Re-purposed Backyard Blog

re-purposed backyard blog hubcap daisyThe Re-purposed backyard blog is about making something new out of something old or discarded, creating art out of re-purposed, recycled or re-used items, something fun for your garden or useful for your outdoor living space. What you can create is only limited by what you can imagine.

Our re-purposed backyard blog is where we will share how-to instructions on what we are creating for our re-purposed backyard. Be sure to visit our Re-purposed Backyard Gallery to view just a few of the many items we have created over the years using re-purposed items. Check back often to see whats new!

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Recycled Plastics for your Garden

No matter where you go, you hear people discussing the virtues of recycling. Personally, I am a huge fan of the “three R’s”; recycle, reduce & reuse, or should I say “four R’s”, have to add my favorite, re-purpose. The environmentally conscious tell us we should avoid purchasing items made with plastic like plastic water bottles or even the plastic

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Hiring a Pond Professional

A couple of weeks ago Dave was repairing a pond that a “professional” installed. We seem to see a lot of this type of service call these days, which got me to thinking. Don’t get me wrong, we appreciate the work and Dave loves a challenge, but, so many of these repairs can be avoided if the pond is installed

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Sexy Gardening

goldendewdrop

Bend, twist, push, grunt… squat, reach, pull, grunt… That is my work out, no not at the gym but in my garden. Although you may not feel sexy working out in the garden wearing old sweats and covered in dirt but try changing your gym workout to a garden workout and watch the results both physically and mentally. Not to

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2012 Plant Hardiness Zone Map

2012 plant hardiness zone map

The US Department of Agriculture released the 2012 Plant Hardiness Zone Map, it is the first update provided by the USDA since 1990.  According to the USDA website, “The 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on

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Spring Pond Checklist

feeding time

Follow these tips in our Spring Pond Checklist to get your pond ready for warmer weather. 1. Add or transplant your Water lilies, fertilize & prune: A 9″ or larger shallow no-hole pot works best for lilies. If your lily is already in a large pot, you can re-use the pot just change out the old soil for new soil. Water

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Feng Shui for your outdoor living space

Your outdoor living space should be a source of harmony and happiness. A place for you to relax after a long day at work. There are many ways to create a relaxing atmosphere in your garden. One of which is to use the principals of Feng Shui. Feng Shui is a Chinese design philosophy, if applied will help promote healing

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The Village Pharmacy

village pharmacy

Neem oil comes from the seeds of the Neem Tree. The botanical name for Neem is Azadirachta indica, which translates to “The Free Tree of India”. For many centuries Neem has been used for its antibacterial, antifungal & healing properties. Although, it is fairly new to the western world, it is the most heavily researched remedy in India and is

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Pond Predators

Heron

Every fall we receive phone calls and emails from upset customers whom have lost fish to pond predators. We can sympathize and know first hand that terrible feeling they have when they realize their pond is now a sushi bar. Herons, Egrets and raccoons are the most popular culprits in our area but there are others to watch for too.

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