Showing posts with label gardening. Show all posts
Showing posts with label gardening. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Best fairy garden and mermaid craft ideas

If you have followed the fairy garden trend, you will love this fresh spin with mermaids! This lovely DIY mermaid craft is easy to make. It uses succulents, which thankfully are hard to kill as long as you have a spot with plenty of light. Succulents are perfect for mermaid gardens because you can find succulents with a resemblance to seaweed, coral, anemones and other ocean plants.

Don't have a well lit spot for your succulent mermaid garden to go? You can still make this easy mermaid craft by using fake succulents instead. Simply fill the bowl with sand instead of potting soil and use fake succulents in place of live ones.

Of course, if you do have a well lit spot suitable for your mermaid garden, stick with fresh plants! Keeping plants indoors can help clean the air inside as well as give you a sense of well-being. 


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

I love you plant marker recycled craft idea

This clever recycled craft idea lets you turn empty tin can lids into adorable plant markers. Use them as garden markers to help you remember what you planted where. You can also stamp other messages onto the lids to make them into a combination plant marker and gift tag. Tell a teacher "You're the best!" or tell mom "Happy Mother's Day". Giving a plant to someone who has a bit of a brown thumb? Maybe try a cheeky "Water me!" along with a second tag telling them the type of plant it is.

Friday, March 23, 2018

learn how to make a fairy house
Have you made a fairy garden yet? You can check out the fairy garden I made last year, here

This year, I'm upping my fairy garden game with a DIY fairy house that I made myself. 

But this isn't just any fairy house! This fairy house is made from recycled materials AND it's solar powered! 

The solar powered roof collects sunlight during the day--and then at night, the windows of the fairy house will glow! Sweet!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Best Guardians of the Galaxy craft: How to make a baby groot chia pet inspired planter
Is a Groot Chia Pet on your Christmas wish list? If you love baby Groot and are dying to grow your own chia pet style Groot planter, I have a super fun DIY project for you!

This is a super unique recycled craft - I'll bet you've never imagined using toilet paper rolls quite this way!

I love baby Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy. The baby version of him makes his sacrifice in the first movie so fun. He didn't die and we get to enjoy a cuter version for a while.

I love at the end credits of the first movie to see him dancing in the planter to the music. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Tracking Pixel
When we bought "The Farmhouse" two winters ago, we had big plans for the backyard. Last year we had our first summer here and the only change we made to the outdoors was digging a French drain to keep our sideyard from flooding. Necessary but not very exciting.

Now that the weather is warming up, I am ready to get outside and make my space more enjoyable! When Lowe's asked if I would like to partner with them to show you guys easy budget backyard makeover ideas I was all over it! I had big plans for an easy way to make my patio more livable and I really love how it turned out!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

If you have big dreams of a bountiful garden but are held back by shady land, you’re not alone! Many gardeners have the frustrating task of trying to grow plants amidst beloved trees or even around tall buildings that let in less sunshine than is ideal.

Don’t give up on having an amazing garden, though. Here are some tips to keep in mind if you’re gardening with limited sun.

Monday, April 24, 2017

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tasty Bite. All opinions are 100% mine.
I love gardening and teaching others how to grow their own food. You don't need a big yard to grow your own vegetables - almost anyone can grow something right where they are. One of the easiest foods to grow (especially in containers?) LETTUCE!

When I see a company I already like getting in the mix to inspire people to get outside and growing - as well as supporting humanitarian initiatives like Ample Harvest, I'm excited to get on board. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

One of my favorite ways to put recycled goods to use is in the garden. It's amazing what you can upcycle into pretty, funny or quirky garden art with just a little paint, glue and imagination! Check out these great DIY ideas that you can make with anything from old tires to plastic bottles, mismatched silverware or old hubcaps!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

If you need a way to add some green to the inside of your home, succulents are a great way to do it! Make these adorable planters out of recycled cans, burlap and lace and in just a few minutes you'll be ready with your own console table-worthy creation!

Costa Farms partnered with me on this post and provided these great succulents from their desert escape collection. Look for Costa Farms succulents at your local Home Depot and Lowe's stores.

Monday, June 20, 2016

If you have a vegetable garden, or even a few pots of edibles, one of the best parts about summer is being able to step out the door and snip or pick fresh produce for meals. 

Salads, especially, are one of those staple main or side dishes that are perfect on hot days when you don’t feel like cooking.

Today I have a great guest post for you from Tara Nolan, the author of Raised Bed Revolution

She is going to teach you how easy it is to turn an old table or desk into  a funky cool raised bed for growing your own salad!


One of the projects that I knew I wanted to build for Raised Bed Revolution was a salad table. 

I’d seen one in a DIY book years earlier and loved the simplicity of building a basic structure for one type of crop. 

Lettuces and other greens can grow in a pretty shallow environment, so I though I would search for a set of four funky table legs and then build an easy DIY wooden tray to secure on top of them. 

I found sets of two and three legs, but I didn’t realize how hard it would be to find four in the same style.

So, I adjusted my plan and started looking for tables. 

I found one with a top that was unattached. I nodded as the antique seller tried to tell me how easy it would be to nail back in place, but I knew I didn’t need that tabletop. 

When I got the table home, I tossed it aside and got to work on my salad table. 


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

We are in the process of selling our townhouse and buying, what I think I will refer to as, "The Farmhouse" (although stay tuned on that one). All that to say, I anticipate the possibility of removing some doors from our new home and I think this project would be a great way to reuse them! 

Please note, if you are removing doors from your pre-1970 built home, you should absolutely test them for lead (these 3M Lead Check swabs are easy to use and don't require bringing the door anywhere or paying someone to come to your house)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

You get new tires for your vehicle and then what? In many places, those tires are going straight to the landfill. Instead, ask to keep your old tires and turn them into an adorable hanging planter! Tires are great for planting ornamentals - don't use them to plant edibles because they leach toxic chemicals into the soil that you don't want to eat! Since these planters just have flowers (and a friendly garden gnome!), this is the perfect way to use them.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Fairy gardens are super trendy this year. I totally get the appeal - I love the idea of creating inviting little spaces for garden fairies to lounge in. I suppose they are kind of like beneficial insects - minus the carnivorous bug eating?

If you want to get in on the fairy garden trend, no need to be scared. Simple fairy gardens are very easy to put together by yourself or with kids. Come see how I made mine! 


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Saturday, May 23, 2015

For the last three years, I've been focused on getting my tomato growing technique down to a semi-science. Of course, I've been growing tomatoes for much longer than that. It's just the last three years that I wanted to go from gardening simply for pleasure to gardening for purpose.

Each year, I've been able to grow more tomatoes and ward off common problems like blossom end rot. I grow a LOT of tomatoes - literally hundreds of pounds of tomatoes - because my goal has been to can enough diced tomatoes and tomato sauce to last my family for a full year. 

I've been asked a few times "What's your secret" - and to be honest. There isn't one secret- there are several things I'm doing that contribute to my success. Here are my 12 secrets to growing perfectly plump, bountiful, delicious tomatoes:

Secret 1: Good soil

You need to have good soil to grow good veggies. If the dirt that came in your garden isn't awesome, bolster it with organic compost. Not sure what kind to buy? Get a variety and mix it together. Don't just lay it on top - mix it in to a depth of at least 6 inches (although 12" is more ideal).


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Welcome to Craft Lightning Day 2! Yesterday, I showed you how to make an a super cute giftable plant container. It's a quick and easy way to dress up a small plant or flowers to give as a gift! If you missed it, click on the photo to go to that tutorial:

What's this Craft Lightning business? Glad you asked! This week, with the help of my friends Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts and Angie of The Country Chic Cottage I'm going to bring you a new recycled craft each day PLUS feature 8 other recycled crafts. Its a veritable recycled crafting extravaganza!

Today I have easy to make plant markers using clothespins. They even coordinate well with the planter we made yesterday to make a super cute gift.


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Sunday, July 13, 2014

How to Make Organic Round Up Alternative Weed Killer

Have you been using Round Up to kill weeds on your driveway or garden path? Did you know that Round Up is linked to infertility, cancer, thyroid issues and a collection of other health problems? Even if you don't spray it in your garden beds where you are growing food, the run off gets into our ground water - which in turn can get into our drinking water. Overall, Round Up is BAD BAD news! Stay away!

What the makers of Round Up don't want you to know (in addition to all the health issues their product has been linked to) is that you can create your own weed killer at home with a few simple ingredients you may already have in your kitchen. It is non-toxic to kids and pets. Won't contaminate ground water and it really works.


  • 1 Gallon white vinegar
  • 1/2 canister table salt (approx 13 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup dish soap (I like Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Dish Soap for this since it is biodegradable)
  • 1 gallon or larger Lawn and Garden Sprayer - be sure to use one that has not held chemicals previously. Also be sure to label it for organic gardening use only. I have one that I use ONLY for this purpose.
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How to Make Organic Round Up Alternative Weed Killer from Creative Green Living


Sunday, June 1, 2014

There's just something about the glow of candles (even fake ones!) on a hot summer evening. Whether it's on the table you keep on your patio or hanging from little hooks in your garden, everything feels more inviting with a little glow. This easy tutorial shows you how to transform old tin cans into pretty lanterns in just a few minutes!


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

how to kill grass without spray

Most people don't set out to kill their grass. I, on the other hand, was on a mission.

Our neighborhood  doesn't have much in the way of sunshine because the houses are built so close together. As a result, I grow things in a community garden plot so I can keep the fresh veggies coming all summer! 

For the last two years, I've been growing in a community garden was about 4.5 miles from my house and up a HUGE hill - which I would ride with my 3 year old in a bike trailer. My city recently finished building a new community garden that is a lot closer to my house - close enough that I can walk to it. Which is perfect since new babies can't go in bike trailers and I'll be having one of those pretty much any day now! 

The location was great. The price was great. 
There was only one problem: GRASS

Monday, May 19, 2014

I love decorating my garden with funky art pieces - especially when they are kid made! When a palette of Glamour Dust paint landed on my porch along with a bag of rocks, I knew we'd be in for a fun, kid-friendly art date! Turn your rocks into plant markers, doodle on them and scatter them about or just make a collection of sparkly rocks to brighten things up.


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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

original photo from photogirl7.1 on flickr via creative commons licensing.

Do you have fruit trees at home? If so, you know that getting help from pollinators in the spring is essential to a great harvest later in the year. With spring just around the corner, it's important to start thinking about these things now!

With all the be die-offs in the news lately, you might be worried about what that means for your fruit trees. Luckily, you can take matters into your own hands with mason bees - a low maintenance, gentle bee breed (they will only sting if you squish them!). You can keep your own pet bees in your property and increase (double? Triple?) Fruit yields at the same time.

My dad and step-mom run Fat Dog Farms and raise mason bees (and sell them, too - for a great price I might add!). Read on to find out more.

Why do you need mason bees?
Besides the minimal cost and upkeep, mason bees are the top pollination specialists. Studies conducted in netted orchards have shown that 250 female mason bees can pollinate apples as effectively as 50,000 honey-bees! Now that’s pollination at its best! These little guys will rarely wander very far from their home and are easy to care for. Mason bees don't make honey; instead they help produce great crops of fruit, berries, and vegetables. Another benefit of housing mason bees is that they also work in cool or rainy weather when honey bees are more likely to take the day off. 

If you have any fears related to being stung, mason bees are a great place to start because they won't sting you. The males do not have a stinger, and the females will only sting if trapped or squeezed. 

Owning and raising your own mason bees will add beauty, activity, and pollination to your yard and garden. We have raised mason bees for 8 years and our crops have tripled in size due to the massive amount of pollination that is taking place at Fat Dog Farms

How many mason bees do you need to get started?
Typically, you will need about 800 – 1,000 bee cocoons per acre. Most home gardeners start by purchasing 5-10 tubes of bees. Each year, you should increase the population by five times!

Life Cycle of a Mason Bee
Female mason bees emerge in early spring and immediately begin to forage for pollen and nectar within about 100 yards of their nests.  They collect from fruit trees, berries, flowers, and vegetables and pack this food into the far end of their nesting hole until they decide there’s enough there to feed a young bee. Then the female backs in, lays an egg and plugs up the cell with mud. This process continues until the bee has filled the entire tube with a series of pollen/nectar/egg cells (typically 6-8 bees per tube). Remarkably, the eggs that are destined to be female are always laid at the back of the nesting tube leaving the male bees to emerge first in spring.

Once the mason bee has completely filled one tube, she will begin filling another one. This pollen-collecting and egg-laying will continue for four to six weeks, and then the bee will die.

Mason bee larvae hatch just a few days after the eggs are laid. They eat on the food that’s been stored in their cell, which usually lasts them about 10 days. They spend the summer developing into new bees and by fall they are fully mature bees in newly spun cocoons still in the same nesting tubes. They hibernate all winter and wait for the signs of spring that will have them emerging in your garden the following spring. In other words, every year you will see the children of the bees you had the previous year. The colony should continue to grow every year as long as they have holes in which to lay their eggs and pollen to feed their young.

How do I get started?
First, you will need a Mason bee house. There are several companies that sell housing units and tubes or you can choose to make them yourself (Check out mason bee houses on Amazon here). We highly recommend that you DO NOT drill holes into a block of wood unless you intend to use a paper liner or tube inserted into each hole. Drilling holes without tube liners can cause the bees to become trapped from debris and they may die.  You need to be able to remove the cocoons in the fall to maintain a large happy colony.

Second, you need a location for your colony. A sheltered location on the outside of your house, barn, shed, or garage that faces south or east is best.

Third, you will need bees! It is recommended to purchase 5-10 tubes of bees depending on the size of your yard and garden. Eventually, you could have approximately 800-1,000 bees per acre, depending on how well you maintain your house(s). (you can buy bees from Fat Dog Farms online!)
Fat Dog Farms ship bees from July – March. They will arrive in their tubes along with a small icepack to keep them from emerging. Once you receive them, please put them in a cool location (a garage or shed are ideal locations).  If you choose to put them in the refrigerator, please make sure to add a moist paper towel to the container holding the bees. IMPORTANT: Do not put the moisture directly on the cocoons, as this will create mold. The moisture will help to keep them from drying out until you are ready to place them outside near their new home. Your new bees will emerge in spring at the first sign of 50+ degree temperatures.

About the Author: 
Michelle Berg is the owner, head gardener and master bee keeper at Fat Dog Farms outside of Portland, OR. You can purchase bees and other items online through the Fat Dog Farms website or in person at their annual plant sale. 

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