A Solution For Low Water Pressure


If you are experiencing problems with low water pressure in your home, this could be caused by a number of different things.  In the following article we will not only identify some of the common issues involved in low water pressure, but also discuss ways that you can correct this problem and improve the level of water pressure in your house.

Analyse What Could Be Causing Low Water Pressure

Although most low water pressure problems are caused by and related to pipes that are clogged.  However, if you have recently had clogged pipes replaced then you will need to dig a little deeper to find the root of the problem.  Start with the most obvious things first and ensure that the shutoff valves that are nearest to your water meter are fully opened.  This may sound very simple and basic, but plumbers will also charge you cost of a callout, even if the solution is just turning a valve.  Once you have checked the shutoff valves, now check the water pressure.  It is a good idea if your home is connected to the main water supply for your city that you phone the water department and ask them for a water pressure reading.  The ideal water pressure should be something in region of 45 to 55 psi.

If you would prefer not to call the water department, you could use a pressure gauge to test the levels.  These can be picked up relatively easily from most good DIY and homeware stores.  Simply, connect the gauge to a water spigot inside your home and then turn the water on.  You will get an instant reading on the gauge.  If the pressure level is low, it may be that your city is delivering water at a low pressure level.  If you feel that your city’s water department are not going to increase the water pressure level, you may have to increase the pressure with a booster pump.

A booster pump can be used to increase your home’s water pressure levels.  They are relatively simple to use and are normally very easy to adjust as they have a dial on the top of them that allows you to set the pressure level.  Ideally, remember, you will want your home’s water pressure to be in the region of 45 to 55 psi.

However, if your home’s water pressure reading was fine, the problem could be that there are pipes that are much smaller than they should be or there is something obstructing the water flow in the pipes.  It is recommended that unless you are a qualified plumber, you should hire an expert to help evaluate and analyse your system to see what the next course of action should be.  Obviously,  when hiring a plumber you should shop around and as well as getting quotes before deciding to hire a particular tradesman, you should also look for reviews and testimonials of previous customers who have had experiences of their services.

5 Steps to a Secure Home

Safety at home is a priority for almost every family. Parents have to be vigilant against threats both outside and inside the house. Neighborhood predators and street violence in the community couple with online bullies and hackers to put family security at risk.

But with the proper precautions both inside and outside, you can help keep your family safe. Here are five safeguards for your home.

1. Bright Lighting

Keeping both interiors and exteriors well lit can help to deter criminals from making your house a target. Of course energy conservation is a priority, so invest in solar lights to keep walkways and steps around your home visible at night. Other areas to focus on both inside and outside include:





2. Lock Down the Fort

Conducting a routine check of your door bolts and window locks is always a good idea. Ensure that things are working well and are tamper proof. According to the National Crime Prevention Council, “Locks are a significant part of a comprehensive strategy for protecting your home, your loved ones, and your possessions.” They also point out that “not all locks are created equally.” The highest security locks are strong enough to sustain drilling, prying, pulling, wrenching or kicking, and they have keys which are protected against unauthorized duplication by utility patents.

3. Home Security

In this day and age, many homeowners invest in a home security and surveillance system. House security systems will protect against burglary with an alarm system. And today, many are connected to your wireless device so that you can check in on everything at home even when you are out. You can find out more about the top security systems here.

4. Inside Safety

Aside from potential burglars and predators outside the home, there are many disasters which can happen inside as well. Make sure to check your smoke detectors and replace batteries regularly. Also keep an eye on your stove to protect against lethal gas leaks.

When young children live at home, be sure to plug all your electrical outlets with safe plastic caps. Fire danger is also a hazard with lots cords and power strips. Don’t leave chargers plugged in when not in use, keep charging laptops away from sheets and blankets that might ignite if the computer became to hot.

5. You vs. the Worldwide Web

Perhaps the biggest threat to you and your family is online with a global network of hackers and predators vying for your personal information. Software solutions like Safe Eyes or NetNanny can protect families from explicit content which they might run into on the internet. Other practical tips include keeping the children’s computer in the living room where parents can supervise the screen easily and using non-administrative accounts for kids which will limit what they are able to do. Finally, make sure to educate your family members about why it is important to be cautious online and how to be safe.

With these five steps, your family will be able to sleep soundly at night and be safe at home.

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4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Problems With Damp In Your Home

Although you may be tempted to put off fixing that little leak you just noticed in your home, the dampness caused by it could not only cause damage to your house but it could cause problems with your health.  If you are not sure of the full implications that living in damp home can have on your health, read the following article to find out 4 reasons why you should invest in damp proofing products before it gets worse.


There is nothing bacteria love more than moisture.  After all, it is bacteria’s preferred breeding ground.  It doesn’t matter how many different anti-bacterial cleaning products you buy, if you have a damp house you will already have bacteria.  Colonies of bacteria thrive on damp organic matter like floorboards and wall boards.


The Director of the Industrial Hygiene Program at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at John Hopkins University, Dr Breysse stated that when there is a high level of water damage, there is a higher level of cockroach, mouse and other allergens.  These should be of particular concern to you if you have children who suffer from asthma.  Mouse and cockroach waste is known to be a trigger for asthma and these kinds of pests love damp areas.

Dust Mites

If you are aware that you have an allergy to dust mites you will already be familiar with many of the symptoms of this allergy including itchy eyes, sneezing, stuffy nose, other respiratory problems and even some asthmatic symptoms.  It is estimated that dust mites prosper in places where the temperature is around the 80 degrees F mark, and where the humidity measures above 60%.  In order to stop dust mite growth you need to keep your house below 50% humidity.  Air conditioning is the most successful way of creating a healthier environment for people who suffer from dust mite allergies, as it dehumidifies and cools the air.


It really is no secret that people get sick from working and living in damp areas.  Regardless of what it is that makes them sick, it relates back to mould.  With mould, the visible signs and smell is the main indicator.  It is thought that mould could be responsible for allergic reactions as well as many respiratory illnesses.  However, it is still unclear whether illness is caused by mould or whether mould is just simply an indicator that you have problems with dampness.

Most people try to find quick fix solutions to dampness; however there is no way to remove it overnight.  Whenever you see mould growing, you need to both eliminate the source of the excess moisture and remove the wet material.  The best way is to prevent dampness by avoiding condensation.   You should, if possible, invest in a venting system for your kitchen, tumble dryer and bathroom.  If this is not possible, you should open windows until steam disappears and if you notice a water intrusion or leak, fix the problem as soon as possible and remove all wet materials.  There are other damp proofing products that you can find online that will help you in the fight against unwanted moisture.

How to Find the Right Doctor for Your Family

For parents everywhere, finding a good, trustworthy physician who is family-friendly is not a simple task. But it is important to have a good family doctor to provide the right care and assistance and be familiar with your family’s medical history. And in emergency situations, having a trustworthy doctor to call brings peace of mind. Here is a list of tips to follow when trying to find the right doctor to fit your family.

Network First

A great place to begin the search is with your network of connections. Ask family, friends, social media acquaintances, and other contacts if they can recommend, or advise against, a particular family physician. Local friends may have insight into finding the best doctors in the area who can provide both care and professionalism.

Credentials Count

When first visiting a medical office, don’t be afraid to ask about the doctor’s credentials because these are probably a fair barometer of the physician’s training and performance.  While going to a prestigious medical school is well and good, what matters most is where the doctor did their residency.

A residency is where physicians practice before setting up their own office or practice. In the residency program, new doctors are being trained under credentialed doctors who will affect their clinical style far more than their schooling will. When searching for the right doctor, look for one who is affiliated with a respectable hospital and who has passed their board certifications. This information should be accessible on any insurance provider’s website.

Scrutinize the Office

After you have asked for a referral and done some homework on the doctor, it is time to meet in person. When first visiting the office, consider the way patients are being treated, how the receptionist treats everyone, and if the staff seems helpful and respectful. If everyone is being treated kindly, chances are they are running a reputable office.

Research has shown that patients who are uncomfortable with their doctors have poorer health than those who see empathetic, supportive and involved physicians. So feeling comfortable with the office and its staff is a big part of determining whether or not to come back for a return visit.

Good Questions

The first visit is a perfect time to come prepared with great questions for the doctor, nurses and other staff members you might meet. Apart from surveying how they treat patients, ask them plenty of questions and leave no stone unturned. When making the appointment, provide a few details about the reason behind the visit, namely, to find a good doctor for your family. This way the proper amount of time can be allotted for the appointment.

Being the first visit, the doctor will also have many questions mostly about family health history. Be ready to provide your information. You might even be able to fill out paperwork and a questionnaire ahead of time. Once at the office, do not be shy. Share health concerns, symptoms, and relevant health history so that the doctor is fully aware of what is going on.

After sharing about your history, here are some questions to ask the doctor:

•If their credentials were not readily available online, ask about where they went to school, who they studied under, and why they chose medicine and family practice as a career.

•Ask how to reach the doctor if there is an emergency or a question, and ask how long it normally takes them to respond. Also, ask if the doctor personally answers questions or concerns, or if they have a nurse or other staff member do it.

When looking for a family-friendly physician, be prepared to ask questions. A doctor should be there to support your family’s health, so it is important that you feel confident about who is treating them.

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Top Tips for Booking Your Family Holiday on a Budget

If you’re penny pinching like the rest of us in 2014 then it may be difficult to imagine a holiday this year. However, if the kids can’t stop going on about the summer holidays already, and you’re dreaming of some time to relax, then perhaps a holiday wouldn’t be a bad idea. Let’s have a look at some top money saving tips for family holidays and decide then whether going away may be more affordable than you thought.

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First up, let’s see how much we have in savings. Don’t worry if it’s nothing, as we have exactly the same in our own savings accounts! What you need to do is start up a money box, or a vacation fund jar. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy; an old pasta sauce jar will do nicely. Simply slice a hole in the top big enough to drop coins in. Now let the whole family know that any change they have from shopping, or found down the side of the sofa cushions, has to go in there. Of course, a jar full of coppers isn’t going to get you far, but it will put you into a holiday savings mood. Sacrifice a few little luxuries a month and put your own money in the jar, in the form of notes. Just a little bit here and there will soon add up to an impressive holiday fund.


Whilst your vacation fund is filling up nicely, it’s time to look at your destination options. Where is cheap, easy to get to and going to be fun for the whole family? There will be some obvious ones to cross off the list (sorry kids, not Florida this year) which should leave you with a few options to pick from. Have a look at prices for flights and accommodation, to see which looks the most cost effective. If they’re all around the same price then put the destinations into a hat and ask the children to pick one out. That way they get to make the choice themselves!


The next thing you need to do is book your travel, which is best done as far in advance as possible. Depending on where you live, and where you’re going, the cheapest option will probably be by plane. Try to book a flight at least 3-4 months in advance to get the best deal on flights. The same applies to most forms of transport, including coaches, buses and trains. The earlier you book them, the cheaper they will be.


So, you know where you’re going, when you’re going and how you’re going to get there. Next up, where are you going to stay? Hotels can vary a lot in price, so it’s best to have a good look around. For example hotels in Dublin with Venere may be a lot cheaper than the same hotel booked directly. Find out who offers the best deals and whether there are any coupons available, to help bring the cost down even more. Not everywhere will have deals on, but it’s always worth ringing up a specific hotel and asking, if you can’t find anything online.

By the time you’ve booked your flights and accommodation, your holiday fund should have added up nicely. Most places will let you book now and pay later, giving you a little bit of extra time to add those extra dollars to the pot.

Unexpected college expenses


When your teenager receives their letter of acceptance into a university, you’re undoubtedly filled with pride and excitement as you join your child in rejoicing. However, as the thrill of it all begins to fade, the financial fear may begin to creep into your mind. In order to best prepare yourself and your child for the costly road ahead, it’s best to set aside a budget. Tuition, textbooks and room and board are the obvious expenses at the start of a semester, but the true cost of college is than just the educational materials. Here are some of the other expenses that many parents tend to forget about when looking ahead.

Even before your child is enrolled, there are significant costs. Parents wanting their children to have the best chance of getting into top schools typically enroll them in SAT prep courses.These instructor-led courses, which are above and beyond any test prep offered by the child’s high school, can vary widely in cost from $75 on the low end, to upwards of $1,000+. For example, a popular course offered by Princeton Review, “SAT Classroom”, is an 18-hour course and costs about $600. Beyond test payments there are also the college application fees, typically $25-50, as well as various costs associated with campus visits.  These costs are largely dependent on the distance that must be traveled, and the amount of time needed.  Some research has found that the average family spends approximately $3,500 in these pre-college costs alone.

Once an acceptance letter has been extended and the decision has been made, the additional costs continue to pile one. Just to get your child on the campus can cost $20 in gas or up to $1,000 for a plane ticket.When your child arrives at their college, they will want to furnish their on-campus home with all the basics, which can be a fairly expensive process. Since dorm beds typically run bigger than normal twin beds, your child will need specialized linens, sheets and comforters. Instead of relying on big box stores or the university bookstore, consider buying from companies that specialize in dorm bedding (such as OCM) so you can be sure your kid is sleeping on the appropriate sheets and you won’t pay more than you need to. Other basic dorm room accoutrements such as a mini-refrigerator, microwave, television, DVD player and stereo can cost between $300 and $600.Assuming your newly minted college student will be rooming with a stranger, suggest that the two of them email one another to determine who will bring what; after all, there’s no need for two cleaners. Toiletries may cost an additional $50, and a safe assumption for laundry costs is about $10 per week. Most students will also want to keep an ample supply of snacks in their room, as they may not be able to depend on the dining hall being open during off hours or late at night when they are studying for exams.

Outside of the dorm room, your child is going to need more than basic college supplies. Gone are the days of needing just a few pencils, a notebook, and a planner, asmodern university studentsshould have a laptop and printer to work on papers and projects. Depending on their major, many courses require additional items. For example if your child is studying art courses, they will need additional supplies that won’t be given by the university. As a business major, financial calculators are commonly mandatory in economics and accounting courses. Specified programs or course websites are consistently becoming more popular among professors. These additional costs are often mandatory and can cost up to $100 per class.

Of course, it is likely that your child is going to want to do more than go to class. Socializing at parties, events, and trips are all part of the college experience. Not only is this a way to meet new people and make friends, blowing off steam does wonders for a student’s mental health. However, little by little, these excursions will add up quick. One way some parents plan for these additional costs is by giving their child a set monthly budget for additional or fun items. This not only gives the parents a consistent dollar amount they can budget for, it also instills a sense of responsibility in their child. Another way to encourage accountability is to encourage him or her to get a part-time job, and offer to match every dollar earned.

Education can get expensive, and as seen by the additional costs above,includes much more than room and board.  It is important to set a budget and do your best to stick to it.  Extra costs will always sneak up, but try to roll with the punches and share in this exciting time for your young scholar!

Top five computer games to look out for in 2014

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If you love nothing more than point-and-click adventure games, post-apocalyptic thrillers or first-person puzzlers, you’re in luck. With avid gamers and information sites like Wow247 talking about the most anticipated releases of 2014, it’s clear there’s much to look forward to over the coming months – but which games are exciting people the most?

Here are five titles that are causing quite a stir:

Watch Dogs

Its release date has been pushed back once before, but the brand new action-adventure game from Ubisoft should finally land on the shelves in spring. That’s right, having been polished up and fine-tuned, gamers can expect a bold, innovative and highly-original concept which centres around Aiden Pearce, a-talented hacker-spy who can manipulate Chicago’s communication systems to his advantage and not only tap residents’ phones but short-cut machinery and cause traffic collisions too. A single-player game with a multi-player twist, you’ll also be able to hack into the games of others and steal their data for special Watch Dog bonuses. Genius!


Having won over 60 awards at its E3 2013 reveal, Titanfall is easily one of the most anticipated games of 2014. A Microsoft exclusive, first-player shooter game with incredible graphics, futuristic weapons and gigantic mechanised Titan walkers that you can hijack, this game looks certain to offer hours of adrenalin-fuelled fun for even the most experienced gamer. Set on a derelict and war-torn planet, Respawn Entertainment’s debut game is an online multi-player only adventure which allows up to 12 human players (six against six) to go head-to-head on a battlefield and uses Microsoft’s cloud services to make the graphical experience quite spectacular.

Game of Thrones

If you couldn’t get enough of the hugely popular, Emmy Award-winning American fantasy series, Game of Thrones, prepare yourself for a video game adaptation of the hit show later this year. Yes, Telltale Games has officially teamed up with HBO Global Licensing to create an interactive, episodic game series designed for home consoles, PC/Macs and mobile devices. The creators have kept their lips fairly sealed, but Game of Thrones is thought to be a character-driven series reliant on juicy story lines and intriguing plots – so watch this space!

Metal Gear Solid V

It might be one of the most famous franchises of all time, but Metal Gear Solid is about to get a brand new lease of life thanks to the upcoming action-adventure stealth video game Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Produced by Hideo Kojima, the new release will follow on from events that occurred in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker but will feature a new day and night cycle that runs in real-time – cool huh? Players will not only be able to go on a host of night excursions but can also develop their weapons from their home base, which can be easily accessed via a smartphone!

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Online only multi-player games might be popular these days, but Nintendo have reminded us what it’s like to play against someone else in the same room with Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Thanks to this brand new side-scrolling release, you can go head-to-head with friends and relatives as you battle your way back to an ice-covered home land – frozen by rather evil-looking Vikings. There’s plenty of adventure to be had both on dry land and underwater, so find a play pal and have fun with some of Nintendo’s much-loved characters including Donkey, Diddy, Dixie and Cranky.
2014 is sure to be an exciting year for gaming fanatics so keep a look out for these five thrilling releases and many more!

This article was written by freelance writer and mother of three, Kathryn Thompson.  Follow her on Twitter: @katht35

The Benefits of Orthopaedic And Orthotic Footwear

In this post we will look at two very important types of foot-related products –Dr Sholl shoes and orthotic insoles.

For a long time people have had problems seeing past the general look of Dr Sholl shows, which means they have not really taken on board the benefits of wearing them.  In the late 60’s the shoes were released for the first time as an orthopaedic show aimed at people who had no arches, bad posture or who suffered pain in their feet.  Therefore, people only saw them as being suitable for people with foot issues, rather than seeing the potential comfort and support of Sholl shoes.  Additionally, they were not the most attractive shoe to look at.

This perception changed in recent years because of whole new lines of Sholl shoes in designs and styles that would fool you into thinking they were made by a different brand.  So now Dr Sholl shoes look good as well as having many health benefits.  We will now look at some of the benefits.

Good To Your Feet

As Dr Sholl shoes are always made with feet in mind, they all have the appropriate amount of support for every part of the foot, no matter what foot problem you may have.  Wearing Sholl shoes is a good way to avoid the damages that can occur from walking and can also help with the healing process.

Save Money On Insoles

While insoles are helpful for making your normal shoes more supportive for your feet, Sholl shoes are made to act in the same way as the insoles.  This means you don’t have to pay out extra for insoles as they are naturally built in to these shoes.

They Are Stylishness

As mentioned at the beginning, Sholl shoes used to be known as anything but stylish.  They always looked bulky and very unfashionable.  Nowadays, the technology and design of the shoes has made it possible for them to look like normal, more stylish shoes while still having the same orthopaedic properties.

Orthotic Insoles

Orthotic insoles could positively affect the overall health of your body.  Around 70% of people suffer from some sort of foot condition that impairs their body’s normal functionality.  Both plantar fasciitis and over pronation will affect a large number of people at some point in their lifetime.  These conditions can be addressed and alleviated by wearing orthotic insoles.

This is because the foot is the part of your body that absorbs all the force and shock produced by walking, which causes friction between the bones and muscles.   The majority of people wear orthotic insoles to support and ease pain caused by the above conditions and many other degenerative foot disorders.  They can also help to improve muscle and bone alignment which can cause problems in your lower back.  In addition, they can help relieve any inflammation you may be suffering from and also restrict the movement of your feet, particularly when your knees, ankles or toes have been damaged and need to heal properly.

The Essential Parents Guide to Buying Children’s Shoes

We, as parents, are so used to popping in to a high street store to get our children in shoes. Buying new footwear for your child online is a relatively new concept, one with both benefits and potential pitfalls. Online shopping needn’t be a pain though, in-fact it could save you time and money compared to visiting the high street. What’s more, you can adopt a very similar approach.

In this guide, it will give you some handy tips to buying new footwear for your child online:

First of all, ensure that you’ve measured your children’s feet. Their feet will have growth spurts, much like their height. One minute they could be a size six, and stay a six for months, the next their feet could grow two sizes bigger in a matter of weeks. Therefore it’s important that you measure their feet, just before you order their footwear. You can either go in to a high street store for this part of the buying process, or you can print a footwear size chart online. It’s really up to you. Another word of advice is; try and print a size chart from the store you could be ordering from, as each store could have slightly different sizes. You may also find it useful to compare the different sizes from other countries.

If your child is between sizes, make sure that you always buy them the next size up. Squashed up feet, in any footwear, can be very damaging for your child’s health. Ensuring that they have correctly measured footwear is half the battle.

Now that you’ve measured your child’s feet, you can start looking out for those perfect shoes, trainers or boots you’ve wanted to buy.

There are lots of different styles, for both girls and boys. Some may have sparkles, others may have characters, just ensure that you put quality ahead of trends. Quality is always the winner.

In addition to thinking about style, you should avoid backless footwear. Children, as we know, have poorer co-ordination than grown-ups, leaving them exposed to the potential of tripping up over and causing serious injury themselves.

While your child is growing up, they will want to start putting their shoes, trainers or boots on themselves. Think about what stage they are at, and whether getting Velcro, laces, or slip-ons will best for them.

Kids also have very high energy levels, so it’s important to look at footwear that enables their feet to breath. Allowing air around the feet will ensure that their feet stay healthy.

When will the footwear be worn? Think about tread, and the materials that the footwear is made from. Obviously during the winter canvas, sandals are other open footwear are a no-no. They just aren’t practical. Whilst during the summer more confined footwear could cause problems.

Once you know what shoes you want to buy, it’s all about shopping around. One of the perks about shopping online is the amount of websites that sell shoes. These are nearly always cheaper than buying on the high street.

So, shop online for the next pair of children’s shoes you buy and pick up a bargain!

How to grow plants in small spaces

plantsWith the beginning of a brand new year comes the perfect opportunity to kick start your dreams of garden grandeur. Whether you have acres of land, a community garden patch, or simply a few centimetres of windowsill space, it’s all about getting the right thing planted in the right spaceat the right time and giving it a little TLC. It’s also a brilliant way of starting a project that involves the kids from start to finish.

Half the fun for parents and children alikeis scouring through the copious varieties of flowers, plants and vegetables available, picking out pretty colours and favourite foods and http://www.spaldingbulb.co.uk is a great place to do this. Here are some suggestions and tips on growing vegetables with the children, in even the smallest of spaces.

Believe it or not, your green-fingered antics can be a complete success with so little room as a window sill. It will however, be hugely important to make sure your windowsill of choice gets (preferably) at least five hours of direct sunlight a day during summer and each seedling is given plenty of space – no plant likes to be cramped!

A container of at least 15cm across is perfect for a herb like basil but if wanting to produce something more substantial in size such as beans, carrots or salad leaves for example,then don’t use anything smaller than a 25cm pot. The deeper the pot the better, as it will give scope for wider varieties of vegetables to grow – 20cm deep would be fine for your salad leaves but to give carrots and beans enough room to spread out during growth, 30cm deep is more suitable.

Growing indoors is becoming more and more popular for people without access to gardens or green space and now there’s even specially designed compost available to purchase for when growing in containers. The compost is designed to hold on to water better and is combined with extra nutrients to help kick start the growing process. Look for soil or loam-based composts, water-retaining granules and extra nutrients or plant food. Fill the pots to near the top and pat down – this can get messy so always best to put some newspaper underneath!

Once seeds are planted, keeping up with the watering of them is a great way to encourage some responsibility and really keep your children engaged with the growth process. Without natural rain water, indoor plants can often dry out but there’s a fine balance between that and drowning them. Before watering, ask your child to poke their finger in and if the compost is damp just below surface then your plant should be just right.

Once your plants get going, they’ll soon use up all the nutrients originally supplied in the compost, so make sure that giving them a feed every couple of weeks is added to the routine of watering. It’s all part of the process and great for highlighting the love and nurture that is needed in order for something to grow.

There are a lot of similarities to growing plants and vegetables on your window sill when growing on a balcony, but the latter offers a little more scope to the number and size of vegetables you can grow. With that bit more space, you can plant higher quantities of vegetables and even extend your range to courgettes, French beans and flowers!

This means investing in some grow bags. One alone would be enough for one courgette or at a push two but salad leaves sewn all overwould grow brilliantly. One tip is to place grow bags on top of each other to give extra depth. To do this, cut holes through the plastic to join the two and allow growth and water movement. This environment works well for beans but remember, they need a lot of water and prefer to climb up something as they grow – building a cane tepee is great for this.

Many of these vegetable plants produce beautiful flowers such as courgettes and beans, so grow these in the most open places – you could even plant some flowers among your vegetables to add some colour and elegance to your patch. Particularly good at looking pretty whilst discouraging pests are French marigolds but experiment… you won’t know until you try so give it a go and have fun!

This article was written by Amanda Walters, an experienced freelance writer and regular contributor to Huffington Post. Follow her here: @Amanda_W84