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My Best Friend Tree

Everybody needs a safe place when they are going through hard times, and sometimes safe places don’t look like you think. I was born and spent my childhood in central Alaska, and much of those 12 years could be considered hard times.  And my safe place? Up in a quaking aspen tree, one of the many trees …

The Weeping Willow

My parents built a new house a couple of years before I was born. The old farmhouse was showing its years. Like most houses built in Eastern Oregon during the latter half of the nineteenth century, it was wisely located in a sheltered canyon with easy access to water.  The new, ranch-style house was up the road …

Trees, Please!

Maybe it’s because I grew up in central Alaska where permafrost kept the trees dwarfed. Or maybe it’s because my next stop was California’s redwood empire. For whatever reason, though I grow a mean veggie garden and a wide and wild mix of flowers, trees are my first love. That’s also made them my garden specialty. The …

30 Raised Garden Bed Ideas

Both beginning and experienced gardeners love raised garden beds. Here are 30 cool ideas for raised garden beds, from the practical to the extraordinary. More gardening ideas: tips for gardening with kids, front yard landscaping ideas, and creative flower bed ideas. 30 Raised Garden Bed Ideas Both beginning and experienced gardeners love raised garden beds, […] The …

Large Outdoor DIY Monogram Letter Planter Box

Watch how to build an outdoor DIY monogram letter using easy to follow woodworking plans. This large wood monogram planter box holds flowers, succulents, or herbs for a big impact on your porch or at an outdoor wedding.  You’ll also love our other outdoor woodworking plans like our raised garden bed table and garden arbor […] The …

My Tree Journey: Lessons from a Lemon Tree

In 2013 I moved to a new city. I arrived the week of a massive snowstorm, which meant I was in a new city… stuck inside. As soon as spring came, I was antsy to get out and figure out where I was living. I was also desperate to plant things. I had barely any outdoor space, …

Blue Blooms On Your Favorite Shrub

Blue flowers are not something you see in everyone’s landscape. Previously it was somewhat difficult to find plants with blossoms of this color that many people desired for their garden, blue is thought to be calming and cooling. While there have always been a few blue-blooming specimens available, they were limited. Those in more difficult zones were …

DIY Climbing Rose Trellis Along a Concrete Porch

Wondering how to cover an exterior concrete wall? See how Erin created an easy DIY climbing rose trellis along her porch foundation.  As you’re updating your home exterior, you’ll also want read How to Paint a Concrete Patio plus 13 Ways to Hide Outdoor Eyesores.  Ideas To Cover a Concrete Wall When you’re adding curb […] The …

6 Ways to Transform Your Living Space with Indoor Trees

We’ve all been spending more time at home lately, and if your indoor spaces are starting to feel a little stale, you’re not alone. The good news? There are so many ways to bring the natural world into our homes. Say goodbye to stuffy and confined — we’re opening our hearts and homes to indoor trees, for …

9 Creative Makeover Ideas for a Concrete Patio

Nine ways to update or makeover your patio. There are so many great makeover concrete patio ideas to create a beautiful outdoor living space. Don’t stop with just a concrete patio makeover. Build one of these 2×4 patio projects, a patio set, or a plywood sectional. Concrete Patio Ideas Concrete patios are very durable, but […] The …