7 SIMPLE GARDEN TIPS TO TRANSFORM YOUR SPACE WITH WILKO
Do you dream of a gorgeous garden, but feel short of time or energy? Maybe you think your garden is too small to be spectacular? Don’t worry, Wilko are here to help!
We believe that any garden has the potential to be great. But while you definitely don’t need acres of land to grow the perfect plot, when you’re short on room you might need to think about things a little bit differently. We love gardening and we also love designing products that help overcome the problems you’ve told us about. Meet our Clever Pots range, which is full of helpful solutions for everyday gardening.
Here are our favourite 7 Wilko products to help you get out there and enjoy your outdoor space:
1. Clever Pots Drainpipe Pot Holder
Wilko Black Drain Pipe Pot Holder
No garden? No problem! Take a look at their drainpipe plant pot holder.
It attaches easily to most round drainpipes so you can grow all your favourite flowers and herbs right outside your door. Available in green and black – simply pick your favourite colour, and add a plant pot with a 20cm diameter – then watch your outside space come alive.
2. Triangular Planter with Cane Support
Forget canes falling over in the wind. Forget not feeling like you have enough space to grow veggies or beautiful flowers. Our triangular planter comes complete with built-in supports you can slot canes into, making it easier than ever to try your hand at vertical growing. Ideal for growing everything from runner beans and tomatoes to clematis and sweet peas.
3. Foldable Potting Box
Don’t think you can get into gardening because you don’t have a shed or room to get messy when potting up or planting seeds? With our foldable potting box to hand, you don’t have to worry. Whether you’re potting on an outdoor bench or on your kitchen counter, simply unzip the front panel for easy access, sow or repot as needed then fold back up, keeping all your mess contained. With side pockets, it’s also perfect for keeping all your bits and bobs together.
4. Plant Pot Wheels
Wilko Plant Pot Wheels
These clever plant pot wheels make light work of moving heavy plant pots around your garden. They’re installed through a fixing point at the base of your 40cm or 50cm Clever Pot (sold separately). The wheel pushes into a fixing point where the clips attach to keep the wheel in place. Now your heavy 40cm and 50cm plant pots can easily be wheeled around the garden! There’s even holes in the wheels to aid water overflow from the pot.
5. Plant Pot Feet
Wilko Plant Pot Feet For 40/50cm Pot
Stop your Clever Pots from blowing over in high winds (and let’s face it we’ve had plenty of stormy weather lately!) with these handy plant pot feet. They attach to the base of 40cm and 50cm Clever Pots (sold separately), providing some much-needed stability for heavier pots.
6. Plant Pot Reservoir
Wilko’s innovative large plant pot reservoir fits inside the centre of a plant pot and slowly releases water to keep plants hydrated. All you need to do is bury the special reservoir in the middle of your plant pot before filling the basket with your favourite compost and plants. Fill the reservoir up with water, then it will slowly release water into the soil – perfect for when you go on holiday, or just want to regulate how much water your plants need if you tend to under or overwater plants. You can even add plant feed straight into the reservoir.
They have put a video together to show you just how easy it is! – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjE_poe7zP6twD-I5GvNDfw
7. Reservoir Hydroballs
Struggle to keep plants happy and healthy? Green with envy over your neighbours’ green fingers? These clever hydroballs create a steady water source for your plants as they slowly release water (when they’re placed inside the included waterproof liners). You can also use them without the liner to simply aid aeration and drainage. Perfect for any planter size, they’ll keep your plants looking luscious for longer!
And there you go, our round-up of all the must-have gadgets you need in your garden this summer!
Coronavirus has certainly plunged us into new territory with schools closing their doors and everyone advised to socially distance themselves, parents everywhere will be climbing the walls looking for ways to keep their little angels entertained.
So we have put our thinking caps on and come up with some top tips to try to make the time at home less painful for you and your children.
Break out the board games and cards
Now is the time to bring out the old school, non-screen way of having fun. Whether it’s a traditional game of scrabble or something more active like Dare2Flip, it doesn’t matter as long as its not taken too seriously – we don’t want any fights breaking out! The Entertainer has a fantastic range of games for all ages in store, if you haven’t already got a supply – including some of our favourites Rapido, Pictionary Air and Speak Out. Plus various different versions of Monopoly from Fornite to Trolls!
But there are lots of other games to play that don’t need any equipment including;
1. Would You Rather
2. I Spy
3. Simon Says
4. Hide and Seek
5. Indoor Scavenger Hunt
8. Pass It On
9. Musical Bumps/Statues
10. What’s The Time Mr Wolf
Need to burn some energy?
Get the kids up and dancing!
Also we recommend taking a look at Go Noodle it has an abundance of videos that will get your kid up and moving, including a whole bunch of Kidz Bop songs. Go Noodle also has videos that walk you through how to do a variety of crafts, as well as some brain exercises. But when it comes to getting that blood pumping, try their “Featured in School” playlist or the Zumba Kids channel.
We love this 30 day LEGO challenge from Brickologists – it will certain keep the whole family amused!
Use your imagination
Kids have great imaginations, so make the most of them here is some inspiration but the possibilities are endless…
1. Build a fort or den
2. Write a story
3. Make a treasure hunt
4. Put on a fashion show
5. Put on a puppet show
6. Put on a play
7. Have a tea party
8. Build an obstacle course
9. Build a cardboard castle
10.Create your own superhero
Making things with the kids can be loads of fun, but remember to wash your hands afterwards!
1. Homemade playdough
2. Homemade slime
3. Play mud
4. Fake snow
5. A sensory bin
The list of craft ideas that you can do at home with the kids is endless, here are a few of our favourites. We would love to see pictures of your finished crafts.
1. Paper Airplanes
2. Thankful Jar
4. Cereal Box Aquarium
5. Toilet Roll Ppeople
8. Paint Pet Rocks
9. Paper Boats
10. Friendship Bracelets
It is really important to keep the kids learning while they are off, your school has probably already provided you with a home learning pack. But other things you can do are:
1. Do a Science Project
2. Learn Origami
3. Learn About a New Animal
4. Learn to Sew
5. Learn to Knit
6. Do Brain Teasers
7. Learn a New Language
8. Learn About a Country
9. Try Sudoku
10. Read! Doesn’t matter what they read as long as they read.
There are lots of sites that have got lots for FREE activities you can download to do with the kids at home.
FUN AND DELICIOUS RECIPES TO MAKE AT HOME
- 185g self-raising flour
- 120g golden caster sugar
- 120g butter, softened
- 100g pot natural yogurt
- 1 lemon, zested
- 2 eggs
- 250g pack fondant icing
- 85g unsalted butter, softened
- few drops vanilla extract
- 200g icing sugar
- few drops green food colouring
Heat oven to 190C/170 fan/gas 5 and line a 12-hole bun tin with paper cases. Put the flour, sugar, butter, yogurt, lemon zest and eggs in a bowl and mix with electric beaters until smooth. Spoon a large tablespoon of the mixture into each of the cases, making them as even as possible. Bake for 20-25 mins until the cakes are risen and golden, and a skewer poked into the centre of one comes out clean. Set aside to cool on a wire rack.
For the frosting, beat the butter, vanilla extract and icing sugar until the mixture is pale and creamy, and completely combined. Add a few drops of green colouring and beat it in. If piping, scoop the frosting into a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle, then pipe stars of green icing all over the tops of the cakes like tufts of grass. If not piping, spread the icing over the cakes and run a fork across to make it resemble grass.
Roll the fondant icing into small balls no bigger than a walnut (these are the bunnies’ bottoms). Roll smaller balls to make tails and stick them on top of the bigger balls. Put one rabbit on each cake. Now make the feet by rolling two more small balls for each bunny and shape them into ovals. Rest these at one end of the ball so they look like feet.
Kiddie Crunch Mix:
- 1 cup plain or frosted animal crackers
- 1 cup bear-shaped crackers
- 1 cup miniature pretzels
- 1 cup salted peanuts
- 1 cup M&M’s
- 1 cup yogurt- or chocolate-covered raisins
It’s simple: In a bowl, combine all ingredients. Store in an airtight container.
Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns:
- 400g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
- 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
- 50g golden caster sugar, plus 1 tsp
- 1 tsp mixed spice
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 250ml warm milk
- 1 medium egg, beaten
- 50g butter melted, plus extra for greasing
- 100g chocolate chip (milk or dark, whichever you prefer), or currants or raisins
- 50g plain flour
- For the glaze (optional) – 2 tbsp apricot jam
1 – Mix the bun ingredients. Put the strong flour, yeast, caster sugar and 1 tsp salt in a bowl with the spices and mix. Make a well in the centre and pour in the milk, egg and butter. Start mixing with a plastic or wooden spoon and finish with your hands. If the dough is too dry, add warm water, or extra flour if it’s wet.
2 – Now stretch the dough – this is called kneading. Knead the dough on a floured surface for 10 mins until it becomes smooth and springy. This will be a bit too much work for children, so get them to start the kneading, then when they get tired, take over.
3 – Leave the dough to rise until doubled in size because of the yeast. Transfer to a clean, lightly greased bowl and cover loosely with a clean, damp tea towel. Leave in a warm place to rise until roughly doubled in size – this will take about 1 hr depending on how warm the room is.
4 – Add the chocolate chips and do some division. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured surface and flatten. Scatter over the chocolate chips (or dried fruit), and knead the dough a few more times. Divide it into 8 even portions – halve the dough, then halve each portion twice more, and explain the maths.
5 – Roll the dough into buns. Roll each portion into a smooth round and place on a greased baking sheet in 2 rows of 4, leaving some room between each bun for it to rise. Cover with a tea towel again and leave in a warm place to prove for 20 mins, until almost doubled in size again or just touching.
6 – Make the crosses on the buns and bake them. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Mix the plain flour with 1 tsp sugar and 4-5 tbsp water to give you a thick paste. Spoon into a piping bag and pipe white lines on the buns to make crosses. Bake for 20 mins until they are light brown.
7 – Brush them with jam if you want them to be nice and shiny. If you want to enjoy the buns untoasted, gently heat the jam in a pan or the microwave, and brush over the buns using a pastry brush. If you are going to toast them, then don’t glaze them as the jam will burn.
Sunny days are great for simple activities like picnics and ball games. This can be done as close to home as in the back garden!Organise a treasure hunt around your home and garden with clues and treats for the children to find