Top tip: Drainage for your plants

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Styling: Lucy Gough | Photography: Oliver Perrott

When you’re potting your plants this spring, you will no doubt put rocks or pebbles in the base of your pots for drainage.

Then what you’ll do is struggle to move your pot into position because it will be so heavy! Right?

What I’ve started doing is cutting my used plastic bottles into pieces and placing them in the lower third of each pot. That way, I am giving a waste item a second life and I don’t break my back every time I move my pots around the garden.

Lx

Top tip: Coring a strawberry

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I just love strawberries. I’ve been to Strawberry fields in New York’s Central Park, I LOVED the Strawberry Shortcake cartoon from the 80’s, I quite like strawberries and cream, but most of all I love them on top of a chunky slice of Pavlova.

Now coring (or hulling) a strawberry when preparing your dessert is even easier with my latest top tip! A friend of mine showed me how to do this and it’s so simple. It’s self-explanatory really as all you do is push a straw through the bottom of the strawberry and you will push the leaves up with it!

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Top tip: Germinating seeds

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Styling: Lucy Gough | Photography: Oliver Perrott

This top tip is for all those people who want to grow things from seed. It is so simple to do!

For people who don’t do any gardening because they don’t know how to…. never fear! I will help you. I knew diddly squat two years ago and now it is one of my favourite things to help me chill out.

I kept accumulating free packets of seeds from the covers of magazines and never knew what to do with them. So what I started to do was to put some compost in an ice cube tray and when they had sprouted, I would dig them out with a spoon and put them in the ground. This would result in me losing half my seedlings because they are so delicate.

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Top tip: Non-drip paint tin

Those of you who know me well will know that I just love an idea that will help make your day that little bit easier. So I thought I would style some pictures and share my tips with all of you!

This week I am sharing a simple idea that will help you when you are painting your space. A friend of mine showed it to me a while ago and I find it really helpful (well, if you like to be neat and tidy when decorating that is..)

Put a really large rubber band around your open tin and you can use it to wipe your brush against when you are trying to get the excess off. It basically just means you don’t get any drips down the side and there is less mess.

It’s as simple as that. Enjoy!

PS. By the way, that amazing red paint below is Atomic Red from Little Greene!

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Styling: Lucy Gough | Photography: Oliver Perrott