Amazon Handmade will be donating its 12% fee from each product sold from the Rainbows of Hope storefront to NHS Charities Together – supporting NHS staff, volunteers and patients during the Covid-19 pandemic as well as in the aftermath.
Amazon Handmade is an online store that offers unique, handcrafted products made by verified Makers from around the globe.
The new Rainbows of Hope storefront features rainbow designed products created by five UK small business owners from the Amazon Handmadenetwork.
This cute rainbow tote bag is the perfect gift to send to a loved one, friend, doctor, nurse, a key worker that needs a little bit of cheering up. Our rainbow, drawing by Eylul, talented daughter of a key worker couple. It is essential to support each other mentally, and we hope the Rainbow series will bring joy and hope to people like rainbows.
A plaque that will give a pocket hug to someone very special to you. Manta Makes is a family business based in the New Forest – all our items are made by an in-house team from ethically sourced wood and printed with the image shown.
A unique mug for your or their cup of tea or coffee. 10oz ceramic mug printed in the New Forest, United Kingdom. This mug could be paired with a rainbow window sticker or NHS present as a reminder of how special the person is. A cup that will give joy to you or a recipient.
♡ Let those special people know that you’re missing them right now with this cute miss you card! Featuring a rainbow heart drawing by Penny, age 6, it’s perfect for keeping in touch during the lock down with your family, friends or a loved one. ♡ Unique hand-drawn illustration ♡ High-quality print on Eco-friendly 350gsm FSC-certified card ♡
This cute rainbow cushion cover is the perfect gift to send to a loved one, friend, doctor, nurse, a key worker that needs a little bit of cheering up. Our rainbow, drawing by Eylul, talented daughter of a key worker couple. It is essential to support each other mentally, and we hope the Rainbow series will bring joy and hope to people like rainbows.
This post is the first instalment of 12 monthly blogs that will cover some of the many essential tasks that will need to be undertaken throughout the year.
We have put together a simple checklist that we hope novice gardeners will find useful. Please don’t forget to let us know what you thought of this post and if you have any further knowledge of gardening tasks for January, then please feel free to leave a comment below.
Recycling old Christmas trees
If you own a shredder or can get your hands on one, then you should definitely consider shredding the branches for garden mulch for the base of trees or under shrubs. This mulch can also be added to a garden composter although please be aware the wax-coated leaves can take longer to decompose.
Increased water retention
Decreased weed growth
Frost & pest protection
Increased nitrogen levels.
Many councils offer a free Christmas tree recycling service. Go to www.recyclenow.com & use the search tool to check if your local authority provides this service.
Greenhouse & pot Cleaning
Cleaning your greenhouse may not seem like the most glamorous of chores. Still, cleaning out greenhouses, gutters, pots & water butts ensures maximum growth yield is accomplished as well as decreasing the spread of diseases in both glass & plastic greenhouses.
Digging over empty plots
It may seem like punishing work, but when taken slowly, it need not be so demanding on both you and your garden fork.
Single digging is when the soil is being turned to a spades or forks depth.
Double digging involves cultivating a second, deeper layer. This second layer is ideal for deep-rooted rooted crops such as asparagus or rhubarb because of the improved soil drainage that comes with double digging.
If you can get your hands on a mechanical rotavator then a two or five horsepower model would be more suited to light soil conditions; for harder soil conditions, a more robust model will be required.
WARNING Using a rotavator in wet soil is extremely dangerous!
Lawn Care During this time of the year, your lawn will be actively growing and will require attention to ensure it is in tip-top condition for the year ahead. Some of the tasks required would include weed pulling, moss-killing, regular mowing & patch reseeding.
Your lawn mower will be one of your most-used pieces of power equipment, so you must take the time to research which type of mower will suit your needs best, click the link to our ‘How To Mow’ blog for a more in-depth look into mowing timings, techniques & to find out which type of mower will best suits you.
The concept of crop rotation is to grow certain kinds of vegetables within different sections of a plot each year.
Why is crop rotation important?
It organises your vegetables according to their cultivation needs & assists in preventing the spread of crop-specific diseases or pests each year.
You can make a significant contribution in supporting local wildlife by simply placing out additional food during the winter months.
Turning compost heap
Be aware when turning your compost heap that these are often the warmest area of most gardens and may have animals resting inside them such as Frogs, Toads or Hedgehogs.
Check your Bonfires
Bonfires must ALWAYS be checked before they’re lit as nocturnal animals will almost certainly see these as the perfect places for sleeping in during the day
Building a Wildlife Hotel
These are simple to make and is as easy as a piling up leaves or stacking logs. Following these simple steps will enable you to view & attract local wildlife even in the smallest of gardens & often at very close quarters.
Peach Leaf Curl – Leaf Curl
This is a common fungal disease of Peaches, Nectarines, Almonds & Apricots. Peach leaf curl is caused by the fungus Taphrina Deformans. It affects the leaves & shoots of individual trees soon after they have come out in spring.
Prompts removal of the affected leaves before they begin to develop white spores will drastically reduce the amount of fungus in the following year. There are no Fungicides available to amateur gardeners for the removal of peach leaf curl.
It would also wise to consider investing in a fruit tripod ladder which will allow you to get close to the branches you need to prune. These are also perfect for fruit picking.
How to prune
You are aiming to take between 10 – 20% of the overall canopy each winter. Try to work evenly around the tree & if your pruning pile looks a little to big STOP – You can always go back next year. A sufficiently pruned tree may need only 10 – 20 cuts in total. Avoid the temptation to make massive cuts, especially if the limb is more than 10 – 20 cm (4-5″) in diameter. If you must cut large branches the try to trace the branch away from the tree where a narrower section or fork.
You can dig up and force Rhubarb crowns to produce an early crop. The plants are brought in & kept in darkness for eight weeks to create a sweeter and earlier crop.
When that long-awaited camping trip finally arrives, make sure you add these outdoor essentials to your checklist, and you’ll have the time of your life. Just don’t attempt to carry them all at once, you might not make it out of the door!
And that’s our list of 35 must have products for your next camping trip. So what do you think? Did we miss anything out? Please feel free to leave a comment below or click any of the images above to make a purchase!