Four garden DIY projects for the Easter weekend

Image of a shed
Bernard liked nothing more than tinkering in his shed of a weekend
"A pergola is a cracking way of creating shade and points of interest in your garden, and it’s an ideal weekend project for the committed"
  • | by Kristian Dando

Easter weekend – it’s a four-day bonanza of chocolate and straight-up leisure time.

But if you’re bored of gorging yourself on Easter eggs and watching the telly, then it’s also a great time to get out into the garden for some hardcore pottering.

Here are four ideas ranging from the super-easy to the slightly challenging to get you inspired this bank holiday weekend…

1. Paint a wall or fence

Image of a fence being painted

Hey, how difficult can this be? All you need is a few tins of paint, some brushes and some half-decent weather – which is probably the hardest thing to come by.

Rope in a few pals, bring your radio outside and lose yourself in a refreshingly brain-free activity for a few hours.

2. Plant some vegetables

Image of beetroots

Early April is an excellent time to start planting things if you fancy a slice of the good life.

Beetroots, carrots, radishes, Swiss chard, chicory, broad beans and parsnips can all be planted outdoors at this time of year. Get yourself a few garden tubs, some bags of compost and you’re away.

Just remember that your plants will need some upkeep if you want a decent yield come harvest time – protect them from caterpillars and greenfly, and make sure that they’re fed and watered regularly.

3. Make your own tandoor oven

Image of delicious tandoori chicken

What could possibly be better than having your own tandoor oven to wow guests with at barbeques during the summer months?

Picture the scene – perfectly cooked skewers of spiced meat and vegetables, perfect naans, and the smug satisfaction of knowing that they’ve come from a device you’ve fashioned with your own bare hands.

Check out this video and find out how to do it yourself.

4. Build a pergola

pergola

A pergola is a cracking way of creating shade and points of interest in your garden, and it’s an ideal weekend project for the committed.

Hey! Here’s a handy video to show you how to do it.

Do you have any big projects lined up for YOUR garden this Easter? Tell us about them on Twitter and Facebook