Garden

Have you ever seen The Secret Garden? That movie was one of my favorites when I was little. Anything could happen in a wild mysterious English garden like that. Weren’t those towering brick walls the best?! It doesn’t take a whole lot to add a little magic to an ordinary garden but to recreate the whole thing? I don’t think many of us could do that!

One amazing mom, Rachel K., was able to create a whole secret garden for her little princess and it is as impressive as you are imaging. More so. Wait until you see the pics! This little garden is complete with a fountain, tall secluding shrubs, a gate with a peep hole and key, bright flowers, a fairy garden, twinkle lights, and outside games. I wish my garden was this cool!

I hope you didn’t miss out on this endearing childhood movie. So fun! Here is the official trailer just in case you were seriously deprived. Lol.

See the whole backyard transformation here…

FaithTap: A Child’s Dream Becomes Reality (photos)

Stones

It’s important to give your home a personality. Special. Make it yours. One of a kind. Homemade garden crafts add a nice personal touch to any backyard and garden. Stepping stones are a quick and easy project that definitely fit into that category. They are affordable and fun to make with the littles! We have a few in our yard already but I think I see room for another.

I’m excited to feature this DIY from Intimate Weddings. It’s a simple stepping stone tutorial that the whole family will love and that will add some extra whimsy to your yard. I used to make these when I was little. They never turned out like these though. Who knows what mom had us using! Lol. These will be so fun to make!

You can buy stepping stone kits too. If you don’t have the plates to mash, these ones come pre-mashed.

Here’s the link to the full tutorial…

Intimate Weddings: DIY Garden Stones Tutorial

Apples

I’ve heard that apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking people up in the morning. Thoughts? I’m not sure that I believe that but I do love apples. They are my favorite fruit and I love their fun names. Liberty, Pink Lady, Gold Rush, Love Story, Empire, Granny Smith. That is just to name a few. There were apple trees behind my house as a kid and someday I hope to live in a place that has fruit trees again. How fun would that be!

Words to the wise, this is not a quick project. As with most things living, it will take time and patience but be worth it in the end. This tutorial from Instructables shows how to grow apple trees from seeds. Sweet!

A large part of this process is grafting. I don’t understand that at all! I understand seeds, germinating, and planting. The rest? Nope. Mother Earth News has a better handle on it than I do. Check it out and your trees will be amazing!

Here’s the link to the full tutorial…

Instructables: Growing Apple Trees From Seed

Pool

Do you have a big yard? David Pagan Butler does and he he did something really amazing in it. He and his wanted a pool but not just any pool. They wanted a natural pool. This YouTube video from user PermacultureMedia shows how he made a chemical free swimming hole that blends perfectly into its surroundings.

I love that this is an alternative to chlorine. Chlorine smells so bad, is hard on your hair and skin, and fades those pricey swimming suits. The water in this pool is purified with biological filters, plants, and some solar energy.

How lovely would this look in your backyard? Great, I’m sure! It would be a blast to take the kids out back and teach them about frogs and tadpoles. My one concern is mosquitoes. Does this count as still water? Hope not because it’s fabulous in every other way.

You can see some more natural pools here. Good Housekeeping has gathered up a bunch of fun ones that are sure to thrill. Do you have a fav?

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Lady Bugs

‘Ladybug! Ladybug! Fly away home…’ No! don’t do that. Fly your cute little butts down to my garden. This cute ladybug craft is the best way golf balls can be repurposed. I never knew they could be used to decorate! Did you? Check out this DIY!

You will need some golf balls (those are always super easy to find), some sandpaper, some paint, and a brush or two. What could be simpler?! Use the sandpaper and get the gloss off the golf balls. After that it’s time to prime and paint. (Getting rid of the gloss will make sure the paint will stick.) After that it’s time to paint the face, wings, eyes, and little spots. How cute! Hooray. Check out all of these other ladybug crafts on Pinterest. They are adorable! The hand warmers are super practical and adorable and the footprints are beyond precious. I love them. All of them really.

Here’s the link to the full tutorial…

Artdrops: Happy Ladybugs

Fairy

Do you believe in fairies? I hope so because everyone needs some whimsy and fantasy in their life. Every little girl loves fairies! There is just something about magic, pixie dust (and flying), and a hidden world only accessible to children. Maybe you don’t love pixies and sprites as much as your kids (spoilsport) but you will love these miniature gardens just as much. Maybe even more!

I love the water fairy garden! How cute that it has a working waterfall. Using birdhouses to make a village is a lovely idea but I think my favorite would have to be the repurposed wheelbarrow. These mini gardens are especially great if you don’t have a lot of space but are looking for a ‘pop’ of color! Fairies have made quite the comeback. Have you seen the Tinkerbell franchise?! There is a lot of cool stuff out there. Backpacks, shoes, hair ribbons, school supplies and awesome movies. I kid you not, the movies are really good. Solid plots. Fun characters. Strong emotional appeal. It might just be me but don’t judge ‘em before you watch ‘em. Here’s a trailer for one of the latest.

Here is the link to all 12 ideas…

Diply: 12 Fantastic Fairy Garden Ideas


repel mosquitoes

The blood-thirsty mosquito population could be at an all time high this year. Yikes! That is a scary thought. The neighbors behind us have a pond that is looking pretty nasty. Can you say ‘breeding ground?’ If it is bad, at least there are some ways we can keep them away. Try planting some mosquito repelling plants and save yourself some pain.

Citronella is the big one we all think of when it comes to mosquito repellents but there are loads of other plants that keep those pesky intruders at bay too. Catnip, marigolds, lavender, peppermint, garlic…I never knew! Do you have any of these in your garden? If not, you should! Another way to keep those bugs away is with DIY citronella candles. They can be super cute in fun containers and you can add some fun sents to the normal plain citronella. I’m really excited to try this! Here’s a great tutorial to get you started.

Here’s the link to all 11 ideas…

Natural Living: 11 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes


Vertical

There are so many cute variations of trellises and vertical gardens out there and these ones featured at Diply are no exception. How cute! This roundup shows vertical gardening at it’s best! Sometimes the only thing that stands between a great garden and no garden at all is a vertical planter. So true!

Upright planters let those short on space still experience the joys of gardening and botany. I’m so glad that there are options out there! You can never go wrong with a pallet planter (be sure your pallet is heat treated to avoid contact with harmful chemicals). I would love it if I could have a green wall someday or have moss grow inside the house in fun designs. Sadly, there is hardly any stone around here and it wouldn’t be good for the wood. Moss Graffiti is another thing I would love to have. Why isn’t there any stone or bring around here? Maybe someday I will live in a place where this DIY is a possibility. Find the tutorial here.

Here’s the link to all 19 ideas…

Diply: 19 Vertical Gardens To Lift Your Spirits


Garden

Did you ever watch The Secret Garden as a kid? I loved that movie! I loved the mystery, the towering brick walls, and the wild English gardens. Anything could happen in a place like that. I don’t think many of us can reproduce a garden like the one in the movie but It really doesn’t take a whole lot to add some magic to an ordinary garden. Diply has a collection of 19 DIYs that will get you well on your way.

These DIYs use rocks, stones, and pebbles to add a fairy tale like quality to your garden and they are so clever. I love the rock strawberries. The stone labels and stone wall are both wonderful. I especially love the tic tac toe board!

Even though it’s not made of stone, I’d throw a fairy house in there for good measure. There’s nothing more whimsical than having your own precious yard fairy. Finding a place in your garden for fairies is a must. Anything really is possible with Sprites flitting about.

Here’s the link to all 19 ideas…

Diply: 19 Ways To Turn Your Garden Into A Fairy Tale With Rocks And Stones


Backyard

What does your backyard need? Any one of these ideas would take your yard to a whole other level. They are pretty great! The summer solstice, aka the first day of summer, is June 21st. Officially you still have some time (about 6 days) to get all of your ‘pre-summer’ projects done but unofficially summer is here and your renovations might have to wait till it isn’t so hot out.

Backyards are the place to be in the summer. There, the beach, the park, and the lake. But mostly the backyard because it’s close (obviously) and takes no time to get too. I would never want to leave my yard if it looked like the ones featured at Diply. Can you say ‘mind blown?’ Who doesn’t want a backyard golf course or water slide? This roundup should provide all the help and inspiration you’re looking for when it comes to your yard. Viralnova has a list of some products that will also help ‘snazz’ up your yard and get you relaxation ready. The mega hammock and outdoor scrabble games look terrific! Find those and 23 other brilliant buys here.

Here’s the link to all 19 ideas…

Diply: 19 Backyard Inspirations That’ll Upgrade Your Summer