DIY Rustic Pallet No Cost Patio Coffee Table

After just recently adding another patio space to our backyard I knew I wanted to
add something to it.   Since I really liked the rustic look of my pallet planters I made,
I thought why not a coffee table.

(corresponding video)

So I got to work on my rustic pallet coffee table for my patio.

My New Paver Patio - A Backyard Update

I have basically been on a major overhaul mission of our yard.
I have done a lot of changes to our yard here and there over the years,
but I think I got a lot more serious about changing things up
about 2 years ago when our daughter went off to college and I just
really needed to stay busy.
Ya know, to keep from packing up and moving right along with her to be closer
to my kids. lol. 😉

The fact that I love projects was certainly a factor as well and it has become
one of my favorite things to do in my spare time.   I love the outdoors, working
in the yard, and thinking about what I want to do.  Design idea's, researching plants,
and then searching for the ones that I want and just all of it.  
Okay, all of it except the weeds.. not a fan of that part of it. 

In thinking about different spaces in our garden, I had been debating on this one.
We have sort of an awkward space in the back yard.. years ago it had an above ground
pool for the kids so we put up a partial fence for privacy but that pool has been gone for
quite some time.  There was a fire pit area in this space as well, which has also changed.
I have added flowerbeds along the fence as well near the house,
and they have been a fun 'work in progress' as I decide what to plant and where,
but I wanted to do something "more" in this area and decided to
add a paver patio.

I am just going to start off with the before and after shot..


Redesigning a Flowerbed & Making it Much Bigger

Hi there,  I thought I would share the process of how I
redesigned a flowerbed and made it much bigger.

This flowerbed has changed so much.
It started out very small and the scale of this flowerbed was just not right
for where it is placed in our yard.

Each year I have added to it or changed something about it,
and last year I overhauled it and actually doubled the size.

Which brings us to this year..
I have already increased the size by quite a bit at the beginning of Spring to include my
pink flowering dogwood tree which I relocated to this area.
It was in a spot that just got too much sun last year and I think it will be
much happier in this spot.

After that size transformation I decided I really wanted it much bigger.

I wanted to have it wrap clear around my blue spruce and include it in this
space as well.

Here is a general idea of how big I wanted to make it.

So using spray paint I just walked the space and marked where I wanted
the overall shape to be.

Then I got to work and removed all of the outline for the new flowerbed.
I stood back and looked at it from different angles and I was happy with
the size and how it was looking thus far, so I got to work
removing all the sod/weeds.

What a feeling of accomplishment!

It is so satisfying to see the new flowerbed space just waiting for plants and mulch.

I have learned over the years to make large curvy flower bed shapes to make it
much easier for maintaining the lawn.   The more we can get
closer to the edge with the lawn mower, the less that I have to
use the trimmer (aka: weed eater) to clean up around the edges.
I do a lot of edging and trimming every time we mow which can be quite
time consuming so I always keep that in mind when I create a new space for
the yard.

I know the design looks a little odd but I do have a plan in mind going forward for this
space.    If for some reason I change my mind I can simply just change the outline
of the flowerbed with a little more elbow grease.. :0)

Here is a look at what I have in mind as of now.

After several days due to a lot of rain, I was able to get back
in this flowerbed and mulch.

You'll probably notice how much larger the hollyhocks and sunflowers are in the photo with 
the mulch. :0)

I am loving this space.
I basically have planted one rose that I relocated from another area
in the yard hoping it will do ok being moved, 🤞
and now I am just trying to decide what I want to plant in this space.

I have some plants in mind that I would like to use if I can find them,
or I may just run across something while shopping that catches my eye.
It is a work in progress (as are all my flowerbeds) but I am loving it thus far.

I also made a Video of the process
 if you'd like to check that out!
(I think it probably shows much better detail of the process
and what I have in mind.)

You can see it here:

Item details:
Favorite Gardening Gloves (I wear size small): Here
Collapsible Wagon/Cart: Here
Adjustable Rake: Here
Mulch: I used red mulch that I found locally

- TinaH


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My DIY No Cost Rustic Pallet Planter

I wanted some larger planters for my garden and I decided to DIY something.

I was working on figuring out a lumber list when I remembered that we had
some old pallets.
So I decided to see what I could come up with using them.

My Rustic Fence Hanging Baskets

I have my hanging baskets planted and ready to go for the summer!

Here is a reminder of how they looked last year..

I  decided to plant them up differently this year and I chose to go with all of them planted
the same.

This year I chose to try out this beauty..

It is a superbells (calibrachoa) by Proven Winners: Blue Moon Punch

Isn't it a stunner!?!

From what I read they don't mind if they get just a little bit dry between waterings and
to be honest I am a big fan of PW flowers/shrubs that I have purchased so far and while
they were pricier in my area than say a 6 pack of petunia's at our local box stores,
I decided it was worth the extra cost to try it out and see how they perform
compared to last year and another bonus.. deadheading isn't necessary for this plant,
uh yes please!

I only put one plant in each basket.
Which is a switch for sure, last year I think I used 4.

I stored my baskets over winter and I was happy to see the liners
are still in pretty good shape.  So I cleaned out the old soil, and this year I
decided to put a piece of plastic in the bottom half of each basket (with
a hole in the bottom for drainage) to try to hold in a little more moisture, and I
also added in some vermiculite for the same reason.  

I also added starter fertilizer which I do for pretty much every plant,
as well as some slow release fertilizer to give the plants
the best start possible.

I actually planted them up by the house this year instead of hauling everything down to the
fence to plant them.  I simply loaded them up in my cart as I went and when I
was ready I took them to the fence to display them proudly. 😉

I am so excited to see how they do this year!

I also chose to use PW Superbells up near the house in the same baskets
and they are doing so well.  (These beauties are called Cherry Star)
I added in some creeping Jenny with these as well to see how they do together,
I am loving the combination of colors and looking forward to seeing how they look
in a few weeks.

I am tempted to add creeping Jenny to the other planters as well but I haven't decided
yet. (decisions, decisions)

I would like to get bigger hanging baskets for this fence line eventually, or possibly double
them up if I decide to go that route.
However, I had other items on my garden/project wish list that I wanted to get to this year
and since these baskets are still doing great, I decided to
put that one farther down on my the list and I will just keep a look out for new ones or
for a good sale for now. :0)

Anyone else have a Garden to do list a mile long, I have so many idea's for projects
but there's that pesky thing called a budget that can get in the way sometimes. Lol.

- TinaH

Blog Post on my Rustic Fence: Here

Item details:
Wagon/Cart: Found Here
Hanging Baskets (14"): Found Here
Proven Winners Superbells: Blue Moon Punch
Proven Winners Superbells: Cherry Star
Starter Fertilizer: Found Here
PW Slow Release Fertilizer: Found Here

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Corresponding Video on YouTube: Here

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Current Garden Faves - Spring 2019

I thought I would put together a current Garden Fave's list to share with you for spring 2019
so let's get right to it.

These are items I own, items that I personally use in my garden,
and items that I consider extremely useful to have or
they are something that is high up on my wish list and I will tell you why.

New Flowerbed: a Backyard Update Towards Lower Maintenance

Spring Flowers.. always love it when they start showing up.
Amazes me how many plant varieties, colors, shapes, sizes, and textures that there are.
Such beauty and so much fun to choose and design what to use in my gardens. 💚

I have been checking off items on my outdoor to do list and one of those items was a
raised vegetable garden bed area.   I am so happy with how it turned out, but I still
consider it a work in progress.
  (see that post and my future plans for that area as well as adding a greenhouse here)