garden DIY

Rainbow Trellis

I’m not sure what got into me, but I went all playschool on my new tomato trellis. We’ve given over three entire beds to tomatoes this year.  The two flanking beds have stakes that are simply painted 2×2’s.  I wanted to break up the monotony, so I […]Read the full article...

Composting with Chickens

My compost pile is located inside the chicken yard– part coincidence, part deliberate decision, and it’s been a good combo. The compost pile has always been beside the outbuilding which is now the chicken house. When I enclosed a space connected to the chicken house, I included […]Read the full article...

A Suburban Guide to Buying Lumber

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 […]Read the full article...

Cinder Block Compost Bins

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 […]Read the full article...

Mortarless Paving

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 […]Read the full article...

Newspaper Seedling Packs

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 […]Read the full article...

Newspaper Seedling Pots

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 […]Read the full article...

Build A Seedling Tray

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 […]Read the full article...

Laundry Table/Grow Light

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 […]Read the full article...

Making Hypertufa Grots

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, […]Read the full article...

Building a Cold Frame

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. […]Read the full article...

Build a Garden Cubby

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 […]Read the full article...

Add PVC Hoops To Raised Beds

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 […]Read the full article...