2018 Garden Projects List

I haven't made a list of gardening projects in a while. I think it's time to start getting organized and planning out my 2018 for some great things! Years ago I decided rather than post about resolutions that I would focus on projects I wanted to accomplish like building a shed, building raised beds, or other similar garden projects. My 2018 project list this time doesn't stick strictly to the garden. I have a some major goals that I'm looking forward to tackling! On to the 2018 Garden Projects List!  2018 Garden Projects List Transplant about 8 blueberry bushes to our new property. They are small blueberry bushes so it won't be that difficult. The challenge will be protecting them from deer and other animals while we aren't on the land. I will probably have to install some sort of fencing/screen structure. Right now I'm considering 4x4 fence posts with…

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Portable Planter Box Project

Recently I put together a little project from some wood I had stored in the garage. It was an idea I had to help me with a presentation I'll be giving at a local garden show. Essentially I needed a way to demonstrate how a few plants could be planted in combination with each other. I didn't have access to a projector for the demonstration so I couldn't do a slide show. What I decided to do is to put together a portable planter box that I could stock with a few plants to bring along. It couldn't be big or it would be a problem to move around. Here's what I did to make this 24"x12.25" portable planter box! How to make a Portable Planter Box For materials: 2 6' cedar fence boards short deck screws. soil mix newspaper plants (of course!) Equipment Drill Electric Screw driver (Ryobi impact…

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Building a Paving Stone Pathway

Several years ago I built a patio using paving stones. I intended to complete the patio by adding a sidewalk that would bring the paved surface area all the way around to the garage and driveway. This weekend I finally made major progress on this neglected project. Making a paving stone patio, sidewalk, or pathway is not an easy task. It's not that building a patio is complicated but rather that the stone can be heavy and the work is repetitious with a good deal of digging, bending, and lifting. Excavating a space for the project can be difficult too depending on the soil type but this project is definitely one a determined gardener and homeowner can accomplish! I purchased my materials at Lowe's in conjunction with Lowe's Creative Ideas. The first step in building a paving stone project is excavating a level area. In this project I had to…

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Two Easy Projects For Patio Entertaining!

Spring is in full swing here in Tennessee and that means people everywhere are headed outdoors.  Some to play, some to work, and others to just hang out on the front porch with glass of sweet tea.  That's what we do here in the south, sweet tea on the front porch.  This week I put together two small and very easy to do projects that will help with that front porch entertaining!  And because this is a gardening blog I used garden items to complete both of these projects.  What did I make?  A table/cooler/storage unit out of a pot and a sidetable from a plant stand. Both of these projects used materials provided by Lowe's Creative Ideas that are available at your local Lowe's location! How to Make a Table-Cooler-Storage Pot To make the table-cooler-storage-pot I purchased a round unfinished table top.  Lowe's has several sizes available and I…

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Outdoor Candle Holder Made from a Birch Trunk

Last week I attended the Nashville Lawn and Garden Show.  I've been very busy planting seeds and getting the garden ready and I haven't had a lot of time to post lately so I thought I would share a few short posts with your from the show that had some clever design ideas that you may want to consider for your garden. Today's design idea would be a very simple project: build a log candle holder for the patio!   The designer of this easy garden project took half of a birch log put holes in it then inserted tea light candles into the holes.  Project complete!  Does it get much simpler?  To make the holes consider buying a hole saw like what I used on my window plant shelf project.  The log candle holder makes a great rustic accent to any outdoor table.    

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Building an Arbor Style Trellis

In the vegetable garden there is always a need for more space.  You never have enough.  The garden is constantly being filled with more plants than you really have room for and you have to find ways to organize it.  That's why going vertical is a great option and the most classic way to go vertical is to use a trellis.  For my March (yep I'm late) Lowe's Creative Ideas post I put together a trellis for growing my edibles with a little bit of arbor style.  This trellis would be an excellent option as a stand alone feature or could be incorporated into a garden fence as I am doing.  Lowe's sent me gift cards to purchase the supplies and I went to work! To build this trellis I purchased 2 8ft. 4x4's, 2 deck boards, a box of 2" deck screws, a box of 1 1/4" deck screws,…

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Making a Raised Bed from Metal Roofing Materials

Recently I put together my newest raised bed.  I was inspired by some pictures I've seen lately where metal roofing materials were used for the sides.  It was a very cool look that I wanted to see if I could replicate for my garden.  I went to the store and gathered 9 2x4's, 3 steel roofing panels, and a box of deck screws.  The total material cost for this raised bed is around $100 but you could greatly diminish that if you could find old metal roofing from a barn or a shed.  The metal roofing panels were $15 each which adds up to almost half the project. I built the side frames for the raised beds first.  The 8' sides used full length 2x4s with 3 21 1/4 inch vertical pieces as supports on the sides and the middle.  The 4' sides only used 2 supports per side which made…

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2013 Home Garden Project List

Every year I write down my ideas for gardening projects.  It helps me to put down some thoughts and map out where my garden needs to go throughout the season.  I won't be able to accomplish every project on the list but it does give me some direction.  At the end of the year I'll go back and see how well I achieved my project goals like I did in my last post for 2012.  Now, let's take a look what I'm planning for 2013! Dave's 2013 Garden Projects Install the garden fence.  Yep I still haven't gotten a fence built around the vegetable garden yet.  It's been years now since this project first appeared on my list.  Maybe by putting it at the top of this list I'll finally get it accomplished!  For fencing I'm leaning toward a wood frame with wire.  Each frame will fit between the posts to enclose…

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2012 Garden Project Review

It's that time of year again!  The end of the old and the beginning of the new.  It's at this time of year that I like to review my project list to see how well I accomplished my goals.  Every year I come up with a list of projects I hope to complete in my garden then review it at the end!  My 2012 garden projects are listed below followed by my analysis and evaluation. 2012 Garden Project Review Continue the reorganization of the vegetable garden.  I adjust things every year and I've decided that expansion is not the way to go, better organization is.  The parterre style is where the design is going because of the ability to organize crop rotation and the attractiveness of the formal style. It seems my vegetable garden will never be done! It will continue changing and evolving as I garden. I have some new ideas for…

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Indoor Hanging Wall Planter Garden

I finally managed to get my Indoor Hanging Wall Planter Project up on the wall!  I ran out of screws so I'll have to run to the store to pick up a couple more and make sure it stays up securely.  It's fine for now but I definitely need those screws attached before adding pots and soil for plants.  I picked several seed packets with different varieties of basil as well as one packet of lavender seed to plant. The LED light rope does a good job of creating ambient light around the wall planter but does make enough to serve as an actual plant light.  Since it's energy efficient it will make a good light in the evenings when it gets dark to help find our way through the room.  Our bonus room can be a minefield of children's toys that can invoke dire consequences to the barefoot parent!…

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