The Great Shed Garden Makeover

Once upon a time, my shed/ chicken coop used to be cute.  But then I messed with it, and then I wrote a book and I ignored it, and now I have a big fat mess. Here is what it used to look like: .I was into orange like crazy, the foxgloves were happy, and…

Before & After: Trading Scattered Weeds for a Well Kept Yard

When Brittany from Life as the Mrs. noticed that her yard was in an unacceptable state of disarray, she couldn’t be bothered by it any more. So she did what I would love to be able to do sometimes and called a landscaper. Don’t get me wrong- I highly enjoy being out in my yard,…

Before & After: A New Covered Walkway

I found this makeover the other morning over at a website called Wood & Bones. The homeowners were seeking more shade for their sunny backyard but knew that it could take years if they planted a tree and relied on its future canopy. So instead of waiting, Bill decided to build a new pergola as a…

Before & After: A New Start for an Overgrown Corner

A few years ago, Shanade and her husband decided that their backyard was getting a little out of hand. Because their yard is fairly large, simplifying was definitely at the top of their list. With some pre-planning and the help of a landscaping company, they transplanted a few shrubs to make room for their new…

Alien, Terminator, and Flamethrowers for Mothers Day

Alien, Terminator, and Flamethrowers for Mothers Day

I am still working my way thought the spring clean up and last weekend I focussed on the vegetable garden. It is a special kind of mess since, with limited time for actual gardening (due to book writing) through all of last year, much of it was left to be taken over by the encroaching…

Before & After: A New Fence & Path for this Dated Backyard

Hello everyone! I hope all of your spring gardening is off to a great start! Here’s another Before & After post to keep the ideas rolling. I found this one over at a blog called Mel & Liza. Like many homeowners, when Liza moved into her first house, she couldn’t wait to start working outside….

Before & After: A Backyard Filled with Hummingbirds and More

Last week I received an email from Dana who writes a blog called Catnip and Mint. She sent a few photos along with a short write up and I thought you guys would enjoy it. The most remarkable part of it all is that she’s only been working on it for a year! Check it…

Before & After: Scott’s Front Yard Curb Appeal

  I’ve been thinking about adding a few plants & stones to the corner of my yard, so finding this makeover was great timing. Scott mostly writes about technology & music on his blog, but google took me to this post from a few years back and I thought it would be a good fit for…

Before & After: A Newly Functional Corner Transformation

  Just a quick before & after for your reading pleasure…this makeover project was finished by Johnson’s Landscaping Service out of Maryland- the company traces its roots all the way back to 1933! Wow! Anyway, I always love a great corner makeover project, so I thought I’d share this one with you. This corner started…

DIY:  Ideas for an Earthy Easter

DIY: Ideas for an Earthy Easter

Its in Swedish so you will have to allow google to translate for you but Ikea has some beautifully earthy ideas for easter on their blog.   This arrangment with the textures of grass, quail eggs, feathers and dirt mixed with the fresh greenery of spring bulbs perfectly captures the season. Read More

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