Hack a garden border with just about anything

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!p147-tiki-hut-shedThe 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!126a-hack-a-garden-border

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.126b-hack-a-garden-border

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.

  • Bamboo
  • Bowling balls
  • Glass insulators
  • Logs
  • Terra cotta flower pots
  • Large clam shells
  • River rocks
  • Old bricks
  • Hubcaps

    Wine bottles can be ‘recycled’ as a path edge
  • 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

Backyard Makeover Garden Potting Room Antique Insulator Border

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.bookcover_finalExtract 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.

And here’s your chance to get your hands on a copy of this thrifty gardening book. Please use the rafflecopter widget below to register your entries – there are plenty of ways to enter the giveaway and be in with a chance of winning 101 Organic Gardening Hacks by Shawna Coronado. Best of luck!
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Giveaway open to UK residents only, competition runs from 8th – 22nd January 2017 and the winner will be contacted via email when the contest closes.


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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

44 thoughts on “Hack a garden border with just about anything

  1. I love sitting in our garden on a lovely summer evening, with a glass of wine and my husband cooking us tea on the BBQ. We love growing cherry tomatoes, lettuce, runner beans and lots of wild flowers to attract the bees and butterflies.

  2. i love to do what i can in the garden i cut the lawn see to the fruit trees we get lovely juicy pears off the pear tree but sadly we have had our plum tree 5 years and not had one plum off it so i think it will be removed this year waiting patiently to see if our rainbow tulips come up

  3. I don’t actually do much in my garden. I do like to sit out there when its warm but as for gardening I’m a bit lazy, and I never know what to do! I would love this book to give me some easy and cheap ideas on how to make the garden look pretty!

  4. This looks like an amazing book! Even if I don’t win the competition, I’ll buy a copy for myself… and give it to my mother in law if I do win. Last summer we tore our garden completely apart, and this spring we’ll start reworking it. Our budget is small, so the hacks will be very helpful.

  5. I miss my garden ever since we moved into our flat but luckily myself and my little boy still have nanny & grandad’s to potter about in and they are really good at letting us help muck in with choosing the flowers and doing a spot of gardening so I can keep my hand in. x

  6. I love growing fruit and vegetables and love those summer days when I can pick a salad for lunch from the garden

  7. Picking the strawberries in summer and apples in winter – always have good crops and so tasty!

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