Sheet Composting – Gettin' My Hands on Brown Matter ~ Part 3

Browns are carbon rich materials. Dry or woody vegetation and matter such as dried leaves, sticks, straw, and even newspaper and cardboard are great brown matter to use for composting. Part 3 So, in Part 2 I told you how I scored big-time and got a … [Continue reading]

Sheet Composting – My Cow Manure Adventure ~ Part 2

" ... many people will insist that this pile of organic matter must be combined with manure to make good compost. I’ll get into that in a moment, as manure is not necessarily essential for making good quality compost. (There … those of you who just … [Continue reading]

Sheet Composting – Build a Bed Now for Planting Next Spring ~ Part 1

"Compost is a gardener's most versatile ally and what’s more, it’s free to make to boot! Its nutrient-rich properties add a bit of fertilizer to the soil and acts either as a superb soil amendment or wonderful biodegradable mulch." ~~The … [Continue reading]

Large Garden Lady Sculpture – Hypertufa or Concrete?

Should I Use a Hypertufa or Concrete Recipe For a Large Reclining Lady Garden Sculpture? I received an email from Jan asking me: I am soooo excited about finding your site. My sister in Texas found this site for me. I live in Michigan, mid part … [Continue reading]

Inspiration for Trying Vertical Gardening

Vertical Wall Gardening Ideas I don't know if you're aware of vertical gardening, also called vertical wall gardening, but maybe you should be! It's a really neat concept, and one that can be done on a small scale, on up to grand proportions. … [Continue reading]

Used CD's for a Glittery Garden Globe

A Too-Cool Idea to Turn a Styrofoam Ball & Used CD's Into an Eye-Catching Garden Globe I can't take credit for this project, though I've toyed with the idea of recycling a plain looking gazing ball into something more spectacular by gluing on … [Continue reading]

Easy To Make Fruit Feeder For Backyard Birds

Make a Hanging Fruit Feeder Birds love fruit, did you know that? Why not make a simple summer bird feeder? I first saw one of these hanging from a tree branch in a friend's backyard. She had made sure to hang it where she had a good view of it from … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]