Mid Atlantic Gardening forum: Show us your DIY projects

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Name: Chantell
Middle of Virginia (Zone 7a)

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Chantell
Oct 12, 2016 2:27 PM CST
As you all know...I'm easily impressed! I'm in a constant state of awe over folk's creativity...many of you may have already known about or figured these 'how tos out.' The video is showing how to make an Autumn Fall 'Tree' decoration but all I could think about was what a perfect trellis for potted plants. Any other novel ideas from those of you loving your climbers?
https://www.facebook.com/Hometalk/videos/1568299619854255/?h...

I saw this video on FB the other day and immediately thought you those of you so handy with this type of project: https://www.facebook.com/Quikrete/videos/1293600924048545/?p...

So then I thought...I'm going to google and see what else could be done with tomato trellis'... NOTE: photo below is NOT mine but from following article http://bestplants.com/clever-uses-for-tomato-cages/

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Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
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sallyg
Oct 13, 2016 8:40 AM CST
funny how those facebook things make the rounds. I saw one this morning, and you and I are not 'connected' at all.

My favorite thing is finding natural items for decor thru fall and winter, then composting them. Like fern spore fronds, berries, seed heads...

Large pots_ couple times I took a large ceramic pot and stacked osage oranges in a pyramid. They are a pretty light green for several weeks before rotting. Use an overturned smaller ceramic to help stack them taller.

Mark made a nice workbench for his garage and I think I must 'ask' him to make something similar for a potting bench for me. The disintegrating plastic table is pretty trashy and threatening failure.
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Name: Chantell
Middle of Virginia (Zone 7a)

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Chantell
Oct 13, 2016 10:16 AM CST
Funny you mentioned bench. I'm currently eyeballing more plants that need brought in then there is room to accommodate and wondering if DS might considering slapping together a bench for me to place beneath my bedroom windows... Sighing!
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Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
Nov 16, 2016 7:51 PM CST
can't wait to show you the potting bench Mark is making for me!! It will sit behind the garage and give eight feet of tabletop to work on. We debated how much to make out of pressure treated. I thought, and said I hope to use this sucker for about 30 more years, so go for pressure treated long life!
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Name: Chantell
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Chantell
Nov 16, 2016 10:33 PM CST
I covet your table already!!!
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Name: Judy
Mid Atlantic Coastal Plain USA (Zone 7b)
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MariposaMaid
Nov 17, 2016 10:12 AM CST
Sally, when I set up a potting area for myself I make the work surface at a height that is easy for me to work on and not be hunched over and that I can sit at on a tall stool. Width and length wise I try for a nursery flat deep plus two foot of work space (36") , or something that will hold a bale on one end so I can just scoop out soil with out bending down. I also like having a stack of various size pots at eye level on a shelf behind bench so I don't have to search for another 4" or trade gallon! Also nice to have a 'permanent' water set up right there. Once had that and a deep sink. sigh

Was very lucky to inherit several professional sturdy plastic benches from Woods Nursery when they moved to Fla.
http://www.greenhousemegastore.com/product/benchmaster-bi-le...

My assortment of rusty tomato cages always seem to come in handy. Most recently to disuade deer from cutting thru my back yard!
Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
Nov 18, 2016 5:59 AM CST
Sounds super, MM Thumbs up No wonder you're always playing with plants
What great thing to inherit. Thumbs up
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Name: Judy
Mid Atlantic Coastal Plain USA (Zone 7b)
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MariposaMaid
Nov 18, 2016 8:52 AM CST
truth be told my 'inheritance' also included:

4 bales of Promix
2 rolls of greenhouse grade plastic
1 roll of pond liner
2/3 of a commercial greenhouse frame work (rest was crushed by fallen tree)
doors for above
2 kinds of shade cloth
5 gals of assorted 'osmacote' type time release fertilizer
lots of asst hose and watering fittings
cases of 4". trade gal and 3gal pots and many assorted pots and trays, etc
leftover stock plants (mostly tender tropicals, including starts of 200 named
coleus varieties, bananas, colocasia, etc)
Oh, a pickup truck, two GardenWay carts, and my first computer!

I can see from the above how the very scope of a project to reassemble the
bits and pieces acquired has and has not happened. Just used some GH plastic to recover back of house 15 x 20 lean to make shift GH where I overwinter about 100 milkweed plants and use the rest for storage. And all of the Promix is long gone as are many pots!

Having the idea, and gathering the materials is a great start, but not (in my case) a predictor of a finished project! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
But you are so right Sally, I have 'played with plants' almost to my heart's content for many years now. And I hope for many more 'projects' ahead for all of us!
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA (Zone 7a)
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aspenhill
Nov 19, 2016 5:10 PM CST
I started working on a DIY Christmas project this afternoon. Saw this idea on Pinterest for a great way to display those lighted houses. I collected the Dept 56 Dickens Villages houses back in the 1980s but haven't gotten them out in years because they just took up so much space. I think this will be perfect in the corner of the foyer that opens up into the library. Mike's sister Bonnie helped me with the dimensions. Then his brother Richard stopped by and said he would put the wooded structure together for me this week so I will have it to finish it up next weekend. Bonnie and I figured 4 tiers like the photo, but they will be in a curve instead of square. Anyway, here is the inspiration pin and I'll post photos when I get the project finished.

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Name: Robin Bunch
Odenton, Maryland (Zone 7a)
robinbunch5
Nov 19, 2016 5:34 PM CST
That will look fantastic, what a great idea. Yep, we need to see pictures when it is finished.
Name: Lisa Olson
Washington DC (Zone 7a)
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5601Lisa
Nov 19, 2016 6:25 PM CST
Looking smart!
Name: Chantell
Middle of Virginia (Zone 7a)

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Chantell
Nov 22, 2016 7:56 AM CST
Oh my Lovey dubby that!!!
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Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
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sallyg
Nov 24, 2016 6:54 PM CST

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..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
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Name: Judy
Mid Atlantic Coastal Plain USA (Zone 7b)
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MariposaMaid
Nov 25, 2016 7:28 AM CST
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Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA (Zone 7a)
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aspenhill
Nov 25, 2016 7:46 AM CST
Great potting bench Sally! Tell Mark he done good Thumbs up

Richard finished putting the tiered display together and dropped it off yesterday morning. I'll start the finishing touches on it this evening after work. Need to find a table top size tree for the top, add the layers of snow to the shelving, and add garland to the support posts and front edges of the shelving. I think I also want to get fairy lights to add to the underneath part of the shelves to make it look like stars twinkling in the sky. Fun project Smiling
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA (Zone 7a)
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aspenhill
Dec 1, 2016 9:23 AM CST
Photo of the Christmas display for lighted houses. Still needs a little tweaking - hiding cords, adding hobby store trees among and behind the houses to fill in, positioning the people, etc...

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Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
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sallyg
Dec 1, 2016 8:34 PM CST
lovely, your house is beautiful-ler
..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
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Name: Judy
Mid Atlantic Coastal Plain USA (Zone 7b)
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MariposaMaid
Dec 2, 2016 6:24 AM CST
Some people do doll houses but you've done an entire village. Very nice.

Homestead Gardens does a huge multi train landscape village each year at Christmas. What fun to work in miniature!

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