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Love for a County House by Stephie McCarthy

Make Faux Wicker with Foam Noodles

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Make faux wicker for your garden, easily!

It looks just like wicker, but it's much more affordable and durable!

You won't believe how we made this! To read more, click here.


Butterfly ©StephieMcCarthy

Make an Easy No-Dig Garden with Paper Bags

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We think fellow gardeners will love this new way to garden, especially if you have problem soil. Read all about it here …

Easy lasagna gardening with paper bag containers


Tomato by Stephie McCarthy

Kill, Destroy, Combat, Prevent, and Fix Verticillium Wilt on Tomatoes

#KillVerticilliumWilt #DestroyVerticilliumWilt #CombatVerticilliumWilt #PreventVerticilliumWilt #FixVerticilliumWilt

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watch how to destroy verticillium wilth

Buckwheat is a great companion plant for tomatoes! It adds a lot of phosphorous and nitrogen, naturally and cured our tomatoes of Verticillium wilt. Read more here ...

Red Buckwheat Takane Ruby

Red and White Buckwheat



Catch and Kill Mosquitoes & Cure an Itching Bite

#HowToKillMosquitoes #HowToStopItchingMosquitoBite

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Here's how to make a DIY Mosquito Trap that will match a cottage garden.


Make Lampshades into Flower Pots

You'll never look at lampshades the same way again. Turn elegant lampshades into durable flower pots with CementAll. Read more ...

watch how to make flower pots from lampshades

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Cement Crafted flower pots


Build a Potting Bench for Around $100 from Recycled Furniture

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Potting Bench from a Futon for $100


Shortcut to a Fairy Tale Bridge

We've started a bridge garden and here's how it look so far …

How to make a garden bridge from scraps

Eight feet long and raised on a sturdy bed of cement pavers, it's hard to believe the bridge project began as a cast-off futon!

DIY garden bridge



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No-Dig, No-Mess,

LampPosts for a Bridge Garden

How to make a garden bridge

A garden bridge from wood scraps



Birdbath and Garden Ornaments with Real Lace

As sweet as icing sugar, this birdbath is tough enough to stay out in the garden!

DIY birdbath project

We used real crochet cotton lace and our own tinted wax formula to make it.

We hope you'll click the thumb icon on our YouTube channel. You don't want to miss the gnome's upcoming makeover!

Lace on a birdbath DIY



Customize a Cold Frame Kit

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cold frame gardening


Make a Rustic Basket that's Waterproof


So easy! It's a laundry basket woven with waterproof rope and dog toys for handles.


How to Update Plant Containers with Bark Texture

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It's easy with caulk sculpted with a fork!



Grow Salads Indoors under LED Lights

#Microgardening #IndoorSaladGarden #LEDLights #GrowingUnderLEDLights


Make our Victorian-Style Seed Box

Instructions are here.

How to make a vintage style seed box


#VictorianCrafts #VictorianGarden #VictorianHouse


Strawberry Patch Delicious Hacks

Strawberry patch tips and tricks


Free Graphic for Mason Jar Project


Boxwood Babies

Boxwood propagation by Stephie McCarthy

Starting with just one dwarf boxwood from Lowes for $17,
we now have four one-year plants, and eight more on the way.
Here's how we are making a garden full of dwarf boxwoods
from clippings

Watch the video how-to on HomeTalk:

Boxwood Propagation Video by Stephie McCarthy

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Charm in the Garden of Jeannie Rhodes

Planted bed frame by Jeannie Rhodes

If you enjoy virtual garden tours, we think you will love
the flair of Jeannie Rhodes! Click here to see Jeannie's garden tour.


© Constance McAlpin

by Constance McAlpin and Stephie McCarthy

Nearly twenty years ago, Constance McAlpin began planting
flowers … and then, more flowers.

Now, her garden is a floral wonderland accented with
lightning rods, arches, and scultpures, surrounded by masses
of beautiful beds. Click to see a virtual tour.

© Constance McAlpin



Wicker-Style Obelisk from a Tomato Cage

Make our tomato cage obelisk with rush fiber and wooden rods …
You can make this charming garden support in one day.
Click here.

Tomato Cage Garden Obelisk


3 Dirty Little Secrets of Compost

worm dance

red maple1) You can heat up sluggish compost quickly by adding cheap, corn-based dog food. Corn has great heating capabilities used this way.
2) Here are some plants that can be grown directly in a compost pile: potatoes, melons, pumpkins, cucumbers, gourds, and mushrooms! Many of these will disguise the pile too.
3) Question: What do you think is the most common foreign object screened out of commercial compost? (Answer: Plastic cigar tips)
from the Complete Compost Gardening Guide, by Pleasant & Martin


Pie-pan birds

red mapleSparkly "pie-pan" birds dance in the wind to scare away deer and crows from the garden. Cut recycled pie-pans into fanciful shapes like butterflies, or flowers, or use my flying bird shape ... instructions and Flying Swallow Pattern here.

Pie-pan birds


Grow an ornamental red maple from 'foundling'

red mapleOur ornamental maple is just three years old, about 15" tall, and a veritable charmer in the garden, well on her way to being a crown jewel of a tree with gently weeping red leaves and diminutive stature. It's hard to believe it started life as a cast-off seed found in a shopping mall parking lot (read more).



Free Printables by Stephie McCarthy

Home Decor by Stephie McCarthy

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