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We like it wild: bottle gardens

We like it wild: bottle gardens
As much as we love to garden, sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do it all. If there’s a way we can shorten our to-do list, we’ll take it. This week’s project, a no-fuss recycled windowsill herb garden, has knocked watering the plants off our list. Although this project may take a little more effort than your average windowsill garden initially, the pay off is worth it for us: we get to usefully recycle bottles, we get fresh herbs we don’t have to dote on, and we get a sparkling window display. CLICK HERE for the full (photo illustrated) project steps after the jump! You’ll just want to make sure the neck piece is shorter than the bottom piece so it will rest inside without touching the bottom. Pass the string through and tie a tall knot large enough to keep it from slipping through the screen. Run the string down the neck of the bottle top with the screen resting at the top. Transplant your herbs (or add dirt and plant seeds) to the bottle top.

10 Simple Things You Can Do to Make Your Yard More Appealing to Wildlife I get a thrill and a sense of well-being when I see wildlife around my home. Because of my busy lifestyle, my lawn and garden beds tend to look a little more unkempt and a little less manicured than I’d like to, the point where I expect to receive disapproving glares from neighbors. However, this lack of regular pruning, mowing, and trimming produces an unexpected bonus: more natural areas that are welcoming to wild creatures. There are a number of ways in which you can make your yard more hospitable to wildlife, and many of them require very little effort or maintenance: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

The Guerrilla Gardening Home Page Build Your Own - Windowfarms New Windowfarm™ Windowfarms™ are available in One, Two, and Four-Column configurations. The new Windowfarms™ are sustainably manufactured in the US, made of recyclable components, and are easy to setup — so you can start growing right out of the box. To buy a Windowfarm™, please visit The Windowfarms™ Store. DIY Version 3: Hanging 2-ColumnOrganic-Ready Windowfarm The version 3.0 Windowfarm design gives you more plants for your buck. The Magic With Corks If you enjoy in good wine and you didn’t trow away the old corks you can create interesting home gadgets that are both interesting and creative. Home decorating can be improved using one of the 25 home ideas with corks we presented here. You don’t need to spend money for your home, you can easily recycle and reuse the old corks for coasters, maths and much more. Stamps Thread Spool Corks Wreath Magnetic Cork Planters Cork Ball Key Chains Coasters Cork Letter Placecard Holders Trivet Bathmat Plant Marker Cheese Knives Cork Candles Cork Candle Votives Simple Cork Necklace Embroidered Cork Necklace Wine Corkboard Champagne Cork Knobs Wine Charms Lampshade Fridge Magnets Animal Sculptures Cork Pen Journaling corks arts, corks usage, diy corks

Living Sculpture Website Easy activities: Woven branch art Community projects: Living dome Videos: Resources Pretzel, ladders and fantastic shapes made from living trees are evidence of what may be the most long term living sculpture in our unit. For our on-line guide, we are dividing tree sculpture into two distinct approaches. The second is taking freshly harvested prunings, twigs, branches, or young trees and shaping them into woven art. Of all the types of living sculpture we present in this on-line guide, the first approach to tree sculpture probably requires the most horticultural knowledge and long term patience. Axel Erlandson’s tree circus is an amazing horticultural undertaking. Woven branch art is easier to create in many regards, since it involves the weaving and interlacing of flexible stems and branches. Resources Garden Journeys with Terry Ettinger on Capital News 9 explores living willow structures. Books: Living Willow Sculpture.

Organic Gardening: Creating Natural Pest Barriers Deer and rabbits are beautiful creatures, but they can wreak havoc on your beautiful gardens and landscaping, and the damage can be expensive to fix. And while you may be tempted to use pesticides to keep insects from eating away at your plants, you could end up killing beneficial insects as well, throwing off the ecological balance of your yard. This video will show you how to create natural pest barriers using plants and beneficial natural predators that will deter the types of insects and animals that are harming your gardens. There are many options for pest barriers that target specific pests, from rabbits to stinkbugs. Deer can consume large amounts of foliage in a short period of time, leaving a jagged and torn surface on twigs and stems. Cotton balls soaked in peppermint oil are another easy, non-toxic way to keep rabbits from devouring your ornamental and edible plants. In addition to plants, you can encourage healthy populations of natural predators that prey on insect pests.

How To Make a DIY Worm Tower A Worm Tower is basically a length of pipe buried halfway in the ground with holes drilled in the buried part for worms to get in and out. Food scraps are added directly to the tower instead of into your composting bin, and are eaten by worms already living in the target part of your yard. You can add Worm Towers to your full blown vermiculture / vermicomposting regime or just use them by themselves, particularly in raised beds. Several steps and lots of time can be eliminated for some of your composting bysimply delivering food waste directly to the worms, directly on to the garden. What you need: Length of PVC about 3 1/2 inches (89mm) or larger wide or if you can get it a length of bamboo – much more ecological Something to cap the tube with. A saw that can cut through PVC Drill with large drill bit. Shovel I had a 9 foot (2.74 metres) length of PVC already, but I did go buy three caps to seal off the top from flies and critters. How To Cut the pipe into roughly 3 foot (.91m) sections.

Most Clever Accent Wall Idea? Shutter Wall Insanity. Duh. This shutter wall from Olive and Love has been on my diy ideas list for a month or two. I am pretty sure that I will never have the time or energy to make my own, but I couldn’t put off sharing it any longer. This is the most clever accent wall idea I have seen this year. How do you make it? 42 Flowers You Can Eat George M. Groutas/CC BY 1.0 The culinary use of flowers dates back thousands of years to the Chinese, Greek and Romans. Many cultures use flowers in their traditional cooking — think of squash blossoms in Italian food and rose petals in Indian food. It’s not uncommon to see flower petals used in salads, teas, and as garnish for desserts, but they inspire creative uses as well — roll spicy ones (like chive blossoms) into handmade pasta dough, incorporate floral ones into homemade ice cream, pickle flower buds (like nasturtium) to make ersatz capers, use them to make a floral simple syrup for use in lemonade or cocktails. Eating Flowers Safely So. Allium to Carnations 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Herbalism guide - growing and using your own herbs The hands-on herbalism guide begins! Welcome to the main page of my herbalism guide. One of the subjects I hope to be covering on the Container Gardening For Food website is that of Herbs and Herbalism - mainly because I've taken up herbalism as a hobby. During future growing season, I intend to dedicate some of my small garden to growing herbs, and hope to be writing articles and making videos as I go. Anything I do will be recorded and published here, the plan being it will create a hopefully useful and entertaining guide to herbalism that anyone can get good information from. I've already created a small apothecary in the utility room and have stocked up on dried herb ingredients to get me started, but during the year I hope to be growing my own herbs and foraging for them in order to replenish my stocks. The following video is a basic introduction to my apothecary... There are two main reason as to why I have decided to take this herbalism theme up. Herbal Preparations

G-Towers The G-Towers are an open source vertical growing system designed by Larry Athey, and built at the OSE Aquaponic Greenhouse workshops of 2015 and 2016. They are similar to the V-Towers growing system. See playlist from Larry Athey - [1] edit Here are some videos and pictures from the Aquaponic Greenhouse Workshop of 2016: See From Larry - The G-Tower is just as food safe as any other plastic flower pot on the market. Hibco Plastics - - Reticulated Urethane foam, artificial soil medium, open pore filter type material, 20-25 Pores Per Inch (PPI), very course. Keith Pavlansky, Larry Athey suggests 2"x3-1/2"x3' pieces, cost of $1/board-foot, or $1.75 per piece, minimum order quantity (MOQ) of $300. Example small-scale G-Tower based home aquaponics system that only requires a 4x4 foot corner in any room.

Blissfully Ever After: DIY Closet Dividers 44 Flares Twitter 0 Facebook 0 Pin It Share 44 44 Google+ 0 LinkedIn 0 inShare0 Email -- Email to a friend 44 Flares × Join me on Facebook for more DIY Craft Projects and Tutorials! I am back to working on the nursery and am making some good progress {pics of that to come soon}. Yesterday I finished a fun, inexpensive, and easy DIY project that helped me organize the babes closet while making it look cute too! Supplies needed: Wooden letter O’s Acrylic paint Scrapbook paper Mod Podge # stickers First lay out your wooden O’s on the side you will be painting {You paint one side and Mod Podge scrapbooking paper to the other} Paint your wooden O’s. After the paint has dried, trace your wooden O onto your scrapbook paper, cut it out, and then Mod Podge the paper to the wooden O on the opposite side that you painted. Your wooden O should look something like this once the above steps have been completed. Next, add your # to the scrapbook paper side of the wooden O and then topcoat with Mod Podge.

Edmonton Aquaponics - Home Grow your own herb garden - Tantalize your taste buds with fresh herbs - Herb Gardening - Gardens Tantalize your taste buds with fresh herbs You don't need a garden plot to keep yourself supplied with fresh herbs all summer long. A sunny location, some soil, pots and a bit of care can turn a balcony, staircase, deck, patio or window into a private produce department. While mint and rosemary are best grown in individual containers, you can pack a smorgasbord of various herbs into a window box. Whether you're new to gardening or a seasoned pro, these tasty, but easy-to-grow, flavour-filled herbs will have you hooked on fresh. BasilThis tender annual can't tolerate cold, so plant only after the threat of frost is over. Basil has a hint of licorice and is a classic choice with tomatoes and in Mediterranean dishes. Dried basil has very little flavour, so use fresh or make pesto, then freeze. DillThis feathery, fern-like herb is actually a hardy annual and acts as a biannual in some climates. Dill is tall, so plant it behind shorter herbs. MintVersatile but invasive, give mint its own pot.