11 garden projects to tackle this weekend – from planting to painting

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  • Getting outside and staying healthy, fit and motivated is more important than ever. So if you have a garden, now is the time to make the most of it. Tackling a few gardening projects is a proven stress reliever and a great form of exercise.

    Add to that the health benefits of growing (and eating) fresh fruits and vegetables, along with cost savings, and it’s a win-win situation.

    And if you’re home schooled, why not take the classes outside and show your kids how to grow their own food from seeds. Most of us still remember the fascination with cultivating mustard and watercress for algebra every day.

    Read more: Check out these budget garden ideas.

    Here are some of the spring gardening jobs that are easy to do. How many will you check off?

    1. Grow your own square of fruits and vegetables

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    If you plant tomato seeds now, you will have plump and juicy tomatoes by summer. Plant the seeds in pots indoors and wait until they become seedlings before planting them outdoors. Why not try different varieties like Cherry Tomatoes or Beefsteak Tomatoes?

    Find more information on growing tomatoes at RHS.

    Or read this: How to Grow Your Own Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs, and More at Home

    2. Create a wildlife friendly border

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    With dwindling populations hitting the headlines, cheering on bees and butterflies – and hedgehogs – is big news, so why not create a wildflower patch and hedgehog route in your own backyard.

    Pollinators such as bees love to feed on honeysuckle, primroses, lavender, and other pollinating plants.

    If it’s too green for you, avoid mowing the lawn and let daisies, buttercups, and dandelions grow as they also provide nectar.

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    To make your garden suitable for hedgehogs, leave a 13 × 13 cm space at the bottom of your fences so that they can walk around at night, avoid using slug pellets, leave a shallow dish of water and plant leafy plants that they can hide under. Find out more ways to help the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

    3. Grow an edible planter

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    This is a great project to get kids involved, and a planter or pots outside are ideal for growing herbs such as mint, rosemary, thyme, and sage.

    Many herbs can be grown together or alongside the flowers and March is a great time to start planting them too, so they will be ready to sprinkle with new potatoes and salads when the weather warms up. Learn more about growing herbs at Squires.

    4. Paint the fences

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    We have a brilliant guide on how to do it. And the dramatic difference it will make to your garden cannot be underestimated. It will also protect the wood so you don’t need to replace those bulky panels as often.

    Here’s how: How to paint a fence – treat your wood fence to keep it looking fresh

    5. Make a bird feeder

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    This brand uses an old teacup and saucer – something that might just sit in the back of a closet, looking for a new home!

    Turn the mug on its side, with the handle facing up, and place it in the middle of the saucer. Add some Gorilla Glue to the teacup and secure it in place with duct tape to keep the cup stable on the saucer. Leave to dry overnight.

    The next day, remove the tape. Take a length of string of about 30 cm and pass it through the handle of the
    tea cup. Find a sturdy branch that you would like to hang the bird feeder on and tie the string securely to the branch with a double knot. Cut the end of the string and fill the cup with birdseed. And you are done!

    6. Or paint trendy terrazzo planters

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    Here’s how… How to make terrazzo planters – create pretty plant pots for your greenery

    7. Tackle weeding

    We know this is one of the jobs we all love to put off. But a good weeding session is great exercise and will leave your field much cleaner.

    Try our guide: How to kill weeds and keep them from growing

    8. Make lanterns and planters from tin cans

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    For planters, make drainage holes in the base of each pot with a spike and a single hole 1.5cm from the top edge. Spray with 2 coats of paint (we used Plasti-kote spray paints) and, when dry, thread the yarn through the top hole like a hanger. Fill in with the plants of your choice.

    As lanterns, draw a design on the box with a Sharpie pen, then punch along the lines with a bradawl. Drill two holes near the top edge on opposite sides for the hanger. Spray two coats of paint and thread the wire through the top holes like a hanger.

    9. Start a compost pile

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    With compost hard to find in these times of containment, why not try making your own?

    How To: How To Compost – Feed Your Garden For Free

    10. Turn your addiction into a ‘shed for her’

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    Find another place to store tools and the lawn mower, and requisition the shed as your own oasis of calm. Move around in a comfy chair, artwork for the walls, plush plants and upholstery, and the transformation is complete!

    A perfect example: Before and after: enjoy this magnificent garden makeover with the fabulous discount!

    11. Organize a container garden

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    Whether your outdoor space is so big you don’t know where to start, or so small that you can’t decide what to put in it, you can’t go wrong with a container garden.

    Pots have a greater impact when grouped together in groups and at different heights to create pockets of greenery. You can use baseboards to lift smaller pots off the ground.

    “We all need something a little bit encouraging right now,” says Sarah Squire, President of Squire’s Garden Centers. “For me, it’s escaping into one of our outdoor plant areas and just soaking up the natural beauty of all of these wonderful plants.

    “At times like this, nature and simple pleasures, such as gardening, birding and searching for wildlife, seem all the more precious and a stimulant for body and soul.”

    We couldn’t agree more Sarah.


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