For the Garden

Bug Defense Cage From Old Window Screens

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

I know it’s late in the season for squash, but I just had to give it one last try. My inability to win the squash bug, squash beetle, and, particularly, squash BORER battle is a sore spot with me. This may not work either, but like Charlie Brown and that football, I can’t resist. I […]

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Misadventures in Urban Plantsmanship

by Daisy DIY

I bought a pineapple guava plant through the mail. I was lured by promises of tropical beauty and exotic flavor. It was around midnight, and I had fallen down an internet rabbit hole of off-the-beaten-path edible shrubs, vines, and other fantastical fruits. My eyes locked onto pineapple guava and I was mesmerized. Apparently, the petals […]

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What I’ve Been Building This Winter

by Daisy Barnyard

I love to build. I also love to “design” building projects from scratch. Sitting down with a pencil and some scrap paper and a few ideas is one of my favorite ways to wile away a winter evening. Then, starting to put things together, working out problems along the way, researching, adding on, tweaking the […]

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I’m Plotzing!

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

I can barely contain myself. Something I’ve been waiting for years to happen has happened. In fact, it’s something that helped bring about the formation of this blog six years ago. Deanna and I had been friends for ten years at that point, but somehow we never fully realized we shared a certain passion for […]

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Easy Blueberry Bush Bird Protection

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

Many years ago I tried draping deer netting over my blueberry bushes. It was a complete failure. I didn’t secure the netting at ground level so the birds got up under the net, it was a pain to crawl under there to pick, and the birds could sit on the outside and pick berries through […]

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No-Tip Fairy Chairs

by Daisy DIY

If you have fairies, (and who doesn’t?) you must know a major problem with fairy furniture is that it tips over. What with the uneven terrain, wind and rain, crawling creatures and clumsy fairies, most fairy abodes look like they have barely survived an earthquake. When I decided to make a few chairs for the […]

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Still Worth It DIY: Herbs and Animals

by Ivory Soap Barnyard

  Of all the low hassle animals in the world, chickens are the top.  They eat the leftovers.  They make eggs.  No food is wasted in our house, ever.  My kids are free to never clean their plate, because we have chickens. Also, still worth it, mini-goats.  No, we don’t milk them, but they’re so […]

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How NOT To Make Comfrey Fertilizer

by Daisy DIY

This post originally had a different title. In the interest of full disclosure which is our informal policy here, after I actually made the fertilizer, I had to add the NOT. It all began well. I cut a lot of comfrey and packed it into a five-gallon bucket. I left it, covered in plastic, for […]

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5 Ways to Live Seasonally in June

by Ivory Soap DIY

Farmer’s Markets are in full swing, mama animals are making tons of milk, and the produce in the garden is coming on faster than you can pick it.  Welcome to summer!  Well, technically, summer doesn’t start till June 20th, but the HEAT is already here in West Tennessee. So what can we do to live […]

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Easy-To-Make Bird Bath

by Daisy DIY

Providing a water source for wild birds is a simple proposition. Just set out a birdbath, right? But like a lot of things, especially when funds are limited, finding a birdbath that fits the bill isn’t as easy as it may seem. As I shopped around I began to feel like Goldilocks– This one’s too […]

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Building a Sawbuck

by Daisy DIY

After I built a sawbuck I was watching a movie.  In front of a remote woodland cabin in the Russian wilderness was a sawbuck.  I never would have noticed it before I had my own.  I’ll probably start seeing them everywhere now. It was the same when I built a beehive.  In every period film […]

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Trompe l’oeil Rain Barrel Tutorial

by Daisy DIY

I had a lot of options and a lot of ideas when it came to painting the seriously blue plastic barrel we were converting into a rain barrel. I thought of flowers or butterflies (or both), but when it was suggested I paint the thing to look like a barrel, well, that idea made a […]

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Make Your Own Nifty Seed Tape

by Daisy DIY

Seed tape is one of those things people have a strong opinion about.  Either you love it and think it sounds very useful, or you think:  Seriously?  Seed tape? I was one of the latter until recently when I realized how easily I could make my own seed tape, particularly for tiny, fiddly seeds.  By […]

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Build a Garden Bench from a Bed

by Daisy Crafts

A place to sit is what turns your garden into a destination, a place to linger, a respite from the daily grind.  Seating transforms your yard into a parklike oasis where you can soak in the beauty of what you’ve labored to create. It also allows you to seat your family and friends in comfort […]

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DIY Frosted Garden Lanterns

by Daisy Crafts

Easy Garden Lanterns Whether you’re planning a garden party or looking for a way to add ambiance to everyday, garden lanterns are THE way to add just the right twinkle of warmth and illumination to your outdoor space. And when they’re this easy and fun, you may have trouble knowing when to say when. What […]

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How To Make a Patio Pond in a Day

by Ivory Soap DIY

Have you had your eye on an expensive water feature for your back yard patio? Water features are a great way to add visual interest to your back yard, and can help provide a calming oasis for you and your family to relax next to after a long day. Water features, however, don’t have to […]

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Raised Bed Hose Guides

by Daisy DIY

You know that awful “Yikes!” feeling you get when you realize you’ve just yanked the hose over a nice bed of lettuce or seedling tomatoes? The other day I was looking at some leftover spindles from a porch rail project and decided to use them to solve my problem. It’s so easy to do and […]

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Stick Plant Markers

by Daisy Crafts

I’ve been whiling away part of the winter planning my Spring garden and whittling these plant markers. If you think you might like to make some, here’s what I did. Find a stick.  Any stick will do, from the size of a fat kindergarten pencil to about an inch in diameter is about right.  I […]

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Build a Chicken-Watching Bench

by Daisy DIY

When I told my husband I was building a chicken-watching bench he exclaimed, “It’s about time!” Now, I know he was being a smart-pants, but it really is a project I’ve been meaning to get to ever since we got the hens.  Just a simple place to sit and watch the girls gobble up the […]

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Water Barrel Stand

by Daisy DIY

I can’t believe how long it’s taking me to get my water barrel up and running.  Ivory kindly passed one of the plastic drums she got from The Gettin’ Man* over to me hoping I’d get the lead out and post about it before she did, but that was about 8 months ago and still […]

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