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I've been building, not so much a garden pond, as a playground pond. And the first problem with playgrounds is that they are all-over tarmac. The obvious site for Ivydale Primary School's new pond was a sunny, but extremely bleak corner next
A fortnight ago I wrote about paving and terraces - thank you to all of those who commented. I am following up with another subject which has nothing at all to do with plants, but affects many of us: fences. Most people have a fence or boundary somewhere in their garden.There is ...
will have turned into fine, dark leaf mould. Use it as a seed-sowing medium or mixed with equal parts of fine garden compost, loam and sharp sand for potting.Before you build your leaf heap, choose a position that's out of sight but easy to get at. It should
the planks in place.AdamBear in mind that a pond will seem much smaller once it has been planted, so make it as large as you canAvoid building your pond near trees. It will be easier to look after if leaves from overhanging branches can't fall into it
Create a haven and nesting area for garden birds, by watching Monty's guide to making a bird raft for the Berryfields pond.all year roundAttracting birds and wildlife into your gardenHow to make a bird boxInstalling a window bird feederMaking fat cakes for birdsWildlife friendly ...
to your hand to building a raised bed or a wooden planter?Barbecue grill setBricks, brick setts, sand, cementSpirit level, shovel, trowelPaving slabLength of hosepipespring - summer1 daysummerLay out the first level of bricks for the barbecue using
A stylish raised bed is easy to build and can transform a dull corner of your garden into an attractive feature. Taking just a couple of weekends to complete this project, you'll soon be enjoying the benefits of gardening, without backpain too
Make a compost bin to achieve the satisfaction of turning kitchen and garden waste, into rich, crumbly compost. This will make your plants and crops thrive - so keep them, and your local landfill site, happy.Spade or rake4 strong wooden pallets6 sturdy wooden stakesSledgehammerBo...
buy scaffolding planks from a builders' merchant or a timber yard.More garden DIY projectsBuild a raised bed from concreteVideo advice on making a raised bedMake a slate planterMake willow plant supportsMake a bird boxCreate a bat boxHow to fit
Buying a greenhouse structure from a supplier, then assembling it yourself can save you more than £300 on construction costs - and the bigger the structure, the more you'll save. On top of building costs, you'll be saving on ground levelling