Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Crafty DIY : Sunlounging Spot

There was once a part of our garden that was dappled with sunlight throughout the day but was ruined with water sodden grass where the worms loved to kick up their mud and relished in making a mess of our lawn. So we fought back. It may seem a little drastic, but down went the sand, down went the weed black out stuff and then went the dove grey gravel. And within a couple of hours, the area was transformed into a usable area.

We didn’t stop there though. That’s not our style. We painted the garage white to give it a bit of a face lift and reflect a bit of light, hid the decrepit fence with a super sleek bamboo screen and planted a green Acer tree with a few pots around to make it a little more cosy and add a bit of colour. Throw in a couple of old sun loungers and I do believe you have a rather splendid place to put your feet up and enjoy the afternoon sun. Throw in a few lanterns too and you’ve got yourself a rather intimate star gazing spot. Got a damp, dull patch in your garden? Go on, order your pale gravel now – what a revelation!

Monday, 28 May 2012

Crafty DIY : Decking Lavender Boxes

EnthusedMonkey is back online! Whoop whoop! Apologies for the radio silence, but the energy has returned and summer projects are back in the groove. I'm pleased to say that there are lots of garden ideas coming this way, crafty DIY for indoors and out. as well as a few recipes for those sweet summer evenings. Now that the sun has finally broken through in the UK, what better way to celebrate than with a DIY for some homemade lavender beds? Made out of leftover deck wood! Bring on that sunshine!

This DIY uses up your old cut offs of decking and does not take too long providing you have access to a trusty 'chief holder' (my job) and somebody else (patient other half) to screw all the sides in whilst you're doing a grand job of holding it all together. Cut six bits of deck the same length (ours are 50cm) and four pieces for the sides (roughly 20cm depending on how deep you would like the boxes to be and to cover the depth of the base).

Assemble by screwing through the ends of the smaller pieces to the front and back and again with the two bits for the base tucked up inside. Complete by using two small pieces of deck (roughly 10x10cm) and place these underneath your planter. Screw down into these two pieces to stabilise the base and also to raise it off the ground for easy drainage.

To protect the wood from rotting, line with a length of plastic tarp and pierce the base with a knife to allow the water to drain. Fill with soil, pop your lavenders in (here we used three French lavender in each planter) and sprinkle a few stones or pebbles around the plants to keep in the moisture for the summer months (hugely optimistic I know). Finish up your hard work with a glass of wine in the sun. Job done.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Temporary Downtime

Sorry it's been a little quiet around here lately, my health has taken a temporary knock. But soon enough I will be pounding the pavements (with my feet not my hands, I've not lost my marbles) and beating up virtual opponants with my new Wii Fit boxing game and should be back on my feet in no time. There's lots to show you in the garden and with a big birthday heading this way, lots of adventures on the cards too. Hope to see you all soon.