For the Garden

Easy-To-Make Bird Bath

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

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

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

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

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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