Making a terrarium using vintage glass storage containers creates a stunning display and is so easy to make - this how-to gives you simple step-by-step instructions. Follow the link for even more details on maintenance and care.
Commented on Apr 24, 2013
Lovely! Do you have a short list of plants that would do especially well in these environments?
Trying to find a successful way to keep cats from using your plant beds and gardens as a litter box can be quite frustrating. I've been in the same boat, but I didn't want to use anything that would harm the cats. I found a solution that has been successful!
Commented on Apr 16, 2013
We have a few neighborhood cats who visit our backyard. Last year we found our veggie garden
dug up waaay too often, especially gross around food. This year my husband put down a large piece of shade cloth on the soil which you can get at most garden or hardware stores, secured it with small rocks and cut (X's) in it for the plants. Sometimes trimming the holes as needed. It worked great. There is soil around the plants by a few inches and they grow into it. Drip system is set near plants and rain water goes right thru the shade cloth. Cats haven't touched it this year. The cloth is easily cut with scissors and not terribly expensive. Have also heard that aluminum foil deters them. Just not sure how that would affect your garden long term. Cats want to DIG to do their business so don't let 'em! I hope lavender deters the cats as Shelley mentioned because that is going in the frontyard. Now if they just would quit chasing the lizards!
I love my mid-century house by the beach, but I've always regretted the fact that the previous owners ripped out the original kitchen and put in one of those characterless and cheap
oak-trimmed laminate kitchens that for some inexplicable reason were so popular in the 1980s. When I finally bit the bullet and decided to re-do the kitchen, I wanted to create something that was appropriate to the house and found my inspiration in a 1959 ad for a Hotpoint kitchen. It was both practical (tiled walls) and handsome, with a great punch of color from a tiled accent wall containing the turquoise (!) wall oven. While I ultimately decided a wall oven wouldn't work for me, and I went for the durability of stainless (the salt in the air is tough on things here at the beach), I think I've ended up the with a kitchen that honors the inspiration, and my home's history.
Commented on Apr 12, 2013
You had me at Mid century and the beach! Well done!
We will have 3 yards of mushroom compost delivered this week. When I begin filling my first wheelbarrow, I will think about the mulching techniques I have learned from many and various
gardeners over the past 10 years...
What I have learned so far:
1. This is a lot of work! So make it count for double the time & money: add nutrients while you mulch.
2. Apply it 2-3 inches deep to suppress weeds for the growing season. You still may get some, but usually they are easier to pull out of the loose mulch than the firm soil.
3. Make sure to leave your plants some wiggle room. Apply the mulch deeply, but leave it at least one inch away from the crown of the plant. Leave 2-3 inches of space all around tree trunks.
4. Do not apply hot compost (meaning mushroom compost or other nutrient rich sources) to woodland (e.g. ferns) or silver-leaved plants (lavender).
5. For garden areas in which you want to encourage self-seeding plants, use a garden fork to "tickle in" some compost over those areas. Christopher Lloyd talks all about this in his book Succession Planting for Year-Round Pleasure. He also covers many other aspects of ornamental gardens. (It is my favorite garden book\!)
6. If you are mulching with well-rotted mushroom compost, be sure to save some extra for patching you lawn, topping off your vegetable beds (or containers), and even your ornamental containers.
7. You know you are a real gardener when just thinking of rotted plant and animal material gives you excited butterflies in your stomach... as opposed to the queasiness that most people feel in their stomachs.
Any more tips from my fellow gardeners?
Commented on Apr 06, 2013
For mulch, compost, etc... see if your local Ag Services or compost facility has product
A few photos of one of our recent installations. As part of an entire backyard installation, we created an outdoor room built into a small slope. The stone wall is a gravity wall we built
using Tennessee fieldstone. We shaped the rock and fit it all together to create a more rustic looking wall without using any mortar. We made the bench using a large slab of stone and built it into the wall.
The structure is built out of solid cedar timbers. Nearly every joint is mortise and tenon and held together using wooden pegs, as you see in the photos. All that remains is for the homeowner to add a table and a few chairs and a 'candlelier'.
We look forward to the plantings surrounding this garden room to fill in over the next few years as the garden fills in as we designed.
Commented on Feb 20, 2013
Thank you so much - appreciate the info. Have a great day.
I saw a bird feeder made from a soda bottle and I wanted to make one also. I already have a bird feeder for sunflower seeds. I wanted a thistle feeder to try to attract the American
Goldfinch which is so pretty at this time of year-bright yellow!
I took a bottle and melted holes in it for a dowel to go through. Then I melted a tiny hole just above the dowel for the birds to get the seeds out of. Please don't melt the bottle if you make this. Drill the holes. It's safer. I didn't have hubster or son to drill - "I don't have time now". So I was left to my own devices to figure it out. Drilling is better.
This was one really easy craft. Hopefully, the Goldfinches will find the thistle feeders soon. Hope everyone enjoyed this. i wish I had a picture of a bird on the feeder!
Best wishes, Linda
Commented on Feb 04, 2013
Hi Becky, great idea. Just a note about Finches...if you want only Finches to feed there,
place the feeding hole below the dowel and make the dowel shorter. Finches like to feed hanging down.