Gardening

Build Your Own Window Boxes

Build Your Own Window Boxes

My grandma, an avid gardener, has plant beds all around her home. Yet one of my favorite memories is of her window boxes, which were perched on her home’s front windows and spilled over with brightly colored flowers, usually geraniums. Window boxes are ideal for flowers, herbs and other smaller […]

Use Coffee Grounds For Gardening

Use Coffee Grounds For Gardening

Searching for a way to garden a little greener while creating less waste in the kitchen? Look no further than your trusty coffee maker for one of the best fertilizers, composters, bug repellants and worm cuisine! Here’s a list of ways to use coffee grounds in your yard and garden: […]

10 Tips to Prepare Your Garden for Winter

10 Tips to Prepare Your Garden for Winter

Winter is peeking around the corner and ready to cast a frost across the garden you’ve carefully cultivated all spring and summer. The gardening pros from the Chicago Flower & Garden show have shared some tips with us to help prepare our garden for winter. 1. Continue to water your […]

Create a Lawn Mower Maze

Create a Lawn Mower Maze

I have trouble believing that there is anyone that would actually want to do this, but I digress. Lawn mowing can be an art form. For those of you inclined to challenge yourself the next time you’re looking for blades of glory, Popular Mechanics has come up with 7 brilliant […]

Make Mowing Easy with a Flagstone Edging Strip

Make Mowing Easy with a Flagstone Edging Strip

It’s the classic dilemma. You have a beautiful border garden around your patio or foundation. Bright blooms and neatly mulched beds compliment your lush green lawn. All is right with the world. But there is one major problem involving that narrow space where the garden meets the lawn. A space […]

Chelsea Flower Show: Gardens Galore

Chelsea Flower Show: Gardens Galore

The grandest garden and flower show in the world happens each year in London and has been since 1862. The Chelsea Flower Show organized by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is held for five days in May on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London, UK. It’s not […]

Grow Your Own Pizza Garden

Grow Your Own Pizza Garden

Although “pizza” and “gardening” aren’t always in the same category, Better Homes & Garden touched on a great way to convince people to test our their green thumb – for the sake of fresh pizza toppings! Using a 6×4 foot space in full sun, the editors grew the plants in […]

Garden Hose Pots Solve Outdoor Clutter

Garden Hose Pots Solve Outdoor Clutter

While flipping through the pages of Real Simple magazine, I noticed an ingenious solution for wrangling unruly garden hoses, thereby eliminating a major source of outdoor clutter. Instead of a hose reel or cart, consider a hose pot, which discreetly hides a coiled garden hose in a decorative container. Not […]

Green Weed Killers

Green Weed Killers

Ah, spring. When everything starts to bloom, even those pesky weeds. Let’s kill them with kindness via CasaSugar’s eco-friendly tips: 1.Take a pitcher of hot water and pour it all over the plants you want to kill, which results in boiling them to their death. (Does anyone know if this […]

Chicken Cribs: The Next Design Frontier

Chicken Cribs: The Next Design Frontier

I’ve been hearing a lot about chickens lately. This post over at Design*Sponge got me thinking about the rising popularity in tending to our own gardens, growing our own food and now raising our own flock. I don’t have a yard but I would love to be able to raise […]

Raised Garden Boxes Made Easy

Raised Garden Boxes Made Easy

Garden Boxes create a nice area to grow vegetables in your own backyard. But building the boxes can be troublesome if you’re not inclined to shop for the right materials and don’t have the proper tools. One of the few products that stood out in the lawn and garden area […]

More Than a Rake

More Than a Rake

Every gardener uses a rake, hoe and grader. But only one product offers all three. The Rake-O as seen at this years National Hardware Show is a 3-garden-tools-in-1 product. The inventor Ron Herrle was tired of constantly putting down one tool for another and welded a metal blade to the […]

Gifts for the DIY Mom

Gifts for the DIY Mom

Newsflash–Mother’s Day is Sunday! Don’t have a gift? Fear not, friends–Charles & Hudson is here with a DIY-inspired gift guide to help direct your shopping. Whether your mom loves to spend hours in a garden or prefers to tackle even the most daunting DIY project, we’ve got the perfect gift […]

Go Bananas for a Raspberry Trellis

Go Bananas for a Raspberry Trellis

They are exceptionally easy to grow and even easier to eat. Raspberries are a favorite garden plant for many homeowners, both suburban and rural. Even city slickers can get into the act with raspberries grown in community gardens. Although there are plenty of different varieties, the main habit it similar […]

3 Simple Steps to Patio Appeal

3 Simple Steps to Patio Appeal

I asked my dear friend Bryan Tomczuk, owner of Bryant Landscape Design in New York City, how the heck he can make tiny Manhattan balconies look like such lush outdoor spaces. Not all of us can afford a penthouse garden, but I still wanted to know what those homeowners request […]

Flower Beds: Out with the Old, In with the New

Flower Beds: Out with the Old, In with the New

Our friends Tom and Tera recently moved from Hoboken, NJ to Raleigh, NC. They’re enjoying new home ownership and have been tackling do-it-yourself projects every weekend. They recently shared a flower bed makeover with us. The plan was to overhaul the existing bed in the front of the house (4′x13′) […]

How To Transplant Spring Bulbs

How To Transplant Spring Bulbs

This past weekend my husband and I took on the daunting task of deconstructing three large, old planter boxes left by the previous homeowner (which included sledgehammering concrete to smithereens) and rebuilding a planter box with some of the materials where one … well, made sense. The old boxes, which […]

Growing Herb Container Gardens

Growing Herb Container Gardens

While reading the New York Times’ garden section I was psyched to see an article on container gardens for spring. I’m not lucky enough to have a yard but I do have some beautiful window sills that are just begging for basil, oregano and thyme. One of the containers mentioned […]