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The $1 garden by Jonathan Nunan

The $1 garden by Jonathan Nunan
The dollar garden is simple in concept: buy as many seeds as you can for one dollar and harvest as much food as possible from the plants you grow. You see, sometime last year my mother, Susan, read something somewhere that claimed a tomato cost some incredible amount to grow on your own. Mom—whose plan to build a house out of firewood worked out just fine—made it her mission to grow as much as she could on as small a budget possible. Mom currently resides on a nice piece of central Pennsylvania acreage which allows her to plant large amounts of just about anything; she remembers all too well, however, the days when she lived in town ("when I got my water from the city and my eggs from the grocery store"). To make her results easily duplicated by anyone with a small to moderate amount of yard space, she limited our growing area to a six by ten foot plot. Starting the seeds We lucked out when it came to seeds. Preparing the soil Soil preparation began well before warm weather hit. Harvesting

How to Make String Gardens: 7 DIY Options » Curbly | DIY Design Community The only thing I love more than when readers share projects they've done inspired by something I've posted is posting the pictures of the projects themselves. Here are three that were sparked by the String Gardens. The first ones are from Dale (pictured above and below) who used a coconut husk plant liner for one version and moss plants for another. She made nine of them in all and hung them in her porch and back yard. And this one is from Nikki, who crocheted a little 'sack' and then covered it with moss. And this one is from Beth who had such success with herbs... that she went on to flowers! THANK YOU READERS for SHARING!!!! Now, to inspire even more of us to make string gardens, check out these tutorials. First up is one from Design Sponge. And here's a great video from Eden Gardens. Tagged : string, gardens, hanging, Inspiration, How-To

Create Newspaper Pots for Seed-Starting Previous 1 of 8 Photos Next x + Enlarge Photo – Shrink Photo Save 2458 392 7 Google13 Stumble Share Newspaper Seed-Starter Pots You can grow dozens or even hundreds of new plants to fill your yard and garden with great flavors and bright color for the cost of just a few packets of seed. By: Nan Ondra Tags: Learn about Crafts View Crafts Photo Albums Photos 0 Comments Post We Recommend... 15 Clever Ways to Start Seeds Get growing with these fun, inexpensive seed-starting projects. See Also: From Our Sister Sites: ShareThis Copy and Paste

DIY Drip Irrigation System, Made from Plastic Bottles » Curbly | DIY Design Community If you've ever flown into or out of the Lindbergh terminal at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport during the summertime, you've probably noticed very large pots of (usually) petunias hanging from just about every lamp post bordering the entrance and exit routes. Every time I drive past them, I'm always struck by how thick the blooms are, as you can barely see any foliage. This is even more surprising on a hot June day when everything else is looking a little wilt-y. Of course the secret of the MSP petunias is a drip irrigation system. (You can see the little tubes running into each of the pots.) The 'system' is super simple. Tagged : How-To, water Material : plastic, recycled Techniques : Recycling & Upcycling, gardening Room : outdoor Decor Element : Plants & Garden

How To: DIY Hanging Succulent Garden » Curbly | DIY Design Community I just finished drying a load of dishes, and looked down upon my Skinny LaMinx tea towel and noted I hadn't gotten an update from Heather's blog in ages, and wondered what happened to all her juicy content. Turns out, something went awry with my feed reader, and I've been missing all kinds of cool stuff: new prints, patterns, and how-to projects like these awesome handcut cork magnets and my favorite: this DIY hanging garden project. I love the idea of hanging planters, but the macrame work on secondhand pieces I could fine was always a bit stale and 70s-ish, and the new ones way too Tuscan and overwrought with wrought iron. But, with a bit of time, you can create your own hanging garden that's vintage-inspired, but still contemporary. Skinny LaMinx: Hanging Succulent Garden Tagged : hanging, succulent, garden, plants, Craft, rope, DIY

Roundup: 7 Creative Upcycled Planter Ideas » Curbly | DIY Design Community One thing I learned while researching this blog post? You can make a planter out of anything. Seriously, anything. After you host a few get-togethers on your lovely front porch, you may have a few empty soldiers with which to craft these pretty hanging wine bottle planters. Not much of a cook? Do you have a partner who wears Crocs? Kelly built these modern concrete planters with paver stones and landscape-block adhesive. Annette at Potted buit this amazing cinderblock succulent garden wall with liquid nails and a really sweet doggie. Giant tires mounted to the side of a house ordinarily would not strike me as something I would like, but these are downright adorable! How fierce are these dinosaur planters? Have you come up with your own creative idea for a planter? Tagged : How-To, Inspiration Material : glass & ceramics, metal, wood Design Style : colorful, eclectic, rustic Techniques : Recycling & Upcycling, gardening Room : outdoor Decor Element : Plants & Garden, accessories, vases

How to Turn Coffee Tins into a Hanging Herb Garden » Curbly | DIY Design Community Even though summer is on the wane, that doesn't mean we still can't plant an herb garden. Like this one! So colorful and lively it will keep summer in your heart all autumn and winter long. I also like how it serves as a window treatment as well. Check it out: Wanna make one? tin containers with plastic lids (like coffee cans)coat hangerspliersscissorsherbsmasking tapecoffee filters (genius!) For the entire tute, saunter on over to Persephone Magazine. Tagged : herbs, garden, hanging, How-To, DIY

How To: Turn Logs into a Natural Raised Garden Bed! » Curbly | DIY Design Community So... let's say you just finished up an epic weekend of tree pruning and yard clearing, or just happen to have a pile of sticks and logs hanging around. If you're a resourceful Curblier, you know there's something to be done with all that yard waste besides tossing it or turning it into a giant bonfire. But what? We have the answer below! After clearing his yard for a garden makeover, Instructables user "Jamieicecream" had two dilemmas: 1) What to do with all that yard waste? Jamie offers an in-depth walk through of the whole process, start to finish, over on Instructables so head over there to see how it's done. Tagged : Inspiration, thrift, garden, outdoor, repurpose, recycling, Reuse, branch, logs, tree, wood, stump, How-To, natural, rustic, Affordable, budget-friendly, DIY

Grow a Year-Round Salad Garden Curbly-Original As you may have gathered from my weekly "Foodie Friday" posts I enjoy cooking, but equally I enjoying growing my own food, which I write about on my site, curate this space. Aside from the health and nutritional benefits of doing so, there is also something quite primal about knowing where and how your food is grown. Today I'm going to teach you how to grow your own easy to grow salad garden which will grow all year round in frost free areas. If you are new to gardening and growing your own here are a couple basic concepts you you need to grasp that will stand you in good stead for growing healthy plants. SOIL: A balanced potting mix is 1 part sand, 1 part compost and 1 part peat. SUN: Most vegetables and herbs need a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight a day, fruiting plants closer on 9 hours. WATER: Sadly water isn't an impirical measurement, but a yardstick I like to work with is to insert your index finger up to the second digit and gauge it. Room : Kitchen, outdoor

How to Grow a Thriving Indoor Apartment Garden Is lack of expansive outdoor space the only factor that is preventing you from putting your green thumb to good use? Even if your tiny apartment doesn't come with a balcony or an outdoor patio, you can grow a number of green things within the limited confines of your indoor space for your visual and gustatory pleasure. Sunny windowsills are perfect for growing herbs and small vegetables. Empty walls can be used to install vertical planters, and ceilings can even be taken advantage of to install hanging or upside-down planters. If you are a complete beginner and want to start with something super-low-maintenance, you can sprout seeds, raise tiny succulents or make friends with air plants. Got your own experiences and tips for indoor apartment gardening? Click on image to enlarge.

Natural Pools or Swimming Ponds Natural Pools or Natural Swimming Ponds (NSPs) Let nature clean the water... Chemical-free water garden and swimming pool. The plant portion, or regeneration zone, is separated from the swimming area by the wall seen a few inches below the water’s surface. www.naturalswimmingpools.com The pools have skimmers and pumps that circulate the water through the regeneration zone and back into the swimming area. There are many options as to design. A gradual slope contains the plants, gravel and loamy sand, a wall keeps them separate from the swimming area. Vacuum but twice a year and tend to the plants as needed. The regeneration zone can be along the perimeter of a natural pool or a pond unto itself but connected to the swimming area. www.gartenart.co.uk For a true natural pool with no help from ultraviolet light or other such technology, the requirement is half swimming area, half regeneration area. www.biotop-natural-pool.com Plants steel the nutrients away from algae. www.gartenart.co.uk

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