Improve your garden with these handy tips, tricks and ideas

Using egg shells as fertilisers

Egg shells are a double hit for your garden project. They are actually rich in calcium which many plants can benefit from and their sharp edges can help to deter the likes of slugs and snails from chewing your plants!

Milk carton watering cans

Lost your watering jug, or it’s no longer fit to use? Simply recycle your milk carton pricking holes in the lid with a small needle. Easy!

Prevent your gardening tools from rusting

Fill a flower pot big enough for your small garden tools with builders sand, add a little mineral oil and voila, you have your very own small tool holder that will help prevent them from rusting.

Keep your herbs fresh for longer

Whenever buying or even growing herbs it’s hard to cook enough meals to use them in before they start to die. But there’s no reason why you can’t freeze them, blanch then and stick them in a freezer bag before popping them in the freezer. Alternatively you could even use the ice cube method by chopping up your herbs and dropping them in to the ice cube tray with some water for freezing.

Use old pallets to create garden furniture and herb boxes

Wooden pallets are very cheap to buy but you’d be amazed just how useful they can be with a little bit of design inspiration, you could create your own seating area, a planter or herb boxes, at a fraction of the cost of purchasing new outdoor furniture or planters, find some garden furniture inspiration here.

Regrow your own food

Spring onions, celery, ginger, onion, garlic, mushrooms and other foods can all be re-grown from food you’ve purchased, check out this handy re-grow your own food sheet with some examples and info to get started.