Category Archives: Inspiration

Urban herb garden inspiration

Via Janaina Vaughn on Pinterest

My love affair with herbs continues. I’ve been trawling Pinterest for quirky ideas for space-saving herb gardens. Turns out you can plant in anything from shoe storage to old tin cans. Click through our slideshow for inspiration…

By Hannah Bass.

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DIY VIDEO | How to make a seed bomb

Do you hate the sight of a disused plot of land, or a vacant lot by the side of the road? Always wanted to try guerilla gardening, but scared of the public attention that comes with planting flowers by the pavement? Try seed bombing. It’s easy, cheap and exercises your throwing arm.

You can buy pre-made bombs, but where’s the fun in that? With a little bit of clay, compost, seeds and a sprinkling of water, you can make your own seed bombs. Chuck them into abandoned, unloved plots of land and make this city a little greener.

Check out our handy seed bomb primer here:

Read more for our six rules of responsible seed bombing…

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Five Jubilee weekend garden buys

The Jubilee weekend is almost a month away and soon we’ll be sipping G&Ts and eating coronation chicken sandwiches in our gardens while enjoying the (hopefully) sunny weather.

But how can you make your garden party stand out from the rest? We’ve put together a list of five garden party buys.

1. Bunting

Bunting is a must to brighten up your garden. This Talking Tables bunting from Selfridges features a range of twee, iconic British designs and is a snip for 5metres at £15.

2. Strawberries

They won’t grow in time to pop into a pint of cream to serve up at your party but what better way to celebrate than taking some time out to plant the iconic British fruit in your garden? Seeds from £2.00 at Chiltern Seeds. You can also buy a starter pot at onceinalifetime.co.uk for £12.00.

3. Throw

A stylish throw is a multi-purpose item. During the day you can use it as a picnic blanket, then later on you can be warm as well as patriotic by wrapping it round you when the sun goes down. eBay has a selection here.

4. Solar-powered Queen

Pay tribute to Her Maj in an environmentally-friendly way with this solar-powered Queen figurine. Stick her on a garden table as a quirky talking-piece and watch her wave as the sun’s rays shine onto the solar panel on her handbag. £14.99 from glow.co.uk.

5. Garden statue

Give your garden the royal treatment with this crown ornament. Jazz it up by covering it in fairy lights. From Caught my Fancy and eBay, starting from £15.

By Natasha Wynarczyk.  Top image by Cuprinol showing their “Peckingham Palace”, a luxurious bird box built to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee. Tweet them @PeckinghamTweet

VIDEO | Ask a Dad: how to plant hardy asiatic lilies

If you’re a flamboyant flower lover with limited space and funds, the asiatic lily delivers a whole lot of bang for your buck. These vivid flowers look both expensive and impressive, but in fact even the most horticulturally challenged can buy a cutting for a few quid and watch it flourish almost of its own accord.

In the first of our Ask a Dad video series, our resident Dad reveals the tricks to successfully potting up these hardy plants…

By Hannah Bass
Image by Arturo Yee

We recommend the perfect books for nature-loving gardeners

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As a gardener, it was never really guides and how-to books that made me want to grow plants. (I always found them too intimidating.)  It was books that made me realise how amazing plants were, and how much I wanted to grow them for myself.

So in the spirit of gardening bookworms everywhere, here are five books that have inspired me to pick up a trowel and get gardening. Keep them on your Amazon wishlist or give them to someone you love.

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Shedloads of fun

Sheds are generally associated with being something that your dad liked to hang out in. But did you know that it’s the younger generation who are getting into having garden sheds?

New research by gardening equipment company Cuprinol has revealed that over half of young adults (18-34 yr olds) currently have a shed. And while sheds used to be considered a male hide-out, in the last decade an increasing number of women are staking their claim on this outdoor space with 63 per cent now claiming to have a shed. There are 15m shed owners living across the UK.

Are you a cool East End shed owner? Well we’ve found the competition for you. To celebrate National Shed Week (week beginning July 2) Cuprinol have launched the Shed 0f the Year 2012, a search for the UK’s most wacky and wonderful sheds.

Entries to the competition are now open, inviting shed owners to enter their quaintest and quirkiest shed creations, for a chance to win a £1,000 cash prize.

To view entries or to enter a shed simply visit www.readersheds.co.uk. Entries close on May 20 when the public are given the chance to vote for their favourite shed. It’s then up to the Shed of the Year panel including ‘Head Sheddie’ Uncle Wilco and celebrity shed fan Sarah Beeny to pick the winner from eight finalists.

Kathryn Ledson, Cuprinol Marketing Manager says: “The humble shed is no longer just a convenient storage solution as we’re seeing younger people use them as an extension of the home.  Whether it a recording studio, playing host to the six nations or a peaceful retreat to enjoy a good book, the garden shed is now an important addition to the home and we’re excited to see the wide variety of entries we receive into this year’s Shed of the Year competition.”

The winning shed will be announced during National Shed Week.

If you have a shed you want to show off on our blog then please send photos and a description to eastendgardener[at]gmail[dot]com and we’ll get them on the site.

By Natasha Wynarczyk. Photo by Harriet Lucy Yeomans under a CC licence

Gardeners, have you tried Pinterest?

Any gardeners heard of Pinterest? I’m obsessed. It’s a great little image-sharing community that’s a cross between Twitter and Tumblr – members ‘pin’ their favourite pictures onto a virtual pinboard to share with others. It’s a neat way to organise your photos for gardening inspiration (or as we put, greenspiration).

Here are some of my favourite Pinterest photos – click on the pics for their Pinterest source.

And don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest!