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

Flower Pot Miniature Fairy Gardens

Flower Pot Miniature Fairy Gardens

Flower Pot Miniature Fairy Gardens #michaelsmakers | From terrariums to fairy gardens, putting together mini landscapes combines the beauty of mother nature with imagination and creativity. There are no rules when it comes to creating these miniature magical worlds. It is truly a project full of ingenuity and fun for any age. The mini living gardens are created with just a few basic supplies and brought to life with the simple addition of mini accessories. We still have a few more weeks to go before I can begin to play in the outside Continue reading

Drip Paint Flower Pots | terra cotta toad house kids craft

Drip Paint Flower Pots | terra cotta toad house kids craft

Drip Paint Flower Pots | terra cotta toad house kids craft - Who knew freely dripping paint right out of the bottle could be so mesmerizing? My little guy was so captivated by this simple project and I have to admit, I totally loved every minute of it as well. These Drip Paint Flower Pots originally started out as an attempt to fancy up some easy terra cotta toad houses for the garden. Once we were done I adored the colorful pots so much, I just had to keep some for our plants. We were inspired to create the houses for our garden toads Continue reading

Wooden Race Track Ramp | dover international speedway #fedex400

Wooden Race Track Ramp | dover international speedway #fedex400

Our little guy has discovered a new recent obsession, NASCAR. He's got the drivers name and numbers down pat, along with their top sponsors, and can even tell you who has placed in the past couple of races we have watched. As with all of his interests, I immediately went searching online for some autism friendly activities and was beyond thrilled to find that Dover International Speedway actually has an "Autism Speaks Day at the Races" program. This program offers a unique opportunity for those on the autism spectrum and their families to Continue reading

Homemade Fire Starters | backyard fire pit safety reminders

Homemade Fire Starters | backyard fire pit safety reminders

Homemade Fire Starters - backyard fire pit safety reminders | During the fall we get to experience our outdoor living area with a whole new set of eyes. It's that time of year when the yard work slows down and the majority of any outdoor projects plans have finally come to a close. The time of year we like to take advantage of the early sunsets and cool crisp evening air. Honestly, the time of year we are usually ready to finally sit down and enjoy and our wonderful surroundings. While we have begun to prepare the rest of the outdoors for the Continue reading

Plumbing Pipe Table Plans | diy outdoor coffee table

Plumbing Pipe Table Plans | diy outdoor coffee table

Plumbing Pipe Table Plans - diy outdoor coffee table | This post brought to you by Elmer’s ProBond Advanced. All opinions are 100% mine. We are big fans of durable, easy-to-care-for outdoor furniture. A majority of our outdoor pieces have been hand-built and pressure treated wood has always been our go-to. This time around we decided to mix it up a little bit and add in a touch of metal - plumbing pipe to be exact. The past couple of years I've played with a few different coffee table ideas for this particular outdoor living space on our Continue reading

Garden Plant Markers | homemade herb labels

Garden Plant Markers | homemade herb labels

This post brought to you by Duck Brand. All opinions are 100% mine. Garden Plant Markers - Homemade Herb Labels | Despite the cold winter weather still lingering around I couldn't wait any longer to get my hands in some dirt. Once the stores start displaying their spring goodies this time of year I usually can't help myself. We always try starting some plants from seed - mainly our herbs. It usually becomes an activity CJ is interested in as he loves getting his hands dirty too. Sometimes the seeds grow and sometimes we're just left with a Continue reading

Orange Birdseed Ornaments | Homemade Citrus Bird Feeders

Orange Birdseed Ornaments | Homemade Citrus Bird Feeders

Orange Birdseed Ornaments - Homemade Citrus Bird Feeders | I have one more outdoor ornament to share today - another fun birdseed ornament. We've been using the same gelatin based 'recipe' for the birdseed mixture for a few years now and have stuffed in just about every kind of mold we could find. It turns hard and dry when it is left to set properly and holds together very well. This time around we stuffed the birdseed recipe into orange rinds. The inside pulp we give to chickens, so it's a win - win. This is one of CJ's favorite Continue reading

Birdseed Ice Wreath Ornaments | homemade birdseed & fruit cakes

Birdseed Ice Wreath Ornaments | homemade birdseed & fruit cakes

Birdseed Ice Wreath Ornaments | With the crazy amount of cold weather we have been having, I couldn't go that long without posting a little something for the birds. We love all of our feathered friends around here and making homemade birdseed treats is something my little guy and I love doing together. Our birdseed ornaments were one of the first things I shared on the blog close to four years ago!  A few days ago we decided to change the ornaments up just a bit and make them out of ice this time around since the temperatures have been Continue reading