A Peek Inside the New Greenhouse

A Peek Inside the New Greenhouse

A Peek Inside the New Greenhouse | #michaelsmakers #michaelshaul • Our summer has been packed with many ongoing projects, I can honestly say I'm ready and waiting to sit back and take in the stillness of fall. Though I haven't been able to share much lately, today I'm giving you A Peek Inside the New Greenhouse; one of our biggest diy projects of the summer. Butch began building the structure in the spring. Last year he built the garden and this building sits adjacent to that. We are still not quite sure what to call the space, as it Continue reading

Strawberry Tower | how to grow strawberries in a basket

Strawberry Tower | how to grow strawberries in a basket

Strawberry Tower | how to grow strawberries in a basket Strawberry plants are one of the easiest berry crops to grow and excitingly, one of the first plants in the garden to produce fresh ripened fruit. The plants have the ability to survive adverse growing conditions and can not only be grown in garden beds, but in containers as well. This year, we decided to tuck our plants in a decorative basket, creating a Strawberry Tower that is already bearing tasty homegrown goodness. Along with cherry tomatoes, they are one of Butch's favorite Continue reading

Planting Container Evergreens | patio paver planters

Planting Container Evergreens | patio paver planters

Planting Container Evergreens ~ patio paver planters | This shop is #sponsored by #CollectiveBias and its advertiser. The story and opinions read here are entirely my own. #ReadySetGro No matter where you live or how much space you may have, the simple addition of container plantings can instantly make any outdoor space feel cozy and inviting. This time of year our deck transforms into a much-used outdoor extension of our indoor living space. After all of the cleaning, maintenance and staining is done - plants and flowers are one of my Continue reading

Container Plantings | front porch urns

Container Plantings | front porch urns

Container Plantings - Front Porch Urns | This shop is #sponsored by #CollectiveBias and its advertiser. The story and opinions read here are entirely my own ~ #BigLotsOutdoor Gardening has been one of my passions for as long as I can remember. One project I truly look forward to this time of year, is putting together Container Plantings for our outdoor areas. There is no better way to welcome the new season then with its own natural beauty. The planters on our front porch are forever changing throughout the year. They tend to be the first Continue reading

Preparing Lawn Equipment For Winter

Preparing Lawn Equipment For Winter

Preparing Lawn Equipment for Winter | As the temperatures continue to drop we are finishing up our preparations for the winter months upon us. I previously mentioned our checklist for prepping your home for winter, along with our winter storm emergency kit, and today I'm sharing the last part of our maintenance routine - preparing lawn equipment for winter. We heavily depend on our lawn equipment during the warmer months, though once winter arrives, most of the equipment will sit dormant for a lengthened period of time. Preforming maintenance Continue reading

How to Drill Drainage Holes in Ceramic Flowerpots and Planters

How to Drill Drainage Holes in Ceramic Flowerpots and Planters

I have come across many clay flowerpots and planters I absolutely adore only to pick them and find out they do not have any drainage holes. It's a big disappointment, considering pretty much all plants need adequate drainage to survive - however, it's not that difficult to drill drainage holes yourself with just a few simple supplies. I have used this method on several different ceramic containers over the years to create some pretty unique planters - even though they were not originally intended for plants. The key to properly drill Continue reading

Cicadas | The Return of the Magicicada Cicadas

Cicadas | The Return of the Magicicada Cicadas

This is the year the 17 year Magicicada periodical cicadas emerge. While the idea of a massive creepy crawly invasion tends to make me a little squirmy - the actual story behind the cicadas is really an impressive one. I recently came across this documentary film project by Samuel Orr, a filmmaker and time-lapse photographer. The photography is exquisite and watching it definitely gave me a different perspective of these fascinating creatures. The link was sent to me through our homeschool group and while it's not only a wonderful educational Continue reading

Patio Herb Garden – Tiered Planters

Patio Herb Garden – Tiered Planters

Our herb garden this year has finally taken root. While there are still a few spots that need to fill in - I thought I'd better share now before it starts growing wild and out of control. For the past couple of years I have put together a small sized herb garden to sit on our back deck. I love the convenience of having fresh herbs growing just steps away from the back door. Plus, since they are easily accessible - and right next to the grill - we tend to use them a lot more. While visiting a local nursery earlier this spring, I happen to Continue reading

Red Oak Trees | Earth Day Plantings

Red Oak Trees | Earth Day Plantings

Happy Friday my friends. I long for sunny warm weekends in the spring and the next couple days are looking pretty good. I may even attempt to start freshening up the deck tomorrow.  The past couple of weeks we have been working on getting the garden beds together and in honor of Earth Day we decided to add two red oak trees to the yard. We picked red oak trees because they are said to be fast growers and fairly tolerant of different soil variations. Plus they turn beautiful vibrant colors in the fall... ...from yellow-brown to bright Continue reading

Tips for Taking Care of Holiday Poinsettia Plants: Tuesday Ten

Tips for Taking Care of Holiday Poinsettia Plants: Tuesday Ten

The Christmas season has officially began once the most popular holiday decoration makes its debut - 'the most beautiful euphorbia' - the poinsettia . I couldn't resist picking up a few this past weekend and I am sure a couple more will make their may home with me this season. Whether you enjoy the beauty of the poinsettia in your own holiday decor or pass this traditional gift on to others - the charm of these potted plants can last well throughout the season and beyond with a little diligence. This week's Tuesday Ten details some Continue reading