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Spring e k a o m v e r ideas Your Ultimate Guide to Our Fabulous
Spring e k a o m v e r ideas Your Ultimate Guide to Our Fabulous
Spring e k a o m v e r ideas Your Ultimate Guide to Our Fabulous
Spring e k a o m v e r ideas Your Ultimate Guide to Our Fabulous
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Spring is a time for new beginnings. And at Australian Outdoor Living we think it’s the perfect time to make over your backyard! To get you inspired we have created your ultimate guide. Packed full of innovative and ‘why didn’t I think of that?’ concepts, this eBook will help you make the most of spring as you reinvent your backyard.

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Make the Most of Spring in Your Backyard

Upcycling & Recycling this Spring

Backyard Getaway

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Green Living Ideas this Spring

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DIY Outdoor Decoration

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Spring is the season for new life. It’s the time of year for fresh flowers
and early growth; it’s when we hear the baby birds sing from the trees
and catch a sun-shower followed by a beautiful rainbow. here are a few
clever, creative backyard makeover ideas to make the most of spring.
bUIld a backyard vegetable garden
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3 Cabbage 4 Potato 5 Rhubarb 6 Parsnip 7 Tomato Make over your backyard and plant
3 Cabbage 4 Potato 5 Rhubarb 6 Parsnip 7 Tomato Make over your backyard and plant
3 Cabbage 4 Potato 5 Rhubarb 6 Parsnip 7 Tomato Make over your backyard and plant

Make over your backyard and plant a vegetable garden!

A

home-grown veggie patch will give back to you

in

more ways than one. A vegetable garden gives

you fresh food for the kitchen while helping to protect the environment. And we can all agree that home-grown fruit and veggies taste amazing and are better for our health. Veggies plucked, chopped and prepared from your garden can be all-organic, nutrient-dense and completely free from nasty industrial pesticides.

To make over your backyard with your very own vegetable garden, choose a spot in your garden that is neither too shady nor too exposed. Fence it off with chicken wire or picketed posts.

If the soil in your back garden is shallow or dry,

you’ll want to make raised garden beds from homemade or recycled wooden boxes. Fill these with nutrient-rich soil or potting mix, choose which fruit and veg you would like to grow, purchase the seeds from your local hardware store or online and you’re good to sow.

local hardware store or online and you’re good to sow. BACKYARD HAMMOCK lounge, lie or hang
local hardware store or online and you’re good to sow. BACKYARD HAMMOCK lounge, lie or hang
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BACKYARD HAMMOCK

lounge, lie or hang about in a backyard hammock and make the most of the springtime climate

backyard hammock and make the most of the springtime climate The weather in spring is simply

The weather in spring is simply perfect for outdoor lounging. In summer, you can find yourself in a sweaty haze and likewise, in winter the chilly air makes us crave the indoors.

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But in spring, enjoy the crisp early mornings and the sunny afternoons. And what better way to make the most of the Aussie springtime climate than with a backyard hammock?

Purchase a hammock from speciality outdoor design stores or get one with a unique design online.

with a backyard hammock? Purchase a hammock from speciality outdoor design stores or get one with

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SprInGtIMe flower bed
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flower bed

Make a spring-inspired flower bed!

SprInGtIMe flower bed Make a spring-inspired flower bed! There’s more to gardening than you might have
SprInGtIMe flower bed Make a spring-inspired flower bed! There’s more to gardening than you might have
SprInGtIMe flower bed Make a spring-inspired flower bed! There’s more to gardening than you might have

There’s more to gardening than you might have first thought. And choosing the right combination of flora can require a fair bit of research. But we have saved you the hard work! Here are our top picks of springtime flowers so you can make over your yard with a bright and colourful springtime garden bed.

panSY

Early to bloom, pansies come in a variety of shades. They’re a bright, colourful springtime flower.

ScabIOSa cOlUMbarIa

This lovely light pink flower will bring your garden to life. It attracts butterflies and is a perfect choice for planting under roses or trees.

WItch hazel

Add a touch of yellow to your yard with these canary yellow flowers.

crOcUS

Crocus bloom beautiful flowers in the snow. They are usually in shades of purple or yellow.

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in the snow. They are usually in shades of purple or yellow. arMerIa pOM pOM These
arMerIa pOM pOM These beautiful plants produce masses of deep pink pom pom flower heads.
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These beautiful plants produce
masses of deep pink pom pom flower
heads. Ideal for edging beds, borders
and rockeries.
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Spring is the time to find inspiration for upcycling. You can browse
pinterest or recyclart.org for great ideas.

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reInvent the SOck
with sock pots

In winter, especially in Australia’s icy south, you blitz through your socks at the same rate you plough through mugs of warm hot choccy. Socks are necessities. On the coldest days of the year, you may even pile several layers on your feet at once for added insulation.

But that also means your chances of losing them, in and around your bedroom and in those insatiable washing machines, is much higher and you’ll probably be coming out of winter with a few odd socks in the drawer.

Before you toss them in the bin, maybe you want to think about how you can reuse them. We love the idea of making bright, colourful and very cute Sock Pots.

It’s pretty easy to do. Since spring is prime planting time, you’ll probably have lots of dull garden pots lying around the backyard. Jazz them up by putting some superglue around the sides and pulling your socks up to the top. Voila! Exciting new Sock Pots that will look great on your verandah or beside the front door.

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If you’re one to knit, or have misshapen woollen jumpers too embarrassing to wear any longer, don’t throw out the discarded yarn!

Our feathered friends like to decorate their homes with bright colours and styles just as we do. Cut your wool into 10 cm pieces and put your left-over wool into a cheap bird feeder. The birds will collect it to add a splash of colour to their new nests, just in time for their chicks to hatch.

feeder. The birds will collect it to add a splash of colour to their new nests,
feeder. The birds will collect it to add a splash of colour to their new nests,
to their new nests, just in time for their chicks to hatch. “spring makeover ideas (your

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The wet and rainy weather has passed and it’s possible you may have worn out your gumboots with all that wear and tear. If so, we’ve got the perfect upcycling idea for your wellies. Turn them into pot plants!

This is the simplest upcycling idea you’ll ever discover. Gumboots are already pretty resilient. You’ll just need to drill some holes in the bottom for the water to drain out, fill them with nutritious soil and plant your favourite flowers. With spring, your new blooms will look great in no time.

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You may have worn your tyres out with all those
long hours of driving northward in search of sun
and warmth, but rubber can be one of the hardest
things to throw away. They usually have to be
taken to a special recycling centre. Sometimes you
even have to pay a disposal fee.
Save yourself the hassle by creating a tyre garden
bed in your backyard.
The instructions are about as simple as they come:
1. Place the tyre where you’d like in your garden.
2. Fill with compost and dirt.
3. Plant with all your favourite springtime plants.
If you have lots of tyres, gradually stack them so
they become a pyramid.
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Spring heralds a time to venture outdoors again and appreciate the fresh, warm air. There’s nothing better than sitting on the verandah with a cup of coffee and watching nature rejuvenate after a frosty winter.

To add to the celebratory atmosphere, you can create a simple wind chime made from cutlery. You’ll need to drill a small hole into the handle- end of your cutlery and then thread through some strong wire. Use a colander or coat hanger to hang the cutlery from.

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With the first half of the year done and dusted, spring is the perfect time
to recharge. but there is no need to spend a small fortune on a mid-year
holiday. at aOl we think you should look towards your back door and
reinvent your garden.
an outdoor movie cinema
an
outdoor movie cinema

in your backyard

Old school and totally cool, is there anything better than a trip to the outdoor cinema? Enjoy a change in scenery as you sit back, relax and watch an epic movie. An awesome family activity or a great date night with that special someone, there is something super-special about watching your favourite film outdoors.

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No movie-watching experience is
complete without some sweet and
sugary treats! Get the kids in the
kitchen and get your tastebuds
tingling. We suggest whipping up
some multi-flavoured popcorn.
You simply can’t go wrong with
caramel, or choc-caramel flavour.
In the mood to mingle? Get the neighbours
involved and hold a street-screening of a new
release movie. Make some DIY tickets, set out
blankets, cushions and line the “aisles” with solar
lights or tea candles. Make your backyard movie
experience extra special by asking patrons for a
small donation to a charity.
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Make over your backyard this spring and create your very own outdoor cinema! Once your
Make over your backyard this spring and create
your very own outdoor cinema!
Once your backyard cinema is set up, the screen
is pulled taught and the projector ready, here are
a few final touches to make your backyard cinema
experience extra special.
here’s what you will need
A projector
A laptop
If you don’t have one already, you can buy a
You’ll need a laptop to broadcast the movie.
projector at your local electronics store.
A good pair of speakers
A thick, opaque piece of material
or sheet
This will make your movie cinema ‘screen’.
Be sure to choose a material that is not
transparent (you can purchase thickly woven
material from your local hardware store).
We recommend purchasing a separate,
sturdier pair of speakers to use outdoors as
they’re sure to face a little wear and tear.
Other things that you might need
include:
String the material of your movie screen from
a pair of sturdy trees, or plug two wooden
posts in the ground, tie each end of them to
the canvas and pull it taught.
Doonas, pillows and blankets for ultimate
comfort, an extension lead, as well as small
solar lights or safety candles to light your
surrounds.
backYard camping trip
backYard
camping trip

Make over your backyard and recreate your very own springtime getaway!

Get outdoors and invite the kids along to your own backyard camping trip. An awesome, fun-filled weekend activity, camping in your backyard is a budget-friendly way to holiday. But listen in; there are a few things you need to make the most of your backyard camping trip:

a tent
a tent

a tent

a tent

First things first, you’re going to need a sturdy

shelter to sleep in. If you have a tent already, set

it

up in a clear, grassy area of your yard. If you

don’t have a tent, don’t fret. You’ll just need to be creative. Search your house for suitable materials to build an outdoor fort. We suggest an old sheet, a sturdy broomstick and perhaps a tarp to protect you from the icy morning dew.

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It’s a blatant truth; no camping trip is complete without a campfire. Gather round as you warm your hands, toast marshmallows and sing your favourite outdoor acoustic tunes. But if you live in the ’burbs, a real campfire is probably not an option. At AOL we suggest making a campfire in

drum. It might not be the real thing, but it will provide a disaster-proof fire to set the mood.

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drum. It might not be the real thing, but it will provide a disaster-proof fire to
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Camping calls for a specific cuisine. And as tempting as it is to start with dessert (who can resist campfire cooked s’mores?), let’s discuss the main course first.

Bursting with baked beans or gooey tinned spaghetti and smothered in that slightly sweet and tasty tomato sauce, campfire cooked jaffle-iron sandwiches are the ultimate campfire cuisine. To make yours, butter the jaffle iron to

stop the bread from sticking. Lay either side with

a slice of bread, gently spoon in your beans or

spaghetti and shut tight. Hold your jaffle irons close to the flame and let it cook for around 7-10 minutes. When it comes time to eat your campfire feast, be sure to blow your toasted jaffle sandwich cool before you take a bite. The inside will be a lot hotter than the crispy crust, so watch your tongue!

Now it’s time for a sickly sweet and campfire

friendly dessert. S’mores are the quintessential camping treat and are perfect for the kids. So simple to make, enjoy a choc-marshmallow sandwich that, when cooked fireside, makes for

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backYard yoga retreat
backYard
yoga retreat

If you’re experienced in the art of ‘ommm’, or are looking to discover the joys of a new hobby, then your very own backyard yoga retreat might just be your thing! Here are a few ideas to make the most of a yoga-savvy space.

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Laying a textured floor on your backyard yoga getaway will keep your pants, hands and clothes clean and free of dirt and backyard debris. Pebbles are smooth to touch with a cool, icy temperature. You can purchase pebbled tiles from your local hardware store. But if you find stones to be a little hard on your bottom and feet, sand is another great option. A soft, sandy floor can also spark creativity. Place a bamboo rake to one side of your yoga-inspired getaway and encourage visitors to rake the sand as they explore their innermost thoughts.

Water & WInd
Water & WInd

Set the mood of your backyard yoga retreat with outdoor décor and decoration that is inspired by water and wind.

Wind chimes double as a weekend DIY and

peaceful decorative piece. Get artistic and create your very own signature wind chimes to make over the backyard. Old utensils such as cutlery will reflect the sun and make sweet-sounding chimes

in the wind. Wooden blocks strung up with rustic

rope make for an earthy and grounded decorative look. (See page 5 for more information)

The humble water feature has stood the test of time as there are few things
The humble water feature has stood the test of
time as there are few things more peaceful than
the gentle flow and tranquil sounds of running
water.
A water feature for your yoga-inspired space need
not be elaborate or costly.
Click Here
To check out
some great DIY
and (slightly more
elaborate) water
features for your
backyard.
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Sustainability is the key to living green. no matter if you live in the country
or close to the cbd, you can embrace a huge range of techniques to
lower your eco footprint and care for the environment.
Spring is the perfect time to declutter your home and garden. but if you
want to go one step further, here are some great self-sourcing ideas to
help you live greener this springtime.
be SUStaInable WIth a backyard chicken coop
be SUStaInable WIth a
backyard chicken coop

Maintaining a brood of chickens is one of the best ways to be self-sustaining. The number one reason is that chickens provide eggs – imagine having your own inexhaustible supply in your very own backyard!

Keep your chickens safe in a fox-proof coop made of timber and mesh and make sure they’re locked up every night. They should have a perch for roosting and nesting boxes to lay their eggs in (which you’ll undoubtedly want easy access to).

But keeping chickens has other benefits too. They control insects and weeds, eat kitchen scraps and loosen the soil. Their deposits are also a great fertiliser – chook poo is one of the most popular garden fertilisers in Australia, after all.

You’ll want four or five chickens to produce eggs. And make sure you know your local government regulations before buying roosters – they’re banned in many suburbs so their crowing doesn’t wake the neighbours.

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Don’t forget to cover the floor with sawdust to mix with their droppings. After nine months, you can remove it and add it to your compost. Everything has a purpose in your coop!

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Spring is the time to plant those seedlings. But like bringing up toddlers, it’s always a tricky stage. When seedlings are putting all their energy into growing, they don’t like to be moved too much. Imagine the battering their little roots must get when you’re transplanting them into the ground.

Making biodegradable seedling cups can end all your problems. You don’t have to try to delicately remove your seedlings – you need only dig a hole and plant them in the ground, container and all.

You may not believe it but newspaper makes the perfect biodegradable cup. You only need basic origami skills to assemble it into pots. Then you simply fill with soil and sow seedlings.

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inwards to form
4 corners.
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Staple in place.
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create a COMPOST HEAP
create a
COMPOST HEAP

Make over your backyard and plant a vegetable garden!

HEAP Make over your backyard and plant a vegetable garden! Speaking of compost, you won’t regret

Speaking of compost, you won’t regret starting up a compost heap. With compost, you can dispose of your kitchen scraps and other materials and turn them into black gold! That is, your scraps will break down into decomposed organic matter that will act as a natural fertiliser on your garden beds. Plus it will dramatically reduce your garbage waste.

Making a compost heap is easy. First, you need a place to store your scraps, such as an old rubbish bin or wooden boxes. Then you need to add two essential ingredients:

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Dry leaves
Wood clippings
Simple paper products,
such as newspaper

This is usually wet and green, such as lawn clippings or food scraps.

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This adds heat to your pile and helps it decompose. It’s typically brown and dry, like fallen leaves and straw.

You need a good balance of these two so that the compost decomposes at a beneficial rate. But to help it along, you need to add oxygen every once in a while by tossing the mixture, and make sure it’s always a bit damp.

Follow these instructions and you have a guaranteed all-purpose fertiliser mix that’ll give the golden touch to your garden beds and help those blossoms bloom this spring.

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backyard ingredients
SprInG Spa treatMentS FrOM YOUr OWn backyard ingredients With winter over, it’s time to relax those
SprInG Spa treatMentS FrOM YOUr OWn backyard ingredients With winter over, it’s time to relax those

With winter over, it’s time to relax those weary heat-starved muscles and reinvigorate your dried skin. Plant yourself a herb garden and have all your mud-pack and muscle relaxants at your disposal.

Aside from their therapeutic scents, herbs are known to have medicinal qualities and are great in recipes too. Here are some of the best herbs to plant in spring:

too. Here are some of the best herbs to plant in spring: Mint Brew leaves to

Mint

Brew leaves to make tea or sprinkle over lamb before cooking

Brew leaves to make tea or sprinkle over lamb before cooking Dill Use to flavour fish,

Dill

Use to flavour fish, salads, meat and more

cooking Dill Use to flavour fish, salads, meat and more Basil Use in soups, salads, sauces,

Basil

Use in soups, salads, sauces, or make homemade pesto

Basil Use in soups, salads, sauces, or make homemade pesto Thyme Rub into meat before roasting

Thyme

Rub into meat before roasting

or make homemade pesto Thyme Rub into meat before roasting Chives Add to salads, egg, and

Chives

Add to salads, egg, and cheese dishes

before roasting Chives Add to salads, egg, and cheese dishes Coriander Use to flavour meat and

Coriander

Use to flavour meat and salads

and cheese dishes Coriander Use to flavour meat and salads Sage Add to chicken stuffing Parsley

Sage

Add to chicken stuffing

Use to flavour meat and salads Sage Add to chicken stuffing Parsley Mix into salads, casseroles,

Parsley

Mix into salads, casseroles, stews and more
Mix into salads,
casseroles,
stews and more
Revive your visage with this rest your feet in this Herbal Face Mask Herbal Foot
Revive your visage with this
rest your feet in this
Herbal Face Mask
Herbal Foot Soak
cup whole oats
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drops lavender essential oil
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cup calendula petals
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drops mint essential oil
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drops eucalyptus essential oil
2
tbsp chamomile
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drops rosemary essential oil
2
tsp dried comfrey root powder
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tsp dried mint leaves
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Instructions
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reawaken your skin
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Make your own
Coffee body Scrub
Lemon Scented
bath Salts
¼
cup sugar
sprigs of lemon verbena
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10cm sprig of fresh rosemary
cup sea salt
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caveman living has become something of an ‘In thing’. Following the
primal-inspired trend, in spring it’s time to get back to nature, experience
your backyard in an entirely new way and make it over like a caveman.
backYard fire pit or caveman underground oven
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fire pit or caveman underground oven

Stay warm outdoors and defy the springtime chill with a backyard fire pit. Or better yet, build a fire pit that doubles as an awesome outdoor oven! That way you can enjoy warm, soft damper freshly pulled from the flames and slow-cooked meat with a deep smoky flavour. Our mouth is watering. Is yours?

Invite your friends and family around. Light up your super cool, caveman-inspired backyard fire and stay warm outdoors.

cool, caveman-inspired backyard fire and stay warm outdoors. Step 1 Step 2 Select an area of

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Select an area of your yard that’s free from potential hazards, such as overhanging trees or unwanted backyard debris.

such as overhanging trees or unwanted backyard debris. Check with your local council about fire restrictions

Check with your local council about fire restrictions and whether you can have a fire pit in your backyard.

and whether you can have a fire pit in your backyard. Step 3 Dig a deep
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Dig a deep hole. We suggest making it 1 metre x 1 metre and at least 30cm deep. When you’re digging, try to keep the sides of your to-be oven vertical.

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Now it’s time to build your fire! First, collect some kindling. Kindling will catch alight first and fuel the rest of your fire. The best sort of kindling is made from small, finer, highly-flammable sticks and twigs. Top the kindling with sturdy, thicker branches. To ensure a flickering fire that burns for hours, make sure to use fire fuel that’s completely dry and stripped of green leaves.

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Next, line the hole with fairly flat rocks. Press the rocks into the bottom of your pit and along the sides, making sure that they are firmly in place.

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Your outdoor in-ground fire pit is ready to cook in! Wrap your food of choice in foil (you might want to use a few layers) and place over the flames. If you’re after a slow-cooked feast, die your fire down to ashes and let your aluminium-covered dinner parcels bake for a few hours.

after a slow-cooked feast, die your fire down to ashes and let your aluminium-covered dinner parcels
after a slow-cooked feast, die your fire down to ashes and let your aluminium-covered dinner parcels
after a slow-cooked feast, die your fire down to ashes and let your aluminium-covered dinner parcels
after a slow-cooked feast, die your fire down to ashes and let your aluminium-covered dinner parcels
GrOW your own orchard
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Make over your backyard and plant a vegetable garden!

An orchard in your very own backyard need not be restricted to the wine aficionados among us. You can have one too! In fact, a backyard orchard is a fantastic Spring Makeover idea.

Get in touch with your green side and do a little research. Choose plants that are best suited

to your local area and match with the look and

feel of your home. If gardening isn’t your forte, choose low-maintenance trees such as citrus and deciduous species. Or if your thumb is well and truly green, go ahead and plant some high- maintenance species.

A backyard fruit orchard is a lovely addition to your

yard. Not only will the trees bare tasty treats, but they’ll also provide lush greenery (that will grow lusher, and greener with the passing years).

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Why not make 'play' binoculars for the kids? All you need is 2 toilet rolls, sticky tape and some string.

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We live in a time of flat screen TVs, DVDs and high tech gadgets. It’s all too easy to lose touch with our inner caveman. Sometimes the best thing to do is to stop, sit back and realise the beauty that is the great Australian outdoors. But how can you and your family sidestep the hustle and bustle of our tech-savvy world? We suggest bird- watching.

Get the kids on board and make it a family- friendly weekend activity as you free yourself from high-tech gizmos and colour screens. Makeover your backyard with your imagination! Build a bird-watching fort, complete with peep holes and watching posts. Or grab your binoculars and pull on some hardy bush-bashing gear and take the kids on a walking adventure.

watching posts. Or grab your binoculars and pull on some hardy bush-bashing gear and take the
watching posts. Or grab your binoculars and pull on some hardy bush-bashing gear and take the
bush-bashing gear and take the kids on a walking adventure. “spring makeover ideas (your ultimate guide)”
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You want your backyard to be a riotous palette! these easy ideas will
give your garden personality and add some springtime brightness to
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your garden pavers with a touch of spring c olour. You only need three items: pavers,

Set up a spray area with your work surface covered with newspaper or old fabric. Try to do this outside so you have plenty of fresh air - those spray paint fumes can be nasty!

Give the pavers a good wash so there’s no dirt. Once they’ve dried thoroughly give them a sweep for good measure.

Place your stencil over a paver and when you’re happy with the position, spray enough paint to coat the stencil. Once the paint has dried, give it a second coat. Make sure the stencil is in the exact same position, otherwise it’ll look messy.

has dried, gi ve it a second coat. Make sure the stencil is in the exact

You may want to coat your paver with a sealer to protect the new print. Voila! You’ll have the same old pavers in your backyard, but with their fresh new look, it’ll seem as though you’ve put them there just for some springtime cheer.

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stones to make a garden feature while you're at it? “spring makeover ideas (your ultimate guide)”
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Have you ever found that your flowers are so low to the ground they’re virtually invisible? Raising them up onto a table or stool is one way to boost their visibility. But what if you really want them to catch your eye?

Create a flower pyramid! This is a really easy, ingenious idea to make a colourful verandah piece that will steal all the attention.

You’ll need three pot plants (or more if you’re ambitious) of receding sizes. Fill the largest with dirt and place the mid-sized one in the centre. Again fill that with dirt and position the smallest pot in the middle.

Then comes the fun part – filling it with flowers. Plant different colours or species on each level for a full and vibrant effect.

You can also choose to create a herb pyramid with different herb species on each level. They’ll be easily distinguishable and the different leaves, colours and scents will be a treat to the senses.

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Spring is about light breezes and placid, pastel colours. It has the perfect outdoor temperature, which is what makes us all tempted to go outside and win back a glowing tan. But even in the soft sun of spring, UV rays can be harmful so it’s good to have a shelter you can retreat to.

A light canopy is just what you need in spring. You can use a lightweight fabric that lets in some (but importantly, not all) of that spring sun. You simply need a few bamboo stakes, fence posts or trees to help string up the canvas and you’re good to go.

And of course, pick something that’s bright, like a soft yellow, purple or pink to blend with the baby buds around you.

And of course, pick something that’s bright, like a soft yellow, purple or pink to blend
purple or pink to blend with the baby buds around you. “spring makeover ideas (your ultimate
dIY mosaic table
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Nothing shouts out colour more than a beautiful mosaic. We recommended you create a DIY mosaic table as a beautiful centrepiece for your outdoor living area, but you could just as easily mosaic a garden path or garden bed trimming using the same process.

Mosaics sound like a really hard thing to pull off, but they’re surprisingly simple. And you can buy pretty much all your materials from your local hardware or home store.

You can mosaic with standard tiles (which you can pick up from a tile supplier) or you can do something different, such as create a pebble mosaic table like the one by This Old House.

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The essential item of course is a table. Ironwork legs with concrete tables work great for this purpose. You can buy simple designs at home stores, but you might want to browse garage sales or rework an old and disused table of your own.

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It’s best to do the edge of the table before pouring your attention into the top design. Make sure the side tiles are big enough that they’ll align with the tiles on top of your table.

Try to have an idea of your design before you begin. You may want to even draw that pattern in with a permanent marker before laying down the tiles. Then you simply have to follow the design, buttering up each tile before you fit it into place.

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Make sure to wipe away any excess mortar that crept up over the tiles as you go. It’ll be much easier to swipe off wet than when it’s hard as concrete!

You may want to seal your tiles with a sealer if they’re particularly porous. Then you grout the whole surface, pushing the grout between the tile spaces and then wiping the top with a damp sponge a few times.

Let it set for a few days and then coat the whole lot with a sealant and it’s all ready to go. Put it out on your verandah and it’ll look perfect alongside your new triple-tiered flower planter! (See page 21)

to go. Put it out on your verandah and it’ll look perfect alongside your new triple-tiered
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Spring is about reawakening. With the flowers budding, the trees
growing new leaves and the sun peeping through the wintry grey, it’s
time to get out there and refresh your garden. Give it the ultimate
do-over. reconsider before you throw the old wheelbarrow out - can
you give it a new life and a new purpose? think carefully before
planting your spring seeds - can you use them in the kitchen or mix
them into luscious bathroom products?
Make this spring about optimising your garden to get the most out of
it. Make it entertainment-friendly with heaters, fire pits, barbecues
and cosy lounge chairs. but try to think about all your senses. You’re
probably well adapted to creating a beautiful-looking garden that
feels great to be in. but aside from warmth, shade, lounge chairs
and pretty flowers, have you considered taste, smell, and touch?
turn your garden into a riot for the senses. plant lavender and
roses to entice you outside with their fragrance alone. Sow herb
and vegetable seedlings to tempt the tastebuds when they’re fully
grown. and incorporate all manner of natural materials such as
metal, wood, stone and sand into your surrounds so you (and the
kids) will want to get out there for a full sensory delight!
We hope that in creating the ultimate Spring Makeover in your
garden, you’ll reawaken your mind to the possibilities and beauties
of backyard living.

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