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    There is a lot of horrible concrete out back here, I hate it. Can't afford to have it ripped up, so decided to try and make it look better.
    I considered concrete paint, but the cost and effort making pretty patterns (and my lack of patience) killed that idea.

    So rummaging around and finding some junk we still have I have done this so far:

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    No-one is likely to use those chairs, it's more to fill the space.
    We have a nicer seating thing on deck and one out front as well.

    My brother bought a small raised garden bed, put that down back (on wee patch of dirt), and I have also put 2 out front, some mate of his is getting us some topsoil to speed it up. I've asked the neighbours either side for their lawn clippings to add to my compost making as well.

    And I have a further 8 pots donated, which I painted and some more plants on the way.

    Not that amazing yet, but when the plants grow. I have a buddleia, a rambler rose and a magnolia in large pots. Hmm, might need to move the rambler.....
    The rest is smaller shrubs and a bit of tub flowers to make it look prettier while the shrubs grow.

    And it cost very little......even better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by piroska View Post
    There is a lot of horrible concrete out back here, I hate it.
    You could lay something over the top of of it. That cheap green outdoor carpet that bunnings sell ?
    Or lay 1m colored slabs over the top, might wobble about a bit
    or even make a wooden 'deck' on top of it . That would look nice

    A few deck chairs ,outdoor table & barbecue would cover up a fair bit .

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1101 View Post
    t cheap green outdoor carpet that bunnings sell ?
    Or lay 1m colored slabs over the top, might wobble about a bit
    or even make a wooden 'deck' on top of it . .
    No money.

    The plants I did get was from a Prezzy card I won. It's empty now.
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    You might be able to clean it up with a big bottle of Janola .
    Make it look whiter .

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1101 View Post
    You might be able to clean it up with a big bottle of Janola .
    Make it look whiter .
    Meh, Metabisulphite works brilliantly.
    But I'm not really trying to do anything with it, more hide it.

    It's a vast expanse of the stuff, worse, it's all in bits some old as, some newer, so some is white, some smooth, some rough, etc.
    It's north that side too so damn hot in summer........Im quite pleased with my plants, well when they're bigger anyway.

    Stuck a cherry tree (with fruit) out there too...that's in the small patch of lawn.
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    What you have done looks good and will be even better when your plants grow bigger. You do have the ability to add to the area as finance allows.

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    Finances are unlikely to improve.
    Just got a load of manure for $8, that will help with my dirt coming, and lawn clippings, suddenly my raised gardens are about to be usable sooner that I had thought.
    Yay.
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    Everytime I try to grow my bonsai it dies :'( .. I dont know what to do ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda Adams View Post
    Everytime I try to grow my bonsai it dies :'( .. I dont know what to do ...
    It just seems that some people have green fingers and some don't. My mother could grow anything! I just have a few indoor plants.
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    My nickname is Ken "Brown Fingers" when it comes to gardening.

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