I have to say that hypertufa planter chairs are my all time favourite DIY upcycle project for the garden! What could be better than a ‘seat cushion’ made of succulents? You may recall the metal chair we upcylced for our back garden and turned into a planter (similar to the one shown below).
If you read our previous post on how to create a small water feature to add curb appeal to your front garden, you’ll know that we were just warming up for our next pond – a zen water feature! That first little pond in the front was just a practice run for this bigger one we built in our backyard:
When we finished installing a patio in our backyard, we were left with a lonely patch of grass in the back corner. It didn’t really make sense to get out a lawn mower every week to mow such a small area; not to mention how awkward it would be to maneuver it past our patio set! More importantly, not using electricity to cut the grass – or water to keep it green – was the sustainable way to go!
Our solution was to install a dry creek bed and rock garden to replace the grass (you’ll see how to build the rock garden in Part 2). There’s nothing more rewarding than putting some sweat equity into building a sustainable garden when the outcome is this gorgeous!
There’s nothing more calming than the tranquil sound of water trickling from a water feature and I can’t think of a better way to great guests to the house than having one right by the front door!
Now that Spring is here, it’s a great time to start thinking about adding some curb appeal by installing a pond. Ready made ponds are a great convenience. Here’s one we installed on one side of our front walkway. Following below is a complete tutorial with the lowdown on how we did it!
Daylight savings time is only a few days away so it’s time to start building trellises and privacy screens. With Spring on the horizon, I find myself thinking about outdoor projects! When you live in a suburban neighbourhood, where the houses are packed in like sardines, it leaves a lot to be desired in terms of privacy.
If you build a trellis this spring, you could have a lush green look – and more privacy – by summer!
Like the nursery rhyme, Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, How Does Your Garden Grow?, there’s more to landscaping a backyard than meets the eye. The ‘silver bells’ and ‘cockle shells’ referred to in the rhyme were colloquialisms for instruments of torture. In a lot of ways, landscaping is much the same way—full of torture! So I’m officially calling this DIY project ‘the Mother (Nature) of All Projects’.
If you live in a teeny tiny house on a teeny tiny suburban lot like us, you’ve got to use every trick in the book to make your spaces feel more expansive than they really are. What better way to do that than with mirror? Mirror isn’t just for indoor spaces; it can be a piece de resistance in the great outdoors too.
This faux finish DIY mirror and shelf idea did just the trick for our little garden.