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A Wall of Pots DIY

November 23, 2022 8:42 am Published by

With a few tools, a little reclaimed timber and Woodoc 50, you can make this stunning wall of pots DIY…

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The Art of Kokedama

May 11, 2022 4:15 pm Published by

In Japan, kokedama is a popular garden art form that sprung from the art of bonsai. This art form is…

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Easter Basket

April 11, 2022 2:36 pm Published by

Turn your garden bits into an upcycled Easter basket just in time for the children to enjoy hunting for Easter…

Build a Bunny Basket

March 28, 2022 10:58 am Published by

Use your Fragram tools to make an Easter bunny egg basket! You need: Cutting list: 1 x 160mm x 600mm…

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Bokashi Composting

January 11, 2022 9:53 am Published by

Bokashi is an odourless composting system that uses up left-over meat, dairy and other food scraps that you wouldn’t normally…

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DIY Fly Traps

January 11, 2022 9:37 am Published by

It’s easy enough to make your own fly trap. The only problem is having jars filled with deceased flies hanging…

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Make a Garden Journal

January 11, 2022 9:22 am Published by

A garden journal is a helpful tool for recording your successes, listing future plants you want to try, adding photographs…

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Butterfly Feeders

January 11, 2022 8:59 am Published by

Bird feeders are all the rage, but what about our other winged friends? Butterflies are great pollinators, contribute to the…

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Xmas Wreath with Succulents

January 7, 2022 12:08 pm Published by

What You Will Need for your succulent wreath Succulent cuttings with 2cm-long stems. (We used mini aeoniums, echeverias and graptopetalums.)…

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DIY Bromeliad Log

November 30, 2021 1:44 pm Published by

Create a gorgeous centrepiece with a piece of driftwood and some guzmanias, a Vriesea ‘Splenriet’, a string of lights and…

DIY Tiered Wall Pot Holder

October 13, 2021 4:40 pm Published by

Create a wall pot holder with interesting angles to best display your potted plants. Sometimes it’s hard to find space…

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DIY Carpenter’s Caddy

September 6, 2021 9:02 am Published by

A carpenter’s caddy, with its classic lines and functionality, can be used for more than just tools. Follow these easy…

DIY Retro Coffee Table

August 11, 2021 2:36 pm Published by

With a slab of live-edge wood and three hairpin legs, you too can make this retro table straight from the…

Picture Frame Greenhouse

August 3, 2021 5:25 pm Published by

This DIY picture frame greenhouse is the cheapest, quickest and cutest greenhouse you can possibly make! It can be used…

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Stackable Composter

April 22, 2021 12:49 pm Published by

While composters come in all shapes and sizes, this stackable composter is one of the easiest to use, and it…

Indigenous Bliss

August 31, 2020 12:08 pm Published by

Celebrate the arrival of spring with a delightful arrangement of indigenous spring-flowering plants, all competing for hop honours in the…

Sitting Pretty

August 26, 2019 2:01 pm Published by

Lees in Afrikaans DIY Bench There is nothing more useful than a sturdy little DIY bench in the garden where…

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Custom Couch-Arm Table

July 23, 2019 11:13 am Published by

Lees in Afrikaans This little couch-arm table is pure convenience for your patio couch. What you Need for your Couch-arm…

Tool Charging Station

May 20, 2019 1:27 pm Published by

Lees in Afrikaans Keep your cordless tools organised and recharged with this practical DIY Tool Charging Station. What you Need…

Cool as Concrete

April 18, 2019 1:41 pm Published by

Elegantly showcase your pot plants with this funky concrete pot stand! What you Need for your Concrete Pot Stand Cement…

Easter parade

March 25, 2019 12:04 am Published by

Lees in Afrikaans Why should Christmas be the only holiday to get wreaths? We think Easter deserves them too, and…

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Spiral garden

February 18, 2019 8:00 am Published by

Read in Afrikaans The spiral symbol represents movement, usually the movement from outer consciousness to inner awareness and peace. In…

Flower Press

January 21, 2019 8:00 am Published by

Make your own flower press by following these steps. What you Need 3 x 300mm x 300mm x 18mm wooden boards…

Terracotta Composter

November 7, 2018 9:53 am Published by

Composting Made Simple! Scatter a few of these simple composters throughout your veggie garden for convenient, effective composting. What you…

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Mini Greenhouse

September 3, 2018 8:07 pm Published by

Keep your plants warm in style with this DIY mini greenhouse made from upcycled plastic bottles. Fulfil your plant and…

Exuberant sun lovers

February 19, 2018 2:07 pm Published by

We picked a large pot and filled it with some exuberant sun lovers to lead you joyfully through the quiet…

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Shining Pot

February 19, 2018 12:53 pm Published by

Shiny Below and Green and Gold on Top of the Pot What do you get if you combine a striped…

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Potted Meadow

February 19, 2018 12:05 pm Published by

With the rich textures and subtle shades of ornamental grasses, and a splash of exuberant colour from a grass-like indigenous…

Pots of Autumn drama

February 16, 2018 9:42 am Published by

Spring and summer inspire potting recipes that are frivolous, flowery and colourful but autumn and winter are seasons needing a…

Mini Rose Garden

February 16, 2018 9:10 am Published by

It takes less than 30 minutes to create a mini rose garden using one patio rose in bloom and two…

Happy Hot Pot

February 16, 2018 8:49 am Published by

Plant up a pot of succulent heat busters. All you need to plant up a rock-solid potted garden to beat the…

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A tub for a bed

February 15, 2018 1:27 pm Published by

Make a splash in a flower bed by adding an old tub for height, planted up with flowers, herbs and…

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Surprise Spring Pot

February 14, 2018 3:47 pm Published by

July is a great time to plant up pots and containers for a spring pot display of the highest order.…

Fireworks in a pot!

February 5, 2018 2:53 pm Published by

Asymmetrical design helps to create balance in this pot of variegated green and bright red plants that closely mimic the…

Summer Bowl

February 5, 2018 2:11 pm Published by

Get into the spirit of summer by potting a special blend of florals and edibles, put together with love and…

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Indoor Tower Planter

January 24, 2018 11:19 am Published by

Keep your herbs close to the kitchen with this tiered planter, complete with growing lights. What you Need SA pine…

Hanging with the Flock

January 22, 2018 11:32 am Published by

Wooden Bird-Feeder This is the tenth in our Working with Wood series presented by David van den Bergh. Throughout the…

Wisdom of three sisters

January 19, 2018 10:19 am Published by

Corn, squashes and beans have been planted together by native Americans for thousands of years. Share in the wisdom of…

Straw-man!

January 18, 2018 2:33 pm Published by

Beware the Straw-Man! Use PVC pipes, glue, your old jeans and some creative energy to build a discouraging decoy for…

Chicken Tractor

January 17, 2018 1:44 pm Published by

Get Farming with a Chicken Tractor Chickens can be a welcome addition to the home food garden, eating pests, fertilising…

Peanut Containers

January 17, 2018 11:25 am Published by

Growing Peanuts in Containers Peanuts are a good novelty plant to grow as they sprout and grow very quickly. They…

Cladded Planter

January 15, 2018 1:59 pm Published by

Let’s be honest – plastic can be a bit ugly in the garden. To get around this we cladded a…

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No Work, Workbench!

January 11, 2018 8:19 am Published by

This is the ninth in our Working With Wood series presented by David van den Bergh. Throughout the series we…

Succulent Seat

December 13, 2017 11:03 am Published by

A retired old chair can be refashioned into a great planter succulent seat with some easy steps and a love…

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Take a Knee

December 12, 2017 11:58 am Published by

Kneeling Pad Do your knees ever take strain and start to ache from the many hours spent on them taking…

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Anywhere Table

December 12, 2017 10:40 am Published by

Ever wanted a table that can be used anywhere and then stored away flat? This table is just the thing.…

Clever Boxing

December 12, 2017 10:20 am Published by

Elegant and useful, this hanging planter will serve you well planted with fruit or vegetables and placed close to the…

Creative Wall Art

December 12, 2017 9:59 am Published by

From some simple materials, you can make your own contemporary creative wall art in a few hours What you Need…

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Flat Pack Bench

December 12, 2017 9:32 am Published by

Make your own bench that is designed to fit together like a balsa wood aeroplane – with no screws and…

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Pebble Bowl

December 12, 2017 8:43 am Published by

Bring zen to your desk with this easy DIY pebble bowl and keep calm through the trials of every day!…

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Pyramid Trellis

December 8, 2017 3:38 pm Published by

This pyramid trellis is an attractive decor item, that elegantly supports climbing plants, and intriguing frames for topiary. Use your…

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Slate Water Feature

December 8, 2017 3:16 pm Published by

The sound of bubbling water is a wonderful asset in any garden. In this indigenous garden a slate water feature…

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Stone the Family

December 8, 2017 2:43 pm Published by

In keeping with the miniature gardening trend that has hit the country, we came up with this little stone project…

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Unique Lawn Table

December 8, 2017 1:45 pm Published by

This novel folding lawn table will stand out at any garden party and act as a quant centre piece to…

Garden Birds

December 8, 2017 1:07 pm Published by

Easy garden decor – Create a flock of cement birds for a quirky addition to a flowerbed. What you will…

Modern Planters

December 8, 2017 12:50 pm Published by

Almost any plastic container can be used to create glamorous concrete planters using this easy DIY guide – decorate your…

Garden Reflections

December 8, 2017 11:56 am Published by

DIY Garden Mirror This easy-to-make garden mirror is a feature that reflects the best parts of your garden What you…

Sickle Moon Feeder

December 8, 2017 10:32 am Published by

Make this striking bird feeder out of metal, wire and glass. What you will Need Metal sheeting (see cutting list)…

Spiral Tower Garden

December 8, 2017 9:34 am Published by

Create interest on your patio or garden with this tower planter designed and constructed in a beautiful spiral shape that…

Walking on a Whirl

December 8, 2017 9:07 am Published by

In this great holiday project you make your own spiral pavers and walk on a whirl with these simple steps.…

Hanging Bucket

December 8, 2017 8:46 am Published by

For a different type of hanging basket, try using a galvanised bucket with holes cut out on the sides to…

Frame a Pot

December 8, 2017 8:27 am Published by

What you Need Wood for the frame – we recycled painted pine timber (100 x 35mm) Terracotta pot Pelargonium (in…

Solar Garden

December 7, 2017 1:53 pm Published by

Consol’s Solar Jars are ideal little containers for plants and they make great table decorations or gifts for the festive…

Pot Technique

December 7, 2017 1:23 pm Published by

There are many ways to take a tired pot and give it a new look. Paint is the best thing…

Picture Perfect

December 7, 2017 1:15 pm Published by

DIY Wall Art Take your own pictures and have them printed on canvas, then block mount them for a gorgeous…

Tea Time Feeder

December 7, 2017 12:56 pm Published by

Put a special spin and personal touch on the standard concept of a feeder by using items from your own…

The Seed Snacker

December 7, 2017 12:44 pm Published by

Seed Snacker: What You will Need 20 mm pine Cutting list 1 x base (237 x 126 mm) 2 x…

Splashing Out

December 7, 2017 11:47 am Published by

DIY Pool Paving Give your pool a new look with a round of new pool paving. Hardwearing, long lasting and…

Trendy Retread Tyres

December 7, 2017 11:33 am Published by

Upcycle your old tyres to liven up a garden wall, easily, quickly and to great effect. Recycling takes a stylish…

Sit a little

December 7, 2017 10:43 am Published by

DIY Cement Table and Chairs What you will Need for your DIY Cement Table and Chairs Large wooden board to…

Paving your Patio

December 7, 2017 10:16 am Published by

Recreate Your Patio Recreate your patio with the right choice of paving. And you can do it yourself quite easily…

Roofing Leftovers

December 7, 2017 9:52 am Published by

Make this easy and neat little garden planter with only a few leftover roofing materials, a bit of spare time…

Herb Dryer

December 7, 2017 8:12 am Published by

This easy-to-make herb dryer will ensure you never run out of herbs when you need them. Follow these quick DIY…

Floating Pot Rack

December 7, 2017 8:05 am Published by

Mount this piece close to the kitchen door so you have your herbs on hand, or on an outside wall…

Lava Rocks

November 28, 2017 10:48 am Published by

Creating your own rockery masterpiece has never been made so easy as with this expansive concept and integration of Lava…

Basket of Creativity

November 28, 2017 10:29 am Published by

Concrete basket DIY What you will Need for Your Concrete Basket • Plastic bowl• 3 lengths ½ inch (12 mm)…

Retaining wall and seat

November 28, 2017 8:37 am Published by

Change function into feature by building your own retaining wall and seat, give your outdoor wooden furniture a longer lifespan…

Salad tabletop

November 27, 2017 3:54 pm Published by

Make a concrete tabletop planter for your veggies and you will have a kitchen garden feature to last a lifetime.…

Solar Balls

November 27, 2017 11:24 am Published by

Lighting up your garden beds means that you can enjoy another dimension of gardening after the sun sets. Rather than…

Make your own Pots

November 27, 2017 11:12 am Published by

Designing and creating your own pots makes them that much more special. Use this basic recipe, and let the designer…

Seated in Style

November 27, 2017 10:41 am Published by

Picture yourself seated between two of your favourite shrubs – all cosy together on this unusual bench – while you…

Make a Doughnut Fountain

November 27, 2017 10:07 am Published by

Instead of throwing those old tyres away, why not ‘recycle’ them as moulds for this small ‘doughnut’ fountain water feature?…

Geometric Paver Set

November 27, 2017 9:53 am Published by

Here’s a novel and quick way to make sets of pavers that are pre-arranged in an interesting geometric pattern. Once…

3-D Living Picture

November 27, 2017 9:40 am Published by

Paint a 3-D Living Picture in your Garden There’s a world of exciting, surface-coating products to explore – just waiting…

Sundial

November 27, 2017 9:19 am Published by

Let your Garden Tell you the Time A classical sundial makes the perfect focal point in any garden. What you…

Trees of Life

November 27, 2017 9:00 am Published by

From time immemorial, water and trees have been used to symbolise life. Inspired by that rich tradition, this delightful fountain…

Beach in a Box

November 27, 2017 8:28 am Published by

Sandpit DIY This sandpit has an innovative split lid that folds open into two, facing benches – perfect for a…

Glam Glass

November 24, 2017 2:45 pm Published by

Terrarium DIY A terrarium can make a light and elegant focal point in a room, while creating the perfect, controlled…

‘Petrified’ Log

November 23, 2017 4:01 pm Published by

Make your own ‘Petrified’ log This ‘petrified’ log looks just like a log, but being made of cement means it…

Tool Cupboard Love

November 23, 2017 3:45 pm Published by

Store your trusty garden tools neatly in this easy to build tool cupboard! Shopping List for your Tool Cupboard 20…

Light the Tree

November 23, 2017 3:10 pm Published by

We spend many an evening entertaining outdoors in South Africa, so why not light up the garden and let it…

Easy Peasy Pavers

November 23, 2017 2:34 pm Published by

Set your imagination free this weekend and style your own garden pavers. It’s the small details that stamp your personality…

Gabion Bench

November 23, 2017 1:24 pm Published by

This Bench Rocks! Assemble your own gabion bench! Traditionally used for erosion control on sloping land, gabions are cages filled…

Floating Volleyball Net

November 23, 2017 12:51 pm Published by

Challenge friends and family to a game of pool volleyball this summer. It’s great fun and building your own floating…

Topped With Green

November 23, 2017 10:28 am Published by

Green roof gardening is a fairly new concept in South Africa but planting on roofs for aesthetic and cooling purposes…

Deck in a Day

November 13, 2017 11:21 am Published by

Build a Deck in a Day The lounging about comes later! For now you need to get busy. This 8m2…

Square Foot Garden

November 10, 2017 11:53 am Published by

A Square foot garden is a new way of growing more in less space. A hardware store will have everything…

Growing Gutter

November 10, 2017 8:03 am Published by

Get down to your nearest Hardware store this weekend to invest in the latest gardening trend of GYO in a…

Build a Pond

November 9, 2017 2:51 pm Published by

As the team settled in for yet another busy and exciting year, they decided that they needed somewhere quiet and…

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The Chicken House

November 9, 2017 2:41 pm Published by

Chicken Coop DIY Is cutting back on the food bill one of your New Year resolutions? Keeping chickens is easy…

Patio Party

November 9, 2017 1:54 pm Published by

A living screen, tea light tree and festive chandelier for your Patio. A Living Screen Filled with colourful, healthy plants…

A Clear View

November 9, 2017 1:18 pm Published by

Glass Planter Make this easy DIY planter with Glass and add an extra dimension to your interior décor by bringing…

Suited for the Boot

November 9, 2017 12:57 pm Published by

Make a fun boot rack feature to store the family wellies. What to Buy Meranti cutting list: 4 pieces 76…

Step out in Style

November 9, 2017 12:28 pm Published by

Garden Steps Building garden steps down a bank doesn’t need to be a daunting task. Energised by the warmer weather the…

Pallet Planter

November 9, 2017 12:00 pm Published by

Gardeners are an innovative lot, always looking for new ways to grow and display plants. Here’s a way to up…

Make a Sun Lounger

November 9, 2017 11:54 am Published by

This stylish sun lounger and table combo is perfect for long summer days around the pool, and when the cold…

One Hot Table

November 9, 2017 11:18 am Published by

Coffee Table DIY This trendy coffee table does double duty as an unusual heater. Pop down to your local Hardware…

Barn Owl Box

November 9, 2017 10:58 am Published by

Worldwide, the Barn owl is one of the most widely spread of the owl species. Unfortunately, their habits and appearance,…

Rotating Server

November 9, 2017 9:08 am Published by

Imagine sitting on your patio, surrounded by friends and family, with a feast set out and ready to be enjoyed.…

Splash Birdbath

November 9, 2017 8:21 am Published by

DIY Birdbath Every garden needs a birdbath or two, and this one can be made in a flash. This is…

Recycling Bench

November 8, 2017 4:34 pm Published by

Used household items, like glass bottles, aluminium and tin cans, and even paper, are far more likely to avoid ending…

Unique Water Feature

November 8, 2017 4:28 pm Published by

Build your own tiered water feature using pots with the same design, but in three different sizes, for a unique…

Shower Power

November 8, 2017 2:04 pm Published by

It is wonderful to be able to rinse off under a cold shower after a morning spent gardening in the…

Anyone for Cocktails?

November 8, 2017 12:55 pm Published by

This handy cocktail table is built and assembled in pieces, making it easy to move around and even take with…

Digging Box

November 8, 2017 11:53 am Published by

Minimize damage to your flowerbeds by giving your dogs an exciting alternative. Materials Pine planks, as follows Sides: 2 @…

Table Terrarium

November 8, 2017 10:36 am Published by

This table terrarium is a fascinating alternative to a traditional flat-topped table and definitely calls for a new take on…

Festive Water Bauble

November 8, 2017 9:51 am Published by

We’ve got just the thing for you if there’s a place in your garden crying out for a small, sparkling…

A Garden of Many Moons

November 8, 2017 9:37 am Published by

Concrete Half Moons These concrete half moon structures make an intriguing feature in a garden bed. Create an interesting wave…

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All Purpose Workstation

November 6, 2017 3:59 pm Published by

Build this stunning wooden workstation from scratch and have the perfect space to do your garden and DIY work at…

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For the Cats

November 6, 2017 3:30 pm Published by

For the Cats – a DIY Scratching Post Materials 3 pine planks: 150mm wide x 18mm thick (see above for…

Doggie Digs

November 6, 2017 3:20 pm Published by

It’s time to spoil the canine members of the family with a smart new kennel (and cupboard on the side).…

Rustic Relaxation

November 6, 2017 11:06 am Published by

Once you’ve made this rustic lounger and bench set for your patio you’ll always have a place to relax. Their…

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DIY Make a Log Cabin

November 1, 2017 12:15 pm Published by

This is the seventh in our Working With Wood series presented by Greg de Villiers. Throughout the series we will…

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Go modern with proteas

October 16, 2017 12:05 pm Published by

A balanced and rhythmical transition of proteas in an effortless design that can be used in your home or office…

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Dog Kennel

August 2, 2017 9:38 am Published by

This is the fourth in our Working With Wood series presented by Greg de Villiers. Throughout the series we will…

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Planter Box

June 21, 2017 11:48 am Published by

This is the third in our Working With Wood series presented by Greg de Villiers. Throughout the series we will…

Hanging in mid-air

January 12, 2017 8:57 am Published by

Having greenery in an office environment is good for the body and the soul. This quick office DIY is great…

Watering Can Makeover

January 18, 2016 8:48 am Published by

This aluminium watering can was given a makeover in a flash. Inspired by the colours of the flowers in a…

Stop and Stair

January 18, 2016 7:43 am Published by

Light aluminium ladders are taking over from the heavy, wooden variety as the ladder of choice. However, a discarded wooden…

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Transform the trash!

January 18, 2016 7:39 am Published by

There is always something lying around the house or the garden shed, or some ‘trash’ tucked away in the rafters…

The X-Factor Stool

January 18, 2016 6:59 am Published by

Inspired by the 50s X-base design, our Top Team makes versatile stools for an urban patio with this X-Factor stool.…

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Recycled Wine Bottle Torch

September 23, 2015 11:49 am Published by

Add ambiance to your outdoor evenings while you keep mosquitoesat bay with this wine bottle citronella oil torch. What you…

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Inventive recycling

September 23, 2015 11:39 am Published by

This easy-to-build water feature, made from discarded household items, bubbles soothingly in the smallest of spaces and takes recycling to…

Poodle cut your Plants

September 4, 2015 6:21 am Published by

It isn’t difficult to create your own topiary with a ‘poodle cut’ and it’s a lot cheaper than purchasing one…

Planting and Repotting Ferns

September 2, 2015 11:12 am Published by

Ferns are easy to transplant and benefit from regular repotting into slightly larger containers. They can either be planted singly…

Hypertufa Pots

August 25, 2015 8:59 am Published by

Hypertufa, which was invented for use in alpine gardens, is a manufactured substitute for Tufa – the porous rock that…

Pebble Inlay

August 25, 2015 6:52 am Published by

Make this lovely pebble inlay around your fire pit for a bit of added elegance to your garden décor. Follow…

Grouting outdoor paving

July 23, 2015 10:23 am Published by

Using cement for your paver grouting for an outdoor entertainment area makes it long lasting and gives it that finishing…

Festive Chandelier

June 11, 2015 7:55 am Published by

With a few simple products make this stunning chandelier. What You Need 1 split woven edging panel 5 small plastic…

Balcony Planters

March 24, 2015 11:08 am Published by

These new balcony planters in fashionable colours are idea to plant up with easy to grow plants in complementary colours.…

Build a Swing Bench

January 27, 2015 6:58 am Published by

A swing bench is just the thing for lounging around on while you read your favourite gardening magazine. After a…

Build a Concrete Bench

November 26, 2014 8:18 am Published by

A secluded spot, out of direct sunlight, is the perfect place for a garden bench. A well-placed concrete bench invites…

Simply Zen

November 25, 2014 11:32 am Published by

Bamboo Water Feature Make a bamboo water feature in six easy steps that will bring calm and the glorious sound…