Spring Gardening – Grow Your Gardens + HM #223

Tips and ideas for Spring gardening! Grow your garden. Plus, link up @ Home Matters w/ recipes, DIY decor, more. #Gardening #SpringGarden #HomeMattersParty

Spring Gardening – Grow Your Gardens + HM #223

I am not sure there is anything that saySpring more than a beautiful garden! Whether is is flowers, bushes, or vegetables seeing the ground come back to life is a spectacular view. We love to garden (with 23 rose bushes, we’d better! LOL). You can find lots of other garden tips on this blog. Since spring is getting ready to spring, the gals of Home Matters want you to be prepared. Enjoy!


Gardening Beginners: 11 Tips for a Successful Start from Sarah @ The Free Range Life


Spring Garden Prep + FREE Printable Planting Notebook from KristiHomestead Wishing


15 Vegetable Seeds to Plant in March from Tiffany The Imperfectly Happy Home


Lilac Bushes – How to Plant Healthy Shrubs from Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai


Spring Gardening – Grow Your Gardens Blog Hop

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10 Beautiful Container Garden Ideas

A collection of 10 beautiful container garden ideas that you’re sure to love! Popular planters for versatility, space, lovely to make any setting a garden!

Well, folks, I have a right-hand crush injury. So, I am incredibly thankful to my friend, Michelle, for putting together this awesome guest post for me. Do be sure to stop by her lovely blog, Our Crafty Mom.

10 Beautiful Container Garden Ideas

Get creative and turn any space into a garden!


Hi! I’m Michelle from Our Crafty Mom and I’m happy to be guest posting at Life With Lorelai today. With Spring in full swing and Summer on its way, I put together a collection of 10 beautiful container garden ideas that I am sure you will just love! One reason I think container gardens are so popular is they are so versatile. You don’t need to have a huge space for container gardens and they look lovely in all kinds of settings. Let’s take a look at these gorgeous ideas from some of your favorite home and garden bloggers.

House of Hawthornes-Creative Container Garden Ideas

Duke Manor Farm-Knock Out Roses Container Garden

Flourish and Knot-Pretty Planters

Duct Tape and Denim-Patio Garden With Succulents

Rain on a Tin Roof-Tips and Tricks Container Garden

Nourish and Nestle-Container Gardening

Michelle James Designs-Creating Pretty Outdoor Spaces

Our Southern Home-Container Garden Ideas

Empress of Dirt-Succulent Garden Ideas

Penny’s Vintage Home-Junk Garden

So many different options, but all beautiful! I hope you enjoyed this post and I look forward to visiting with you at Our Crafty Mom. Have a great day!

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Potted Plants Keep Your Deck Colorful And Festive

Keep gardening through the autumn and winter months with potted plants. get ideas for colorful and festive ways to make your deck a garden to enjoy. Find out how from our regular contributor, Megan Wild.

Potted Plants

Keep Your Deck Colorful and Festive

Just because the autumn weather has set in doesn’t mean you have to put away your gardening tools until next year. In fact, there are actually loads of ideas to keep your deck looking bright and festive throughout the winter. With colorful, creative and decorative planters and the right choice of greenery, it can even be an activity for the whole family to enjoy.

Setting the Stage for Your Perfect Garden

Before you run out and buy out all the potted plants at your local greenhouse, make sure you’ve prepared your deck space properly. This can entail making sure the decking is properly sealed and prepared to handle multiple planters that will be watered periodically. Without adequately sealing, the constant watering of greenery on your deck can trap moisture in the wood and eventually cause the wood to rot.

To cut down on water use and make your garden more sustainable over the winter months, consider incorporating rain barrels or a rain garden to catch water runoff. This will be especially helpful during months when the snow melts and the spring thaw begins. You can also do research on which native plants in your area require less watering and can withstand heartier temperatures.

Now that you’ve prepped your space and have your plant ideas in mind, here are five easy and fun ideas to make your deck space vibrant and colorful for the autumn into the winter.

  1. Personalize Your Planter

Make it a family affair and repurpose an old cardboard letter to fill with your favorite plants in the shape of your family’s last name. Each member of the family can pick out their favorite addition to the planter, making it perfectly unique to your garden deck.

  1. Choose Bold Colors

One of the best things about fall plants is you have a great variety of succulents that have deep, rich colors of wines, greens and golds. Check this great list of thrillers, fillers and spillers so you have the best variety to put into your planter. They are sure to be eye-catching.

  1. Recycle Materials to Create a Unique Look

You can really make a statement and give new life to different materials by getting a little creative with your planter choices. For example, an old red wagon is great for succulents and will give your deck a fun conversation piece — and maybe a new purpose for old toys no longer in service.

  1. Get a Little Rustic With Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed wood is such a versatile material and is another way to breathe new life into used materials. You can build your own reclaimed wood planter, or even put together a great little end table to display your recently potted bright chrysanthemums and deep Heucherella sweet tea. Make it fun for the kids too and add in a painting activity for the boards. You can personalize them each or just use solid colors — it’ll be a fun decision to make together.

  1. Utilize All Your Space

Even if you have a small deck space to work with, you can still find ways to have a great garden and utilize your available space. Grow bags are a great way to do this. They are a vertical way to grow anything from herbs to flowers and can add a homey look to any deck, especially in an urban setting.

Whether you’ve got a large or small space to work with, there are great options out there to make your deck garden unique and colorful. You can also do so while keeping the environment in mind with sustainable watering systems and responsible plant choice. And finally, it’s also an activity that can be fun for the whole family.



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How-To Create A Terrarium For Your Home

There is just something wonderful about having plants indoors, isn’t there? Well, regular contributor, Megan Wild, is here to show us an easy way to create a terrarium for your home.


How to Create a Terrarium for Your Home

An Easy DIY  to Beautify Your Home

If you’re a lover of the environment, it’s not as difficult as you might think to bring a little slice of nature into your home. Even the smallest apartment has room for a miniature garden, and the idea is actually pretty trendy these days.

Regular contact with nature is shown to help us de-stress and chill out, and having plants around can provide some of those same effects in indoor spaces. Not only that, but plant life can also improve the quality of your indoor air. Plus, this is a great activity for date night or an activity that can easily fit into your staycation schedule if you’re trying to stay within a budget.

So how do you bring a garden into your apartment, especially if it’s small? One cool way is by creating your own terrarium, a glass container for plants that is easy to put together and even easier to take care of.

Choose a Container

Before you gather your other materials, begin by deciding on a glass container. You can purchase one from a craft or antique store, or just use whatever interesting container you might have lying around. Fishbowls, old coffee pots, mason jars and clear vases are all viable options.

Consider whether you’d prefer an open terrarium or one sealed with a lid. Sealed terrariums are unique in that they have the potential to house a small-scale water system. The transparent glass lets in light and heat, which evaporates the water inside and causes it to condense on the walls of the container. Eventually this water will rain back down onto the plants and repeat the cycle.

What Kind of Plants Should You Use?

You really can’t go wrong with any type of plant as long as it’s small enough to fit inside your container. Make sure it won’t grow too tall!

Remember that different types of plants will need different amounts of water and different varieties of soil. Do a bit of research before you begin to put your terrarium together.

Make Your Own Terrarium

You will need the following materials:

  • Glass container
  • Small plants
  • Stones, pebbles, sand, glass chunks or aquarium gravel for drainage
  • Crushed activated charcoal to keep soil fresh
  • Soil
  • Optional landscaping pieces such as moss or decorative figures

  1. Prepare Your Container

Before you start filling your container with materials, it’s important to plan out your arrangement. Consider how your plants will fit inside and make sure they’re not overcrowded. You’ll probably want some negative space to fit in some decoration pieces.

Are you planning to hang your terrarium? If so, make sure to set up the proper hooks so that your terrarium is secure. Make sure to choose a spot that is sunny, such as next to a window. You should also thoroughly wash your container so there isn’t any unwanted residue that could potentially harm your plants or damage your soil.

  1. Add Drainage Layers

The bottom layer of your terrarium should be made up of rocks or sand. The exact amount will vary depending on the size of your container, but typically an inch or two will suffice.

This layer allows water to flow through the soil and into the bottom of the container to keep your plants from drowning.

  1. Add Charcoal

Activated charcoal can be found in gardening stores, in pet supply stores as a supplement for aquarium filters or online. It can come in shards or in powder form – either type will work for your terrarium.

Use enough to create a layer that covers your drainage layer. The charcoal reduces bacteria and fungi and keeps your soil healthy and smelling fresh.

  1. Add Soil

The type and amount of soil you should use will vary based on the types of plants with which you are working.

If you are replanting store-bought plants, your soil layer should be approximately as high as the pots your plants came in.

  1. Plant

Break up any large clumps of soil clinging to your plants’ roots. If your plants have multiple stems, you can choose to break them up into multiple smaller parts – just be gentle!

Use scissors, pruning shears or a sharp knife to trim and loosen the roots if they are particularly long.

Dig out a space in the soil to bury the roots, avoiding letting them touch the edges of the container if you can. This gives them more space to expand as your plant grows.

  1. Decorate

Finally, feel free to add a personal touch to your miniature garden. Moss or other groundcover can add a more natural touch, but you can also incorporate little toys and figurines, more stones or pretty much anything you can think of. Be creative!

That’s all there is to it. With a little bit of work, you can bring the beauty and benefits of a natural garden into your apartment or home.



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DIY Wooden Garden Sign

Hi! I am so glad to be back at Life With Lorelai today. I don’t know about you, but we have had a couple of nice weather days in a row. I was busy today cleaning up my back yard. I have wanted a wooden garden sign for my “new” old garden gate, so I found a piece of scrap wood and got to work.

Wooden Garden Sign

A Humorous DIY Project for Your Garden

I created this fun section in my yard by the back door with an old garden gate. I had been wanting a gate for so long. I thought I was going to have to purchase something new and make it look old; but then, I ran into a great garage sale. It still wasn’t as cheap as wanted, but I bought it anyway because I loved it. And, it was exactly what I was looking for.

I planted flowers and greenery in the boys’ old wagon and place a smaller container on the other side, but have known from the beginning that I wanted a fun sign too. I just could not figure out what I wanted it to say.

So many of the signs out there have been used so much, maybe this one has too, but I hadn’t seen it. When I saw it on the internet it made me laugh. I am not sure of the original creator though, and I could not find an original post.

I found a scrap piece of masonite in the garage and decided to spray it with my teal spray paint.

After a couple of coats, I took it inside to the Silhouette machine. I used Arial and Glamorous Brush fonts for the wording.

This is what it looked like on my Silhouette studio screen.

I cut it out with black vinyl. This makes it easier to trace. If you look closely, you can see that I have traced around the first three letters. I used a black sharpie. I usually use a pencil, but the teal paint was not allowing the pencil to show, so I had to resort to the sharpie and be pretty careful with my tracing. (I am not the neatest tracer).

Here they are all traced and ready for paint.

I used regular black acrylic paint for the letters. And here it is all done. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It is hand painted!

After it was completely dry, I took it out to the garage and used a sanding block to distress it a bit. The weather and time will do the rest!

Right now, it is just tucked in and resting on the gate latch, but I think I will need to drill a couple of holes and use some wire to make it more permanent. I am afraid our Iowa winds may take it away.

What do you think? I love the final look!

It was a fun little project, and it makes me smile every time I come home!

Have a great day, and I will be back in a couple of weeks!



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