Posts in "Recycled & Repurposed"

Palm Frond Succulent Container Arrangement

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My latest garden craft uses repurposed palm fronds as containers for succulent plants.

I love the way the containers look and I'm very satisfied with how easy they are to make.

 

Watch the garden segment as seen on Home & Family show with Shirley Bovshow!

 

 

 
If you live in an area where there are no palm trees, you can order the fronds online at crafting stores.
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You can also check your indoor mall for palm fronds; many grow palm trees indoors.

 

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In Southern California, the windy season blows many palm fronds to the ground and all I have to do is drive around and pick up my future "container" materials from the street!

 

The rest of the materials are inexpensive, so give this project a try. 

You have nothing to lose!

As seen on the Home & Family show on Hallmark channel.

 

MATERIALS FOR PALM FROND SUCCULENT CONTAINERS

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  • Palm fronds- any shape you like from "boat-like" to flat frond. 
  • sphagnum moss
  • plastic chicken wire
  • metal wire

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  • outdoor grade crafting paint in your favorite color
  • polyurethane sealer-glossy
  • twine
  • copper or steal wool pot scrubber
  • succulent cuttings

I created my palm frond succulent container arrangements for the Home & Family show using succulents from Proven Winners brand, Savvy Succulents.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

1. Clean the inside and outside of your palm frond with a copper pot scrubber- works just as well as sand paper!

2. Wipe off dust

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3. Apply 2 coats of outdoor grade paint to outside and seal with polyurethane.

4. Wet the moss until moist but not saturated with water.

 

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5. Cut a piece of plastic chicken wire the length of the inside of the palm frond 'pocket' and wide enough to fold over and fill with moss. Make sure it is small enough to fit inside the pocket or flat area.

 

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6. Close the "chicken wire and moss" burrito with thin gauge wire.

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7. Take succulent cuttings from your garden or from plants bought at garden center. Remove all the soil around roots.

8. Stick the succulent cuttings into the sphagnum moss and use a pencil to help create an opening in the moss.

 

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9. Wrap twine or metal wire around the palm frond and moss to secure it and the cuttings to the frond.

10. Place palm frond container arrangement indoors in bright room, but not in direct sun, or outdoors in covered patio.

 

SHIRLEY BOVSHOW'S POND FROND SUCCULENT CONTAINERS

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Shirley Bovshow, garden lifestyle expert for Home & Family Show on Hallmark channel

with her succulent container arrangement.

 

red-palm-frond-succulent-container-designed-shirley-bovshowPalm frond painted red and used as succulent container.

 

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Do you  have any questions about making the palm frond succulent containers?

 

 

 

 

Autumn Wreath: Repurposed Corn Stalk From Garden

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The corn harvest  at the "Home & Family" show vegetable garden has ended after an extremely hot summer season in Los Angeles.

We enjoyed a few juicy cobs and now it's time to dig up the brown, sun-dried corn plants and repurpose them in my autumn wreath!

Take a look at how simple and affordable it is to make an autumn wreath from upcycled corn stalk parts. 

 

If you want to learn how to grow corn successfully in a small garden, visit my other blog, Foodie Gardener.

 

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Home and Family vegetable garden and corn patch in September.

 

MATERIALS FOR CORN STALK AUTUMN WREATH

Corn stalk parts cut and separated- tassles, corn husk leaves, old corn cobs left on the stalk

Straw wreath- $3 at Joann's

Twine

Floral pins

Dried flowers, ribbons and other decorative materials

Water bottle to spray materials if dry and brittle

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

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1. Cut cornstalk and separate the tassles, leaves and dried leftover corn cobs into different piles.

 

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2. Bundle 5 to 6 corn leaves of similar size together with twine.

    Make as many bundles as needed to fill the straw wreath as full as you like it to be.

 

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3. Tie leaf bundles around the straw wreath in a clockwise direction.

 

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4.     The first layer of Fall wreath is complete.

        You can add more leaf bundles if you like.

 

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5. Add the corn tassles on top of the corn leaf layer.

   Make the tassle layer as full as you like, adding more layers.

 

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6. Decorate your corn wreath with dried flowers, seedpods, ribbon, and other decorative materials.

 

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Cristina and Mark decorate Shirley's autumn wreath using a glue gun to add dried flowers and ribbon.

 

 

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Shirley stands by her autumn wreath made from repurposed corn stalks from the garden!

 

That is it!

 

Hang your autumn wreath with pride!
If you didn't grow corn, you can purchase corn stalk bundles at your local pumpkin patch for approximately 8 dollars.

You will need 2 corn stalk bundles for a wreath like mine.

 

Have fun and Happy Fall!

 

Watch my Autumn Wreath segment as seen on Home & Family show!

Vertical Herb Garden: Living, Spinning Spice Rack

Shirley Bovshow's "Living Spice Rack" that spins and is portable.

You can make a vertical herb garden, a "living spice rack" that spins, using a repurposed tomato cage!

Vertical gardens are very popular these days because it allows you to free up your floor space without sacrificing space for gardening.

One of my favorite pasttimes is coming up with ideas to repurpose materials in the garden that most gardeners already have.

This is the case with my "Living Spice Rack" design.

 

Materials For Shirley Bovshow's Living Spice Rack

I imagined a lightweight, portable, and affordable vertical garden system to grow lots of herbs indoors, during the winter, or outdoors yearlong in mild climate areas.

 

1. Tomato Support Cages

I had to look no further than my metal tomato cage which was on it's way to the garden shed once tomato season was over.

 

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The tomato cage with its gridlike design and sturdy composition is the perfect structure to hold a number of metal hanging baskets filled with herbs!

 

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If you prefer wood, you can use an inexpensive wood vegetable support trellis like this one- cost $6

 

2. Casters and Plant Dollies

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Casters and plant dollies, ($15 +) are the centerpiece of the living spice rack, enabling you to spin and move the rack as needed!

 

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Buy some metal planting baskets and cocoa liner and fill them with your favorite herbs before attaching to the tomato cage with gardening tape.

The baskets should wedge into the tomato cage openings, mine are snug.

Make sure to select the right size metal planter by checking to see that it isn't too large or small for the opening.

That's it!

 

Watch Video: "Vertical Herb Garden That Spins and Functions Like a "Living Spice Rack!"

Watch the videos of the Living Spice Rack that I did for my "Way to Grow" show on Digs channel and take a look at the segment I did for the Home & Family Show on

the Hallmark channel recently!

 

Tips:

  • If using indoors, make sure to place a saucer underneath the large, main planter to catch draining water.
  • Water your living spice rack starting at the top so that the overflow water will drain onto the planters underneath it.
  • Select a large container to hold the tomato cage. It should be wide so that the rack is not top heavy and topples.
  • Spin your herb rack every few days for even sunlight exposure.
  • Enjoy!

 

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Winter Herbs and Greens for Your Living Spice Rack

  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
  • Chives
  • Sage
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Arugula
  • Radicchio
  • Lettuce varieties
  • Kale
  • Swiss Chard
  • Rosemary

Self Watering Containers From Recycled Soda Bottles

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Self watering containers from recycled soda bottles are gaining in popularity because they work and are inexpensive!

You probably have soda bottles right now in your pantry or in the recycle bin that you can use to make "free" planters.

 

I was recently asked  to appear on Yahoo! Shine's entertaining web show, "More Family Fun"   to demonstrate how these sub irrigated planters are made.

The show focuses on projects that are fun, educational and that kids can participate in.

 

This is not an original idea of mine, I just  added my creative spin to decorating them!

 

Want to get your kids interested in gardening?

Tell them to grab an empty soda bottle and meet you at the crafting table!

Adults should take the lead in cutting the plastic soda bottles as it will require a very sharp blade or scissors to do effectively.

 

 

 

Host Julie Zwillich, Yahoo! Shine's More Family Fun Show and Shirley Bovshow

Yahoo! Shine "More Family Fun" host, Julie Zwillich and Shirley talk "self watering containers"

 

Materials for Soda Bottle Planters

Gather the following materials:

  • Plastic Soda bottle- label removed, washed and dried
  • Cutting blade and scissors
  • Felt material
  • Potting Soil
  • Seeds or plants in small 4" containers
  • Decorative tape
  • Decopauge solution
  • Foam brushes
  • Art work cut from magazines, seed packets, gift wrap or other source

 

 

Scissors and Cutting Blade for self watering soda bottle planters

Sharp scissors or cutting blade is the most important tool you will need for this project!

 

Watch the Video!

 

 

Read the Instructions

1. Mark a ring around your bottle about two thirds of the way down.

2. Start cutting the bottle using your blade and finish with sharp scissors.

3. Take the upper section of the bottle, (the part with the neck) and pierce with blade to create drain holes. (Remember, this part of the bottle will be turned upside down and inserted into the bottom half of the bottle.)

4. Take a small piece of felt material and shove it into the bottle opening so that it protrudes out of the hole a little but is secure and won't come out. The felt  material will act as a wick and absorb water into the bottle and move it to the plant roots.

5. Fill the upper section of the bottle with lightweight potting soil-(the one you just cut drain holes into and placed felt material) and insert inside the bottom half of the bottle. The felt strip should make contact with the bottom of the bottle.

6. Plant seeds or a small plant from a 4" container into the soil.

7. Water, the "customary" way by adding water from the top of the plant.

8. Excess water will drain through the drain holes and fill the resevoir. As your plant needs water, it will draw water up from the bottom of the planter.

9. In about a week or so, the plant may need to be watered again as indicated by an empty reseviour.

Check by lifting the planter. If it feels lighter than usual, it may be time to fill the reseviour with water again.

10. Decorate your self watering container with stickers, decorative tape or decopauge. This is a great art project for the kids!

 

Repurposed Soda Bottle Sub Irrigated Planter By Shirley Bovshow

 

These planters are best used for indoor plants or for starting seeds in my climate zone.

I'm concerned about the perennial sunshine degrading the plastic after a while.

 

I followed the instructions set by Bob Hyland of  InsideUrbanGreen.org and I encourage you to visit his blog, AFTER watching my video and reading my blog post.

You might not want to return!

Bob has the most extensive collection of articles on soda bottle planters that I've encountered and an excellent photo tutorial on Flickr for  making these "SIPS" (sub irrigated planters) as he prefers to call them.

 

Grab your soda bottles and start gardening!

 

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Water Drums and Rain Gardens

It has been raining in Los Angeles through the weekend and the ornamental pear trees, Pyrus kawakami, have never looked more dramatic with their dark black trunks and white blossoms. My “dry creek” is actually running now, having served only a decorative purpose most of the time. I love what the rain does to my garden.

Epcot “rain garden” goes to work when the rain begins to pour!

This morning I ventured over to Fresh Dirt, the garden blog written by Sunset magazine editors and found a great post about “rain drums” that create a melodic sound when the rain beats down on them. This is the ultimate in sensory garden ideas.

Check out the post for yourself:   Water drums: listen to the rhythm of the falling rain – Fresh Dirt – Sunset.com Posted using ShareThis

Enjoy the rain Angelenos!

Creating a “Sunset” Patio in Villa Gardens

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The Villa Garden landscape project for my clients, the Grinbaum family of Calabasas, California is forging ahead at a great pace.

One of the design elements, the new patio off of the formal dining room is almost complete.

 

 

Before: This paved pass-through area is the future site for an open-beam patio. In order to make this area more accessible, a double french door will replace the large window on the right to provide access to the site from the formal dining room.

We are calling this the "sunset" garden patio because of its orientation to the west.

Design Tip: Create new useful areas in your yard by replacing windows with doors. Most people avoid using patios that don't have direct access from the house.  

 

All of the pavers in this area were carefully removed and stored in a safe place for later use.

Although we are introducing flagstone as a flooring element in other parts of the yard, we decided to reuse the pavers in the patio areas and acid stain them a more "earthy" color to compliment the natural stone.

 

Design Tip: Setting pavers in a sand base instead of a concrete pad eliminates excess water runoff as the water is absorbed into the ground. There are many styles and colors of pavers to choose from.

 

 

The 4" inch by 4" inch steel columns help carry the load of the patio wood beams.

Notice all the foundation work is deep in the ground and secured with rebar

. Much of the work involved in creating patios is underneath the ground where no one will ever see it, except the workers and inspectors!

Once the foundation is in, construction moves quickly.

The steel columns will be wrapped with hollow, stone textured columns to give the design a finished look and tie it to the architecture of the house.

Design Tip: Structural steel posts have the advantage over wood because of reduced maintenance, durability and strength.  They can be painted and used "as is" but look better wrapped with a wood veneer or column depending on your architectural style.

 

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Charlie, of Charlie's Construction provided a few different stain color samples for us to review. It is a good idea to create a side by side color sample on the wood that will be used so you get a true color saturation reading.

 

Can you guess which color we chose?

 

Design Tip: Always use outdoor grade lumber for patio construction like this Douglas Fir beam. Wood stains range from clear to opaque and in-between. Milk paint is also an option if you are looking for an eco- friendly alternative. Traditional paint offers more color variety, but requires more upkeep due to paint chipping.   

 

Pre-stained beams are ready to be hung. (We chose the darkest color- "Oxford Brown")  

 

The 6" by 12" inch header goes up first, followed by the smaller, 6" by 10" inch beams.

This labor intensive work requires care and should only be preformed by licensed and bonded contractors.

 

Design Tip: There are hundreds of decorative cuts that can be used on the end of the beams. If there is existing wood work in your architecture it's a good idea to match the detailing  when creating new wood elements

 

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The patio beams are up and we're now chalking out the patio edges and walkway areas.

Homeowner Joe Grinbaum (right), walks the future patio area as project foreman for Southern California Landscape, Eddy Martinez looks on.

Once the perimeter area is confirmed, an edging will be installed and soil dug out to make room for a sand base and the pavers.

The Grinbaum's are almost ready to party in this once-neglected and unused area.

 

  Design Tip: It is helpful to have your outdoor furniture selected before patio completion so you can set it out and make sure you have comfortable traffic space and ample patio area.  

 

 

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View of the new patio from bottom of the hill. 

You can see the boulder retaining walls we built to support the area that was built up to expand the patio area.

 

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After- A mediterranean garden flourishes along the perimeter of the generous-sized patio!

 

Potted plants divide areas of the patio into intimate spaces

After- Potted plants and strategically placed furniture are employed as "space dividers" in the long patio.

Long patios benefit from "space planning" and the  creation of a series of smaller intimate areas.

 

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After- The patio is nestled within a fragrant and cheerful garden, full of Mediterranean plants, Citrus trees and colorful vines.

 

Mission accomplished!

 

 

Visit us again at EdenMaker.TV for more "nosey neighbor" updates on the building of "Villa Gardens."

 

Read the previous update.    

Chicago’s Sidewalk Gardens are Urban Chic!

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I had Chicago all wrong!

Chicago IS a model for sidewalk garden urban chic and a shining example of urban renewal.

I was expecting downtown Chicago to be another congested, concrete jungle, as is the case with many high profile cities.

As a Los Angeles native, born and raised downtown, I had low expectations for Chicago based on my experience here.

 

The Chicago streetscapes  along Michigan Avenue in Chicago's famed "Magnificent Mile" area are jaw-dropping beautiful!

 

Apparently, the taxes  there are outrageous, but many of the merchants  contribute and fund these gardens that beautify storefronts, restaurants, hotels and offices.

Great example of someone else's sacrifice for my enjoyment!

 

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Entrance to the Independent Garden Center trade show

 

I was in Chicago to report on the latest gardening products showcased at the Independent Garden Center Show.

But, I have to admit, I was a little distracted.

 

To my surprise,  there was a proliferation of neat and tidy curbside gardens everywhere, even in the parking lots!

 

I was so busy scoping out the gardens, I didn't pay attention to the "A-List"  fashion stores along the boulevard.

There's nothing like free entertainment and this garden lover enjoyed it in spades!

 

Check out these fashionably coordinated gardens and garden art installations along Michigan Avenue and some lesser traveled side street gardens.

 

I wish my Los Angeles urban areas looked like this:

 

Chicago's Magnificant Mile Gardens

 

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"Umbrella garden" dress with  tropical coleus and impatiens plants.

 

 

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Recycled bottle cap dress and pink begonias

 

 

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Coca cola dress in lush garden

 

 

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Fake flowers never looked so fashionable!

 

 

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Pristine lawn and flower beds with red impatiens and sweet potato vine to enjoy from behind an iron fence.

 

 

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Re-purposed shower curtain dress on a mannequin used as focal point in this garden.

 

 

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Recycled table cloth dress on mannequin in small garden surrounded by box hedge and filled with white impatiens.

 

 

For more information on this garden walk, check out:  www.TheMagnificantMile.com

 

 

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Just another "median strip garden"  filled with red fountain grass, purple salvia, red begonias and yellow marigolds  in Chicago.

 

Downtown Chicago is a premiere garden destination!

 

 

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This curbside dining oasis was shared by at least four different restaurants.

 

The small gesture of placing dining tables behind simple, white picket fence panels transfomed a humble sidewalk into a dining destination!

Add container gardens and you have "Eden-esque" dining.

I didn't even notice the cars!

 

 

 

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This is my kind of bus stop. I wouldn't mind waiting here for an hour!

 

The sound of water trickling from this stone fountain creates enough white noise to distract and muffle the sound of traffic for the weary traveler.

I was so absorbed by it, I missed the bus!

 

 

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Cordyline, coleus, sweet potato, impatiens, red begonia….a little color in downtown Chicago

 

 

 

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This is the best dressed fire hydrant I've ever seen!

 

Even the dogs show  respect for it!

It's cool how the red fire hydrant takes on a sculptural role in this small curbside garden.

 

 

 

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Croton madness!

 

This red monochromatic planting scheme was hanging on a brick wall in front of a hotel.

Downtown Chicagoan's tuck their plants everywhere.

 

Garden enthusiasts will be thrilled by the "free garden tours" in downtown Chicago.

Make a point to visit to the Chicago Botanical Gardens while you are there.

Don't miss it!