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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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How to turn a lamp shade into a flower pot

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


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

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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


Strawberries in a sunny window ... and it's February!

red mapleThey're not quite strawberries yet, but I spotted the white flowers peeping from under the leaves just yesterday.

strawberry pot

These are alpine strawberries which are sharing a strawberry pot, along with the rosemary, and Kennilworth Ivy. Someone once tried to tell these were not worth growing, but I am glad I tried them. It's fun to find treats and eat them right in the garden, all sorts of berries, even these fairy-sized delights. I started these plants last winter. The trick is to sprinkle the seeds on top of dirt, and then cover with a paper just until germinated! AND ... they will fruit in winter in a sunny window or transplanted to your garden or containers!




Snow-sowing! Wildflower seeds love winter

red mapleDo you have a bit of snow on the ground ... or maybe a LOT of snow? It's a great time of year to toss wildflower seeds on top of the snow and enhance a meadow or wild garden, or begin a new patch of prettiness. (read more)

wildflower collage

Poppies especially love snow-sowing ...

red maplePoppies are the perfect seeds for snow-sowing. Ice helps crack open their tough shells. When I come across seeds that won't be used in my garden, I donate them to fields in my neighborhood. Won't the field below look lovely with some random poppies? (read more)

queen anne's lace meadow


Instant garden from grocery produce

red mapleMake an instant kitchen container garden with Boston lettuce hearts and green onions from the produce section of the grocery store and miniature beets ... these will put out new leaves and tops and come up again in Spring, so you can cut what you need and leave the rest to grow. (read more about that here).

Instant kitchen garden


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).



Pea sprouts, from seed to salad

2Fresh peas are back in season, but the peas from our local store were terrible: astringent, mealy, and very expensive! I knew they wouldn't taste much better cooked and, not wanting to waste them, it was an easy decision to try my hand at sprouting. (read more)



New purpose — Plant trays from inexpensive plastic shelving

MOur annuals, some of which are teenaged begonias and geraniums, bloom rapturously every summer since they began spending winters on trays which are shelves assembled UPSIDE DOWN to form water-holding storage. (read more)

Plant shelves


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Free Printables by Stephie McCarthy

Home Decor by Stephie McCarthy

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