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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… read more

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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

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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

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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

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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… read more

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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,… read more

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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… read more

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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… read more

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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

 

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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… read more

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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… read more

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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… read more

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May 26, 2011

ManMade Joins the 2011 True Value Blog Squad

When the people at True Value got in touch with us about joining their DIY Blog Squad for 2011, we were psyched. Last year's group included some heavy hitters like DesignMom, DIYdiva, and The Lettered Cottage, so I knew we'd be in good company.

Chris and I have a list of fun projects lined up for the summer, including, but not limited to, so don't hold us to this list in court, ok?:

- A Nelson-inspired slatted bench
- Raised garden beds
- Etched copper plant labels
- A sloped garden re-lanscaping project
- Some other miscellaneous fixer-upper projects

Of course, if there's a particular project you'd like to suggest, please let us… read more

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Mar 14, 2011

How To: Make a Seed Bomb

Spring keeps hinting it's going to show up around my house: the sun will say hello for a hour or two, the birds will test out their morning songs before disappearing, and I haven't seen one of those awful, gross and gray snow piles in the last few days. I'm looking out the window, and I can almost hear that suite from Peer Gynt that they always played in Bugs Bunny cartoons.

Sounds likes it to drop a… read more

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Nov 23, 2010

PostCarden Brings the Christmas Card to Life

created at: 11/23/2010

created at: 11/23/2010

Christmas card update: Nativity scenes or snow covered farms have been outdated for decades, and even thoughtful phrases like "peace on earth" or "comfort and joy" have grown a little tired over the last few years. But now? Now, non-plant producing Christmas cards are so 2009.

The "Seasons Greetings" PostCarden: "Once opened and unfolded into its log cabin, pop-out the skaters and simply sow the enclosed seeds and add water. In a few days your card will start to grow into a festive forest and will keep for 2 - 3 weeks."

Check out the video of it… read more

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Jun 14, 2010

How To: Build a Desktop Zen Garden

Finished Zen garden

When I need a break from work, I tend to go for today's crossword puzzle, but I certainly appreciate the daydream-inducing liltiness of keeping a mini zen garden on one's desk.

Instructable author Obbitz has created one of the finest DIY zen garden options that'll inspire you to keep your desk clear. It's created from scrap wood and a bit of glue, and filled with ordinary sand and… read more

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Mar 30, 2010

Garden Gun 5.1

Squirting someone with the garden hose will: 1) never stop being fun, and 2) never stop being funny. The mantra "its only water" can aid in getting away with a lot, no? Imagine how much MORE fun it would be to soak your mates with a water pistol with an infinite reservoir and gusto for… read more

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