey squirrel, common newt, common toad, common frog,
Ladybirds, Speckled Wood Butterfly, Large Red Damselfly, Blue Damselfly, Garden Tiger Moth, Holly Blue Butterfly, Hummingbird Hawk Moth, Large White Butterfly, Magpie Moth, Peacock Butterfly, Orange-tip Butterfly, Painted Lady Butterfly, Red Admiral Butterfly, Cinnabar Moth.

As noted on digitalwildlife.co.uk, a variety of birds can also be spotted frequenting your garden, including:

Collard Dove, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, House Sparrow, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Starling, Robin, Blackbird, Dunnock, Carrion Crow, Coal Tit, Wren, Long Tailed Tit, Magpie, Greenfinch, Wren, Songthrush, Jackdaw, Greenfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Siskin, Redwing, Fieldfare, Marsh Tit, Bullfinch, Brambling, Lesser Redpoll

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2 – Boost Creativity

Those who work in a role that employs high levels of creativity will understand the sentiment of writer’s block, even if they do not have to literally write great swathes of literature. Conjuring quality, constructive and innovative ideas for business meetings can be equally challenging. And the latest discoveries in neuroscience have recently revealed how creativity can be hindered when the mind is overworked for long periods of time.

As noted in an article on inc.com, ‘Scientists studying brain scans recently discovered that moments of creativity take place when the mind is at rest rather than working on something. Overworking your brain makes it sluggish and lacking in creativity; the opposite of “sharp”, if you will.’ In lesser words; not taking the time to relax kills your creativity.

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3 – Boost your Vitamin D

Those who work long hours in offices are likely to put themselves at risk of suffering from a vitamin D deficiency. This is namely because a good source of vitamin D is absorbed through our skin via natural sunlight. Being cooped up indoors is not healthy for our bodies or mind.

According to the NHS:

‘Vitamin D has several important functions. For example, it helps to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. These nutrients are needed to keep bones and teeth healthy. A lack of vitamin D can lead to bone deformities such as rickets in children, and bone pain and tenderness as a result of a condition called osteomalacia in adults.’

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4 – Promotes healthy sleep and relaxation

Hammocks are a great way of catching up on any sleep missed through late nights or early mornings. They can be especially beneficial to shift workers, who may only get short periods of time in which they can nap.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, for a healthy sleep pattern, you should be able to affirm the following statements:

• You fall asleep within 15-20 minutes of lying down to sleep.
• You regularly sleep a total of seven to nine hours in a 24-hour period.
• While in your bed, your sleep is continuous—you don’t have long periods of lying awake when you wish to be sleeping.
• You wake up feeling refreshed, as if you’ve “filled the tank.”
• You feel alert and are able to be fully productive throughout the waking hours (note, it’s natural for people to feel a dip in alertness during waking hours, but with healthy sleep, alertness returns).
• Your partner or family members do not notice any disturbing or out of the ordinary behaviour from you while you sleep, such as snoring, pauses in breathing, restlessness, or otherwise night-time behaviours.

A lack of sleep can be dangerous, not only when operating machinery, but to our overall general health. According to the Independent, ‘Over a third of the population are getting less than six hours sleep a night raising their risk of an early death by 12 per cent.’ Restoring a healthy balance by catching up on missed sleep is not only advised, it’s a necessity.

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5 – Social value

Everyone loves a hammock. When supervised, children equally love having a turn in the hammock. From the young to the not-so-young, garden hammocks provide a popular retreat during the warmer months. Who doesn’t love feeling the warm kiss of sunshine on their face?

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How to Spot (and avoid) Low Quality Teak Furniture

Posted by admin on Jun 16, 2016 under Buying Furniture

Everyone knows if you’re looking to buy a new set of furniture to deck out your garden with, then teak is the way to go. But with the popularity of teak growing, and hence lots of teak retailers popping up all over the place, you have to be careful where you buy from.

To ensure that you’re getting the highest quality teak furniture, we’ve compiled a list of things you can check/look for in your set.

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Construction:

If you want your furniture set to last (which of course you will do) then its construction is the most important factor. Poorly constructed furniture will just collapse/break and won’t do well in adverse weather conditions.

A lot of retailers use bolts to put their furniture together, however if you see this, then stay well away! The problem with bolts is that they tend to loosen over time which not only compromises the teak but creates that annoying wobbling effect.

You’ll have to replace the bolts which will cost you an unnecessary amount of time and effort.

Instead, go to teak manufacturers who use Tenon joints to make their furniture; these will be more expensive however add extra strength and a better aesthetic finish. Plus, you won’t have to worry about lots of upkeep in the future.

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The Finish

The finish on your furniture set will give you a good idea as to its quality. The higher quality the teak, the smoother and shinier it will be; you should be able to run your hand over the wood and not feel a single grain.

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The Retailers themselves

The sellers of teak furniture should be passionate about it, and therefore happy to talk and answer any questions you may have showing high levels of knowledge and conviction.

If the seller seems unsure, unwilling to answer questions or evidently doesn’t know what they’re talking about, then don’t be afraid to make your excuses and walk away – there are plenty of other teak retailers that will be able to knowledgeably direct you to the best set for your garden.

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Maintenance

Following on from our last point, seller of high quality teak should be concerned with its maintenance, and should inform you of the best way to keep it looking its best over time.

The reason why you should ask this question is because it is, essentially, a trick.

A truly passionate teak owner will know that teak requires no maintenance over time due to its high oil content and dense nature; the reason teak is so expensive is due to the fact it can be left outside in adverse weather conditions without the threat of cracking, splitting or losing its aesthetic finish.

If your seller knows this, then you know you’re more than likely being shown some of the highest quality teak in the business.

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Use our guide and you’ll be well on your way to enjoying your new furniture set all summer long… good luck in your search!