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  • Grow Your Own - Iceberg Lettuce

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    Grow your own!

     

    Simply enjoy gardening.

     

    Indulge in eating what you grow.

     

    Entering the summer season now and people from all over will be dining on fresh, bright, summery salads.

     

    The sun starts to shine, energy levels are raised and healthy eating seems a lot more appealing.

     

    Iceberg Lettuce is also known as crisphead lettuce.

     

    This is one of the 5 types of lettuce varieties.

    It has a crisp texture and is shaped like a ball or a ‘head’ of lettuce.

    It is so low in calories that it is great for keeping you slim. Only 14 calories per 100g.

     

    Iceberg lettuce does not contain the most nutrients out of the 5 different varieties, though it does contain:

    • Vitamin A
    • Vitamin C
    • Vitamin K
    • Vitamin B6

     

    Sowing time is from March to June. This will give you a good harvest from June to October.

     

    It is sad to hear that "there is only one grower of Iceberg Lettuce left in Ireland". So why not grow from home and grow your own?

     

    At Lenehans we stock Iceberg Lettuce Seeds and the time for sowing  is now!

     

     

  • Wood Stain or Wood Dye

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    Wood dye and wood stain are two very similar sounding products, but what is the difference?

     

    Both products intended purpose is to colour wood; one stains the wood, the other dyes the wood.

     

    Although it may seem confounding, the difference between the two is quite a simple one.

     

    Wood stain is made up of an earthy, dirt-like pigment.

     

    These pigments colour the wood. They colour it in a similar way to paint.

     

    The earthy and dirt-like pigment coats a layer on the wood, changing the colour.

     

    Wood Dye is more of an organic material and is water-soluble.

     

    This dye treats the wood in a different way to the stain.

     

    Wood dye will be absorbed into the grain of the wood. It is less of a coating and more of a soakage, colouring the wood as it is absorbed.

     

    By soaking into the wood, water-based wood dyes can raise the grain. You simply need to sand it down if this happens.

     

    Benefits

     

    The benefit of using Wood dye is that, as it does not coat the wood, the natural wood grain stays visible and none of the beauty is lost.

     

    The benefits of using Wood stain is that the earthy, dirt-like pigments survive longer in an outdoor environment, meaning that it can resist UV light better and the colour will last longer.

     

  • Greenhouse Options

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    What is the difference between the Greenhouses you stock?

     

    This question is asked of us all the time.

     

    Buying a greenhouse is an important purchase, so you want to be sure you have taken everything into consideration before taking that final step.

     

    At Lenehans we like to make things as easy as possible for you so that getting your new greenhouse is an enjoyable experience.

     

    Below is a basic guide to the options you have when choosing your greenhouse:

     

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    Horticultural Glass

     

    • Standard / Basic / Cheapest
    • Perfect for sheltered area with no danger of kids playing around nearby

     

    Safety / Toughened Glass

     

    • Stronger glass
    • If it breaks it breaks into tiny pieces not shards
    • Heavy glass, so better at withstanding strong winds
    • Clear glass

     

    Polycarbonate 

     

    • Very strong glass, virtually unbreakable
    • Similar material to plastic
    • Light glass, should be in a sheltered area
    • Not as clear as glass / slightly opaque

     

     

  • The Change In Our Spring Cleaning

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    Do we take household cleaning for granted?

     

    How did people of days gone by do a spring clean compared to how we clean our homes now?

     

    Cleaning then

     

    Years ago people did not have the technology that we have now.

     

    They had not yet thought up a lot of the nifty inventions that we have now.

     

    They didn’t have the machinery we have in factories creating and mixing all of our chemical cleaners.

     

    Yet, they still had the same will to keep their homes clean.

     

    Cleaning, although not easier, was carried out using simpler methods.

     

    People were creative with items they already had in their homes.

     

    Many of us would be surprised nowadays, how useful the small everyday items we have in our press can be!

     

    Floors were covered with rugs not carpets so they were taken out to beat in the fresh air to remove dirt and dust.

     

    To remove the stains lemon juice was very efficient at lifting them, while hot bread could soak and remove them.

     

    Baking soda or bicarbonate of soda was another useful household substance for cleaning all sorts.

     

    Vinegar and newspaper would leave windows sparkling clean.

     

    Life in days gone by meant cleaning so that the home looked clean, smelt clean and felt clean.

     

    Cleaning now

     

    Cleaning our homes nowadays, we look at things slightly differently.

     

    In the modern world we are all so much more aware about bacteria.

     

    Cleaning is no longer about keeping a tidy and dust-free home but about killing germs and preventing sickness.

     

    This is likely the answer as to why there is now a never-ending stream of new and strengthened cleaning products.

     

    Cleaning products nowadays must pass strict chemical tests in laboratories.

     

    Carpets cover floors and new technology is required to keep these clean. Vacuum cleaners are a typical cleaning tool kept in most households.

     

    The fresh, clean lemony scent has now evolved to a range of exotic flower fragrances.

     

    Our homes are constructed and designed using a wider range of material meaning we require cleaning products and cleaning tools that will take this into consideration.

     

    The speed of modern life also contributes to how cleaning products and cleaning tools are created and designed.

     

    Cleaning is expected to be instant nowadays.

     

    Less time scrubbing, less time drying and less time finding the right tool or product.

     

    This is what leads to a range of different mops, brushes, vacuums and cleaning chemicals!

     

    Cleaning is never an easy job, but as the world moves on so does our cleaning style.

     

     

  • Owatrol Floetrol

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    Owatrol Floetrol is a product that our customers love.

     

    Have you heard of it?

     

    You will find it in our painting and decorating department.

     

    What is Owatrol Floetrol?

     

    Floetrol is a liquid conditioner that is added to paint.

     

    It is used to help aid the control of the paint when you are painting.

     

    Owatrol Floetrol can be used with water-based emulsion and acrylic-based paint.

     

    It can be used for interior and exterior paint.

     

    It can even be used with coloured wood stains that are acrylic-based.

     

    How does Floetrol help the paint?

     

    When Owatrol Floetrol is added to paint it allows it to flow more easily.

     

    There are many other products that are designed for this purpose i.e paint thinners or even water, but what makes Owatrol Floetrol different is that it in no way alters the quality of the paint.

     

    With Floetrol added, the paint will keep the same flow quality in differing conditions. For example, when using it outdoors the paint will remain the same be the weather hot, cold or windy.

     

    When painting with a roller with the added Floetrol conditioner the smoother flow of paint means less clogging and paint build up on the roller. This in turn gives a more effortless flow.

     

    Owatrol Floetrol can even prolong the life of your painting equipment. When using a paint sprayer, the Floetrol conditioner means that the easier flow of paint can decrease the pressure inside the sprayer. This means less wear and tear of the equipment.

     

    Pros and Cons?

    With and Without Owatrol Floetrol

    With all of these benefits there must be some cons regarding adding it to paint, right?

     

    There are only a very few reasons why you shouldn’t use Owatrol Floetrol Paint Conditioner.

     

    The conditioner will not change the colour of the paint you are using and it will not affect the consistency of the paint. However, Owatrol Floetrol is a milky white colour so you cannot add it to clear varnishes.

     

    Owatrol Floetrol cannot be added to oil-based paints or alkyd-based paints, but worry not, Owatrol have another product you can use for these type of paints. For oil-based and alkyd-based paints use Owatrol Oil Paint Conditioner.

     

    Floetrol conditioner may take a slight edge off the sheen of a gloss paint. However, it will make no difference to semi-sheen or matt paint.

     

    The real plus point for using Owatrol Floetrol is that the improved flow of the paint will do away with brush and roller marks. This will save time, energy and precious patience! It also makes for a much cleaner and professional looking finish.

     

    So why should I use Owatrol Floetrol Paint Conditioner?

     

    Use Owatrol Floetrol to:

    • Prolong the wet state of your paint
    • Improve the ease of painting
    • Be kinder to your painting tools
    • To do away with tiresome brush and roller marks

     

  • After The Storm

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    Some are calling it the worst snowstorm in 36 years to hit Ireland.

     

    Some doubted it would reach the level of hype that the weather forecasts were predicting.

     

    Regardless, the beast from the East showed up as predicted and really made its presence felt.

     

      Crisp white snow fell across the nation.

     

    For some it was a refreshing surprise; snowmen were built, igloos formed and time off work enjoyed.

     

    For others the restrictions the snow caused was really felt; flights and public transport were cancelled, businesses were forced to remain closed and people were isolated.

     

    Now the snow has stopped falling, is time for the big melt.

     

    This is a tense time for a lot of people.

     

    Water damage is a serious issue for any home.

     

    What to watch out for

     

    Frozen & Burst Pipes -

     

    In the cold weather, like the sub zero temperatures we have been experiencing, there is a high risk of water pipes freezing.

     

    This frozen blockage increases pressure in the pipe, increasing the risk of the pipe bursting.

     

    In the event of a burst pipe:

     

    Turn off water supply at the mains.

     

    Make a temporary repair to the broken pipe by binding it with cloth or tape.

     

    Call a professional plumber to fix your pipes.

     

    Click here for some more advice on frozen and burst water pipes from Irish Water.

     

    Prevention

     

    Fix any leaking taps, pipes and external taps as these can cause pipes to freeze.

     

    Insulate pipes

     

    Keep the home warm, seal draughts and try to circulate the warm air throughout the home so pipes in the attic / basement do not freeze.

     

    Flooding -

     

    A huge amount of snow fell over the last few days.

     

    All of this snow will now turn to water so there is a huge risk of flooding in many places.

     

    In the event of flooding:

     

    The urge will be to wade in and rescue valuables, but safety must be considered first.

     

    Standing in water charged with electricity could be lethal.

     

    Electricity and gas should be turned off from the mains.

     

    Protective clothing should be worn i.e. gloves, welly boots, masks or respirators and eye protection.

     

    Flood water can be full of bacteria and toxins, rubble and drift.

     

    Don’t handle electrical appliances.

     

    The longer the flood water sits and the home stays wet, the more damage occurs so the water must be removed.

     

    Water pumps will make this job much easier, if available.

     

    To aid in drying the home and preventing mold and mildew growth, the home needs plenty of air ventilation.

     

    Click here for more help and advice on flooding from the Department of Defence.

     

    Prevention

     

    Find out if you live in a flood prone area.

     

    Find out if there is a Flood Emergency Plan for your area.

     

    Make sure your home is well sealed. Check for cracks, holes and draughts.

     

    Consider flood barriers and sand bags.

     

    Make sure you have protective clothing and safety equipment in the home.

     

     

    Why not read our ‘Is Your Home Rainwater Ready’ blog for some more advice on water damage prevention.

     

  • Electric Batteries

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    We all use them but how much do we know about them?

     

    1. The name “Battery ” was chosen because the power supplied by an electric battery was reminiscent of the military term of weapons functioning together.

     

    1. In the 1800s Alessandro Volta, who is credited with being the inventor of the first electrical battery, discovered his battery to be working by using a dissected frog. When the frog’s leg started to twitch Alessandro knew there was a current running between the two pieces of metal.

     

    1. A high drain device like a digital camera will deplete a battery faster than a low drain device such as a clock.

     

    1. Loose batteries should not be carried in your pocket or in a purse. Batteries can short-circuit when they come into contact with metal items like keys and coins etc. This can cause the batteries to leak which could be harmful if it comes in contact with skin.

     

    1. Heat affects batteries. High temperatures will cause a battery to charge or discharge faster, thus improving performance. If the battery is left in the hot conditions for too long however, it will shorten the battery life.

     

    1. A rechargeable battery first came onto the market in 1991. It was more expensive than the disposable batteries but meant that the battery could be recharged many times before it needed replacing.

     

    1. In 2017 the biggest battery storage facility of its kind on earth was announced in the California desert. It is capable of powering 15,000 homes. The system was conceived as part of a backup against energy shortages.

     

    1. All batteries will degrade (self-discharge) over time - if if they are not used.

     

  • The Freya Hybrid Greenhouse

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    We are excited to introduce our new greenhouse - The Vitavia Freya Hybrid.

     

    The Freya Hybrid is a new style of greenhouse. It offers the best of both worlds.

     

    The greenhouses we stock at Lenehans can be divided into two main categories: Attached (Lean-To) and Free-Standing. The Freya Hybrid greenhouse comes with the benefits of both lean-to and free-standing.

     

    The Freya Hybrid was introduced to the world by Vitavia as recently as 2017 and it has now arrived with us here in Ireland.

     

     

    Attached (Lean-to / Wall-mounted)

     

     

    A Lean-To greenhouse is an attached greenhouse. They are greenhouses that lean to a wall, generally against a house, and use the wall of the building as one of the walls of the greenhouse.

     

    In a lean-to greenhouse the highest part of the greenhouse is where it connects with the solid wall of the building. This wall and height offers great benefit in putting your plants here where they can grow to heights.

     

     

    Free-standing

     

     

    A Free-Standing greenhouse is the type of greenhouse we are all probably more familiar with. These are the greenhouses (or glass houses) that stand alone in a garden or allotment.

     

    Typically free-standing greenhouses are build with an A-frame structure. This structure allows for you the gardener to have the height as you walk in the centre of the greenhouse and tend to your plants surrounding you.

     

    The benefits of a free-standing greenhouse is that they can be placed anywhere, given that the ground / base is completely flat and taking into consideration necessary shelter.

     

     

    Freya (Hybrid)

     

     

    The Freya Hybrid greenhouse has an attractive new structure type.

     

    The roof at its lowest point stands at 5ft 5” and it slopes upwards to the entrance of the door.

     

    The door is a big sliding door from the front with the roof standing at 8ft 5”. This extra height means you can grow tall plants in all areas of the greenhouse.

     

    The Freya Hybrid has the advantages of all-round height similar to the advantages of a lean-to, whilst at the same time not taking use from building walls and allowing you to place your Freya Hybrid wherever you wish. Thus giving you all the same advantages of a free-standing greenhouse.

     

    To view our Freya Hybrid greenhouse click here.

     

  • New Year - Healthy Eating

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    Did your New Year's Resolution involve getting healthier and staying healthier?

     

    This must be one of the top New Year's resolutions!

     

    One of the best ways to keep this resolution may be to watch what you are eating and eat healthy food.

     

    What better way to do this than to grow your own healthy greens and veg in a greenhouse?

     

    Not only will a greenhouse shelter your plants from the cold and wet conditions but it will shelter you from all the conditions.

     

    Given that a greenhouse will hold the warmth in and that you can regulate the temperature of the glass house it also allows you to grow plants from other climates that may not survive or flourish if they were out in the typical Irish weather.

     

    Maybe you don’t have a garden, worry not!

     

    Growhouses are available for plant protection and improved growth. These are a lot smaller than a greenhouse and they will only shelter your plants but they allow you to plant and grow seedlings.

     

    Greenhouses increase the scope of plants and vegetables that you can grow and January is the perfect time to get planting a few vegetables for the new healthy you!

     

    Some vegetables are quite winter hardy and, from within the safety of a greenhouse, can withstand a touch of frost throughout the colder months. These vegetables can be referred to as ‘cool season’ vegetables.

     

    Generally, the cool season vegetables are root vegetables.

     

    Vegetables that can be planted in January include: Onions, Leeks, Broccoli, Potatoes, Carrots, Aubergine, Cauliflower & Cabbage.

     

    There are some kinds of strawberries, cress, beansprouts and beans that can be sown in January also.

     

    As January is only the beginning of the year, this is a lot to get you started on that new healthy you. These home-grown, fresh vegetables will be a great ingredient in any family dish.

     

  • Wired or Wireless Doorbells

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    Traditionally all doorbells were wired.

     

    More recently many people are moving to use wireless doorbells.

     

    What is the difference?

     

    Wired Doorbells

     

    A wired doorbell is as it sounds, a doorbell that is connected by wiring.

     

    This wiring runs through the walls of a house. A doorbell is installed outside of the building and from there a wire connects it to the door chime. These are also wired to a transformer to ensure the doorbell receives the correct amount of electricity.

     

    To wire a doorbell, holes must be drilled in the walls and wires fed through. Most houses tend to already be pre-wired meaning all you need to do is attach your doorbell and chime to the existing wires.

     

    Wireless Doorbells

     

    A wireless doorbell is a doorbell that works without the use of wiring. Instead it runs on batteries.

     

    The wireless doorbell carries a radio transmitter. This transmitter can send a signal to the door chime, which then reacts when it is signalled. This means that your door chime can be moved and positioned anywhere, not limiting it to where it has been wired.

     

    However, this can cause a problem if a nearby neighbour is using an electrical item with the same radio frequency as yourself, for example the same doorbell.  The doorbell may pick up the radio waves sent by your neighbour and cause interference. This is easily manageable as all you need do is change the privacy settings or frequency of your own doorbell transmitter.

     

    Which Doorbell?

     

    Both types of doorbell have their advantages.

     

    A wired doorbell, having been around for so long, most likely has the edge on style.

     

    There is a huge range of bell pushes available, ranging from different designs to different finishes. These can often be tied in to match up with the rest of your door furniture.

     

    A wireless doorbell most likely has the edge on ease of installation and range. Wireless doorbells are still quite new and so designs are still quite simple and basic but you can move the chime wherever you need them and also link up to multiple chimes to allow for even more reach.

     

    Style and traditional over functionality and modern life, each type of doorbell will be around for a long time yet!

     

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