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SKURAR Hanging planter 01/12/2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sarah Wehrle @ 5:51 pm

ImageI’ve had this hanging planter from Ikea for quite a while now and would love to put a real plant in it, but I worry about rusting.  It’s coated metal, but I’m assuming it would suffer deterioration at some point.  What could I line the interior with??? It’s time to do some research.

After doing some research, aside from recommendations of asphalt paint, I’m left with no choice but this: Keep the plant inside another container and set it into the metal planter.  That way I can just take it out to water it and don’t have to worry about damaging the metal.

If it were a metal container outside, I would probably just drill holes in the bottom and let the rain do it’s job.

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Herb Spirals from Hometalk.com 01/03/2014

Filed under: DIY — Sarah Wehrle @ 4:21 pm
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Herb Spirals from Hometalk.com

I recently discovered the Herb Spiral via posts on Facebook from Hometalk.com. I fell in love.

But here’s the problem, I’m not much of an herb grower other than catnip for my cats.

But who says I can’t plant other things in a spiral? I picture beautiful flowers in a spiral formation and am now determined to do it.

After doing some reading, I’ve learned a few things.

1. It’s easy to plan but can get costly and time consuming to make.  There are a few different ways to make a spiral too.   View instructions here.

2. Plants need to be placed based on their water needs.  Water will drain more from the top and be retained closer to the bottom of the spiral.

3. There are a variety of designs and materials that can be used to make your spiral.  It all depends on how much effort you’re willing to put in, what your budget is and what look you’re going for.  Visit here for ideas and inspiration.

Check back for updates on the herb spiral–once the weather breaks, I’ll be outside planning mine!

 

“When you plant a seed, you grow a movement.” 08/10/2010

Filed under: Articles,Cool Finds — Sarah Wehrle @ 3:05 am

When I’m reading, I’ll occasionally flag something that catches my eye.  I’ll make a mental note to come back to it later.  I recently revisited a two-page spread that was an ad for Triscuit.  I do not buy or eat Triscuit crackers, but this ad revolved around “Home Farming” and was very different.

Not only did the catchy headline catch my attention, but the cute graphics did too.  But what struck me most is that the actually product image and promotion was the smallest part.  It seemed Triscuit had something to share, and  this time it wasn’t just about crackers.

Triscuit has teamed up with a non-profit called Urban Farming.  I read the ad and visited the website: www.triscuit.com/homefarming. I truly expected it to have a slight angle on farming and gardening, then blast the viewer with ads.  Nope. Not at all.

The main paragraph on the home page states, “From rural areas to urban communities, home farms are sprouting up all over the country. And it’s only just begun. Triscuit has created this site with help from Urban Farming, a non-profit organization, to help build a home farming community where both beginners and more seasoned gardeners can dialogue and gather information towards their common mission: to reap food that is deliciously fresh, penny-wise, healthier for themselves and the planet. It’s about home farming, and the everyday joy that grows out of it. So join us and let’s get farming!”

I admit, I like this site.  It’s got lots of information on topics ranging from growing veggies at home, to mapping out your farm on a U.S. map.  There are advice resources, planting guides and more.  It’s a down to earth, user-friendly site that yields good information for every type of gardener and farmer. I recommend taking a look at this website.

Take a peek at www.triscuit.com/homefarming. Plant a seed.  Grow a movement.

 

Edible Gifts 08/07/2010

Filed under: Cool Finds,DIY,Thrifty — Sarah Wehrle @ 3:49 am

A few issues ago, I discovered the magazine called “Fresh HOME – Easy Ideas For Hands On People”.  Since I began reading it, their website has been under construction and I haven’t been able to access a project I’ve really wanted to put up on here. Well, I’m tired of waiting so I just scanned the page.  NOTE: I adjusted the brightness/contrast of the image to make the text easier to see–the scan wasn’t the best quality.

The craft is simple and really cool – I’d be impressed if I discovered a gift from the garden like this hanging on my door.

 

Garden Scrapbooking Tags 08/06/2010

Filed under: DIY — Sarah Wehrle @ 4:01 am

I’ve recently discovered that I enjoy scrapbooking.

And I also found that it was difficult to find some of the garden themed items I was looking for.  The good thing is that Microsoft Word has many shapes that allowed me to create what I was looking for.

I’ve uploaded them here in both plain outline and colored. Tinker around with the features in Word and customize these to fit your own craft projects perfectly. They’re simple, but sometimes that’s all you need.

I plan to print some out on white cardstock and use them to label parts of my garden pages.

Journaling tags garden – Plain

Journaling tags garden-Colored

 

Gardening & Ikea’s New Catalog 08/04/2010

Filed under: Cool Finds,Thrifty — Sarah Wehrle @ 6:05 am

I’m always on the lookout for cheap and fun plant containers and supplies.  So, when I found out that Ikea has a new catalog, I thought I’d take a peek to see what they have to offer.  Let me just say that it is a good thing that the store closest to me is a good drive away.  Otherwise, I’d have been there buying lots of things I don’t have space for. These four are only a few of the cool things they’ve got.  And what I really like are the fair prices.

BIGARRÅ Plant pot with saucer

BLADET 3 plant pots with 1 tray

BJURÖN Plant pot

GRAPEFRUKT Plant pot

 

Chilly Weather Gardening 08/03/2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sarah Wehrle @ 5:41 am

It’s August already!

Plants are going to seed and cold weather will be here before we know it.  Now I have to figure out what to do during these cooler months when gardening outdoors isn’t possible. I also have to take into consideration my very curious cat and very nosy dogs.

Well obviously I would like to be able to keep growing.  I decided to investigate what I could grow indoors that wouldn’t get too big or require too much attention. Here are a few that I might consider…

Edibles

  • Herbs – Oregano and other herbs apparently do great on windowsills, but they need a good amount of sun.
  • Tomatoes – Apparently you can grow varieties indoors during the winter. I love the smell of tomato plants.
  • Lettuces and Carrots – The smaller varieties will work best in containers.

Non-Edible

  • Spider Plant – I learned this plant tolerates a fair share of neglect.
  • Ivy – There are many varieties of ivy that grow well and require watering only a few times a week.
  • Heartleaf philodendron – A tough plant that does well with moderate light.
  • Rubber Plant – This is supposed to be easy to manage, plus it cleans the air.

I’m very intrigued about the possibility of growing the edibles.  The wheels have begun turning in my head.  I have to do more in-depth research on indoor growing.  Some plants are easy to grow and thrive, but only if you meet their specific indoor needs such as frequent fertilizing etc.  I’m pretty exited about this!

 

 
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