If you are new here, welcome! I’ve got creative and frugal home and garden ideas for you.
Please, dig in and have a look around.
Here’s the Scoop—
I am Melissa J. Will, also known as the Empress of Dirt ♛, and I share creative and frugal home and (mostly) garden DIY projects and ideas, with an emphasis on the organic and thrifty help I needed when I was starting out.
For plant and growing information, I rely on facts and scientific research, not the ever popular myths and wives’ tales that spread online like a virus.
For projects and DIY, I like it creative, useful, and thrify.
If you are interested in my own rocky start as a new gardener,you can read more here.
What You Will Discover
I focus on three main things:
GROW | Organic growing tips and tricks
MAKE | Easy DIY projects using unwanted or thrifty household stuff
IDEAS | Galleries of ideas to get your creativity flowing
Looking for Something?
There is a magnifying glass at the top of every page for searching the site, or you can dive in right here:
Got some random old thing you want to make into garden art? The Idea Bank lets you search by item, listing available project instructions.
Whether it’s a rusty watering can, scraps of wood, burlap, or beer cans, there’s always a nice life for old stuff.
T-Shirts for Gardeners
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I’d love to have you along for the ride.
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Want Detailed Instructions?
ebook topics include garden art making, hand-dyeing fabrics, hand-painting shoes, and growing salads.
Free printables include handy checklists for garden tasks and home organization.
It’s time to get creative!
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛