what kind of gardening crafts do you recommend?

I’m wanting to do some gardening crafts this spring and the only thing i can think of to do is some stepping stones (i know how to do these). I don’t have a lot of money to spend, but i’m wanting cute,easy and cheap ideas to help spruce up my yard.
thanks for your input!

little homemade signs made out of scrap lumber are really cool that say things like Please dont eat the daisey’s or Welcome friends or You can find me in the garden or peck peck here peck peck there my feathered friends are everywhere or rise and shine it’s flower time oh there are so many I make a few homade clay pots to they are cheep and they last for a few years you would be surprised what you can do with a few bottles of craft paint and a old tooth brush or even a sponge you just have to play and have FUN-OH and I like bird houses too!

03 Planting Cauliflower, Cabbage & Potatoes in No-till Beds

March – Planting Cauliflower, Cabbage and Potatoes in No-till Beds. Includes cleaning bed, making holes, fertilizing, adding micorizzal fungi to potatoes, mulching and watering. The tone of this video seems to have the kind of tone that i like to have inside while gardening. Peaceful and open. One of many videos that will follow the gardening season chronologically in Kansas City. We hope that people can follow along and work in their own gardens.

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Trash Picked 5.5 HP Craftsman Mulching Lawnmower

I found this during the city flood cleanup. The pull cord was snapped, the gasoline was waterlogged, and the oil was chocolate milk brown. After an oil change, fuel system flush, and a recoil repair it runs great!

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How much would you charge a person for weeding their garden? Simple weeding, not big landscaping.?

Looking to add a little more income by doing something outside that’s simple and to me, relaxing. That’s weeding gardens / areas for folks who either don’t have the time, energy or ability to weed, but want to have ‘neat’ gardens. No clue how much to charge…Thoughts?

Highway has a good answer …if you want high end customers.. it hurts the whole industry when people who don’t have to support a whole company go in and do work for very cheap… but you could do it for the elderly/disabled for around $10-$15 per hour.. or get a job with a landscape/lawn company; most of them need someone to do weekly rounds of weed pulling on their accounts… I know I need someone like that.. so, if you are anywhere near GB, WI get in touch with me.

Mulch, How many bags of mulch that you buy at the store are in a yard?

We used 25 to 30 bags of mulch in my mother’s yard this year. My husband buys it by the yard (loose) and brings it to our house in the back of a truck. I am trying to compare the price to see which is more economical. I just need to know how many bags are in a yard.

The cubic feet volume should be printed on the bag somewhere.

There are 27 cubic feet in a cubic yard, so if the bag is 3 cubic feet you need 9 bags to make a yard. If the bags are 1.5 cubic feet, you need 18 of them.

It is almost always more economical to buy by the truckload.


How can I make money off of my superior gardening ability?

I don’t have enough land to own a farm or any large scale cultivation project. My original idea was to grow bonsai trees, but a 4 year old tree goes for $20. I don’t see how anyone in the world can make any sustainable income off of that.

I can grow anything from cacti to flowers to a full blown tree (don’t have enough space for a tree).

Any ideas on how I can turn my gardening ability into a business?

You didn’t say how much space you do have but you might consider herbs. Many of them don’t take a lot of space and fresh ones are very popular.

Building Mom’s garden (2nd upload!)

I agreed to build my Mom a garden this year for Mothers Day.

So I utilized both sheet mulching methods and again, incorporated ideas from the “lasagna gardening” concept.

The cool thing about this sort of garden is that while initial input is great, it will be self sustaining and will require only very little maintenance in the years to come.

Not to mention, it is going to be prime for this sort of climate with water issues!

So, if you haven’t already noticed, I’m quite obsessed with mulching.I have my reasons,
1. is water
2. is that I’m trying to create a habitat that is conducive towards beneficial microbes and insects which are in fact going to be doing the work of maintaining high quality soil for my plants.

There is a misconception that fertilizers are what cause your plants to grow. In fact, there is a symbiotic relationship present between the insects and microbes and fungus and plants, they are all interconnected and share with one another the benefits of each others toil. So you want to encourage their growth and proliferation!

Mulch gives them a refuge from the harsh rays of the sun, and allows them to work during the day. Biofilm’s are matrix like structures built from the living processes of bacteria. These have the ability to transform a soil’s PH and increase it’s water retaining capabilities. It is all so very fascinating!
Mulch is also food for microorganisms and insects and fungi. The Earth worms often visit the surface of the soil in an attempt to forage for organic matter which is in part a large portion of their diet.
In doing so, they constantly aerate and till the soil for you! But they aren’t going to be doing that sort of work unless they have incentive, (i.e. Food and Shelter) so, you provide them with both and walla! Micro-tillers do the sort of work your rototiller will never get done.

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Survival Gardening Part 1 peak oil, food storage, TSHTF

In a new series of video we discuss and will show methods of gardening “when it counts.” The first 3 short videos detail some of the pitfalls and perils to the common survival/preparedness thinking of “when my storage food runs out I’ll just grow a garden.” Intermixed throughout the first three videos are also invaluable tips on gardening and food production for the homestead, survival retreat or backyard in suburbia. The first step in planning to truly grow your own food is to recognize the factors working AGAINST you, so you can plan accordingly. If your interested in being able to feed yourself from your own labor either now or after an economic collapse, peak oil, etc. then you should view these video.


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Survival Gardening Basics Part 1

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Pine Bark Mulch

Mulching is an essential part of good garden practices. And if you’ve ever done any landscaping around your home, you know that a generous layer of mulch around your plants can give your garden a nice finished look. But it’s about a lot more than just looks.
Mulch is very functional. It can keep moisture in and weeds out. And with the fall and winter ahead, it can offer your plants some measure of protection. I’ve actually brought things through that weren’t regarded as cold hardy by putting an extra layer of mulch on them.
Now there is a whole range of mulches to choose from – various kinds of straws, wood chips, even newspapers. But what I like to use in my flowerbeds is a ground up pine bark. I like it because it looks natural in my garden. And while eventually it will decompose and work itself into the soil, because it’s a bark, it’s very durable. Let me explain what I mean by this.
You see, the outer covering or bark of a tree acts as a protective layer. It’s actually waterproof and it’s made waterproof by waxes and suberant, which don’t exist in the core of the tree. So it just makes sense that bark products will be longer lasting in your flowerbed.
The longevity of bark as a mulch has actually been studied and found that it only decomposed by about thirty percent having been on the ground for up to two years. Of course the larger the chip, the longer it lasts. If you’re looking for something very long lasting, you might give bark a try.
From the garden, I’m Allen Smith.
Copyright: 1997
P. Allen Smith Gardens
Hortus LTD.

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