Gift, Grow

Edible Hanging Baskets

If you’re short on space and are looking for an easy way to increase your gardening yield, hanging baskets are the way forward. They can be hung outdoors or indoors. Just bear in mind that you’ll get drips on the surface underneath them when you water them. Bathrooms and kitchen windowsills are good places to […]

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Eat, Gift, Make

Sweet as Candy

Want a sweet treat and a delicious smelling house? Make candied peel. I’m not really a fan of shop-bought candied peel because it’s too bitter and dry. However, home-made candied peel is the perfect balance of sweet, chewy and crunchy. It’s lovely nibbled on its own, reaches a whole new level dipped into dark chocolate […]

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Art

How to customise a garden bench

Garden furniture can be expensive, particularly if you want something a bit different. However, it’s easy to get hold of a tired old garden bench on Gumtree, Freecycle or similar, then tart it up with a lick of paint and a few decorative mosaic pieces. The above bench was painted black and inset with silver […]

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Gift

How to make decorative tealight holders

Grey days are a great excuse to make stuff, particularly if you have kids around the place (I don’t have that as an excuse  but I don’t care). Tealight holders are a great way to add a little light to your garden, though more in a ‘pretty ambience for BBQs’ than ‘spot a weed at […]

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Grow

How to pot on tomatoes

My tomatoes have started looking a little leggy recently – which sadly doesn’t mean that they’d look great in a little black dress. Leggy plants have too much stem compared to foliage – but luckily, this is an easy problem to solve. Tomatoes are terribly clever plants that are able to grow roots through their […]

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Gift, Grow

How to make a greenhouse for free

A greenhouse is a useful thing. It helps you harden off your tomatoes and other veg with ease; it allows you to grow things that you might otherwise not be able to in the UK climate; and it acts as a brilliant slug defence. However, greenhouses can also be expensive. Luckily, discovering ManMadeDIY on Twitter […]

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