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Top 10 Best DIY Garden Ideas

Top 10 Best DIY Garden Ideas
by Magda Knight Indoor plant art. Urban and guerilla gardening. Upcycling plant containers. 1. Photo: Eco Village International Network Turning a shoe organizer into a vertical herb garden is a clever idea. 2. Photo and moss graffiti recipe: Yababoon Make like UK artist Anna Garforth. 3. Photo: Duitang While it's much easier to make vases with plastic bottles, glass is just... nicer. 4. Photo: Greenaid Seed bombs are a guerilla gardening technique. 5. Photo: Squidoo The classic used container is, of course, an upcycled enamel bath, sink or toilet. 6. Photo: Simply Albany Stick to succulents when you make a mason jar wall plant. 7. Photo and frame tutorial: Boys Life You can make this compact vegetable garden from scratch, and plant as you harvest to ensure a small space ends up being very productive. 8. Photo: Reckless Abandon Do you like to cook with green onions / scallions? 9. Photo: Slug and Squirrel Though not easy, a terrarium is worth the love and effort applied. 10. Photo: Ecosalon Related:  Garden

window farm « Cranberry Compost & Gardening Blog More Fun Garden Projects June 13, 2011 cranpup Container Garden, Farming, flower, Flowers, Garden Decor, Garden Design, Garden Projects, Garden Tools, Gardening, Hydroponics, landscaping, vegetable gardening, vertical garden, Window Farm cucumber, design, farm, farming, flowers, garden, greenhouse, grow, herbs, hydroponics, irrigation, landscaping, pvc, sprinklers, trellis, vegetables, vertical garden, window farm I found something pretty cool yesterday. Planting a garden in a 4 inch PVC pipe. Build a greenhouse frame using PVC. Build grow rack shelves for starting your plants. Make a nice sprinkler stand for your garden. Build a net house for your plants Make your own hydroponic garden. Build this beautiful cucumber trellis. Window Farming April 16, 2011 cranpup Farming, Gardening, Window Farm farming, garden, gardening, grow, window farm Window Farming Buckle your seatbelt and hang on, cause this one is just too cool! This looks like the kind of thing to have fun with.

How to plant a compact vegetable garden What makes this compact garden so productive is that you will be placing plants close together in squares instead of traditional rows. You can continue to plant as you harvest. What You’ll Need HammerSawShovelWire cuttersTape measure4 4-foot 2-by-10’s16d galvanized nails2 6-foot 2-by-4’s4-foot 2-by-449 feet of 12-gauge galvanized wire, cut into 7 7-foot lengths8d galvanized nailsAbout 1/2 cubic yard or 14 cubic feet of good garden soilA sunny spot for your garden What You’ll Do Frame 1. Trellis 2. 3. 4. Planting Fill the frame with good garden soil. A Helpful Garden Nail 5/8-inch or heavier exterior plywood to the bottom of the frame and lift the frame to table height by placing it on sturdy saw horses or legs. More Go Green! Related Build a worm bed Do you wish you could dig money out of the ground?

Vertical Gardens Permaculture Courses by Frank Gapinski Making use of vertical wall space located in a sunny spot is a great way to grow your garden. In fact you don’t need pumps or complicated equipment to start growing your own vegetable garden. As long as you have a consistent amount of sunshine of around 6 hours per day and a collection of plastic drink containers and some ingenuity you can create a mini vegetable garden and have it self-water the system. Easy Vertical Bottle Garden All you need is a small amount of vertical space around a balcony or an open window which can hang or store a vertical array of drink bottles that can grow all your herbs and lettuce easily. Drill a hole through each screw-on bottle top lid so that water can drip from one bottle down to the next. Cut the base of the second bottle so the neck of the first bottle can funnel into the second bottle. An opening in the bottle for the seedling to grow through can be easily cut out with a serrated knife or a sharp pair of scissors.

Jardim Suspenso com garrafa Pet! | Dicas Miúdas Oi Pessoal, Neste feriado a escola da minha filha mandou uma “tarefinha de casa” para ser feita por toda a família… Eles mandaram uma mudinha de planta junto com um cartão. Neste cartão vinha o passo-a-passo para fazermos um vaso de garrafa Pet e depois deveríamos colocar a planta neste vaso e devolver para a escola, que lá eles iriam montar um jardim suspenso. Adorei a iniciativa e mais ainda a idéia, por isso estou aqui para compartilhá-la com vocês. Então vamos ao material necessário: - Garrafa PET de 2 litros, com tampa – vazia e limpa - Tesoura com ponta fina - Corda de varal, cordoalha, barbante ou arame - Para os que optarem por cordoalhas ou arames, serão necessárias duas arruelas - Terra - Muda de planta Como Fazer: Créditos: Primeiro corte a garrafa PET, como está mostrando na imagem abaixo. Depois, para fixar as garrafas, é preciso fazer dois furos no fundo da garrafa e dois na parte superior da garrafa. Dica 1) Para quem for usar corda de varal ou barbante:

Windowfarm | starter permaculture So I’ll be the first to admit that I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m fully shooting from the hip on most of my endeavors as far as gardening is concerned and because of that, I fully expect to make lots of mistakes. To try and minimize my losses though, I’m hitching my bets as much as possible. I’ll be using at least three different techniques to start my seeds this season with hopes that at least one will work well. seed starting tray I purchased a coconut husk seed starting tray from Plantation Garden Centre (very nice people, please support them if you need anything) in the NW of Calgary, and yesterday I used the whole thing to plant basil, thyme, lavender, 4 types of tomatoes, parsley and cilantro. I also purchased a grow light from a local hydroponics store called Quick Grow (also very nice people and really helpful), and I figured out that under my desk is the perfect spot to start seeds. Picture below: Planting seeds After mounting the light, I put the seed tray under there. Caleb

The 10 Best & Easiest to Grow Herbs The Gardenist So long as there is no snow on the ground, you can harvest herbs in your garden. There is nothing more satisfying and simple than snipping off just what you need and enjoying the garden fresh flavor without having to fork out a few bucks per bunch at the market. Herbs are among the easiest plants to grow. I you have a piece of land to plant then, great, but many are actually be even better in a container because their prolific nature can be contained and because you can place them right near your kitchen for quick cooking access. Here is my list of my Top ten 'Can't Live Without' garden herbs. 1) Rosemary Use it fresh or dried, the flavor is fantastic either way. Favorite uses: Holiday Gifts (the piney smell is perfect for the season) and chopped and sprinkled atop store bought pizza dough, baked and drizzled with olive oil and Parmesan cheese. 2) Thyme I find I use this for two main types of cooking; wintery stews and summery meat grilling marinades. 8) Oregano. Image:Culinary Herbs

Inside Peek at O’Hare Airport’s Vertical Farm January 23, 2012 by Robin Plaskoff Horton Photo: Future Growing After traveling a lot for the majority of my career, airport delays are usually not something I get excited about. However, a recent (cancelled) trip from Columbus, Ohio to my home in Chicago (and a resulting wait for delayed luggage) gave me the opportunity to visit the new urban garden in O’Hare Airport. Photo: LaManda Joy Set in a seemingly unused nook of the G Terminal, a mezzanine space has been transformed into a high-tech urban garden. Photo: Future Growing The genius behind the O’Hare installation is Future Growing LLC, the same company responsible for the amazing rooftop garden that fuels the kitchens of New York City restaurant, Bell, Book and Candle, where I dined on a recent visit to that city. A series of vertical PVC towers with high-powered (“wear your sunglasses” high-powered) lights grow a variety of herbs, greens, edible flowers and a few tomato plants. Photo: LaManda Joy

Smart Pots - Container Gardening, Hydroponic Fabric Containers How to make free self-watering containers for rooting tomato cuttings Hardening off Six days after being potted and resting in the shade on the porch, the cutting is now officially a tomato plant complete with a bloom. It's time to harden it off by placing it in direct sun for a few hours a day over the next several days. If the cutting is blooming, pinch the blossom off. Ready to transplant After a full day in the sun yesterday with no wilting, my cherry tomato cutting is hardened off and ready for the garden. I'm ready to start another cutting! Learn more The advantages to using this self-watering container method are three-fold. Go get your hands dirty!

Tomatoes on the Move... Seizing on the opportunity to snap up a couple of grow bags retailing in Somerfield for £1.29, I spent the afternoon tending to my multitude of gargantuan tomato plants. I'm experimenting yet again and in this instance, am putting some tomato plants into grow bags outside on the balcony, with some more remaining inside on the windowsill. I'm still unsure as to how I'm going to construct a 'bed' for the indoors grow bag (to avoid mess inside the flat), so whilst I deliberated over that produce problem, I set to, transplanting three tomato plants into the grow bag outside. The first step I took, was to take 3 flower pots and cut the bottom out of them: The intention was to sit these pots on top of holes in the grow bag. Once I had cut the holes into the flower pots, I wedged these into the openings I'd created on the grow bag: As you can see, I've inserted some plant sticks and tied the plants to them for added support.

How to Grow 100 Pounds of Potatoes in 4 Square Feet On many occasions, we've been tempted to grow our own potatoes. They're fairly low maintenance, can be grown in a pot or in the ground, last a fairly long time if stored properly, and can be very nutritious (high in potassium and vitamin C). Here's more incentive: according to this article, you can grow 100 pounds of potatoes in 4 sq. feet. According to this article from the Seattle Times, potatoes planted inside a box with this method can grow up to 100 pounds of potatoes in just 4 square feet. Lumber Seed potatoes Soil Careful attention to watering The Times' guide for building a potato growing box yields up to a 100 lbs. of potatoes in a mere 4 square feet is shown below: Plant as early as April or as late as August 1, with an approximated 3 month till harvest turnaround time. Here are some pointers from the article: Cut apart larger seed potatoes, making sure there are at least two eyes in each piece you plant. Seattle Times via LifeHacker.

Paper House Luminaries and Mobile I designed a paper house template a few years ago and have had lots of fun modifying it into various things from postage stamp holders to haunted house luminaries. Most recently, I used the design to craft a multiple house glowing mobile. It’s a sweet display lit for evening company, as a housewarming gift or other fun event. Because each house will need to be manually opened and every flameless tealight turned on one at a time, this display lends itself to more of a special occasion decorating piece. However, unlit, it is really sweet as everyday decor. To make the houses like I did for this project, trim one-sided patterned scrapbook paper into letter-size sheets to feed through your desktop printer. Download the FREE Paper House Luminary PDF file and print to the back of each trimmed sheet. Once printed, trim out each template along the solid line. Don’t forget to cut out the little windows. Cut out, score and fold all of your houses in assembly line.

Build your own solar-powered water pumping station by Jeffrey Yago, P.E., CEM In the last issue, there was an excellent article by Dorothy Ainsworth on water pumping using mechanical windmills. In this issue I will address another form of "free" water pumping. There are many remote applications where a solar-powered water pump is more cost effective than installing a conventional grid-connected AC pump. I recently designed a solar-powered pumping system for a local farmer wanting to pump water from a lake up to a watering trough for cattle in a distant fenced field. We have also designed larger systems to pump directly from drilled wells up to elevated storage tanks, which provide gravity-fed water back down to remote ranch buildings. Basic system description These solar applications made economic sense because the location was too remote to run a long power line. By adding a storage tank and increasing the size of the pumping system, excess pumped water can be stored, which can continue to supply water during the night or when it's cloudy and the pump is off.

How to Make a Kaleidoscope Faça você mesmo um brinquedo para seu filho! Quando eu tinha uns 10 anos de idade, um amigo do meu pai nos deu um caleidoscópio feito com cacos de vidro. E eu, que tinha vivido sempre em meio a vidro coloridos e era completamente apaixonada por tudo que refletisse luz e cor, passei dias deslumbrada com aquele mágico objeto que transformava caco de vidro em lindas imagens coloridas. Meu pai então desmontou comigo o caleidoscópio para vermos como era feito e, a partir daí, por todos esses anos desde então, eu já fiz montes de caleidoscópios diferentes. Troquei o material, o formato dos vidros, o jeito de montar, até chegar nesse que vou ensinar agora. É um objeto relativamente simples de se fazer. E você pode envolver suas crianças no processo, tornando tudo mais interessante! Aproveite o Dia das Crianças para curtir um tempo juntos e construir esse presente delicioso! Vamos precisar: Embalagem de papelão e metal daquela famosa batatinha. Mas fiz isso para ter uma base neutra. Copie 2 vezes.