These tips save time and money!
By: Garden Gate staff
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Perfect a pallet
You could use an old pallet to make a new end table or wall planter for your patio — but here’s an even easier project: Use it as a canvas.
Paint it and hang it on a wall outside. It’s a big enough surface so there’s no problem seeing these house numbers from the street.
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Water feature with less maintenance
Love the idea of a stream meandering through your garden? Hate the idea of dealing with algae bloom, water-loving pests and finicky pumps? Here’s a great alternative — use stones to put in a dry stream.
Excavate the shape and length of your “stream,” line it with landscape fabric (to keep the weeds down later) and fill it with stones. Plant along its banks to blend it into the landscape, and you’re all set!
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Space-saving potting bench
You probably don’t use a potting bench every week. But it does come in handy in spring when you’re putting together containers and potting up seedlings.
Instead of letting one take up space year-round, build a fold-down model, like the one at left. The great thing is, it doubles as a buffet when you have guests on your patio!
Then, when you’re finished using it, simply fold this table up and latch it in place, just like you see below.