Start a garden from scratch – and on a budget!

When Jo and Simon Rutherford moved into their recently built home, the garden was a bare lawn going up to the fence line. They have transformed the space by using basic DIY tips and easy-to-grow plants. With tips for wide or shallow gardens. This garden is open 14th May in Whitstable in Kent, via the National Garden Scheme. See:

Jo is a professional gardener and her website is:

00:00 Welcome
00:29 Jo Rutherford gardens at
00:49 The garden ‘before’
01:24 Take time to think about the garden and assess how you use the space
01:40 A diagonal design for a wide, shallow garden
02:22 Paint the fence dark to make it ‘recede’
02:57 Replacing ugly concrete pavers
03:57 Inexpensive planting
06:07 Easy DIY upcycling ideas
06:19 Wine bottle edging
07:04 Brick edging
07:44 In a wide, shallow garden you don’t need to hide the veg bed
07:55 A pallet ‘window box’ style planter and ladder with pots
09:13 Add wildlife friendly features to a new build garden
09:58 An easy ‘bug hotel ball’ from hanging baskets
10:44 Paint and upcycling second-hand garden furniture
11:22 A rustic arch made from fallen branches, bamboo and willow

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