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Wine Cork Garden Markers

DIY Wine Cork Garden Markers for Herb Gardens

Garden Markers made from up-cycled wine cork are more than just cute.  They also help you remember what the heck you were doing.  Inspired by these sweet cork markers I found on Baby Centre I have ventured to make my own version.

DIY Wine Cork Garden Markers for Herb Gardens

Herb Gardens

I am not going to lie.  Herb gardens are decidedly not something I am good at.  So when it comes to planting herb gardens, I need all the help I can get.  Over the years I have gotten fairly decent at identifying sprouts, like tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, beets, onions, etc.  But herbs, no.  What I need is a lot more experience growing herbs, and until then – I’ve got a clever little up-cycle that it gonna help me out

Wine Cork Garden Markers

Another really easy up-cycle, that is not only cute – it’s actually quite useful.  And who doesn’t love a useful craft?  My version of these wine cork garden markers uses a wire hanger instead of doweling or skewers ( you likely already have a wire hanger to spare) and because of that you don’t need a drill either, just push the wire into the cork.  Real people, real living and totally do-able.

Materials:

  • wine corks
  • white wire hanger
  • wire cutters
  • sharpie

DIY Wine Cork Garden Markers for Herb Gardens

Directions:

  1. Unravel the coat hanger, and straighten and if you don’t have a white one, you can paint it.  Just be sure to let it dry very very well before you start handling it
  2. Using the wire cutters, cut the hanger into several lengths, approx 5 – 6 ” long
  3. Push one wine-cork onto the end of one 5″ length of wire
  4. Using the sharpie ( or other permanent marker) label the cork with the type of herb you’ve planted, or hope to plant, or planted a while ago and you forgot about it and it died…
  5. Place each marker next to the right herbs you planted. Be sure to get it right!  I made myself a sketch of where I planted which herb, so that adding the markers wouldn’t cause confusion and delay.

If you liked this up-cycle

You’ll need to make these lovely nature gifts in a jar, and these egg carton daffodils.  For more grown-upy type crafts, check out this awesome rag rug tutorial, or these super easy cotton napkins.  

Also, you can read about my herb garden prowess and get some seed starting ideas here if you’re looking to start your own – which you should totally do! 

DIY Wine Cork Garden Markers for Herb Gardens

 

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Best Gardening Ideas

Top 5 Gardening Ideas

This is it folks.  Get ready for full on Gardening Season.  The snow it is a melting, and seeds, they need to get sprouting.  To help get you ( and myself too!) off on the right foot, here are the Best Gardening Ideas.

Best Gardening Ideas from Seed Starting and a Composter, to Butterfly Gardens and Vegetables

Best Gardening Ideas

From ideas for Seed Starting to Building a Really Easy Composter Nemcsok Farms has got you covered.  We’ve tackled Butterfly Gardens , Fairy Tale Gardens and Vegetable Gardens!  

I put all of our favourite ideas, chosen by you, in one handy dandy little spot – click through to get to your favourites and what interests you most.

Our Most Popular Gardening Post of All Time

It is of no surprise to me that our visitors find our list of The Easiest Veggies to Grow the most useful item in our gardening section. 

Easiest Veggies You Can Grow - EVER.

Packed full of useful tips and advice on growing some high producing and low maintenance vegetables.  The perfect list for those gardeners who are just starting out, or who are just not going to spend all their time in the garden.  If you’re just starting out, I highly recommend you start here.

A Garden With A Happy Ending

Who doesn’t love a fairy tale?  Well everybody loves our ideas on how to Give Your Garden a Fairy Tale Look, with these suggestions on growing and caring for lupines.  Lupines are a native wildflower to our area and we all know native wildflowers are indeed where it is at.

Give Your Garden a Fairy Tale Look by Planting Lupines

Top 10 Seed Starting Ideas

After day dreaming about your garden all winter, seed starting is really where it all comes to fruition.  I had collected my favourite posts on Seed Starting Ideas and that collection continues to be a favourite for all of our Readers.  

Top Ten Seed Starting Ideas

Everybody wants to Build a Butterfly Garden

Everybody loves butterflies, and why not?  They are amazing and delightful little creatures that can entertain us for entire mornings and afternoons.  They also happen to be some serious pollinators which means having them around your yard, gardens and property will keep things growing! Make you add the creature comforts when Building A Butterfly Garden

How To Build A Butterfly Garden with Flowers and Other Essentials for Butterflies

A No Tools Required Kind of Project

A super easy and super cheap DIY Composter is what finished up the list of our Top 5 Gardening Ideas.  This project is so easy, you won’t even need any tools.  For real. 

Super Easy Super Cheap DIY Composter Pallet Project

And just think – I haven’t even started on our Best Gardening Printables yet!  Maybe next week

 

 

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UpCycled Paper Pots

DIY Up-Cycled Paper Pots from newspaper in two ways, for starting your garden seedlings

Earth Day is on April 22nd and it’s our 2nd time participating in the annual Earth Month Blog Hop. Last year we joined in on the recycling portion (no surprise there, right?) of the Natural Parenting Event with our post on How to Re-Use Absolutely Anything to Grow Plants In, and since this year is all about finding fun new uses for the materials and recyclables you have on hand we will have lots to contribute!  Take the challenge with us!

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DIY Up-Cycled Paper Pots from newspaper in two ways, for starting your garden seedlings

True to Form

Last Week’s Challenge was to up-cycle plastic into something fun, and as you would have expected, we decided to meet that challenge head on, with a really easy DIY Juice Jug Greenhouse project. We’re really sticking to our guns with this growing stuff as we meet this week’s challenge, paper or cardboard, again with a way to up-cycle it into something you can grow plants in. You got it, Up-Cycled Paper Pots.

Up-Cycled Paper Pots

Basically there are two ways to turn old newspapers into pots, with a Paper Pot Maker, yes it’s a thing and it works tremendously well, or by folding paper into a box.  

Using the Paper Pot Maker

Materials:

Directions:

  1. Cut the paper into strips, about 10″ long by 4″ wide
  2. Roll the paper around the handle portion of the Paper Pot Maker, making sure that the newspaper overhangs about an inch off the bottom of the roller
  3. Fold the bottom overlap in to close, and press firmly and turn the newly made pot on the roller, into the disc portion.
  4. Carefully slide the pot off of the roller, and repeat.  Many. Many. Times.

Using Origami

Materials:

Directions

  1. Use the origami instructions of your preference to make a box, you can see how I did it in the image below
  2. Cut the newspaper into either 6″ or 8″ squares
  3. Repeat over and over again until you’re really really good at it, and you’ve used up all of your newspaper.

DIY Up-Cycled Paper Pots from newspaper in two ways, for starting your garden seedlings

How To Use Your Up-Cycled Paper Pots

Same as you would any other pot for starting seeds, start by adding quality potting soil, add water to moisten, add your seeds, cover with a bit more soil, and place on a window sill.  Cover with a film of plastic wrap, or a clear lid from something else, and watch for your seeds to germinate and grow.

When your seedlings are ready to be transplanted to the garden, after hardening them off for a week, you can simply put the entire pot into the garden.  Make sure you’ve tilled in some organic matter and dried manure, dig your hole for the seeding, and place the whole pot right in.  Pack the soil in around and you’re ready to grow.

Be sure to check out all of our other posts on Seed Starting, like our Top Ten Ideas for Seed Starting, and all of our other great Green Living Ideas   The Garbage Deodorizer Pucks are a personal favourite. 

DIY Up-Cycled Paper Pots from newspaper in two ways, for starting your garden seedlings

Get Green, Crafty & Creative for Earth Day
 
If you enjoyed this post, you will love our book, Green, Crafty & Creative. Featuring 70 family and environmentally-friendly tips, crafts and activities from 10 different contributors, it is full of awesome inspiration for Earth Day fun. Green, Crafty & Creative is available for purchase in e-bookpaperback and Kindle formats, starting for as low as  $4.99.
 

Earth Month Up-cycle Challenge

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Build A Juice Jug GreenHouse

Join in on the Earth Month Up Cycling Challenge and Create Fun New Things from Everyday Recyclable Items

Earth Day is on April 22nd and it’s our 2nd time participating in the annual Earth Month Blog Hop. Last year we joined in on the recycling portion (no surprise there, right?) of the Natural Parenting Event with our post on How to Re-Use Absolutely Anything to Grow Plants In, and since this year is all about finding fun new uses for the materials and recyclables you have on hand we will have lots to contribute!  Take the challenge with us!

Join in on the Earth Month Up Cycling Challenge and Create Fun New Things from Everyday Recyclable Items

We’re Predictable

I am sure it comes as no shock to you that we are prepared and excited to meet this challenge.  I am doubly sure you are not surprised we are meeting this challenge with something we will use to grow plants in.  We just can’t help it, it is our way.

Give those plastic jugs and bottles at least one last hoorah before sending them on their way to the recycling facilities.

Build a Juice Jug Greenhouse

Materials

  • plastic bottles and jugs
  • scissors
  • soil
  • seeds
  • small shovel or scoop ( I used a recycled applesauce container – brownie points!)
  • water
  • lids for the jugs, or something to cover the top for the  – you’ll be removing it later

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Directions

  1. Rinse the jugs well, and remove the labels
  2. Cut the jugs in half, horizontally, as shown in the picture above
  3. Add potting soil to the bottom portion of the jug, and wet it until it is moist, but not soggy. Fill to approximately 2 inches from the top of the bottom half.
  4. Place your seeds on the soil.  Use about 3 or 4 seeds.  
  5. Cover the seeds with more soil, about 1/2″ to an 1″, water lightly, and replace the top portion of the bottle.
  6. Leave the cap on, or cover the whole at the top of the jug with something, so that you have created a green house, where the moisture and heat won’t leave.  
  7. Once you have a sprout, you may want to remove the cap, to ventilate.

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What to plant in your Juice Jug Greenhouse

I highly recommend trying to grow something you’ve never grown before, and if you do, be sure to tell us about it! Tomatoes and Peppers would be a good choice – I’ve used eggplant seeds in this tutorial.

Be sure to check out all of our other posts on Seed Starting, like our Top Ten Ideas for Seed Starting, and all of our other great Green Living Ideas   The Garbage Deodorizer Pucks are a personal favourite. 

Join in on the Earth Month Up Cycling Challenge and Create Fun New Things from Everyday Recyclable Items
Get Green, Crafty & Creative for Earth Day
 
If you enjoyed this post, you will love our book, Green, Crafty & Creative. Featuring 70 family and environmentally-friendly tips, crafts and activities from 10 different contributors, it is full of awesome inspiration for Earth Day fun. Green, Crafty & Creative is available for purchase in e-bookpaperback and Kindle formats, starting for as low as  $4.99.
 

Earth Month Up-cycle Challenge

 Join in on the Earth Month Up Cycling Challenge and Create Fun New Things from Everyday Recyclable Items

Visit the Earth Month Upcycle Challenge HQ and see who else is up to the challenge:

 

Using Plastic Containers for Seed Starters from Kara Carrero

Plastic Masks from Milk Jugs from Crafty Mama in ME

How to Make this Fantastic Plastic Bottle Terrarium from Witty Hoots

Upcycled Plastic Suncatchers from Books and Giggles

 

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Vegetable Planting Schedule: Starting Indoors

Schedule for Seed Starting Indoors

Get your gardening season off to a fabulous start with a vegetable planting schedule for starting seeds indoors. Starting seeds indoors is a great way to give your plants a head start, likely get you a better yield, and once those seedlings start sprouting, you will be encouraged and inspired to carry on.  There’s nothing quite like a nod from Mother Nature telling you you’re doing it right.  

 vegetable planting schedule - starting indoors

Starting Seeds Indoors

It’s fun and incredibly satisfying to see the life cycle of a plant.  Most if not all areas in Canada and the US don’t have a long enough summer to give certain fruits and vegetables time to complete their cycles, so we need to give plants a critical head start by germinating and growing seedlings in the warm indoors in early spring. Seeds wont germinate until frosts have ended and weather warms up, so for those that need a bit of a longer season, they need to be started indoors, instead of started directly in the ground.  For a schedule of plants that can be direct seeded, check out Vegetable Planting Schedule for Direct Seeding

Vegetable Planting Schedule

You want to start your seeds indoors, but not sure when to start what?  Can you just start all the seeds in march and hope for the best?  Well, of course you can, but I have a better idea.  Use this Planting Schedule -Starting Indoors for an idea of what you need to start, and when.  I’ve also indicated where you should be hardening off your plants, and when you can likely begin to harvest.  

Variables

Of course, keep in mind the last frost date typical to your area, your potting soil quality, the conditions of your garden soil, and the quality of your seeds.  For simplicity, this schedule was made based on a last frost date of the first week of june.  You are welcome to adjust your schedule accordingly.

Planting Schedule -Starting Indoors jpeg

More information

When starting seeds indoors, keep in mind that your seedlings will need light and warmth, and water.  Like anything in life, moderation is key.  Don’t over water, don’t overheat, and don’t leave your sprouts under lights 24 hours a day. This out your plants as they sprout, so that they are not competing for space.  You can always move the ones you are thinning out to other pots.  You’ve got a 50 / 50 chance of it surviving. 

About a week before your garden is ready for all of the lovely thriving plants to move in, and the danger of frost has passed, move your plants to a sheltered spot outside.  In the shade, but not in the dark.  You’ll have some good hardy plants ready to start giving you lots of yummy vegetables.

Schedule for Seed Starting Indoors

If you thought this was useful, you might want to have a look at our Garden Maintenance Planner, our Vegetable Journal and our Garden Plot Layout printable. 

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ReUse Anything to Start Your Seedlings

Upcycle, Recycle, Reuse Anything and Everything from newspaper to plastic jugs to start your seedlings
 Pick through your recycling bin for your next set of pots for Seed Starting – Grow food, save the world.  And money, save money.
 

 

 Upcycle, Recycle, Reuse Anything and Everything from newspaper to plastic jugs to start your seedlings

That’s right, anything.

If you are already interested in growing your own vegetables, flowers and plants you’re already doing your part as far as I’m concerned.  However, with anything in life, there is always room for improvement.

Before we get into the good stuff, let’s remember the three Rs – reduce, reuse, and recycle – and think of it in an order of operations type of way.  The first step, is to reduce.  The last step, is to recycle.  Right smack in the middle, is reuse.

Let’s go to the re-cycling bin…

Reuse anything from your recycling bin to start seedlings

Egg cartons, ice cream cartons, juice cartons… just to name a few, can all be used for starting seeds.

I am not here to lecture you on reducing your purchasing of ‘stuff’ – I am far from perfect.  There are things we are going to accumulate, and we have resigned ourselves to the fact that atleast most of the stuff we are bringing home is recyclable. But let’s not forget the middle step.  Reuse.  So head over to your recycling pile, and see what’s there….. 

Egg cartons, yogurt cups, applesauce containers, and anything similar in size, be it plastic, or paper, is suitable for starting seeds in.

Sour cream, ice cream, cottage cheese, cream cheese and anything similar in size, be it plastic or paper, is suitable for starting larger plant seeds in ( such as pumpkin, watermelon and zucchini ) AND are also great for transplanting established seedlings into.

Juice and milk cartons are great for starting larger seeds in as well.  They are also great for transplanting established seeds into.  Plus, they also make great trays.

Juice and Milk Cartons make great plant trays

Juice cartons make ideal trays.

Get Creative

Plastic juice jugs can make ideal green houses

Cut the bottoms off of juice jugs for mini greenhouses.

Pretty much, if it can hold soil, you can start a seed in it.  And really, why not reuse the refuse you have already set aside for recycling anyway. 

I am a big fan of making paper pots, as you may recall from this post (click to read) and I also reuse pretty much every plastic pot that I have accumulated over the years (as well as those that others have collected over the years). 

Upcycle, Recycle, Reuse Anything and Everything from newspaper to plastic jugs to start your seedlings

It shouldn’t cost a fortune to save money, and it shouldn’t cost a fortune to save the earth.

Want to read some more great ideas about natural food and gardening?  Click on the image below. 

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Top Ten Seed Starting Ideas

Top Ten Seed Starting Ideas
I have here for you, the top ten seed starting ideas.  Starting seeds in late winter is a great way to feel productive and also a wonderful way to ward off the winter blues and blahs.  I have put together a list of the best ideas out there for getting your seeds started, and to get us well on our way to welcoming spring!
 
Top Ten Seed Starting Ideas

Top Ten Seed Starting Ideas

Magic Seed Star Carrots are Orange

Juice Box Planters Parenting Chaos

Starting Seeds Indoors The Educators Spin on It
 
Kids Planting Seeds Buggy and Buddy
 
Growing Grass Mama Smiles
 
Gardening With Kids Fireflies and Mudpies
 
Planting Peas Preschool Powol Packets
 
In Egg Shells Powerful Mothering
 
Yogurt Cup Planters Arts Crackers
 
Newspaper Pots Nemcsok Farms
 
Top Ten Seed Starting Ideas
 
Happy Seeding!
 

 

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Top 10 Rainbow Ideas for St Patricks Day from Powerful Mothering

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Top 10 St Patrick’s Day Ideas for Toddlers from Adventures of Adam

Top 10 Rainbow Science Activities from Preschool Powol Packets

Top 10 Preschool Activities for St. Patrick’s Day from Bare Feet on the Dashboard

Top 10 Rainbow Art Ideas for Kids from Messy Little Monster

Top 10 Rainbow Fine Motor Ideas from Still Playing School

Top 10 Shamrock Crafts from Multicraftingmummy

Top 10 Rainbow Busy Bags for Preschool from Something 2 Offer

Top 10 Rainbow Learning Activities for Preschoolers from Mom Inspired Life

Top 10 Seed Starting Activities from Nemcsok Farms

Top 10 St. Patrick’s Day Printables from The Pleasantest Thing

Head on over to these other fabulous pages to see what their top ten lists for St. Patrick’s Day!