5 Awesome Kid-Friendly DIY Projects to Spruce Up Your Garden!

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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11 Ways to Use Epsom Salt In Your Garden

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.

  1. Pest Control

    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.

  2. Greener Lawns

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    Even Bob Vila cosigned on this one. For greener grass, spread Epsom salt around your lawn with a seed spreader or by hand.

Weed Killer

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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Inexpensive Landscaping Ideas to Beautify Your Garden

Tailoring the look of your home’s exterior is one way to create a space that reflects your personality. There are many cheap landscaping ideas you can tackle on your own that are high impact without a high price tag.

Creating a modern, beautiful yard doesn’t have to cost a lot. In fact, the gorgeous, million dollar contemporary gardens in the magazines are possible today thanks to creative designers with a desire to use materials and plants that were easily sourced and more environmentally sensitive. Landscapers and architects wanted to re-use creative materials that were low-maintenance, cheap or free and plants that required little care or water.

Get creative to come up with your own cheap landscaping ideas.

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First, consider the space you have and what you will use it for. Do you have a large backyard that you like to spend time in? Does your front yard lack curb appeal? Determining what you want from your yard and what functions you’d like it to have will help guide your landscaping decisions. We’ve assembled a few cheap landscaping ideas to help you create a yard you’ll enjoy.

Make Geometric Patterns With Pavers and Ground Cover

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A cheap landscaping idea that creates great visual impact is the use of pavers and ground cover. If you have unused ground space in your yard or bare earth you’d like to cover up, use recycled or broken pavers in a mosaic pattern of your choice. Plant moss or creeping sedum between the seams for contrast. The combination of the two materials means you need less of each, saving you money.

Creeping sedum is a light green perennial with yellow flowers that spreads on its own, thrives in full sunshine, and doesn’t need much water or maintenance to survive. Another great option for creating a fragrant path is the use of the herb lemon thyme in your mosaic pattern. It grows slowly, requiring minimal maintenance, is edible and releases a nice aroma when stepped on. Continue reading “Inexpensive Landscaping Ideas to Beautify Your Garden”

How To Grow Buckets Full Of Blueberries No Matter Where You Live

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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7 Fruits And Vegetables You Can Grow In Hanging Baskets Instead in a Garden

It’s time to take your container garden off the ground. Growing vegetables and fruits in hanging baskets frees up space in your garden (and on your back porch) so that you can grow even more plants in a small space. Or even if you’re not worried about space, growing food crops in a hanging planter is still a fun way to add visual interest to your garden—who says veggies can’t be as beautiful as flowers?
(No room? No problem! See how you can grow tomatoes in the driveway, dill on the deck, and peppers on the porch with Rodale’s Edible Spots & Pots— get your copy now!)cherry tomatoes in a hanging basket

 

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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