How to Build a Retaining Wall

How to Build a Retaining Wall
Pinterest Facebook Twitter Come see how to build a retaining wall. Our beautifully curved retaining wall features a top cap to make it more comfortable for sitting, steps for access to the garden, and a buried drain pipe for water runoff, plus a tip on how to keep spiders from moving in. Finish the space with a DIY fire pit, a DIY patio table with built-in drink coolers, and some outdoor patio lights. How to Build a Retaining Wall using RumbleStone Rustic Building Blocks by Pavestone  We worked in partnership with Pavestone on this project.  All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. Read our full disclosure policy here.  Designing our small backyard for certain purposes made the yard feel bigger and made it much more usable! We strongly suggest you draw out a final plan for your yard so that you will love … Read More

A Thoughtful Surprise for Flower Gardeners

A Thoughtful Surprise for Flower Gardeners
For many flower growers, the garden would not be complete without the addition of dahlia plants. Ranging in size, shape, and form there truly are varieties of dahlias which fit well into almost any garden design. Known for their use as cut flowers, dahlia blooms dazzle growers with their fantastic color late into the growing season. Frequently, I am asked about saving and propagating these beautiful plants by seed. It is for this reason that I began collecting and giving the seeds to my friends and family.  It is not uncommon to see dahlia tubers for sale in early spring and summer at garden centers and home improvement stores. More serious collectors may even find themselves buying unique and hard to find cultivars online. These tubers can be planted into flower beds after all chances of frost have passed. Dahlias that have been grown from tubers will produce plants with... Read More

How to Build a Fire Pit

How to Build a Fire Pit
Pinterest Facebook Twitter See how to build a fire pit using a DIY fire pit kit. It was pretty simple and looks amazing! You’ll also want to see 25 outdoor string lights, Favorite Outdoor DIY Patio Furniture, and How to Create a Relaxing Backyard. We partnered with Pavestone to try their DIY fire pit kit to perfectly match our curved retaining wall/bench. This post contains affiliate links; learn more and read our full disclosure policy here.  As part of our backyard plan at the Canyon House, we knew we wanted to build a fire pit. Nothing says summer like roasting s’mores and hot dogs! You can build a fire pit using regular retaining wall blocks, too, but the kit makes it easy — no mortar, no cutting blocks, and the fire pit insert is included in the kit.  Plus, the tumbled stone looks … Read More

Do You Start Seeds Indoors

Do You Start Seeds Indoors
In my neck of the woods, the approximate date to set crops is May 4. It is common to have snowfall in March so it’s rather a must to start our seeds indoors. Starting seeds indoors gives us that little leg up needed for our moderate length growing season of about 150 days.  What do I start indoors? It really depends on what I have saved seed-wise from the year before, what my sister and I have swapped, and what I may have gotten at the seed library (nothing this year! Covid!).  Over the years I’ve also found that some things do just fine started as soon as possible outside. This would include greens, radishes, green onions, snap peas and even green beans.  Indoors we start squash, corn, leeks, peppers, and any other more heat loving crops, including tender basil and cilantro. Oh, and because I adore flowers I generally... Read More

UK’s No.1 Fitted Kitchen Retailer

UK’s No.1 Fitted Kitchen Retailer
Gardening Prices, promotions, types, and availability may range. Juli is a former farmer turned cook who has worked as a vegetable farmer, personal chef and sustainable food educator all through Boston and Italy. After working as a seasonal farmer for Siena Farms she traveled to Italy to ‘WWOOF’ (volunteer farm trade) on a Chianti Classico winery in Tuscany and make sheep’s milk in Abruzzo. She later returned to Italy to complete a culinary apprenticeship on the American Academy of Rome, an Alice Water’s project, known as the RomeSustainable Food Venture. She has been teaching Roman impressed farm-to-table courses in Rome for the previous 4 years through her own cooking enterprise, Breaking Bread Rome and is worked up to convey her adopted Italian tradition and cuisine to the Trustees. LTD Commodities LLC (“Company”) is an Illinois limited liability company with its principal place of job positioned at 200 Tri State, Lincolnshire, … Read More

Sunflowers From Seed – Growing Sunflowers Then And Now

Sunflowers From Seed – Growing Sunflowers Then And Now
One of my earliest memories of planting something from a seed was a sunflower that I grew for a school project. There’s nothing like the magic of seeing a small seed turn into such a magnificent flower. I still love starting plants from seeds and plan to include sunflowers next growing season.  The Magic of Growing Sunflowers I’m sure I planted seeds before this particular memory. My parents had a large vegetable garden from before I was a baby. I spent a lot of time there, so it’s likely I helped them plant seeds. The first time I remember growing a plant from seed was in elementary school.  We did a science project on plants and had to choose something to grow. I loved eating sunflower seeds at the time, so my mom suggested I grow a sunflower. I can still remember wondering that the little seed I ate … Read More

Experimenting with Purple Cauliflower Varieties

Experimenting with Purple Cauliflower Varieties
Though I have previously discussed my first seed growing experience here on the blog, I can’t help but feel compelled to share yet another especially important “first” for my vegetable garden. In an attempt to diversify the vegetable plantings in my yard, I have learned to better appreciate the numerous and amazing seed cultivars which produce rich, vibrant color.  I will be the first to admit that I don’t eat as many fresh fruits and vegetables as I should. While many experts suggest “eating the rainbow” in order to obtain vital phytonutrients, my diet has always been fairly limited. Growing my own seasonal vegetable plot has not only improved my gardening skills but has also improved my ability to manage more balanced nutrition. Even so, there were several vegetables that I had not grown. In planning a new spring garden, I decided that I would finally try my hand at... Read More

Gardening Australia

Gardening Australia
Gardening Kitchens have conventionally been used to prepare family meals, retailer food and organise utensils and crockery. That is the first model of Home Doctor Teams Personal Knowledge Policy dated April 18th, 2018. Sick of creatures munching on your just planted flower bulbs? Maintain them out by staking netting over the bed of flowers. Come springtime, merely take away the netting or lower holes within the material and let the plants develop through. It is a busy time for the vegetable growers. A lot of your main crops to be raised from seed will be began in a gently-heated propagator if the ground remains to be too chilly exterior. The urban center class imitated the luxurious dining types of the upper class as greatest as they could. Dwelling in smaller residences, the kitchen was the main room—here, the family lived. The examine or lounge was saved for special events comparable... Read More

My Love For Growing Plants From Seeds

My Love For Growing Plants From Seeds
Like a child in a candy store, excited over each sweet treat, I’m every bit as ecstatic watching those first seeds sprout, slowly poking through the soil, hungry for light after weeks of darkness. For the Love of Seeds I enjoy growing plants from seeds so much that I’ve been known to get a little carried away. If it’s a plant I don’t yet have, if it’s something unique or different, I must acquire it. It’s become somewhat of an obsession (or more like an addiction) and I’ve built up quite the collection. So many seeds, in fact, that I had to create a binder to keep them all organized. In late winter and early spring, my kitchen table becomes home to flat after flat of seed-filled trays and pots. When it’s warm enough outside and they’ve sprouted abundantly, they get moved to the unheated greenhouse, and from there … Read More