Compost On A Small Scale.

by Chris Gardner

I long for the days where I'll have enough space to properly compost my food waste. But, until then, I can find certainly find room

Compost On A Small Scale.
for the Green Cone.

Solarcone's Green Cone is an enclosed system - a "four-part injected molded unit" -that helps release the nutrients from organic products back into the groundsoil. "The Green Cone reduces food waste to its natural components of water, carbon dioxide and a small residue. The solar-heated garden unit...

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Upside Down Tomato Plant Update

by DIY Maven

Upside Down Tomato Plant Update

It’s been about five weeks since I planted my upside down tomato plant, and, I’m very pleased to report, it’s doing great! For comparison’s sake, I planted an additional tomato plant, albeit a different variety, in the ground next to the shepherd’s hook. The plant hanging is DOUBLE the size as the one in the ground, AND the upside down plant has THREE tomatoes on it already, whereas the right side up one has none. The hanging plant did want to...

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How To Make An Upside Down Tomato Planter

by DIY Maven

Have you heard the buzz about these upside down (inverted) tomatoes? You can buy pricey containers and plastic bags in an effort to try this inverted growing technique, but here’s a really inexpensive and, I think, more attractive method than the other DIY how-to’s I’ve seen.

First, find yourself a large (I used a 12") plastic hanging planter and a tomato plant. I chose a smaller fruit producing variety. Tomato Chello, specifically.

First step of 'how to make an upside down tomato planter'

Using a...

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Intro to Hipster Houseplants.

by Chris Gardner

I'd be cool if I never saw another African violet in my life, but that certain doesn't mean I don't love a little in-home foliage. None of the species below cost much, and all can be grow large enough to fill the grandest of empty space


Intro to Hipster Houseplants.

Dracaena Marginata. “Dracaena.” It’s leaves explode like fireworks, and are a must have in your tiki-themed patio.  Keep in bright, but not direct, sunlight; mist leaves regularly, and keep soil moist. (Photo...

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FREE On-Line Garden Planner

by DIY Maven

Editor's Note: We just published an updated round-up and review of all the best online garden planners out there. Check it out here!

We found the best free online garden planner.

 

First there was the free on-line room planner, and now, just in time for planting season, we have the free on-line garden planner. You draw your dream garden and then pave it, plant it, and populate it with such things as trees, flowers, ponds, fountains and even garden gnomes. The website should come...

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Lightbulb Greenhouse from Recycled Materials

by Chris Gardner

 

 

Lightbulb Greenhouse from Recycled Materials

 

Everything must simply be better when its small, and/or under glass. Cats are selfish; kittens? ADORable! Likewise, boats are totally boring, but a ship-in-a-bottle?! None cooler.

Set atop a more aesthetically pleasing 'cradle', a series of these 'greenhouses' would look delightful along a windowsill- perfectly playful and exuding life.

(Instructions and photos via tearsoffire.org)

1. Hollow out a lightbulb, following these instructions and being...

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Build a Raised Garden Bed via Readymade Videos

by Chris Gardner

Don't sleep on Readymade Magazine's new online videos. (Sleep...garden bed...get it?)

The first installment is from Andrian Van Allen, whom writes the excellently informative (but questionably named) "Martha Lives" column towards the end of the magazine. She details creating a raised garden bed from readily availiable dimensional lumber, and with a few easy cuts, spring will come to your home in no time. (Well, as soon as the weather cooperates.)

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Gardening Prep: KNOW YOUR ZONES!

by DIY Maven

Gardening Prep: KNOW YOUR ZONES!

Have you ever noticed those little tags on outdoor plants at your local garden center? They might say something like, "Hardy to Zone 3." This information is indispensable to a gardener. Why? Without it you new plant may not survive the winter.

What is a Hardiness Zone Map?

Hardiness zone maps designate individual zones to let us compare climates to other places where a plant is known to thrive--taking into consideration average temperatures and...

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