Archives for 2010

Christmas Wreaths – Easy Decorative Wreaths

Here are Three Attractive, Simple & Frugal DIY Christmas Wreath Ideas With the holidays looming before us, many of us are still adding final touches to our homes. Sometimes a wreath is all it takes to add a bit of holiday flair to a lonesome spot that's begging to be decorated. With this in mind, I was looking around online for some easy, … [Read more...]

Water Absorbing Crystals For Container Garden Soil

How to Increase Moisture in Container Garden Soil I thought I'd talk about a great product you may not have heard of before - water crystals, aka water gel - that can make your outdoor container gardening watering requirements a bit easier. These little white granules are a type of absorbent polymer that can absorb up to 400 or 500 times their … [Read more...]

Selling Your Hypertufa Garden Art

How Much Can I Charge for My Homemade Hypertufa Garden Art Items? I get asked this question on a pretty regular basis. and just the other day I received another private email asking me about this, so I thought I'd put the question and my reply here for everyone to learn from. … [Read more...]

Concrete Calculator – How To Figure Ingredient Quantities

How to Calculate Amount of Portland Cement and Other Ingredients for Garden Art Projects I received an email the other day from Tess asking me: Hi! We are going to try to make a 4 ft diameter millstone garden fountain out of hypertufa. I believe your recipe for the Hypertufa Recipe With Fiber Mesh for Added Strength is the way to go. Any idea … [Read more...]

Wild Bird Feeding – Unusual Treats for Attracting Birds

Foods to Attract More Wild Birds for Your Enjoyment Many of us LOVE attracting wild birds to our backyards and surrounding property just for the joy of watching them. I'm one of those people. I've had bird feeders in my yard for many, many years and have filled my feeders with hundreds, now probably thousands, of pounds of black oil sunflower … [Read more...]

Wind Chime Made from a Coffee Cup or Tea Mug

A Really Cool Wind Chime Project Hi everyone. I often come across really creative and not too hard to do garden art projects that I'd love to try to make, and I also know there must be lots of you out there who do have the the time and would like to make something new and unique. … [Read more...]

Bird Suet Recipe – Is Peanut Butter Lethal to Certain Birds?

Bird Suet Recipes with Peanut Butter as an Ingredient Are Not Dangerous I received a comment from Consuelo on a previous post about making your own bird suet. She wanted to share information she'd found about peanut butter being potentially dangerous to certain bird species. Peanut butter is one of the ingredients I recommend using for the suet … [Read more...]

Making Tall And Impressive Garden Art Sculptures

For Those of You Wondering About How Large a Hypertufa or Concrete Sculpture Can Be ... I get asked just how large you can make a hypertufa or concrete garden art object more than a couple times each month, and my standard answer to everyone is simply, "As large as YOU are capable of making it." :) I'm not trying to be smart or curt with that … [Read more...]

How-to Tips For Making Hypertufa Flagstones For A Patio

D-I-Y Hypertufa Flagstone Project Questions I received an email from a sweet lady named P.J. asking me about how doable a "large" DIY hypertufa flagstone project might be and I think lots of you can benefit from her questions and my answers. So here goes: Hi Claudia, I love your website and blog and I have been reading all your info about … [Read more...]