Save your time and money and stop finding the gardening tools you misplace by trying one of these clever DIY Garden Tool Storage Ideas!
1. Make it all easy and design yourself an amazing shed
Storage sheds are ideal for those who love DIY outdoor projects, when you need a customized building or are on a tight budget. Minimal knowledge is required if you have a good storage shed plan and all basic tools. Here’s a step by step DIY article on Family Handyman!
2. Have fun and be creative; a garden storage bench
Consider installing an outdoor storage bench because of its versatile nature. It provides a place to relax, compliments with your garden’s landscape, security, a convenient workspace, and of course provides extra storage. Visit Instructables to see the DIY post.
3. Build a simple tool rack in less than an hour
Instead of purchasing a new garden tool rack, you can build your own and keep your garden neat. Learn how to do this here!
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What is a No dig garden?
A simple, easy and great way to grow your food!!
The No Dig Garden is essentially a great big compost heap containing all the things that plants like best, arranged in layers just like big lasagna.
It can be built any where (on concrete, earth, clay) having no essential relationship to that surface (all though on earth it will contribute to the improvement eventually thanks to MR worm.)
I encourage you to use your imagination and also to follow the principles of both companion planting and permaculture to maximize the benefit of the system.
While me and nature prefer lots of curves and no straight lines or rules, i have formated this instructable with in a set of rules, so those who are not familiar with it can see how it works to start with, when you have the hang of it feel free to experiment.
The advantages: No Bending, NO digging, NO weeding, (use weed free straw), friendly pest balance, (use companion planting / learn to share with nature), Reduced watering, (Keep it moist) Creates humus, Attaches them friendly worms, your crops love it!
Step 1: Ingredients
For the purpose of this instructable the ingredients list is for the square 1.5m x 1.5m x 1m shown in the picture.
The garden can be made of pretty much any thing so long as it includes a good equal mixture of nitrogen and carbon rich materials, below are my favourite ingredients.
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If you’ve ever gone down a plant-shopping rabbit hole on the internet, you’ve probably had succulent cuttings catch your eye. Or maybe you already have older succulents you’d like to refresh and restart? Regardless of how you end up with cuttings, they’re a great way to grow succulents! (And often much cheaper than buying full plants, too!)
In this instructable, I’ll show you how to take succulent cuttings, callous them, and plant them. It’s a fairly simple process as long as you follow a few important rules.
Step 1: Tools + Materials
Here’s what you’ll need to take and plant succulent cuttings:
- Small pot
- Succulent soil
- Chopstick, skewer, or other thin tool to make holes in the soil
- Sharp scissors or an X-acto knife
- Succulent plants or cuttings, whichever you’re starting with
- Container for watering
If you’re using a full plant, I’ll show you how to take and callous succulent cuttings on the next two steps.
Step 2: How to Take Succulent Cuttings
Succulent cuttings should be taken from the very top of the stem. I always try to cut below the first leaf node on the stem at least, but often cut them longer.
Make sure you have at least and 1-2 inches or so of stem. (Less than that, and the plant will have a hard time standing up straight in the soil, hindering root growth.)
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The decision to garden in the winter is an easy one to make. It requires very little time, space and materials to grow tasty salad greens. While reading the seed catalogs, I came across growing shoots, specifically popcorn shoots. So, off to the local farm supply store I went. I snagged a bag of seed starting mix to start the process of growing shoots.
Besides the seed starting mix, all ingredients were on hand. The popcorn came from the kitchen pantry. There were leftover aluminum casserole trays with plastic covers from the holidays. I used an extra storage container to pre-soak the popcorn seeds for a few days.
This is a great project to start over a very long snowy weekend. As for time to harvest, after the pre-soaking period, it takes 10 to 14 days to get shoots 2 to 4 inches long. The shoots are simply snipped off at the base when they have grown to the length you want. I plan to use them in stir fry dishes and salads of course.
This is such an easy crop to grow!
Step 1: Materials
The materials are as follows:
- Fresh Popcorn, i.e. not 3 years old (unpopped, not the microwavable kind)
- Flat Casserole Tray or other container with sides less than 2″ deep
- Small Container
- Potting Soil
- Kitchen shears
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Planning to spruce up your garden but have no idea on how to start? Then it’s time to get your tools out and begin working on those creative juices. If your kids want to join in, then that’s perfect. You can find a lot of DIY projects you and your children will have fun with. Easy and safe to do, your kids will appreciate these projects while it makes your garden (and family ties) even better.
Kid-Friendly DIY Projects for the Garden
Here are my five favorite DIY projects my kids and I do together to make the garden look even better!
Mini Gardening Pots
While you can create your pots, younger kids will have a blast painting smaller planters bought from the store. It’s perfect for little hands that want to decorate the garden with you without too much mess. Plus, you can teach them how to plant small flowers and watch it grow into beautiful leaves they will be proud of showing. It’s the perfect start to a fairy garden!
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Epsom salt, typically used in baths for sore and achy muscles, has proven itself to be more than basic. Also known as magnesium sulfate, it contains the minerals magnesium and sulfur, both found to be beneficial to plants.
In case you weren’t aware, Epsom salt is considered a BFF for many gardeners. If you’re looking to earn a green thumb, or just want to use less chemicals outdoors, check out these ways that you can use Epsom salt outside.
Epsom salt in your flower bed or garden can help keep pests like snails, slugs, or groundhogs away. Try sprinkling some around your plants, or make a spray solution with 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt and 1 gallon of warm water.
Even Bob Vila cosigned on this one. For greener grass, spread Epsom salt around your lawn with a seed spreader or by hand.
Nip weeds in the bud with a few shots of this mixture: 1 gallon of white vinegar, 2 cups Epsom salt, and ¼ cup of dish soap. Spray it directly onto the weeds; dish soap helps it to cling while the salt dehydrates the weeds. Extra tip: vinegar with 10% acidity or higher works the best.
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Blueberries are sometimes referred to as nature’s candy, with a juicy, sweet flavor few can resist. But there’s really no reason to try and resist them, as this fruit is among some of the healthiest foods you can eat.
These purple berries offer long-life health benefits that far exceed their tiny size, thanks to being packed with antioxidants that help boost the immune system, and guard against cancer and heart disease. They’re rich in proanthocyanidin, something that’s been shown to aid in weight loss, fight cancer and help one to enjoy younger looking skin. Blueberries are also a good source of vitamins A, C, and K, manganese, and potassium.
Why wouldn’t you want to grow buckets full of blueberries with all that nutrition and flavorful taste too? Eat them right off the bush, add them to plain yogurt or use them in smoothies and baking.
Of course, you probably just want to know how you can grow your own, right?
The good news is that blueberries are long-lived, dependable, and some of the easiest fruit to grow organically. Certain species are native to particular regions of North America, but some type of blueberry bush can be grown just about anywhere, provided you have acidic soil with a pH below 5.0. They can also be grown in containers filled with a bark-based, acidic planting mix.
Here’s what else you need to know in order to reap those buckets of berries.
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Of course, not every crop can make it in a hanging basket—watermelons are too heavy and corn is far too tall. But there are still plenty of smaller plants that won’t break your basket. Maggie Saska, plant production specialist at the Rodale Institute, suggests vining crops whose fruits are light enough to handle the drooping action without breaking off, as well as smaller upright varieties.
When choosing your basket, go with one that will be able to support the weight of growing vines and produce, as well as water. A basket that hangs from a chain will be a better bet than a basket with a plastic hook, for example.
Prepare the basket just as you would for planting flowers, with a good potting mix. Saska advises applying a slow-release fertilizer or fish emulsion throughout the summer as it can be difficult for produce to get all the nutrients they need in a container. You’ll also have to be vigilant about watering, especially in the height of summer, because soil in hanging baskets dries out quickly. Consider placement of the basket too, based on what type of crop you’re growing. Hanging your planter beneath your porch roof likely won’t provide enough sunlight for most crops, for example, but a shepherd’s hook or your garden fence will work just fine.
Otherwise, growing produce in hanging baskets isn’t much different from growing it in pots on the ground! Here are a few crops that will do well way up high.
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