In This Edition
▪ Hold the Door | Mini potting shed made from doors
▪ Give Butterflies What They Need | Grow the right host plants
▪ Cool Water Feature | Neat mini waterfall idea
▪ Handy Resources | Ideas to sow, grow, and make
▪ The Royal Marketplace | New sizes available
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These materials are all you need for a charming mini potting shed. This project is from the book, Upcycling Outdoors: 20 Creative Projects from Reclaimed Materials by Max McMurdo. You can see how it turned out here. I love it.
We’ve done good things in recent years to increase awareness about the importance of pollinators including butterflies. The next step is to spread the word about essential habitat. Without the right plants to host their larvae, butterflies cannot survive. Here’s a huge list of butterfly-friendly host plants you can grow.
I saw this container water garden on a tour years ago. It’s really neat how they created the waterfall. See how it’s done here.
June Garden Tasks has creative and practical tips and ideas to get you digging and making cool garden stuff this month.
Reader Question: Have you got any tips for growing herbs? To get started, find out if the ones you want to grow are annuals or perennials so you know how long they will last. There is a printable list here along with growing tips. I also suggest growing herbs in individual pots, so you can control the soil, water, and sun exposure, and move them around as needed.
Idea Bank: Look up what you have (any old household item) and see what you can make with it.
Houseplants: This beautiful, indoor terrarium project would make a lovely gift. The little orchid is perfect!
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IN MY EMPIRE OF DIRT: After taking (necessary) time to clean up fallen trees and fences from spring storms, I am now working on new garden projects, beginning with the very basic step of adding 6 yards of mulch to the garden. This will help keep moisture in the soil below, reduce weed growth, and (as it decomposes) enrich the soil. Plus, I do love how it looks.
I went out the other day to mull things over and, before I knew it, I was digging up more grass lawn to essentially double the size of my perennial garden, and drafting plans for a giant new structure. You’ll see these changes on the blog as I get them done. Part of me knows it’s insane to take on more garden, and the other part cannot resist. I’m sure you know those dual feelings!
I hope you are taking time for yourself each day. Fresh air and nature have a magical way of turning worries to compost.
See you again in two weeks!
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛
PS: Hey, Melissa Will! Got a boring shade garden? This shows ways to bring those darker parts of the garden to life.