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Your Garden for Free. First Edition.: Gardening & Horticulture

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Your Garden for Free. First Edition.: Gardening & Horticulture

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Sep 14, 2018


Transforming your garden can be expensive and if money is limited, upcycling everyday garden items into something new you can use, will not only save you money, but will also prevent another perfectly serviceable pieces of garden furniture or equipment being sent to landfill. Upcycling unwanted items is a fun way you can save money, but let's not stop there. Money can be saved transforming your garden into something you can do for little to no money. Along with plants and attracting wildlife into your garden will only further advance your garden into a beautiful place that you can enjoy, for literally no money in many cases. This handy book will give you some ideas what is possible, whether you are creating a garden from scratch, or just wanting to add something special to enhance your garden. Anything is possible once you delve into this exciting new trend.

Sep 14, 2018

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Andy was born on the 25th September 1969. Since a young age, he has had a passion for gardening, wildlife and anything to do with the natural world. His love of gardening was further enhanced by the late Geoff Hamilton with his down to earth approach to gardening. Andy's philosophy to gardening is to keep it simple, recycle/upcycle everything you can to help the environment and to enhance your garden to accommodate the decline in wildlife species. His books are a reflection on his beliefs in helping nature wherever we can and to enjoy the gardening spaces we can enhance with the wonders of nature. During his working life; Andy has had numerous jobs, ranging from industrial engineer, window fitter and taxi driver, just to name a few. After discovering his love of writing at the age of 47, Andy has had his books in #1 best seller lists and began writing under his pen name, Joe KING, which he uses to write his fiction books. Andy's love of horror and comedy was his inspiration for many of his fiction books. He has a very strange sense of humour/humour, which is reflected in all the fiction novels he writes. If you would like to know more about Andy, then you can find him @ Goodreads. Twitter.        @JoeKINGbooks Email. If you do find his books helpful, then do leave a review. Andy is still learning the art of writing and personally reads them all to always strive to make improvements to his books wherever possible.

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There is a way you can design and fill your garden with plants without breaking the bank. It does take effort and some resourcefulness on your part, but if you are not afraid of a little hard work and want to save money in your garden, then join the many gardeners who are upcycling, recycling and basically saving money that you can easily do yourself.

Buying plants can also be expensive and if you think it is impossible to save money on buying them in these times of commercialism, then think again. It is possible to fill your garden with herbs, fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers, with little to no money. You can also be one of the many new breed of gardeners, that fill their outdoor spaces for pennies, and not only reap the rewards, but contribute to their well-being, but also do their bit for the environment.

All of us by now should be aware of how much our wildlife is being decimated and polluted. Your garden is, and can become a haven for many endangered species, and again, it only takes a little effort to make a huge difference. Our planet is changing, and each one of us should at least try to make a few changes to the way we consume, recycle and dispose of our waste materials to ensure that the future of our planet is not left with a mountain of rubbish that our child will have to deal with! Many gardening items are discarded needlessly, but that is where you come in. Upcycling and bringing these items back to life can be very rewarding and more importantly, it saves them going to landfill sites. As you may already know, our oceans are being polluted with plastic and chemicals. This again is where you can do your bit to help. Plastic pots are dumped by the million each year, why? Simply reuse them or ask another keen gardener if they want them. Just as plastic has become a problem, chemical usage in our environment has been around a long time and it's now being realised its real effects on our wildlife. It may seem only a token gesture in not using chemicals needlessly in your own garden, but your wildlife will benefit immensely from it. By creating a bio-diverse garden, it will firstly save you money on not having to buy chemical treatments, but secondly, and more importantly it will benefit the environment. I totally agree that there are times when only a chemical treatment will do a certain job, but these are very rare and in the long term, doing things the old-fashioned way with a little hard work are still the cheapest and, in most cases, the best way. Weeding can be a choir, but hey. You won’t get a garden for free out of an expensive bottle of weed killer, and certainly not sitting on your backside. The equation is simple, effort equals reward!


This concept is neither new nor a sudden trend. It is basically a word change. I know, and you know it means something second-hand, and let’s be frank here. No one likes the word second-hand. It just does not gel well with people these days and makes an item seem inferior. But if you say it was upcycled. Wow. It somehow makes it worth having! I get it, so call it whatever you like as long it does not go to landfill, I am all for it. There are even programs on television giving people ideas on how to transform otherwise redundant items into something useful. Fantastic is all I can say to that. In general, we should take responsibility for anything we have bought and recycle it responsibly and not simple discard it for someone to deal with. 

One of the many items we need in the garden is a table and chairs. What better way to spend a nice day than in your garden relaxing on furniture you have rescued from going to landfill. You can of course spend thousands on nice garden furniture, but if money is tight. You really can have these for little, to no money. Going to your local reuse shop that are normally at your local recycling centre can be a goldmine of treasures. The white plastic types are okay and even the grubbiest looking table and chairs will scrub up well with UPVC cleaning products. The real treasures are those hardwood slatted types. They are expensive to buy new and it seems crazy why they are thrown away. With a light sanding with wire wool to clean off the algae, or table-top stains. Then apply a proprietary wood oil product to give them a great finish, they are as good as new. Even if you must do a few minor repairs, it can save you a fortune.

Large plastic pots can also be found in re-use centres, and again are throw away by the million each year. With a clean-up, they too can be good, cheap alternatives to buying new, but where you really will save money is finding the decorative ceramic type pots. If like me you are not keen on plastic pots for outdoor use, then this is a great way to find them. They have better insulation properties than plastic pots, from the heat and the cold and just look better in my opinion. Nothing says cheap better than a plastic outdoor pot! But, like anything you can find a use for, it is always better to use what you have rather than throwing it away.

Having a good rummage around these places will save you money, and let’s not forget other garden accessories that add up through the year. Hanging baskets, brackets, rakes, shovels, trowels and basically anything to do with gardening you may find at your local re-use centre so do look and save big. Up-cycling is not just restricted to large garden furniture, because anything that is reused is always going to be better than not. In most cases, all that is required is a clean, or as for gardening tools and equipment, a general service and sharpen up.

Another great tip is skips. I know what you are probably thinking. No way. I am not saying sneak up and have a rummage. Don’t be embarrassed, just ask the owner. Building sites are filled with useful materials that can be reused and in nearly all cases they will be more than happy for you to empty a skip they are paying for and will have more room to fill it. A few years ago, my partner told that a friend of hers had just had another new kitchen because she did not like the new one, she had bought! A brand-new solid oak kitchen went to landfill. I was fuming. If I had known sooner, I would have been straight round there whether I wanted it or not. But it goes to show you that it is worth a look because anything could be in there! Some lucky people have even found antiques worth considerable money, but like I mentioned before. Do ask the owner.

Plan design & Collect.

There is nothing more exciting than planning a new garden. This however is down to your budget, because the sky really is the limit when it comes to design. It would be misleading to say that you could have anything and design a garden that is amazing for free, because it would be unrealistic to compare a garden designed on a budget and one with an unlimited budget. But you can have a fabulous garden for little money. It really is down to how much effort you want to put into sourcing free materials and if necessary, building your own features.

The first step is to sit down with a pencil and paper, then draw a rough sketch of your garden, and I do not mean go outside with a measuring tape and make an architectural drawing. Just a rough sketch to give you an idea of what you have, and where, and how, you would like to plan your garden and add or take away features. Do be realistic at this stage but do set your goals high. You will be amazed what is out there for free once you begin looking.

Firstly, put in the features you have that are permanent i.e., paths, sheds and greenhouse, etc. Then add the borders you want to fill. If you require more, then think about where best to put them and if you do decide that they need enlarging, or you want more planting space, then map them out on your plan, and then in the garden when you are ready.

Once you have a clear idea on what you want in your garden, then you are ready to put your plan into action. It will always be better to do all the hard landscaping first. You do not want to be treading over borders with fresh planting to get access to different areas of your garden. If your fencing needs a makeover do this first. In most cases, applying a preservative will do wonders in improving its longevity and appearance. If you are feeling adventurous, then there are numerous colours on the market these days, but do be careful of any colour change, and it does not leach through your neighbours’ side of the fence and cause conflict!

Once your boundary is finished, then think about the hard landscaping. Tackle new features in an order where you do not contaminate the next. A new pond for example. The reason for this is so that you do not make extra work later in clearing up any mess you will make building new features. The last thing you want to be doing is scrubbing off wheelbarrow marks off your new patio that you have painstakingly built, because you decided to build that first instead of digging the new hole for the pond. Plan you garden so that each feature can be finished without disturbing or making a mess of the next. If you are clearing out the whole garden, then do clear all the materials out of your garden before starting any landscaping, this way it remains organised and less likely for accidents to happen, or damage new features.

Sourcing materials to build features can be tricky, but not impossible. Start by looking in local ads and visiting garden centres. Some do have ex-displays that can be bought cheaper than off the shelf. Another is to look online. There are many freebie giveaways sites out there now and many people will be just glad to get rid of materials that have either had lying about or have renewed and just want the old stuff taken away. Bargains are out there if you are prepared to look for them. Even if you must adapt your design a little to accommodate the materials you have sourced, it is all money in the bank. Don’t be discouraged by old slabs that look grubby, or timber that has been used. A pressure wash on slabs will clean them up like new and timber can always be sanded back to good clean wood. Investing in handheld wood plainer will make light work of cleaning up old and used wood and can be bought cheaply. The offset will more than out-weigh the cost of buying new wood. If you are planning a pergola or wooden feature you may be shocked how expensive wood can be and with larger projects it can run into hundreds, if not thousands to buy. So do look out for adverts offering timber up for grabs if you are planning a pergola or other wooden features. Again, you can always adapt any design to suit the timber you have. This philosophy basically goes with all your garden redesign, so try to be flexible in your approach. Another good tip is to look out for what you want first, then design the feature around the materials you can source. There is no point digging up half you garden for a new patio, when you can only find half the materials to lay it! Like anything, you are planning to design, do try to co-ordinate it so that it looks pleasing on the eye. A patio made of mixed and matched slabs does not look good unless it has some sort of formation or pattern to it. For example, if the colours are different, a pattern of some sort will need to be done in-order for it look professional and not something that has been cobbled together. Along with sourcing materials it can be tempting to collect any, and everything that is free, but do think about how it will look in your garden design. You are aiming for amazing, not amusing! Different timber types can be stained down to all look the same when building anything from them if you cannot find all the wood of the same variety. Brick features can also be tricky. If you are planning on building a feature,

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