Greenhouse

I have run across a greenhouse DIY that is perfect for gardeners of every skill level. (It’s definitely perfect for beginners!) This video from Suzelle also proves that greenhouses don’t have to be expensive to be awesome.

This is considered a ‘hoop house.’ Can you guess why? Because of the shape of the frame. This one is especially worthy of the name considering it is made from hula hoops. However, you need a few other supplies besides hula hoops. You’ll need four wooden planks and brackets, a hose pipe, eight pieces of rebar, some shade cloth, zip ties, a hacksaw and mallet, gardening tools, soil, and the plants you want to plant.

I think this might be more of a shade box to keep the bugs out and her plants from being overexposed than a greenhouse. It wouldn’t be any help during the colder months unless you had a different cover.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Fairy Garden

Do you believe in fairies? I hope so! Everyone needs some magic and fantasy in their life. I fall more in love with each whimsical fairy garden that I see. They are so precious. They make me feel like a little kid and take me back to when anything was possible. Wimp has gathered up a fabulous roundup of beautiful little gardens. If you are thinking about making a garden for the yard fairies…you really should! Pick one of these!

I really like number 8! The birdhouses and adorable birds are just that…adorable. Number 9 has a cute birdhouse too. Number 18 does too. I guess I’m just on a birdhouse kick these days. Which is your favorite? All of them?

In love with birdhouses like me? Here are some DIYs that you are going to love! The birdhouse/planters? Yes please! I mean, come on cuteness!

Check out all 18 magical gardens here…

Wimp: 18 Awe-Inspiring ‘Fairy Gardens’ (photos)

Planter

The result of this DIY project are so beautiful you have to see it for yourself. Cascading flower boxes are gorgeous. I know I have seen them before but had no idea this is how they did it. Or that I had the skill level to make one myself. Beautiful and so much easier than I thought it would be. Silly me, I thought it was a bush. Take a look at the directions and see how it is worth your time and effort. Cross my heart!

These directions call for the use of pallets but you can use any type of lumber if you don’t want to break one apart. It will require daily water, weekly fertilizer, and periodic spraying for bugs. Yes, a little bit of maintenance but it is worth the spectacular results. Give it a try, you won’t regret this project.

Find the full tutorial here…

HerToolBelt: Pallet Planter Box For Cascading Flowers (build tutorial)

Garden Beds

So, you want to have a summer’s worth of fresh salads to have with your dinners or bright flowers to decorate your table but your soil isn’t so great or your pests are too plentiful. Raised planters may be the way to go! Raised planters give your garden a unique personality. Deciding on what your garden will look like is one of the most fun parts of gardening.

Sadly, not all of us are DIY masters. Fear not! This roundup from Simplemost has seven ‘kits’ that you can buy to help your gardening dreams come true. All of the materials that you need are included. Instructions too! (That’s what I need most!) These kits range from $60-$900 so there is something for the fiscally challenged to the financially stable. Lol.

Here are some DIY garden beds for those of you who don’t need the kits. Love ‘em!

See all 7 here…

SimpleMost: 7 Raised Garden Bed Kits

Gardening

Gardening. Blech. I love having a beautiful garden but hate all the work that goes into making and keeping it pretty. I tend to call my mom when I need busy work done around the yard. Playing in the dirt and sun makes her happy. I do need to develop my own skill set though. This roundup from Cute DIY Projects has 50 garden tips perfect for improving your skills. It promises to turn you into an expert. Let’s see if it’s true!

There are so many tips here! The ‘do’s and don’ts’ of tomato growing, how to grow better carrots, How to make natural insect spray and weed killer. This roundup shows how to make your own compost, elevated flower beds and so much more. 44 more!

Everyone should have a garden! Off The Grid News has five reasons that might convince you. Stress relief is my favorite!

Find all 50 tips and tricks here…

CuteDIY: 50 Garden Tips And Hacks To Turn You Into A Gardening Expert!

Planters

You need to check out this roundup from Diply! I’m so excited to feature it here today. And as the title says, it has ‘16 totally unique things to grow plants in.’ There’s no reason life should be boring. Life or gardening. These planters are repurposing at it’s finest. It’s good to know that light bulbs, wine bottles, boots, and everything else that would otherwise end up in the rubbish bin can be put to another use.

I love these planters! Which are your favorites? Have you tried any of them? I think the lightbulbs are my favorite. I really like numbers 13 and 8 as well.

There are so many awesome planters out there, a lot of them perfect for succulents which are hard to kill. Another type of plant that I’m interested in are ‘air plants’ or Tillandsia. Apparently they are hard to kill too and they look fabulous! Maybe I’ll get some of them next!

Check them all out here…

Diply: 16 Totally Unique Things To Grow Plants In

Berry

What is your favorite berry? I don’t think you can pick wrong here. Blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, huckleberry, boysenberry. All delicious! I buy mine from the store but many people grow them themselves. I’ve heard it’s a love-hate relationship. A labor of love. These planter boxes, featured at Gardening Jones, promise to make everything a little easier.

These boxes are raised, have hinges and lids, and hardware cloth covers. The covers let all the right things in, like bees and other ‘pollinators.’ It also keeps the unwanted critters out, like bunnies and birds. The hinges and lids make picking the berries easier too. That’s the whole point of growing them right?! To get to eat them!

Looking for other planter box ideas? The Self Sufficient Living has 12 DIYs that are worth checking out. Perfect for growing every which thing! I really like number 7.

See more of these protected boxes here…

Gardening Jones: Smarter Berries

Tomato

Tomatoes. Ewww gross! I like spaghetti sauce, ketchup, and other things that are made from tomatoes but I don’t like the actual fruit. (Yes, it’s actually a fruit and not a veggie. You can learn more about it here.) Sadly, my husband adores them and he insists that we plant them. We plant them but that doesn’t mean we can grow them. Lol. Maybe this will help.

The Wannabe Homesteader has some tips on how to grow seedlings from an overripe tomato wasting away in the fridge. Just like he says in the video…’It’s almost too easy.’ All you need…a pot, some soil, and of course a tomato. That seems pretty easy! Fill your pot up with soil. Cut your tomatoes one quarter-inch (ish) thick and place in the dirt. Cover tomatoes with dirt but not too deep. Water and wait. Voila!

What are your thoughts on this? Think it works? I read somewhere that you shouldn’t use hybrid tomatoes (which are mostly what stores sell or they won’t grow true.)

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Garden

Has the organic bug bitten you? There is this crazy and intense epidemic that is sweeping the nation. Fresh is best! Pesticide free is perfection. Organic is ‘oh-my-goodness’ expensive. People love organic fruits and vegetable (present company included). Eating healthy and fresh doesn’t have to break the bank…if you grow your veggies yourself!

Easier said than done. Not everyone has a green thumb and can grow a fabulous vegetable garden. Kudos to you if you are one of those people who can. I wouldn’t say that my thumb is black (I’ve kept an orchid alive for almost two years now!) but it isn’t ‘Green Giant’ green. This video from GrowVeg has 10 simple tips for how to have a successful vegetable garden. Love ‘em!

Think you’re going to give this a go? Here are some other tips to check out that will help get you well on your way.

Find the helpful video here… Enjoy!

Pond

The sound of a gurgling bubbling brook is just one of my favorites. Sadly not all of us live in the country or have a river next door. Regardless, every backyard needs a water feature! They aren’t as hard to make as you might think. Take this one, featured at Diply. It is very easy to make and I’m excited to feature it here today.

It’s not going to take a lot to add some ambiance to your backyard. Only five things are needed for this project. (Geeze! I wish my water feature had been that simple!). You will need a Rubbermaid container, water pump, some decorative rocks, flat concrete stones, and your favorite water plants. It’s suggested that you get something to help keep the algae at bay too. Sunset has 32 other water features worth checking out. Not all DIY but each and every one inspiring and beautiful. Find them here.

Follow the link to find the full tutorial and amazing finished product…

Diply: DIY Container Pond Tutorial (photos)