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Decorative Garden Frames

Covering the soil and keeping the nutrients locked is the key to having a healthy garden. Tanya discusses some practical ideas that you can try out to make sure you have a success garden

She then transforms a small rose garden with real bad soil into delightful space by using colourful groundcovers and mulch.

In this DIY slot, Tanya and Garth make decorative garden frames that not make a perfect planting space but also help to make a garden wall appealing

What you need:

 What to do:

  1. Measure 150mm from the edge of the polystyrene board to the middle and make a mark with a pencil. Do this for all sides of the polystyrene board.

    1 [1]

  2. Use a straight edge to join the dots to create a rectangle to work in.

    2 [2]

  3. Repeat step 1 & 2 on the remaining boards.
  4. On each board mark out 100mm from the edge of the working area (red block) on all four sides of the rectangle.
  5. Frame 1: On the first board, measure the height and width ( 900mm X 600mm) and join the lines to create the second working area
  6. Use a jigsaw to cut out the new working area (the yellow block)

    3 [3]

  7. Frame 2: Repeat steps 5 & 6 with board number 2 by measuring the height and width (700mm X 500mm) and joining the lines to create the second working area
  8. Frame 3: steps 5 & 6 with board number 3 by measuring the height and width (500mm X 300mm) and joining the lines to create the second working area
  9. Remove the cut out thickness (indicated red in the illustrated picture) on all three polystyrene moulds.
  10. Use tacking screws to secure the polystyrene pieces on to the flat plywood surface (this is to make sure they do not move and stay in place)

    4 [4]

  11. Mix ½ bucket of cement, ½ bucket river sand and ¼ bucket 13mm building stone with enough water to make a sloppy mixture
  12. Use a trowel to fill in the 100mm thickness empty space with the freshly mixed concrete. Make sure you get the mix into the corners
  13. Use a rubber mallet to gently tap the frame mould to get the air bubbles out then finally use a steel trowel to level the top of your frame mould to get a smooth finish. Use a damp sponge to clean off any spillage.
  14. Repeat steps 11 to 13 for the other 2 frames.
  15. Leave the moulds to dry for at least 3 days
  16. When the frames are dry, first remove the tacking screws that were holding the polystyrene pieces down before removing the moulds

To hang the frames to the wall:

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