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    March 25, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Sleeping Porch

    Photo from Houzz


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    March 23, 2015
    Garden Planning 101

    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.

    -Buy seeds!

    -Make a sketch layout of where you want everything to go

    Photo Credit: Roman Petruniak 


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    March 18, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Spring Porch Inspiration

    Photo from Jenna Burger


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    March 17, 2015
    Making Garden Sculpture Balls

    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 sealantMake sure you pick the one that is waterproof, clear, and made for outdoors – either for Gutters and flashing or Windows and doors.

    Photo Credit: Ben Husmann 


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    March 13, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Poison Garden In England
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox26rd3o

    This is probably the most interesting garden I’ve ever heard of! They’re right- morbidity sells.


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    March 11, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Adorable Cottage Garden

    Photo from Pinterest


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    March 5, 2015
    “Natural” Pools

    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.

    Photo Credit: I Like Plants 


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    February 27, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Kid Craft Or Cutesy Decor- Nature Boxes
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox2idgtw

    These are SO cute! I would love to have a few of these on my windowsill.


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    February 26, 2015
    DIY Paved Path

    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!

    Photo Credit: Porfirio 


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    February 25, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Rain Chain Instead of Gutter

    Photo from Houzz


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