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How to upcycle and organise the shed

We kept this shed makeover simple

I've been meaning to organise the shed for years. It was cold, messy and full of clutter, with nowhere to put anything. So seeds and tools started to spread around the house. [caption id="attachment_9214" align="alignnone"…

July 1st, 2018 - Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Sheds/sanctuaries, Vintage & thrift

How to make natural plant supports from clippings

I've seen other people make natural plant supports from clippings. But not being a very handy person, I hadn't thought of actually trying it myself. However, I can now reveal - it is really easy.…

March 11th, 2018 - Gardening know how, Vintage & thrift

20+ best vegetable varieties to grow

I'm creating a super-list of the best vegetable varieties to grow. Out of curiosity, I threw myself on the mercy of Twitter. I asked the garden and allotment bloggers which one vegetable variety they wouldn't…

February 11th, 2018 - Grow-your-own, Middlesized country, Vintage & thrift

Jam jar Christmas – how to decorate with garden clippings

I love jam jar flower arrangements, so I've asked florist-tutor Julie Davies how to do jam jar Christmas decorations. [caption id="attachment_8048" align="alignnone" width="600"] Jam jar Christmas decorations created with empty jars, twigs from the garden…

November 26th, 2017 - Celebrations, Decorations/parties, Vintage & thrift

15 ways to transform your garden with upcycled junk

A shop mannequin used as garden statuary

My friend Anna has created her garden with upcycled junk. It's chic, stylish - and practically everything in it has been swapped or acquired for free. Swapping and recycling saves you money. You'll end up…

October 1st, 2017 - Garden design, Gardening on a budget, Vintage & thrift

How to style your garden – smart tips and finishing touches.

'Style your garden' doesn't mean exactly the same as 'design your garden.' Designing a garden is about choosing a theme, then planning the hard landscaping and planting. Styling is about making sure it all works…

August 13th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Vintage & thrift

How to turn a pergola into a simple gazebo.

We decided to turn a neglected pergola in the corner of the garden into a simple gazebo, in order to create an 'outside room.' It has a wonderful view of the garden. [caption id="attachment_7038" align="alignnone"…

July 16th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Vintage & thrift

11 charming small garden ideas on a budget

If asked for 'small garden ideas', I wouldn't normally start with advising you to plant a large cypress tree right in the middle of your  courtyard garden. But one of the great pleasures of helping…

June 4th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Town gardens, Vintage & thrift

What do you need to build a unique shed?

How to build a unique shed

This is the story of how you can build a unique shed out of salvage, imagination and hard work. Garden maker Posy Gentles decided she wanted a new shed several years ago. Her current shed…

February 26th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Sheds/sanctuaries, Vintage & thrift

How to renovate a garden without losing its magic

Cotinus and cow parsley

Would you renovate a garden over a couple of years? Or would you just call in the diggers and start again from scratch? Warning! You may miss out if you clear it completely. Posy Gentles…

June 12th, 2016 - Gardening know how, Middlesized country, Vintage & thrift

Inside a garden shed where time stands still…..

Old chemists cabinet for seed storage

There's no doubt about it - de-cluttering your desk, home or garden shed can help you feel more in control. But something is lost, too. A completely decluttered life has fewer layers and less history. It…

April 17th, 2016 - Garden style & living, Vintage & thrift

How to create stunning dyes from your garden plants

Elderberry plant dye

Did you know that you can make literally hundreds of dyes from your garden plants? As you harvest your first rhubarb of the year, don't throw the leaves into the compost. Boil them up to…

March 27th, 2016 - Garden style & living, Vintage & thrift, Wildlife & eco