Round Up: 7 + Garden Tools Every Homeowner Should Have

by DIY Maven

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When gardening or doing lawn-care, it's not necessary to own EVERY tool available for such applications. However, the right tool for the job can save you hours of toil and grief. We've put together 7 such tools that will save you time and bodily harm that we can't live without. (BTW, we've assumed a grass cutting implement is standard to everyone who mows their own lawn, so you won't be seeing a "lawn mower" on the list.)


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How To: Make Your Own Fairy Garden Fairies

by DIY Maven
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Does this sound familiar? You're at your favorite garden center and the fairy garden supplies call to you. (They're miniatures thus making them irresistible.) As you're considering the sweet teeny tiny benches and birdbaths and such, you cast your gaze upon the namesakes of such gardens and you recoil. Why? Because--DANG--those fairies can look creepy!! Like horror movie

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Round Up: 24 of the Best Low Maintenance Plants for Your Garden

by DIY Maven

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For me and just about every gardener I know, low maintenance garden plants are first and foremost perennials. Plant them once and reap their benefits for years to come. (Equally important for me are plants that are deer/pest resistant. Check this post out to see what I mean.) Therefore, when I began putting together this roundup, perennials were the focus. 

Other than the perennial requirement, I decided to break the list into

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Turn a Shoe Organizer into a Vertical Garden Planter

by Lidy Dipert

Turn a Shoe Organizer into a Vertical Planter

When it comes to plants, there is a common stigma that they are hard to care for and that you need a super green thumb in order to have them in your home or outdoor space. The truth is, there are all kinds of sizes and species to suit your schedule and needs so that caring for them comes as natural as possible. And this vertical planter (made from a SHOE ORGANIZER!) is a genius way to keep your plants all in one place so that you have...

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How to: Give Old Candles New Life

Ashley Lee
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The glow of a candle in a pretty tin brings an instant coziness factor to hanging out at home; no Lazy Sunday is complete without TV binges on the couch and a sweet scent burning away. Throwing away the containers feels wasteful, but repurposing an un-light-able, waxy mess doesn’t seem too fun either - but here is where the good news comes in. With boiling water, paper towels, and a little bit of ingenuity, these tins are easily repurposed.

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Round Up: 8 Great Indoor Plants that you Totally Won't Kill

by Stephanie Lee
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As I'm sure we're all aware by now, I have the world's WORST brown thumb. I've been known to commit plantslaughter with hardy creatures like mint and calathea that other people swear are impossible to kill. So I thought I'd put together a list of the plants that have shared a house with me and survived against all odds. I consider them my 'go-to hardy houseplants' - if they've thrived with me and my brown thumb, then they can live through anything!

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EYE CANDY: Ways To Bring The Garden Indoors

by Lexy Ward

It's a proven fact that plants just make a person feel happier. In my own home, there are several large plants in the main gathering spots and people tend to gravitate toward those spaces naturally. Whether you live in a large home or a tiny apartment, there are ways to bring the garden indoors! From wall plants to a mini succulent garden, you can totally enjoy all that plants have to offer in almost any space! 

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Round Up: 8 Clever Ways to Repurpose Items for use in your Garden

by Stephanie Lee
8 Clever Ways to Repurpose Items for use in your Garden
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I've been looking to do a bit of work on my garden lately - it's one of the areas of our house that gets largely neglected with weeds and trees running rampant everywhere (shh, don't tell anyone; we don't even have any garden furniture!).

And since I started researching garden DIYs, I noticed there were a lot of really clever ways to repurpose old unwanted items and give them new life as planters, furniture or general garden decoration. Curious to know more? See below for some of my top picks!

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Herb Gardens 101

by Lexy Ward

It's the season of gardening! If you haven't had a chance to start, now's your chance. Herb gardens are the perfect way to dip your toes into gardening, and enjoy all the rewards that come along from planting and growing your own herbs. It's easier than you think to do, so if you're a novice, or just need some help, check out these tips! 

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What's the Best Garden Planner? We Find Out!

by DIY Maven
Garden Planners Comparison - Which one is best?

Memorial Day is in sight and, here in the Midwest, that means the start of gardening season. To turn your brown thumb green – or your greener thumb greener – we've assembled 4 popular garden/landscape planners and put them through their paces. The victims today are Small Blue Printer, Plan Garden, Mother Earth News Garden Planner, and Better Homes and Gardens Garden Planner. Are the free versions as good as the paid-for route? Maybe...

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How to: DIY Typographic Concrete Garden Art

by Jeran McConnel

I am having so much fun playing with cement. It's such an inexpensive material and there are so many possibilities for projects. I also love the durable, rough nature of cement. Something about it's raw look and feel adds a cool, relaxed feeling to your decor. It's definitely not a pretentious material.  

I love having a little splash of decor outside my home to give folks an idea of what might be going on inside. These fun BOO garden stakes add just a hint of fright to my yard for Halloween. I'm not big of the gory and super scary this time of year, so these playful letters are just right for me.

Click through to see the full how-to, so you can create some custom cement garden stakes for your yard.                  

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