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Spring is here and some of your plants will be looking forward to changing pots. Or you might have recently purchased plants for the express purpose of transplanting them directly into your garden’s flowerbed. In that case, before you can put them in the ground, you will first need to extract them carefully from the pots in which they were grown. Follow our article, step by step, to find out the best way to repot or transplant your plants!

Soil and drainage material

Every plant needs suitable soil. Some people make the big mistake of using soil that is not suitable for the plant variety.  
Ericaceous plants, such as azaleas, rhododendrons, heather and camellias, like soil that has a pH below 7. You will find this kind of soil sold under the name “ericaceous compost” or “soil for acid-loving plants”. Cacti and succulents prefer soil that is porous and less compact. Soil that facilitates drainage prevents the stagnation of water and thus eliminates the risk of your plants developing root rot.  

Universal compost, as its name suggests, is suitable for a wide variety of plants. At the same time, there are some differences between the various brands. Some types are made up of small beads that look like polystyrene, while others are comprised of slow-release fertiliser granules, which are small and mostly yellow. 

Which soil you choose should depend on where the plant will be grown and the type of watering it requires. For example, we recommend a substrate that retains water if you’re using a small pot which will be exposed to the sun throughout the day. Otherwise, the plant will run out of water and begin to suffer from water stress. 

For your houseplants, on the other hand, you should use a substrate that offers good drainage. You can make it more effective by adding pebbles. 

Carefully removing plant pots.

Carefully remove the root ball by holding the plant between your fingers, making sure that the soil doesn’t break up. Use your hands during this process.

To help plants grow even better, you can also improve the soil in your garden. The texture of clay soils can be loosened up simply by adding sand and organic matter such as manure. In contrast, you can help make sandy soils more compact by adding some organic material. Natural fertilisers or peat will do the trick. 

When it comes to drainage material, we recommend using clay or lava pebbles. Be sure to place them in a thin layer at the bottom of the pot or directly in a hole dug in the ground. This is the perfect solution for certain varieties, such as bulb plants, since it prevents the water from stagnating and eliminates the risk of root rot. 

Gardening tools 

You’ll need a pair of gardening gloves to protect your hands. You’ll also need a small and/or medium size spade, depending on whether you intend to transplant your plants into a pot or in the open ground. Finally, you’ll need a pail or a bucket and a watering can. For planting bulbs, we recommend making the job easier with a bulb planter. The specific shape of this tool is used to dig perfectly round holes. 

Transplanting your plants

Transplanting your plant.

First, look at the roots of your plant. Sometimes it is necessary to loosen them up a bit. For the Tradescantia zebrina shown here, you won’t need to follow this step. It came from a cutting we put in the soil after it came off the mother plant while being handled. 

Extract the plant to be moved

  • We recommend watering or soaking the plant in a pail or bucket filled with water. This makes it easier to remove the root ball from the pot and prevents the soil from breaking up. 
  • If the roots are coming out through the drainage holes in the pot, you can trim any protruding roots with a pair of scissors. If they are very thin, they will grow back without any problems. 
  • To remove the root ball, you must gently turn the pot upside down and squeeze on it. Always use one hand to support the base of the plant. With your other hand, press the plastic pot to turn the plant out, as though it were a flan or caramel custard.  
  • For ceramic pots, you may need to tap the bottom of the pot. Tilt it on the ground or pull lightly on the base of the plant, if the latter is large. This is a step that requires a very delicate touch. Indeed, some of the roots will inevitably break. 

Preparing to transplant your plants

  • Try to leave the plant in its pot until you transplant it into the hole you have prepared. To form a hole, use a shovel or garden trowel. Make sure that it is bigger than the root ball. In fact, the plant will appreciate a large hole that is filled with a spongy substrate to promote rapid root growth.
  • At this point, you must extract the plant from its pot. This will allow you to take a close look at the roots. If the plant has been in the same pot for a long time, it will probably have created a cluster of spiral roots to fit the shape of the pot. If this is the case, you should tease out the rootbound cluster by moving them very carefully and trying to open them up. This step makes some people nervous for fear of harming the plant. Don’t worry; your plant will appreciate this extra care! You can also use this step to remove part of the old soil. You can then place the root ball in the soil you have already prepared. Now your plant has extra space to stretch out and grow! Make sure that the ground or pot soil is properly loosened and ventilated. 
  • At this stage, you must exert a slight amount of pressure on the roots so that they are well integrated into the ground. Any air bubbles or hollow spaces at the roots can hinder their growth.
    Add the substrate, or soil, carefully and use your fingers to make sure the roots are surrounded by soil. This step must be performed with both a firm and gentle touch. Do not compact the soil, as that will prevent the roots from breathing.
  • After you’ve moved the plant, you must also avoid covering up the top layer of soil – from the original pot – with new soilThe base of the stem should always be at the same level as the soil you’re adding. It must not fall below that level. While there are some exceptions, this step prevents the risk of root rot.   
  • Next, water the plant thoroughly and generously so that the root ball is properly integrated into the surrounding soil. 

Repotting houseplants

Repotting houseplants

Squeeze lightly around the plant so that the soil settles. Water thoroughly after each transplant.

Last but not least, here’s a tip that is sure to succeed. Before transplanting, we recommend checking for two things:

  1. Look for roots coming out of the drainage holes at the bottom of your pot. Your pot may have become too small and the plant may be feeling cramped. You don’t need to get a pot that is significantly bigger. Instead, just go up one size from the pot you already have. 
  2. Check the state of the roots. After generously watering the plant, carefully remove the root ball so you can see how its roots have grown. You might notice there are less than you’d imagined. In this case, we recommend leaving the plant in the same pot.

How about you? Have you got any transplanting tips to share with the community? We’d love to have your comments on our blog and on social media.

If you liked reading this article, we invite you to read our Essential Gardens Jobs for April.

Looking for materials for your transplanting your plants? Visit manomano.co.uk to view our full selection of home gardening products.

Renovating your home can get expensive in a hurry. You want the best quality at the best prices but that’s not always easy to find.

The cost of your renovation goes up depending on the room you’re overhauling. Kitchen and bathroom remodels can skyrocket your cost and break your budget.

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way. There are simple, quality, budget-friendly things you can do around your home to up the value and the atmosphere. Take a look at these!

Cost Effective Kitchen Upgrades

Painted Cabinets

Instead of going all out and purchasing new cabinets for your outdated kitchen, bring them up to speed with a couple fresh coats of paint. You’ll start by giving them a good cleaning, a light sanding, and one or two coats of primer to help your chosen color stick better. It’s important to do another very light sanding with fine-grit sandpaper in between color coats to achieve an even, smooth finish.


Hardware Upgrade

Small changes can make a huge impact and a great way to implement this is by simply installing new hardware. Change out the knobs or pulls on your cabinets and drawers. For the best results, be consistent with the finishes. If you decide on oil-rubbed bronze, stick with that for all the new hardware.


Replace Fixtures

Once you’ve changed out all the cabinet hardware, you may notice that it clashes with your current faucet or even the light fixture. Both are fairly simple DIY projects that won’t break the bank. Replacing these items for consistency throughout the room elevates the overall look. 


Revive the Flooring

You may be hesitant to replace your old flooring based on what it typically costs but if your old floors are in bad shape, it’s time. Peel-and-stick tiles are a great way to manage this upgrade without spending too much. Be sure to follow the directions carefully for the best results.


DIY Backsplash

The area between your countertops and the bottom of your cabinets is a perfect place to add a little pizzazz. You can create an amazing backsplash out of many different materials including tin, brick, or even heavy-duty crafting foil. If those are a little out of your league, there are also several gorgeous peel-and-stick backsplash options on the market.

Budget-Friendly Bathroom Face Lifts

Fresh Paint

Redoing the walls in a clean, modern color is the fastest way to make a huge impact at the lowest price. All you need is a gallon of paint, a roller, and a couple of hours to completely change the look of your bathroom while leaving the rest of your budget free to cover other upgrades.

Faux Finishes

Adding faux stone to the outside of your bathtub or a peel-and-stick backsplash above the sink co Fresh paint- A clean, modern color can go a long way in completely changing the look of any room. It costs very little but adds a lot to the look and feel of the room.


Increase Storage

Every bathroom could benefit from a little added storage space. Open shelving, a small cabinet hung on one wall or even a small chest of drawers (if you have space) can do wonders for your bathroom.


Mirror Magic

Mirrors reflect light around a room and make it seem bigger and more open. Your bathroom probably already has at least one but adding a full-length mirror on the back of the door or an empty wall is a great, low-cost idea.

Updating Other Rooms

Accent Walls

Bedrooms and living areas can almost always accommodate an accent wall. You can create this with paint or texture, as long as it is different from the other walls. Shiplap, stone, or faux materials are a great way to go.

Area Rugs

Another budget-friendly way to change up a room is through the use of an area rug. These come in so many different sizes, colors and patterns you’re sure to find something that suits your home and your style.


Textile Upgrades

When renovating your home, it’s a good idea to update things like curtains, towels or throw pillows to keep everything consistent. You don’t need to do this all at once but over time you can easily add in a new item here and there.

Outdoor Upgrades

Stain the Deck

If you have a deck, porch, or other wood structure outdoors, it’s important to maintain it and protect it from the weather. Exterior stains provide water and sun protection. It is inexpensive and also greatly improves the look.


Add Greenery

Landscaping is one of the best ways to increase curb appeal for your home but is often pricey. Adding just a few plants or shrubs in strategic places for the most impact will help keep costs down.

Other Landscaping

The cheapest way to boost the look of your yard is to maintain what’s already there. Trim overgrown trees, keep the grass green and mowed and clean up branches or trash. If you need more of an upgrade, many types of gravel can be used as filler and can usually be delivered at a reasonable price. Be sure to edge any graveled areas.


Paint What Needs It

You may not be able to paint the entire outside of your home (although if you can it’s worth it). What you can paint for very little money is your front door, any trim, and even your fence (except for chain-link fencing).

 

Don’t Break the Bank

Home renovations tend to be stressful and frustrating, often due to the cost and amount of work involved. Don’t let that happen to you! Use these simple, low-cost ideas during your next renovation.

 

Andrew is a DIYer and founder of SimplyHomeTips.com. He likes to share his experience through detailed guidelines with pictures on home improvement, DIY projects, around-the-house fixing, woodworking, etc.

 

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At ManoMano, we admire those who MAKE. And it’s for that very reason that ManoMano supports makers and their projects by telling their stories in the series The Amazing Making Of. Join our celebration of imagination, creativity, hard work and eccentricity!

After the success of MadCow’s giant water slide in episode one, we present to you episode two!

In this episode we meet Gavin who shows us his crazy project on how he uses nature to grow furniture. In his 6 acres of field, Gavin grows chairs, lamps, tables… and maybe even one day, houses!

Find out how he does it:

 

The Amazing Making Of – Giant Water Slide

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We asked makers from all accross 5 different European countries to show us the wildest projects they’ve ever created in order to give crazy and inventive DIY-ers the recognition they deserve. We recieved over a thousand applications and chose 5 winners… each to have their own episode in our series!

We’re delighted to present to you the 1st Episode of our series where we meet Charles, who has built with huge slide consisting of 67 metres of lino with throws you 7 metres high into the air! Amazing, right?!

 

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If you’re planning a Halloween or bonfire night party in your garden or want to entertain in style over Christmas and New Year, this illuminated outdoor bar is the ideal place to serve your guests. The bar is wall-mounted and can be closed away when not in use. To get the party started, open the drop-down bar, flick on the fairy lights and fill the cabinet with bottles, glasses and your favourite cocktail ingredients.

What you’ll need

To do this DIY project you’ll need the following tools:

Hand saw

Wrecking bar

Hammer

Palm sander

Drill with drill bits

Holesaw kit

Stapler

In addition, these materials will be needed:

3 x Identical pallets

Assorted sandpaper to fit your palm sander in course, medium and fine grits

1.5m length of  4mm x 32mm steel chain

Rust-Oleum chalkboard spray paint or brush-on chalkboard paint

1 x Rust-Oleum Metallic copper spray

Solar fairy lights in warm white or amber

2 x Coach bolts

Screws

Eye hooks

Carabiners

Cost, time and difficulty

The approximate cost of materials for this project is £35. You can access the shopping cart of some of the tools and materials used through this link. Depending on your DIY skills, this project shouldn’t take longer 5 hours to complete.

 

Step 1

Use a wrecking bar to carefully remove the planks of wood from all 3 pallets.

 

Attach 3 of the side supports together to create an L shape and screw together. Repeat with another 3 side supports. These will form the upright corners at the back of the bar.

Step 2

Assemble the back of the bar with the new L-shape supports on the corners. You only need to cover the bottom half of the bar (which will be visible from the inside) so position 5 planks closer together to remove gaps and screw them into the corner supports. Add one plank across the top for structural integrity and add a central support. Leaving the gap on the back gives you access to add the lights later.

Step 3

Turn the back section of the bar over and attach 5 planks at the top of the bar. Again, position the planks close together.

Using a piece of cardboard or paper stapled to the top of the front, mark out the BAR letters and decide where the lights will be. Using a drill bit slightly larger than fairy light bulbs, drill the holes through the cardboard and through the wood on the front of the bar.

Step 4

Measure the distance from the base of the bar to the plank section at the top and cut down 2 side supports to fit this measurement. These will be the supports for the drop-down bar. Lay out the planks close together and add the side supports, positioning them set in from the ends of the planks. This will ensure that the drop-down panel will fit inside the corner supports of the bar.

Step 5

Cut away an angle from the bottom of the corner supports at the front of the bar.

Place the drop-down section in position on the front of the bar and drill from the side through the corner support and the drop-down support. Add a coach bolt through the hole to act as the hinge. Repeat on the other side.

Step 6

Open the drop-down section and clad the top side with the planks. Use a tank cutter to cut holes along the back of the top layer. The holes need to be the size of your beer glasses, bottles or wine glasses, to allow them to sit inside the holes when the bar is finished. With the drop-down section closed, you’ll see a gap on the underside of the bar. Attach an extra support piece to fill the gap. This will create a ‘shelf’ behind the drop-down section when it is open.

Step 7

Sand down all the rough edges and paint the back planks and the hole section on the drop-down with copper spray paint.

Use chalkboard paint (either brush-on or spray paint) to paint the top, front and sides. This will allow you to use chalk to add the words ‘birthday’, ‘cocktail’ or any phrase you like to the top of the BAR sign.

Step 8

 

When the paint is dry, use an eye hook and carabiner to attach a chain to the inside edge of the corner support. Add another eye hook and carabiner to the front of the drop-down section and clip on the chain. To close the bar, add 2 eye hooks on each side and close with 2 carabiners. Working from the back of the bar, poke the fairy lights through the holes. Turn the bar over and paint a fine line of metallic paint between each fairy light to spell out the word BAR.

As with all our projects, please take care while using tools, materials and equipment.

This article was written by Cassie Fairy. You can find Cassie’s blog ‘My Thrifty Life’ at Cassiefairy.com, where she shares daily blog posts about her home DIY projects, upcycled finds, low-cost recipes and plenty of inspiration for living a lovely life on a budget.

 

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