Plant a Garden in a Wheelbarrow

Hey! Plant a garden in a wheelbarrow! If you’re someone who gardens, I bet you have an old wheelbarrow sitting in the shed or garage. Put it to use. It’s so easy to create a garden to grow edible greens.

Materials required:

  • Drill and drill bit that makes quarter-sized holes
  • Screen (like the kind you put on windows) big enough to fit along the bottom of the wheelbarrow bowl
  • Rocks (gravel-size / dime-size)
  • Garden soil
  • Seeds for greens (e.g., lettuce, spinach, etc)

garden in a wheelbarrowAll materials can be found at your local home improvement store.

Instructions:

  1. Drill holes (drill from the top) into the deep area of the wheelbarrow bowl. Since most water will collect at that end, it’s important to drill the most holes there (spaced out). I drilled 4-5 holes. I only drilled 2 holes (spaced out) in the sloped area of the bowl.
  2. Cut your piece of screen to fit the bottom of the bowl.
  3. Add the gravel. A shallow layer.
  4. Add the garden soil.
  5. Use a stick to create shallow furrows and plant your seeds.
  6. Water.

Keep the soil moist for a few days (don’t over-water though). I used a water jug with a “shower-head” spout to water, and I watered the soil every morning before I went to work. In about 7 days, I saw the first hint of green.

We’ve had a lot of rain lately, so I haven’t had to water, but if I did I would keep the schedule I mentioned above.

I can’t wait to make a salad with fresh greens straight from my wheelbarrow garden.

Oh, you may have noticed the white, plastic pickets. I added those to keep the cats out of the wheelbarrow. I also cover the wheelbarrow with extra screen. Cats love anything box-like – either to sleep in or do their business in. Darn cats!

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DIY Bird Feeders – How to Make a Bird Feeder

With the weather cooling in many parts of the country (I’m still waiting here in Texas, but it will happen eventually.), it’s time to think about our feathered friends. Construct one of these DIY Bird Feeders and make it a little easier for birds to find nutrition.

I think all of the examples are elegant. These bird feeders will not only make the birds happy, you’ll enjoy them too. Who doesn’t like watching birds in their garden? I bet you also know someone who would appreciate one of these for their garden. Make one as a Christmas gift. That’s what I’m thinking of doing. I have wine bottles on hand, so I’m leaning toward that design. I also have terracotta pots that I could re-purpose. All of these great designs use recycled materials.

DIY Bird Feeders – How to Make a Bird Feeder

Here’s your key to the DIY Bird Feeders:

  1. DIY Bird Feeder using a Melamine Bowl and Plate
  2. DIY Wine Bottle Bird Feeders
  3. DIY Bird Feeder from a Flower Pot
  4. DIY Tea Cup Bird Feeder
  5. DIY Tea Cup Hanging Bird Feeder
  6. DIY Acorn Bird Feeder (site unavailable as of June 2014)

DIY Bird Feeders for the Kids

If you want a project you can work on with the kids, consider Bird Seed Feeders.

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Spring Gardening – Make Origami Paper Pots

I love spring. I take pleasure in seeing my garden mature. I also enjoy watching seeds turn to plants. I’m like a kid; I check my little paper pots everyday to see if a seed has sprouted. If ever there were something to be considered a miracle – it is a beautiful plant born from a seed no bigger than a pin’s head.

This year, I started my seeds in origami paper pots. I was inspired by a  very informative video for constructing paper pots for seedlings. The great thing is when the plants have matured enough to endure the elements, I can plant the entire pot. The paper will dissolve. Making these seed pots is a pleasant project to work on while watching TV.

Recycle Paper for Seed Pots
My origami seed pots with plant markers.
Seedlings in origami seed pots
Sprouts are beginning to appear for poppies, money plant, and basil. I anticipate more sprouts for other plants in a few days.

Other good things are already growing in the garden.

The beginning of a rhubarb plant. I have two of these plants underway. I can’t wait for pie! Me oh my!

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you planted an onion that sprouted in your refrigerator?

I planted the onion. It will make beautiful ornamental flowers and the leaves can be trimmed and used in salads or recipes calling for green onions. Don’t expect baby onions though!

I grow an abundance of herbs (rosemary, thyme, onion and garlic chives, two varieties of mint, bergamot, etc.). Here is a view of a sage plant. I let it blossom so that the bees can enjoy it. I plant for myself and for the bees which need all the help they can get these days. Purple and blue flowers are most attractive to bees.

Sage is a wonderful herb and it will seed itself in other places in your garden. You’ll be surprised where it will show up.

A garden is incomplete without flowering plants.

I have no idea what this plant is, but it’s in my garden because I liked its little bell-like flowers.
A view of herbs. A butterfly plant rests in the foreground.
Tommy sits at the end of the garden path.