5 Clever DIY ways to enhance your outdoor space.
The DIY craze has moved beyond the workroom and into the garden. Relying on easy-to-find, inexpensive and repurposed materials, these easy projects will not only rekindle your enthusiasm for all things green and growing, but will add a little whimsy to your outdoor area.
1. Gutter garden
A sunny fence is the ideal spot for growing herbs, flowers or small fruits and veg, and doing so in an old gutter takes recycling to the green extreme. Standard aluminium or PVC gutters are quite suitable for the job. You’ll need a hacksaw to cut the guttering to the required size and gutter stop-ends for closing off both sides. Drill a few drainage holes in the bottom of each gutter and attach them to your fence or wall using gutter brackets. Voila!
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2. Natural route
A thick log or two salvaged from your winter woodpile can be easily repurposed into a rustic wooden garden path, perfect for bordering with aromatic lavender and pretty annuals. Use a chainsaw to cut the logs into equal-sized discs and paint them with wood sealer before laying onto a path prepared with a sand paver base. Anchor your timber ‘stepping stones’ with bark chips, river pebbles or peach pits.
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3. Cool stool
Yesterday’s old car tyre becomes today’s new garden stool. Before painting the tyre the colour of your choice, apply a primer to seal the surface well and prevent it from cracking. To make the ‘seat’ of the stool, use a jigsaw to cut a circles, the size of the tyre’s diameter, from a piece of wooden board. Then top with a quirky cushion and enjoy the sights and sounds of the garden from your comfy new vantage point.
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4. Ring of fire
There’s no denying the fascination factor that comes with an open flame, and a fire pit is guaranteed to create an instant focal point in any outdoor seating area. One constructed from landscaping boulders has the added advantage of fitting seamlessly into the natural environment of the garden. Insert a circular or star-shaped burner kit into your circular assemblage of stones and fill up with black lava rocks before lighting.
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5. Hanging garden
These days, gardens are climbing the walls… literally! A pine plant hanger fitted with a multitude of potted herbs creates a striking feature on a sunny patio or in a kitchen window. The key to getting this project right is to ensure the holes are properly aligned and to match the pots with a hole saw that has a diameter about a centimeter smaller than that of each pot. Use rope to secure the pine boards, with plastic cable ties as stoppers to keep the boards from sliding.
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