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Now that winter has passed we’re dreaming of warm days in the garden surrounded by scented flowers, beautiful grasses and fresh crops. Although we’re well and truly into spring it’s still a little chilly so why not bring the outdoors in and create your own indoor garden. Below are a few ideas to help you embrace nature and grow your own for a greener spring.
Looking after plants can be a little daunting if you’re new to it or haven’t had a good track record keeping them alive. However, depending on how confident you are and how much time you have spare there’s an indoor garden project for every home. All you need are the right tools for the job. Beginner essentials include: well-draining potting soil, starter pots for seedlings, stylish planters for established plants, hand trowel, watering can and spray bottle.
1. Windowsill Herbs
One of the easiest and most rewarding indoor garden projects is growing your own herbs. Not only can they look beautiful on a windowsill or in a rustic planter they make for some delicious dishes too. First of all, you need to find a strong, healthy herb that you’ve either grown from seed or purchased from a garden centre. Herbs such as basil, sage, parsley, coriander and thyme are all fantastic varieties. Secondly, you need to find a sunny spot. Herbs require plenty of sunlight throughout the day. Once you have potted your plant with proper drainage, you can sit back and watch it grow. When established you can start harvesting, the rule of thumb is to trim a mix of mature and new leaves frequently encouraging the plant to have new growth and bush out.
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2. Natural Scents
For the ultimate spring feeling fill your home with the scent of florals, citrus and herbs. Swap candles and artificial fragrances with eco-friendly alternatives brightening your space and making it smell amazing too. Plants not only clean the air and create a sense of well-being, certain varieties also have aromas that can relax, sooth and even energise. Our top fragrant plants include lavender which has a calming scent, apple mint, citrus blossoms from either lemon or orange, gardenia and germanium which can have a variety of scents including rose, lemon, ginger or nutmeg.
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Ways with Succulents
If you’re going to create an indoor garden consider succulents. They thrive with little interference and look great in almost any corner of the home. There are three tricks to keeping these versatile plants alive. Succulents need sandy free-draining soil with enough room to cater for the roots. They require minimal watering, only giving them a little when the soil feels dry, over watering can cause root rot. The last tip is to provide them with a sunny spot away from cold draughts. Succulents grow in hot climates, so warm window ledges, console tables away from the door, open shelves and desks are all perfect places to grow them.
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From the initial contact with the company to the completion and installation everything was utterly professional; we have no hesitation in recommending the company to anybody. We are so pleased, that Neville Johnson is returning to install a new staircase!
Mr and Mrs Thorpe, Radcliffe
The room is transformed and has been hugely admired by family and friends. I was pleasantly surprised by the attentive and courteous client care – everything went according to plan and nothing seemed too much trouble. They were in regular contact before and after the installation. I would highly recommend Neville Johnson to anyone wanting to transform a room.
Cherry Murdoch, London
From the moment the brochure was delivered, I was optimistic that we were buying quality. I wasn’t disappointed. All contact made was courteous, polite and clear, with phone calls confirmed by email. In short, we’re really thrilled with our library and it was effortless from start to finish.
Alison Cole, Swinton
From contacting the company to the point where the cupboards were fitted I was impressed by the whole process. The initial salesperson that visited was knowledgeable and helpful. I would certainly use Neville Johnson again and highly recommend this company.
Mrs S. D, Lincolnshire
Our new staircase looks fantastic. We’ve had lots of compliments and it has transformed our hallway. The whole experience was great from beginning to end, from discussing our requirements to the finished article.
Mr & Mrs Begbie, Hampshire
From the outset of our contract with Neville Johnson, we were supported with design choices, given expert advice and all deadlines were met. Everyone was courteous, knowledgeable and friendly. The craftsmanship is superb; our staircase is now an outstanding feature of our open plan lounge.
Judith Scorer, Stockport
I cannot recommend this company enough. From first contact we received very high quality service. We were informed as to everything that was going on, which was backed up by the necessary paperwork, plans and phone calls. The fitter was competent and the work he did we can’t fault.
Mrs K Holroyd, Wrexham
From the initial meeting with the senior designer to discuss our needs, to the surveyor and then the installer, we were extremely delighted with the end result. The installation process went without any problems. All the staff were very professional and we would recommend Neville Johnson without hesitation.
Rosalind Tunnicliffe, Solihull
From our initial enquiry to the completion of our staircase, we have found all the members of the team at Neville Johnson to be very helpful, courteous and professional in all our dealings. The staircase has transformed our living space. We have been very impressed with this company from start to finish and would not hesitate to recommend them.
Pauline Treston, Northumberland
A real easy process, I would really recommend Neville Johnson to anyone. From the first phone call through to a very skilled fitter (who had to go above and beyond with our old house not having one straight line in it) it was all so easy. We couldn’t be happier that we chose to use Neville Johnson.
Richard Smith, Surrey