6 Steps to Planting a Successful Vegetable Garden

by DIY Maven

6 Steps to Planting a Successful Vegetable Garden
Although it’s snowing outside my window, spring is in the air, which means planting season is just around the corner! If you’ve always wanted to gather vegetables from your own garden, then you might want to make friends with Catherine Abbott, the vegetable garden helper. Catherine suggests, even before you start planting, you ask yourself these questions:

What vegetables do you and your family like to eat?
Which ones would you like to grow? Do...

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15 New Uses for Epsom Salt.

by Chris Gardner

Epsom salt - magnesium sulfate - are a major component of most bath salts, potting soils. and in some lotions and gels intended for pain relief. Its high magnesium content and gritty texture makes useful for all sorts of other tasks. Gomestic has assembled a mighty fine fifteen here.

15 New Uses for Epsom Salt.

  1. Eliminates Toxins from the Body
  2. Exfoliates Skin
  3. Athlete's Foot
  4. Cleans Bathroom Tiles
  5. As a First Aid
  6. Hair Conditioner
  7. Removes Foot Odor
  8. Keeps your Lawn Pleasant
  9. As a...

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How To Keep Your Plants Alive During Winter.

by Chris Gardner

"Gardeners, listen up. You need not stand by each fall while Jack Frost kills off your favorite tender plants one by one. You can rescue your plants from certain death by bringing them in for the winter. Coleus, begonias, and even heliotropes don't mind taking a holiday as houseplants. And once your plants are indoors, it's easy to make more with cuttings. On the following pages, we've laid out a strategy designed to keep your plants healthy...

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Candy Corn Inspiration...From Nature

by DIY Maven

Candy Corn Inspiration...From Nature

Okay, so candy maker Brach’s gets their candy corn to get those funky colors by using various numbered dyes including yellows # 6 and 5, red # 3 and just to confuse those of us who read labels, blue #1. But just because these hues are as fake as the blue of Paris Hilton’s eyes, doesn’t mean we can’t find the oh-so-Halloween-y color combo in nature. Case in point: the Snapdragon Candy Corn. Described as smelling of cinnamon and spice, the snazzy...

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How To Plant a Winter Garden.

by Chris Gardner

Super-cool gardening magazine Mother Earth Living maintains, "With a few seed packets and a little planning, you can enjoy fresh salads, cooking greens and other garden treats year-round." They offer a series of tips for planting and growing hearty greens, lettuces, and root vegetables.

How To Plant a Winter Garden.
  • Plant in mid-August to mid-September. (Right now!)
  • Use leaves to keep soil warm.
  • Keep out bugs and critters.
  • All sorts of nutrional benefits. 

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The Container Gardening Craze!

by Chris Gardner

The Lifestyle section of MSN offers an article from Country Living on the myriad options of growing contained greenery. "The most utilitarian of garden objects, pots serve several vital functions. First, they're home to plants we can’t or don't want to grow directly in the ground (this includes house plants). In regions where the soil is dense with clay, containers offer gardeners a welcoming environment in which t nurture plants that sulk and...

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DIYable Egg Planters?

by DIY Maven

DIYable Egg Planters?

These sweet little Eggling Plants from Wrapables caught my eye recently. They come with packets of seeds ready for sowing, a ‘fortified peat mixture’ and little terra cotta trays in which to nestle. They’re 1.75" by 2", the size of an extra large chicken egg, and are sold in sets of three for herb and flower collections ($29.95) and singly for the cactus offering ($9.95). Sure, these eggs are made of ceramic, which means they’re durable, BUT to...

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Baby, Light My Garden Shed

by DIY Maven

Baby, Light My Garden Shed

If you have a garden shed or workshop that is lacking in illumination, you might want to consider the ‘Light My Shed’ solar shed light. No fancy wiring required, just mount the solar panel to the outside of your shed and the accompanying fluorescent light–NOT LED–inside the shed. Available through BackyardCity.com, the ‘Light My Shed’ will set you back about 80 bucks.

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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

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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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