My Tiny Indoor Garden by Lia Leendertz

If you have no garden and are thinking you are never going to have enough space to have your own or be able to grow your own salads look no further than My Tiny Indoor Garden. House plants are having a moment just now, we use them for styling so many projects, they are something we can all have and everyone wants to be in on the act. This delightful book by Lia Leendertz with beautiful images by Mark Diacono is packed with space saving indoor gardening ideas and even people living in the most restricted spaces can join in. It includes lots of ways to display flowers and plants as well as a wealth of tried and tested growing tips.

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Before I go any further R&B have to declare an interest in this title and tell you team member Amanda Russell was one of the case studies featured. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty more case studies and very doable projects we want to enthusiastically immerse ourselves in.

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There’s lots of detail on plant maintenance and how to keep them in prime condition from the people growing the plants. There is a pretty succulent garden in a porch with a useful demonstration on how to take cuttings to increase your plant collection. Cookery writer Deborah Robertson shows us the secret of reinvigorating mint plants to keep them producing flushes of beautifully scented leaves. And who couldn’t linger over a fabulous multicoloured hyacinth jar collection, attractive with or without blubs in them.

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Full of beautiful images and information this book would have our shelf space for a long time even if Amanda wasn’t in it. It’s a great gift to take out again and again as well as being a reliable and in depth reference book.

My Tiny Indoor Garden

By Lia Leendertz

Published by Pavilion Books

Images Mark Diacono

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Wine Crate Shelf

Wine merchants are happy to part with these wooden crates for free or for a charitable donation. It only takes a lick of paint and bold geometric wallpaper to transform a discarded crate into a must have box shelf. We chose wallpaper from Harlequin, a roll will go a long way, there’s plenty left for covering lots of things like files, books and shelves.

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You will need:

Wooden Wine box

Emulsion paint

Kaleidoscope wallpaper by Harlequin

PVA glue

Picture frame brackets Homebase

Paint brush

Scissors

Screw Driver

Electric drill black and decker

Masonery screws

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Instructions:

1.Paint the exterior of the box with emulsion paint.

2. Mix pva with a little water to the consistency of double cream and paint the inside of the box to seal. Leave to dry.

3.When dry measure and cut wall paper to size.

4.Paint the reverse of the paper pieces and insides of the box with let down pva

5. When dry, screw picture frame brackets to the side, then screw to the wall.

 

Ladder Plant Stand

 

You will need:

Saw

Screws

Black and Decker drill and jig saw

Paintbrush

Dulux Matt Emulsion paint

Spirit level

Scrap wood selection for shelves and battens

This ladder plant stand makes a handy indoor garden, you can grow plants as well as herbs for the kitchen and it has bags of handy storage space.

How to:

We used all our scrap wood for this project, a couple of old boards for the shelves and stripwood in a variety of dimensions for the supports.

The wood we used for these shelves was a very mixed bag of scraps so to start with we painted the ladder and all the wood with emulsion for a uniform colour. To make the ladder lean against the wall you need to adjust the back legs. Put up the ladder, then lean the back legs against the wall so they are perpendicular to the floor. Hold in position, this will raise the front legs off the floor. Measure the distance between the floor and the front legs. Measure and cut this amount off the back legs, now the ladder can hold its position against the wall.

Next add battens on the back legs as shelf supports. Place the spirit level on the bottom step, then use a pencil to mark the position on the back legs. Measure the distance between the back legs, cut a batten from strip wood and screw in place. Repeat for all the steps.

Measure for shelves then cut scrap wood to length. Screw each shelf in place on the step and batten. Touch up the ladder shelves with emulsion.

Cheats:

Emulsion paint is quick and easy to use, surfaces need minimal preparation, it gives great cover and the brushes are easy to wash clean.