Showing posts with label gardening. Show all posts
Showing posts with label gardening. Show all posts

4 Ways To Create A Kitchen Garden Using Upcycled Materials

On: Monday, May 20, 2013

 

Whether you live in an apartment and have no yard space or are just enchanted with the idea of growing a bit of food in your own kitchen or on your porch, creating a kitchen garden can be fun and rewarding. There are, of course, a host of kitchen garden pots, planters and other tools available for purchase, but why not create your kitchen garden using upcycled materials? What better way is there to be kind to the environment while enjoying home-grown food straight from your own kitchen?

What to Grow 

A number of plants are suitable for a kitchen garden, but it is important to take into account root depth, sunlight requirements and more. Below are a few suggestions of plants worthy of consideration for your kitchen garden.
  • Strawberries: Nothing quite beats the romance of picking plump, red berries off your own personal plants. Because they are shallow-rooted plants, they adapt well to container growing.
  • Lettuce: Incredibly easy to grow, lettuce is a top candidate for kitchen gardens, especially if you choose a cut-and-come-again lettuce blend. There are some fantastic seed blends with a wide range of leaf textures and colors and tastes that vary from bland to spicy.
  • Herbs: The best chefs use fresh herbs. Join their ranks by planting your own food seasonings such as chives, basil, rosemary, parsley and thyme.
  • Tomatoes: Be cautious when selecting tomato plants. If you have limited space, you will want to look for patio container varieties. These will stay a bit more contained than some of the bigger garden varieties. You can also grow tomato plants specifically for indoor growing, as they don't require bees to pollinate them. Although the pollen naturally drops from one flower to another, some growers suggest gently shaking your tomato plant to encourage pollination.
  • Radishes: Their compact size and bursts of color make it a no brainer – it must be included in the kitchen garden!
  • Dwarf Carrots: While your average carrot is too long for many containers, the more compact, ball-type carrots work well.
These are some of the easiest to grow and most popular plants for a kitchen garden. Of course, you can grow many other things, but keep in mind that plants such as watermelon and squash need a lot of space! Once you have decided what to grow, it is time to get down to the business of finding containers in which to plant.

10 Cool DIY Projects Using Old Tires

On: Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The other day I was in my garage and I realized something: we have way too many tires. Living where we do, we end up driving into the mountains a great deal, or further south and into the dessert. Both types of terrain can be rough on rubber, and we go through a full set of tires once a year. For a long time we just threw the old ones out, but now we have been patching and reusing them instead of purchasing new ones.

Obviously, this is better than tossing them both environmentally and economically. But we still have more than we need, and I had no idea what to do with them. Sell them? Give them away? That is when my Pinterest instinct kicked in and I knew I had to see if I could find some good upcycling projects for them.

These are the ten coolest I found.

1. Tire Swing

Tire Swing

Teapot Bird House

On: Friday, July 27, 2012

That's just the cutest thing I have seen in my life.

The teapot looks somewhat vintage but I am sure there are plenty of various combinations how this may look.

Running to the attic now to find something cool to build a bird house now!

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Find more green gardening ideas with these green-inspired instructographics

Mason Jars into Elegant Garden Lanterns

On: Monday, August 8, 2011

Mason jars work great as upcycling material: they look pretty (no need for extra decor) and are rather thick and reliable (they aren't even afraid of open fire).

Here's a detailed tutorial on creating stylish mason jar lanterns to decorate your garden.

You will need:
  • 1 pint or ½ pint mason jars
  • 2-2 ½ feet of bailing wire per lantern
  • Sand
  • Votive or tea light candles
Tools:
  • Pencil
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle Nose Pliers

Mason Jars into Elegant Garden Lanterns

More cool DIY ideas for garden lanterns

Plastic Bottle into a Bird Feeder

On: Friday, August 5, 2011

Bird feeders are always fun to make as you can easily enroll your kids into the process. It is awesome to watch birds coming and it also teaches your children to care for the Nature (which, in turn, makes them kinder, more responsible and eco-conscious).

Here are a couple of nice-looking useful and smart ways to re-use your old plastic bottles into bird-feeders:

1) For this one, apart from a large plastic bottle, you will also need two wooden spoons that work as actual feeders. The wholes above the spoons will let bird seeds out, but not too much:

Plastic Bottle into a Bird Feeder

2) I fell in love with this one: the roof looks fantastic! And your kids will love the idea of "Welcome home" message. It must really feel at home there:

Plastic Bottle into a Bird Feeder

Recycle Old-Fashioned Belts into a Garden Chair

On: Thursday, August 4, 2011

If you have an old lawn chair that is already too old to offer your barbecue guests to sit on it, here's a great idea to renovate it: use your old forgotten western belts as webbing for the tired chair.

Recycle Old-Fashioned Belts into a Garden Chair

Breathe new life into your backyard chair!

Plastic Bottles into Upside Down Herb Planters

On: Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Plastic Bottles into Upside Down Herb Planters

If you love planting and adore original designs and ideas, you will find this idea simply awesome! Plant herbs upside down and use old plastic bottles for this!
  • These save plenty of space;
  • They look amazing and fun (your guests and friends will love it!)
  • That's an awesome way to reuse old plastic bottles.

Plastic Bottles into Upside Down Herb Planters

Here's the detailed instruction as well as another way to implement the idea.

More ways to re-use those plastic bottles:

Wine Bottle into the Garden Borders

On: Wednesday, July 13, 2011

wine bottles edges

If you like gardening and recycling, I am sure you are always looking for new creative ways to combine the two.

Here's an awesome tip for you: use wine bottles as borders and edges: this looks nice and is 100% eco-friendly. They can be arranged in a pretty way and they will never get old: will last as long as they want to keep them in the garden.

You may enroll you whole neighborhood into collecting the bottles. This should be fun!

wine bottled garden edges
wine bottles borders

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More ideas on recycling wine bottles:
More gardening DIY projects:

Solar Powered CD-Case Bricks!

On: Saturday, April 3, 2010

This DIY project is harder to create than our usual discovery but I was so much amazed by its pure coolness that I couldn't help sharing it.

Look how awesome those solar powered CD-Case LED bricks look at night: you are definitely likely to want to create those for your garden or lawn...

They incorporate ... things to mess around with: LEDs, Solar panels, hot glue, man it's all there and they look great to boot!

Solar Powered CD-Case Bricks!

Solar Powered CD-Case Bricks!

DIY Wheel Stool

On: Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wheel Stool

Need a quick stool for your porch? Here's a brilliant idea for you: a stool a of a wheel!
The wheel still spins, and a little red paint gives it a jaunty air
Not sure how comfortable it is but why not?

Build a Greenhouse of Plastic Bottles

On: Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Greenhouse of Plastic Bottles

Some ideas just keep amazing me! Now you can put ALL your used plastic bottles to good use: build a greenhouse with them. What's more, the greenhouse stands on a foundation made out of recycled tires.

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DIY Sprinkler Made of a Plastic Bottle and Ball Point PensB

On: Monday, August 24, 2009

DIY Sprinkler

Here's a nice tutorial on making a DIY sprinkler for under $5 to water your lawn. Materials needed:

  • 1 plastic bottle with cap
  • 1 universal male hose attachment
  • 15 used ball point pens
  • Plumbing contact adhesive and sealant
  • Electric drill
The detailed instruction can be found here