Showing posts with label garden. Show all posts
Showing posts with label garden. Show all posts

Creating The Perfect Garden From Scratch at Home

 Photo by Lisa Fotios:

Want to turn that blank space into a garden of greenery? You’re not alone! Gardening has become a favorite pastime for many, a peaceful retreat and a way to get in touch with nature. Did you know that being in a garden can reduce stress and improve your mood? Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a total newbie, creating a garden from scratch can be fun and rewarding. Get digging and watch your backyard grow?

Draw Your Garden Design

Start your gardening journey by drawing your dream garden design. Grab a piece of paper and a pencil and let your imagination run free. Think about the layout—where will your flower beds, veggie patches and pathways go? Consider how much sunlight each area gets throughout the day as this will impact what you plant where. Don’t worry if you can’t draw; a rough sketch will do. This will be your guide as you bring your vision to life. Take your time with this step and enjoy the process. It’s the first step to turning your backyard into a garden paradise.

Choose Your Favorites

Now the fun part: choosing your plants! Head to your local nursery or browse online catalogs to find plants that tickle your fancy. Think about the colors, textures and sizes that will bring your garden to life. Do you want a colorful explosion, a peaceful space with lots of greenery or a mix of both? Consider your climate and how much care each plant needs. Some plants are low maintenance, others require a bit more love. Mix in some perennials that come back year after year with annuals that add a burst of color each season. And don’t forget herbs or veggies if you want to add an edible element to your garden. Enjoy the process of picking out your favorites and imagining how they’ll look in your new garden!

Get Digging

Now get your hands dirty! Preparing the soil is a critical step for a healthy garden. Clear away any weeds or debris from your garden area. Then grab a spade or tiller and loosen the soil, breaking up any clumps. Add some compost or organic matter to the soil to enrich it and improve its texture. This will feed your plants and help with water retention. If you’re not sure about your soil’s quality, consider getting a soil test kit to check the pH and nutrient levels, you can also look at something like anuew ez pgr. Healthy soil is the base of a good garden so take your time and get it right. Once your soil is ready, you’re good to go and start planting!

Keep it Going

Maintaining your garden doesn’t have to be a drudge—it can be fun! Regular watering is key; make sure your plants get enough water especially during hot weather. Mulching will help retain moisture and keep those weeds at bay. Don’t forget to fertilize every now and then to give your plants a boost. Keep an eye out for any signs of pests or diseases and deal with them ASAP. Prune and deadhead your plants to encourage new growth and keep your garden looking neat. Spend a little time each week on these tasks and your garden will thrive. And remember, the more love and care you put in, the more beautiful your garden will be!


Building your perfect garden from scratch is a process. Start with a drawing of your dream layout, think about sun and space. Then choose a mix of plants that tickle your fancy—color, texture and maintenance required. Next prepare your soil well so it’s nutrient rich and ready to plant. Finally keep your garden going with regular watering, mulching and pest control. A bit of effort and consistent care and you’ll have a haven. Enjoy the journey and watch it grow!

Cement Spoon Garden Markers

This easy cement spoon garden marker project is perfect for beginners and adds a nice touch to your outdoor area.

I love to make things with cement. From coasters to mushrooms and even a cake stand! I ran across a silicone spoon mold and I knew exactly what I wanted to make. Garden Markers. 

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While working with cement seems like it might be hard, it is surprisingly easy to work with and there are so many possibilities for what you can do with concrete mix. 

I am not much of a gardener. I have tried in the past, but usually bite off more than I can chew and reduce the rate of success for my garden. This year I decided to give it a go and try to grow a small garden that mixed flowers and vegetables. I got some of these little plaques to label my plants, but they were ugly.

These cement spoon markers were just what I needed to add some character to the scene.


Silicone molds
1/2 cup of cement mix; I prefer portland cement.
1/3 cup of water
Chalkboard Paint


Mix the cement and water until it is smooth.
Pour the cement into the silicone mold.
Place in the sun and allow to dry for 6 hours.
Remove the spoons from the mold carefully to avoid breaking them.
Paint with chalkboard paint and allow to dry.

I used a chalk paint pen to label the cement spoon garden markers.

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15 Fabulous Fountains for the Garden

Add an elegant touch to your garden this summer with a fountain. These options are classy, functional and best of all, affordable!

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Water Pump Cascading Fountain
This fountain stands at 32 inches and creates a relaxing atmosphere. Water pours from a vintage style pump to fill the aged buckets with gently cascading water. It makes for a lovely sight and sound in any garden.

3 Tier Garden Fountain
This 45 inch fountain has a nice aged appearance and would look at home in the most elegant garden. It is made of fiberglass and requires no plumbing at all, as the water recirculates.

Tuscan Garden Fountain
This fountain stands 54 inches high and looks like it came straight from a Tuscan garden. It will add lot of elegance and charm to your garden, no matter where you live.

Stacked Stone Tiered Bowls with LED Light
These stacked stone bowls offer a modern look to your garden. I love the added bonus of an LED light to add even more charm after the sunsets.

Rustic Jugs Fountain
Three rustic jugs make the perfect vessel for cascading water. This low maintenance fountain would look fantastic in a country garden!

Modern Sphere Fountain 
With a curve and  sphere, this modern fountain is elegant, artsy and ideal for adding a special touch to your outdoor oasis.

Faux Marble Bowl and Pillar Fountain
This fountain has a very classy appearance with a faux marble look. This fountain features LED lighting to add another wow factor once the sun goes down.

Rippled Slate Fountain
This fountain is visually stunning with a spotlight and copper accents. It will add a sophisticated feel to your garden along with peaceful sounds of falling water.

Wishing Well Fountain
This cute fountain adds a touch of charm with its wishing well design. At under $100 it is perfect for small gardens or as an accent to the beauty of your outdoor space.

Curved Cascading Fountain
With a super quiet pump, this curved beauty is nothing short of garden art. No one would ever believe it retails for under $150!

Two Tiered Zen Fountain and Bird Bath
This fountain brings a lot of zen to any outdoor space. It is peaceful and will attract birds for even more natural beauty in your garden.

Peeing Boy Fountain Statue
These fountains are classics, with an antique finish, no one would ever suspect this fountain didn't come from a historic estate.

Cherub Fountain
With an LED light, this timeless cherub style fountain adds a sweet touch to you garden. Low maintenance and under $100 make this a great choice for any garden.

Farmhouse Watering Can Fountain
This watering can style fountain is chic and stylish. With a metal tub and multiple watering cans, this fountain looks great in any farmhouse garden!

Virginia Rock Fountain
With lovely rocks and cascading pools, this elegant fountain adds an element of relaxation to any garden area!

This fountain features 2 barrels for soothing water to cascade into. With a rustic look, this would be an ideal fountain for a farmhouse or a cabin, but would look charming in any garden!

This fountain is regal and charming and adds a touch of classic sophistication to any outdoor living area. Standing tall and proud like any lion should, this fountain will capture the attention of anyone to view it.

15 Wonderful Windchimes

Windchimes are nice, but this collection has some of the best that money can buy. Melodic and visually appealing, these would add such a nice touch to your outdoor space!

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Amazing Grace Wind Chimes
This wind chime is tuned to play the beginning chords of amazing grace for a lovely sound every time the wind blows.

Pachelbel's Canon in D Wind Chimes
Measuring 32" long, this wind chime is tuned to Pachelbel's Canon in D. It creates a lovely sound your ears will delight in all summer long.

Wind Chimes for People Who Like Their Neighbors
This bamboo and aluminum and chimes plays a unique variation on the G-major Pentatonic scale. It is literally, music for the ears!

Classic Havasu Large Wind Chime
This large and unique wind chime is tuned to the E-major Pentatonic chord, but includes a adjustable striker to help you set the ideal tone for your garden.

Corinthian Bells Wind Chimes
Measuring at 44 inches, this wind chime provides rich, deep tones in the C chord. This wind chime sets a relaxing tone to your outdoor space.

Bamboo Wind Chimes
Peaceful bamboo chimes are perfect for the backyard. They are sturdy, beautiful to look at and provide a peaceful song everytime the breeze blows.

Brass Wind Chimes
This unique set of chimes provides the sound of bells ringing and is said to be known as a money bell for good fortune.

35 Bar Chimes
This large set of wind chimes contains 35 metal bars for an incredible sound that makes it worth every penny of the $120 price tag. The wood parts of the chimes is gorgeousin contrast with the metal.

Baritone Wind Chime
The baritone wind chime is a part of a series. You can pair this with 7 other chimes for a musical masterpiece, or enjoy the chimes one on one. This is the middle voice in the set and provides a really pleasing sound with the breeze.

Neptune Wind Chime
This chime provides low tones from the 54" bronze tunes. This sets the tone for a peaceful and serene garden. While the chimes are close to $100, they are an investment in peace and calm for anyone who enjoys spending time outdoors.

Fine Tuned Healing Chimes
This fine tuned set of healing chimes gives the illusion of more tones than tubes for a melodic effect that is a treat for the ears.

Tuscany Wind Chimes
The Tuscany chimes is a 27 inch set that has been tuned to the notes of a Verdi aria from La Forza del Destino. The chimes provide a completely elegant sound for your outdoor area.

Heroic Windbell
Featuring a 40 inch windchime this heroic bell sounds lovely in the wind. You can also use it to call the family to dinner for an added bonus.

Tibetan Prayer Chimes
A lovely sound awaits with these chimes. They have been tuned to 5 notes that make up the principal motif of a work by composer Toru Takemitsu for a zen escape anytime the wind blows.

Bells of Paradise Wind Chime
This set of chimes is tuned in several chords to create a harmonious effect anytime the wind blows.