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I enjoy growing vegetables in both my garden and in containers.  While some of my containers are rather traditional, one of mine is not.

 
This was one of my favorite projects because it was an unexpected sight for visitors to my vegetable garden.
 
While you would expect to see leaf lettuce poking up from a grocery bag – you certainly don’t expect to see it growing inside of one.
 
This is a very simple DIY project, which are the kinds that I like best.
 
 
You can grow many different types of vegetables in a grocery bag.  Would you consider doing this in your own garden?

I enjoy growing herbs for two reasons.  First, they are easy to grow and second, I love to use them when I cook.

 
In addition to fresh herbs, I also use dried herbs from time to time, especially in winter when some of my favorite herbs (basil) aren’t growing.
 
While drying herbs is rather simple, there are some guidelines to follow, which I wrote a blog post about…
 
 
Do you have a favorite herb that you like to use when you cook?
 
 

Do you grow your own herbs?


Did you know that you can preserve them by freezing them?

 
I frequently freeze my freshly-harvested herbs into ice cubes so that they are easily on hand, even when they are out of season.
 
 
Whenever I need them in my favorite dish, I simply pop out an ice cube from the freezer.

Do you have a border in your garden? 


How about a decorative one that you made yourself?

 
Last year, I visited a garden that had a beautiful border that the owner made herself using concrete mix, broken dishes and glass beads.
 
 
There were also lovely step stones as well.  
 
The creator of this functional garden art was kind enough to show me how she made them.
 
 
Have you ever made a piece of art that you display in your garden?
 

What kind of household cleaner do you use?


Earlier this year, I had heard of DIY natural cleaners made from grapefruit and decided to try it out myself.

 
The cleaner was very easy to make and I used grapefruit from my mother’s tree, although you can get yours from the grocery store.
 
I was pleasantly surprised at how well it worked.
 
I have spent the past few weeks indoors whenever possible avoiding the desert heat.  While I do venture outdoors occasionally to do consults and take a weekly tour of the garden to make sure everything is okay.
 
We did lose a small tree and some branches during a fierce monsoon storm over the weekend, but I was grateful for the rain and the cool temperatures that followed.
 
Last week, I showed you some of my favorite plant photos.  This week, I would like to share with you some of my favorite DIY blog posts, most of which you can do inside.
One of my favorite DIY projects was creating natural air-fresheners.
 
I don’t know about you, but I do not like the heavy, artificial smells of air-freshener sprays – not to mention the idea of chemicals floating through the air.  So, the idea of making air-fresheners using  plants definitely appealed to me.
 
 
I hope you are inspired to make you own!