Man Made DIY


Sep 08, 2015

How to: Make These DIY Rustic Floating Plant Boxes

created at: 09/08/2015

Plants, my friends. Plants. Succulents, ferns, ivies, flowers, cacti, sedum, even tiny trees are all an awesome way to bring some life into any space, indoors or out. These simple, rustic boxes allow you to get the plants off the floors and flat surfaces and onto the walls, where they can be seen and get the light they need. The boxes make it easy to combine a variety of pots, containers, and hanging planters, and maintain a cohesive vibe.   … read more


Aug 18, 2015

IKEA Hack: Make a Super Simple Window Herb Garden

Sometimes, a plant and gardening project can be big and complicated, designed as a major focal point or landscaping effort that's intended to last for years and many harvests. See this guy.

But most of my favorite plant projects are the simple ones. The quick and easy efforts that allow you to spread a little life all around your space.   … read more


May 07, 2015

How to: Grow these 8 Herbs for an Amazing Cocktail Garden

mint plant with title of article

Oh, Summertime. The best time of year for delicious drinks made with fresh ingredients. In doing my research for this piece, I had a hard time not wanting to just make up a drink for each herb! 

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Apr 08, 2015

How to: Make a Modern, Space-Saving Vertical Vegetable Garden

created at: 04/08/2015

This modern, modular garden project works well in any space. Because it uses wood containers, you don't have to worry about the quality of your existing soil, and they can sit on any surface: grass, concrete, gravel or even a wooden deck. The garden's vertical orientation lets you grow a whole bunch of veggies, herbs, and flowers in a tiny footprint.… read more


Mar 31, 2015

Want to Learn How to Make this Awesome Vertical Garden Project? Join Us For a Free Workshop!

created at: 03/31/2015

There's nothing like being able to walk out your own door and grab a big handful of fresh vegetables and herbs and make a tasty meal. This vertical planter project allows you to grow a lot of produce in a small amount of space, so there's always a fresh batch of lettuce or mint ready to go when you need it.     … read more


Mar 13, 2015

How to: Make a Mini Moss Garden [From Backyard Materials]

I've always been a huge fan of miniature gardens and plants – likely stemming back to the first time my 8 year old self saw Mr Miyagi working on his bonsai trees with such elegant diligence. The art itself has a long and storied past and takes lots of practice.   … read more


Mar 09, 2015

How to: Make Desktop Planters Out of Wine Bottles

I may be behind the curve on this one, but I had no idea how easy cutting glass was if you have the proper tools (which are also surprisingly cheap). Ben Uyeda at posted this tutorial on how to make some streamlined desktop planters out of old wine bottles.    … read more


Aug 04, 2014

How to: Make a Modern Wooden Planter Stand

created at: 08/04/2014

This is a good one. Justin and Kayla from Home Coming Minnesota came up with simple way to turn basic cedar planks from the home improvement store into a modern outdoor planter stand to bring in some weather-resistant style to their backyard.   … read more


Apr 14, 2014

How to: Make Your Own Customized Gardening Tools

Even as an adult, I love playing in the dirt. Getting my hands dirty, nurturing a plant from a seed into something I can eat and feed my friends and family with...gardening, at least for me, is a not brainer for the guy living the "hands on" lifestyle.    … read more


Mar 28, 2014

Weekend Project: How to Make a DIY Hanging Garden

This weekend project combines the best of both worlds: it's functional, providing plenty of space to grow small culinary herbs or succulents or a safe place to start seeds indoors while it's still frosty outside, and its large scale allows it to fill a whole wall, providing color, texture, and a bit of pattern.    … read more


Mar 12, 2014

How to: Make Your Own DIY Upcycled Plant Markers

DIY Plant Markers

Spring is just around the corner...kinda. While we're waiting a little longer to get seeds in the ground, here's a fun indoor project to prep for the season.    … read more


Jun 19, 2013

6 Masculine-Friendly Ways to Incorporate Indoor Plants into Your Home

created at: 06/16/2013

Indoor plants in your home are a no-brainer: they bring the outside in, improve air quality, provide lots of natural color and texture, and encourage you to take an investment in the spaces you spend your time. They literally (and figuratively) add life to your home. Learn how to rock the green look with these six guy-friendly decor ideas. No floral wallpaper need apply.… read more


Jul 19, 2012

How to: Make a Beer Bottle Tiki Torch

created at: 07/19/2012

This fun project has everything I'm looking for on a day like today: it's summery, recycled, keeps all these wretched bugs away, and, most importantly, to execute it properly, you have to drink at least one beer. Win, win, win, win.   … read more


Apr 26, 2012

What I Did Over the Weekend: Salvaging My Family's Lawn

created at: 04/26/2012

My brother-in-law, Nathan, is a self-proclaimed, um, minimalist lawn care guy. He grew up in a house with a steep, turf-covered backyard hill, and as the youngest son, was the mower of choice as soon as he was big enough until he graduated from college. 

And now, in his own house, with the scars of his Sisyphean task of pushmowering up the world's steepest backyard, he's not the hugest fan of taking care of his turf. I mean, who would be, when you're an awesome dad and you're faced with the choice of hanging out with your totally rad kids or mowing the grass?

But, after nearly ten years in this house, with plenty of patches and a healthy collection of dandelions, crabgrass, thistles, and all sorts of other weeds, even Nathan realized his yard could use a season of TLC. … read more


Mar 15, 2012

Why Grass Seed is Way More Interesting than You'd Think: Reports from the Pennington Seed "Seed for Yourself" Summit

created at: 03/15/2012

Over the past weekend, I was fortunate to be invited as a guest of Pennington Seed to attend the Seed for Yourself Summit near Albany, Oregon. As someone who lives in the city and is thankful I haven't had to care for a green lawn since I gave the responsibility back to my dad when I left for college, I admit I knew very little nothing about grass seed, how to grow it, or why some is better than others.
But now, I've been schooled, and I'm popping around the neighborhood goin' "See that? That's tall fescue, it goes dormant in the winter, which is why it looks like straw;" and, "Perennial rye grass right there, cause it has untoothed parallel sides and prominent parallel veins on the upper surface."

See? I learned something. And...grass seed is pretty fascinating stuff.   … read more


Jan 27, 2012

Incredible and Detailed Miniature Pothole Gardens

When most of us walk, drive, or worse, bike, over a pothole, we do what anyone would: curse, promise yourself not to do it again, and swear you're gonna write a letter.

When British artist Steve Wheen comes across a pothole, he plants a mini-guerilla garden in it. And the results are awesome...and often adorable.

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Jul 05, 2011

How To: Make Superhero Garden Gnomes

Even the humble garden gnome has the potential for a full-on, justice-inducing, evil-butt-kicking alter ego. 

Clever guy Kris came up with a fun and easy way to transform everyday Winklebottoms and Figgleforths into slug-stomping, possum-punishing superheroes!

He used  bit of Sculpey clay, autobody filler, and some clever painting techniques for a very funny, very creative result.

File under "why didn't I think of that?!"

Superhero Garden Gnome Mod



Jun 14, 2011

How To: Make an Awesome Small Footprint, Can't Fail Garden, Part II

created at: 06/14/2011

When we last left my tiny 4x4' backyard, it was, well, a box of dirt. A nice, square, painstakingly measured box of dirt and with flush joints, but a box of dirt nonetheless.

So, for my next project as part of the True Value Blog Squad, I needed to outfit it to support the plants, keep out the pests, and then actually start growing something!

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Jun 07, 2011

How To: Make an Awesome Small Footprint, Can't Fail Garden

created at: 06/07/2011

This is my backyard. All of it. A roughly 4 x 4 1/2 ' patch of gravel and clay.

I think even the most blackest of thumbs can recognize that nothing's gonna grow in that soil. But, that's not okay with me. I want a garden. I want to be able to just walk out of my door, and grab fresh herbs, greens, and produce when I'm preparing meals. I want to participate in my food. I wanna weed, water, and scare away all those dang chipmunks that nibble at my plants.

So, as my first project for the True Value Blog Squad, I built a garden that allows my plants to thrive regardless of the soil condition, or the fact that the space is smaller than me.

And you can too! Here's how:   … read more


May 31, 2011

Lawn Care for Lazy People

created at: 05/31/2011

Something very strange has happened to me last week. I - one who came to fore in the oh-so-green and manicured lawns of the suburbs, who daily cut lawns in order to finance bicycle and first guitar purchases, who is deathly allergic to grass, and hates the idea of using all that gasoline to keep a non-native plant from growing - got an urge to mow the grass. As an urban apartment dweller, I don't have a plot of land to take care of, and what little space I do have is filled with veggies.

But, I just felt a brief, passing twinge to welcome summer with a Walkman-serenaded stroll up and down rows and rows of green, staining my shoes in the process. … read more

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