10 Creative DIY Bird Feeders

April 22, 2014 Dan Ashbach 1

I love songbirds, and I have several feeders in my yard. But I get bored with the same old stuff you find at the box stores… I love the idea of making your own bird feeders because it’s an easy project even for beginners, and also because I think…

DIY Concrete Patio Cover-Ups

April 18, 2014 Dan Ashbach 0

I pretty much hate plain concrete patios. But let’s face it, most of us have ‘em. They are boring and just plain… well, plain. A couple of seasons ago we stained one of our concrete patios, and that was a good solution. But I’m always on the…

Cover Your Outdoor Space With Shade Sails

April 12, 2014 Dan Ashbach 1

Steve and I were looking for an outdoor patio cover that was a little different, and that didn’t require major construction either. We found it in shade sails. Popular in Europe for quite awhile, they are catching on in the US quickly because of their…

Outdoor Planter Projects

April 11, 2014 Dan Ashbach 0

With every new growing season comes the need for outdoor planters… and we’ve rounded up some unique planter tutorials for every gardener, whether you want a traditional window box, or an up-cycled art piece. These outdoor planter projects all have…

How to Dry Your Herbs

April 9, 2014 Dan Ashbach 1

Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we’re sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun. Today: See those piles of herbs overflowing at the market? Take them home, and dry them in anticipation of…

Spicy Basil Bloody Mary Mix

April 6, 2014 Dan Ashbach 0

It’s always more fun to DIY. Every week, we’ll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home. Today: Phoebe Lapine from Feed Me Phoebe turns fresh summertime tomatoes into a Bloody Mary mix that…

Outdoor Room Ideas

April 1, 2014 Dan Ashbach 0

The garden is an extension of your home, so there is no reason you can’t give just as much attention to your outdoor rooms as you do your indoor ones! Just remember to look at your outdoor room in the same way…floor, walls, ceiling, furniture and…

DIY Garden Swings

March 30, 2014 Dan Ashbach 2

The garden season is upon us, and what better way to spend time in a garden than in a DIY garden swing? Make it yourself and save money, but better still, customize it to your style and needs. Many of these projects repurpose supplies, and most are…

Plotting Your Way to the Garden

March 21, 2014 Dan Ashbach 0

This is the fourth in our biweekly series from Amy Pennington — urban farmer, founder of GoGo Green Garden, and author of Urban Pantry and Apartment Gardening — on how to start growing your own food, no matter how tiny your garden-to-be is. Today…

Herbal Teas to Grow and Drink

March 20, 2014 Dan Ashbach 0

Every week, a DIY expert spares us a trip to the grocery store and shows us how to make small batches of great foods at home. This week, Margo True, editor of Sunset magazine and The Sunset Cookbook, shares with us the simplicity of home-grown herbal…

DIY Drip Irrigation System Costs Less than $10!

March 20, 2014 Dan Ashbach 0

Selected from Blue Living Ideas. by Heather Carr If you’ve ever come home from work and found your lovely garden wilted, this DIY drip irrigation system might be just the thing for you. Best of all, it costs less than $10. There are a lot of drip…

One Day Backyard Projects

March 19, 2014 Dan Ashbach 0

Most of us are really busy, and if we end up spending several weekends in the yard finishing projects, they tend to not get finished. I like simple, and fast for most of the DIY projects I do…probably because, if you ask Steve, I have an issue with…

DIY Raised Garden Beds

March 18, 2014 Dan Ashbach 0

Growing season is creeping nearer, and we all are looking at our garden beds from last year in the harsh light of winters lack of plant cover…and possible being disappointed by their condition. Have you considered using raised beds this year? Raised…

DIY Lighting: 46 Upcycled Lamp and Lighting Projects

March 13, 2014 Dan Ashbach 1

Need some lamp or lighting ideas? We have 46 DIY lighting projects that you’ll love! Lighting is essential to every single room in your home. It sets the mood and the atmosphere for that space. The problem? New lighting from big box stores can be…

DIY Mini Gardens

March 10, 2014 Dan Ashbach 3

If you’ve been inside a nursery any time recently, or spent any time on Pinterest, you’ve probably seen some version of a miniature garden. Mini gardens are a whole cottage industry now, with classes and clubs and a cult like following. (In a good…