DIY: How to build a garden in 3 hours

Living in London in a warehouse gives lots of freedom and possibilities to arrange the interior, but not as much for outside. It means you don’t see anything green unless you go to the local park. Our place has a sharing yard with a few other creative professionals, but the yard is mostly used as a car park, because it’s actually made out of concrete. There is no grass, no soil or whatsoever.

This week came with some good news – it’s going to be sunny most of the time and the temperatures will be around 20°C – for London that’s amazing! Everyone in the whole block got so excited: you can here someone singing and playing a violin, someone painting and another one arranging their flower pots.

We’ve always wanted to build a patio with flowers next to our front door, but weren’t sure how to do it. First, it’s just a concrete surface and secondly we have lots of troubles in rainy days – too much water gets collected and has nowhere to go. Yesterday my man came with this brilliant idea, that if we have soil and plants, they will actually soak the extra rain water. We visited B&Q and after 3 hours of team work, the result was quite pleasing!

This is what we did…

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A layer of plastic grass – no chance for any other

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Got a new wooden table with 2 chairs from The Range

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Here is the frame for the plants

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Some outdoor lighting

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Restoring the old outdoor chairs with some wood oil

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I put some nylon on the edges so the soil doesn’t spill out and used natural compost to fill the pots.

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I stepped on it to make the soil tough – that was lots of fun, especially with some blues in the background to help me keep the temp.

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A few layers of compost until it reached the edge of the pot

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Positioning the flowers

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The first hole is dug.

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My extremely dirty hands – another fun part of the whole working process

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The light is on!

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And there it is – our small and very own garden patch! In all of its glory! We’ve got a few different flowers and some herbs: rosemary, parsley (will get more very soon), cucumbers and most importantly mint – for Mojitos, of course!

Time for a relaxed evening enjoying the bbq!

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Requirements:
Time – 3 hours
Labour – 2 people
Else – music, cold beer and lots of laughter