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10 Easy Yet Beautiful DIY Garden Trellis Projects


If you have grown some climbing plants and now they are in a need of a trellis then you can easily make one by yourself too. We have collected some DIY and easy versions of garden trellises that you are not only going to admire but would want to try as well. So, take a look at the ideas below:

1. Make a Ladder Like Trellis with Twigs and Rope


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2. Get Thrifty and Recycle Old Garden Tools Like These Shovel, Rake and Spade


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3. Re-imagine an Old Wagon Wheel into a Trellis


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4. For Trying Something New Build an Obelisk Trellis from Wood for Just 10 Bucks


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5. Another Budget-Friendly Option Could be a Pallet Trellis


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6. Make a Beauteous Lattice Trellis with Bamboo


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7. You Can Make a Wonderful Trellis with Old Bike Wheels


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8. Upcycle Springs of an Old Mattress into a Trellis


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9. Make a Hinged Trellis with a Wood Frame and Chicken Wire


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10. Make a Stylish Chevron Trellis from Wood


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Do’s and Don’ts of Summer Landscaping



11 tips that will save your garden, lawn, and flowers … not to mention your green thumb rep.

Whether you’re dealing with a California drought, an mid-Atlantic heat wave or Deep South downpours, summer can be a tricky time to garden. Here’s what you need to know before you leave the comfort of the air conditioning for a steamy backyard jungle.

DON’T: Plant cool-season vegetables

Generally speaking, it’s a bad idea to attempt veggies like peas, lettuce, carrots and radishes in summer. They will quickly bolt in the heat, meaning that they’ll devote their energy to blooming and producing seeds, making the edible parts bitter.

DO: Plant hot-season vegetables

Take advantage of summer’s plentiful heat and sunshine by planting these heat-loving edibles: okra, sweet potatoes, chili peppers, cowpeas, yardlong beans and eggplant. Okra produces prolific pods all summer long, and is drought-tolerant as far as vegetables go. Sweet potatoes make an excellent temporary groundcover in veggie gardens and flowerbeds, shading out weeds until the arrival of cold weather, when they can be harvested.

DON’T: Water unless necessary

It’s tempting to set the sprinklers on a timer, kick up your feet and consider it taken care of. But here’s why that’s a problem: First off, do you really want to be the guy or gal who’s caught running sprinklers in a rain storm? Water plants when they are newly planted, or are wilting and/or dropping leaves due to drought.

DO: Use drought-tolerant plants

Drought-tolerant plants are all the rage, and not just because they conserve water. Grow drought-tolerant plants because they’re low-maintenance and because you’re an average person with — you know— a life. That said, ‘drought-tolerant’ does not mean that you can plant it and forget it. Keep the soil moist until the plant takes off on its own.

DON’T: Turn your back on the garden

Because in summer, things can change in a heartbeat. Plants can succumb to pests, drought, wet soil or rot in a matter of days. Pay attention to weather forecasts and be on the lookout for plants that are clearly struggling. Don’t hesitate to use those pruners on any bullies that seem to be taking over less vigorous plants. When in doubt, rip it out.

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DO: Water deeply

Water like you really mean it — with a deep soak so that the water penetrates the soil without running off or evaporating in the summer heat. Watering deeply will also encourage deeper root growth, which helps plants (especially shrubs and trees) stay healthier and more drought-tolerant in the long run. Water in the root-zone with a high falutin’ garden nozzle, a soaker hose, or nothing more than a hose and a full stream of water.

DON’T: ‘Scalp’ your lawn

If you plan on turning your summer lawn into a practical putting green and you mow your lawn close, you’ll be sorely disappointed by the results. (Unless you’re willing to settle for a putting brown, that is.) Short cuts mean less drought-tolerance, patchier growth, more weeds and shallow roots. When in doubt, cut high.

DO: Fertilize warm-season grasses

Give your lawn a pick-me-up to cope with the summer heat. Your local garden center should have a good selection of fertilizers to suit your region and/or lawn type. Fertilize according to label instructions, using a broadcast, handheld or drop spreader for even coverage. Generally speaking, don’t feed on a hot day with temps above 90 degrees.

DON’T: Water in the afternoon

It’s a myth that sunlight will become magnified by water droplets and burn the plants, but watering in the hottest part of the day is still pretty useless because many plants will go semi-dormant, and water quickly evaporate in summer. Water in the early morning so that the plants’ roots have a chance to absorb moisture.

DON’T: Let weeds go to seed

Procrastinate all you want, but pull those weeds before they have a chance to bloom and go to seed, spreading their progeny all over your garden to proliferate and give you headaches. Don’t settle for hand-pulling everything either: use a hoe or cultivator for new weeds in loose soil, or a heavy-duty weeding tool like a hori-hori knife, hook or mattock for tough, established weeds.

DO: Plant tropical bulbs

Much of your garden will slow down in the heat of summer, but tropical bulbs such as caladiums, elephant ears, cannas and gingers will only grow faster. Create a lush and jungly understory beneath shady trees by planting en masse, or use sparely for architectural interest in container combos and flowerbeds.

8 Easy Ways to Make Money in Your Own Backyard

By: Lisa Johnson Mandell


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You’re probably not aware of it, but there could be a gold mine in your backyard!

No, we’re not talking about the Eureka-gold-nuggets-whisker-faced-prospectors type of gold mine; we mean more of a take-advantage-of-what-the-land-provides-to-make-a-little-extra-spending-money type. And some of these outdoor projects even hit the home trifecta: easy, fun, and lucrative!

Here are some ways to get started.

Make good with wood

Estimated earnings: Hundreds or thousands of dollars per tree

If you have densely wooded property full of hardwood trees such as birch, oak, or mahogany, there are companies that will come out and thin those trees, harvesting them for timber, and pay you to do something you might have paid someone else thousands of dollars to do instead. A website called SellYourTrees.com makes it all very easy.

Use your yard clippings

Estimated earnings: From about 20 cents an ounce

Yard clippings and kitchen waste can be surprisingly profitable when converted to compost and/or fertilizer. There are plenty of videos and books available that can teach you how to treat your plant-product waste. And yeah, you can even worm your way into some serious coin, as resourceful Princeton classmates Tom Szaky and Jon Beyer did by starting their own worm bin, which produces rich, organic, liquid fertilizer from insect waste.

Their company, TerraCycle, now sells its wares at ubiquitous stores such as Home Depot and Wal-Mart, and has developed numerous recycling products that can help you do the same.

Be a sap

Estimated earnings: Up to $15 per pint of maple syrup

Retired teacher Dick Henderson of Thunder Bay, Canada, realized all the sap from his huge maple trees was going to waste, so he decided to tap the trees and make maple syrup. Although he uses it for his own purposes and gives the rest away, plenty of others bottle their sap and sell it to tourists and gift shops. Delicious!

Horn in on the antler industry

Estimated earnings: $1 per inch of antler

If you live in an area where elk roam wild (e.g., Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, or Utah) and you come across a nice rack (elk shed their antlers once a year in early spring), they could provide quite the windfall.

“Sheds,” as the antlers are called, are a hot commodity to people who use them to craft furniture and lamps, or want a source for all-natural doggie chews. They can sell at retail for several dollars per inch.

Kevin Foutz, a rancher in Colorado, notes that “hard bone” brokers are easy to find on Craigslist. And by the way, Foutz says if you have a ranch dog, you can train it to find and retrieve antlers.

Get in a jam with fruit

Estimated earnings: Up to $12 per jar

If you’re fortunate enough to have fruit trees, try bottling or canning what grows on your premises. Homemade jams sell at a premium in fancy country stores, and lemon curd happens to be all the rage right now. Tomato sauces and bottled apple pie filling are also popular. You can sell them at farmers markets or in upscale food boutiques.

Get in the swim

Estimated earnings: $10 to $35 per lesson

If you have a pool, you can have a classroom. Take lifeguard, water safety, and swimming instruction classes at the local YMCA or community college, and voila! You can teach those little tadpoles a thing or two about how to behave in the water. Many parents would prefer private lessons in a quiet place with fewer distractions than they’d find at a public pool.

Provide parking space

Estimated earnings: $35 to $100 per month

Here’s an idea that doesn’t require trees, grass, or a green thumb. As a matter of fact, if your backyard is all cement, it’s even better. Offer to store someone’s boat, RV, or extra car. If you have a covered area a vehicle will fit under, you can charge even more.

Grow your own … anything

Estimated earnings: $5 or more per plant

We know what you’re thinking, and at the moment there are 23 states where that is legal, with certain stipulations. But there are plenty of other high-cash crops that you might not have thought of and require little space, including ornamental succulents, catnip, saffron, truffles, and mushrooms. Granted, your yard may need to meet special requirements in terms of sun, shade, and moisture, but there’s essentially a cash crop for any type of land, so be sure to check.