Gardening New Year’s Resolutions

Lose weight, quit smoking… we’ve all heard the classic new year’s resolution. But as we move into 2019, why not consider what you can do differently in the garden this year? After all, if you’re passionate about gardening, it’s something you’re far more likely to stick to.

It’s important not to get stuck in a gardening rut by doing the same routine over and over again. Setting yourself a gardening new year’s resolution can be the perfect way of keeping things fresh and ensuring you’re giving your garden nothing but the best.

1. Be more eco-friendly

It may have taken us a while, but taking steps to minimise the impact we have on the planet is finally catching on! If you love your garden, there’s a chance you have a soft spot for nature in general. By doing your bit to protect it, you not only help the planet but reap the rewards of a healthier, more natural garden.

The easiest ways of reducing your carbon footprint from your back garden are by starting a compost heap and switching your petrol equipment to more eco-friendly, electric alternatives. Did you know that around 30% of your household waste can be composted, creating invaluable nutrients that can be recycled for your plants?

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2. Start a vegetable garden

Okay, not everyone has space for a vegetable garden in their back garden. If you do, great! Growing more food at hope is a great way of cutting the cost of your grocery bill, cooking healthier, richer meals and—once again—lowering your carbon footprint.

But don’t worry if you’re a bit short on space: there are plenty of veggies that can be grown along borders or even in containers! There’s nothing that compares to eating potatoes, beetroot and radishes that you’ve grown yourself.

3. Build a gardening community!

Gardening is great for having some peace and quiet while working on something that’s entirely your own. But there’s no harm in sharing your passion with others! Joining or starting a gardening community by volunteering at your local botanical garden or museum, for example, is a great way to meet like-minded people.

You can also get involved in an online community by starting a blog or Instagram account dedicated to your adventures in the garden. It’s an opportunity to reflect on everything you’ve achieved and share the results of your work with the world!

4. Upgrade your equipment

In our homes, we’ll often have a spring clean. But for gardeners, spring is a time of hard work, leaving no time to go through the shed and get rid of the dead weight. However, if you make a resolution now, you could have an organised shed and some upgraded tools by the time spring rolls around!

If you’ve had some of your equipment for several years, their technology may be outdated and causing you unnecessary strain. Even if you just treat yourself to a new pair of garden gloves, it’s worth it for the reinvigorated feeling it gives you.

5. Plant more native plants

We sometimes get so caught up in the aesthetics of our garden that we forget to think about its role in the local ecosystem. Birds, bees and butterflies all thrive off of plants that are naturally found in the area, so including more native plants in your garden brings more than just a nice feel!

It’s not all selfless, though. Native plants improve the quality of the soil they’re planted in and can bring down the water consumption of your garden by growing deep and extensive root systems.

Should I Clear Dead Leaves From My Garden?

Although winter is generally considered downtime for gardeners, there are still decisions to be made regarding your lawn’s health that will keep it looking green all year round.

Autumn leaves may look pretty swell as they change colour, but once the season comes to a close and they fall to the ground, they’re pretty much reduced to a gardening nuisance. Typically, these get raked up and disposed of. But with the emergence of eco-friendly gardening, there’s conflicting advice around exactly what the best methods are.

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What should I be doing?

Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that you can leave dead leaves where they are. Not only can they clog drains and cause your garden to flood when the rain inevitably comes, they deprive your grass of vital nutrients.

Like all plants, grass needs air and sunlight to survive. Fallen leaves can block both of these vital elements, suffocating your grass and creating a muddy pile where beautiful green grass should be.

These piles happen to be a perfect environment for worms to set up shop, bringing moles, their main natural predator, with them.

Raking vs leaf blower

The method you use for collecting and disposing of your fallen leaves depends largely on how much effort you’re willing to put in and how understanding your neighbours are. Raking can be backbreaking if you have more than one tree in your garden, but leaf blowers are loud enough to be classed as noise pollution by some.

If you live in a built-up area, you might want to stick to the rake. With a piece of equipment as simple as a rake, it can be tempting to just buy any old one. But investing in the right model will speed up the process, save your back muscles some strain and ensure it lasts for years. Our favourites are the Wolf Garten UIMC and the Wilkinson Sword Plastic Leaf Rake.

However, if you live in a more rural area, have particularly understanding neighbours or are simply willing to deal with the hassle to save yourself some time and energy, leaf blowers are infinitely faster and more efficient. The Husqvarna 525BX is an absolute powerhouse, while the Flymo GardenVac 2700 runs with a super-quiet motor and even includes a vacuum function!

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Collecting and disposing of your fallen leaves doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t be an eco-friendly gardener. It’s 100% true that dead leaves make invaluable compost material and can be used to enhance your lawn’s fertility in the winter, but it’s important to go about this correctly.

The leaves need to be chopped into much smaller pieces and then spread evenly across your garden to ensure that the grass isn’t suffocated, feeling all of the benefits with none of the drawbacks. The Bosch ALS 2500 seems to have been designed with this exact act in mind, as a leaf blower and vacuum with a built-in shredding action for swift disposal.

Keep your lawn healthy all year round and enjoy gardening even in the depths of winter by recycling dead leaves into a fantastic mulch.

Gardening as Therapy

For many people, gardening is a much-loved hobby and an integral part of their life. For others, it can be a transformative coping strategy. Research carried out by the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) showed that 79% of people believe that access to a garden is a key factor for quality of life. Similar studies have shown that indulging in a bit of time outdoors, tending to or growing plants, can have life-changing benefits.

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A natural antidepressant

Thrive is a UK charity dedicated to using gardening for therapeutic purposes with a wide range of people, including those with depressive illnesses, veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder and more. Its recent research with early-onset dementia patients, for example, showed that after a year of regular gardening, mood and sociability had notably improved.

If you’re lucky enough to have a garden or access to an allotment, gardening can be a hugely beneficial form of exercise and can be as gentle or intense as you like. Exercise releases endorphins and raises levels of serotonin and dopamine in our body, which contributes to improved happiness and lower levels of stress.

Even more impressively, there is also evidence that contact with soil itself may have antidepressant effects on the body. A study by the University of Bristol and University College London found that bacteria in the soil activated the neurons that produce serotonin.
A mindful garden

But you don’t necessarily have to have a reason for using gardening as therapy. Having green fingers, whether it’s a whole garden or just a potted plant in your bedroom, is a positive and proactive way of looking after your wellbeing that can benefit anybody, irrespective of circumstance. Looking after plants in any capacity allows us to become nurturers and experience a sense of responsibility, which in turn improves self-confidence.

One of the main causes of stress is our inability to slow down and remain ‘present’. We live busier lives now than ever before, and many of us are regularly in contact with the online world in our downtime, never taking the time to stop and appreciate the little things. The gardening process is all about patience and care, resting an anxious or frazzled mind and making us more aware of what’s right in front of us.

Although horticultural therapy is increasingly being prescribed by doctors and counsellors as a form of self-care, anyone can benefit from gardening. It’s an incredibly accessible hobby that might just get you away from the hustle and bustle of your daily life and make you a whole lot happier.

How to Cut a Straight Hedge

A well-manicured hedge can truly define your garden, whether it is in front of your property or at the back. Straight hedges are the hallmark of finesse when it comes to making your home stand out from the crowd, but there are a few things to bear in mind before you get started. We’ve put together our most valuable hedge trimming tips that will help you achieve that perfect finish.

When to Trim Hedges

Luckily, hedges are fairly low-maintenance compared to a lot of other garden features. Depending on what kind of hedge you have, you may only need to get the hedge-trimmer out once a year.

For instance conifer, holly, hornbeam or beech are usually cut once annually in the summer, whereas evergreen varieties are cut at least twice over a longer period from the spring to the autumn.

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Equipment

Before you even begin the cutting process, you need to make sure you have the right equipment for the job. There are a variety of hedge trimmers available, including petrol, electric and cordless machines. Electric hedge trimmers are usually flexible and powerful enough to cope with most domestic tasks, but there are petrol alternatives available for more demanding hedges.

For maximum efficiency, ensure the blades are sharp and oil them every 5-10 minutes as you are using the machine to prevent wear and tear that will ultimately harm your ability to cut a straight hedge.

The business of cutting hedges may not appear particularly treacherous, but it’s essential to wear appropriate eye protection at all time. Small pieces of debris will be flying all over the place and could potentially hit you in the eye, which risks not only causing significant damage, but throwing you off balance will a sharp piece of machinery in your hands.

Technique

For safety reasons, it’s best to wait for a dry day to cut your hedges. You don’t want to mix wet leaves or a slippery surface with heavy-duty gardening equipment.

When you’ve found a nice, dry day for your hedge-cutting, you want to start at the bottom of the hedge and sweep the hedgetrimmer upwards, flattening the blade against the hedge for a neat finish. It’s important to leave your hedge slightly wider at the bottom, as these leaves receive less light and won’t grow as fast as the leaves on top.

To trim the top of the hedge, you will need to align your dominant hand with the corresponding eye; so if you are right handed, line up your right hand on the front handle with your right eye and move the blade from left to right.

By following appropriate safety measures and using simple but effective technique, you can give your garden the attractive, well-groomed finish it deserves.

How to Care for an Ornamental Lawn

You may not realise it, but there are many different types of lawn. For those without young children or animals who need space to run or play, creating an ornamental law is a highly attractive prospect. However, a beautiful garden doesn’t come without slightly more maintenance.

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What is an ornamental lawn?

Whereas a family lawn is usually seeded with rye grass for a more robust finish, ornamental lawns use only the highest-quality seed to create a stunning look designed to be admired. Think bowling green or golf course, but in your backyard and with a bit more pizzazz. These grasses are traditionally marketed as ‘luxury seeds’, but are in fact simply finer bristles that give your lawn a softer appearance.

Ornamental grasses care is not for the faint of heart. Due to its soft, fine finish, any lapse in care will be detected immediately with the naked eye. However, if you have the time, budget and access to machinery, ornamental lawn care is a niche in the world of gardening that you can make your speciality.

Seasons come and seasons go

The needs of your ornamental lawn change like the weather – literally. In winter, your maintenance duties will essentially be reduced to making sure you don’t trample on the grass too much. However, come spring it’s time to start thinking about checking your lawn for disease, weeds or moss and formulating a plan of action.

From April you can begin to apply a lawn feed to encourage healthy growth as you move into summer and before you know it your lawn will be in full bloom and require regular feeding and mowing all the way through until autumn.

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Mowing

The most important aspect of ornamental lawn care is mowing, whether that’s the type of mower used or the frequency. Cylinder mowers stand head and shoulders above the competition for fine ornamental lawns, cutting the grass with a scissor action to produce a neat cut. Depending on your needs, you can either invest in a traditional hand-propelled cylinder mower or an electric alternative. Both are quiet and environmentally-friendly, so won’t disturb your neighbours if you live in a built-up area.

Cylinder mowers also allow for very low cutting heights, which is essential for ornamental lawn care. Most of this type of lawn will be cut at ½ – 1 inch during the summer months and 1.5 inches in the spring and autumn.

In ideal conditions, you should be mowing twice a week. Mowing too frequently will weaken the grass you’re working so hard to maintain and encourage the growth of weeds and disease.
The right ornamental lawn for you

It’s worth bearing in mind that your garden may not be naturally predisposed to the golf course finish you’re picturing. That doesn’t mean that creating a stunning ornamental lawn is out of reach, but you will need to take into consideration your lawn’s shape, surface, water drainage and the amount of shade it gets before setting your expectation too high.

Podcasts for Gardeners

Even the most avid gardener sometimes lacks a little inspiration. While there are endless great television programmes, books and magazines out there, don’t underestimate the power of a good podcast. After all, unless you have a television in your backyard, listening to a podcast is the only inspiration you can enjoy as you’re gardening. So grab a cup of tea, bring your laptop or phone outdoors and get lost in the gardening experience with these great podcasts.

The Sodshow

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Compared to most gardening podcasts, the award-winning The Sod Show goes the extra mile. Whereas most hosts will try to draw on their own experiences or the opinion of guest experts to teach you how to be a better gardener, Dublin-based garden designer Peter Donegan does all of that and brings a smile to your face while he’s at it. His mission, he says, is to get his audience outside first and worry about botanical Latin later.

A Way To Garden

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After packing in a successful career in corporate publishing, Margaret Roach moved to upstate New York and started her passion project turned full-time career, A Way To Garden. A self-confessed gardening nut, Margaret offers insightful advice and interviews with horticultural experts on this widely-acclaimed podcast. Simultaneously inspiring and addictive, A Way To Garden is enough to make anybody want to quit their job and immerse themselves in the outdoors.

This Week in The Garden

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Hosted by gardening legend Peter Seabrook MBE, This Week in The Garden is a nostalgic and knowledgeable offering by Sun Gardening, of which Seabrook is the editor. Listeners have the privilege of hearing this master draw on his decades of gardening experience to share invaluable advice and anecdotes. This Week in The Garden represents a seamless transition for its host from Gardener’s World giant to beloved mentor, offering a voice that is both nostalgic and encouraging.

You Bet Your Garden

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Heading back across the pond, garden guru, author and journalist Mike McGrath has entertaining take on the public’s gardening dilemmas in his nationally syndicated call-in public radio show You Bet Your Garden. A nationally-recognised expert, McGrath’s approach to his callers garden nightmares is surprisingly unpretentious. He’s unbothered about correctly pronouncing botanical Latin names for plants, more concerned with offering safe, realistic and light-hearted advice to anyone who may be listening.

RHS Gardening Podcasts

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For something slightly more high-brow, the Royal Horticultural Society offers, in its own words “seasonal advice, inspiration and practical solutions to gardening problems”. Balancing accessibility and science so as to not intimidate its listeners, the RHS Gardening Podcasts invites only the finest gardening professionals to share their expertise, providing sufficiently general advice to the British public on how to make the most of their garden.

Essential Products for Beginner Gardeners

It’s useless to pretend otherwise: the market for garden equipment is saturated with products. For the experienced gardener, this is the grown-up equivalent of being a kid in a candy store, but for the humble beginner the sheer amount of tools available to you can feel overwhelming and even put you off starting a proper garden.

That’s not to say that the countless products out there are redundant. Each and every one has its part of play in taking your garden to the next level or simply making your life that bit easier. But if you’re taking your first steps into green-fingered living, there are only a few things you need to get started.

That’s why, at Lawnmowers Direct, we’ve compiled a list of essential gardening tools for beginners.

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Multi-purpose

One of the simplest tricks of the trade when it comes to gardening for beginners is to invest in a multi-purpose product. Hand tools are likely going to be what you use the most, and doing as much as possible with a single utensil will make a fast learner out of any amateur.

While there are a number of multi-purpose tools on the market, the Wilkinson Sword MultiTool Pro boasts an impressive thirteen functions, including two types of pliers, wire cutters, three different screwdrivers, saw, can and bottle openers, a small cutter, file and a screw top opener, allowing you the flexibility to move around your garden with a minimal amount of equipment.

Secateurs/hand pruners

If you’re working with shrubs in your new garden, secateurs are going to be your best friend. Before deciding what’s best suited to your garden, it’s important to know that there are two main types of secateurs: anvil and bypass. Anvil secateurs are designed more like a knife, with an upper blade that presses down onto a flat surface, which makes them ideal for cutting through dead wood. Bypass secateurs, however, work much more like scissors, with two sharp blades that press together. They are less sturdy than their anvil counterparts, but far more maneuverable.

Buying a cheap pair of secateurs, even as a beginner, is going to cause you a lot more hassle than it’s worth and ruin what should be a fun gardening experience.

Wolf Garten have a great range of both Anvil and Bypass secateurs available, including a professional selection and a variety of sizes to suit all levels.

Rake

You can plant, prune and trim your garden to high heavens, but if it’s left a mess at the end of a windy day, your efforts can feel wasted. It’s the equivalent of painstakingly designing a stunning living area only for your family to leave their stuff over all the furniture. The classic garden rake can keep your work on display for all to see, easily sweeping away leaves and debris and giving it that beautiful finish it deserves.

The Bulldog Tools Wizard Rubber Tooth Rake is an understated but highly effective tool that can help you achieve just that. Its rubber tines make it a flexible piece of equipment that won’t cause disruption to your lawn or paths when collecting leaves or debris like a plastic-toothed option.

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Gardening gloves

Gardening is a hugely rewarding hobby, but it’s hard work. If you don’t protect your hands, you could be left with unsightly blisters or even worse, injuries. Avoid exposing yourself to unnecessary risk by investing in a sturdy, reliable pair of gloves.

Whatever the task at hand, there is sure to be a pair of gloves for you. A standard pair of general purpose Bosch Garden Gloves will usually do the job nicely, but Wolf Garten also do a range of more specialised options, such as their Washable Power Tools gloves for when you’re handling something a bit more heavy duty, like a chainsaw or a hedge trimmer.

Trowel/spade

If you intend on planting or replacing anything growing in your garden, you’ll undoubtedly need a trowel or garden spade for the initial process as well as maintenance. A hand trowel is perfect for small jobs like planting herbs or taking out weeds, and there are plenty of high-quality options available on the market designed to last you a lifetime.

For a job needing a little more manpower, like digging a border or maintaining a vegetable patch, you’re going to need some variety of garden spade. There is an enormous range of sizes, lengths and weights available on the market to make sure you can get the job done without throwing your back out. Border spades are smaller and lighter, whereas a digging spade is designed for a larger build.

Bulldog Tools are renowned for their efficiency and durability. They’re even used by Monty Don! They offer a standard hand trowel as well as spades with a wide variety of lengths, handles and shapes.

Urban Gardening Ideas: Top 7 Plant Types for your Urban Garden

So you spend a lot of time on Pinterest and Instagram, looking at lovely big gardens and bright, colourful plants, or even kitchen gardens that keep a family fed with barely a trip to the supermarket. You look outside to your own garden and see a tiny plot of land, perhaps not even big enough to comfortably home a rabbit.

Living in the city has its downsides.

However, we have a list of urban garden ideas designed to bring some of the countryside into your own outdoor urban space.

Growing plants in a urban garden might seem like an impossible task. For example, you may be worried about the right soil or you just might think your garden is too small. However, with a bit of motivation, some fertiliser, a spade and maybe some wisely recycled containers, you too could have a garden that someone will be jealous of.

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Ferns

These plants are great for gardens with shaded corners. They grow well in moist soil, in slight to deep shade, so we’d recommend planting them at the end of your garden to hide any rough, unsightly patches there may be. They look great as textured underplanting, or even as a compelling focal point.

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Aubergine

A vegetable bought in supermarkets sometimes considered exotic – that’s actually quite easy to grow. It takes up little room to grow, and can be grown in the ground (if your soil is suitable) or in a container that’s just over 8 to 9 inches in depth.

Acer

Acer are another great plant breed to grow in an urban garden. They are slow at growing and great for smaller gardens as they can be planted in a container and will not need repotting. These plants do well in slight sunshine or partial shade. They take up hardly any space but look great and bring a splash of colour to your garden.

Trachelospermum (Star Jasmine)

To maximise the space in your garden, grow this plant vertically as opposed to horizontally. It’s glossy foliage stays through winter, with the Star Jasmine growing best in full sun or slight shade, but protected against cold, dry winds.

Pittosporum

This plant, with its often pleasingly crinkly leaves will be perfect for your garden. If you need a nice, shrubby border they can be grown in as low hedges, growing up to 1.5 metres high. They grow best in partial shade or slight sun.

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Spinach

Spinach loves to be in sun for 6 hours a day, however you can get away with slightly less.

However, it is a good idea to consider putting these types of vegetables on small caddies to be moved around as the sun moves through the day or through the year. Spinach can be a fast growing crop, and growing it in a container will mean you get to the leaves first before a four legged creature gets to them.

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Onion

Onion grows well either on its own, but also with spinach. Some plants often grow better with a suitable companion. To grow these vegetables, it is a good idea to pot them in a container more than 8 inches deep and as wide as your space allows. Make sure you plant these and fertilise the soil they’re in, both before you plant them and continuously with a water soluble fertiliser to maximise the growth of the crop that you harvest.

So, it’s not so difficult after all to make your garden looking good, and good for growing vegetables. For your urban gardening ideas, why not consider planting a few of these to start with and see how you get on, maybe next year your garden will be in full bloom, giving those with a bigger garden a run for their money.

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Bee Friendly Plants – How to Attract Bees to Your Garden

Gardens take a lot of looking after. Watering regularly, trimming, weeding… There’s very rarely such thing as a quick fix.

However, there is something fairly easy you can do to take your garden to new heights – as well as contribute to the wellbeing of the environment more generally. It is not some magic formula or old wives’ tale. Instead it’s just enticing something nature offers us for free.

Bees. Bees are essential pollinators and keep gardens alive. Without them, entire ecosystems would collapse. On a smaller scale the plants in your garden become bigger, brighter and last longer, and the fruits you grow will germinate more because of bees. Attracting more bees into your garden means you too can benefit from their hard work.

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Encouraging bee populations to thrive is also a good move environmentally speaking. Bees are becoming increasingly more endangered and for all gardeners, that is bad news. Bee populations are declining due to changes in agriculture, and an increase of land being used for housing instead of being left as landscape. This in turn leaves bees with little to feed on.

If your garden does not attract bees, there is probably a specific reason why, meaning that it will be possible to get them back again. You might not have enough plants and flowers for the bees to be interested. Importantly, you may also not be planting the right things. For example, honeybees will only pollinate crops and plants that are from their nation of origin, and all bees have clear preferences when it comes to the colour and shape of the flowers from which they’re willing to collect nectar.

Your plants and crops may be getting pollen through other means, such as the wind, and while that may be enough to keep your garden alive, introducing bees to your garden will make it come to life in a way you have never seen before. There is an extensive range of plants that, depending on the season, will attract bees to your garden, just some of which include:

March and April – Bleeding Hearts, Bluebells, Rosemary and Dandelions.
May and June – Chives, Honeywort, Wallflower, and Foxglove
July and August – Lavender, Burdocks, Hollyhock and Brambles

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(For a really wonderful and complete guide to all plants good for attracting pollinating insects, try the RHS’s perfect for pollination guide.)

When planting to attract bees, it is also important you plant a high enough quantity of the plant so it will make the bees journey to your garden worth it. Having at least 4 or 5 of each flower will be more likely to entice a bee or two and you should see the bee numbers increase year after year.

So if your garden isn’t currently looking as summery as it should, and you’d like to inject some life into it – literally and figuratively – we recommend just planting a few new things. You’ll be making a difference to your own garden, and helping to keep bees around for future generations too.

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Upcycled Garden Ideas – 5 Cost-Effective Ways to Freshen Up the Garden

It’s mid-summer, and maybe your garden doesn’t have the life in it that it had a month or two ago, and the garden decorations aren’t exactly inspiring. However, your budget right now just will not stretch to a whole new set of garden furniture with the kids off school and having to keep them entertained for six weeks.

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You could risk it and buy new furniture, and hope that the kids don’t want to go to the beach and ride the log flume endlessly, or you could look into some upcycling ideas for the garden. It’s a cheap alternative that can get you and the children working on a project that will keep you busy and give you something to focus on, away from the plants.

If you’ve recently bought a new lawnmower delivered on wood pallets, or your shed is falling apart, the wood could be sanded down, painted and polished, and with a hammer and some nails, you and your children could work together to build a nice bench, to put in a shaded area for them to sit on during the warmest parts of the day.

As a family, you could pop into a few local charity shops to see what bargains you can pick up. Those rusty iron chairs and that worn down table to go with them? A bit of elbow grease, some spray paint and some outdoor cushions could create a chic seating area for when you have a family barbeque.

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If you want something smaller in your garden that would be fun for the kids, you could attempt to fashion them a “mud kitchen”, which is essentially a play-station for them to use tools, buckets, dishes, water, stones, or anything they can get their hands on, to play with mud or sand (or even snow in the winter!).

An old bookshelf, desk, or chest of drawers would work really well for this. Cutting some holes in the desk to insert some old pet food dishes, add some hooks to hang some plastic ‘cooking tools’ and attach pipes to some funnels, and voila, a mud kitchen. For this you may need to do some Pinterest and YouTube prep, just to get the feel of the project.

It doesn’t just have to be furniture that is a part of your upcycled garden ideas. Some old wood planks that would just be burnt in the evening, a set of dusty china plant pots you nabbed for free where they’d just been chucked out behind your local garden centre, and some trellis could become an allotment area for your own fruit and veg. You could also get the kids involved to paint road lines on some of the wood planks, or on some old bricks to make a boarder they can play on with their toy cars.

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A large empty caged area which once housed chickens could become anything. A good way to make use out of an area like this would be to take into consideration the structure that is already there, or build into or around it with other planks of wood. It could become a play shed for your children, part of their mud kitchen, or you could find some sheeting and make it a greenhouse. Or, you could just tear it down and use the wood framework for something else.

Upcycling isn’t only great for you and your budget, it’s also great for the environment as it means less rubbish is chucked onto landfill sites and less harmful gases are released through burning materials. A good way to find more ideas for upcycling, especially for your garden, is to create a Pinterest board. There’s a wealth of ideas on there. What are your garden upcycle ideas?

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