Category Archives: DIY Tutorials

DIY – How to Build a Pergola

Here's a structure that won't provide shelter from wind or rain, and is only marginally better when it comes to the midday sun. So, why build it? Because in the absence of walls and a roof, it defines an outdoor space without constraining it. It's a unique architectural blend that places you both inside and…
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How to Build a Vertical Garden or Living Wall

DIY Tutorial -  How to Build a Vertical Garden or Living Wall If you're short on space in your backyard, patio or balcony, but yearn to have more greenery and colorful foliage, build a vertical garden. Not only are they space-saving, but they are versatile in that you can move them wherever you want to…
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How To Get Rid of Moths With Natural Repellents

How To Get Rid of Moths With Natural Repellents Mothballs are made from paradichlorobenzene and can cause all kinds of health problems including damage to liver and kidneys. They’re especially hazardous to children if swallowed–and they don’t smell all that good either. Here are a few items you can use to help protect items naturally:…
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Organic Composting & Manure

Organic Composting & Manure Bulky Manures Garden compost, well-rotted animal manure and bulky organic materials such as spent mushroom compost usually only add small amounts of fertiliser to your garden. They are, however, invaluable in improving the structure of the soil, its water-holding capacity and the ability of the soil to retain nutrients applied from…
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DIY – Outdoor Garden Box

A trip to the hardware store is all it takes for a weekend DIYer to build a outdoor garden box. Whether you are looking to plant a small herb garden or want to start to growing your own vegetables, the steps are basically the same for any size box, big or small. The following tutorial…
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How to Install Pavers

How to Install Pavers This process demonstrates how to lay a basic precast paving stone walkway or patio. For large projects, it's important to consult a soils engineer to evaluate whether your soil is prone to abnormal expansion and contraction due to water holding capacity. The most problematic is clay, and to compensate for its…
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DIY – Easy Cedar Wall Planter

This simple cedar wall planter is great for herbs or spring flowers. TOOLS Pocket Hole Jig Drill Miter Saw Tape Measure Pencil Safety Glasses Hearing Protection MATERIALS 3x 1 x 8 x 8′ Cedar Boards 1-1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws 1-1/4″ Brad Nails DIMENSIONS INSTRUCTIONS Cut List: Cut the boards as shown in the cut list using…
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Craft Your Own Vertical Vegetable Garden

DIY Craft Your Own Vertical Vegetable Garden With winter now firmly behind us, some homeowners are busy tending to their revitalized garden and shaping it for warmer seasons ahead. But there are many others who do not have the joy of a lovely green garden due to obvious lack of space or being trapped in…
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Wood Joinery – Mortise and Tenon Joint

Types of the mortise and tenon joint have been used for centuries by woodworkers because of their combination of superior strength and simplicity. They are typically used when one piece of stock is joining to the other at 90-degrees, but may be used at a slightly lesser angle in certain circumstances. Bear in mind that…
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DIY – Fountain in a Pot

With just a little work, a beautiful pot and a few other materials, you can create an inviting space in your garden that will soothe jangled nerves and give the birds a pretty drinking spot. A water feature does all that. It can be as simple as a flat-bottomed bowl for a birdbath or as…
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DIY – Building Paths with the Walkmaker

Tools Excavation and site preparation tools QUIKRETE Walkmaker form wheelbarrow or mixing box, shovel level margin trowel or finishing trowel Materials Concrete mix or crack-resistant concrete mix liquid cement color plastic sheeting polymer-modified jointing sand A well-made walkway or garden path not only stands up to years of hard use, it enhances the natural landscape…
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DIY Vertical Plant Hanger

Hi again, friends! Are you ready to get your hands a little dirty? Go grab your garden gloves and some pretty plants, because today we’re going to create a gorgeous DIY Vertical Plant Hanger! This project makes a beautiful display for your potted plants without taking up a ton of room. Perfect for small spaces!…
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DIY- Raised Beds for Your Garden

We made three 8x3 raised beds from pressure-treated  wood. Pressure-Treated is cheap, easy to use but conflicting info about it's use for food gardens. From what I have gathered from my online research, pressure treated wood used to be treated with arsenic which is not to be used in food gardens. However, they are no longer…
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DIY Garden Tower – Container Garden and Composter

How to make your own garden tower The Garden Tower allows you to grow up to 50 food-producing plants in 4 square feet. Here’s an innovative, space-saving, DIY gardening solution. A self-sustaining planter that’s perfect for a small yard, patio or urban rooftop. The tower is a variation on the vertical gardening concept. Kitchen scraps…
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DIY – Stone Fire Pit for Your Garden

Heat up your backyard with the addition of a stone fire pit. Materials string spray paint landscape fabric mortar stone concrete rebar fire brick black stove paint Tools rake jointer level utility knife tape measure trowel hammer spade wheelbarrow stiff brush shovel Purchase Stone Determine the size, shape and location of the fire pit. Take…
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DIY – How to Make a Pebble Mosaic Pathway

For this project you'll need: Wheelbarrow Hoe or shovel Garden hose and spray nozzle Mortar mix, 60# or 80# bags Crushed gravel For straight paths: 2x6 lumber and stakes. For curved paths: plastic lawn edging or bender board and stakes Pebbles Whisk broom and wire brush Dust mask Rubber gloves Muriatic acid and rags (optional)…
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