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Five DIY Garden Projects

Did you know that there are endless ways in which you too, can make your garden look amazing without breaking the bank? That's right, from do it yourself (DIY) wall planters to elaborate, elegant walkways, you'll be sure to find the perfect gardening activity to suit your needs. Here are five DIY garden projects for you to try this month.

1) A stone border to guard your precious plants and vegetables.

Per Jenna Burger Design, you first purchase an abundance of edge stones (usually found at your local home improvement store) and then line them up one-by-one around the perimeter of your garden. Finally, tightly pack them together with mulch. There are no special tools required to create a stone border.

2) Build a walkway for visitors.

From Ohio Thoughts, you can save your grass and plants from having to endure excessive foot traffic by piecing together wooden beams with concrete. Keep in mind, digging is required to craft the desired slope, so you may want to recruit some extra labor to complete this project. A detailed installation guide can be found on Ohio Thoughts' website.

3) Add some bright, cunning lights to your garden.

Outdoors lights are almost always both aesthetically pleasing and super helpful when natural light is limited. Once the sun goes down, it is dangerous to be walking around without an adequate source of light. There are numerous DIY light projects, which again, can be found at your local home improvement store. Lowe's has an easy-to-follow installation video on their website.

4) Dust off and clean an old walkway.

Sometimes brushing the dirt off of an old walkway and cleaning the creases can greatly improve the look of your garden. Best of all, it's much cheaper than building a new walkway. Per Rain on a Tin Roof, you will need a container of sidewalk cleaner, a gallon (minimum) of tank sprayer, a large brush, and a water hose. You will start by brushing off the dirt and slightly wetting the walkway with warm water.

5) Divide your property into sections with a berm.

Berms, small mounds composed of fill dirt and soil, can be used to highlight certain areas of your garden and protect precious cargo. They look natural when kept at a height of 2-4 inches. Plus, at that height range, the grass surrounding the berms can easily be mowed. You will need a garden hose, spray paint, sod cutter, shovel, fill dirt, clay soil, topsoil, boulders (optional), and mulch. SFGATE has a great step-by-step installation guide on their website.


National Garden Center Week

National Garden Center Week

Kickoff the Summer with NGC Week. National Garden Week was founded by National Garden Clubs. These are fun + unique National Days to celebrate throughout the Nation. This week is an opportunity to encourage pride in your community and promote the NGC objectives of beautification, education of
environmental efforts, gardening + involvement of Garden Clubs in your
community. 

TAGUA SEED JEWELS: SAVE THE ELEPHANTS

TAGUA SEED JEWELS: SAVE THE ELEPHANTS

Tagua Seeds are commonly known as ivory palms, ivory-nut palms or tagua palms. Its scientific name is phytelephas which means “Plant elephant.” Tagua is a botanical seed that grows in Peru, Ecuador and Brazil. It has the same physical characteristics of elephant ivory, and is commonly referred to as vegetable ivory.  

Monstera: Swiss Cheese Plant

 Monstera: Swiss Cheese Plant

Monstera is a large tropical climbing plant from the Araceae family. It features corky aerial roots and big divided or perforated leaves that look like they have holes or cuts in them, giving rise to two of its other common names: Swiss cheese plant and split-leaf philodendron (while monstera is not a type of philodendron, it is closely related to them). Though there are many varieties of Monstera, the best-known variety is Monstera Deliciosa.

Ride the wave: Best practices for petunia hanging baskets

Ride the wave: Best practices for petunia hanging baskets

Anyone can buy a colorful hanging basket but it takes a little know-how to keep them full of color all summer long. Take the following steps to ensure your hanging basket of petunias stays bountiful and blooming throughout the dog days of summer.

Flower Power: Fresh Floral Finds

Flower Power: Fresh Floral Finds

It's time to put the petal to the metal. By that, we mean get out your trowel because it's high time to add some color to your life by adding flowers to your landscape in celebration of the arrival of Spring. We have some amazing new arrivals for you to check out. Ready? Set. Grow! 

Stocking Stuffers: Gifts for Gardeners

Stocking Stuffers: Gifts for Gardeners

Santa's on his way and we hope all of you gardeners have been good this year because we have nine stocking stuffer ideas for the bearded guy with the red suit to gift you for your gardening pleasure in the year to come.