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


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, 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


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, ‘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.


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.’


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.



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.


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.


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.



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.


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!

The Ultimate Teak Furniture Care Guide

Posted by admin on Jun 8, 2016 under Teak furniture care
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You’ve found your perfect teak furniture set, you’ve checked to see it’s in stock and you’ve had it delivered to your door, now you must look after it. Teak furniture requires careful handling to make sure your set stays as clean and as crisp as the day you bought it. The reason this type of furniture is so popular is because it is the highest quality of garden furniture available, which means it’s the longest lasting of all materials so long as it is taken care of. But many customers aren’t aware of correct teak furniture care methods before they buy it. So here is a quick 10 step-guide to keeping your teak furniture’s natural glossy gleam.

Teak Versus The Universe

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Teak furniture is exposed to all the elements outdoors, come storm or shine so it can easily get damaged if due care is not taken. Here are the 10 steps you need to take.

    1. Protect your teak – Apply a layer of quality protectant such as teak sealer to your furniture. This will prevent oxidation of the outer layer of wood, so it won’t turn grey. Teak wood contains natural oils that give the furniture its honey colour, but this will only last a few weeks if the wood is not treated and protected.
    1. Storing your set – weathering of teak takes approximately nine months if furniture is left outdoors. Weathering will turn your teak a silvery-grey discolouring. Store your furniture in designated furniture storage units, your garage or shed. Do not move teak furniture from gardens into heated indoor rooms as temperature differences may cause wood to split. Do not move teak furniture from garden into heated indoor room for storage as temperature differences may cause wood to split.
    1. Sanding – lightly sanding your teak furniture is the best way to preserve its natural golden colour. It can also help get rid of stains and smooth off rough edges, that naturally occur as a result of weathering.
    1. Washing – teak requires a gentle approach, so put down your pressure washer and get the drizzly garden hose out. Hose down your teak once every 2 or 3 weeks.
    1. Take cover – If you do choose to leave your teak furniture to fend for itself against the elements, then you should at least give it the respect it deserves with its own outdoor furniture cover.
    1. Security – Teak furniture burglaries are an uncommon, but terrible occurrence. Don’t let it be you. Securing your furniture against burglaries is simple. Keep your garden entrances sealed and garden doors locked. Also, don’t brag about your beautiful teak set to your friends and colleagues, their jealousy might get the better of them.
    1. Flooding – In case of flash floods consider fixing small buoyancy aids with your written address to your teak furniture so that it will stay afloat in high tides or when river banks bust. Then you’ll stand a better chance of being reunited with your beloved set once things get back to normal.
    1. Natural disasters – If you live near an active volcano, volcanic eruptions may be a risk to your furniture. Due to the highly-flammable nature of teak you don’t stand a good chance, but if you have time, move your furniture to your roof to help it avoid encroaching lava slides.
    1. Nuclear bomb – Teak furniture is often considered the most durable of all woods. But we cannot guarantee durability against radiation. In the unlikely event of a nuclear disaster, there is very little you can do to protect your teak furniture from radiation. The only chance you have is to build a nuclear bunker in your back garden. But, your time is probably limited in the event of a nuclear attack, and your furniture should and always be an afterthought of your safety.
  1. Tornado – tornadoes are extremely uncommon in Britain, with roughly 30 recorded a year. Nevertheless, be vigilant and strap your furniture down. You can get weight bags and outdoor furniture ground anchors to protect from the blusteriest of storms.

How to Throw the Perfect Summer BBQ

Posted by admin on May 19, 2016 under Backyard, Buying Furniture


Summer is just around the corner and – come rain or shine – dusting off your old BBQ at the first site of blossom is an old British tradition.

But before you don your ‘Grill Master’ chef’s hat and novelty apron, there’s a lot to consider. Throwing a killer BBQ is an art – and since you’re likely to be in competition with half your friends and neighbours as to who can throw the best grilled meat fiesta, we’ve put together a handy guide outlining everything from prime cuts and mouth-watering marinades to culinary condiments and delectable drinks that will ensure you BBQ goes off with a bang.

The Main Event


It goes without saying that a BBQ isn’t a BBQ without ounces and ounces of prime cut meat to get your teeth into – and the possibilities are endless. Although burgers and sausages are the classic BBQ party choice; chicken, steak, lamb chops, ribs and most types of fish work just as well, if not even better on the grill.

For a crowd pleasing meaty marinate try placing soy sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, basil, parsley, and pepper in a blender. Add hot pepper sauce and freshly chopped garlic cloves, if desired. Then simply blend on high speed for 30 seconds until thoroughly mixed and slather all over your meat of choice before chucking it onto the barbie.

Alternatively/additionally why not try something a bit different and opt for fish; BBQ grilled salmon teriyaki is a great combination, or tilapia coated in a simple salt, pepper, lemon and olive oil marinade is an easy yet seriously tasty option.

The Side-kicks


After all, what’s Batman without Robin? Your delicious meats need some equally delicious sides/salads to keep them company on your plate. Fresh salads topped with cold lentils, chickpeas or butter beans and a dressing of lemon and olive oil go well with every type of meat and are light and summery, hence perfect for a BBQ party.

Secondly, condiments are key! Ketchup, mustard, brown sauce, hot sauce, mayonnaise… to name but a few. Remember everyone has a different favourite, so try and get as many of the classics as possible, and if you want to be really great host include some low fat/sugar options for health conscious guests.

If you want to go above and beyond the call of hosting duty, why not try making your own homemade ketchup?

Simply purée tomatoes with juice in a blender until smooth. Cook onion and garlic in oil with 1/4 teaspoon salt in saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has gone golden (this should take about 8 minutes) Add paprika, chilli, allspice, a pinch of cinnamon and half a teaspoon of black pepper and cook for one minute, stirring frequently, Add the tomato purée, tomato paste, brown sugar, and vinegar and simmer until very thick (should take around 45 to 55 minutes).

Finally purée the ketchup in a blender until smooth and put in the fridge to chill for at least 2 hours. And there you have it, a deliciously little crowd pleaser that is sure to set your BBQ apart from the rest!

The Refreshments


There’s nothing better than a chilled beer or glass of prosecco on a warm day – and a BBQ is the perfect opportunity to combine food, drink and great company. As aforementioned, beer and wine are always popular options (especially summery beers such as ‘Sol’ with a wedge of lime for good measure).

For a more sophisticated take on drinks though, cocktails are always a good idea (we don’t know a single person who doesn’t like cocktails).

Popular spirits such as vodka and gin work well with almost anything – we suggest lemon juice, sugar, mint leaves and crushed ice for a tasty and refreshing summery beverage which is easy to make and even easier to drink!

The Furniture


Not much can beat sitting around the table in the great outdoors with great food, drink and your closest friends; and a good quality table and set of garden chairs are the best place to start!

Teak furniture is well known as the best possible garden furniture you can get – not only does it look stunning, but it’s quality and hard-wearing nature mean you can leave it out for the entire period of winter with no damage.

Here at Faraway furniture we have a variety of different styles and sizes to suit any family.

So there you have it – our guide has all the tools to guarantee a BBQ party to end all BBQ parties (except the weather… unfortunately that one’s out of our control)

Making the most of small garden space

Posted by admin on May 18, 2016 under Backyard

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A lack of garden space should never equate to a lack of style. Creating a tranquil and picturesque garden retreat, whilst still optimising the available space, initially, may appear relatively challenging. However, with some careful planning, and the addition of a few simple garden accessories, designing your dream garden could not be easier!

What your garden means to you…

Typically, a garden serves a multitude of purposes. For some, the garden is a retreat used to escape from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. For others, it may be a social space in which summer BBQs are hosted and children can play. Generally, a garden is often used for both purposes whilst also acting as a visual stimulant for your eyes; something that you can take pleasure in viewing from your lounge, kitchen or bedroom window. A garden should never detract from your home, and should never be branded as lost cause. Even the smallest of spaces can be made into your very own idyllic space.


Indulging your senses

A garden should marry sounds and sights, textures and fragrances. When designing your garden, you should attempt to incorporate accessories that do not invade your garden, but enhance it. For example, bird feeders are small and compact. They can be easily hung from trees and will encourage wildlife into your garden. Birdsong is an audible treat and helps to promote relaxation. Many families also enjoy spotting robins, finches and other such birds that may frequent the feeder.
Your garden should be an inviting area in which you can relax at any time of day or night. By including solar lights, fairy lights, lanterns or candles, you can transform a gloomy, cold and sparse garden area into one that is appealing, warm and charming.


Promoting Relaxation

Your garden accessories and wooden outdoor furniture perform an important function, in that they promote total relaxation. Whilst lying in a hammock, listening to the gentle melodies of wind chimes, or the tranquil sound of a garden fountain; the stresses of modern life are drastically reduced. To achieve that desired idyllic ambience, it is important that your garden is kept well-maintained, as the aesthetics of a garden largely impact upon relaxation levels. Smaller gardens can potentially require less in the way of maintenance, which is beneficial.

Wind chimes

Optimising Space

A garden should stimulate your senses through a range of textures, colours, fragrances and more. With a smaller than average garden, this can still be achieved however, certain substitutions may be made so that the area does not become cluttered. For example, an elaborate flowerbed would intrude upon the space that could otherwise be used for seating or BBQs. It would appear to visually reduce the room in your garden. Instead, opt for pot-plants, with bold, bright and colourful plants. This provides the desired greenery to the area without impinging upon the rest of the garden.

Tip: Look to incorporate plants that encourage butterflies, birds and other forms of wildlife.

Fairy lights

Enjoying your garden

Gardens are often made a social space. Barbecues in particular are popular throughout the summer months. If you have a smaller garden space, you may not have the room for a large BBQ set however, provided that you have ample seating outdoors, the food can be prepared indoors before being taken outside to enjoy. Large beanbags can be a colourful and fun alternative to larger garden furniture sets. You can therefore choose a smaller set and extend the seating area with the beanbags. This idea is usually surprisingly well received by visitors, who often choose to seat themselves on the beanbags, leaving the traditional hard wood seating for those less mobile. The relaxed nature that is associated with the beanbags often encourages a good social ambience.

To Sum Up…

• Keep things simple – too much, and your garden could end up looking cluttered.

• Encourage wildlife with plants, bird feeders and fountains.

• Make your garden accessible by night with fairy lights, candles, lanterns and solar lights.

• Provide ample rest areas so that you can sit and unwind.

• Keep your garden well-maintained and tidy.

• Treat your senses with chimes, aromatic plants and different textures.

Garden room ideas for this summer

Posted by admin on Apr 21, 2016 under Gardening

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You’ve organised and perfected every last detail in each room of your home, and it’s been domestic bliss during the winter months. But there’s one more room you haven’t thought of. A garden room. Now the weather’s changing and for the first time this year we can venture outside without multiple layers, a scarf and coat. The sun is back and your garden is in need of revival. But where do you start in creating your own sheltered outdoor slice of serenity.

What is a garden room?

If you don’t know already, a garden room is a specific area in your backyard, it is an area for seating, for basking in the British summer time (and hopefully some sun). It’s a chance to add a touch of interior design outdoors.

Where to start

Choose the right spot

This is essential to make the most of the space you have. Some gardens lend themselves to garden rooms with very little effort required to creation and others may need extra thought and planning. The goal is to create the effect of a living, breathing room just like a sitting room in your house, but, in most cases, minus four walls.

Garden room design ideas

One of the defining features of a garden room is the ability to sit and eat outside which makes it a decorative yet functional space that can be enjoyed. But there are many different styles of garden rooms to choose from, here’s a selection of the best ideas.

The different styles of garden rooms:


Garden room open air

These garden rooms require no housing or walls to enclose the space. The above example uses an elegant table set-up set on a backdrop of curved overhead arches to draw focus to the centre and give a feel for the indoors outside. They’ve used floral-themed glass ornaments as centrepieces and added wine glasses and bowls of fresh bread. A set of rustic wicker chairs upon a red-brick patio and overhanging vines give a feel of Italian countryside manor to this LA garden.

Purpose-built structure

Garden rooms summer house

If space (and cash) is not an issue then you can create your garden room as a free-standing separate structure in your garden. This is effectively a summerhouse, but the cedar panelled ‘eco’ style makes it slot into its surrounding effortlessly. Complete with a grass roof, heating and lighting, it’s certainly big enough to turn it into the room of your choice; study, games room, kitchen or guest lodge. And best of all its unlikely it will require planning permission.


Garden Room open plan

Some houses have the ability to transform the space between the indoors and the outdoors. Most people use French doors, but these houses do things a little differently. The veranda of this property is open to the elements, and leads straight from the kitchen. The design of this garden room is impeccable, and we should hope so as it was the thought child of architect, Jonathan Tuckey. The 4.3 metre long collapsible table is set upon grey wood flooring panels and a built-in bench lines the foreground.


Garden rooms natural setting

Aside from trying to make a space resemble a house or specific room that you’d traditionally find indoors, some people have bucked the trend and made their garden rooms at one with nature. Simplicity is this glorious terrace designs strength. And with a few intelligent touches, is something that can be replicated in most gardens. Wisteria is grown over a pergola and the branches are suspended with ties. The pergola frame has been painted a dark green to blend with the foliage making it almost invisible. Cast iron lanterns are hung on all four corners and the white cushions and furnishings have been chosen to compliment the white flowering.

Create your own design

Bathroom garden room

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You truly can make your garden room in to whatever you like. Far from the standard seating area many garden rooms achieve, this garden room has glass window doors and a standalone ceramic double bath looking out over the rest of the garden. Privacy is not a primary concern for this design, but would be perfect as a romantic setting at night or a refreshing soak when the sun rises.

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Guide to spring cleaning your garden

Posted by admin on Mar 24, 2016 under Gardening


Spring has officially kicked in and there’s no denying that as soon as a single ray of sunshine shines bright, we Brits go a little crazy for a touch of warm weather. December was the ‘mildest’ month on record and our gardens and fields have been fooled into thinking spring started early as daffodils began to bloom.

You may be thinking about sprucing up your garden and dusting off your shovels, spades and lawn mowers to tackle winter’s depository of dead weeds and shrubs. However, the thought of cleaning up your garden sounds like a nightmare to the majority of people and will often enough invite a gardener to do the hard work they wish to avoid. But if you love nothing more than spending your Sunday afternoons in the garden, you may be asking how best to spruce up your garden. Tidying up your garden involves a number of steps; owning your garden, adding a spring stimulant, organising your new plants, adding a colour scheme and ordering your furniture.


First things first is to make sure your garden doesn’t own you, but you own it! Your garden at this time of year will need a lot of TLC and you will need to grab your garden sheers and cut away anything that looks like it needs a new lease of life. Dead weeds, shrubs and heads of flowers will need to be cut away; making space for new roots to grow back. Once you have completed this process, your garden may look bare and a little too ‘brown’ for your liking, but with the ground still a little damp, it will be easier to pull out weeds and to plant new flowers and perennials. Remember to test the soil first and then add a sprinkling of fertiliser to your plant beds.

Once you have visited your local garden centre and purchased all the plants you want, you may need to divide and conquer where you plan to plant them. Perennials will need a little more thought than your average pansy or geranium. You must bear in mind where there is enough light as without light, your perennials will not bloom to full capacity. Map the path of the sun as spring/summer ushers in and ascertain where is best to plant as you may have chosen a spot that is hidden under a canopy of shrubbery, that provides a lot of shade and will prevent growth.


Now your garden is ready to blossom in all its glory, you can begin to think about garden furniture. You may have covered last year’s outdoor table and chairs or you’re thinking about purchasing a brand new teak garden table.

Whatever you choose there are a number of things to consider.


Once the sun decides to grace us with its presence, gardening retailers will have some of the best deals on the market. For many, designing the look of your garden is the best part; and depending on the colour scheme of your flower arrangements, your garden furniture will match. If you own a teak garden furniture set or bespoke wooden garden furniture set, spring cleaning is a must-have. It is entirely safe to leave your set outdoors during the winter months, however, you will most likely have an accumulation of dirt, moss and mould. To clean your garden set, all you need is fresh water to remove dust and dirt. If plain water does not entirely work, try warm water with a touch of soap and use a non-abrasive cloth or sponge to wipe. Once you have dusted off your furniture or purchased a new set, you are ready to decorate. Perhaps, you will order cushions to match your parasol or you will have a spacious patio area for sun loungers.


Whatever you choose, spring cleaning your garden is a necessity. To ensure you make the most of British summer (the few days we have), sprucing up your garden begins with tidying up last season’s mess. Despite it being a chore, it can be enjoyed by the entire family and once your garden is maintained for spring/summer, you can sit back and relax and soak up the sun with a well-deserved glass of Pimms!

Aphids – How Dangerous Are These Garden Pests in Reality?

Posted by Irene on Nov 3, 2011 under Gardening

Aphids are every gardener’s nightmare. Curled leaves and clusters of microscopically small black, green or white creatures beneath the leaves or plant stalks covered with a thick layer of tiny insects are without a doubt a sign of aphid infestation. Although they are extremely small, aphids can cause severe damage to garden plants because they feed on plant sap and always attack plants in huge amounts. But are they really as dangerous to your garden plants as most gardeners claim? Right the opposite, they usually do not cause any substantial damage in otherwise healthy and well established gardens. Let’s see why.

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Gardening in Harmony with the Nature

Posted by Irene on Oct 28, 2011 under Gardening

Gardening is a lovely hobby. But a lot of work needs to be done before you are able to enjoy a blooming garden or/and harvest lots of healthy fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, successful gardening requires much more than just sowing and occasional watering. As a gardener, you have to prevent the weeds from overtaking your garden and the pests from harming your plants. However, not all insects and weeds are harmful. On the contrary, many can help you produce even more fruits and vegetables, and enhance the beauty of your flower garden. Surprised? Well, do not be because the more wildlife species visit your garden the better as no species can prevail over the other when a balance is created between the garden visitors. Furthermore, a balance between the creatures living or visiting your garden also prevents the pests from multiplying to the extent to cause damage to your garden plants. After all, the chemical pesticides and fertilizers were introduced only in the 20th century. And if the garden pests would really be so dangerous, there would not be any garden plants left by now.

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