Because of the time of year, supermarkets are stocking a whole host of different house plants to brighten up your space. If you don’t have seeds, you can gain a lot of extra life out of your supermarket herbs by planting them up—you know the ones you get in pots? Take them out of their pot, split the root ball up into halves or even quarters and pot them on in a wider space of soil. Often there are too many shoots in one of those basil pots, which is why they often die.

  • Save the corks from bottles of wine enjoyed with friends and upcycle them into vegetable tags.
  • Get creative and paint the design of your choice – here simple flowers are created with freehand brush daps.
  • Outdoor space was used to carry out household tasks such as growing food and doing laundry.
  • Look out of your window at your garden and the biggest shape you’ll probably see is your lawn.
  • With the right care they should be packed with flowers until early autumn.

If they are needing a re-pot, in other words, if their roots are coming out of the bottom and they’re looking a little bit tight in their space, now’s the time to start potting them on. Rather than taking on new projects, you could use this time to take care of the plants you already have if you live in a bit of an urban jungle. Why not utilise your spare social distancing time to take care of the houseplants that may have got a little ratty over the winter?

Not purely for garden design, it nevertheless includes landscape templates. A basic version is available for free, and there’s a tiered price system for anyone wanting to do more complicated designs or use it for business. One of the benefits of My Garden Planner is the directory of 10,000 plants, a much larger assortment than many others. For those who would like to pay for the product beyond its promo period you can then get monthly tasks tailored to what needs doing in your garden.

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It’s a great Bank Holiday project – you’ll need some frames, chicken wire, paints, and succulents and moss to fill them out. Before throwing out old pots and pans, think about whether they could be used as alternative planters instead. Simply punch a couple of drainage holes in the bottom before re-potting your plants. If you have an old set of shelves mount them to a fence and fill with terracotta pots to create your own vertical herb garden. You can also convert an old pallet or ladder if you don’t have any old shelves lying around. On Gardening Together with Diarmuid Gavin on BBC2, a must-watch for any keen gardener, Diarmud showed fans how to use nettles for a greater good in the garden – by making nettle soup for plants.

If you are looking for a savvy solution while you save for the dream furniture set try upcycling old wooden pallets. Above is a fine example of how a disused wooden pallet can make a fabulous garden table, thanks to a splash of vibrant colour and simple castor feet it takes on a whole new purpose. Gardener and TV presenter David Domoney is a firm believer that indoor plants can make ‘a practical and emotional contribution to our wellbeing’.

Sophie Dahl reflects on her evolving relationship with the garden

Keep a feeling of warmth, even in a shady corner with bright cushions and matching planting. Give your old garden sofa a boost by layering it up with new-season accessories for a modern, budget-conscious look. Here, and old brick garage has been magically reinvented as a mystical pathway through the woods. And all it took was some tins of paint, applied by an expert wall artist.

Upturned crates can be stacked to fashion shelving for displaying plants or simply storing pots and accessories – even garden shoes. We’ve picked this tip up via Love Your Garden’s celebrity gardener David Domoney. On his Instagram David bensonfarmersmarket.org writes, ‘Use wine corks, instead of buying pot feet for containers. By elevating your pot you’re creating a gap between the container and the patio allowing the pot to drain effectively and preventing the soil from getting waterlogged’.

Paint the fence

A really inventive use can be seen in the NHS 70 Garden for Addenbrooke’s Hospital by garden landscape company Bowles & Wyer. They used reclaimed oak posts to frame the view along a meandering path at its centre, positioning them at different heights and angles so that new aspects of the space open up to visitors as they make their way through. And let’s not forget other garden must-haves, including fire pits and chimineas, patio heaters, barbecues and pizza ovens – planning space for these is key, as is where they will be stored or protected once it’s winter. Golden paving works with flowers that have soft tones – pink, lavender, and chalky yellow.