Momspiration Monday

Are you looking to get started gardening soon? Here are some ideas for herb gardens from across the web. Visit Ehow for ideas on repurposing tins into planter boxes.

Skip to My Lou gives an old planter new life with a little TLC and paint.

Simple Bites has a tutorial for growing a culinary herb garden.

Givers Log shares 13 herb gardening tips.

My favorite idea comes from The Vintage Wren, who made this creative stacked planter.

Visit Apartment Therapy to learn how to make a one-pot indoor herb garden.

More: 50 Gardening Ideas & Tips

Momspiration Monday

Are you planning your spring garden yet? Visit Garden Therapy for The Ultimate Seed Starting Guide.

Fine Gardening shares 10 Seed Starting Tips from the Pros.

Spain in Iowa shares organic gardening tips from A to Z!

Chiots Run shares the recipe for her very own Seed Starting Mix.

HGTV uses chalkboard paint on popsicle sticks to create garden markers.

Need more ideas? Check out my post with 50 Garden Ideas & Tips!

50 Gardening Ideas & Tips

Planning a garden? Here are my 50 favorite tips and ideas from across the web.



Seed Starting:

Pest & Weed Control:



Ten Fun DIY Water Features

Make a Portable Tub Fountain with DIY Ideas.

Sunset Magazine has step by step instructions for making this Fountain in a Pot.

Visit Fresh Home Ideas to see how they made this unique water feature.


Martha makes a Pyramidal Pot Fountain and shows us how to make one too.

I found this one on Flickr and couldn’t resist sharing it.  An old sink was spiffed up with mosaic art and given a water pump.  Cooool.

Another cool Pot Fountain, this time from Fine Gardening.


Pool Tower Fountain.  No tutorial for this one, but what a great idea!  Now if only I could think of a way to keep the kids out of it!

Make a small version of a water garden using the tutorial over at Apartment Therapy.

Instructables has a great visual tutorial for making this Terra Cotta Fountain.

Budget Backyard Water Feature from HGTV!

10 Herb Garden Planter Ideas

Green Upgrader repurposes a shoe organizer into a vertical herb garden.  C-l-e-v-e-r!

Turn an old tackle box into an herb planter with Craftzine!

Tin can herb planters via

Coffee mug herb planters!  Tutorial can be found over at one of my favorite blogs: Under the Table and Dreaming.

Use a wood pallet to make a vertical herb garden with Life on the Balcony!

Another use for mason jars brought to us by Weeping Cherries.

Nova Scotia Preppers has a nice herb garden made of tires!

Herbs in a boot idea comes via Cozy Bliss.  I love how they have all the sizes lined up largest to smallest.  Looks like a family of herbs!

Beyond the Picket Fence made this one!  The next time I come across an old chest at a tag sale, I’ll know what to do with it!

The Micro Gardener has several unique planter ideas, including this one!

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Frugal Patio Lighting Ideas

Paper Bag Lanterns from Design Sponge.

Once Wed has a tutorial for making Paper Pennant Banner lighting.

Garden Mama shows us how to make lovely Watercolor Lanterns.

Purchase ordinary lanterns and fancy them up with this tutorial from Decor8!

Coffee Can Lanterns via Design Sponge.  I don’t know about you, but my coffee doesn’t come in a can anymore.  I’m thinking I might try this with large soup cans.  Whaddya think?

Mason Jar Lanterns via Chez Beeper Bebe.

Casa Sugar makes outdoor lamps using wine glasses and vellum!

Back to Design Sponge for a DIY Tiki Torch Tute!

Make your own party lights with paper mache and a tute from Reese Dixon!

Starting A Garden

Silly Simple Living used Ice Cube Trays to start her seeds!

Cottage Hill used newspaper and a campbell’s soup can to make her own seed starting pots.

Thrifty 101 has a tute for making your own Garden Planter Box.  I think I could actually do this!

Make your own Seed Starting Light using the ideas from Brown Thumb Mama and Homestead Revival.

More ideas:

Planning Your Spring Vegetable Garden

photo credit: BHG 

Growing your own vegetables is a great way to become more self-sufficient and save money at the grocery store.  But many folks are dissuaded because they believe the start-up cost of growing their first garden will be prohibitive.  However, with a bit of planning you can create your first vegetable garden on a budget.

Make Your Plans Now
Even though the ground is still frozen, growing a successful garden on a dime will take some planning.  Start now by deciding on a location and size.  If space is an issue, consider using the techniques taught in the book Square Foot Gardening – available at most libraries.

What Will You Grow?
In the past, it has helped me to think about what I’d like to be able to make with my produce when it’s all grown up and purty, then work backwards to formulate a garden plan.  Example:
-10 jars of freezer salsa
-10 jars of marinara sauce
-(4) 1 gallon bags of diced tomatoes
-(4) 1 gallon bags of stewed tomatoes for chili
-6 jars pickled peppers (in case Peter Piper stops by)

Gather the recipes you need in order to calculate the number of plants required to accomplish your goal.  Then add a few extra plants in case the unthinkable happens and some of the poor buggers croak.

Now it’s time to fall over backwards in shock when you realize how big your garden would have to be to accomplish your goal.

All done?

Okay, now dust yourself off and redo your plan.  When all is said and done, you’ll have a master list of how many plants you’ll need, along with an inspiring list of what you’ll be able to yield for your all efforts.

Think Ahead & Get A Free Garden Bed
If you need to create a garden bed, you can do this for free by using what you have on hand.  I’ve seen folks make a raised bed using rocks, discarded fencing, tires, old bricks & kiddie pools.  You can also look for free items on Craigslist or in your local paper.  I was able to find free wood from a deck that was disassembled. {score!} There was also an ad in my area for free wood pallets.  If you find a good freebie like this, I recommend jumping on it.  When the warm weather hits you may be competing with a few dozen other folks who get the same idea.

It’s important to note however, that treated wood made prior to 2003 contains CCA (chromium, copper & arsenic) which has since been banned for residential use.  Stop over HERE to read more.  The safest bet if you are using reclaimed wood is to be sure it is untreated, or opt for a different material altogether.

Sign Up For Freebies
Take advantage of the freebies available to help get your garden started.  Get a $25 credit to Gardens Alive HERE and a free gardening gift pack from Annies Organic HERE.  You can even stop over and use the free Garden Plannerat Gardening Supply Company.