Today’s blog post is all about a book I got over Christmas – 101 Organic Gardening Hacks by Shawna Coronado. I’ve been dipping into it during my time off and it’s been a really inspirational read. I enjoyed it so much that I asked the publisher whether it would be possible to give a copy away to you and they were delighted to oblige. So there’s a Rafflecopter giveaway to win a copy of 101 Organic Gardening Hacks at the end of this blog post – be sure to enter today!The book not only covers all the planting, pruning and growing tips you’d expect from the title, but it also offers practical advice on making the most of what you already have to turn your garden into an organic oasis. Who knew that there were so many easy ways to water plants? And it’s amazing what materials you can reuse to great effect in your landscaping. With thriftiness at the forefront of my mind at all times, it was wonderful to read a book that wasn’t recommending buying new materials or spending lots of money. In fact, I’d call this a money-saving advice book on gardening more than anything else, so you can see why I enjoyed reading it so much.
To give you an idea of some of the projects in the book I’ve shared the images above, which include reusing old furniture to give your flowerbeds height and drama, and how to give your basic shed a makeover to turn it into a fun tiki hut! Below is an extract from the book itself about using collections of objects, waste products or natural materials to hack a garden border – read on to find out how!
Glass insulators border this garden bed and patio area, delineating the flagstone from the mulched soil edge.
Found objects are fun and free to use so for a super easy, no-dig garden border, consider outlining your garden beds with a repetitive pattern made from collected items. First, make sure there is a crisp delineation between your border and what surrounds it. Use an edger or shovel to cut a crisp line between the garden bed and its edge. Then set the border along the line that you cut. Using the same item over and over helps as it establishes a pattern. In this hack, there is no digging or permanent placement, so you can choose to change out the design from year to year or keep it in place permanently.
River rock or stone is beautiful and can often be found at construction sites and in farm fields at no cost, but be sure to ask permission before searching for stone in an area that is not your property.
There are many items you can use to create a repetitive pattern. They can serve as a visual aid, telling visitors where the border to the garden is, and also as a way to hold plants in the bed. Salvage yards, construction sites, and websites such as freecycle.org or Craigslist often have interesting and inspired items at low to no cost. Do not put recycled or reused items that have been exposed to chemicals or toxins in your garden. Here are a few examples of items you might consider.
- Bowling balls
- Glass insulators
- Terra cotta flower pots
- Large clam shells
- River rocks
- Old bricks
- Slag glass
- Roofing tiles
- Cement blocks
- Flour grinding stones
- Metal pipes
- Clay pipes
- Old fence posts
- Railroad sleepers
- Truck, tractor, and auto parts
- Stacked stone
Antique glass insulators are a perfect edging for a garden border as they are easy to install and can be found in multiple colors that can enhance your garden design.Extract from 101 Organic Gardening Hacks: Eco-Friendly Solutions to Improve any Garden by Shawna Coronado is published by Cool Springs Press (£16.99). Photography © Shawna Coronado.
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