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Quick test: is it a weed or a plant? If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.
The temperature where I live is now ABOVE freezing every day! It’s a miracle! Happy first day of Spring, every one! You know what that means- it’s planting season. Yesterday, I started a few new seeds in my window to celebrate. But to make the most of your space and maximize your curb appeal, I would suggest getting out a pencil and paper and actually planning your garden. Check out this post by Tara at We Got Real for tips:
-Identify the plants your family enjoys eating the most
-Figure out your growing zone
-Choose a garden plot
-Keep in mind the nature of your plants- shade conditions, growing buddies, etc.
-Make a sketch layout of where you want everything to go
I love any kind of decorative garden art- especially the kind you can make yourself, including garden balls. Although garden balls have been around for a while, I still really like them, and I think they make your yard even more magical. I’m sure you’ve seen them- some people recycle old bowling balls, others use lamp globes. Check out some ideas for what to put on your garden ball from Melissa J. Will at Empress of Dirt:
1. Start with clean, dry lamp globe.
2. Apply the flat marbles using a generous amount of GE Silicone II sealant. Make sure you pick the one that is waterproof, clear, and made for outdoors – either for Gutters and flashing or Windows and doors.
This is probably the most interesting garden I’ve ever heard of! They’re right- morbidity sells.
Before stumbling on this awesome post by John Riha at House Logic, I had never even heard of “natural” swimming pools. I always just assumed there were two types- above ground, and below ground- haha! Natural pools are completely different from what you would normally think of as a swimming pool- no chlorine, no tiled walls, no concrete floor. It’s more like a small, man-made lake that you swim in! Some even include tiny ecosystems of fishes and plants. How cool! Here are some more reasons why you should consider a natural pool:
-They cost about the same as a conventional pool
-They are less work than other pools- they take care of themselves.
-There are separate areas for plants/animals and swimming.
-The water doesn’t get stagnant when you use a pump
-You don’t have to drain them in the winter- they just naturally freeze.
These are SO cute! I would love to have a few of these on my windowsill.
I think that a nice, paved path in a garden really pulls everything together. Not to mention, it adds a lot to potential curb appeal! The cool part is, you can install pavers yourself. If you put in some time and elbow grease, a beautiful paved path could be in your future. Check out this post by Matt at the DIY Village for an awesome, detailed tutorial:
-Excavate path, bring in gravel base.
-Add a layer of sand, using a level to keep it as even as possible
-Lay out the pavers in the pattern you want, use a dead blow hammer to set them in place
-Spread some quickrete over the path, pouring it into the side of the path as well to hold the pavers in place.
-Fill in the surrounding area with dirt. Ta da!
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