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There's Lots Of Helpful Creative Tips & How-To's For DIY Garden Art Crafters   My website has been around for many years, featuring hundreds of DIY unique garden art and gardening related projects. So, please DO come on in, and take some time to look around. If you've got information to share after reading a specific post, then … [Read more...]

What is Hypertufa??

Hypertufa ... A Mud-Pie Recipe That Is Used to Make All Sorts of Garden Art Objects Hypertufa is perfect for making long lasting garden troughs (plant containers), fake rocks and boulders, stepping stones, wonderfully whimsical garden spheres and all sorts of decorative garden accents. Smooth it over a form … [Read more...]

Sheet Composting – Final Tips ~ Part 8

Is Compost a Fertilizer? No, and yes - but not in the true sense of the word. Though compost usually contains varying amounts of nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, the concentrations of these nutrients are lower than what you'll find in common fertilizers. It is more properly described as a super soil amendment that returns … [Read more...]

Happy Thanksgiving to All

Wishing you all a very pleasant and peaceful Thanksgiving holiday! May the good things of life be yours in abundance, not only at Thanksgiving but throughout the coming year. http://www.flickr.com/photos/lauratrevey … [Read more...]

Sheet Composting – Using Coffee Sacks ~ Part 7

The Interbay Mulch composting method differs in one way — burlap is used to cover the entire layered bed. I used coffee bean sacks to put my bed to rest before winter arrived, and by spring's arrival saw some interesting results. Part 7 In Part 6 I wrote about the benefits of topping off the sheet composting pile with burlap, or used coffee bean … [Read more...]

Sheet Composting – Coffee Sacks for the Final Layer ~ Part 6

The Interbay Mulch method was developed by a coordinator at the Interbay P-Patch, "The Garden Between the Bays" in Seattle, Washington. The Interbay P-Patch is one of Seattle's largest community gardens and is recognized as a shining example of resourcefulness and sustainability. The soil enriching method has been compared to sheet composting (or … [Read more...]

Large Hypertufa or Concrete Leaf – Reinforcement Options?

What Can Be Used to Add Inner Reinforcement to Large Hypertufa and Concrete Leaf Castings? I received an email from Jill M. asking me: Hi Claudia, I get your emails about gardening, concrete projects and many other things. I have a time sensitive question that I am hoping you can address either personally or in one of your mass mailings. There … [Read more...]

Sheet Composting – Layering the Compost Pile ~ Part 5

"Cold composting is the easiest way to make compost if you can't or don't want to tend to it. Just build up a pile that has as many layers of greens and browns as you've got on hand; then leave it alone to decompose, letting Mother Nature and the microorganisms do the work. If you're very fortunate, your pile might be finished within 4-6 months; … [Read more...]

Keyhole Gardening Technique

Keyhole Gardening - An Interesting Concept I received an email from Artistic Garden friend and reader Liz F. the other day asking me if I'd heard of "keyhole gardening." She had seen my article about sheet composting, and thought I might not be aware of this technique. I admit it - I've never heard of it before! I don't know who may have … [Read more...]

Sheet Composting – Gettin’ My Hands on Green Matter ~ Part 4

Greens are nitrogen rich materials that are an essential ingredient for a compost pile or bed. Greens help the friendly composting microbes to grow, breed, and multiply fast in the pile, thus creating the hot internal temperature necessary to "cook" a compost pile. Greens are materials such as vegetable and fruit wastes, eggshells, coffee … [Read more...]