7 DIY Fire Pits You Can Build

It's s'mores season! That yummy, sweet, crunchy, ooey-gooey treat that has made many a childhood memory. Summer evenings are made for s'mores. When the temperatures begin to dip, it's time for melting marshmallows over an open flame...getting them ready to smoosh up next to a chocolate bar in-between graham crackers. OH THE YUM. Don't have a fireplace or regular access to a bonfire? How about a fire pit? There are many commercially available at hardware stores, but why not consider building your own? We've got seven great DIY projects, from simple to complex; all would be awesome s'more-makers. In-ground fire pit with a gorgeous organic perimeter. Tutorial by Laura Catherine.  Concrete fire pit bowl tutorial by eHow. Would be great in a modern or rustic setting. Lovely tabletop … [Read more...]

16 Fall Containers for Gorgeous Porch Decor

Fall is the time many of us enjoy getting outdoors again, as summer heat gives way to more comfortable temperatures. Plus with fall inspiring so many gorgeous colors, it's the perfect time to redo your porch containers. These beautiful fall containers will give you plenty of inspirations as you consider how to decorate your porch for the autumn. 1. Tall Wooden Box 2. Knock Out Basket Container Garden 3. Dress up  Boring Wooden Container With an Upscale Tiled Container by Untrained Housewife 4. Elevated Autumn Urn 5. Singletons Flowering Kale 6. Pumpkin Surprise 7. Make an Accent 8. Easy and Festive 9. Tall and Slender [sc:adsense ] 10. Bountiful Birdbath 11. Topsy Turvy Planter by Cottage at the Crossroads 12. Mix … [Read more...]

How To Make an Easy DIY Compost Bin

Composting, you have probably thought about it.  Visions of a giant heap in your backyard that is smelly turn you off from the idea, though.  Or maybe townhome, condo, or apartment living restricts you from even attempting it. Well not any longer. This very simple compost bin gives you the opportunity to try composting without too much commitment, cost, or space needed.  It will debunk some of your ideas about composting. SUPPLIES Storage bin (the darker the color the better) Drill Yes, that is all you truly need to make this bin.  You can borrow a drill if you do not have one of your own.  Storage bins are around $5 at your local mass merchant store, but if you have one that has a crack or hole it and no longer functions properly as a storage bin, you can just use … [Read more...]

Community Gardening – Summer Maintenance and Harvest of a Square Foot Garden

Hurry up and wait.  That’s what this first month of the garden has been.  After planning and building and filling the raised bed, there was plant purchases and reading and actual planting.   Now we wait.  Planting in late May, we chose to skip seeding for the most part and chose organic plants to transplant into the bed. The good news – almost all of them have taken hold.  We did lose the cilantro almost immediately – this wasn’t much of a surprise as I’ve never had much luck with cilantro even in containers on the back porch.   We built a trellis for the cucumbers and staked the tomatoes. With tomatoes, you ultimately have 2 varieties – determinate and indeterminate.  Basically – those are plants that will either produce one time a set amount (determinate) or continue to produce … [Read more...]

10 Edible Plants with Fascinating Texture and Fragrance in the Garden

One of the elements to consider when planning your garden spaces is the texture of the plants. I especially love to include plants that are fun to touch in gardens near my front door, back patio, or other high-traffic areas. Here are some of my favorite edible plants perfect for a sensory or children’s garden. Many of these are explored in-depth in Gardening Like a Ninja: A Guide to Sneaking Delicious Edibles Into Your Landscape.   1. Sage – Broader, textured leaves make sage a lovely addition to the edible landscape. It grows as a woody perennial and the texture alone would be enough to make it worth adding to the landscape. But sage is available in a variety of colors – tri-color with burgundy streaks and splotches and a variegated green and white form are two of my … [Read more...]

7 Succulent Gardens You Can Create

Succulent gardens are perfect for those with-and without- green thumbs. They take less watering than the average garden, require far less maintenance, and are pretty forgiving when it comes to soil. Best of all? They come in a wide variety of colors and are sure to add amazing texture and interest to any garden. Upcycling and succulent gardening? An all-around win! This succulent pallet garden by Justina Blakeney is divine. Boxes full of succulents! Clever ideas like this just always make me happy. From Design Sponge's Teeny Tiny Gardening interview. Vertical garden of succulents by Flora Grubb Gardens, complete with a very thorough DIY tutorial.  Love the idea, and it could work in any type of decor, from modern to country and everything in between. Adorable tabletop bowl full … [Read more...]