Showing posts with label garden. Show all posts
Showing posts with label garden. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

GOOD TASTE: Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Salt

Tomato with Mozzarella and Basil Salt via homework (1)Summer may be winding down on the calendar but here in Southern California it’s just heating up. My tomatoes are just turning red and I’m starting to enjoy the crop.



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

INKLING: A Colorful DIY Herb Pot

Lifestyle Crafts Herb Pot via homework - carolynshomework (11)The hardest part about being on the Lifestyle Crafts Studio Design Team is deciding what to make. Not because I can’t think of something but because there are so many goodies to share with you. This month, I made something super easy but still fun and cheerful.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Upcycling: Recycled & Repurposed Unique Planters for Spring

Round Up Spring GardenIt’s time everyone. Time to get the garden going. If you’re not quite to the point to head outside and start digging up the plant beds, you can start small with these fun and unique container ideas. The best part is they are all recycled or repurposed items. Oh yeah… it’s good to be green.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

THE DIRT: THE GRO PROJECT

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Spring Vegetables via homework (7)-001Last week I showed you my little Japanese Spring Garden Seedlings. I’ve been taking really good care of them and I’m so excited about the possibility of actually harvesting these yummy veggies. The seedlings are Kabocha, Japanese Eggplant and Japanese Cucumber. You can read more about these vegetables here.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Extra Credit: backyard solar ambience

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Tiki Torch 4I’ve been working on sprucing up our backyard in anticipation of summer fun and barbeques.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Sew & Tell: freshening the patio for spring

It’s definitely spring in my neck of the woods. The weather went from gloomy to fresh and sunny recently. Although I was ready for the change in seasons, my patio wasn’t. The cushions and pillows on my patio furniture have had it. They were old, faded and dingy. I would show you a picture but honestly, they were so bad it’s horrifying.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Dirt: good things at Curbside Chaos

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210091Can you imagine winning a $5,000 yard makeover. There are so many things I would do to our yard – starting with new privacy trees or hedges along our back yard wall. From there I would redo all my flower beds so I could have beautiful cut flowers year round. It would be amazing!

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Dirt: newspaper seedling pots

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A few weeks ago I posted about my DIY tomato cages made from branches. You can see how I made them here. I’m still working on my spring garden and want to plant some herbs to go with my tomatoes.



I’m going to start the herbs in pots and then transfer them to the garden once I clear out {uh, weed} an area. I was intrigued with newspaper starter pots that I had seen around various websites and wanted to give them a try.



The nice thing about newspaper starter pots is that once the plant is large enough to be transplanted, you just plant the entire paper pot in the ground. You can rip the bottom open a bit so the roots easily spread out. Your plant will be protected until the newspaper breaks down and composts.



To make these newspaper pots, you’ll need:
  • Newspaper
  • Masking Tape
  • Optional: paper for labels and scraps of fabric
I found a nice, easy to follow tutorial here. I added little labels that I cut out on my Cricut and stamped with the herb names. I also reinforced each pot with a little scrap of fabric.



Once your pots are done, fill them with potting soil and add your seeds or little starter plants.



The pots are sitting on a bed of pebbles and paper shreds in this galvanized container.


Now I just have to buy the herb plants, clear out an area of the garden and get ready for some delicious fresh herbs.


Thanks for visiting.

Carolyn

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Monday, April 2, 2012

The Dirt: spring planting and diy tomato cages

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I’ve mentioned here before that my neighbor generously gives us fresh produce from his garden every year. Vine ripened tomatoes, bell peppers in assorted colors, fresh zucchini, beans and more.



Once you’ve been spoiled with home grown produce it’s hard to go back to store bought vegetables. I’ve also always put off growing my own vegetables because bags of my neighbor’s harvest would show up on my doorstep.




Sadly, my neighbor is quite elderly and his health is failing. It’s hard to see him so frail and I’m sure he won’t be able to tend to his garden this year.




So for the first time in a long time, I'm planting my own small vegetable garden. I’m growing the tomatoes in pots but I couldn’t find a tomato cage that worked. Plus, why spend money on a flimsy green cage when you can make your own.




The cage looks pretty primitive but I think it will work. I started with four bamboo stakes and used sticks that I had for the cross bars. A dab of hot glue kept them in place while I secured them with twine. 




I made some plant markers out of a paint stick and small resin alphabet tiles. This tomato plant is called Better Bush Hybrid but I didn’t have enough tiles to spell that out. I had just enough tiles to spell out "Bush" and "Roma".




I’m anxious to see how my tomatoes do. Next up for my garden – fresh herbs. I have a nice galvanized tub that I plan to use. I’ll keep you posted on the harvest.

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 Carolyn


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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Dirt: Miracle-Gro® Expand ‘n Gro™ Concentrated Planting Mix

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The weather is turning nicer and nicer and I can't wait to get out into my garden and get planting. I have to admit, my garden has really been neglected this winter so I'm eager to get started.




One of my goals this year is to plant a vegetable garden. The caprese sticks that I made above were from tomatoes from my neighbor's garden. Nothing tastes better than homegrown vegetables so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I'll have a good harvest.

That's why I was especially excited to receive a bag of Miracle-Gro® Expand ‘n Gro™ Concentrated Planting Mix to try out. Now I won't have to rely on just keeping my fingers crossed when I plant my garden. Here are some of the benefits:

• Up to 3X the Flowers and Vegetables!* *versus native soil
• Significantly improves soil for multiple years
• Concentrated planting mix expands up to 3X when water is added
• Feeds for up to 6 months
• All natural fibers hold up to 50% more water than basic potting soil


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The mix is specially formulated to help you get beautiful results - in the ground or in pots. I was surprised at how light the bag was when I received it. Here's why:

Besides the Miracle-Gro plant food it contains coconut coir fiber derived from the coconut husk. It's lightweight and retains 50% more moisture than regular potting soil. Harvesting coconuts begins with de‐husking. The copra (flesh) and milk of the coconuts are used as food, but the husk itself is also useful. The long fibers are used in the manufacture of ropes, doormats, mattresses, automobile car seats, and garden pots. The remaining short fibers and the pith, which makes up about 70% of the weight of the husk, are by‐products of the fiber industry. Previously, these materials were disposed of, but now they are compressed and sold around the world as soil amendments.

Check out Miracle-Gro® Expand ‘n Gro™ Concentrated Planting Mix for yourself. Or, leave me a comment for a chance to win a free sample of Miracle-Gro® Expand ‘n Gro™ Concentrated Planting Mix. I'll draw a winner from the comments using a random number generator and send you your sample. You'll have beautiful plants in no time!

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Besides tomatoes, I'm planning on planting a mixture of herbs. I can't wait to have fresh tomato sauce, salsa and plenty of herbs for the barbeque season.


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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Little Craft: scare owl

Have you seen those plastic owls that people put in their gardens to scare away other birds and pests? Some even move their heads and say “hoo hoo”.  I’m not sure how effective they are. I’ve heard stories of real birds landing on top of them.

To test out a scare owl, you can make one with your little crafters. This is a great project if you’ve planted a new garden and are trying to establish seedlings. I made this scare owl out of throw away plastic so that it would be water proof in my garden.

The body of the owl is an ice cream lid, the wings are cut from a frozen food tray and the feathers are made from plastic sheet protectors.

I used my glue gun to assemble the pieces. Regular glue would be more kid friendly for this project, just make sure the glue you use will hold up in hot or wet weather.

Once the body, feathers and wings are assembled, glue on flat marbles for the eyes and a bead for the nose. Glue your scare owl to a stick and let your little crafters place it in the garden.

Hopefully, it will scare away any pesky critters. If not, it’s still a cute plant stick.

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