Vegetable garden - a simple “get started” guide, and it only requires a 4’ x 4’ plot or box. Simple instructions at the link. You have just run out of excuses.
The Bug Hotel, Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton, West Midlands: “This habitat is home to ladybirds, lacewing, frogs, and toads which help keep the garden pest free.” Photo: Declan O’Doherty.
This bug hotel was made from a pallet using found objects, including bricks, terra cotta, stones, hay, pine cones, blocks and branches. The items are carefully arranged in the pallet slots, filling the horizontal spaces tightly. The end result is a natural work of functional apartment-art for the bugs!
What a great idea. Going on vacation? Who will water your container gardens while you are away? I tried this last year for a client, with great success. What I did:
1) create a hole in the container garden about 3” deep with the empty neck of the wine bottle;
2) fill the wine bottle with water (if you want to add decorative stones in the bottle to filter the water, do so first);
3) hold fingers over the opening of the bottle and quickly tip it upside down (straight up or at a slight angle) into the hole you’ve already made in the container; and
4) quickly nestle the bottle into the soil, tapping soil around the neck opening to make sure it is stable and upright.
Smaller containers: try a beer bottle or other decorative glass bottle!
Birch bird houses. Bird Houses Boys Can Build (1916), Albert F. Siepert, B.S.
Instructions at the link to build numerous types of birdhouses.
Hosewares, by Chase DeForest. Repurposing garden hoses into baskets.
I was inspired by the simple beauty of a cactus terrarium in a lovely glass bowl on Pinterest, (from Sunset Magazine). As a garden designer, who works with both outdoor and indoor plants…
It looks like a bee hive, but it’s actually a composter - how cool is this? Composting can really “bee” beautiful! Made by grow4it in the UK.
Terra Cotta Scarecrow.
A simple water garden: Water Lettuce in a watering can. Soni Forsman’s water garden retreat in Eagan, Minnesota. Photo: Eric Johnson at GardenDrama.
Miniature cork Christmas trees! Some people are just too darn clever. (And what a great way to show off your “special” corks.)