July 30th, 2022
Posted In: Gardening know how

Is your garden full of dying plants because of this summer’s extreme heat or drought?

My persicaria looks like a bowl of crisps, the Virginia creeper’s leaves are limp, the veronicastrum is flagging and many leaves have brown tips.

So what can we do? I decided to ask an expert.

I visited the beautiful Grade 2* Listed Borde Hall Gardens in Sussex to talk to their head of horticulture, Harry Baldwin. Borde Hill Gardens has several collections of rare plants, including over 80 ‘champion trees’ and beautiful borders, the latest of which is designed by Chris Beardshaw.

Borde Hill Garden with lavender

Borde Hill’s beautiful rose garden. The garden is open to the public from February to November, so it has to look good all year round.

Re-think the garden to stop next year’s plants dying

Firstly, Harry suggests you look at what is in your border

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Jodi Marks in The Home Depot with Henry 212 Clear Sealant
Patch your roof when it’s still wet with Henry’s new All Purpose Crystal Clear Sealant. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

A roof patch is one of those things you often don’t know that you need to do until it’s raining. That’s why Henry designed its 212 Clear All-Purpose Patch to work in both wet and dry conditions. 

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Henry 212 Clear All-Purpose Patch in a box on the shelf at The Home Depot
Henry 212 Clear All-Purpose Patch stays put even on wet roofs. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Apply Wet or Dry

Henry 212 Clear All-Purpose Patch is a one-part, highly elastic, high-performance thermoplastic sealant that patches holes and cracks in wet or dry conditions.

This sealant even sticks to shingles when it’s applied underwater! Just watch Henry’s demonstration video to see how it stands up against its

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Get your front yard ready for Halloween with these DIY outdoor Halloween decorations! You’ll find scary and not so scary ideas in this list!

20 DIY outdoor Halloween decorations collage

Want to decorate your front porch or yard for Halloween, but don’t want to break the budget? Why buy when you can DIY!

These outdoor Halloween decorations are easy to make yourself, and can be made with basic supplies that won’t cost a fortune. If you have a pile of scrap wood laying around, many of them will even be free!

I’ve broken the list up into two sections: cute or funny Halloween decor for little kids, and scary Halloween decorations for those who don’t mind a little spookiness. Get creative and make a great display for your trick-or-treaters this year!

Fun DIY Outdoor Halloween Decorations

Not everyone is into scary decorations and that’s okay. Check out these fun outdoor

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Concerned about your household’s single-use plastic and other packaging waste? The package-free movement has been gathering momentum: bulk goods stores and farmers market stands have been cropping up all over, and most groceries now have bulk sections—all of which allow customers to fill up their own containers. But does carrying your own jars and marking tares feel like a mission impossible? Fair-Well in London is out to make package-free shopping much easier.

Three years ago, the two friends purchased a 1970s electric “milk float,” a milk van that they named Charlie and converted into a home delivery shop of bulk organic comestibles and staples, such as compostable cling wrap and coconut dog shampoo bars. Charlie roves London making scheduled stops and spreading the word about mindful ways to consume. Customers, including designer Mark Lewis who tipped us off about Charlie, place orders online at Fair-Well. They then come greet the

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