Gardenista's Favorite DIY Projects

By slatalla | A roundup of our favorite DIY projects for blurring the boundaries between outdoors and in.

April To-Do: Rehab Time for Garden Pots

In April, we pull out our favorite tools and potions to get garden planters and pots in shape; spring cleaning isn’t reserved for just the indoors. …

Eric Cohler Star Flush-Mount Light

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The Romance of the Homemade Candle

In the colonial era, enterprising New Englanders quickly discovered that the wax produced by boiling the prolific gray berries that grew along the …

DIY: Rustic Gate Clasp

A project for beachcombers: stones collected from the shore, strung together to form a simple gate clasp.<p>Above: A set of five hand-drilled stones …

7 Things You Should Do to Protect Fireflies

Compared to photographing them, catching fireflies is about the easiest thing to do. And in the summertime, spending at least one evening running …

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DIY: How to Clean and Care for Garden Pruners<p>by Erin Boyle<p>How to Repot an Orchid (Without Killing It)<p>by Kristina Hacker<p>How to Navigate the NYC Flower …

DIY: Modern Mothballs (No Chemicals Included)

Summertime shouldn’t be synonymous with the pungent smell of mothballs, but for anyone lucky enough to have a summer house, it too often is. People …

Round Cutting Board

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Bee’s Wrap: Just like Plastic Wrap, Minus the Plastic

In my kitchen–and in my home in general–I try my best to avoid plastic of any kind. In fact, this past winter I purchased my very first roll of …

Six-Burner 36-inch Cooktop

• 15,000 BTU/hr and 375 BTU/hr ExtraLow simmer-and-hold capacity.<p>High performance with fast time-to-boil and even heat distribution.<p>ExtraLow Feature: …

Light Extending Table

This innovative dining table extends with ease and elegance, offering three possible lengths. The tabletop is made from engineered solid wood, a …

Maytag 36" 5-Burner Gas Cooktop

Maytag MGC5536BD 36″ Gas Cooktop with 5 Sealed Burners Including 1 Simmer Burner, Continuous Grates, Electronic Ignition and Frameless Design<p>Maytag …

DIY: How to Make a Bouquet Garni

A bouquet garni is simply a small “bouquet” of fresh herbs that you pop into a broth, soup, or stew for seasoning as it cooks. A staple in French …

DIY: Instant Children’s Teepee, Summer Edition

Last summer, I spotted a great looking teepee in the neighborhood that seemed like a perfectly doable DIY. I was compelled to investigate. Greg Pitt …

Risky Business: Oven Canning Jam

If you mention the topic of oven canning, prepare to get an earful of advice against trying the technique. Warnings include: Your jars will blow up! …

An English Gardener’s Diary: Spring at Last

This is only my second installment from England, and I had reckoned on writing to you all sooner, but something extraordinary happened. Spring …

Ikea Hacks: A Portable Kitchen and Indoor Herb Garden

Spotted, via Italian designers Teste di Legno, an ingenious way to combine off-the-shelf Ikea components to make a custom compact kitchen, complete …

Mystery Revealed: How to Grow Things in Perfectly Straight Rows

Mark out straight lines on paths and garden beds with two pegs and a piece of twine:<p>Above: A Pegit by Nutscene, which consists of two beech pegs and …

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How to Arrange Flowers Like a Frenchwoman: 8 Chic Techniques<p>by Annie Quigley<p>Landscaping 101: How to Kill Poison Ivy<p>by Michelle Slatalla<p>Recipe: A …

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The Secret Ingredient to Make Windows Shine Bright Like a Diamond

When it comes to cleaning my home, I like to take as natural an approach as possible. In my ideal world, the process of making my own cleaning …

Miracle Cure for Allergies: Gentle Nettle Tea

I never had allergies growing up. As soon as the weather was warm, I would throw off my jacket and practice log rolls down our backyard hill. I …

Plants & Seeds

Plants & Seeds<p>Tillandsia Streptophylla<p>$9.00USD from Spyloh<p>Plants & Seeds<p>Marble Queen Devil's Ivy<p>$6.00USD from Spyloh<p>Houseplants<p>Pinstripe …

DIY: An Easy Way to Grow Celery from Its Root

Only recently have I begun to appreciate the celery stalk—adding it to soups and grinding it down into a salt—as my new kitchen secret for adding …

DIY: Hanging Easter Posies

In celebration of that time of year when one gets to indulge with abandon in bunnies, chicks, and all things “cute, pretty, and pastel,” my children …

Houseplant Help: Is It OK to Reuse Potting Soil?

When repotting a houseplant or transplanting seedlings to a window box, the urban gardener has to answer a basic container-gardening question: Is it …

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Over the weekend, James and I celebrated Earth Hour. Maybe celebrate is too joyous of a term. Perhaps I should be saying that we <i>observed</i> Earth Hour …

Martha's Flower-Arranging Secrets

Celebrate big, billowing flowers with an exuberant large-scale arrangement. This display showcases the unrestrained beauty of hydrangeas. An armful of the flowers overflows a generous glazed-iron urn-shaped vase in an effortlessly elegant way. Tendrils of clematis winding through the blooms …

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