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Natural Pools or Swimming Ponds. Natural Pools or Natural Swimming Ponds (NSPs) Let nature clean the water...

Natural Pools or Swimming Ponds

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. The pools have skimmers and pumps that circulate the water through the regeneration zone and back into the swimming area. The aquatic plants filter out contaminants and use nutrients from the water as food which helps prevent algae.

Then rocks, such as granite river rock or haydite, to which friendly bacteria attach, act as biological filters. 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. How to Build Your Own Terrarium. Do you have a green thumb but an extremely limited living space?

How to Build Your Own Terrarium

How to Make a Self-Irrigating Planter with Yogurt Containers. 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?

How to Grow a Thriving Indoor Apartment Garden

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. How to Grow a Thriving Indoor Apartment Garden. How To: Turn Logs into a Natural Raised Garden Bed! » Curbly.

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.

How To: Turn Logs into a Natural Raised Garden Bed! » Curbly

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! 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.

Grow a Year-Round Salad Garden

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.

How to Turn a Pallet into a Garden. Good news and bad news.

How to Turn a Pallet into a Garden

I had planned to film a short video showing you how to make a pallet garden, but the weather didn’t cooperate. I was stapling the landscape fabric onto the pallet when it started drizzling and got really windy. That’s the bad news. Hanging Basket Garden DIY. We have a sweet little backyard at our new house but with a rambunctious puppy and a curious two-year-old, many of my efforts to plant things in the ground have been thwarted.

Hanging Basket Garden DIY

Well, more like dug up, chewed up, and pulled apart. I was determined to have some sort of herb garden so I got smart and came up with my own version of a vertical garden. I used supplies I already had on hand and bought herbs and flowers that would take the same amount of sun. I put this together on a Sunday afternoon and have enjoyed it from my kitchen window all week! 1. This is a great project for renters, apartment dwellers, or anyone who wants to enjoy just a little bit more greenery.

Use this same idea in your studio to house crafting supplies, store your fruits and vegetables where you can see them in your kitchen, or add it to your bathroom to store toilet paper and washcloths. 1. Roundup: 7 Creative Upcycled Planter Ideas » Curbly. One thing I learned while researching this blog post?

Roundup: 7 Creative Upcycled Planter Ideas » Curbly

You can make a planter out of anything. Seriously, anything. DIY: Paint Can Planters. I came up with a great idea for a garden planter the other day as I was browsing the paint aisle of all places.

DIY: Paint Can Planters

I spied a stack of plain paint cans and thought, those would make amazing planters so I brought a few home and with a little painter’s tape and spray paint created these: I had a bare patch of fence in my rear yard that was in need of attention. I really didn’t feel like painting it again, which is what it needed (ha!) , so I thought I’d distract everyone with some whimsical decor. Roundup: 12 DIY Plant Marker Tutorials » Curbly.

If you've ever planted something in your garden--vegetable or otherwise--and then subsequently forget what plant you planted in the spot until it produces fruit/vegetables/flowers, then you might need some plant markers.

Roundup: 12 DIY Plant Marker Tutorials » Curbly

Luckily the intertubes are replete with ideas for making them. We'll start with simpler options and then work our way into fancy-schmancy territory. We love paint stir sticks. Planting A Pineapple. How To: DIY Hanging Succulent Garden » Curbly. How to Turn Coffee Tins into a Hanging Herb Garden » Curbly. 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 Make String Gardens: 7 DIY Options » Curbly.

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. DIY Drip Irrigation System, Made from Plastic Bottles » Curbly. 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. Create Newspaper Pots for Seed-Starting. Previous 1 of 8 Photos Next x + Enlarge Photo. Gardening 101. Gardening can be intimidating. Explore Cornell - Home Gardening - Introduction.

Moosey's Country Garden - A New Zealand Country Garden. Build a vegetable Garden - Building and preparing an organic garden using natural No Dig Gardening methods. Your Complete Instructions for Natural Gardening Success. RogersPlants. How to grow herbs indoors this winter. 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.