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My New Raised Garden Beds

I finally got around to working on my raised garden beds this year 
and I am so excited about it, I have been wanting to do this project
for a while so I am glad to have it checked off my extensive to do
project list.

I chose a spot in our backyard behind my shed, leaving plenty of space in between for a
greenhouse was my thinking behind the placement.   Plus it is where we had our in ground
garden previous years and just a good sunny spot.

Due to thinking I want a greenhouse eventually I ended up choosing to make
a smaller garden area with 4 raised beds.

This spot is approx. 16' x 16' and I chose to make my beds 4' x 3' in size which I felt like
was a good manageable size.

I also chose to dig out all the grass/weeds and put down professional landscape fabric and
then mulch the entire area.    I debated between rock or mulch, and ultimately chose to go
with mulch.
I chose to make raised beds because we have terrible crabgrass
and I didn't want to have to deal with it in my vegetable garden, so this way I can control
the soil that I use in my planting area, and control any weeds that show up much easier.
It also looks really pretty so win, win. :0)

I couldn't stop there though, could I?

I wanted a pretty decorative fence, and I chose to go with a split rail.
So we went and picked up the lumber I wanted and I got to work.

It took me a couple weeks start to finish to do this project on my own.
There was a LOT of digging involved but I love how it is turning out.

I chose to leave 2 openings.
I am working on adding in a rock path to one of the openings that leads to a concrete patio,
and the other opening would be open to my future greenhouse space, so that was
my thought process behind my garden design.

I also chose to paint my fence white and love how it makes it really stand out.
I have a lot of plans to make this space even prettier, but wouldn't ya know
my plan has kind of took a turn for this area. :0)

I actually have a nice sized lean to area on the side of my shed that is nearby and I
am thinking about converting that space into a greenhouse instead of actually
building one from scratch.  It would have electric access and of course
since the structure is already there it would certainly be easier on the budget
so I am leaning towards doing that instead of building a freestanding greenhouse.
Plus it will free up a lot more space to expand my garden and make it a lot bigger.
Which is very appealing to me as well.

Here is a view of my garden space from quite a distance.. it gives a better idea of
the space available between the new garden area and my shed.

And here is an idea of what I am thinking.. 
I tried to explain it a little better in the photo below. :0)

I am making planting area's in the front of the garden space
on each side of the rock pathway.   
I am also thinking about putting some sort of hedge 
on the side towards the back of the yard.
Then I will have a lot of space on the other side to expand the size of the garden space
by at least double if not more. 

I already have my raised beds about full, so a bigger planting area is certainly making me want
to just convert the side of my shed so that I have a lot more space.   I can easily take down
that side of my fence and make this space much bigger. (with a lot more digging of course)
I am not sure if I will go ahead and tackle that this year or not because I actually have several
garden projects going on right now, but I really like the idea of being
able to expand my vegetable garden space and still be able to have a greenhouse as well.

Have you been tackling any projects in your yard?
I always have a project list a mile long for our yard..
but I love it. :0)

- TinaH

Item details:
landscape fabric I use found here
garden cloches: here

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DIY Inexpensive Garden Solar or Birdbath Fountain

Searching for idea's for my garden I have always wanted a fountain..
but pricey is an understatement.
(as in one I would love to have.. well, it is in the thousands.. yikes)

That is just not in my garden budget right now.
Searching online I actually saw several different projects using solar fountains
from hummingbird style and so on.      I thought it might be fun to try to make
one that could double as a planter since they were quite inexpensive I decided
to give it a try.

I searched online for a floating solar fountain, and ordered this one.

Then I got 2 different sized pots and I got started on this simple project.
I chose pots that had optional drain holes and I used a 12 inch and 15 inch sized pot.

These pots were fairly inexpesive as well and I just used a screw driver to pop out the drain holes
in the larger pot since I knew I wanted to use it as a planter so it would need drainage.
(I didn't want drain holes for the smaller pot since it will be used to hold water for the fountain)

I simply placed a larger rock in the bigger pot to give it some weight and fill up some of the space,
and then added in my potting soil.

I placed the smaller pot in the center to get an idea of my space for flowers, then I took it
off and I just used my hands to dig small holes, place a small amount of my starter fertilizer  in each hole and simply planted pansies evenly spaced around the edge of the larger pot.

I placed the smaller pot back in the center, watered in my flowers,
and put the 'fountain planter' where I wanted it
in the yard and filled the top pot with water.
Then simply added my solar fountain.

The solar fountain actually came with several tip options for different water sprays, so I tried
a few before deciding on one.

I was actually very impressed with how cute it is and how well it really works.

I also placed it in my bird bath to see what I thought of it there.

I have had this for a couple weeks now and here is my honest opinion of it:

Pro's: It seems to work great as long as the sun is shining on it.  😉
It is inexpensive, and can be used in several types of planters, pots, bird baths, etc.

Cons: It does tend to spray a lot of water out of the pot so I do have to refill it
fairly often.   If it were in a larger circumference pot it would probably not have to be
refilled so often as the water would land back into the reservoir instead of outside of it.

My overall opinion:  For the price, this item is a fun addition to the garden and I am considering
possibly ordering a second one to keep in the birdbath as well.   I can't speak to the longevity as
I have only been using it a couple weeks, but so far so good.

- TinaH

Solar Fountain found here or HERE
Bio-tone Starter Fertilizer found here 

I also made a short video of how I made this fountain,
if you'd like to check it out you can find it HERE

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My Budget Friendly Wooden Crate DIY Shelf for the guest bathroom

Our guest bathroom is probably pretty typical and on the smaller side.
I was wanting a new option for a shelf to put a few decorative items
on as well as keep some towels on.

I searched online but most shelving options I found were too deep and
I knew they would just stick out too far into the space, or just
to big overall for my liking.

I had came across the wooden crates while shopping around,
and I stacked a couple of them in the store to  get a visual of the size,
and after contemplating that option a few days.
I chose to go back and get them.

I placed them in the bathroom to see how they would work and if they would
function for what I wanted and after I decided they would, I started searching
for some wood feet for my soon to be shelf.

For the Garden Finds

I am in spring cleaning mode.. but I am also in gardening mode.
Anyone else?

We recently stopped by a garden center we had never been to and of course
I found some things to bring home.. but there were so many I would have
liked to.

I thought it would be fun to put together a few 'Garden Finds' to share
as I am searching for some fun inspiration and items for my own garden.

I have one like this and I think this statue is just adorable


This bird bath has good reviews, and is very inexpensive as well.
It has a pretty vintage look, I wonder how it would do in a stronger wind though.
I have a concrete one in the front yard,  that I am actually creating a large flower bed
around, but I would like to put one in the back.   I think if  it
was placed in an area that doesn't get full on wind it would probably do well and
it looks like it does come with some stakes.

Hummingbird feeders have come such a long way! 
They have such pretty options nowadays.

Loving this one, so pretty.

Planters..   I am always on the lookout for new planters.
I like all sizes but I prefer larger ones.    They can be quite pricey,
and I certainly have a couple on my wish list.
Here are few options in case you are looking as well.



I have been looking at arbors, as well as garden bench options
as I have a place in mind to put one,
and here are a couple of my favorite benches that I have found so far.


There are so many fun items for the garden..
the yard really is like an extension of your home
and if you have followed me very long you probably know I
am a huge fan of gardening and just being outdoors in general. 

Have you found any new items for your garden this spring?

- TinaH

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Organization Items Haul and Organizing My Laundry Room

I thought I would share some of the organizational items that I have picked up lately.
(and I also tackle organizing my Laundry room) 

I have been on the search for items for spring cleaning and organizing some area's
in our home.

I picked up some items from Dollar Tree, Target, Walmart,
and also ordered  a few things online from Amazon.

I found these bins at Dollar Tree, and I picked up 3 gray and 3 white.

I also picked up a set of 3 terra cotta pots while I was there, and this fun little glass jar.