Do you have a green thumb that is just itching to get in the dirt, but doesn’t have a lot of land? Maybe you are eager to use more fresh herbs and vegetables in your cooking, but your neighborhood association frowns on turning your lawn into a living garden? Or maybe you just want to get a jump-start on the growing season? If so, container gardens might be just the thing you are looking for. Growing herbs, vegetables, and fruits in various sized containers can offer a real advantage for families living in apartments or townhomes, minimizing strain on your back by not having to dig deeply, and not having to build and maintain raised beds. Container gardens are also a great idea [...]
After planning you rain garden, the next step is to build, plant, and maintain it. Use string, rope, a garden hose, or builder’s chalk to mark out the edges of the planned garden. Double check that there aren’t any utilities in the way, and that you aren’t disturbing existing desirable vegetation. The roots of many trees extend as far out as the edge of the canopy.
Decide where you want the inflow and overflow to be. Mark those locations with stakes. The inflow is where water will enter the rain garden, and the overflow is where excess water will drain off. You can have more than one inflow, or no specific inflow.
A small, shallow rain garden [...]
When it comes time to think about and design your landscape, one of the more popular trends these days is to develop and nurture a beautiful rain garden. Rain gardens are more than just filler for an empty yard – they can be a quiet refuge after a busy day at work, they can be a place of exploration and wonder for young children, and they can make a meaningful statement about living an environmentally friendly life.
Rain gardens are shallow depressions in the ground planted with carefully chosen vegetation, that trap and filter storm water. Rain gardens help reduce storm runoff dramatically, and they can reduce the need for irrigation in some areas. Once fully [...]
Whether you live on 5 acres of sprawling countryside or in a high-rise urban studio, giving your garden a facelift just got easier — compliments of upcycling.
This new type of DIY crafting allows you to re-purpose worn-out objects into functional and ornamental pieces to display around the house. You can use jars, canisters or even old windows to bring new life to an already thriving garden.
So, go ahead, raid that long-forgotten storage closet and transform the contents into a garden oasis for your balcony, backyard or even windowsill. The following eco-friendly and cost-effective DIY ideas offer creative inspiration to get you started.image courtesy of [...]
For some people, gardening and landscaping comes naturally. There is a joy to be had in working the soil, being out in the fresh air, and taking the time to plan a beautiful yard, then getting to watch it grow and mature. For others, working out in the yard is more of a chore. But regardless of your motivation, take heart in the knowledge that a well-designed and maintained landscape can add significant value to your home, reduce water usage, regulate the temperature inside your home, reduce noise, shorten the time your property stays on the market when selling, control erosion, improve privacy, reduce your stress levels, and ultimately even reduce the amount of time needed for yard [...]