Spruce up your garden for less

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It’s National Gardening Week and after the sunshine we saw last week we’re hoping there will be more to come so we can all make the most of our gardens.

We’ve all been spending a lot of time in gardens the last few weekends so we’ve asked around and put together some handy tips on how to spruce up your garden for less.

Pull those weeds

If like some of us you’ve seriously neglected your garden up until now then you could be overgrown with weeds. Pulling those weeds and trimming back those trees and bushes can make a big difference to your garden, so much so that you may feel that’s where your green finger ends.

Create a bug hotel

Creating bug hotels helps encourage wildlife in your garden, the added bonus is it keeps the kids entertained making it. They’re super simple to make, all you need is wooden pallets or planks of wood, twigs, stones and bricks.

Lay down the planks of wood or pallets, place the bricks on top and continue to stack the planks of wood, then bricks until you have a little bug hotel. Fill the empty spaces in between the wood and bricks with twigs, leaves, grass, loose bark etc and you’ll have a hotel full of bugs in no time.

Create planters out of whatever you can find

Many of us have found that over the last few months our outdoor planters have become knackered in the storms that winter threw at us. With shopping limited to essentials some of our favourite flowers are about to bloom in very tired planters, so it’s time to think out of the box.

Anything and everything can be used as a planter as long as it can hold the soil and your plant and allows for drainage through the bottom. We’ve seen people use old sinks, buckets, tyres, bottles and jars. It’s a great way to reuse items you already have in the house and add a sense of character to your garden.

Sow some seeds

Growing plants from seed is a hugely rewarding process and provides you with a pop of colour each year. A great flower seed for this is the Nigella or better known as Love-in-a-mist. Simply scatter the seeds across a patch of soil, it’s tougher than it’s delicate looks suggests and it’ll happily self-seed the following year.

Find or make the perfect furniture

A lot of home & garden stores are now providing contact free delivery, meaning if you’re in need of some new garden furniture you can receive your orders safely.

If you already have some garden furniture but you’re just not feeling it anymore then why not try and give it a new lease of life? Have a dig around in your shed and we’re sure you’ll find an old pot of paint or a stray spray can lying around. Painting your garden furniture is a great way to spruce it up and make it feel brand new.

If you’re feeling particularly handy and have some spare pallets to hand then why not try making your own furniture? You can create an incredible garden sofa with just 4 wooden pallets, then all you need are some cushions to furnish and if you’re feeling super crafty you could even try and make these too.

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Comments
ladyliming30 Apr 20 - 23:52Yes, Ebay are fine. If you experience a problem just get hold of Ebay or paypal and they will sort it out immediately, but try the seller first. They are in fact covering small area, although they don't always say that. If you look at the way they have used tires as a planter just go for it and see what will work on your balcony, either round and tall or long and short pot and just try some herbs maybe or better still nasturtiums. Get the small ones as they often have ones with different colours and you can eat every part of the plant if you want and you have seeds after they flower or use them as capers.
Member92492263022230 Apr 20 - 10:38Need a rotary electric wheel to get rid of weeds would you trust e bay
MariaAgnesQuinn29 Apr 20 - 14:09Any chance of an article aimed at those who live in a flat with or without a wee balcony
Great idea! I do hear a small herb garden is great for small balconies and can create a lovely smell. Hanging baskets too can add some really lovely colour :)

Don't forget to liven up your flat too with some cut flowers or some potted plants too! Bring the outdoors in as they say :)

Best wishes,
Matt