Plant Propagation Cloner

I came across a video today on Youtube that I thought was a fantastic demonstration of how to build a plant propagation cloner! This is a DIY project I would love to try when I have a bit more time. If you have tried something like this please let us know in the comments on how the project went, any changes you might have made, and how successful you've been at rooting cuttings with the cloner! Plant propagation cloners help to keep the roots hydrated which is one of the major issues with propagating plants. Have you tried to build your own plant propagation cloner?

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How to Build a Raised Multi-Leveled Garden Planter Box

The summer heat is coming and with the heat comes a whole new set of rules for gardening. The warm season vegetables grow great while the cool season plants bolt quickly. What if you want to keep your cool season plantings growing longer into the summer? Is there a way to do that? The answer is yes there is, move to the shade! Many cool season vegetables can still be grown in the summer as succession plantings if given enough shade. They won't last as long as the plants grown in spring but you can still grow and harvest many delicious greens. For my purposes the front porch is a great option. It faces north and receives very little direct sunlight during the day. The light it does receive is mostly in the morning on the east side of the house. While I could have just planted everything in pots…

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Shattered Glass and Shower Door Projects

The other day strong winds blew through Tennessee.  They were not just your normal winter winds, these were March winds - in February.  The kinds of winds we normally get in spring when the weather changes more frequently between warm and cold fronts.  Unfortunately I wasn't prepared for the high impact of the winds.  Two glass shower doors were propped up outside next to my potting bench waiting to be used for a project.  The wind caught them from underneath and knocked them over onto the concrete paving stone patio.  One door was fine, the other was completely shattered. Grow House from Gardener's Supply (Aff. Link) Glass shower doors are useful for all kinds of garden projects.  I had planned to build a small seed starting cabinet similar to this one from Gardener's Supply Company in the picture to the right.  I should still be able to do that with…

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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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A Light post, Bird Feeder Station, and Hanging Basket Stand all in One!

I'm sure you've always been wondering "Where can I find a light post that can double as a bird feeder station and has a spot for hanging baskets too?"  You've come to the right place because I'm going to show you my latest project for Lowe's Creative Ideas.  The challenge this month was "Old and New."  Essentially we had to take something we had lying around and reuse it with a few newer materials.  In my case I had several old decorative posts that used to hold up my parents front porch before they had them replaced.  Some of the posts were rotting on the bottom but had decent wood further up the post.  Worth saving and reusing if possible but couldn't be used to hold up a front porch (Unless you're a hobbit and like short front porches). Our family loves to watch the birds around our garden.  More…

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Yet Another Arbor!

You can never have enough arbors can you?  Arbors are the perfect portals for gardens.  They define the entrance, create a vertical element of interest, and just look pretty neat!  Today I put together a very simple gateway arbor as an entrance to the shade garden I've built for Lowe's Creative Ideas.  My last arbor used gutters to create planters but this arbor's purpose is to define the entrance to the shade garden.  It will also serve as a way to string a coated wire line around the perimeter of the garden to prevent deer from eating my hostas! The arbor is very simply constructed and from start to finish could easily be done in a single day of work.  In fact you probably could build several of these in that same day. I dug the post holes yesterday.  They weren't too hard to dig back in the shady and…

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Building a Vertical Garden Arbor with Gutters! (Part 1)

Recently the folks at Lowe's Creative Ideas asked me if I could put together a once a month project using products I found at Lowe's that fit a specific theme.  Of course since I enjoy doing these types of projects around the garden I jumped at the chance!  This month they wanted a project centered around the theme:"Pots and Plants".  The idea behind "Pots and Plants" is to create an older or non-traditional object into a planter for an outdoor space somewhere in my garden. I decided to put together a garden arbor that would serve as a fence panel section around our vegetable garden that used gutters as the planter.  I've seen various renderings of gutter gardens before and thought that this would be a pretty interesting idea to incorporate into our fence! I planned out the project and dropped into our local Spring Hill, TN Lowe's Home Improvement…

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Dave’s 2011 Garden Project Review

This post is a post I've been dreading.  Mainly because this year has been tough, probably the toughest I've ever had to live through.  My garden projects fell by the wayside.  My projects and ambitions just didn't matter when compared to the situations that the course of life brought us through.  But we're getting through things, day by day.  I don't mean to end the year with a downer post but really I don't think I can write this post any differently. Dad's death took a lot of wind out of my sails and effected my projects and even this garden blog.  Suddenly things that were important to me didn't feel that important.  Stuff was set aside and I even stopped visiting many of the bloggers who I read regularly.  Reading fun and interesting articles about my favorite subject (gardening) suddenly wasn't so fun and interesting and even writing about…

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11 Garden Projects for 2011

Each year I've posted about the projects I hope to accomplish in the New Year. They aren't resolutions, just goals or ideas. I may not even get half of the projects accomplished but I find that if I get some ideas before the garden season starts in earnest I can be pretty motivated to get it worked on before the fall freeze comes along! Here are 11 Garden Projects for 2011!**(These are in no particular order) 1) Build the vegetable garden fence!This has been on my list for two years without much progress. Alright, without any progress! The deer have invaded my vegetable garden multiple times which means there needs to be a way to prevent future incursions tied in with whatever fence build. 2) Finish the new garden beds.I have three areas in our front yard that need mulching and filling in with plants. One area is around our…

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