diy garden apron

Here is yet another great way to repurpose those old denim jeans. Turn them into a garden apron. Gardening is back breaking work and getting up and down a lot makes it even worse. That happens to me because I am constantly forgetting what I need. An apron like this would save me some time (and aches) because I would have everything in one place, the pockets.

Did you know that the average american owns at least seven pairs of jeans? I’m no exception. Many are waiting for my waist to shed a few pounds but there are a few crummy ones that could be repurposed. I love that this DIY is a no sew!

You don’t have to make your own apron if you don’t feel like it. There are some pretty great ones for sale. This one from Williams-Sonoma is pretty fabulous. It is also slightly spendy for something you will be wearing in the garden. There are other fun ones for as little as $10 so DIY or drive to the store, I know you’ll find something grand.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Fire Pit

Winter, spring, summer, or fall, fire pits are always in season. What is it about them? They are the perfect spot to sit and relax, catch up with old friends, toast marshmallows, and hide from the world for a little while. There are so many great designs and DIYs out there but I am loving this one more and mote. It is durable, affordable, and portable. It would make the best addition to any backyard!

You can build this pit on your own for $50. Hooray! I love this idea and I think Lowe’s has these rings and they go on sale quite often. Why a mobile fire pit? Because the only certain thing in life is change. The perfect spot for the fire pit this year might not be great next. This design is nice because it can be moved and rebuilt elsewhere fairly easily.

Now you know how to make a fire pit out of concrete tree rings. Score! Know what else would be good to know? How to make your own concrete tree rings. Lol. There is a DIY for everything! Some days I can’t even remember what life before the internet was like. I love having all this information! Find that tutorial over at Instructables to learn how to make tree rings.

Check out the full article from Instructables and learn how to make your own fire pit here…

Instructables: $50 Fire Pit Using Concrete Tree Rings

Farm

Ever thought of growing your own food but didn’t think it was possible? It’s more that possible! It might even be the way of the future. If the Dervaes family can do it while living in Los Angeles, I think you can to.

The Dervaes family live on 1/10th of an acre 15 minutes from downtown L.A.. In itself that’s not strange. What’s crazy is that they manage to maintain a sustainable and independent urban farm. Complete with animals!

In a year they produce around 4,300 pounds of veggies, 900 chicken eggs, 1000 duck eggs, 25 lbs honey, and pounds of seasonal fruit. There are over 400 species of plants. What?! They have everything they need to ‘live off the land.’ From beets to bees. Chickens to chickpeas.

What the family doesn’t eat they sell from their porch, making around $20,000 a year. Local organic food is so popular that they don’t have any problems finding customs. Even chefs from restaurants seek them out.

I tried to figure out how big 1/10th (0.1) of an acre is in perspective to other things . I used this website, findlotsize.com, and put markers around my ‘house.’ I got a rough estimate that mine is 0.062, but my math seems wrong since my place looks way smaller. It’s interesting to know all the same. Check it out here… if you’re curious to learn what size yours is.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

gardening tricks

Perhaps you are an avid gardener or just don’t have the natural talent to keep a flourishing garden going. Regardless, we have found some great gardening hacks that will help both the seasoned gardener and those new to the field.

Did you know gardens can be a superb investment of time and money? You definitely reap what you sow – and it is so rewarding to watch all of your hard work get transformed into tangible results! If you love gardening and want to know some ways to improve your skills, then these tips and tricks are just the thing you’ll want to review.

You can learn how to start seedlings from indoors, learn what indoor products you can recycle to help your garden stay healthy, learn all about indoor and outdoor gardening and more! Did you know you can use diapers in your planting pots to retain moisture? Or that you can use alum to help revive your wilting hydrangeas?

Here’s the link to all 16 gardening tricks…

diy garden art

Do you enjoy spending time outdoors and being in the garden? Those of you who do have gardens understand the many benefits as you gaze and admire all that they have to offer. But you can do even more in your garden such as bring in beautiful pieces of art and creative ideas. There is so much you can do with your garden to enhance it even more!

If you are the creative type then you’ll definitely appreciate the garden art projects we’ve found here. From repurposing old tires to creating beautiful planters in wine barrels, the sky is the limit. Think about how much color and texture you can bring to your garden.

Is your style whimsical or more formal? Whatever it is that suits you, you will surely find some projects here that will interest you.

1. Homemade whimsical pinwheels:

homemade pinwheels
Plantinghappinessblog.wordpress.com

2. Metal bucket planters on the wall:

bucket planters
Thenymelrosefamily.com

3. Wooden basket planter:

hanging wooden basket
Addicted2decorating.com

4. Bicycle planter:

bicycle planter
Organizedclutter.net

5. Toadstool benches:

mushroom stools
Birdsandblooms.com

6. Rock caterpillar:

caterpillar rock art
Thegardeningcook.com

7. Stone birdhouse:

stone birdhouse
Empressofdirt.net

8. Mosaic stepping stones:

mosaic stepping stones
Prakticideas.com

9. Birdcage planter:

birdcage planter
Empressofdirt.net

10. Toaster planter:

toaster planter
Theselfsufficientliving.com

11. Donkey tire art:

donkey tire art
Icreativeideas.com

12. Mosaic ladybug:

mosaic ladybug
Icreativeideas.com

13. Teacup tire art:

teacup tire art
Thewhoot.com.au

14. Hanging flower planter:

wall flower planter
Decorchick.com

15. Flower tire planter:

flower tire planter
Thegreenhousediaries.blogspot.ca

16. Chair planter:

wooden chair planter
Gardentherapy.ca

17. Decorative garden balls:

decorative garden balls
Empressofdirt.net

18. Potted flowers in a frame:

potted flowers in frame
Organizedclutter.net

19. Cute ladybugs:

ladybug art
Funfamilycrafts.com

20. Hubcap garden art:

hubcap garden art
Usefuldiy.com

21. Waterfall pots:

waterfall pots
Sachiidosti.com

22. Vertical pallet planter:

pallet planter
Diyshowoff.com

23. Garden chandelier:

jeweled hanging pot
Empressofdirt.net

24. Garden birdcage:

birdcage planter
Lovethispic.com

25. Spiral herb garden:

spiral herb garden
Themicrogardener.com

26. Modified DIY wine barrel:

barrel planter
Woohome.com

27. Frog tire art:

frog tire art
Icreativeideas.com

28. Barrel planter with lamp post:

barrel planter lamp post
Flickr.com

29. Stenciled wheelbarrow:

stenciled wheelbarrow
Empressofdirt.net

30. Barrel planter overflowing:

barrel planter laying down
Woohome.com

transform backyard into something incredible

You are about to meet a guy who transformed his backyard into a beautiful, functional outdoor kitchen and dining area. He created his dream outdoor kitchen and when you see it you will be astounded. His backyard really needed a major upgrade, especially the existing patio. He was lucky because he had friends who could help him fulfill his dream.

Most of us are so busy with our lives, working and getting home to make supper and tend to our children. We often don’t get the time to devote to our backyards like this guy did. Maybe his story will provide you with some inspiration. Go look in your backyard and see what you can imagine there. Perhaps a new outdoor fireplace? Or gaming area? How about an outdoor movie theater? There are so many things you can do!

Follow along as this guy truly transforms his dreary backyard into a summer oasis. We assure you you will not be disappointed!

diy backyard spring projects

Whether you have a large or small backyard, there are a lot of projects you can pursue to liven things up. After a long drawn out winter most of us are ready to sit outdoors and enjoy the warmer weather. You may be ready for spring to arrive but is your backyard ready?

Even before spring arrives you can start planning projects to brighten up your backyard and get it ready for the best season outside yet. You can consider larger projects such as a pool or building a patio or deck, but there are also several small projects that can make a huge difference with a lot less money and effort.

From homemade flower hangers to crafty lanterns, there are so many possibilities. If you are eager to take on a larger project, consider creating an outdoor fireplace. What could be more welcoming than enjoying an evening beside the fire?

See all 23 DIY projects here…

vegetables for container gardening

In today’s society more and more of us are leaning towards growing our own food. Not only are food costs constantly rising and people have less and less to spend, but also people are learning a lot more about what goes into their food and how it was handled. If you grow your own food, you know exactly what chemicals are *not* going in there and you know exactly what you and your family are eating.

But unfortunately not all of us are lucky enough to live on a farm or have the land outdoors to grow a garden. In fact much of the population lives in suburban and busy city areas. In these types of living arrangements one does not have the space nor the right land to grow food outdoors.

Container gardening serves to solve all of this, and can be done by virtually anybody and anywhere. It is the most flexible way of growing food for you and your family members. To top it all off you will end up saving money and eating more healthy!

See which 12 veggies are the best here…

Cacti Garden

Cacti remind of bright and warm sunny places. How I want to be in one of them now! Since that isn’t going to happen till spring break (New Orleans), I’ll have to placate myself with dreams and DIYs that remind me summer until then. This cacti garden is the perfect indoor project for a cold rainy day. I love the splashes of color these can bring to an otherwise drab winter existence. It’s a nice twist on traditional terrarium too.

Cacti are almost impossible to kill! Don’t worry if you forget to water them. No matter, they just live on. That’s a perfect plant for me! Be sure to wear gloves when planting your own cacti carden. Ouch! This whole project takes about 20 minutes, start to finish. Love it!

Not only are the fun to grow, but if cooked right, they taste good! Check out epicurious’s delicious recipe here.

See the full details here…

A Beautiful Mess: Planting A Simple Cacti Garden

Backyard DIYS

Spring is not far off. True, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow but six more weeks of winter really isn’t that long. The first official day of Spring is March 20th and that’s really not that far off! It might not be warm enough to start planting outside then but it’s the perfect time to start planning what you want your backyard to look like and what DIYs you’re going to do this year.

I spend the winter bookmarking and pinning and now it’s time to start deciding. I hate this part! My yard is only so big. I’m in big trouble after seeing this roundup from Home Esthetics. I want to do all of these projects! Maybe we should move and get a house with a bigger yard…

I love #1. It is my favorite and I’m for sure doing #5. My AC unit is an eyesore. I’m pretty keen on the hanging and toy truck planters. They’re adorable! None of these are going to do you any good if your lawn is brown and dying. Help get it healthy with these tips from Lowe’s.

Check out all 35 of these awesome projects here…

Home Esthetics: DIY Garden Projects For The Perfect Backyard