Everyone could use a little greenery in their lives! Easy Garden Projects features 200+ creative garden projects of all skill levels and styles to help you liven up your home and yard.
Country Gardens magazine celebrates the spirit and romance of gardening as a lifestyle, with an emphasis on a less formal, more personal aesthetic. With its simple tutorials that anyone can do to enhance their space, Easy Garden Projects appeals to a wide swath of gardeners. Whether it’s a homemade faux-stone planter filled with succulents or a potting bench made from reclaimed wood, each design features a finished-project photo and step-by-step instructions to guide you on your gardening path. The look and feel of the book reflects the breezy, rustic, and organic style of the Country Gardens brand. No matter where you live and garden, Easy Garden Projects features fun ways to spend a weekend or just a few hours making something beautiful.
Chapters Include: Garden Accents & Decor: Beautify your outdoor space with these simple designs. Hardscapes & Growing Accessories: Build structures that serve and enhance your garden. Inviting Wildlife: Welcome birds, bees, and butterflies to your yard. Mini Gardens & Terrariums: Bring the garden indoors with delightful small-scale projects. Plants & Planters: Find or create your own containers and fill them with flora.
Projects include: Craft a Barrel-Hoop Birdfeeder from Rustic antiques Build a Raised Vegetable Garden Hang an Air-Plant Chandelier Light Your Garden with Romantic Votive Displays Pack a Cool Kokedama Plan a Bird-Lover’s Garden Dig a Flagstone Fire Pit Feed a Hummingbird by Hand Decorate Stone Pavers for a Garden Path Create a Tiny Terrarium World Under Glass Plant a Succulent Wreath Set Up a Cucumber Tower Save the Monarchs and Host the Most Butterflies Learn Bonsai Basics Captivate the Senses with an Indoor Herb Garden
Living Wreath MATERIALS 1 pound (0.5 kg) sheet moss 16-inch (40-cm) wreath form Potting soil 24 small plants (try a combination of plants in 4 inch [10-cm] pots and even smaller plants in four-packs) Green floral wire STEP 1: Soak the sheet moss in water; drain until it’s damp and pliable. Line the wreath form with the sheet moss, green mossy side facing out, like fitting dough in a pie pan. Overlap pieces of moss and patch as you go. STEP 2: Make sure the moss overlaps the upper edges of the form by about three fingers’ width. Fill the form about three-fourths full with potting soil.
STEP 3: Arrange nursery pots on the soil. When happy with the design, take plants out of the pots one at a time and plant them.
STEP 4: Give the wreath a full look by planting the sides too. Poke holes through the sheet moss in three or four places around the sides of the form and carefully insert a plant in each hole.
STEP 5: Tuck overlapping edges of sheet moss around the crowns of plants. It holds plants in place until roots take hold and helps keep the soil from drying out.
STEP 6: Secure one end of the floral wire to the back of the wreath form. Wrap wire all around in a spiral pattern. Cut the wire and twist the end onto the form. Attach a short length of doubled wire to the form as a hanger; attach several more lengths to provide options for hanging orientation.