Gardening

My dad got a Ficus Benjamina when he was 18. Whaaa? It’s a houseplant otherwise knows as a Weeping Fig. It’s not so much a houseplant as it is a house tree! Lol. The larger ones grow up to ten feet tall and that’s how big our family one is. My dad wants to give it me because it’s outgrown his space but I am afraid I would kill this 45 year old plant. My black thumb is getting greener but that’s a lot of pressure! Think you could do it?

Diply has a roundup of 15 helpful tips that will help even the most gardening challenged have more success. I can use these! I like number 3, using eggshells as starters for tiny seedlings. I wonder how they got the eggs to crack so nice and perfect. I also like number 11. Rocks with the names of your plants and flowers won’t make your garden goods grow better but it will make them look snazzy. Have you tried any of these? Have they worked? Let me know!

I thought it would be helpful to have some tips for the inside plants too. These are great for those who don’t like to garden but still want a splash of green in their decorating scheme. House plants/trees (hehe) are all different and have specific requirements but these general tips are a good place to start. Find them here.

Here’s the link to all 15 ideas…

Diply: 15 Gardening Hacks For A Greener Thumb

Newspaper

Do you get the paper? Most likely you read it, clip a few coupons, and recycle it. Be sure to save a few pages before tossing it in the bin this time. There are quite a few fun DIYs that you can make with newspaper and there is also this great gardening hack. I can honestly say that I’ve never put a paper in the garden but after this I think I’ll give it a try.

Why would you put newspapers in your garden? To prevent weeds. It’s true. Cross my heart. This method is ‘chemical free’ and considerably cheaper since you’re already getting the paper to read the headlines. Paper, water, mulch, decompose, done. Weeds are gone. Will you try this?

There are some DIY weed killers out there too. They aren’t laced with harmful chemicals that can do a lot of damage. Here are just six of them.

See all the steps and how-to here…

Wimp.com: He Covers His Garden With Newspapers And Waters It. Awesome Gardening Hack!

diy raised beds

So, you want to have a summer’s worth of fresh salads to have with your dinners. Growing your own vegetables is a super healthy, inexpensive and delicious way to feed your family. Here are some great garden ideas for any size backyard. You can spend as much or as little as you would like on these raised garden beds.

Growing up, my mom had a raised flower bed made of old railroad ties. I always looked forward to the big juicy tomatoes and peas her garden produced every summer. There is just something about vegetables handpicked out of your own garden.

I would really like to try number 9 by my back fence. It is a great looking, efficient use of space. Although the dogs may have something to say about that. I’ll need to look up ways to keep them from digging up the garden beds. Any suggestions on how you keep dogs out of the garden? Cesar Millan has some helpful things to say about it!

Here’s the link to all 10 ideas…

Self Sufficient Living: 10 Inspiring DIY Raised Garden Bed Plans

backyard transformation

Waste not, want not. Reddit user ‘My_DIY_Account’ wanted a backyard and he didn’t want to waste any space. His little home in Milwaukee didn’t have much space to start with so creativity was a must when coming up with ideas for an outdoor oasis. He turned the space next to his house, barely big enough to park a car, into a wonderful ‘city backyard.’

I love the end results! There is no reason you can’t carve a little stress-free outdoor hiding spot, even in the city. The wood stain that he used is really beautiful and I really like how the fence was built like ‘Venetian’ blinds. I only see one thing missing…where’s the hot tub?

Feeling inspired? You can build your own deck! This Old House has a terrific tutorial. It won’t be easy (moderate to difficult skill level) and it won’t be cheap ($800-$1000) for a 10×16 foot deck. It won’t be easy, but it will be gorgeous. Here’s the how-to.

Here’s the link to all the project photos…

Little Things: 6 Poles Backyard Transformation (photos)

diapers for plants

Diapers are incredibly absorbent. That’s kind of the point of them. Did you know those absorbent innards can be used for more than just keeping your little one dry? They can be used to make the soil in your garden super absorbent. This is brilliant and perfect if you live in a dry climate, are going through a drought, or are just looking for ways to save on watering costs!

The gel inside is a polymer. They sell that in gardening stores everywhere but I want to try this method. It just seems fun. This video from The King Of Random, Grant Thompson, breaks it down and is so helpful!

This is such a helpful hack and I’m sure my garden will be grateful but it’s not my favorite thing to do with diapers. My favorite is making diaper creations for baby showers! They are so fun and there are so many brilliant ideas to choose from. You can make fun tricycles, gorgeous cakes, and even adorable prams. So fun!

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Planters

Nothing beats the taste of fresh vegetables. But, not everyone has a plot of land dedicated to their fresh summer salads. Use these ideas to maximize the limited space you do have. They are brilliant! These are especially for those of you with small back yards. Sure that terracotta strawberry planter looks pretty, but you can do a lot more than that.

Growing plants vertically isn’t just for ivy and clematis anymore. The bonus is that you will avoid rotting if you leave your vegetables on the vine for just a little longer than usual. Be sure to water and let your veggies get the appropriate amount of light.

I love tomatoes and have used one of these topsy turvy planters in the past. I’m certain you have seen the commercial on a sleepless night while you try to rock baby back to sleep. Check out the non-commercial/DIY versions that can be used for most any plant in the link below.

Here’s the link to all 17 ideas…

Diply: 17 DIY Vertical Gardens Ideal For Saving Space

fire pit cheap

DIY is the best! Especially when it is affordable. If I’m being honest, some of the projects out there, though terrific, can be a little spendy ($$$). This DIY fire pit, featured at Viralnova, really isn’t one of the pricey ones. you can make it for $50! Scouts honor. I’m so excited to have found this tutorial! I know you will love it too.

Where were you last summer?! This DIY pit is simple to make and perfect for beginners. Although everyone, beginners to experts will love it! It’s easy to start and stop. Not to mention clean. It might take some work, but this a portable pit too. I like the idea that if I have to move something I can. What do you think? Is this the fire pit for you?

Woohome has a roundup of 38 fun and easy fire pit ideas worth checking out too. If this one from Viralnova isn’t for you, one the 38 will be! Have fun deciding which one.

See the full project details here…

Viralnova: $50 Fire Pit Build Plans (photos)

self sustaining homestead

Do you dream of becoming self-sustainable? You may think that your dream is too huge and not easily attainable, but in reality anybody can learn how to become self-sustainable. Of course it isn’t a walk in the park though. There is a lot of hard work, effort and dedication required. It can also get quite expensive and involve costs to secure and prepare your land for homesteading.

We found a great article describing how to create your own self-sustaining homestead on only one acre of land. Again it may seem difficult or out of reach, but many people are already doing this and there is no reason why you can’t jump on the bandwagon as well! Do you have the passion to create your very own self-sustaining homestead? If you have the passion and drive, you can accomplish anything!

Here’s the link to full details on how to tackle this for yourself…

Cinder Blocks

Cinder blocks are just one more thing that proves concrete is awesome and here to stay. Concrete is durable, affordable, and can be make into the most stylish DIYs. The same can be said for cinderblocks! These versatile blocks don’t cost pennies like a bag of cement but they are considerably cheaper that other building materials out there. Keep you eyes peeled for cheap or used blocks so you can make awesome DIYs, like the ones featured at Brit And Co!

We had cinder block furniture in my college dorm room but a little less classy than these. Lol. I’m glad to see that it’s coming back around and that I can claim credit for being a trendsetter. These ideas are so fun! I love all the outdoor seating ideas. Numbers 5, 9, and 12 are such creative couches and benches. I really like number 10 too. What an adorable little vase. Just imaging stubbing your toes on any one of those! Yikes! That wouldn’t keep me from making them though. Hehe.

You can use cinder blocks to make big things too. Like buildings. That’s what they were intended for anyways, to be a larger masonry block than a standard brick. This YouTube Video, from user Rahgsa0509, gives a brief overview on how to make a shed. Sweet!

See all 13 ideas here…

Brit+Co: 13 Creative Ways To Use Cinder Blocks

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!