Category Archive for: ‘Month August Week 1’

A sweet birdcage hanging basket

Pretty Up the Party with Birdcage Hanging Basket Planters

The true measure of a creative gardener is not how well they grow plants, but what they can turn into a planter! Birdcages make for lovely outdoor hanging baskets with decorative metal frames that lend to trailing plants bursting through the bars. Make a romantic birdcage hanging basket to display on its own or group a few together for a …

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bug hotel fence art

Jazz Up the Outdoors with DIY Bug Hotel Fence Art

If you have an eyesore of a fence, or even just want to add some deck decor, this Bug Hotel Fence Art is the perfect fit! Natural and found elements such as branches, seed heads, bamboo, and moss are set in a wooden frame as four-season art. With materials collected from the garden it looks right at home as the …

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Baby Cakes Blackberry

A Patio Fruit Garden is a Sweet and Pretty Summer Treat!

If you think of garden-grown fruit as the tasty treats that come from less-than-sweet-looking thorny vines or gnarled trees, then you are in for a surprise! There have been some exciting new fruit plants developed that match aesthetics with function, which means you can get luscious fruit from a plant that’s as gorgeous as it is useful. Raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, …

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Old Fashioned Deli-Style Sour Pickles

The Best Ever Deli-Style Sour Pickles Recipe. Ever. Seriously.

If you like old-fashioned fermented sour pickles then you will want to learn this recipe. Real deli-style pickles cost around $7 per jar in my area, but I can make 10 pounds of organic sour pickles for just $20! I did not invent this recipe, but it seems to be the most commonly used methodology out there and it works …

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Pergola garden, photograph by Stacy Bass

Garden Photography Tips to Capture Nature’s Beauty

The availability of high-quality cameras for a relatively low cost and digital image capturing has changed the game of photography. If you love nature, a garden can be one of the most satisfying subjects to photograph. The act of being outdoors enjoying the space is uplifting. And the photos will be a reminder of spaces that are constantly changing. With a …

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A great guide to growing figs in the home garden and why you should

A Guide for Growing Figs in the Home Garden (and It’s So Worth It!)

Figs are one of my favorite fruits. Not only are they delicious, but they are also an attractive plant that adds interest to a garden. In the right climate, growing figs is fairly simple. However, in other areas they can be a bit finicky. In fact, I have a  10-year old Brown Turkey fig tree and this is the first …

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