Plants
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This DIY Idea is the One Way You Haven’t Thought About Decorating with Plants
Hanging planters are cool, but plant chandeliers are cooler!
Jun 25, 2020
Bloomscape Just Launched a Tropical Collection That Includes an Adorable Mini Pineapple Plant
It's the easiest way to transform your home into the tropical vacay of your dreams!
Jun 25, 2020
Before & After: Kimber’s Air Plant Weekend Project
Yesterday I explained the basics of how to care for air plants and then I showed you how certain species’ forms lend themselves best to different types of containers. Today I will walk you through the super simple steps I used to turn a vase sea sponge into an unique vessel in which you can hang your air plant (yes, it’s a natural dried sea sponge that is shaped like a vase!).
Apr 14, 2020
How To Propagate Cacti & Succulents
Gardening is one of my favorite hobbies, but it can also be expensive when you start buying lots of plants and pots. What if you could double, triple, even quadruple the number of plants you currently have without spending a dime? If you have a little bit of time on your hands, along with a lot of patience, you can do just that. Let’s dig into cacti and succulent propagation!
Mar 11, 2020
How To: Start a No-Dig Garden … Step by Step
A few weeks ago we blogged an article in the LA Times about No-Dig Gardens. They require less water than traditional gardens and they’re an easy way to start a raised bed. You can even start one right over a patch of grass you want to get rid of. Another easy gardening option is bringing the garden inside with grass you can grow indoors. Our friend and coworker, Hulda Nelson, tipped us off to the article.
Feb 6, 2020
How To Grow Cucumbers
Cucumbers are one of the most refreshing things to eat straight out of the garden. Technically a fruit, this hydrating treat is made up of 95% water and can help keep you going on a hot day. Cucumber seedlings can be planted outside two weeks after the last spring frost. They love the hot sun, so be sure to make room for them in a bright area with fertile, well-drained soil. Plant a second crop one month after the first. Cucumber seedlings Organic compost Organic fertilizer Garden tools 1.
Dec 19, 2019
How To Make a Terrarium
Making your own terrarium is fun and surprisingly easy – and equally easy to maintain. Whatever the climate may be in your large, expansive home or your teeny tiny apartment, a terrarium—given a healthy dose of indirect light and an occasional spritz of water—will be happy as a clam. You can usually find gorgeous, hand blown glass terrariums at any design store, but be prepared to pay a pretty penny for them!
Dec 19, 2019
Desktop Decor DIY: How To Make a Mini Bullet Planter
Bring a slice of coveted MCM home decor right to your desktop with these miniature bullet planters. Made from upcycled plastic Easter eggs and a few pieces of wire, this simple DIY will make your cute cubicle the envy of the office. 20 gauge jewelry wire Plastic easter eggs Tape Scissors or wire cutters Needle nose pliers Nylon jaw pliers (optional) 1. Cut three 6″ pieces of wire. Straighten as much as you can with needle nose and nylon pliers. 2.
Dec 19, 2019
Easy DIY Project: How to Make a Pocket Wall Planter
Succulent lovers, this project is for you! It’s much quicker and easier than a lot of DIY living walls, but still looks beautiful at the end. A quick trip to the hardware store is all it takes… Gloribell from I Don’t Know How She Does It shares her method for creating these little pockets of green. They can be as large or as small as you’d like them to be….
Dec 19, 2019
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How to Grow a Citrus Tree in a Container
Californians and Floridians are blessed with fragrant citrus trees in their backyards that bloom all spring and seem to be in season all year. For the rest of the country, where climates aren’t conducive to growing citrus outdoors through all four seasons, you have to get a little crafty if you want homegrown Key limes for your cervezas. The trick is to grow citrus in a container that you can keep outside from spring to fall, but move inside before the first freeze arrives.
Dec 3, 2019
Inside or Outside: Which to Choose When Starting Plants From Seed
In lesson seven I reviewed the pros and cons of starting your garden from seeds or starts. If you’re feeling ambitious and want to start all (or at least a few) of your plants from seed, the question is: should you start them indoors or outdoors? Well, that depends on when you’re getting started and how long your growing season is.
Dec 3, 2019
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The Most Efficient Way to Plan Your Small Garden
When you have a small garden, it can seem like your plants all compete for premium space come springtime. How do you decide what to plant and what to pass on? Do you grow staples you’ll use all year long in the kitchen, or unusual varieties you can’t find in the market? With intercropping, you can take advantage of the limited space you have — while growing all the vegetables you want — by analyzing the needs of your vegetables and timing your plantings strategically.
Dec 3, 2019
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Add These Flowers to Your Garden to Bring in the Bees
Have you ever planted squash in your vegetable garden and wondered why the flowers with what appear to be baby squash on the ends suddenly wilt? The short answer is: They were never pollinated by bees. The long answer is: Squash are monoecious plants (containing both male and female parts) and rely on bees and other pollinators to fertilize their flowers. Female flowers bear the ovaries (essentially immature squash) and need the pollen from male flowers to produce fruit.
Dec 3, 2019
How To Make a Succulent Kissing Ball
image:21b471511fb5b183822c55c0296c8f78213faebe w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" Succulents are all the rage these days, which means they’re popping up everywhere. In funky containers, concrete planters, wreaths, even bridal bouquets. But as cool as they are — they often come with a hefty price tag — which is why I decided to make my own.
May 18, 2019
How To: Reuse Tin Cans as a Container Garden
Growing up, we were taught that everything can have more than one purpose. One man’s trash is another’s treasure, some would say; we like to think we just concentrated on the “reuse” part of reduce-reuse-recycle. So when we went home earlier in the week, we snapped this photo of one of our mom’s trash-to-treasure successes. Here’s one small, simple project that you can do at home, whether you’ve got a green thumb or not.
May 9, 2019
How to Make Modern Cement Planters
I started making these eco planters for gifts a year ago and haven’t stopped. They are simple, stylish and downright lovable. Each pot is unique and has an organic, handmade feel. It is not an instant gratification project and you will have to commit, but the results are well worth it. I like to make about six at a time.
May 7, 2019
How To Make Your Own Indoor Compost Bin
There are a lot of options out there for apartment dwellers who want to compost, and like most things it’s not as simple as one style fits all. It’s about finding what works best for you. Try something! And if it doesn’t work for you… try something else! This is an easy indoor compost option for people who need something cheap, customizable and space friendly.MaterialsA container to house your compost. It can be as big or small as you like.
May 7, 2019
How To Mount a Staghorn Fern
It’s ok, go ahead and laugh… and then get your mind out of the gutter. But if rare, unusual statement plants cause your heart to flutter, then the Platycerium is for you. This tutorial will show you how to mount your stag to a piece of wood, then properly care for your new living art! Like orchids, the staghorn fern (Platycerium) is an epiphyte, which means they do not require soil to grow but attach to and gain nutrients from other plants, while not harming the host plant.
May 7, 2019
How To Make Coffee Bag Planter Pots
If, like me, you love gardening but aren’t a huge fan of all the plastic pots that seem to multiply in corners and pop up wherever plants need transporting, then chances are you’ll love these DIY coffee bag planter pots as much as I do.Coffee bag pots are fantastic for so many reasons.
May 6, 2019
How To Drill Holes in Plant Pots
I’m sure we all have them: plant pots sans drainage hole(s). Sure, sometimes they can be perfectly fine as a decorative piece. But if you want something living inside it, you will need a second, hidden planter inside that does have drainage holes. But you still run the risk of root rot from standing water unless you’ve placed gravel or something else in the bottom of the decorative planter. So, what can you do to remedy this? Create your own drainage hole!
May 6, 2019
How To Grow Baby Lettuce (It’s Easier Than You Think!)
Most folks don’t realize how easy (and cheap) it is to grow your own baby greens, even with a very limited amount of space. Just think about all the plastic bags and clamshell containers used for packaged greens that you buy at the store (not to mention how long they’ve been sitting in that plastic before they even get to market). Why not save the packaging and transit time, and harvest your own baby greens at home?
May 6, 2019
How To Make Natural Garden Pesticides
Garden pests make otherwise enjoyable gardening frustrating. Whether it’s snails taking over your lettuce or aphids sucking on your roses, a pest infestation is definitely disappointing, but it’s not a reason to reach for harmful, toxic sprays. The sprays might eliminate the pesky culprits, but they are harmful to you and the environment. Instead, try whipping up one of these simple recipes with ingredients you most likely have on hand.
May 5, 2019
How To Make Mini Garden Gnomes
These extra tiny garden gnomes have a modern shape that makes them a breeze to cast out of basic craft store plaster in a simple, homemade mold. You can pop out a whole village of them in an afternoon and let the kids (or yourself!) go to town decorating them.Materials• craft plaster• toilet paper tubes• water cooler cones• acrylic craft paint, polyurethane• dimensional fabric paint 1. Put a toilet paper tube on top of a water cooler cone.
May 5, 2019
How To Get Rid of Dandelion Weeds
Weeds. They’re polarizing little things, met with hatred by some and indifference by others. I, for one, am not loving the dandelions popping up in my yard this spring, as we’ve been working on a grassy (albeit imperfect) area for our son to play in without resorting to chemicals, and dandelions are foes of grass (especially tender new shoots). Once they spread their ground-hugging leaves, they stifle what’s around them, leaving only dirt behind.
May 5, 2019
How To Make a Succulent Wreath
I took a trip to the craft store a couple of weeks ago with the intention of picking up a few Christmas decorations. On a whim I decided to DIY my own succulent wreath, and walked out with my arms filled with supplies. I love the idea of decorations that can easily be modified and used year round. When the season is up I plan to remove the bow and hang my wreath outside.
May 4, 2019
DIY Covered Greenhouse Garden: A Removable Cover Solution to Protect Your Plants
Planting season is upon us, so let me tell you a little story of how this garden came to be. When we bought a house last year, I failed to inquire about the summer weather, thinking it would be just as warm and clear as it was on our open house day. NOPE. Instead, I encountered summers full of chilly fog and harsh winds, much to the dismay of my aspiring green thumb.
May 4, 2019
How To Grow Garlic
Growing garlic is very easy and very rewarding. It grows well in small spaces, a perfect specimen for a container garden, and also prospers in large garden beds. It’s a staple on most weekly grocery lists and has amazing health benefits, plus it keeps those pesky vampires away, making it one of the most valuable plants in your garden. Find a sunny spot with well-drained, rich soil for your garlic, and it will be very happy and fruitful.
May 4, 2019
How To Grow Tomatoes
Tomatoes are one of the most popular garden plants out there, and for good reason. They are extremely easy to grow, and can be used in a wide variety of cuisines. And if you’ve ever plucked a sweet, juicy tomato straight out of the garden for a snack on a hot summer day, well, there’s just no going back. Tomatoes love sunshine and air—the two things almost everyone has access to.
May 4, 2019
How To Grow Strawberries
Strawberries are the quintessential summer fruit. Juicy, flavorful, and packed with vitamin C, they are a must-have for any summer garden. Organic berries can often be on the expensive side at the grocery store, so grow your own, cut down on packaging waste, and keep that extra cash in your pocket! Strawberries love the sun, they need at least 8-10 hours of direct sunlight each day, so keep that in mind when placing your containers, or tilling up your bed.
May 4, 2019
How to Make Kokedama: Hanging Gardens Perfect for Small Spaces
If you’ve never seen a kokedama—a Japanese moss ball—let me introduce you to the ultimate small-space garden. Floating in midair, these plants don’t take up surface space, or even wall space. Plus, you don’t have to shell out money for a pretty container, as each plant is contained in its own moss-covered pod and is suspended from the ceiling using inexpensive twine.
May 3, 2019
$45 Later, This Wall is The Best Thing in My New Backyard
Outdoor vertical container gardens don’t have to be fancy, self-watering affairs that cost hundreds of dollars. For under $50, I made a lush, cascading green wall for my new backyard. Not only is it a fantastic focal point that draws your eye, but it takes gardening to a whole new level. And this project couldn’t be simpler to pull off. This vertical garden couldn’t be easier to make, and adds so much life, color and dimension to my formerly flat wall.
May 3, 2019
Make These Fabric Clay Planters For All Your Cute Cacti
Lately, I’ve got the unshakeable urge to fill my home with plants. So, in order to accommodate my new green friends, I’ve molded up some clay planters that mimic the look of fabric for a cool sculptural effect. And just for good measure, I’ve added a contrasting lining to really help the clay fabric folds pop around the perimeter of the planter. Look complicated? Not in the least. Just roll out the clay; then drape it and bake it.
Apr 30, 2019
Build Your Own Bullet Planter
Do you want to add more plant life to your space while scratching your DIY itch? If you’re more of a handy-man and less of a green thumb, Ashley’s project is a great way to add a personal touch to your indoor garden.
Apr 30, 2019
DIY Moss Wreath
This gorgeous wreath perfectly straddles summer and fall, and is super easy to make. Set aside one hour and you can have earthy and welcoming door decor! Skill Level: Easy Time Required: 1 hour Project Cost: $25-30 (if you already have a glue gun) From Caitlin: An inspiring DIY wreath project you can enjoy anytime of year from the photographer and stylist, Caitlin Atkinson, and author of Plant Craft: 30 Projects that Add Natural Style to your Home.
Apr 30, 2019
Magic for Modern Life: An All-Natural Antidote to Negative Vibes at Home
If your home is feeling a bit stale, here’s a way to freshen it up and move forward with positive intentions. Burning herbs and flowers is a customizable twist on the incense you might remember from college. Choose your favorite blend of organic materials—based on their individual scents and properties—and create your own unique aromatherapy.
Apr 30, 2019
Backyard Oasis: How To Make Your Own Vertical Garden
Ready for your next weekend project? With summer slowly winding down, all I can think about is spending my evenings outdoor, whether in a friend’s backyard, a restaurant patio, or a city park. Patrick Davis, consultant by day, DIY carpenter by nights and weekends, has just the project to get your outdoor space ready for those early fall hangs. The best part? It only takes up a few square feet!
Apr 30, 2019
DIY Hanging Clay Air Plant Holder
With Spring in full bloom, it’s pretty tempting to bring some of the green inside. This elegant little plant holder can help make your dreams come true in under an hour. Amy walks us through this easy and lovely little project. Skill Level: Easy Time Required: 1 hour Project Cost: $5 Polymer Clay Clay Tools Clay rolling pin To create a marbled effect, use a small amount of four different colors. First, remove pieces from each color and start warming and kneading in your hand.
Apr 6, 2019
DIY Brass Hanging Planter
This adorable little brass tubing planter has been making its way around Pinterest lately —and for good reason. It’s just as fun as it is affordable and stands about 18″ tall so it’s a perfect addition to any small space! If you’ve yet to work with brass tubing, this is a fantastic intro project to get your feet wet.
Feb 24, 2019
Plant Love: Colorful DIY Boho Fringe Planter Makeover
Plant ladies – and gentlemen – unite! Every houseplant is unique, so shouldn’t their planters be unique, too? With some simple supplies, a spare hour or two, and an itch for creating cool color combos, you can easily craft a playful new look for all of your plants. The coiled cotton piping offers the ultimate neutral base for all of your favorite embroidery floss hues, and it makes this DIY perfect for pairing with all things textured, natural and bright.
Jul 17, 2017
A Super Sassy Makeover for Your Plant Pots
How cute are these planters?! If you’re looking for a way to shake up your succulents in an afternoon, this adorable project is calling your name. You need a cutting machine (need another reason to invest in one? check these projects out) but if you have one on hand, everything else is a cinch. Skill Level: Easy Time Required: 5 Minutes Project Cost: $10 Cricut or other cutting machine and cutting mat Weeding tool Transfer tape Vinyl scraps in black, red, or pink. Any color will do!
Mar 3, 2017
How to Make An ’80s-Inspired Patterned Tile Planter With 98¢ Tile
House plants are a great addition to any home and stylish planters make them even more part of your decor. We asked artist and surface designer Dana Finnigan to share her favorite method for making a handmade tile planter — which you can customize with your own pattern. Take it away Dana…. 10 x 10 cm Tiles (or, for U.S.
Sep 24, 2016
Try This Super-Simple DIY: Marbled and Ombre Concrete Planters
I’m a huge fan of the concrete and cement planter trend that’s been popping up on DIY blogs for a while now—but while painting the dull gray surface of standard concrete works, I knew there had to be a cooler way of coloring these little plant homes. After some research and hands-on testing, it turns out that the trick is starting with white concrete and stirring in powdered pigments. From there, the sky’s the limit. Marble them, create an ombre stack, go two-tone.
Jul 25, 2016
DIY Hanging Shower Planter
It’s no secret that we are huge plant proponents and Madalyn’s clever shower planter is a super fun way to add a little green to your bathroom.
Jan 16, 2016
Caring For Your Calathea Orbiofolia | The Plant Doctor
Caring For Your Calathea Orbiofolia | The Plant Doctor
Aug 28, 2019
How To Care For Your Snake Plant
How To Care For Your Snake Plant
Jan 23, 2020
9 Stylish House Plants (And How To Not Immediately Kill Them)
9 Stylish House Plants (And How To Not Immediately Kill Them)
May 5, 2017
5 Tips For Caring for Fiddle Leaf Figs
5 Tips For Caring for Fiddle Leaf Figs
Dec 22, 2017
House Tours: Two Dogs, Two People, and 175 Plants Share 750 Square Feet
House Tours: Two Dogs, Two People, and 175 Plants Share 750 Square Feet
Mar 22, 2019
The Plant Doctor: Routine Maintenance
The Plant Doctor: Routine Maintenance
Aug 22, 2019
The Plant Doctor: Cactus Care Made Easy
The Plant Doctor: Cactus Care Made Easy
Sep 13, 2018
How To Care For Succulents
How To Care For Succulents
Apr 24, 2018
Craft Therapy: Magnetic Plant Wall with Jennifer Stagg
Craft Therapy: Magnetic Plant Wall with Jennifer Stagg
May 15, 2019
The Plant Doctor: Loving Your ZZ Plant
The Plant Doctor: Loving Your ZZ Plant
Apr 3, 2019
The Plant Doctor: Common Plant Questions Answered
The Plant Doctor: Common Plant Questions Answered
Mar 29, 2019
The Plant Doctor: Triostar Plant Care
The Plant Doctor: Triostar Plant Care
Mar 20, 2019
The Plant Doctor: Your Plant Starter Kit
The Plant Doctor: Your Plant Starter Kit
Mar 15, 2019
The Plant Doctor: Ceramic Vs. Plastic Pots
The Plant Doctor: Ceramic Vs. Plastic Pots
Feb 22, 2019
The Plant Doctor: Mistify Your Plants
The Plant Doctor: Mistify Your Plants
Mar 1, 2019
The Plant Doctor: Loving Your Fiddle Leaf Fig 2.0
The Plant Doctor: Loving Your Fiddle Leaf Fig 2.0
Feb 14, 2019
The Plant Doctor: Guide to Watering Plants
The Plant Doctor: Guide to Watering Plants
Jan 23, 2019
The Plant Doctor: Loving Your Rubber Plant
The Plant Doctor: Loving Your Rubber Plant
Jan 18, 2019
The Plant Doctor: Pet Friendly Tips For Your Plants
The Plant Doctor: Pet Friendly Tips For Your Plants
Jan 8, 2019
The Plant Doctor: Repotting The Right Way
The Plant Doctor: Repotting The Right Way
Dec 13, 2018
The Plant Doctor: Why You Should Rotate Your Plants
The Plant Doctor: Why You Should Rotate Your Plants
Nov 29, 2018
The Plant Doctor: Caring For Your Fiddle Leaf Fig
The Plant Doctor: Caring For Your Fiddle Leaf Fig
Nov 14, 2018
The Plant Doctor: A Guide To Hanging Plants
The Plant Doctor: A Guide To Hanging Plants
Oct 16, 2018
The Plant Doctor: Loving Your Rubber Plants
The Plant Doctor: Loving Your Rubber Plants
Oct 11, 2018
The Plant Doctor: Loving Your Air Plants
The Plant Doctor: Loving Your Air Plants
Oct 4, 2018
The Plant Doctor: Loving Your Strings Of Pearls
The Plant Doctor: Loving Your Strings Of Pearls
Sep 27, 2018
Hard-to-Kill Micro Plants from Tierra Sol Studio
Hard-to-Kill Micro Plants from Tierra Sol Studio
Jul 16, 2018
5 Plants That Can Survive In The (Almost) Dark
5 Plants That Can Survive In The (Almost) Dark
Jun 15, 2018
Can You Spot The Real Monstera Leaf?
Can You Spot The Real Monstera Leaf?
Mar 8, 2018