Flower Garden Upgrade

Flower Garden Upgrade

When I moved into my house, I removed a bush and created a small flower garden.  Since then, I’ve increased my curb appeal by giving my garden a complete makeover.

This project was especially cool because of how much of my landscaping I was able to reuse. I moved the rocks into my back yard to create a rock and vegie garden (more to come on that later) and I moved the grass from the back yard into the front yard.  I used the backyard grass to add a layer to the front yard and to patch in the new areas that didn’t have grass.  My front yard had sunken and water had been piling up everywhere.  Now, not so much and the grass is all starting to look whole.

It’s also funny how the garden changes throughout the season.  The pictures below span over two and a half months.  Also, check out those roots from my huge tree!  The roots are about an inch and a half thick.

Home Made Decorative Wreaths

Every once in a while I get the creative bug and want to do some arts and crafts.  This time, I was going to make some wreaths.  One for Christmas, and one for every day to match my house colors.  So, I took myself to the Hobby store then to Walmart since they of course are a million times cheaper for most items.  I gathered enough to do two types of wreaths but quickly learned that I do not have the same patience as I did when I was younger.

Here’s the style of wreath  on making for the teal wreath.  This is a wreath I made back in I believe middle school.  I also believe it’s the best one I’ve made yet.  Something about the young creative mind.


Once I decided not to use the above method for the teal wreath, I had to find another way.  So, I grabbed the wired wreath and had to think a bit.  I ended up cutting the teal fabric into about 8″ x 1″ strips then tying them in double knots around the wire alternating sides.  I ended up with ends of these strips sticking out everywhere so I decided to pin them to the back of the wreath.

Here’s how the wreath turned out.  I added the ribbon and flower as an extra touch.  I’m quite happy with how the wreath turned out but of course ended up returning the extra supplies since I didn’t make as many wreathes as I had planned on making.


 Home Made Decorative Wreaths


Front Yard Flower Garden

DIY Flower Garden

June 24, 2013 – Day 82

Here is my yard after being weeded with a simple bush at the front of the porch.  Of course, being a fan of color, I needed a flower garden.  Plus, the bush was dying so, I pulled out my tools and got to work.

Here’s how I did it:

Step 1: Get all of the Rocks out of the Area. 
And put into a large container that you will have to have multiple people help you move.  That wasn’t the smartest idea.

Step 2: Remove the old Plant

Like most would, I grabbed a shovel, placed it near the root of the plant, and stepped on the shovel.  Unfortunately, even with jumping the shovel didn’t budge.  So, being a woman who is determined to everything, I went to plan B.  I grabbed shears and cut the plant down to just the roots then a small hack saw to get the roots out of the ground.  So, Something that would have taken about 3 minutes ended up taking an hour but I still had my pride.  And, I lived alone, what else was I to do?

Step 3:  Loosen the dirt. 
I used a small three prong hand tiller that I can put into the dirt then twist making sure to avoid the drip line.

Step 4:  Buy Materials for the Garden
Like most projects, This one began randomly one day and I had not gotten any supplies for the garden.  Although, I had researched what I wanted the garden to look like.  Here’s what I bought:
  • Plant Soil
  • White Mini Fencing
  • Assorted Flowers – (The middle one is the only perennial and I wish I hadn’t gotten it because I don’t want it every year)

Step 5:  Put it all Together

Here is the finished garden from my first year in my house. The only thing I would change about the project is that I would have done it a few weeks earlier because of weather conditions, but it still turned out how I expected.

Step 6: Convince Someone to Help Move the Rocks!