From HGTV, this license plate room divider is ideal for a patio space, and has a full tutorial for you!
Another tutorial for you with great instructions, this vintage silverware whirligig by Finding Home would be art in any garden!
From Simply Southern at Heart, this porch uses an antique crib as a garden bench… This is one romantic porch! 12 Creative DIY Compost Bin IdeasIf you are a gardener, chances are you have thought about starting a compost bin. 9 Clever DIY Ways for a Shady Backyard OasisIt's pretty tough to enjoy summer activities in a backyard that bakes in the afternoon heat. Lavender blooms in many parts of the world , and there are few flowers that are more cherished for romance, scent and form. Note: Lavender is thought to help induce sleep and relaxation, either made into a tea, or tucked into pillow cases. Lavender is easy to grow, easy to find at most nurseries, and can be found in purples, blues, roses and whites. Volunteers are baby plants that just pop up each year, so if you let some of them grow, they will be mature about the time the older plants need to be pulled up.
I’m not sure how it works in other countries but in Australia the boundary garden fence is owned by both sets of neighbours.
For instance, our home was the last to be built in the street so our neighbours had already erected fences around their properties. Yet, while these fences have kept our home and garden private we still manage to interact with the neighbours and sustain healthy relationships with them. Most councils allow home owners to remove any part of a plant or tree that oversteps its boundary and invades your garden. Or, worse still the neighbours next door have no intention or desire to garden and their unkempt yard produces more seeds than Yates. Predominantly red and white flowers are displayed from spring through to autumn, but also during this period the plant may throw with pure white or pure red flowers.
The cool spring weather is now a distant memory as East Texas summer has arrived for its extended stay. Here are some educational opportunities this month to keep you informed on gardening and plant topics.
A sample of what you might see at this year’s Horticulture Field Day in Overton, Thursday, June 27. Later in June, head to the Texas A&M Agrilife Research and Extension Center in Overton for a look at the very latest plant introductions.
For Bermuda lawns that are making poor growth thus far this year, make a second application of fertilizer.
Tomatoes, peppers and other garden plants benefit from a side dressing of fertilizer (mainly nitrogen) to keep them vigorous and productive throughout summer.
Collard greens are a cool season vegetable and are often planted in late summer to early autumn for winter harvest in the south. Collards are frost tolerant, so growing collard greens in USDA growing zones 6 and below is an ideal late season crop.
Pests of growing collard greens are similar to those of other members of the cabbage family. The nice thing about decorating outdoors is that repurposed materials are an even more perfect fit there.
From crates on the wall, to old buckets, doors, and windows, you really need to check out this outdoor room.
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What most gardeners don’t realize is that lavender is easy to grow and maintain, and can make a splash in your flower beds, add an old world touch to your flower gardens, or can have an entire garden design based around it, whether your style is modern, or old world. Lavender is drought tolerant once established, but they do bloom better if they are watered as soon as the soil becomes dry one inch down.

Lavender does not need much in the way of fertilizer, making them great low maintenance plants. Early each spring, make sure you cut your lavender back, and don’t be a baby about it!
Lavender blooms in early to mid summer, but may be convinced to re-bloom in later summer or fall.
You can even throw a sachet of lavender through the dryer with your sheets and towels for a natural scent to your laundry! You can choose from hardy English lavender, larger French lavender that is the form you see in photos of the French countryside, or special Spanish lavender.
Even if the only use you ever find for it is picking flowers and foliage as you pass by, and taking the time to smell that wonderful scent, fresh from your own garden.
The installation, upkeep and maintenance and any legal obligations are shared by both parties. Then we received four bills asking for our half share for the cost of materials and installation. Which is all helpful unless you have a crotchety gardener next door abusing you when you try to prune that invasive hardenbergia. It’s worth checking your local council bylaws to understand your neighbourly rights on your side of the fence. In Britain it’s been reported that more than 50% of neigbours enjoy a gossip over the garden fence. Beat the heat and humidity by doing your gardening activities in the early morning and early evening. First Tuesday lectures are held on the patio in the IDEA Garden, located in the southeast corner of the Tyler Rose Garden. For best results, use a fertilizer with a high percentage of nitrogen in the slow- release form so the grass won’t grow quite so rapidly.
The extra nitrogen stimulates leafy growth on peppers which will help prevent sun scald on the fruit. The greens are included in the traditional New Year’s meal in many areas of the South and are a great source of vitamins C and Beta Carotene, as well as fiber. In more northern areas, collards may be planted a little earlier for fall or winter harvest. While 60 to 75 days is an average harvest time for growing collard greens to reach maturity, the leaves can be picked at any time they are of edible size from the bottom of the large, inedible stalks. Aphids may congregate on new succulent growth and cabbage loopers may eat holes in the leaves. If planted at the right time, growing collard greens will be an easy and worthwhile gardening experience.
Anything that holds beauty for you can be repurposed into something functional, decorative or useful for that deck, porch or patio. This is all fine and good if you have a naturally sandy or gravelly soil in your yard, but pretty problematic if your entire garden is pure clay! If they are happy in their spot, they will last a bit longer, but even under the best conditions, three years is not unusual for a plant to start dying out in the center.
Give them a dose of liquid fertilizer in the spring, then leave them alone, Too much fertilizer will produce plants that are large and spindly, with fewer flowers. Cut back most lavender to one third their height to rejuvenate the plant, and make sure your plant is flowering at it’s best.
After the first flush of bloom has been harvested or died back, use scissors or shear to give the plant a light hair cut.
Choosing to cut them in early morning maximizes the oils in the flowers, which gives them the best scent.
Keep in mind that Spanish lavender, with its flower heads that remind me of butterflies, are great in containers, but are less hardy than its cousins. Some erect a barrier between neighbours, others try to block out unwanted views while some may build a fence merely as a decorative ornament.

Considering that our lives are becoming more reclusive and introverted this is an encouraging statistic. While there, enjoy the dynamic demonstration gardens that the Smith County Master Gardeners maintain, including the IDEA Garden, Heritage Rose Garden, Sunshine Garden and the Shade Garden. The morning field day showcases the extensive annual bedding plant variety trials that are conducted at A&M at Overton, including sun and shade annuals and other specialty plants. A wet, hot June, coupled with lushly growing grass from high rates of nitrogen combine to promote Grey Leaf Spot, a fungal disease of St. Typical application rates for common fertilizer analyses might be 5 pounds of 21-7-14 per 1000 square feet, or 6 pounds of 15-5-10 per 1000 square feet.
Shallow, frequent watering promotes a shallow root system that is more susceptible to the stress of summer heat and winter cold.
Mulching vegetables, flowers and shrubs is one easy way to reduce the frequency we have to keep our plants watered. Learning how to grow collard greens provides an abundant supply of this dark-green, leafy vegetable at other times of the year.
Collard greens planting may also be done in early spring for a summer harvest, but adequate moisture is necessary for collards greens growing successfully in summer heat.
Plant seeds in rows at least 3 feet apart, as growing collard greens get large and need room to grow.
You don’t have to have a generous field of lavender in Provence to enjoy and appreciate all it can do for your garden. You can use them fresh in vases with other cut flowers, or easily dry bunches by tying the ends together and hanging them upside down in a protected place.
It seems to be okay outside but do you think I should bring it in or leave it outside or even hurry up and put it in the ground? Once I met a french farmer from Provence and he told me to put eggshell on the containers where I plant lavender. Whatever the cause, the garden fence has been as much a part of gardening as compost and earthworms. Visitors get to vote for their favorites at both the North Farm, where the tour begins, and at the demonstration garden at the Center. This is not a disease but a rather physiological problem caused by a lack of calcium and fluctuating soil moisture. Mulch materials, like wood chips, shredded leaves, pine straw and bark, in a layer 2 to 4 inches deep, will help conserve water and keep plants healthier. So we spent some time looking for some inspirational ideas for repurposed outdoor decor… just in case your creative juices are running a little low! You can either grow your lavender in raised beds with good soil, or you can use containers. Lavender volunteers show up each year in droves, so there are always new plants ready to take over the ones that have passed their prime! Dried lavender retains much of its scent and can be used in drawers, crafts or as decorative additions to wreaths or flower arrangements.
This summer disease causes yellowing and in severe cases, severe thinning of the turf, especially in shady areas or in low spots that tend to stay wet.
Our feature photo, above,A is a table that is a repurposed piece of old marble on a scrap wood base with a mix of old chairs…not bad for throw away stuff, huh? Brent Pemberton, A&M AgriLife Research Horticulturist at Overton, who is responsible for the trials, and Jimmy Turner and Jenny Wegley of the Dallas Arboretum, will give highlights in the auditorium of new plant introductions and results of plant trials.
Don’t let the soil fully dry between watering or rain, but keep the soil more evenly moist. Mowing frequently at the correct height will promote a healthy, thick turf resistant to weeds.

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