Planter box

How to build a planter box for $35

One weekend we were walking through target and they had just but out all their garden supplies. You know me I was super excited and a planter box caught my eye. We were looking at it, and first of all it was $99 and was held together with only pegs and no wood glue. huhh my husband said, ”I could make that.” So off we went with kids in tow to home depot to get the wood. And this is how it turned out!

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I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite smells is when cider is being cut. So all my planter boxes is made out of cider. Also cider is very durable with our Texas heat and rain.

Here are the tools you will need:

  • table saw or a compound miter saw (which ever one you have)
  • tap measure
  • framer’s triangle
  • brad nail gun
  • 18 Ga 1-1/4” brad nails
  • jig saw
  • X-Acto knife
  • garden fabric or weed block fabric( can get it at Home Depot or Lowe’s comes in a hug roll)
  • electric sander (its just quicker)

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The size of wood you need:

  • 4 2×2’s cut at 24 inches (pressure treated wood, for legs)
  • 8 1×3’s cut at 24 inches
  • 8 1×3’s cut at 18 inches
  • 2 1×2’s cut at 20 inches
  • 2 1×2’s cut at 14 inches
  • 4  1×6’s cut at 17 inches( pressure treated wood, for bottom)

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This will build a 18×24” planter box!

Now how to assemble….first start with brad nail gun and attach the legs (4 2×2’s cut at 24 inches) to the first 1×3 cut at 24 inches. Use four 1×3’s cut at 24 inches all the way around to make a rectangle. Attach with your brad nail gun.IMG_1314.JPG

Then alternate 1×3’s at 24 inches and 1×3’s at 18 inches on all four sides. Looking like this….

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Once you have all the 1×3’s alternating and stacked up. Now place the 1×2’s on the bottom to create a lip for the bottom of the planter box.

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Flip the planter box up right so its standing on the legs. Place the 1×6’s on the top of the lip to create the bottom of the planter box. You will have to cut a notch out of each corner on each end piece so it will butt up against the legs. Leave a couple of centimeter gap so the water can drain out.

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Now line the inside of the planter box with garden fabric. The fabric will help to hold the soil in instead of falling out of the cracks. I just laid the fabric inside and tacked it down with a staple gun and cut off the extra with an x-acto knife. Now sand and stain if you like or just leave it natural cider look.

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And there you have it! A beautiful planter box that you will love for years to come.

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*$35 is for just the wood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local Plant Nursery

Maas Nursery

I would say this nursery is more an experience, yes it has gorgeous plant and exotics that you wouldn’t find anywhere else. But there are places tucked in were you can sit and take in the beautiful landscape. As for me and my husband we can sit and talk while the kids look at the water fountains (which is sometimes well needed). Or if you need a break from the sun there is a cute store that has garden decor, fairies, organic fertilizer, books and more. They also offer gardening class based on specific subjects like hanging baskets, vegetable gardening, succulents and so much more. You do have to sign up on there website to attend. The staff there is very friendly and knowledgeable.

www.maasnursery.com

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IMG_1697.JPGAlso, we heard there was a dinosaur so we made up a hunt to find this dinosaur! (I wasn’t sure if it was a topiary) So here is the mystery dinosaur and kids loved it!!

IMG_1705And we had a awesome ride for the dinosaur hunt! Just give them a snack & drink and your set!(the wagons are provided at the nursery)

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Thanks for stopping by!! 

Kid friendly outdoor project

Mother’s Day Mosaic Stepping Stones

This is a fun post just to share a kid friendly back yard project. This project does need supervision because it involves using cement, which could get out of hand with a 3 and 4 year old. eeek! I know all you moms know what I mean. We got the kits from amazon.com. They come in several different shapes and include the mosaic pieces and colored marbles.         20170514_215833262_iOS.jpg    20170514_220218949_iOS.jpg

It would be best to do this crafty project outside. We put down newspaper to protect the patio from those sticky fingers and accidental spills.

The kids loved it and really like putting their hand prints and the mosaic pieces wherever they liked. Most of it even ended up on the stepping stone itself!

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20170514_224406412_iOS.jpgWe look forward to having these beautiful masterpieces in our garden!

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I hope you enjoyed this afternoon of fun!

 

 

Composting · Organic Vegetable Garden

Composting for Beginners!

Composting!!! is a great way to get ready for a fall garden.

How to start a compost? What to put in a compost?

First, I did not know that composting was so scientific that involved microorganisms such as, fungi, bacteria and actinomycetes until I started doing some research. Growing up we always had a garden and a compost pile that we throw our vegetable peels in. Not knowing when I was little that I was helping with really long science experiment! So to but it simple you need the sun, rain(moister), container(doesn’t necessarily need a lid) and organic material. In the container the pile will heat up and break down the material thus creating truly organic soil.

You can buy a composter from home depot or Lowe’s they have a large variety and range in prices. I made mine from a 12 gallon plastic barrel that somebody gave to me. I drilled 7/16” holes in the top and bottom (at first I only did the top but it became soup yuk).

Now what to put in the darn thing…… I put a shovel full of garden soil on the bottom (I don’t know it maybe cheating) and any vegetables peels you use, egg shells, tea bags,  coffee grounds, leaves, grass clippings, ripped up egg crates(cardboard), news paper (soaks up the excess liquid). Or you can think of it as greens and browns. A little green(veggies, grass, weeds, fruits, tea bags, egg shells) A little browns (coffee grounds and filter, egg crates, twigs, leaves, news paper, hay, straw, toilet paper rolls, peanut shells).

Material to avoid meats, dairy products, cat litter, bones, pet/human waste, glossy paper, charcoal, fish scraps, fatty/oily food.

Material that takes longer to decompose pine cones, wood chips, corn cobs, pine needles, peat moss, rhubarb leaves, limes, wood ashes, sod, walnut leaves, diseased plants.

Turn you container/pile every two weeks! Depending on the kind of material you used in your pile, it can take anywhere from 14 days to a year for your compost to be ready. You’ll know when its ready it will have a soil like quality.

Now pick a place in your yard that your container/pile will get sun and place directly on the soil (if its on the soil it welcomes the worms to come in which would be great).

When compost is ready use on vegetable garden, potted plants, in yard for grass to grow. Enjoy it you made it!

Watering Tips

Hanging Baskets

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Have you ever watered your handing basket and the water literally comes straight out the bottom and your like “I’m water it but its dying.” and you just throw your hands up….

Well this will help. Hanging Baskets can sometimes be a challenge in our heat. Honestly, I have forgotten to water mine or it’s summer and you’ve been out of town. Yay out of town! So this is a great way to re-hydrate your beautiful hanging baskets.

I use a small cooler or whatever works with the size of your hanging basket. Fill the cooler up with water or better yet rain water. Rain water has extra added minerals like nitrogen which is a natural fertilizer than water from the hose. (we will talk about that later. Stay tuned). Then set your hanging basket in the water, at first it will float on top of the water. Leave the basket in the water for 15-30 mins depending on the severity. If you forget about the basket (because you know, the crazy ones that are 2 ft tall running around) it will sink, but it will be ok just hang it back up and the excess water will drip out. Voila back to looking beautiful!

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Farm-to-table cuisine · Growing potatoes

How to Make Farm-To-Table Rosemary Mash Potatoes

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This is one of my favorite ways to make mash potatoes! Once you try this it will become one of your staples when having your family over for Sunday dinner. I call it farm -to- table because the potatoes and the rosemary are hand grown in my backyard garden.

First, melt a stick of butter and add equal part of heavy cream (I didn’t say it was healthy). After the butter is melted turn down the heat to low and add your sprig of rosemary and cover. What you are doing is infusing the rosemary into the butter and cream. Yum!

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While your aroma mixture is infusing peel your potatoes. I use 10 potatoes for my family of four.  Then cut potatoes in equal size to help with getting tinder at the same time. Fill a large pot with water enough to cover the potatoes. And turn it up! Let the water boil until the potatoes are tinder. Pour water out and start mashing. When crumbly pour the infused butter mixture into the potatoes. Stir till creamy and enjoy!

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Check out my video on how to grow potatoes in your backyard

How to grow potatoes in your backyard!

 

 

Growing potatoes

How to grow potatoes in your backyard!

Check out my video!!

I had a handy helper to finish this project in the garden, my daughter. She loves to get her hands dirty, but don’t get any in her hair!!

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Growing Bulbs

Bulbs are Blooming!

 

20170519_151217536_iOS.jpgThis is one of my favorite times of year. Its not too hot yet! I have Gladiolus and Dahlias these are great for cutting and bring inside to enjoy. Both are full sun and bloom through the summer. You would want to get them in the ground around February. I got them in a little late in march and they did just fine.  When planting the gladiolus dig a trench 8 inches deep (the box says 6 inches I found that 8 inches is better because they are top heavy and will fall over). Make sure the soil is loose. Plant in a cluster around borders because they will grow up to 36-48 inches. Fertilize after planting I used miracle grow flower food. They will grow very quickly you will see growth in about 3 weeks.

The Dahlias look a little different the bulb is a tubular cluster. Just plant the whole thing in a 6-8 inches hole with the stick pointed up(the eye). Make sure the soil is loose and amend the soil with compost. Wait to water after planting because this can encourage the tubers to rot. Water once you have seen it sprout. Also its more like a bush you want to stake it for more support.  After seeing the blooms your going to wish you had planted more, so go ahead and plant the whole box!

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