Ever consider growing papaya? Neither did I until I started experimenting with "gardening for free" , basically spending nothing more than the cost of a single fruit. In my original blog, I covered the basics of gardening from kitchen scraps, propagating and harvesting seeds from season to season. Papaya are beautiful tropical plants that can produce fruit when grown in containers. Depending where you live, growing in the ground outdoors will only be an option if you live in zone 10 - 12. So, nearly all of the US and Canada would want to consider growing in a container, and moving indoors before the first freeze. Because I am in Dallas, zone 8, I am going to try both.
During last summer's internal renovation of our lake cabin, we held off replacing the windows because of the expense. This summer we decided to tackle two large window replacements in the living room. Our original windows were aluminum framed single pane glass, super inefficient! In the Texas heat, it made it very hard to cool down during 100+ days.Note: this is a two person job because of the size and weight of the windows when you get both windows mulled together....
What can you do to reduce waste, save money and potentially even help with reducing the destruction caused by hurricanes? Don’t buy commercial mulch! 70% of mulch sold in the US is made from cypress trees, while naturally organic and well liked for residential and commercial use, we are destroying our cypress groves that are crucial to swamp habitat in the coastal southeast and southcentral US, as well as, protecting our wetlands. Without these groves and wetlands intact, flooding and devastation is much worse during these severe storms (hello hurricane Harvey and Irma!).What can you do to reduce waste, save money and potentially even help with reducing the destruction caused by hurricanes? Don’t buy commercial mulch! 70% of mulch sold in the US is made from cypress trees, while naturally organic and well liked for residential and commercial use, we are destroying our cypress groves that are crucial to swamp habitat in the coastal southeast and southcentral US, as well as, protecting our wetlands. Without these groves and wetlands intact, flooding and devastation is much worse during these severe storms (hello hurricane Harvey and Irma!).
I like to change things around on my mantel from season to season and I hadn't really found my summer look....I wanted to stay away from any fresh flowers or plants because we travel so much during the summer, but I did want to brighten and lighten things up.
Before I got serious about it, I used to spend as much money or more on plants/veggies and supplies to grow a few meager plants in my mini backyard garden as I would have buying the few things I grew at the grocery store. While this was still rewarding (being outside, growing something...), I really wanted to get better!
As a mother of two girls, we have enjoyed doing some truly great Valentine's boxes over the years. I like finding ways to do projects like this without an expensive trip to the craft store. Getting the kids involved in this household search is key...This is made out of all household items, except the heart at the top, which could be made or substituted for ribbon/bows/hearts...whatever!
I have the typical builder grade bathroom vanities in my home and after 15 years they look less than fresh. If you've shopped for vanities to replace, the nice ones are really expensive...$1,000 and up! For next to nothing, I reused my bathroom cabinet (painted it ) and poured a concrete counter top. Add a glass bowl sink, a farmhouse industrial faucet and you have a beautifully updated vanity for around $150.Note - we have poured countertops inside, installing directly on the cabinets and in place but we've also tried it outside the area and installing once completed. For small surfaces like a bathroom vanity, we highly recommend doing this somewhere else...it's easier and not that heavy to move into place. Keeping all the mess outside your home.
I really should be cleaning or organizing something in my house, but after a busy December, all I want to do is have a little zen time in my workshop (aka 3rd garage space turned workshop). It's going to sound weird but I really love working with concrete - see my concrete countertop project https://www.hometalk.com/32547429/concrete-countertops. But I wanted to use it on a smaller scale - and pots seem like a good place to start.
Two years ago, I married the love of my life in our backyard and it was perfectly lovely. I wanted to reuse any of the wedding decor that I possibly could. Considering this was a second marriage for us both and we were a blended family with kids, new Christmas stockings seemed in order.
My magnolia tree is constantly shedding it's leaves most of the year. The leaves are very sturdy and hard on the mower and even harder to compost. I saved a bin of the leaves for a future project..not really knowing what that might be.
I am a wife, mother, blogger, and full time professional, always looking for ways to reduce waste, recycle or upcycle. I don't hire professionals for my home projects and my goal is always save money, reduce waste and go green.