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DIY Hanging Terrarium

Flowers and plants are great for Mother’s Day but I loved the idea of a DIY Hanging Terrarium.  They add so much beauty to any room you choose to hang them in.  And are great for mom to hang above her desk at work!

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All you need:

  • Hanging Terrariums
  • Succulants

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Colorful Bird Nests

This is a great way to help the birds, have some fun, and reuse old scraps!  Right now I see birds behind my house flying with all manner of straw, string, and grass in their mouths building nests like crazy!  Why not help them along?  Here is an idea from FiberFarm.com.  Just take a nice cheap Suet Feeder, and fill it with old yarn scraps about 4 to 8 inches long!  The birds are usually pretty comfortable with this kind of feeder, and yarn makes great nesting material.  Plus, the birds will have beautiful colorful nests.  How fun would it be to go exploring with the kids in the woods, our around your house to find the nest with the colorful yarn in them, and know that you helped that bird make it’s home?

I know, I was skeptical at first as well, thinking that this would make it easier for predators to find the nests and things like that.  However, FiberFarm did a little research before posting the idea, in this is what they came up with: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology gives yarn scraps a thumbs up.http://www.birds.cornell.edu/Page.aspx?pid=1144 (Scroll down to “Nest Material”). I have also gotten approval from the Audubon Society BEFORE posting this. In other words, actual EXPERTS approve of this project. I’m sure that whatever your cousin’s neighbors best friend had to say about is interesting but I am sticking with EXPERT opinions on this.  But thank you.

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Easily Grow Carrots in Pots

My kids love carrots, and every year we try to grow them with no success.  For some reason both carrots and radishes have failed miserably in my garden.  This year I plan to change all of that!  This year I will plant my carrots in pots, and if the success of the writer on Vegetable-Garden-Guide.com is any indication, we will be growing crop after crop all summer long!  According to him, with just one 13 inch wide by 12 inch deep clay pot, you can harvest 30 – 40 carrots per growing cycle!  And, he says that you can just keep planting them over and over all summer long, using the the same soil and pot, by resowing the seeds.  Why is it so much easier to grow carrots in pots?  Here is what he says:

The advantages of growing carrots in containers are:

  • No poor soil problems if using shop bought compost.
  • No weeding and digging concerns.
  • And no soil pest problems.

What you do need to keep in mind though is a little more attention will need to be given to watering and feeding.  Here are his instructions to growing your best carrots ever!

Growing carrots in plant containers is no different than growing them in open ground. Make small drills in the growing medium about ½” deep, thinly sow the carrot seed along the drills, fill in the drills and water using a watering can with fine holes. After about 1 week you should see the carrot sprouts.  After the carrots have germinated and are about a 1″ tall start the thinning process. You can pull them out or get a small pointed pair of scissors and snip them off at soil level. Thin them so they are about ½” apart. Later you will thin them to approximately 1″ and the thinnings should be big enough to eat.

I can’t wait to get my carrots in their pots.  I think my kids will love planting their own carrots as well, and taking care of the plants until they can eat their own harvest!

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DIY Mother’s Day Lily Box

Homemade gifts are the best, especially for Mom!  She’ll so appreciate the time and thought that went into something crafted by you just for her.  This DIY Mother’s Day Lily Box found on Decor and the Dog is so perfect for the occasion.  This could be really neat if made with herbs or other plants and flowers as well.

Supplies Needed

  • Planter Box
  • Paint Markers
  • Flowers, Herbs or Plants (whatever suits your or your mother’s fancy)

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DIY Bent Wood Arbor

This is something I have always wanted to do!  I love the classic look, and the feeling it gives to an entrance to a garden, or a path, or a backyard.  I am planning on building a little rock wall, and some stone steps leading into the woods behind my house, and I think this will be the perfect thing to place at the top of the steps, to really make it feel like you are leaving the yard, and entering the woods.  I should really ad to the feeling of the enchanted forest.  I am excited to have my kids hang cool little things they find in the woods, or prismatic crystals from the branches.  I can’t wait to get to work on this!  Get the full tutorial from BHG.com.

 

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DIY Foldable BBQ Table

What a dream this would be!  When the weather is warm, you can find me outside just about any night, standing in the smoke of my grill, or my smoker.  There is just something so special about cooking outside on actual fire (I have an electric stove and oven).  Be on the look out for lot’s of outdoor cooking posts now that it’s warming up!  So, one of the things about cooking outside is that I keep my grill on the stone patio where things are a little more fire proof (I cook with charcoal, not gas), and all of the tables are on the wooden deck.  So, I would love to have something that I could keep all of my food and grilling tools on while I’m working the grill.  Plus, this looks like it would be really fun to make.  I would love to get my kids working on this with me.  I think I could even get a lot of the lumber for it from old pallets, so it would be really cheap to make as well!  The DIY instructions come from Home-Dzine.com  They have a great tutorial with great pictures as well, so if you want to make this, go check the tutorial here.

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How To Grow Roses From Cuttings

This is the kind of tip that I find so exciting for some reason.  I love when people with experience on any given topic develop their own techniques for doing things better.  This trick comes from amateurgardening.com and lets you save a ton of time and money growing as many rose bushes as you want for almost free!  You can take cuttings of roses from a friend, or from your own rose bushes, and make as many new rose bushes as you wish.  All you need is a cutting and a small potato!  After you cut a nice section of the rose bush (The cutting should be about 9in (23cm) long. Cut just below a bud at the base. Then remove the leaves and thorns from the bottom half. You can leave a couple of leaf systems at the top of the cutting if you wish), you simply take the cut end and jam it into a small potato.  Then you plant the potato, with the rose bush jammed into it, in the ground keeping cuttings about 6 inches apart.  That’s all there is to it!  They say that the roses will not have fully rooted until Fall, but now is the time to get them in the ground!

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DIY Natural All-Purpose Cleaner

There are so many things these days that are harmful to your health.  You don’t think of household cleaners as one of them!  I just recently learned that cleaners, especially the ones that come in spray bottles can be very harmful.  The ones in spray bottles are particularly bad because as you spray them, you are aerosolizing all of the chemicals, and breathing them in.  This is especially bad for little kids, and pets who have fragile lungs.  So, here is a recipe (very similar to the laundry soap recipe from last week) for an all natural cleaner that you can make for very cheap, that is very effective, and far better for your health.

  1. 2 cups hot water
  2. 2 tsp borax
  3. 2 tsp white vinegar
  4. 2 tsp baking soda
  5. 5-6 drops essential oil. (any flavor you want, I like lemon)

Just ad all of those ingredients together in a spray bottle, (you can reuse an old spray bottle from the store bought cleaners you used to use) shake it up, and use as you would a normal cleaner, on the stove, counter tops, the floor, etc.

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Shoe Organizer Repurposed as Herb Planter

What a great way to grow your herbs this spring!  Just use an over the door shoe organizer, and fill each pocket with potting soil.  Then you can sprout your herbs in the pocket inside, and when the weather warms enough, just take the whole thing and move it outside!  You can hang it on a fence, or on the side of your house.  Then you can either leave them as they are, or remove them and plant them in the ground!  Ad labels right onto the fabric, so you know what is what.  You can find many of these for between $10 and $20.  Smart, easy and economical, one of my favorite combinations! My wife found this fun little trick on Examiner.com.

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DIY Charades Sticks

We just started a weekly family game night, and we have been having so much fun with it.  I’ve been searching for fun games that my kids would really get into so that we could keep it interesting, and maintain the tradition.  I came across this charades kit on Restoration Hardware, that was inspired by the old time charades.  It is sold out on their site, but it would be such a simple thing to make, and we could make a personalized version that would contain clues my kids would know.  So, we got a pack of Popsicle sticks, and this week we will start game night by making this set together!

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