Enjoy your garden this holiday weekend

Our gardens provide a wonderful feeling of well being at this time of year as new life in all its wonderful facets, begins once more. This is the time to get out there and make the most of your precious outdoor space, whether it’s giving the garden a spring tidy up or simply planting up a nice pot for summer colour.  The garden is increasingly seen as an outdoor room with all the style and comfort of the home. Patios have become the bridge between the inside and the outdoors and offer a chance to create a very individual place to relax or to entertain family and friends. Maximising this space beside the house can be done in several ways – here are a few suggestions to help create your own little outdoor oasis of calm and beauty. Select a quality patio table and chair set as it will last and look good for many years and also be a pleasure to use. The range of patio and garden furniture in Ardcarne Plantsplus Garden Centre near Boyle has a special emphasis on quality, durability and design with some exceptionally easy care styles that incorporate granite table tops and new weather-resistant fabrics such as Textylene. You can enjoy the outdoors much later into the evening if you set up some garden lighting. This can be a permanent fixture or simply a few solar-powered lights that are easy to set up and move around if necessary. Lighting can really make a patio magical and it can become an interesting feature even if you are inside looking out! On cooler evenings a gas patio heater or wood-burning Chimenea, will bring added comfort and extend the time you can enjoy the garden, especially if eating an alfresco meal. Don’t forget to light a few citronella candles to deter the midges on milder evenings!  Barbequing has become much more popular in recent years and with a bit of imagination, it’s possible to cook a very tasty and nutritious meal for the whole family. Weber barbeques are regarded as the ultimate in barbeques and are very easy to use. They are also designed from extremely durable material, which means the barbeques can be safely left outside all through the year. Once you get used to barbequing and realize how tasty and easy the food can be to cook, you’ll want to spend much more time on the patio!    There’s a big return to growing your own food at home as people realise the health benefits, not to mention the greatly improved taste and also the savings that can be made. Everyone can grow some edible plants at home, even if it’s just a few strawberries or pots of salad leaves on the patio. Herbs are also very easy to grow and it’s great to have some fresh leaves ready to pick at a moments notice. The satisfaction of growing even just some of your own food is immense and it can be great fun for children as well. Children can get much enjoyment from a garden and love to explore the great outdoors.  Young children can get hours of fun from a simple sand pit and as they get older a play tower with swings and slides will prove invaluable. If you are buying a slide or swing, remember there are now rubber tile mats available that can be simply laid underneath your play equipment to provide nice soft landings! There are also plenty of outdoor games available to keep the children entertained, such as garden darts or skittles.     Children of all ages will get great pleasure from a water feature in the garden and here at Ardcarne Plantsplus Garden Centre you’ll find a huge range of ready-to-go water features that are safe if young children are around and also quick and easy to install. The sight and sound of water really does make a seating area very enticing on a warm sunny day especially when relaxing with a glass of your favourite tipple!  With a little thought you really can create your own unique outdoor living space which will become an integral part of your home.  You’ll find plenty of inspiration of how to make the best of your outdoor spaces at the Ardcarne Plantsplus Garden Centre, just outside Boyle and also in Roscommon Town.