Getting your garden summer ready

13 June 2019

This time last year we were in the middle of a crazy heat wave that created hosepipe bans and increased sales in BBQs, burgers, and beers. This year the summer hasn’t quite started, I say this in the hope that we’re about to embark on another heatwave to take us right through to September – we can live in hope can’t we?

So before the sun shows up and the warm nights set in, we should all plan our garden space to make the most of it when it does arrive.

 

3 MATERIALS YOU CAN USE IN YOUR GARDEN.

Plastic

Plastic garden furniture has moved on a lot since the classic 80’s white garden chairs, green if you were posh!. Now there are more manufacturers and designers using plastic more responsibly and creating beautiful furniture from recycled plastics and even turning old plastic straws into outdoor rugs and cushions.

These white chairs in Lynne Lambourne’s Ideal Home room set are made from recycled plastic bottles and there are so many indoor/outdoor rugs, a lot of them made from recycled plastic straws, you can even hose them down after a spillage!

 

 

 

Metal

Metal isn’t the obvious choice for the garden other than for BBQs and fire pits, but you can reuse old metal objects in some very cool new ways. Upcycling in the garden is a huge trend that isn’t going away.

Start small and turn tins into planters for herbs and seedlings, it’s a great way to get your kids into gardening. Trong Upcycling has taken this a step further and turned old film canisters into these great slim wall planters. Or if you’re feeling really adventurous why no have a go at converting an old gas bottle into a pizza oven like this one from Max McMurdo. Max’s advice is to make sure you release all the gas and fill it with water for a few days before attempting to cut the metal at all.

If you’re not keen on upcycling but still like the idea of metal have a look at the selection on rusted metal signs in RE Found Objects.

You don’t have to have green fingers to make your space look fantastic, although you may end up with paint covered fingers! Bringing sustainability to your garden is really simple to do, you can even use old butlers sinks and suitcases as planters, it’s really just a matter of imagination. It’s a great way to try out upcycling projects, give them a go and create a unique outdoor space to enjoy all year round.

Find more inspiration on my Pinterest board.

 

Metal

 

Metal 2

 

 

Reclaimed wood

Pallets, scaffold boards, and railway sleepers are becoming sustainable staples in our gardens, the pallet bench seating is an easy make for most DIY-ers and you can buy perfectly sized cushions to make the final stage a little easier. However, if you think beyond these usual suspects you can create some really quirky and fun things for your garden. Vintage step ladders are instant shelves for plants, empty cable reels make great play tables and stools, click here to see how to make one. Or how about turning a vegetable crate on its head and making a really simple upcycled coffee table, read how here.

You can also use old dining tables for outdoor use with a little preparation too. Indoor furniture isn’t designed for outdoors, woods like pine used isn’t as hardy, as say, teak or cedar, it can work if treated correctly. Paint isn’t just for decorative use, weatherproof outdoor paints can really protect the wood, and if you wanted to keep the wood look rather than painted go for a yacht varnish to prevent mildew and rot. If you can, try to cover it up or move it indoors during storms and cold temperatures.

 

Reclaimed Wood

 

 

 

You don’t have to have green fingers to make your space look fantastic, although you may end up with paint covered fingers! Bringing sustainability to your garden is really simple to do, you can even use old butlers sinks and suitcases as planters, it’s really just a matter of imagination. It’s a great way to try out upcycling projects, give them a go and create a unique outdoor space to enjoy all year round. 

Find more inspiration on my Pinterest board.