62 DIY Projects To Transform Your Backyard

by M.E. Russell

The ultimate roundup of outdoor DIY projects to transform your yard space

Blooming flowers and fresh rain can only mean one thing: spring has definitely sprung! That means summer will be here before you know it. If getting your backyard in order is on your to-do list but you're having trouble getting started - don't fret! You don't need a total landscaping overhaul for your yard to feel refreshed and inviting. Sometimes it's just a matter of hanging up some string lights or creating a simple fire pit. We've rounded...

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How to: Make Homemade, Healthy Spiced Ketchup

by Rebekah Greiman
How to: Make Homemade, Healthy Spiced Ketchup
Hello! I'm Rebekah from Potholes and Pantyhose where I share and photograph detailed tutorials of my DIY projects, recipes, photography tips and remodeling endeavors. I am in the middle of remodeling both our living and dining rooms.

My garden is in full swing and I have a plethora of Roma tomatoes that needed to be used. And, after reading the back of a ketchup bottle one day which listed the third ingredient as High Fructose Corn Syrup and the fourth as Corn Syrup, I knew just what to do.  

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Make It: DIY Paper Flower String Lights

by Capree K
Make It: DIY Paper Flower String Lights

What's an outdoor summer soiree without some fanciful lighting?? Bring the festivities up a notch with some colorful flower string lights!    

These pretty garden lights are made using low-heat LEDs (we don't want your party to take a turn towards Tragic Fire Town) and colorful cupcake liners. Check out how to make different flower and leaf styles over on Oh Happy Day!

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The 4 Things to Consider When Picking Plants for Your Garden

by Green Couch Design

The 4 Things to Consider When Picking Plants for Your Garden

Gardening can be one of the greatest joys of your life, often very relaxing. I know that I love coming home to my garden and seeing all the new things sprouting and blooming. But getting that garden can be a hassle if your not growing the right plants. There are four key elements to picking the right plants for your garden. Location, sun exposure, taste and yield. 

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Location is pretty easy. Each plant at your local garden store will usually...

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Good vs. Bad Soil: How to Prep Soil for Your Garden

by Green Couch Design

Good vs. Bad Soil: How to Prep Soil for Your Garden

Okay, would-be gardeners, let's talk soil. So many garden failures can be attributed to bad soil. It's like the wild west outlaw that comes in and steals all the good things from your plants. Good soil, on the other hand is like that wholesome wild west sherif who nurtures and cares for your plants. The white hat guy. Good vs. bad, get it?!

Anyway, the keys to good soil are:

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How to: Choose the Best Spot for Your Garden

by Green Couch Design

How to: Choose the Best Spot for Your Garden

When I was a kid my grandpa was the gardener, and I would toddle around with him looking at the plants,  smelling the plants, and picking the plants...even when I wasn't supposed to. I never knew how much he taught me until I started my own garden. So, here are a few tips from grandpa through me.

For a garden, the two most important elements are soil and location. You've heard it said by stereotypical developers that it's all about" Location, Location, Location." In this case, that's very true. The success or failure of your little green friends is quite heavily dependent upon where they sit.   

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