As described by Trulia blogger Michelle Hainer, an “Agrihood” are a distant cousin of the golf club communities that originated in the 90’s, except instead of having access to golfing, tennis, and a clubhouse, an “Agrihood” is designed to feature a farm, natural landscapes, locally grown produce, and eco-friendly homes.
There are a few ways to combat pests naturally, without sacrificing the plants you’ve worked so lovingly to nurture and grow! Fix.com gives numerous tips on how to keep pests at bay by keeping an eye on your plants, using barriers, and have even provided some awesome organic sprays and remedies.
You don’t have to have acres of land, a tractor, and a few chickens to glean the garden you’ve always dreamt of. If homesteading is a passion of yours, or you’d just like to try your hand at a few food-yielding plants, here are some things to consider.
Who doesn’t dream about having a lush yard filled with vegetation for rabbits, fawns, and all manner of furry, Snow White-esque friends to nibble and frolic? What this image doesn’t depict is the damage some of these furry friends can cause!
If you’re a first time home buyer, you might also be a first time gardener. If you’re a first time gardener, you may have found there’s a lot to know about gardening before you dig in – literally.
Keeping a lush, manicured garden is a must for any home, whether you’re into planting in pots or sowing seeds of wild flower and tomatoes. Maintaining a well-watered garden doesn’t have to be a drain on your water bill. Here are a few reasons to have a rain barrel and why!
No longer limited to fourth grade science fairs, the terrarium transcends the box it once shared with baking soda volcanoes, and into the realm of home décor. Terrariums bring the outdoors into your home and create an earthy feature akin to a Zen garden. There’s something about them that is simply fun and elegant.
Summer is the time for enjoying the atmosphere outside of your home. For some, that includes a greenhouse that produces fresh fruits and veggies and colorful flowers. The word greenhouse isn’t usually met with compliments of its flawless styling. Perhaps functionality, but not styling.
But why shouldn’t the place in which your favorite things grow be picture perfect as well? Or at least...a little prettier than a plastic wrapped bubble.
Can’t it be different? Yes!
Check out this vintage glass greenhouse – complied of reclaimed windows.
Photo via: Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
And this one…it’s like its own, perfectly quaint little cottage.
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And this…seriously – it’s like the stuff dreams are made of.
Photo via: Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
Don’t worry…we wouldn’t just tease you with these unreal creations unless we had an amazing DIY for you! After combing through piles of greenhouse DIYs, most of which were incredibly complicated and super pricey…we found this DIY by Fabulously Frugal.
For $67. Yes...$67. Check out the DIY here.
Photo & DIY via: Fabulously Frugal
Warmer weather is the perfect excuse to spruce up your curb appeal a bit. But maybe you’re not interested in a huge project that will require a lot of work and take more than a weekend to complete. Check out the mailbox garden. It’s eye-catching, customizable…and best yet, it’s only as big and work intensive as you want it to be.
There are a few different ways to approach a mailbox garden. Here are some great ideas to incorporate to make your mailbox standout and give your home some added curb appeal:
Stones – Frame your mailbox gardens with stones
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Vines – Make sure maintain your visibility and there aren’t any thorns…mail carriers aren’t partial to thorns
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Wild flowers – For some natural color, check into wild flowers
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Color – Paint your mailbox a bright color like teal, or personalize your mailbox with a cool design.
Photo by: CrapIveMade.com
Before you begin your mailbox garden, here are some important things to keep in mind:
- Make sure it is still easily accessible and the numbers are visible
- Try to avoid flowers that attract tons of bees (in case your mail carrier is not a fast runner…)
- Choose flowers that don’t require a lot of maintenance
Gardening is a natural component to warmer weather. Maybe you love it, maybe you’re just beginning to explore your green thumb or maybe you don’t even know the difference between top soil and sand (I’m in this category – it’s totally fine). Whichever stage of garden mastery you’re in, there are always ways to do it better and spend less time working and more time enjoying.
- First, you’re on a mission to locate the most resistant and disease fighting types of plants. Don’t worry, you can still have gorgeous flowers without putting in a lot of time and effort – for example, annuals continuously bloom without the need for constant maintenance.
- To save yourself time, arrange plants based on the amount of care that they will need. Put all of your thirsty plants together, separate your shade lovers from your sun bathers and keep ones that need regular pruning close, to keep from running circles around your garden.
- If you are not a fan of daily trips to your garden shortly after dawn, consider investing in a timed watering system, utilizing a sprinkler system or soaker hose.
Follow these tips this summer and you’ll have an awesome garden and more time to enjoy it.
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