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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-armRead More...

Dividing Guzmanias

July 23, 2019 9:49 am Published by

Lees in Afrikaans Guzmanias are bromeliads that produce vibrant star-shaped flowers in a wide range of colours. They are popularRead More...

Dividing Airplants

July 1, 2019 1:14 pm Published by

If your Tillandsia are growing well it might be time to divide them to create a bigger and more professionalRead More...

Trust in strength

June 11, 2019 1:29 pm Published by

Lees in Afrikaans You can trust the strength and durability of SIKA’s universal anchoring adhesive, SikaAnchorFix® S Sika AnchorFix® SRead More...

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. What you Need 20mm pine cutRead More...

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 CementRead More...

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, andRead More...

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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. InRead More...

Beat the heat

January 15, 2019 11:55 am Published by

Help your Roses to Keep their Cool • Hot nights bother the roses more than the heat during the day.Read More...

DIY Trash Table

September 27, 2018 3:23 pm Published by

Turn a rubbish bin into rustic decor.

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Made for Moonlight

February 19, 2018 12:34 pm Published by

It need not be a back- nor a bank-breaking exercise to turn a plain patio into an elegant entertainment areaRead More...

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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 indigenousRead More...

Tropical Twin Set

February 15, 2018 2:50 pm Published by

Decorating a bathroom with plants can be difficult. But, it’s not a problem if you use plants that hail fromRead More...

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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 andRead More...

Everlasting

February 14, 2018 1:29 pm Published by

A pretty, flowering everlasting, and a collection of bright succulents, were the inspiration for this colourful pot. I wanted toRead More...

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Boxed-in Summer

February 8, 2018 2:45 pm Published by

It’s high summer and the nurseries are filled to the brim with pots and punnets of annuals and perennials inRead More...

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Contained to Grow

February 8, 2018 1:37 pm Published by

Container Plants Instant gardening with pretty plants and a variety of containers immediately raises the spirits, and this month gardenRead More...

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. What you Need • OrganicRead More...

Summer Bowl

February 5, 2018 2:11 pm Published by

What you Need Organic fertiliser pellets Palm peat block (reconstituted in water) Potting soil Bonemeal or superphosphate Stones Terracotta bowlRead More...

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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 pineRead More...

Stairway to Heaven

January 19, 2018 10:54 am Published by

Delicious runner beans are easy to grow, especially once you’ve made this simple tepee to help them upwards What youRead More...

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 ofRead More...

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 forRead More...

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, fertilisingRead More...

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 aRead More...

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Take a Knee

December 12, 2017 11:58 am Published by

What you Need Timber cutting list (we used laminated saligna board) 3 x (450mm x 225mm x 22mm) 2 xRead More...

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 theRead More...

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Pyramid Trellis

December 8, 2017 3:38 pm Published by

These pyramid-shaped trellises are attractive decor items, elegant supports for climbing plants, and intriguing frames for topiary. Use your pyramidsRead More...

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)Read More...

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 thatRead More...

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 toRead More...

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 festiveRead More...

Pot Techniques

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 thingRead More...

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 gorgeousRead More...

Tea Time

December 7, 2017 12:56 pm Published by

What you will Need Either an old bowl and side plate or an old teacup and saucer 8 mm eyeboltRead More...

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 andRead More...

Trendy Retread

December 7, 2017 11:33 am Published by

Upcycle your old tyres to liven up a garden wall, easily, quickly and to great effect What you will NeedRead More...

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 easilyRead More...

Roofing Leftovers

December 7, 2017 9:52 am Published by

Make this easy garden planter with a few leftover roofing materials What you will Need 20 x cut screws (75Read More...

Lava Rocks

November 28, 2017 10:48 am Published by

What you will Need Flat board or surface to work onExpanding foam fillerSilicone rubber mould product (available at art shops)TileRead More...

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)Read More...

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 lifespanRead More...

Paving the Way

November 28, 2017 8:09 am Published by

DIY Paving What You Will Need for your DIY Paving River sand Cement Pavers – we used Cosmopolitan pavers inRead More...

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Building an Arch

November 27, 2017 3:32 pm Published by

An arch is a great means of linking two separate spaces, creating a doorway between one garden ‘room’ and another,Read More...

A Home for Koi

November 27, 2017 2:52 pm Published by

DIY Koi Pond What You Need For the Koi Pond 1 pond (10 000 litre koi pond) 1 filter systemRead More...

Birdhouse Feeder

November 27, 2017 11:43 am Published by

For the Tweet Elite Attract more birds to your garden by making this birdhouse feeder. And then transform it intoRead More...

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 thanRead More...

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 youRead More...

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 waitingRead More...

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 youRead More...

Tree 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 fountainRead More...

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 aRead More...

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, controlledRead More...

‘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 itRead More...

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 20Read More...

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 itRead More...

Stair that Slope

November 23, 2017 2:57 pm Published by

Slopes or banks can be tricky to negotiate, so here’s an easy way to cut stairs into them, using concreteRead More...

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 personalityRead More...

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 filledRead More...

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 floatingRead More...

Build a Pergola

November 23, 2017 12:30 pm Published by

Hey Presto – it’s a Pergola! Adding a pergola to an existing patio –or creating one from scratch – isRead More...

Potting Bench

November 23, 2017 10:59 am Published by

Tired of mess and an aching back? Builders have everything you need to make this special potting bench, allowing youRead More...

Topped With Green

November 23, 2017 10:28 am Published by

Roof gardening is a fairly new concept in South Africa but planting on roofs for aesthetic and cooling purposes isRead More...

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 8m2Read More...

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 andRead More...

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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 easyRead More...

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 plantsRead More...

Step out in Style

November 9, 2017 12:28 pm Published by

Building steps down a bank doesn’t need to be a daunting task. Energised by the warmer weather the team moved outRead More...

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 HardwareRead More...

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,Read More...

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.Read More...

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 isRead More...

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 endingRead More...

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 theRead More...

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 @Read More...

Hoot Hoot

November 8, 2017 11:19 am Published by

Build a breeding box and a pair of spotted eagle owls may just decide to move in and raise theirRead More...

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 onRead More...

Making Waves

November 8, 2017 9:21 am Published by

 The striking pattern on this patio table and benches makes them especially appealing. It’s easier than you would think toRead More...

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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 forRead More...

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).Read More...

Shelf Life

November 6, 2017 10:40 am Published by

Displays of flower pots on outside walls may be more popular in Europe than here, but it is definitely anRead More...

Urns

January 18, 2016 7:53 am Published by

Urns carved out of stone and earthenware amphorae were used by the Greeks and Romans as drinking pitchers and toRead More...

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 woodenRead More...

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 The bold design ofRead More...

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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 What you Need SumpRead More...

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 thatRead More...

Instant style

July 29, 2015 12:39 pm Published by

Upgrade unsightly garden spaces using ready-to-assemble kits, paving and plants  Utility areas no longer need to be hidden at theRead More...

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 plasticRead More...

Divide and Rule

May 11, 2015 8:01 am Published by

Early spring is the ideal time to divide, or split, Dietes and other clump-forming plants like Carex, Liriope and Ophiopogon.Read More...

Clever fixes

March 26, 2015 11:12 am Published by

Some areas in a garden can be really tricky and require a clever garden fix. Here’s an ideal planting planRead More...

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.Read More...

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 aRead More...

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 invitesRead More...

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 soundRead More...