I wish I could take full credit for this genius idea, but I originally saw a similar version on Pinterest. Modifications I made to my herb bed:
- Added locking wheels. Since I live in the Pacific Northwest where days of rain can water log my little plants (early season) I wanted to be able to move it around -- also helps with getting the sun. You never
know what time of day we might get that precious five minutes!
- Slatted the bottom and lined with weed fabric for drainage.
- I used untreated cedar wood
I must give credit to the person who originally blogged about this awesome idea! Art and Appetite at http://www.artandappetite.com/2011/04/desert...
It's funny sometimes how something so simple can make such a big difference. These homemade garden screens are now a favourite accessory in my garden.
I first start using them to keep the squirrels and birds from dining in my veggie beds. Not only did they work but the fine mesh screen kept the moths out too! From there I realized I could also use them as vine supports, and to support winter covers over my raised beds (I grow veggies throughout the year). Lots of uses from one item!
Many crops are self-pollinating and can remain covered (lettuces, legumes, spinach...) but for those that benefit from insect pollination, just remove the covers once the plants are well-established.
There's a complete material list and instructions on my blog. You can make them without any power tools and it's simple to do. And better yet, the squirrels won't thank you! http://www.empressofdirt.net/most-useful-gar...
I wanted to drop in and show a quick tutorial for these beautiful monogrammed succulent
wreaths that I created last year. I've always been a sucker for succulents, so this was such a fun project for me. I'm happy to say that most of these plants have survived the year, but I will freshen them up some with new plants to replace the ones that died over the winter.
I found wire initial frames at Anthropologie last year, so I got a J, G and B since those are the initials of everyone in my house.
I wrapped the wire frames with sturdy wired ribbon, and then filled the inside with a layer of damp peat moss, another layer of a sand/soil mixture, then a top layer of damp peat moss. I wrapped green floral wire around it all to keep it in place.
Then I used the end of a pen to make a hole where I stuck the roots of the succulents into the soil. I attached a hanging ribbon at the top, and let them lie flat for a few weeks while the roots took hold. After a few weeks they were ready to hang.
This was such a fun project, and I absolutely love the way they turned out. If you'd like a LOT more info and step-by-step photos, please check out my full tutorial here: http://unskinnyboppy.blogspot.com/2011/05/su...
I LOVE this idea for my garden! Did you know that you can grow another complete celery
stalk from the bottom piece that you cut off and throw away? Cut off the end that you would normally "throw away" and then place it in a small dish filled with warm water.
Next "pot" the celery stalk (Stalk Side Up) or place in your garden. Just dig a small hole, fill it with water and set the end in the hole, then cover it up with an inch or so of soil. Water thoroughly. That is it! Now the "end" will grow into a full stalk of celery! Rinse and Repeat and you never have to buy celery again! Talk about a way to save money! This photo is taken on day 7 and as you can see it is working!
Commented on Apr 04, 2013
I just started this myself :) We will see. I'll post a picture when I start to see growth!