Handmade for the Garden: 75 Ingenious Ways to Enhance Your Outdoor Space with DIY Tools, Pots, Supports, Embellishments, and More
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The DIY craze has moved beyond the craft room and into the garden!
Relying on easy-to-find, inexpensive, and repurposed materials, Handmade for the Garden is a treasure trove of original projects that not only make planting and growing efficient and successful but also add a personal touch to the gardenscape. Among the myriad projects in this hardworking book are mini hothouses; painted, stamped, and stenciled terracotta planters; hypertufa and cement pots and decorations; rustic and formal fencing and trellises; plant markers and stakes; and sieves and baskets. With Handmade for the Garden to inspire them, gardeners of all skill levels will be empowered to experiment with form and function to discover creative, artful ways to personalize and beautify their gardens with handmade objects.
x 152cm). Stitch the short side edges ⅝" (15mm) from the edge, turn the piece right side out, and press it flat. 6 hem and press pocket strip into four sections Turn and finish a double 2½" (6.5cm) hem on the pocket strip’s long edge, as described in Step 3. Then fold and press the strip into four equal sections, as explained in Step 4. 7 attach ends of pocket strip and backing With the pocket’s wrong side on top of the backing piece’s right side and with the side and lower edges aligned, pin
she had the time. I now enjoy the “grandchildren” of those irises in my own garden (having moved them from home to home). As I gaze at their blooms each spring, I feel so grateful that she gave me such strong roots. And as I gaze at these pages, I thank her again for the confidence she instilled me. I hope Handmade for the Garden will bring you confidence—as well as joy, beauty, and bounty in your garden. Healthy tomato seedlings ready to be set out in the garden. CHAPTER 1 EARLY SEASON
stepping-stone on this page). WORKING in WET CEMENT When working a mosaic design directly in wet cement (see Recipes on this page), lay out your design first on a nearby surface or on the ground, and then just transfer the pieces, a few at a time, to the cement. As you work, use a flat board or a dowel to gently press the sections of the design or individual mosaic pieces into the cement. Once a design has set for 30 minutes, gently wipe off the mosaic pieces without disturbing them. Wait an
trellis frame across the top. The arbor shown here is also supported by the fencing sections on each side. RUSTIC TRELLIS FRAME This simple frame is the basis for all of the other variations possible. After determining how large to make your frame, select and cut four pieces of wood to construct it. But before you start cutting anything, put on your safety glasses, and leave them on—with the possibility of fine twigs snapping, unruly vines flailing about, and wood chips flying, there are too
name, a significant date, or another message on the rim. 10 Screw post, with the female half on the right and the male half on the left. 11 Use two screw posts, one above the other, to securely attach the handle to the basket. 11 Wooden knobs or short lengths of (leftover) rim can be used for feet to raise the basket slightly and allow improved air circulation for drying flowers or storing fruit. Cord hand grips covered with plastic tubing make a nice alternative to a traditional wooden