Greener Decorating For Your Deck And Patio

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I must admit that none of our re-purposing or recycling projects for our outdoor decorating spaces have turned out as nice as the two examples shown below. However, when I was reading about these spaces, I realized that the ideas behind their design offer some good tips and ideas for creating an outdoor space that…

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DIY Bamboo Pole Rack

A few years ago we started growing bamboo, both clumping and running. One of the byproducts from trimming and thinning out the clumps is bamboo poles. We’re starting to build a collection that range from six to twenty feet tall. Next year we should be getting even larger and taller poles. I’ve had several ideas for…

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Meet Howard The Screech Owl

We have a deck that sits anywhere from four to five feet above ground. Sitting on the swing, looking across the deck and  out over the back yard is a common way to pass time around here. For privacy and some shade, a couple of years ago we planted two clumps of Bambusa chungii ‘Barbellata’….

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How To Drill Drainage Holes In Ceramic Pots, Planters And More


You can find a variety of ceramic containers at most thrift stores, garage sales and outlet stores. Many of them can be used as decorative planters. And they will work fine indoors, as long as you do not over water them. Try using them as planters outdoors on your deck or patio and there is a good chance that rain will drown your plants….

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Sunday Garden Quote: Plant Happiness In Your Garden


He who plants a garden plants happiness.” — Chinese Proverb — Can spending time in a garden give you a feeling of happiness? I saw this quote shortly after we visited with some friends.  Friends who are also gardeners. Gardeners who are state fair winning gardeners. Best of show, best of division sort of folks. Sitting for…

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