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DIY Cattle Panel Arch

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I spend a lot of time in the garden, most of that time I have my kids with me. I have a 3 year old and a 1 year old. I needed something to keep them entertained while I worked and if it could be part of the garden even better! I wanted something they could play in/with that I would also be useful to grow food on. When I was little my grandfather used to grow green bean teepees for my sister and I; I wanted that secret garden feeling but with enough room for 2+ kids and play.

Create a whimsical & practical garden hideaway with this Cattle Panel Arch. It's quick & cheap to throw together and sturdy enough to handle beans or gourds

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T-Post Trellis

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I went over board on the vines this year and I ran out of places to grow them. I was really excited to try my hand at the black eyed Susan vine, they just look so happy! I was going to pound a 2*2 into the ground a make a twine teepee but after sticking the post in I just wasn’t into it. After a few searches on pinterest I found a really cool looking twine and twig hanging trellis. There were a few problems with that though, I had no where to hang it and it gets really, really windy here. I can just see my gorgeous black eyed Susan vine finally blooming only to be ripped from the ground by a strong wind.

Give your climbing plants a hand with this budget friendly t-post trellis. T-posts, zip ties and branches come together to make a charming garden accent

I spent way to much time thinking about it while I was mowing the garden and when I was moving last years tomato supports it finally it me. Two t-posts, a sapling murder spree and a bag of zip ties later I was in business. I used poplar saplings because we have a whole grove of them, they produce new trees by suckering so if you have one in a neglected area (like the wood lot to the side of the house) you’ll very soon have more than one. Poplar is a very short lived wood but I hope I can get a year or two from this guy. The wood never touches the ground so that should buy me some time. [Read more…]

UpCycled CD Spinners

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Use up old CDs with this fun rainy day craft project. Easy enough for a three year old and pretty enough to decorate any gardenI’ve been a pretty dark place recently. Dealing with post-partum depression/anxiety and the end of my marriage has left me drained and with a creative block. I was cleaning out my over stuffed craft room when my three year old found a bag of beads I had stored away for ‘someday’. She loves making things and aside from painting & ‘key-dough’ we haven’t done much recently. I’ve called them CD spinners because they’re made of CDs and they spin but Mary likes to call them ‘tree jewelry’. Whatever you call them, it’s a quick from project to do with the kids. They won’t even notice they’re working on their fine motor skills! [Read more…]

DIY Whiskey Barrel Mint Garden + Reasons you should never plant mint directly in the ground

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Who doesn’t love mint? (The answer is my husband, it’s a fault we’re working on but no too hard because it means I can buy mint chip ice cream and not have to share…) Anyway, for the rest of us, I wanted to share the latest addition to my herb garden that I wasn’t supposed to start working on until 2017. I wanted to grow mint because it’s delicious, it smells amazing and there are a ton of varieties. BUT I wanted an herb garden not a mint garden. If you’ve ever grown anything in the mint family you understand exactly what I mean. That is how the Whiskey Barrel Mint Garden was  born.

Create a DIY Whiskey Barrel Mint Garden in less than an hour and learn why you should never plant mint directly in the ground [Read more…]

Bee and Butterfly Waterer

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Turn a dinner plate into a pretty Bee & Butterfly Waterer in minutes with easy to find suppliesIt’s officially spring. The bees are out in full force and we all know they need as much help as they can get. I haven’t seen any yet but the butterflies won’t be far behind. A few years ago I pounded a few pieces of electrical conduit into the ground in my front flower bed with the intention of turning them into either something for the birds or a Bee and Butterfly Waterer. You could easily make this into a platform bird feeder by filling it with birdseed but I decided to go with pretty gems and water. The glass gems make it pretty but also serve a practical purpose. They attract the bees & butterflies with their pretty colors and they give them somewhere to land so they don’t get stuck in the water and potentially drown. Like my ladybug vs bumble bee tic-tac-toe game this is an easy afternoon project that doesn’t require skill. [Read more…]