Upcycle ideas for the garden. While the thrill of the hunt can sometimes be enticing, remember that new should balance old. Having too many old items (or new items) can take away from your garden's overall appeal . . . If you enjoy this Magazine, you will love my blog: http://upcycledgardenstyle.blogspot.com
When you trim brush or branches from your garden plants in the spring save the sturdiest and straightest branches to nail or lash together and form a natural trellis to support vines or climbing plants in the flower bed or veggie patch.
It's easy and fun to decorate your home's outdoor living spaces with garden crafts you make yourself. Follow the photo-link to find more ideas.
I have a swimming pool tucked into my gardens so am including this DIY upcycle project here.
I was concerned that our little people would catch their fingers on the metal top rail of the swimming pool so I constructed a cushioned guard that not only covers any sharp metal joints, but also serves as a bumper of sorts. Do you notice the potential hazard for little fingers here?
Follow the photo-link to read the tutorial for my simple fix!
Consider the style of your garden décor when deciding which materials would work best for your trellis. Here, rustic wire fencing supports a clematis plant, lending a nostalgic air to the décor. The trellis is completed with a painted wood casing and rosette block that will age over time.
"Because these are all hardy Sedum and Sempervivum, they just stay outside all winter under the snow; luckily, nothing decided to chew on them, and they emerged none the worse for being under two feet of snow."
One of the keys to composting is aeration. The bacteria need oxygen to carry out the aerobic respiration that creates rich compost. One way to aerate your compost is with a pitchfork or a compost turning tool. If you keep your compost in a tumbler, however, all you have to do is turn the container. Since most compost barrels can be expensive, you may be interested in building your own for much less money and an hour of your time.
Follow the photo-link to find the instructions for building your own.