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.


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.

Image1 - Photo credit to Mark Diacono

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.

Image2 - Photo credit to Mark Diacono

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


Wine Crate Side Table

It is hard to believe this side table is made from 4 wooden wine boxes, screwed together. We liked the designs so much we decided to give the boxes a wash of watered down emulsion so that the original design shows through.


You will need:

4 Wooden wine boxes

Some off cuts of wood

Set of 4 castors £7.14

White emulsion






Tape measure


Step by Step Instructions

  1.  Fit boxes together to make sure they are the same size and make a size you like, either low and wide for a coffee table or high and narrow for a side table.
  2. Add glue to the sides of the boxes that are going to be touching and stick them in place.
  3. Drill holes and screw the boxes together.
  4. Measure the depth of the crate and cut 2 batons from your wood off cuts to this size.
  5. Screw the two batons onto the base of the crate, this is to hold the castors.
  6. Screw the castors onto the ends of the batons at the bottom of the crate.
  7. Water down the white emulsion and paint the inside and outside of all the boxes.

Rug supplied by Flair Rugs –