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The new Esteras fountains – easy weights for gardeners

The gentle gurgle of a well-stone – for many people this goes together with chill-out and relaxation. Traditional models made from stone or granite are simply too heavy to carry home. Not the products made by Esteras! These well-stones are really made for impulse purchase: Because of their state-of-the-art materials they are up to 70 percent lighter than conventional models made of granite or stone – but they are heavy enough to stand firmly without toppling. This makes the purchasing decision easy.

At home the well-stones – with warm colored LED light and low-noise pump – can be set up quickly. Customers are in favor of light weight, easy handling, the authentic surfaces and the bold colors Granite Grey, Stone Sand and Stone Black.

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Viteo Outdoors: Cosy cushions for next summer

Knitting is currently experiencing a huge revival – not only for sweaters and socks, the knitting look is back on the agenda, today you can also discover knitted works of art in public spaces. Whether lantern piles, tree stems or postboxes, apparently nothing is safe from the guerrilla knitters and their wool.

The trend to knit has also been taken up by the Austrian Outdoor Furniture Manufacturer Viteo. At garden fair spoga+gafa 2012 they presented knitted cushions for outdoor furniture. Viteo knitwear is available in three patterns in nine colours each, in two sizes of 40 x 40 cm or 60 x 60 cm. The knit yarn is suitable for outdoor-use and UV-resistant, the inner life of the cushion is water insensible, so Viteo.

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Romberg: protects plants in severe winter

Some plants which in summer transform garden or balcony into a green paradise require a special winter protection to survive outside.

Azalea, Camellia, some grasses but also some “hardy” ornamental plants can suffer from frost and severe winds and especially from heavy changes of temperatures. In particular, plants in pots and tubs are exposed to frost and should be protected in time with membranes, hoods or special mats to prevent them from freezing. Romberg offers various systems for the protection of plants in the winter.

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Stylish water butts

Gardens like nothing more than rainwater. This natural resource is for free and contains no limescale, which makes it particularly good for plants. Uncovered water butts are becoming less and less common and with good reason.

Light encourages algae growth and annoying insects like to use open containers to raise their young. Today there are many ways of storing rainwater which are both technically and visually superior to the dull water butt. Modern gardeners can use them for watering on the one hand but also for a style statement on the other.

The company Otto Graf GmbH with their brand Garantia offers rainwater butts in 50 shapes, colours and sizes. All reasonably experienced DIY enthusiasts can install and connect a rainwater storage tank with basic tools. A downpipe from the roof is used to connect to the tank. A downpipe filter removes coarse pieces of dirt and automatically prevents the tank from overflowing when full. In wintertime the inlet of the tank is easy to be shut. The tank requires minimum care and maintenance.

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