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Get ahead of the gardening game with these cheap, easy and clever gardening tips to ensure your garden is looking tip top for Spring.
1. Create your own gardening markers
Simply use a flat rock that can easily be found outdoors (especially if you live near a river, lake, or stoney trail), and write your desired label with a sharpie. This free hack is the perfect way to distinguish your radishes from your chard and looks a lot nicer than sticking a piece of cardboard in the soil. There are also other alternatives so don’t be afraid to get creative!
2. Keep your garden tidy
The last thing you need when trying to make your garden look pretty is clutter.
Give your furniture a spring clean; wash chairs and tables with hot soapy water, give your wood a polish, and throw away the discoloured fabrics
Make your garden look prim and polished with an automated gate instead of an old rickety one
Ensure your borders are kept trim and haven’t gone mad during the winter months
3. Deter pests using coffee
Humans can’t live without it, pests can’t live with it. It might sound ridiculous, but sprinkling coffee grounds across your soil is a great way to prevent all the unwanted creatures lurking in your plants. If you’re not a coffee drinker there are other alternatives; scatter fresh orange or lemon peel or spray with citrus-scented fragrances.
4. Entice feathered friends with a DIY bird bath
Create your own DIY bird bath to bring in the birds just in time for spring. All you need? A plant stand and a tray to hold water (preferably circular). Place the tray on the plant stand and voilà! You’ve got yourself a homemade bird bath. Fill it with water and watch with excitement as the birds flock with joy.
5. Make your colours POP with old wellingtons
Use old wellies to hold your potted plants. Here’s a simple step by step guide:
Drill 3-5 holes in the sole of the wellies to ensure the plant can breathe.
Spray paint the outside of the boots to a design of your choice and wait for them to dry
Using a hammer and nails, hammer your wellies on to your garden fence
Fill the boot until halfway with soil
Place your small plants into the soil so they poke over the edge
Admire your colourful and artistic creation!