Flower beds do not have to be elaborate to enjoy fresh vegetables and beautiful flowers. With a raised garden bed, you can customize your garden bed however you want. Building a standard 3’x5′ garden bed with wood is most typical; however, you can use blocks, pavers, stone or even just a pile of soil. For this project you will need 2’x4’s, a 4’x4′ post, a tape measure, pencil and square, dill with bits and screws, a circular saw, work gloves, soil, landscape fabric, a shovel and hoe, a level, a utility knife, sawhorses, soil, a wheelbarrow, a soaker hose and some flower or vegetables. Select a location with plenty of sun where you can have access on both sides. Mark the dimensions of the area you want to have your garden bed, and dig up the sod. Do not dig too deep, but just enough to remove the sod. Check the ground with the level to make sure the base is even. Next, lay the landscaping fabric down and cut to fit. Cut the 2’x4’s and 4’x4’s to length, screw the 2’x4′ to each other, and the 4’x4′ inside each corner to form a box. Set the box in its designated area and make sure it is level. Cut any excess landscaping fabric and add your dirt or compost soil. Next plant your vegetables or flowers by pulling back the dirt. If you wish to add an irrigation system, simply set a hose in between the plants, cover with soil, and set to a timer. To find more helpful hints on water irrigation visit www.Lowes.com Now you have a beautiful raised flower garden for years of enjoyment …
Learn how to start and maintain a garden in this free gardening video. Expert: Tia Pinney Bio: Tia Pinney is a Teacher Naturalist and Adult Program Coordinator at Mass Audubons Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Filmmaker: Christian Munoz-Donoso
In order to build a raised garden bed, it’s important to clear all of the weeds and to use a rototiller. Avoid walking on a raised bed so that roots remain undisturbed by following the advice of an organic farmer in this free video on gardening and horticulture. Expert: Jarrett Man Contact: stonesoupfarm.googlepages.com Bio: Jarrett Man created and runs Stone Soup Farm, an organic vegetable and fruit operation in Belchertown, Mass. Filmmaker: EquilibrioFilms Jenn
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Large Terrariums – as part of the shopping series by GeoBeats. Here, we have a large terrarium. As you can see, you can put them in anything, from sizes this big, any shapes you like. And they can vary from different types of plants that you like. But you have to be careful with the ones you choose, because some may not thrive in your home. So it is best for you to have a professional make a choice for you. Inside this terrarium you see, there are some lush green moss. Now, these are preserved dried moss, so there is no maintenance, like the live moss, that requires an enclosed container. And with the center having these beautiful succulent leaves with the green on top, and you can see the red on the bottom. And together in here, it just looks like a little magical world. With some crushed glass mimicking crystals, and some black rocks underneath it, giving it a lift. And it is, this is a very vibrant piece, that you can put as a centerpiece on your dining table. These terrariums are great. They not only look good, but they are very easy to maintain. Because they do not have a drainage hole, they hold the moisture in there well. And you do not want to overwater them, but you do not have to water them as often as a regular potted plant with a drainage hole. Here is another example of a large terrarium, in a bubble or a fishbowl shaped glass, with a giant cactus in the middle. And to jazz it up, I added some purple sand inside, with some glass rocks in there as decoratives.
Deadheading patunia flowers is something you’ll have to do before you run out of summer. Learn how to deadhead petunia flowers with help from a certified horticulturist in this free video clip. Expert: Donna Emery Contact: www.glovernursery.com Bio: Donna Emery has been a certified horticulturist for 20 years, has a two year degree in landscape design, and is a Utah-certified nursery professional. Filmmaker: Michael Burton Series Description: Planting a garden is hardly a passive investment to the aesthetic qualities of your home. Get garden tips and learn about planting and maintenance with help from a certified horticulturist in this free video series.
At Designing Spaces we have no problem keeping our heads above water. What we mean by that is— in a pool! Designing Spaces, along with Intex and their above-ground pool line inform viewers about having some summer fun that includes a backyard makeover that won’t cost you an arm and a leg– or a pool cleaner!