13 priceless tricks for novice gardeners

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We all like trying our hand at something new, but when it comes to the garden, the fruits of your labour will be seen by everyone. With that in mind, why not start off a little more gently with some easy projects?

We've found some great ideas to get you started, so if you don't fancy having a crack at erecting a gazebo or installing outdoor lighting, we think you'll be tempted by something else!

1. Make some citronella candles for your patio furniture. They're so simple!

2. Shabby chic some plant pots for smaller blooms

Brent Verdigris Plant Pot:  Garden  by Rowen & Wren
Rowen & Wren

Brent Verdigris Plant Pot

Rowen & Wren

3. Have a go at casting your own pots. We dare you!

Kronen 65 Flower Pot in Warm Grey Concrete:  Garden  by Adam Christopher Design
Adam Christopher Design

Kronen 65 Flower Pot in Warm Grey Concrete

Adam Christopher Design

4. Less is more so scatter wild flower seeds, sit back and relax

5. Paint older or unfashionable planters

 Garden  by Pflanzkübel-direkt

Kunststoff Pflanzgefäße PILA & CUBO


6. Use shingle to cover and kill weeds!

7. Install a pretty border edge

8. Stain or paint old garden furniture

9. Grab the scissors and have a go at topiary. Don't worry, it'll grow back!

Garden design and build courtyard, Bicester, Oxfordshire:  Garden by Decorum . London
Decorum . London

Garden design and build courtyard, Bicester, Oxfordshire

Decorum . London

10. Sprinkle coffee grounds on your beds to deter pests

11. Lay eggshells around the base of plants you want to protect. It'll nourish the soil and looks funky!

12. Find a DIY water feature tutorial and have a bash

13. Use old tights to protect delicate flowers in cold conditions

You see? Whatever the time of year, there are projects for you to try!

For a little more outdoors inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 14 Cheap And Easy Terrace Boosters You Can Copy.

Are your fingers already turning a little greener?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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