Ponds and gardening
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My brother is a pro gardener, and many moons ago, he shared how he professionally edged flower beds. I decided to implement his method into my own garden, and boy... I can't believe the instant difference it made! So I decided to write a blog post on his method, showing all the steps, not thinking too much about it after the thought.Well, that one hot sunny day of picture shooting turned out to be a win. This post turned out to be one of my most frequently visited and copied tutorials! And that's because this method truly works. This method of flowerbed edging transforms your flowerbeds from standard to showroom quality instantly! With standard garden tools and a little bit of elbow grease, it's easy to get this look, and not all that hard to keep up.Are you ready to ditch deteriorating flower bed edges and go all natural and even more beautiful?Here's how...
This time of year is the greatest … back out in the garden, in the sun, doing yard work, and mowing. I can get some of my best thinking done while I'm on a mower.I love to repurpose and upcycle, so it's also the perfect time to start pulling out my stuff and making new things for my yard and garden.
Some people are just avid gardeners and have a green thumb. And then there are those who love water in the landscape and wear a blue thumb! Such is the case for this suburban Chicago homeowner who filled his landscape with waterfalls, fountains, and a pond. More water gardening images and information at www.aquascapeinc.com.
A Pondless Waterfall is perfect for families with small children, or for someone who doesn't want the upkeep of the pond addition. The sound of rushing water is relaxing and the view isn't too bad either! If you are in the Central KY area give us a call! 888-297-6637 To see more, click here: http://www.facebook.com/notes/h2o-designs
In the summer of 2004, I had the idea of digging a small garden pond located to the east of the house. The water garden is on a plateau, just before a small slope. One dimension ends 30' X 19' (9 m x 5.7 m), the pond has a maximum depth of 28" (2' 4" or 70 cm). For detailed instructions: ----> Build a Pond Comments? ing
Pond lovers are familiar with Aquascape as the leading water garden innovator in North America, so we were more than flattered when, in early May, our own Bill Renter was invited to do a guest blog on koi ponds for their web site. In case you missed it, we're sharing it today. Koi Ponds - For the Child in Us All By Bill Renter, Outdoor Living Expert "Growing up, I was what they call today a 'free-range' kid. Like most children back then, I was free to explore the outdoors on my own and interact with nature. Things are different today. Parents and child caretakers are far more cautious about letting children wander on their own. This is one reason, I believe, why koi ponds have skyrocketed in appeal. Through them, Mother Nature's best experiences are brought right to our own backyards. For sure, kids love watching and feeding colorful pond fish. Koi are gentle creatures that will swim right up to be fed, accepting food directly from the hand. And since it's better to feed them in small amounts throughout the day, pretty much any time the kids are free, it's a good time for the koi, too. Backyard ponds attract other wildlife that children love: frogs, salamanders - basically any amphibian that lay their eggs in or near water. Plus birds will flock there, including song birds. However, predatory birds like heron may be attracted to the koi. There are steps you can take to dissuade them, like netting, decoys, and electronic scarecrows with sensors that spray water when they catch movement. Also, thoughtful landscaping can provide protection as herons prefer an unobstructed path to wade into the water. And from the outset, having the right depth of water in the pond (no less than 24") is key to keeping heron at bay. My favorite koi ponds are the larger 'swimming ponds.' Children can snorkel in these and get up face to face with the fish. For swimming, you want clean water, so I'd recommend not overstocking your pond. You don't want more fish waste than can be reasonably absorbed by aquatic plants and the pond's bog filtration system. Now while there are a few things to consider, with a little care, koi ponds are ideal to bring out the child in us all. Even today, when a pond is large enough, I can't resist a swim. So I say ... go ahead ... be a 'helicopter' parent or grandparent, and hover over the kids. With a backyard koi pond, kids aren't missing out on much at all." (See original post on Aquscape Inc. web site: (original post: http://www.aquascapeinc.com/blogs/water-gardening/koi-ponds-for-the-child-in-us-all)
I see big hurricane vases all the time at the thrift store for super cheap but I am not a huge fan of the shape. I recently saw one that I really liked at Pottery Barn but it was $70! I set out to see if I could recreate this candle holder for less.
Ya’ll! I didn’t think some black spray paint could make a girl so happy, but man! I LOVE the way my windows look now!! All it took was some tape and a can of black spray paint! Taping is the worst part because I’m so impatient and just want to get going to the fun stuff - just me? All of the prep work is worth it in the end but I always want to rush through it so that I can move on to the real part of the project!
They must have been MASSIVELY mass produced. These lovely cut glass luncheon plates with matching cups were, at one time, the standard for serving “a light lunch” at baby showers, wedding showers, church meetings, bridge clubs and other hosted “Ladies who Lunch” events.
So if you have solar lights, then no doubt at some point and time they developed that white hazy film over the panel. I have tried several hacks, the toothpaste, WD40, vinegar, nail polish remover...you get my drift. Some worked temporarily, others not at all. I finally found a product that works with little effort.
ProcrastinationBack when my brother was still a bachelor, I helped him get rid of a few things that were cluttering up his basement. One of those things was an old steel bed spring that had been left there by the former owner. Judging by its size, it was probably from a child’s bed.I thought it would make a fun garden trellis if I painted it, so I took it home. I stashed it behind some bushes along our driveway fence – just temporarily, of course, until I had the time to paint it.That was about 10 years ago.Earlier this summer, when Chris rebuilt our driveway fence, he came across the bed spring – still sitting, unpainted, where I’d left it. The steel had rusted over the years, and the rust looked (to me, at least) more interesting than any type of paint.Sometimes it pays to procrastinate.
My hallway was a dark and dingy cave, I needed to show it some love, and boy did I! Once the hallway itself was done, it was time to turn my attention to the slab doors that were original to my 1952 ranch home. Not sure that they were hollow as they weighted way too much for that. The time had come to put the frosting on the cake and finish this hallway makeover with a bang!
If you follow my blog you will know that I try and create all my projects from recycled materials. In our house, we all love Pepsi Max, which leaves us with a fair few aluminium cans. Instead of sending them to the recycling centre, I wanted to try and create an aluminium can wall hanging with them. Because aluminium cans are not very big, I wanted to create a wall hanging that was made up of smaller panels that could be arranged in different designs on the wall. So your wall hanging can be changed around when you get bored with the design.
Do you want to plant a gorgeous container garden to brighten up an outdoor living space but aren’t sure where to start? Learn how to design this outdoor planter that attracts hummingbirds.I love to design container gardens.In spring, my favorite thing to do is plant outdoor planters for my deck and patio areas to enjoy all season long. They add a lot of color and personality to outdoor living spaces.Container gardens help soften the hard lines and lend to a relaxing atmosphere.I’ve got a great container garden recipe for sun today that you can try.And a little tip to keep those planters light so you can move them around easier.The Elements of Container Garden DesignWhen designing an outdoor planter or any container, keep in mind the thriller, filler, and spiller method of design.What does that mean?It means you want a plant that will add height and drama (the thriller).Plants that will fill in the container (the filler).And plants that will trail over the outside of the container to soften the lines (the spiller).There are lots of ways to achieve the look.Here is one of the outdoor planter recipes that I designed for the season.
My brother-in-law planted a small grape plant in his backyard and wanted a trellis structure behind it for the grapes to climb on. He asked me to design and build it in the corner of his garden. After going through some designs, we decided to go with a corner arbor. When the project was complete, I created PDF plans on how to build a DIY Corner Arbor with a Bench that includes a trellis for the grapes to grow on.For more info and printable PDF visit my website at TheDIYPlan.com
Looking for ways to grow your indoor garden on a budget? Propagating plants is the easiest way to grow your garden for free! Learn how to propagate pothos in water with these 7 easy steps.Pothos is one of the easiest houseplants to grow and care for.They are low maintenance, resilient, can tolerate different levels of light, boosts the mood, and purifies the air.But did you also know that they are super easy to propagate in water?It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of easy-care houseplants.My plants grew so much while summering outdoors.So it’s time to clean them up and cut some of them back.But what to do with the cuttings?I’m going to grow more plants!
Returning to work on the Basement Bathroom by tackling the pallet walls. This Basement has been a LONG, slow process but, to be fair, its not where we live so its not on our “urgent” to-do list. Though we do hang out down here on the weekends especially it wasn’t until I upcycled an old toolbox in the bathroom here that I finally got motivated. We installed the commode and rolling doors for this space and finished up the living room. After that I realized there wasn’t a ton to do to finally have a completed bathroom for the first time ever so I got to work!
Couldn’t resist making one more fun piece for my garden before getting on to things I should probably really be doing. 🙂I’d like to attract more birds, and thought a small feeder in the garden would help.An old metal chicken feeder has been hanging in my garage for several years now, so why not put it to use.