Saturday, 31 December 2016

Lulu's Review of 2016

Now that Santa's been and we are almost in 2017, it's time to have a quick look back at what's been happening in 2016. What was your favourite thing in 2016? Here are a few of my top picks, from best books and products to best places I visited...

Having fun outdoors was the most important part of 2016!

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Christmas Trees: Real or Fake?

We're getting ready to rock around the Christmas tree but if you haven't already bought yours, are you wondering whether to go for real versus fake? Do you know just how environmentally friendly a real tree actually is and how it compares to a fake one? We have all the facts plus how to get rid of your real tree in an environmentally friendly way. Read on...

Monday, 21 November 2016

Lulu & Tilda's Kids Gardening Gift Ideas 2016

Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh. Oh, hi there, just getting in the Christmas spirit! How's your Christmas shopping going? Still need some cool ideas for the little ones in your life who like getting outdoors? Well, you're in luck as we have done the hard work for you and brought to you our TWELVE favourite Christmas gifts they might want to ask Santa for this year...

Merry Christmas from Lulu & Tilda xx

Monday, 7 November 2016

Super Spotter: Lulu's Lovely Leaves

Tilda and I went for a lovely autumnal walk through the woods this weekend and had loads of fun kicking the leaves and finding acorns and conkers. There were LOADS of different types of trees on our walk but sometimes it's hard to know which tree is which. So here is Super Spotter: Lulu's Lovely Leaves, so you can always know what trees you're spotting when you are out and about...

Tilda & I having an Autumn stroll

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Autumn Craft Ideas

Everywhere we go just now there are lovely autumn jewels to find which are perfect for making crafts. From conkers to acorns, pine cones to leaves, read on for some great ideas of things to make when you are tired out from jumping on leaf piles! 

Autumn crafts are heaps of fun

Monday, 3 October 2016

How To Prune Roses...

Hey everyone. Did you know that whilst we call the sharp spikes on roses "thorns", they are actually prickles! Well this blog isn't just full of useless facts like that, it also has some top tips on how to prune roses as well as a review of some secateurs we have been trying out recently. I'm off to make some rose perfume whilst you have a wee read...

Having a smell of some roses at Alnwick Gardens

Monday, 19 September 2016

Fairy Gardens Revealed

I love gardens and I love fairies so put the two together and whooosh, it's like a fairytale ending! In this latest blog I have soooo much to tell you including some AMAZING fairy gardens to go and visit. AND (yes, there's more!) how to make your very own fairy garden. Come on, let's go see...

This way for the Fairy Trail...

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Perfect Picnics

It may officially be Autumn but the weather (mostly) is still good enough to get outdoors and have a picnic. This blog is as tightly packed as our picnic basket with loads of great stuff including reviews of some innovative picnic products and a cool game you can play for free at your picnic...

Tilda & I LOVE a picnic

Monday, 22 August 2016

Dinna Dinna Dinna Dinna Bat Night!

It's International Bat Night this weekend (27/28 August) so don your best super hero costumes and get outside and do some bat spotting. Here are why bats are important (including my own favourite reason for loving them!) and how you can help them...

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Flower Power

I was recently sent a lovely flower pressing kit by my buddies at BigJigs to review. As an expert flower grower I had plenty of choice of pretty flowers to pick in the garden and see how they looked once they pressed. Read on to see what I thought of the flower press and what you can make from your pressed flowers...

A pressed cirsium looks like a funny moustache! 

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

"The Children's Garden" - a book review by Lulu Burt

Hey y'all. I am always on the look-out for new ideas for things to do outside in the garden. You may have read my recent blog which had 19 Great Ideas for Summer Fun In The Garden. Well, now I have even more ideas to share with you thanks to a great new book called "The Children's Garden" by Matthew Appleby.

I am so excited about my new book I can't open my eyes!

Monday, 11 July 2016

19 Great Ideas for Summer Fun in the Garden

The summer holidays are stretching hazily out far in front of us. There's no school (nursery) for weeks and weeks. There will be late nights and long lies. Playing with friends. Days out. Picnics. Now, I don't want to be hearing any murmurs of "Muuuuuuuuum, I'm bored". The garden is your oyster and I have loads of cool things for you to do outdoors this summer....

Have fun in the garden this summer

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Strawberry Fields Forever

I had a lovely weekend playing at farm parks with my friends. I had two favourite parts - one was horse-riding for the first time with my friend Georgia; the other was strawberry picking with my BFF Euan. Here's a little story about it along with some strawberry facts, an awesome tip from my clever Mummy to make your strawbs' last longer and a strawberry craft idea for the summer holidays...

I've only got eyes for yummy strawberries!

Friday, 24 June 2016

Chalkboard Planter: The Perfect Gift for Your Teacher

As school holidays beckon, it's time to say thank you to our wonderful teachers for all their help and care over the last year. But are you fed up with the same old gifts for teachers? Are you feeling crafty and want something special and personal to give. Well, here is my step by step guide to a great idea which combine crafts and plants, my favourite things!

A unique chalkboard planter for my lovely teacher Mrs Sneddon

Monday, 20 June 2016

We're Going On A Bug Hunt

This week is National Insect Week so there is NO better time to get outdoors and go on a bug hunt. Not sure where to start? Well, read on to find out how to go bug hunting and some great kit to use...

A bug hotel, there's got to be LOTS of bugs living here!

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

The Foody: Time to Plant

Back in February, we introduced you to the Foody, a revolutionary new way to allow you to plant a wide range of fruit and veg in the tiniest of spaces. In February it was only warm enough to build it and get used to how it worked and make plans for what we would plant in it one sunny day. Well, that sunny day has finally arrived so here is how the Foody looks planted up and what we think of it so far...

Our Foody, all planted up and looking great!

Wednesday, 25 May 2016


We all want the perfect lawn in our gardens. A lovely, flat, weed-free, green space for playing and lounging on. But it isn't very easy to achieve with all the weeds flying about and our wet weather and heavy soils. But, to help you get closer to that dream, I have collated my top tips for a lovely lawn this summer...

Lulu loves lounging on a lovely lawn! 

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Sow Sow Yummy!

The sun is shining (or at least it was when I wrote this, it is probably snowing now knowing Scotland!) so it's the perfect time to sow your veg in the garden. Don't know what to do? Well, lucky I am here to show you how and to tell you about some wonderful tools I used along the way...

Soon you could have a barrow full of amazing leeks just like mine!

Monday, 25 April 2016

Hop To It: Save The Frogs Day 2016

This Saturday, 30th April 2016, is Save The Frogs Day. So, as a keen wildlife gardener I have some great tips on pond dipping and some froggy facts about midgies, drinking water and much more...

Save the Frogs

Monday, 11 April 2016

National Gardening Week 2016

Today is the start of the 2016 National Gardening Week and to celebrate I have collated my eight favourite things I recommend that you do this week...

Get outside and have fun this National Gardening Week

Monday, 4 April 2016

Easy To Grow Veg That Are Hard to Buy

In my last blog I told you the ten EASIEST Spring veg to grow. This time I am going to add to that list with veg which are still easy to grow but really DIFFICULT to buy in the shops. So while your potatoes and salad will be the freshest in the street you can now further impress your friends with these tasty treats, many of which they will never even have heard of! Ulluco anyone? 
Nasturtiums are easy to grow and taste and look great

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

10 Super Easy Spring Veg To Grow

Saturday 19th March is the Spring Equinox and officially the first day of Spring yippee. That means sunnier days, lighter evenings and most importantly more time to play in the garden! It also means it's time for me to get busy growing veg again so to help you along, here are my TEN easiest Spring veg to get growing...

Here we grow!

Monday, 29 February 2016

Book Review: Usborne Garden Sticker & Colouring Book

As you know, I am an expert on all things gardening. And I am pretty good at sticking and colouring too so I was the natural choice to give my expert opinion on Usborne's latest book, handily called "Garden Sticker & Colouring Book". But did it reach my high expectations or did it crash into a sticky, scribbly mess?...

A brand new book from Usborne, but what did I think of it?...

Monday, 22 February 2016

Introducing the Foody...

We were sent a weird but wonderful new contraption through the post this weekend and I had lots of fun showing M&D how to build it (they needed an expert like me to keep them right). Read on to find out what it is and what we are going to be doing with it...

What in the world could this bed? A space ship?
A cup holder? Read on to find out more....

Monday, 15 February 2016

Sow Clever: Upcycled Seed Trays

It's the perfect time of year to start growing veg from seed (let's face it the weather isn't really good enough to be outdoors all day just yet so sneaking indoors to do some seed sowing is a good thing!) But you don't need expensive seed trays or propagators. Literally have a look around your house and you will find plenty ideas for free seed trays to use...

These egg heads know how to grow seeds

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Lulu v Hedgehogs. Who will be the winner?

Today is doubly important. Firstly, and arguably most importantly, today is my 4th birthday! Hip hip hooray! But, spare a thought for my spiky friends, the hedgehogs, as it is National Hedgehog Day today. As it's both our special days, my latest blog is how to care for us both! I wonder who will be the highest maintenance... 
Happy Birthday to me!

Monday, 18 January 2016

Secret Squirrel

Some gardeners detest them for eating their favourite plants and bulbs while others love to see them perform acrobatics in their garden. I am definitely in the second camp but if you want to learn more about squirrels (well it is Squirrel Appreciation Day on 21st January 2016 after all) in your garden then read on. I have some really cool facts about chilli and acorns! 

Monday, 4 January 2016

Turn Over A New Leaf for 2016

Happy new year peeps! It's that time of year when we are all making new year's resolutions. Some are vast and some are teeny. Make them realistic is what I say. So with that in mind Family Burt have made their resolutions for 2016 and have made them super-easy, garden-related ones to inspire you to get outside in the year ahead...

Time to turn over a new leaf