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Make Raised Beds and Paths

Using raised beds in your garden will not only help you grow your plants easier but they will also keep the garden tidier. In bed system garden the areas that are planted are divided into semi-permanent or fixed beds. Here you will find information on how to make a fixed raised bed and also how to make a path between beds.

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Make a Slatted Wooden Box

Creeping plants always look good in hanging baskets, so why not build some of your own using cheap materials and obtaining nice hanging boxes for displaying your plants. For one hanging box you will need 14 pieces of 20x20 mm timber, 25 cm long, a 25 cm square of plywood board, 2 lengths of strong, plastic-coated wire of at least 30 cm long, 4 chains for hanging and some non-toxic paint.

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Make a herb wheel

The simplest and the most used design in an herb garden is the form of a cartwheel. You can build your own herb wheel very easy. You will need the following materials to build the herb wheel: string, canes, sand, dry concrete mix, bricks, mortar and topsoil to fill the wheel for planting your herbs and of course the herbs. Remember that this type of design looks more impressive when is viewed from above, so make sure you find a place for it so it may be overlooked from an upper window or a slope. Also try to use plants that have the same growing rhythm or else some will grow faster and spoil the design.

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Make a pebble fountain

If you do not have enough space in your garden to make a pond you can still have a small water feature, like a pebble fountain. There is always space for a small water feature like this in any garden and is a project that can be done in weekend afternoon.

Chose the place where you want the pebble fountain to be and mark out the diameter of the reservoir. Dig a hole slightly wider and deeper than the reservoir dimensions and place a shallow layer of sand at the bottom of the hole, making sure that the reservoir rim is slightly below the level of the surrounding soil so that the water drains naturally into it.

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Make a Willow Obelisk

For more vertical space for climbers, you can always use an obelisk that can also become an interesting and attractive feature in a border. There are many types of obelisks: metal obelisks that suit a modern garden, wood obelisks that will find its place in a formal garden and for a rustic garden you can choose a willow obelisk.

This article will show you how to make your own willow obelisk, it takes a little bit of skill but with a little patience and help from your plants to hide any mistakes that you might make, you will have your own made obelisk to add in your garden for more space for your climbers.

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Make a Strawberry Table

Many people start to grow more and more strawberries in containers or in growing bags in order to avoid the difficulties of growing them on the ground. This way are less chances of the fruits being tainted by the soil or eaten by slugs. You can build a table where to place your growing bag. Once the plants have finished cropping you can lift and move them (complete with the growing bag) and allow them to grow elsewhere in the garden until the following year. You can place on the table a new growing bag containing autumn-fruiting strawberries that are ready for producing a crop later in the year.

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Sinks and Troughs

Old, stone troughs and sinks, traditionally used to grow alpines, are now scarce and expensive. So, if you still want your alpines to look like they are planted in a stone container, you can use a ceramic sink that can be coated with a substance called hypertufa to make them resemble stone. You can also make your one trough entirely of hypertufa.

If you want to make your own sink look like a stone one, choose a deep, glazed, flat-bottomed sink and follow the next steps. Ensure that your sink is clean and dry then score the surface with a tile or glass cutter to help the hypertufa adhere to the sink. To aid adhesion further, paint the surface of the sink with a bonding agent before applying the hypertufa. For a better adhesion you can also spread outdoor adhesive over the outside of the sink to make a rough surface on to which the hypertufa will grip.

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Make a Growing-Bag Support

Growing bags become more and more used for growing short-term plants, such as low-growing vegetables, that will only be there for one growing season. Some gardeners also use growing bags for cultivating cucumbers, peppers, eggplants or tomatoes. After such a crop you can still use the growing bag for a second time to grow salad crops such as lettuce or radishes, because the growing bag will contain a fair amount of fertilizer residue left from the previous crop without the need for any extra fertilizer.

A common problem encountered when you grow tall plants in growing bags is that the bags don’t have the necessary depth to allow for stakes to be used as supports. But you can solve this problem by building a frame around the bag and fastening the support structure to the frame so that the plants grow up toward the support.

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Make a Bird Table

Not only when bad weather come our little singing friend need shelter and food, but still this is the best time to start thinking of them and offer them a shelter and food. It does not require major carpentry skills to make a bird table. Furnish the bird table with seeds, fat and nuts and you can help the birds through the winter and also in spring when they are breeding and food is relatively scarce.

You can make a permanent feature by sinking the post into concrete or you can make a freestanding one so you can move it around where is needed. the one we present is freestanding one.

The tools and materials you need to make this bird table are: crosscut saw, claw hammer, exterior grade wood glue, 4x5 cm angle brackets, 24x30 mm roundhead galvanized nails, 9x20 mm roundhead galvanized nails, 5x40 mm galvanized wood screws, 4x15 mm galvanized wood screws, one 1.5 m post, 1400 mm of 25 mm square batten, 400 mm beading, 1 sq m exterior plywood - minimum 5-ply, cut from this 4 “feet”, each 300 mm long and cut on one side to taper from 100 mm wide at one end to 75 mm at the other.

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Build a Cloche

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You can easily build a cloche or row cover on any sheltered are where the soil is well-drained and reasonable fertile and free form perennial weeds. Having a cloche helps giving plants an early start in the spring, sometimes even up to 3 weeks ahead of unprotected plants, thing that is important for early vegetables and low-growing fruits like strawberries.

A cloche is the type of structure that is ideal for offering protection from spring frosts or to offer protection from some pests like carrot rust flies if you use certain types of horticultural fleece instead of plastic cover. Also, when the plants begin to crop you can replace the covering with different grades of netting to protect the crops from birds and mammals.

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