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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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    February 19, 2015
    Yard Projects That Up Curb Appeal

    Having a nicely groomed yard is a huge factor in cultivating curb appeal. And even though winter is still raging on, now is the time to start planning yard improvements for the Spring. I love this amazing list at DIY n Crafts! It has 150 projects that you can do yourself (most are extremely easy and inexpensive) that will vastly improve your curb appeal if you are getting ready to sell. Here are some of my favorites from the collection:

    -Plant a mailbox garden

    -Refinish/ paint your front door, upgrade all hardware

    -Add some window boxes

    -Install outdoor lighting

    -Wash and paint home and garage doors

    -Reseed the lawn, plant perennials

    -Keep the lawn neatly mowed

    Photo Credit: normanack 


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    February 16, 2015
    Happy President’s Day!

     

    Photo from Warren Grove Garden


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    February 11, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Bike Wheel Trellis

    Photo from She’s Sew Crafty


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    February 10, 2015
    Planting in the Sand

    Last year (exactly a year ago, actually), I went to Las Vegas with my mom. It was the first time I’d ever been further West than Indiana, and the landscape alone was a total shock for me. I live in the mid-south, and all we have are lots of trees, lots of grass, and lots of hills. I wasn’t used to the stark, dark mountains, the palm trees, rocks, and of course, sand everywhere. I thought it was beautiful, and I had so much fun in Vegas that I’d even consider moving out there. But I think I would miss all the lush foliage that I’m used to. However, I found this article by Robbi Hoy at the Garden Geeks, and it put that fear to rest. If I ever move to Vegas (or the coast, or anywhere else with sandy soil), I’ll know exactly what plants thrive in the sand:

    Acacia dealbata (Mimosa, Silver Wattle)

    Agonis flexuosa (Peppermint Tree, Willow Myrtle)

    Juniperus

    Lavandula

    Yucca gloriosa

    Pelargoniums

    Verbena x hybrida

    The entire post is divided into trees, conifers, shrubs, flowers, and rock garden plants, and is extremely extensive. Check it out!

    Photo Credit: DW Rowan 


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    February 5, 2015
    Gardens Inspired By Cottages: How To Get The Look

    I’m a huge fan of the wild, romantic gardening look that you see around cottages. Some people with more minimalist tastes might see it as looking messy and unkempt, (this article is not for you, then!) but I absolutely love it. I plan to have a garden crawling with wild flowers and climbing vines- it makes me think I’m living in an enchanted cottage in the middle of a fairytale forest. For tips on how to get the “cottage style” look, read this post by Jennifer at Town-n-Country Living:

    -Replace grass with a sea of flowers

    -Create a curvy, meandering garden path

    -Add a picket fence (and let roses ramble over them)

    -Include a romantic arbor with climbing roses and vines

    -Plant overflowing flower boxes

    Photo Credit: Susan Reimer 


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    February 4, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Hydroponic Kitchen Garden

    Photo from Pinterest


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    January 29, 2015
    Starting Seeds For Beginners

    If you’re an absolute beginning gardener, most guides will recommend that you buy saplings or seedlings, instead of trying to grow your plants directly from seeds. And it’s easy to see why. Starting seeds can be extremely difficult. If you’re a beginning gardener, getting the water and soil and sunlight all exactly perfect to cause a seed to sprout can seem daunting. However, it doesn’t have to be! Especially if you do your research. I found this awesome post by Stephanie at Garden Therapy, and it’s basically everything you need to know about starting your own seeds. Check out some of the topics:

    -Seed Starting 101

    -Tips for Starting Root Vegetable Seeds like Carrots, Beets, and Radishes 

    -Seed Starting Containers: The Real Dirt – Part 1.

    Photo Credit: Stacie 


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