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How to overwinter succulents, both hardy and tender by knowing what they need to go dormant as well as soil, temperature, light, and watering needs.

Overwinter Succulents to Keep Them Beautiful All Year Long

With succulents at the height of popularity, there is now a great variety of interesting new plants available for the home garden. There are so many beautiful and decorative specimens you very well may have collected some succulents that you would like to grow for years to come. This is how I overwinter succulents, both hardy and tender, so that …

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This easy-to-make fresh holly wreath dotted with bright red berries is a traditional way to decorate for Christmas. See how to make one at home in this DIY.

A Very Merry Fresh Holly Wreath for Christmas

A fresh holly wreath dotted with bright red berries is a traditional way to decorate for Christmas. While I love to play with all sorts of different greens (as well as the whites, golds, yellows, blues, and reds) for my holiday decorations, the 20ft tall holly tree that adorns the entrance of my urban garden explodes with berries that beg to …

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Take some inspiration from the outdoors by making a leather and birch bark picture frame that can be used and so many different ways around the house: to display photos, hang on wall as a wreath, or as a dry erase board.

Three Creative Ways to Use This DIY Birch Bark Picture Frame

Take some inspiration from the outdoors by making a leather and birch bark picture frame that can be used in so many different ways around the house. Using a die cutting machine is a quick and fast way to cut a variety of materials. The die cutter brings a professional look to this project with the unique organic shades of …

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Merry Little Christmas Miniature Garden Projects & Creative Ideas

During the holiday season, you may turn your sights to indoor decorating, cooking, and entertaining. With all the hustle and bustle going on, I need my daily dose of Garden Therapy to ensure that I have the emotional stamina to make it through. Somehow, even just a bit of time at the garden center or out clipping evergreens can change …

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Make These Easy Pinecone Spheres - an easy nature project for festive holiday decor

Holiday Decorating with Nature: DIY Pinecone Spheres

This holiday decor project takes very little time yet it’s surprising how many uses you may find for some festive pinecone spheres. Many years ago I collected a large number of pinecones from trees in my garden and neighborhood. After drying them, I had the idea to make a few different sizes of pinecone spheres, mostly for the sheer fun …

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This attractive ombre melt and pour soap is lightly scented with lavender and moisturizing with rich shea butter and it's easy to make at home.

Lovely Lavender Ombre Melt and Pour Soap

This attractive ombre soap is lightly scented with lavender and moisturizing with rich shea butter. While it looks like a high-end decorative soap from a fancy shop, it’s surprisingly easy to make at home.  Follow my instructions for making triple layer soap with a few tweaks to make it ombre. Materials 2 lbs shea butter soap base Lavender soap dye …

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41 herbs for hens

43 Healthy Herbs for Hens: the Health Benefits of Culinary Herbs

Catnip may drive your cat crazy, but it’s a sedative for chickens. Lavender, bee balm, and chamomile are relaxing for people, and hens too. If you keep chickens, or want to add some to your garden, then you will want to read about the health benefits of culinary herbs for chicken-keeping. If herbs for hens can help prevent mites and …

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These flaky and sweet cinnamon palmiers fill the house with a warm butter-and-spice aroma. They also are very easy to make when unexpected guests arrive.

Cinnamon Palmiers: Fancy French Pastries that are Surprisingly Easy-to-Make

Do you have a go-to baked treat that you can whip up in a flash for guests or gifts? I’m going to let you in on my little secret weapon for the holidays: palmiers. Palmiers are made from layers of pastry rolled into butterfly or heart shapes. They look elegant and sound fancy, but they couldn’t be easier to make. …

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Two kinds of soap come out of this project: soap stars and bars. Turn the stars into soap-on-a-rope and give them, and the bars, as gifts.

Rosemary Lemon Soap-on-a-Rope {Stars and Bars}

Soap-on-a-rope is more than just a catchy rhyme. It’s a decorative way to display soap that also keeps it from getting soft or sitting in a little soap puddle in your shower or bath. These rosemary lemon soap-on-a-rope stars come straight from the garden into the holiday gift-giving season. This project is extra special because it creates two types of soap …

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Indoor Plant Arrangements Essential Guide

Playing with Houseplants for Indoor Garden Therapy

Houseplants can be a creative muse for indoor design projects. They can look a whole lot different than the simply-potted African violet in its plastic nursery pot and foil wrapper. There are indoor plant projects that can suit every style, you just have to find what suits you. There was a time when I killed every houseplant that I brought home. …

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Lavender Dryer Bags

Naturally Freshen Laundry with Homemade Lavender Dryer Bags

Lavender dryer bags are a natural way to freshen laundry and a good use for dried lavender harvested from your garden. Lavender is a lightly floral but clean-smelling fragrance that adds a little lift to your laundry. Dryer bags can be filled with the dried flower buds and used many times over before needing to be replaced. Adding in a few essential …

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How to create a bug hotel for overwintering beneficial insects in your home garden.

Build a Bug Hotel

A bug hotel is part garden art and part winter habitat for beneficial insects, the garden army that helps to keep the bad bugs under control. If you are an organic gardener like me, then you will want to be sure that there is a place in your garden for beneficial insects to lodge for the winter. Next spring, when …

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  1. Allison Taylor
    Allison TaylorMarch 16,16

    Great ideas. I totally love the carpet gardening. I’ve tried to create something similar in my small backyard garden, but didn’t have much of a success. You inspired me to try again, though, and will definitely do it.

    Regards, Allison from http://windowboxescompany.co.uk/

  2. Barry
    BarryApril 21,16

    I landed on your site as i was looking for inspiration to give our garden a makeover this summer. What an impressive site, Fantastic pictures along with even better content, ive subscribed! Thanks, B

  3. Taylor
    TaylorApril 22,16

    Great blog, great tips.

  4. Paul Grant
    Paul GrantOctober 11,16

    Such a great resource! I really love reading about composting. It is indeed an environmentally helpful way to improve the garden soil and reduce waste.

    These advises has a great impact to the readers who would like to know about garden projects. Two thumbs up!

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