Archives for July 2012

Creative DIY Summertime Wreaths

Dress Up Your Garden - Make a Pretty or a Funky Wreath Sometimes there are DIY garden art ideas that I come across that are worth sharing. And today is one of those instances. I was wondering what I wanted to write about, and when I saw these two ideas I just had to pass them on to you. … [Read more...]

Hypertufa Project Disaster! Was It the Old Peat Moss?

After 13 Years of Hypertufa Success ... Disaster Strikes! Why?? Cinda emailed me today and asked: Hi Claudia ... I have been following your site for almost 2 years and finally have a question. I moved and it's been over a year since I've been able to make some hypertufa projects. I have been playing with hypertufa for over 13 years. I JUST made a … [Read more...]

Coffee Grounds – Wonderful Organic Garden Fertilizer

Don't Throw Away Used Coffee Grounds — Put Them to Use in Your Garden If you're looking for an organic, totally eco-friendly fertilizer for your garden plants, then give used coffee grounds a try. Used coffee grounds are slightly acidic and full of beneficial nitrogen, a mineral that aids vegetable and plant growth. Coffee grounds are especially … [Read more...]

Hypertufa Toes for a Troll Head Garden Art Display

What's the Best Way to Make Large Toes to Complete a Mossy Troll Head? I received an email from Tracy S. asking me: I am new to hypertufa projects and came across your website and thought this might be the solution I was looking for to help me with a project I started and am now stuck on. I have made a troll head out of dirt complete with moss … [Read more...]

How to Clean Dirty Terra Cotta Garden Art Items

How to Properly Clean & Seal Terra Cotta Medallions I received an email from Gerry asking me: Hello, How are you? I currently have the 6.5”x6.6” terra cotta medallions as shown on your website. Apparently, the contractor never sealed them after installation and as a result they get dirty easy and require a lot of maintenance. I would like … [Read more...]

Southeast Ohio Magazine Interviewed Me

I Had the Pleasure of Being Interviewed about Barn Stars in Southeast Ohio Magazine Journalism student Andreya Carlson contacted me a while back and wanted to interview me for an article she was writing about barn stars. I was flattered, of course! We had a nice 20 minute or so chat about barn stars, their history, and how they are popping up all … [Read more...]