Make: Greenhouses Made of Cast Off Materials

Does this sound familiar?  You’re itching to start planting but it’s still too cold out. Happens to me every year about this time, which means every year about this time I look for green house how-tos. 

First up is Fun in the Making’s clever remake of a garage door (pictured above). You can read all about the process here.    

Craigslist or Freecycle weak on garage doors right now? Check this out, a greenhouse made of plastic bottles. Continue Reading

How To: Growing Sprouts.

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All you need is a mason jar.

Growing sprouts is super easy, super inexpensive, super nutritious, and makes a super great project for those who aren’t home often and have a hard time taking care of other plants.

Simply pick your seeds, such as “alfalfa, broccoli, buckwheat, cabbage, chickpea, garlic, lentil, oats, yellow mustard, peas, onion, radish, sunflower, fennel, arugula, pink kale, fenugreek, wheat, or wheatgrass.” Soak them overnight, and then let ’em sprout!

Check out Dave’s blog for details, as well as the links Dave used for inspiration: The Cheap Vegetable Gardener (quoted above) and SproutPeople.com Continue Reading

How to Grow Potatoes in a Trash Can

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If you’ve never dug for potatoes, you don’t know what you’re missing. Finding spuds hiding in dirt is sort of like uncovering buried treasure. That is until your garden fork impales one of the darlings.

Generally speaking, a potato patch involves a good amount of garden space, which means patio and balcony crops are out of the question, right? Nope. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, you can grow potatoes in a garbage can, or any large container, for that matter. Continue Reading

Trendspotting: Plant a Victory Garden

created on: 01/10/09

The epitome of DIY-ing in this economy is being played out in the growing (sorry) number of dutiful stewards planting a victory garden.  This week the L.A. Times shined the light on this trend and environmentally responsible activity of good old-fashioned garden tending. 

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Due to food shortages during World War II, Americans were urged by the government to plant their own gardens.  By 1943, Americans had planted more than 20 million Victory Gardens that reportedly produced more than 8 million tons of food. Continue Reading