The May Bank Holiday is the great time to get your garden looking gorgeous for the warmer months ahead.
PromotionalCodes.org.uk have come up with some of the simplest and easiest ways to get your garden ready for the summer. And the best bit? They won't require having to spend big. Many of the suggestions are tips for planting your flowers and vegetables, including alternative pots for seedlings, sticking water filled wine bottles in the soil, and protecting seeds with cinnamon.
1. Pair different vegetables
By planting different vegetables next to each other, you can take advantage of a number of benefits. For instance, it will let you use your soil more effectively, and could result in a higher plant yield.
Did you know planting larger vegetables next to each other would be a bad idea? This is because it would leave them vying for space and nutrients.
2. Turn gutters into hanging baskets
Any old pieces of guttering can easily be given a makeover to turn them into an attractive hanging basket. To do this all you need to do is clean out, decorate and make sure each end is blocked off to ensure the plants will not fall out and instead fill with your favourite flowers.
3. Freeze excess garden herbs
Growing herbs in your garden is a way of leaving you with a large amount of excess that will wilt over time. Pack extra herbs away in your freezer, to make sure they will keep for as long as you require them.
4. Start early on your compost
You can save money by making your own compost, especially as you should have all of the necessary components you'd need anyway. Start by collecting your old food waste and scraps early in the year, place them in your compost bin and then, by the time summer has come around, you should have plenty of compost to help your garden grow.
5. Use self-seeding plants
If you have little time to work on your garden, self-seeding can be a useful move. Once planted and grown, the seeds will fall and grow again the following year for added ease.
6. Water your plant with a wine bottle
If you have any empty wine bottles lying around, wash it out, fill it with water and then place it upside down, deep into the soil of your plants or vegetables. This will allow the water to be slowly released into the soil, leaving it hydrated for longer.
7. Plant seedlings in eggshells
If you can keep the majority of the eggshell intact, you can make a great holder for seedlings when they're placed in an egg carton. This will also provide an extra calcium boost for the soil.
8. Create your own tyre swing
Kids will love an old-fashioned tyre swing. So long as you have a spare one, they're nice and simple to make too. Ensure yours has a sturdy branch in your garden to join the rope to, and then firmly attach the rope to the tyre at three equal points, creating a seated swing.
9. Garden table with from wooden pallets
Wooden pallets are versatile enough to be used in a number of ways in your garden. The simplest way is to nail and stack a number of pallets together to create an easy garden table.
10. Create a mini bonfire in a plant pot
Take a flowerpot, line the inside with foil and then add some charcoal to create a mini fire that's perfect for cooking marshmallows on.
11. Line your plants with coffee filters
Place a coffee filter in a plant pot before adding the soil is a great way to keep it from escaping through holes in the pot, whilst it also keeps water contained in the soil for longer.
12. Create a homemade birdfeeder
Take a large plastic bottle, cut holes in the side and place a wood through it for birds to perch on. You can then fill the feeder with bird seed and hang it from a tree.
13. Use cinnamon to prevent plant diseases
Cinnamon has been known to prevent fungus, so by sprinkling a small amount on seedlings, it will help keep them disease free.