How To: Create a Tabletop Garden
Create a potted centerpiece that brings spring indoors.
How To: Grow Pips in a Pocket
Cultivate the essence of spring in a pocket pot by growing fragrant lily-of-the-valley weeks ahead of the usual gardening season.house where you can enjoy your blooms, or place it outside if weather permits .
How To: Quickly Age Garden Pots
Give plain terra-cotta garden pots weathered style with our three easy techniques.with our three easy techniques. Before starting, wipe the pots with a damp cloth to remove any debris. The first project uses garden lime to create a mottled finish. Gather the following materials. Combine one cup of garden lime with one cup of water in the glass jar . Secure the lid and shake to mix the garden lime and water. Remove the lid and stir the mixture with a paint
How To: Plant a Cottage Garden in a Pot
A colorful cottage garden in a big container will thrive throughout the summer. Plant a pot with some of our favorite flowers and herbs, or simply use what’s available in your garden.tuck the Gomphrena and variegated oregano into the front of the pot. Water well and enjoy your colorful new creation.
How To: Doodle on Ceramics
Plain white ceramic kitchen accessories are inexpensive, readily available and perfect for embellishing with paint pens. Be sure to have the following materials on hand before starting. Trace or draw a pattern onto white paper and cut around the outside of the pattern. Cut a piece of transfer paper slightly larger than the area to be doodled, and tape it to the surface. Tape the pattern over the transfer paper. Using a pencil, firmly trace the pattern lines to transfer the design to the surface of the ceramics. Remove the pattern and the transfer paper. Using a paint pen, trace the lines and let dry. Cure the paint by baking the piece in the oven, following the manufacturer's instructions.following materials on hand before starting. Trace or draw a pattern onto white paper and cut around the outside of the pattern. Cut a piece of transfer paper slightly larger than the area to be doodled,
How To: Create a Cracked-Pot Garden
Turn broken pots into unique container gardens! Start by gathering the following materials. Firmly press potting mix into the base of your cracked pot, filling along the broken edge in front and building higher at the back. Gently separate clumps of plants and arrange them at the lowest point of the pot, overlapping the edge. Carefully press the roots onto the potting mix, and backfill behind them. Add more plants and soil as desired, pressing soil firmly into place. Place a large shard inside the pot, putting the broken edge at the base of the topmost plants to create a small retaining wall. Press the shard firmly into place, taking care not to cut the plant roots. Backfill with more potting mix, pressing it firmly into place. Continue adding plants and broken pot pieces as desired. Carefully press root balls, shards and soil into place, taking care to fill in edges and gaps to eliminate air pockets. When placing a small whole pot upright, anchor it by inserting a bamboo skewer through the drainage hole. If the skewer sticks out above the upright pot, cut it off with shears or clippers. Place a plant in the pot and press soil mix firmly around the edges of the root ball. A few strategically placed river rocks or pebbles will help hold shards, soil and plants in place while adding accents. Finally, water thoroughly with a gentle stream; this helps settle everything into place. Water once or twice per week thereafter.the following materials. Firmly press potting mix into the base of your cracked pot , filling along the broken edge in front and building higher at the back. Gently separate clumps of plants and arrange them at the lowest point of the pot, overlapping the edge. Carefully press the roots onto the potting mix, and backfill behind them. Add more plants and soil as desired, pressing soil firmly into place. Place a large shard inside the pot, putting the broken edge at the base of the topmost plants to create a small retaining wall . Press the shard firmly into place, taking care not to cut the plant roots. Backfill with more potting mix, pressing it firmly
How To: Create a Spring Floral Centerpiece
A combination of spring-fresh branches and bulbs creates a uniquely charming centerpiecevintage washtub, but any large container will work. Next, arrange three small pots planted with flowering bulbs such as these pink hyacinths. The floral foam will stabilize the post in the tub. Insert flowering branches (such as pussy willow or quince) into the foam to stand around the perimeter of the tub. Finish the trellis like cage by tying the tips of all the branches together at the top using twine or ribbon. Cover the base of the arrangement with preserved moss. Set your beautiful display in a place out of direct sunlight for weeks of enjoyment.
How To: Make a Garden Chandelier
Create a unique garden chandelier, using a shallow tray, canning jars, votive candles, moss, a flowerpot, rope, chain, and birdseed.use just about any shallow tray, pan or basket found at a flea market or in the corner of your garage. Before you start to assemble the chandelier, youâll need 12 quart-size canning jars along with 12 votive candles; a bag of sheet moss; a 6-inch-wide flowerpot without a drainage hole; four 3-foot lengths of linkinterior of the basket with a layer of sheet moss. Place the canning jars around the edge of the basket, and tuck small pieces of sheet moss between them for stabilization. Place the flowerpot in the center. Filling it with a fresh arrangement. Finish your chandelier by filling the canning jars one-quarter full of birdseed, placing a votive candle in each one. Itâs finally time to hang the chandelier, light the candles and
How To: Create a Succulent Arrangement
A cake stand and some florist’s moss provide a simple foundation for this stunning succulent display that works great as a centerpiece.
How To: Make Hand Pies
Hand pies pack all the flavor of traditional fruit pies into a cute, portable package. They’re perfect for picnics and potlucks.to cut circles from the pastry. Set the circles on a parchment-lined baking sheet . For round pies, spoon 2 big tablespoons of fruit into the center of the circle. Now letâs brush the edge around the