Grapes
How to Protect Fruit from Birds
By Erin Huffstetler | 06/04/2013 | No Comments
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Last year my grape vines produced fruit for the first time. I knew the birds would go after them, but I decided to hold off on netting them until I saw signs of munching. They just seemed too pretty to net. Colossally bad call on my part. I literally went to bed one night with bunches and bunches of grapes and woke up the next morning to none. My vines were only a few days past bloom, and each grape was no bigger than a pea, so I can’t imagine they even tasted good. Rude birds!

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Butterfly House Instructions
How to Build a Butterfly House
By Erin Huffstetler | 05/03/2013 | 6 Comments
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Attracting butterflies to your garden starts with having the right plants, but if you want them to stick around, you also need to give them a place to hibernate and lay their eggs. This butterfly house does just that, and it’s easy to build.

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Leaky Garden Hose
How to Repair a Leaky Garden Hose
By Erin Huffstetler | 05/02/2013 | 4 Comments
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Leaky garden hoses are an easy fix. Once you learn how to repair your own, you may just find yourself rescuing hoses from curb piles, like I do.

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Mason Bee House
How to Build a Mason Bee House
By Erin Huffstetler | 04/10/2013 | 1 Comment
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Bring on the bees! We just built and installed our first mason bee house. Now, I’m anxiously awaiting our first tenants. Why am I going out of my way to attract mason bees to my yard, you ask? Because they …

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Seed Planting Ruler
How to Make a Seed Planting Ruler
By Erin Huffstetler | 04/08/2013 | No Comments
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See that funny piece of wood with the holes in it? It’s a seed planting ruler, and it makes planting your garden faster and easier. Just lay it down in your garden bed, and drop seeds into the holes to get your spacing right and to keep your rows straight. Here’s how it’s made.

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How to Make a Dibble
How to Make a Dibble
By Erin Huffstetler | 03/28/2013 | 6 Comments
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See that funny looking tool pictured above? It’s what’s been missing from your life. It’s called a dibble, and it makes planting your garden a breeze. Just stamp it into the soil, and it gives you holes that are the perfect depth and spacing for what you’re planting. Pretty spiffy, eh?

I have a bunch of onion sets that I need to plant, so I asked my husband to make me a dibble built to their planting specs – it makes holes that are four inches apart and two-inches deep.

If you’re a square foot gardener, you can cover all of your planting with just three dibbles: a 4-hole, 9-hole and 16-hole.

Here’s what you can plant with each one:

Printable Dibble Planting Guide

Dibble Planting Guide

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Have I convinced you of your need for a dibble? If so, here are the instructions:

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Bat House
How to Build a Bat House
By Erin Huffstetler | 03/23/2013 | No Comments
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I’ve wanted a bat house ever since I read that a single bat can eat 600 mosquitoes in an hour. This week my husband finally got a chance to build me one. If the thought of a mosquito-free summer has you wanting one too, here are the instructions:

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Used Coffee Grounds
Uses for Coffee Grounds in the Garden
By Erin Huffstetler | 02/21/2013 | 1 Comment
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Like coffee? So does your garden. Save the used grounds from your morning coffee, and use them to fertilize the acid-loving plants in your yard (things like azaleas, hydrangeas and blueberries). Then, after you have that covered, add some to your compost pile. Coffee grounds are a great source of carbon, and will help your compost to cook down faster. Planning a lasagna garden? Use grounds as one of your layers. Trying to keep the neighborhood cats out of your vegetable garden? Yep, they’ll do that too. See? Clearly coffee grounds are too useful to throw away.

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Make Your Own Water Globes
Make Your Own Water Globes
By Erin Huffstetler | 02/19/2013 | No Comments
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Here’s a great frugal hack for you: instead of buying those “water globes” to water your plants, use vases instead. Just fill a vase with water, insert it upside down in the soil of any container-grown plant, and it will release water as the plant needs it – just like the store-bought version, but tons cheaper.

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Loofah Sponge
How to Grow Loofah Sponges
By Erin Huffstetler | 01/12/2013 | No Comments
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When I got back from dropping my kids off this morning, I noticed that my loofah sponge vines had finally had it. Woo hoo! Time to harvest the loofahs! I raced in the house for a sharp pair of scissors, and got busy cutting them off their vines. Every time I thought I had gotten them all, I found another one hiding under some leaves.

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