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Moira & Nicholas Hankinson
Published by Kyle Cathie
Distributed by New Holland

THIS is not strictly a gardening book. However, there are at least four chapters crammed with ideas specifically for the garden, while some interior projects elsewhere in the book may be adapted for the outdoors.

Among the projects to catch the eye is a potting stand made of salvaged timber, complete with shelves for the pots and a generous bin at bench level. This can be filled with potting mix at good easy working height for potting up.

For this and the other projects there’s a full inventory of the materials needed and their dimensions (given in metrics as well as imperial measurements). There are clear, step-by-step instructions on how to assemble the item accompanied by photographs of the various stages.

Among other bits of garden inventiveness that may appeal are how to make planters from waste bins, packing cases and a boiler.

One chapter, A Garden Reclaimed, shows a neglected garden transformed, largely with the materials that were already there. Brick edging, sleeper and stone steps and crazy paving are among the features installed.

Weekend Gardener, Issue 216, 2007, Page 32

Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH

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