The British summer is painfully short some years, barely giving us chance to enjoy the long nights and sunshine at all. So make sure that the little bit of good weather that we are granted this year does not go wasted by making the most of your back garden with these great back garden hacks.
- Keep Mosquitos Away with Lemongrass
Although more commonly associated with warmer countries, the UK is becoming increasingly habitable for mosquitos. A 100% natural method to guarantee that they don’t ruin your party this summer is by planting Lemongrass in your back garden. Simply buy a mature Lemongrass plant, trim the tops and remove any dead parts. This will naturally serve to deter unwelcome mosquitos.
- Add Colour to a Back Garden Fire
If you like to return to your antiquated roots and build a fire in your back garden, add a little colour with these rainbow flame crystals. Beautiful tones and colours can be produced to really bring a safe, protected fire to life.
- Mix Football and Croquet
Introduce the whole family to a unique mix of croquet and football. Pool noodles shaped into crescent moon shapes and affixed into the ground creates targets for participants to kick a sponge football through. An exciting variant on football that won’t end with broken windows and tears.
- Define your Garden with Wine
Upturned wine bottles dug into the ground can help create patterns that define the boundaries of a garden in a stylish and attractive manner. If you or somebody in your family is a wine drinker, simply collect the empty bottles when finished. Alternatively, rather than forcing wine down; empty bottles can be bought from many suppliers.
- Make your Own Drive-Thru Movie
If you have a protector then a quick and simple back garden cinema can be built by suspending a plain white sheet between trees. Once the glare from the sun disappears, you’ll be able to project films, home videos or live television directly onto this home-made screen.
- Organise Towels with an Old Ladder
An old wooden ladder makes a fantastic towel rack that won’t look out of place in the back garden. This is ideal for those who have a small pool in their back garden or like to sunbathe atop a beach towel.
- Create a Back Yard Spy Course
Recreate your kids’ favourite James Bond espionage scenes by tying rope between trees at different angles and tasking your kids to make their way through the course without touching the ropes. A fun and active task for kids of all ages.
- Night Time Ring Toss
Use glow necklaces and glow bracelets for a ring toss game during balmy summer evenings. Simply erect a pole on the garden and try to throw the rings around it. Give each member of the family a different glow colour to easily count up who was most successful.
- Craft a Tarmac Racecourse for Remote Control Cars
If you have a substantial stretch of tarmac in your back garden, make a fun racecourse for the children to race their remote control cars around. Rope or pipe cleaners can outline the track to ensure that no undue shortcuts are taken. Add features to the course by using coloured chalk, then challenge the family to races.
- Build a Tree Trunk Bike Rack
If you have had to chop down a tree or an aging oak has fallen, its trunk can be repurposed into a bike rack. Lay it flat and cut halfway into the trunk of the tree with a chainsaw. Making a cut a little wider than the width of a bike tyre ensures that the bike will be propped up correctly. Numerous cuts can be made into the tree to accommodate all the bikes of family and friends.
- Build a Charming Wind Chime from Old Keys
Simply tie a number of keys to pieces of string and hang from a tree branch an inch apart from one another for a simple and classic looking wind chime. The keys can be painted in bright colours to make them more attractive.
- Mobile Sand Pit
A Dinghy makes a lightweight and mobile sandpit. Just inflate the dinghy and fill with sand. The inflated edges are perfect for kids to sit and dig and play to their heart’s content. The water-proof exterior makes the mobile sand pit particularly easy to clean.
- Simple Home-Made Watering Can
If you don’t have a watering can to hand and one of your favourite plants looks a little thirsty, a simple but effective watering can is easy to construct out of an old plastic milk bottle. Wash the bottle out thoroughly and prick holes into the lid. Fill the jug with water and reaffix the lid, before watering your beloved plants.
- Wall-Mounted Herb Garden
Vertical farming is the principle of utilising limited space for agricultural necessities. This is done by planting on vertical walls. Use a material shoe rack to extend this principle to a herb garden by filling the pockets with soil and planting seeds.
- Preserve your Herbs
If you have managed to grow a bumper crop of herbs in your vertical garden then you may find that you have excessive quantities that you cannot use. Simply freezing the herbs in water in an ice tray will preserve it for when you next need a handful of your favourite herb.
- Use old Coffee Grounds to Enrich Soil
If you use grounds to make your morning brew, the remnants make a great composting source. Simply scatter them on soil to add extra nourishment and deter unwelcome critters. Alternatively, those who do not drink coffee can procure leftover grounds from many coffee shops that participate in composting schemes.
- Prevent Tool Rust
Keeping your garden tools such as trowels and spades in the garden of in the garage or shed can lead to rusting and impact negatively upon the performance. Burying the metallic parts of the tools in building sand can help protect them against rust.
- A Beer in the Garden Deters Slugs
If you are growing vegetables in your garden that are coming under attack from slugs, a pint of beer is a simple deterrent. Pour beer into a shallow glass and bury it in the ground near your targeted veg patch and the gastropods will be deterred.
- Recycle Broken Pots
If you or a butter-fingered member of your family has dropped and broken a bowl or pot, the larger remains can still be used in the garden. The fragments can serve as plant markers depicting the type of seed growing – with just a simple title being scribed on.
- Sweeten your Tomatoes
Make sure your home-grown tomatoes are super sweet by sprinkling baking soda on the soil surrounding the plants. This baking soda is absorbed and lowers the acidity levels of the soil, making them even sweeter.