A solid fence screen is sometimes all it takes to keep the peace. You know the proverb: the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence! Well, our house in the burbs has a wooden fence that surrounds it. It’s great that it defines the boundaries, but it’s not so great for privacy. As you can see by the picture below, we have a distracting view of our neighbour’s pool in the back yard. No grass – just a cool, refreshing, inviting pool that we don’t have access to 🙂 As if the sightline isn’t bad enough, noise transference is an issue too. Continue reading
With spring on the horizon, it’s time to reshape a pom pom topiary and start puttering in the garden again! Continue reading
A container garden is a great way to beautify a small outdoor space. Today I have some tips on planting and on how to find supplies on the cheap. If you really want to get a jump on next year, plan in the Fall. That’s when you’ll find the bargains. Continue reading
We’re showing you how to train clematis now for beautiful blooms by summer! If you train clematis right, it will reward you with lots of beautiful blooms! Isn’t that what we all want in the garden?
Today I’m bringing back a popular post from last year, our Front Porch Privacy Screen, but showing you more detail of the process. Continue reading
Hubs always wanted to create a DIY indoor water fountain. Specifically one of those floating water features where the tap is magically suspended above a watering can. He bought some of the supplies, but that’s as far as he got. When I stumbled on his stash, I decided to order a pump so I could make it for him. Continue reading
Who doesn’t love a good throw down? Several year ago we had the opportunity to take part in the Ontario Science Centre (OSC) Muskoka chair challenge (or Adirondack chair as our neighbours to the south call it)! The objective: to create a unique Muskoka chair that would appeal to OSC visitors during the summer months. Continue reading
A backyard pond DIY is the ultimate in tranquility.
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, we’re building 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: Continue reading
The rock garden, part two of Low Maintenance Gardening is another phase of our dry creek bed project. Continue reading
A dry creek bed is our first phase of our low maintenance garden project. After finishing the 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 – is the sustainable way to go! Continue reading
Want to get rid of slugs on hostas? Read on to find out how to use copper blocker!
This post kicks off a 3-part series on low-maintenance/sustainable gardening. The side of our house doesn’t get a lot of sun, so we planted shade tolerant hostas and ground cover to fill in that area and crowd out weeds and aid in water conservation. The hostas have filled in beautifully over the years, but by mid summer they are all torn to shreds and have more holes than swiss cheese. Continue reading
The Muskoka chair throw down is on! So you’re here to find out how we did in this friendly competition? Continue reading