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My First Garden – Play Seeds For A Play House

My First Garden – Play Seeds For A Play House

When I was about five years old, my Dad built a playhouse for me. It was probably about  6 by 8 feet (2-3 m.). He roofed it with cedar shingles, stained it a redwood color to match our house, and painted the door green. It had a play stove, sink,...

Regrowing Produce – Regrowing Celery At Home

Regrowing Produce – Regrowing Celery At Home

I love being thrifty with household goods, especially in the kitchen. Since I don’t have my own compost, I try to reduce food waste in creative ways. I use herb stems in stews and vegetable scraps to make stock. One hack I haven’t tried since elementary school is regrowing produce....

Pineapple Dreams – Growing A Pineapple Far From The Tropics

Pineapple Dreams – Growing A Pineapple Far From The Tropics

I am a big fan of pineapples and a big fan of gardening too. Yet, it was such a surprise to learn that you can start growing a pineapple tree from a grocery store pineapple top. I can’t even remember who told me about this, perhaps because I didn’t believe...

Growing Fruit Tree Seeds – An Epic Failure That Won’t Defeat Me

Growing Fruit Tree Seeds – An Epic Failure That Won’t Defeat Me

I hate to toss things out, especially plants in the garden. If I think I can save it or start a new plant from a small portion, then I have to at least try. That way if I fail, which occasionally I do, it’s not as much a crushing defeat....

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My First Garden – Play Seeds For A Play House

My First Garden – Play Seeds For A Play House

When I was about five years old, my Dad built a playhouse for me. It was probably about  6 by 8 feet (2-3 m.). He roofed it with cedar shingles, stained it a redwood color to match our house, and painted the door green. It had a play stove, sink, and refrigerator. It was the envy of all my friends. I think my Dad must have loved me very much to build such a special playhouse. I was a country kid growing up without neighborhood kids or siblings my own age, so it could be that he was hoping to keep me busy. That’s okay, too. My First Garden My playhouse was located at the end of my mom’s vegetable garden, where I could step down onto the green lawn. When it was garden planting time, Dad would plow up a tiny patch of ground behind the playhouse (outside of... Read More
DIY Cabinet Door Storage Bin Woodworking Plans

DIY Cabinet Door Storage Bin Woodworking Plans

Pinterest Facebook Twitter Build your own cabinet door storage bin set with these easy woodworking plans! Organize under your kitchen sink or bathroom cabinets by adding accessible storage for small items.  Add more space-saving storage with DIY built-in storage between the studs or these wall storage bins.  Whether your home is large or small, old or new — every little space counts when it comes to storage and organizing! Cassity saw a wood cabinet door storage bin in Better Homes and Gardens magazine way back in 2012 and asked if I could make one like it. You bet I can! And of course, we’ve got the plans so you can, too. I hope that if you build this that you will share with us your photos — we love to see your work! DIY Cabinet Door Storage Bin Plans This is an easy woodworking plan on how to build … Read More
Regrowing Produce – Regrowing Celery At Home

Regrowing Produce – Regrowing Celery At Home

I love being thrifty with household goods, especially in the kitchen. Since I don’t have my own compost, I try to reduce food waste in creative ways. I use herb stems in stews and vegetable scraps to make stock. One hack I haven’t tried since elementary school is regrowing produce. It’s worth trying again, as more than just a science project.  Regrowing Celery I remember doing this project, maybe in fifth grade, and thought it seemed magical at the time. I love celery now as an adult more than I did then, so why not regrow some from the ends of my store-bought celery? Here’s how it works:  Cut the bottom two inches (5 cm.) or so off the celery bunch.  Stick four toothpicks into the sides of the celery bottom so that they are evenly spaced. They should be secure in the celery but also stick out a … Read More
Chelsea House taps Ross as showroom designer

Chelsea House taps Ross as showroom designer

Mark Ross has joined home décor designer and supplier Chelsea House as showroom designer. In this role, he will work with Creative Director Bradshaw Orrell and his team. “We undertook an extensive search to find the right designer that could reflect the sophistication and creativity of the products in the showroom presentation,” said Pam Cain, president of the Rocky Mount, N.C.-based company. “Mark and Bradshaw make a formidable team and the perfect pairing to continue to advance the inspiring and exciting showroom experience.” Ross has more than 30 years of experience in visual merchandising and product development. Most recently, he spent 32 years serving various roles at Two’s Company including bringing permanent showrooms in Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York to life, managed the direction and styling of the bi-annual sales catalog, scouted trends at shows in Paris, London and in Asia. He was also involved in new … Read More
Pineapple Dreams – Growing A Pineapple Far From The Tropics

Pineapple Dreams – Growing A Pineapple Far From The Tropics

I am a big fan of pineapples and a big fan of gardening too. Yet, it was such a surprise to learn that you can start growing a pineapple tree from a grocery store pineapple top. I can’t even remember who told me about this, perhaps because I didn’t believe them. In a spare moment I ran a Google search and found out it was true. I admit straight out that, though I’ve often wanted to try out the pineapple houseplant experiment, I’ve never done it. That means I may not be your best guide to growing a pineapple at home. Hey–maybe writing the piece will inspire me! Grocery Store Pineapple I learned to love pineapples on trips to Hawaii, where you find pineapple trees everywhere you look. The fresh fruit right off the tree is sweet as a dream come true and laden with delicious juice. Back at home... Read More
Growing Fruit Tree Seeds – An Epic Failure That Won’t Defeat Me

Growing Fruit Tree Seeds – An Epic Failure That Won’t Defeat Me

I hate to toss things out, especially plants in the garden. If I think I can save it or start a new plant from a small portion, then I have to at least try. That way if I fail, which occasionally I do, it’s not as much a crushing defeat. Store bought produce isn’t any different and I’ve often found these little “experiments” to be quite fun. If I’m lucky enough to succeed, I get rewarded with a new free plant, and maybe even something I can eat – at least as far as vegetables go. Why Does Growing Produce from Fruit Trees Elude Me? I’ve regrown all sorts of produce, from pineapple tops and veggie scraps to basil and other herbs. What I’ve not tried, however, at least with any success, is growing fruit tree seeds. Oh yes, I’ve planted them numerous times, some even come up, but … Read More
Cheap Methods To Repair What Ails Your Dark Kitchen

Cheap Methods To Repair What Ails Your Dark Kitchen

Home Improvement Ideas Gardening is a helpful and enjoyable pastime. Rated 5 out of 5 by Beky from The Science of Gardening This isn’t a course for individuals hoping to discover ways to garden. Nevertheless, having a few years maintaining a number of garden types, this course does a beautiful job of educating the SCIENCE of gardening. Professor is simple to understand and presents herself in a really professional manner. Reupholstering your furnishings will robotically freshen up a complete space. And in case you love eclectic decorating, take notes from this impeccable front room. All of the juxtaposition in this room is working so nicely—the angular mirror, vivid orange images, marble hearth, rustic stool, and geometric pottery are all unexpectedly complemented by the softness of the blush pink chairs. Many individuals maintain a book in their automotive to report after they change their oil and carry out other routine maintenance.... Read More
Next Year’s Garden – I Don’t Plan My Garden For The New Season

Next Year’s Garden – I Don’t Plan My Garden For The New Season

Since we have already had two snowfalls and temps have dipped into the teens a few times already, my garden is DEAD. What does that mean? It means it is time to start planning next year’s garden, of course. You might think that being a garden writer I take planning the successive years’ gardening seriously, and you would be oh so wrong.  Planning Next Year’s Garden – Not Me My approach to gardening, besides it being inexpensive and without the use of chemicals, is to keep it simple. When faced with limited funds, that is pretty easy to do.  Before I plan my garden for the new growing season, I go take stock of my seed stores. Some of the seeds may be getting old, so I weed those out. On occasion I find I have seeds that are over two years of age. Depending upon what they … Read More