Friday, April 7, 2017

Redesigning Your Garden



Isn't that a beautiful garden?  

I found an article that spans several years starting with a yard full of dirt.  The transformation is amazing!

Click here to go to the article from the MiaFleur Blog that I promise will inspire you to redesign your garden, one step at a time.  Hope you enjoy the blog as much as I have!


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Friday, March 31, 2017

DIY Greenhouses



Greenhouses are awesome.  

Back in the late 1990's, JR, my late husband started building a greenhouse for me made out of recycled windows and sheets of thick glass.  Here is a photo . . .




He never got to finish it, but I got so much use out of it and I enjoyed it very much.  It was the perfect spot to start my seedlings, nurture my cuttings and get out of the heat to relax.  During our rare freeze nights, it was home to many tropical container plants.

It now sits in disrepair with years of falling limbs and deterioration from time and neglect.  

As I have contemplated getting my paradise back to its glory days, the "hothouse" as we called it, has been a project I think of often.  The Captain and I have had many discussions of which way to go with my sweet little hideaway.

There are many greenhouse ideas and tutorials which provide so much inspiration and guidance for anyone interested in building their own greenhouse.

The first photo comes from a gardening group and has inspired me to start looking for some fresh ideas to revamp my hothouse.  I found an excellent article on a blog, A Piece of Rainbow entitled "21 Amazing DIY Greenhouses with Great Tutorials."

Click here to go to the article.  I will be adding more links to this post in the future.



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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Trellised Containers for Inspiration



I am so inspired by these photos of large container plantings with trellises for support and I thought I would share it here even though I don't have a photo source.

The photo was shared in a Facebook Gardening Group, A Not So Secret Garden that is packed with awesome ideas and inspiration.

What I love about these containers other than being so functional is the beauty of all the colors.  Check out the peppers!  They sure do look happy . . . so does the tomato plant.

I can't wait to put some of the containers together for our carport jungle . . . great way to start the spring season!



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Thursday, March 23, 2017

DIY Hypertufa Plant Containers



Spring's arrival brought ideas for all types of garden projects.  

Hypertufa containers is something I never experimented with, even though I loved my concrete DIY projects.  Since my emphasis is going to be container gardening this year, this is a project I am going to try.

Click here if you would also like to get inspired to make your own containers . . . The Empress of Dirt will guide the way for you!

Click here for another article from The World of Succulents on hypertufa containers.



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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

DIY Concrete Garden Hands





Love this unusual concrete garden hands container!  

I'm always looking for unique containers I can make myself, especially those made with concrete :)

Click here for the tutorial.




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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Awesome container gardening idea




Since container gardening is my preferred method of gardening, I'm always looking for new ideas.

Garden Lovers Club has an article on container planting that includes a video that includes a great method of assembling a large container planting.  

Click here to go to the article.




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Friday, February 17, 2017

Crotons - What You Need to Know



Crotons are colorful and showy in the landscape.  They can be grown in containers as in the photo from my garden, or grown as a shrub (great for hedges).  There are various varieties that can all bring a tropical, colorful look in the garden.

If you are interested in growing these beauties in your garden, click here for an excellent article on crotons.



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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Make and Use Leaf Mold in Your Garden


Rake them leaves up, store in a large black garbage bag and let sit in a designated area of your yard.  It is that easy to make leaf mold.  My hibiscus and other acid-loving plants loved the addition of leaf mold in their containers or as mulch in a garden bed.

Check out this article on leaf mold for everything you need to know about using leaf mold in your garden.



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