Ton Matton’s Chicken Cabinet Produces Fresh Eggs Right In Your Backyard

This chicken cabinet, designed by Ton Matton, is just one example of his amazing ‘free range furniture.’ How clever! DIY chicken coops are a dime-a-dozen but this one stands out from the masses. The cabinet design makes it easy to collect eggs, clean up after the birds, and feed and water them. It’s not an eyesore either!

The space in this cabinet/coop is tiny and the chickens will need a safe place to roam when not in their little house. This would be fun for the city chicken farmer. Yup, that’s a really popular thing right now. It’s just the right size if you want your own eggs but don’t have a lot of space. No one said coops have to be big and ugly. Plus I’ve heard these birds make nice pets.

I love to repurpose and this is a brilliant way to repurpose a china or hoosier cabinet. I am in love with these other furniture repurposing ideas from House Beautiful as well.

See the full article and plans at Inhabitat here…

Inhabitat: Ton Matton’s Chicken Cabinet Produces Fresh Eggs Right In Your Backyard

The Coolest Water Pool In The World

I would give my left arm for a pool like this! Ok, not really but maybe my favorite pair of shoes. This pool is way cooler and more practical than my Jimmy Choos (p.s. I saved 3 years for those!).

I can’t believe this pool is under a stable and beautiful patio. I love that it is safer than a regular backyard pool too. It can be hidden away when the kids are playing in the backyard unsupervised. Having multiple depths is such a clever idea!

I don’t know if my yard it big enough but I’d be willing to get rid of some flower gardens. I wonder if the boys would miss their swing set…

Watch the full video here…

A swimming pool is what many people dream of having in their back yard. However, while swimming pools might be great fun during the summer, they are a lot of hard work. It also uses a lot of space in your garden. However, by using an amazing hidden water pool you can get all of the benefits of having a swimming pool with extra benefits.

Benefits of the Hidden Water Pool:

– Saves space in your garden
– Safe for Kids
– Variable Depth
– Keeps it clean

Space saving

A swimming pool will take up a lot of space in your garden. This will mean that you can’t normally use the space for anything else. However, by using a hidden water pool you can still enjoy every inch of your garden for whatever you want. You can place a table on top of the pool and dine there normally. The only time you need to reveal the pool is when you are ready to take a splash.

Safe for Kids

Another major concern people have when deciding to install a swimming pool is the safety of their children. A hidden water pool is completely safe for kids because there is no uncovered water. This also means that you don’t need to fit fences and gates to prevent young children from entering the water. The pool is completely safe, and the water will only be accessible when you open the pool to use it.

Variable Depth

Some pools may have sloping bottoms for different depths. However, a hidden water pool is variable. This allows the user to open the pool to any depth. Whether you have kids who want a paddling pool, or bigger kids who want a pool they can dive into, this hidden water pool is ideal.

Keeps it Clean

Another advantage of having a hidden water pool is that it will keep the water much cleaner. It should prevent leaves and debris from falling into the pool because it is closed up whenever you don’t want to use it.

Additional Resources: Looking for more pool ideas?
Don’t miss this article by ODDEE and also this one from Top 10 Of Everything & Anything.

Jack-O-Planterns

Best. Idea. Ever. Seriously, I love these creative pumpkins from Garden Therapy! I’m so excited to feature them here today. Good thing Halloween is just around the corner because I don’t think I could wait a whole year to make them. These are so creative and so much better than the plain old ones. I especially like ‘Jack’s’ teeth. What a smiley happy pumpkin!

Here’s the link to Garden Therapy’s full article: Garden Therapy: Jack-O-Planterns

A Jack-o-lantern might be one of the most traditional ways to celebrate Halloween, but that’s not the only thing that you can do with a pumpkin. While most people will carve a face into their pumpkins and then put a candle inside, some very creative people have come up with the idea of using it as a planter. These look amazing and will be a welcome addition to anyone’s Halloween celebrations.

Tools Required

It’s very easy to make a jack-o-lantern planter yourself. This fun pumpkin idea only needs a few tools, including:

- Pen
– Knife
– Plants
– Compost
– Pumpkin

Plants

When it comes to plants you can choose pretty much anything. The types of plants that work the best for me include grasses in various colors, kale and ornamental cabbage. I’ve also experimented with a few other plants and you can get different looks by trying out different types of plants.

Step 1 – Hollowing the Pumpkin Out

The very fist step is to cut the top of the pumpkin and start scooping out all of the seeds and innards. This can either be discarded or kept. The seeds can be roasted and taste really nice, and the flesh can also be used to make soup if you wish.

Step 2 – Designing your Pumpkin

Next, you will need to decide what you want your pumpkin to look like. Normally this will be a smiley face with a toothy grin, although you can also design lots of other patterns. I find it easiest if you draw the design directly onto the pumpkin so that you have something to cut out.

Step 3 – Cutting the Design out

Once you have copied the design onto the pumpkin, it’s then a matter of using your sharp knife to cut it out. This is exactly the same as a regular jack-o-lantern so far. Be careful at this stage as you don’t want to hurt yourself, and you also need to be very careful to avoid breaking the pumpkin.

Step 4 – Filling with Compost

Once that’s all cut out you can then fill the pumpkin with soil or compost. Be gentle and don’t compress the soil too much as this could cause the design on the front to break.

Step 5 – Planting

Now you’re ready to plant. Before you actually plant anything in the pumpkin, it’s a good idea to try them in various locations. When you are happy with your design you can then plant it properly. Plants can be put in the top, around the mouth and even in the eyes.

Step 6 – Caring for your Jack-o-lantern planter

Your jack-o-lantern planter is very easy to care for. It needs the occasional water and it should last throughout Halloween. Once you have finished celebrating, simply remove the plants and compost the pumpkin. The plants can either be planted into other planters around the garden, or put into the garden.

Hopefully this fun pumpkin idea will get you in the mood for Halloween. It’s so easy to make, that it’s the perfect activity to help keep the kids occupied. It’s also something that’s slightly different and will become a real talking point.

Additional Resources: Looking for more pumpkin planter ideas?
Don’t miss this article by BHG.com and also this video by Martha Stewart.

Gardening Hacks That Will Make Your Garden The Talk Of The Town

These 15 tips from Viralnova are going to help take your gardening to the next level. The shower caddy hanging gardens are so clever. The shoe rack ones too. I can always take more gardening tips and fun ideas. Using eggs and lemons to start seedlings indoors are something I want to try also.

Get all the tips here-

Viralnova – Gardening Hacks That Will Make Your Garden The Talk Of The Town

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No Garden? Here Are 66 Things You Can Grow at Home In Containers

Everyone can have a garden, no matter how big or small their space. Dr Akilah El has a comprehensive list of thing that can be grown indoors in containers. I want to have some fruit growing in my living room. I’m thinking blackberries. How wonderful would that be???

Find all 66 things here…

Dr Akilah El – No Garden? Here Are 66 Things You Can Grow at Home In Containers

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Tips On Preparing The Garden For Winter

I feel like I just got my garden growing and now I have to shut it down for the winter. Not fair! I still have some fall planting to do but for the most part I am done until next year. These simple tips from Plant Care Today will help save time in the spring and keep your from having to start from scratch. Now that would be unfair!

Check them out here…

Plant Care Today – Tips On Preparing The Garden For Winter

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garden pallet ideas

I’m really excited to show off this great collection of projects from Home Ideas. It is everything you could ever want and more from a garden and pallet roundup. These DIYs aren’t expensive or time consuming and will totally transform your garden. Which do you want to try first?

See all 17 wonderful ideas here…

HomeIdeas:
17 Out Of This World Things To Do With Pallets In The Garden

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How A Girl Built A Gate

Christy over at Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer has made the most beautiful garden gate and I am beyond excited to feature it here today. It is beyond amazing and so is the description of how she did it. If you were in look of inspiration, you’ll find it here. I am so impressed with this gate!

See her fabulous tutorial here…

ConfessionsOfaSerialDIYer – How A Girl Built A Gate

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