For the Garden

Weed Killing!

by Ivory Soap DIY

We played this game last week.  Are you ready?  What do you think this is? Are you sure? You know I don’t play fair, so I’ll just tell you… It’s an herbicide drift eliminator!  Ever try to kill something lame and accidentally injure your awesome stuff?  If you’ve ever had a dog that wasn’t supposed […]

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A Suburban Guide to Buying Lumber

by Daisy DIY

Back when I started building things out of wood, I had no idea what I was doing. I would go up to the man in the hardware store and describe what I wanted and he would help me the best he could. Over the years and over numerous simple projects I am not an expert […]

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Tater Boxes

by Daisy DIY

The biggest headache of raised bed gardening is root crops.  Even if you could build a box deep enough for them, you couldn’t rotate….unless ALL your boxes are that deep, which is PRICEY if you’re buying your dirt. So, here’s what we’re a-gonna do: I built myself a little 2ft x2ft -ish box from boards […]

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Easy Organic Garden Plant Food

by Daisy DIY

picture from Tomatocasual.com Sometimes our plants go yellow. Or brown on the leaf edges. Or just generally unhappy in a well-watered, pest-free, yet-some-how-still-unhappy way. The plant is probably hungry. You can go CRAZY trying to figure out if it’s missing calcium, magnesium, nitrogen, what-have you, OR you can just use this: Veggie Plant Food (Enough […]

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Easy Organic Garden Bug Repellant

by Daisy DIY

See those aphids? They killed that plant. But I mixed up some voodoo and I haven’t seen one since. Allium Tea 6 cloves garlic 1 onion 1qt warm water 3T liquid soap* (not detergent) Buzz first three in blender. Add soap. Steep overnight and strain. Spray directly on bugs as a killer or use in […]

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Cinder Block Compost Bins

by Daisy DIY

What can you do with: a gillion cinderblocks an ever-growing piles of organic trash an ugly hidden part of the yard begging for a purpose Something so ugly and at the same time so beautiful…. Here are the pdf instructions for constructing this bad boy, minus the ‘doors’. I don’t like my compost spilling out, […]

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Mortarless Paving

by Daisy DIY

Ivory asked me to show her how I put this together a while back: Since I wanted to do something similar with this little beauty spot . . . . . . I took a few pictures of the process. The bricks I used here were some of the perforated facing bricks left over from […]

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Pickles and Printable: Stretching Your Seed Stash

by Daisy DIY

Some folks collect and store their own seeds. Some folks buy and store their seeds. But, what you do not want to do is buy new seed every year if you don’t have to, right? And most of the seed you buy this season can be kept for 3-5 years! Materials Needed: TBSP dry milk […]

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Newspaper Seedling Packs

by Daisy DIY

You know those cute little six-packs of veggies you pick up at the garden center? By wrapping TL’s mini-pots around a SQUARE spice container instead of a round one, you can make your own. 1. Tear in half one sheet of newspaper and fold into thirds. (Please ignore the dirt, I’ve been moving seedlings around […]

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Newspaper Seedling Pots

by Daisy DIY

I tried the drinking glass newspaper pots (too big), the origami newspaper pots (too big and had to think too hard), and the toilet roll paper pots (good but didn’t start collecting soon enough). So, duh, I just made tiny versions of the drinking glass pots with (don’t tell anyone) a little piece of tape […]

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Build A Seedling Tray

by Daisy DIY

I looked at this picture in Entertaining, Martha Stewart’s first book, for years, and all I saw was cookies. Delicious chocolate chip cookies. And then, one day, when I was ready, I saw IT: the antique wooden thing the cookies were in. I don’t know what it’s called, and I don’t know what it was […]

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Laundry Table/Grow Light

by Daisy DIY

Four years ago I built a laundry-folding table from 3/4″ plywood and 2×4’s with a top surface of large self-adhesive floor tiles. I added casters to make it easy to move around and it has been a helpful addition to the laundry room. One day recently I was looking at the thing and had an […]

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Making Hypertufa Grots

by Daisy DIY

If you want to evoke a blank stare, tell someone you are making a hypertufa grot. Alternate reactions are, “Gesundheit,” or “Sounds like a personal problem to me.” Hypertufa is imitation tufa, a rock-like calcium carbonate deposit. Hypertufa is made of varying combinations of cement, perlite, peat, sand and/or other organic materials. The result is […]

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Building a Cold Frame

by Daisy DIY

I am not absolutely sure what to do with a cold frame, but here I am building one. The man at the lumberyard cut some of the cypress I wanted for my raised beds too short, so I bought the extra, mis-cut pieces at fire sale prices. They were really too short for much of […]

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Build a Garden Cubby

by Daisy DIY

I built a box to store small garden tools and supplies: gloves, garden knife, twine, secateurs, etc. I am that peculiar kind of lazy which would rather spend days fashioning such a box than go back into the house for a pair of scissors. It is shaped like a shed with a copper roof made […]

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Add PVC Hoops To Raised Beds

by Daisy DIY

I don’t think a raised vegetable bed is complete without hoops. They provide a neat, removable/interchangeable framework for: plastic sheeting to create greenhouse conditions for germinating seedlings and to guard against cold weather and punishing downpours netting to keep cats and dogs from digging and birds from eating seeds and seedlings lightweight crop blankets/row covers […]

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Free Super Fertile Flower Beds

by Daisy DIY

Look what I found: It’s top dressing for my 100% trash flower beds. I AM SO EXCITED!!! Here’s how they look right now: My husband might refer to this as Ivory’s Trash Olympics, but others might recognize it as a version of: lasagna gardening, sheet composting, or the Ruth Stout System. No matter what you […]

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