I made a pipe shelving unit recently (check it out here) and had some extra wood left over which was perfect for this next project. Since the shelves were going on the deck to house my veggies, I thought it would be nice to use the same wood in the same space. The off-cuts happened to be the ideal size for hanging shelves and I think they ended up complementing the pipe shelves perfectly!
A Miniature World
Mosaic Bird Bath
This birdbath is the perfect project to welcome summer! With the weather getting hotter it provides a much needed oasis for the birds and gives our garden a pop of colour.
Here's what you'll need:
Bird bath- I used a flower pot base
Caulk and gun- GE silicone
Tile- I used old dishes, just make sure you don't use the rounded rim pieces
Tray to mix grout in
Float or other tool to spread grout
Start with the fun part: smash those tiles! I put mine in a plastic bag and whacked it with a hammer. Make sure you wear safety glasses in case a shard flies out- they're sharp!
Patio Container Garden
I've often thought how nice it would be to have a herb garden on the deck and this spring I've finally started one. There is SO MUCH information available online about how to prepare and start your herb garden and lots of advice about which herbs are easiest for beginners like me. Did you know you can actually plant those leftover garlic cloves that have been lanquishing in your fridge?! Also, there are some pretty brilliant ideas out there about fun alternatives to pots but I decided to take the traditional route this time round (I'm saving my beer bottles for the next time tho). I discovered that some veggies also do well in container gardens so I thought I would give them a shot too. DIY&Crafts offered some particularly helpful advice for getting started.
Here is a list of container-friendly seeds that I planted:
If you're thinking I may have bitten off more than I can chew here, the thought has crossed my mind too but gardening is supposed to be fun to be honest so far it's kind of addictive! The more I planted the more I excited I was to see what would happen. Btw, planting a refrigerated garlic clove is not a myth- I planted three and was amazed by how quickly they sprouted. So far the summer squash has yet to make an appearance but the snow peas (which I planted last) have shot up as have the basil and scallions.
You Guys. Talk about an easy and effective way to add some interest and life to a space! Also, if your thumb is not-so-green, like mine, these are really simple to care for. Like the sound of this? If you choose to use air plants you don't have to do anything for them but spritz them with water. I know. Pretty awesome.
Want to add some whimsy? Maybe add a dinosaur or animal figure munching on the stem you accidentally (oops..) broke off.
Check out these links for ideas and tips on creating your own terrariums:
Step by step tutorial on how to make a terrarium
What plants to grow in closed terrariums
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