Category Archive for: ‘DIY’

painted apiary

How to Make Gorgeous Painted Beehives

People have been creating intricately painted beehives for hundreds of years. It is a practical and fun way to make hives into a form of garden art, as well as a great way to get children involved and teach them about the importance of bees. Kim Lehman is the author of the fabulous book Beekeeper’s Lab: 52 Family-Friendly Activities and Experiments …

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Make These Concrete Planters Using Your Recyling Bin

How to Make Concrete Planters

These DIY concrete garden planters are simple to make in just a weekend and with materials you may already have around the house. They look modern with unique shapes that come straight from the recycling bin! I made these planters many years ago, and have since made many more for gifts and to decorate my home garden. At the time …

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how to build a dry stream

A Beautiful Way to Catch Runoff: How to Build a Dry Stream

There are plenty of great ways to incorporate water into the garden, whether with natural streams and brooks or (wo)man-made ponds and fountains. But what about a design that implies the idea of water, but doesn’t require any maintenance? A dry stream is a landscaping design that looks like a decorative garden feature, even though it is also a practical …

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Metal Stamped Plant Tags

Metal Stamped Plant Tags from Hardware Store Finds

It’s important to label your plants so you know what’s what in the garden, but sometimes plant labels can be distracting, flimsy, or just plain ugly. These charming metal tags are super practical and have a clean, sleek look that compliments plants but doesn’t overshadow their natural beauty. Here is everything needed to make this modern take on metal stamped …

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spring bulb planter

Small Space Garden DIY Projects Straight from the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

My trip to the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle would not have been complete without a tour of the Small Space Showcase on the Skybridge of the Washington State Convention Center. The NWFGS is known for their impressive large-scale display gardens (and, of course, their speaker series which I was honored to participate in again this year), but I have to …

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Turn Energy Wasting Lawn Into Nurishing Food Gardens

Converting Lawn into a Vegetable Garden with Raised Garden Beds

Do you have an unused patch of your world that’s screaming to be turned into raised veggie garden beds? Don’t make the mistake of throwing away all your turf and bringing in brand new soil. This project is about converting nutrient-rich lawn into the most productive vegetable garden in town. Learn how to turn your thirsty and high-maintenance lawn into a raised bed …

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