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DO-IT-YOURSELF SUCCULENT JAR

What plant is easy to grow, hard to kill and can be planted anywhere? Answer: Succulents.

You are probably familiar with one of the most famous succulent groups - Cacti or a cactus. They have thick, fleshy leaves that store water and are easy to grow, require bright sunlight and very little water - just like other succulents and sedums. We love all types of plants in this group, as they are possibly be one of the most versatile plants on the globe. They have shallow roots, can survive without a great deal of water and love not a lot of care. They can even thrive on drought like conditions. Succulents come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes. And, look good in bloom or not. Try your hand at a succulent garden in a strawberry. Leave the natural terracotta or paint the pot to add interest. Let’s get started:

What You'll Need:

  • Strawberry Jar
  • Soil
  • Assorted Succulents
  • Paints and Brushes or other Decorative items

Assembly is easy and fun for all ages. Simply fill the strawberry jar up to the top with potting soil and then start planting your sedums and succulents in the holes. We recommend starting at the bottom and working your way up. Once all of the sides are planted, choose something for the top. Remember you don’t need to water often as succulents and sedums are drought tolerant.

Some of our Favorite Succulents & Sedums:

Lemon Coral Sedum - This attractive sedum forms a fine textured carpet of golden yellow. In the winter, the foliage may be a coral, reddish, orange color. It will add a fine texture and color and is a trailing plant to form a cascading drape over a pot.

Sempervivum (hens & chicks) - Hens & chicks are mat-forming succulents that produce clusters of rosettes. The parent rosettes are the “hens,” and the smaller rosettes that spring from them are the “chicks”. This low-growing perennial spreads quickly. Foliage can be red, green or some mixture thereof.

Sedum (stonecrop) - one of the most beautiful of all sedums with pink or rosy-red flowers produced abundantly in flat clusters; blooms open in late summer and remain in bloom several months.

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DO-IT-YOURSELF KITCHEN HERB GARDEN

Growing your own herbs is easy and rewarding. And, just because we are knocking on fall’s door doesn't mean you can have to give up fresh herbs for cooking. Fresh herbs are easy to grow indoors and as many chefs know, can mean the difference between a good dish and an extraordinary dish! Once you begin to use fresh herbs in your favorite recipes, you'll never want go back to using just dried herbs again. Try an growing an indoor herb garden to keep your favorite herbs right at your fingertips.

Here's what you need:

  • Container with drainage holes. We recommend our 3-set of galvanized containers with a tray that will fit perfectly in your kitchen windowsill.
  • Soil
  • Assorted Herbs
  • Assembly is easy and fun for all ages. Simply fill the containers halfway with potting soil and then start planting your herbs in the hole. Fill up the rest of the pot with dirt. And, remember to water. Voila – just that easy for fresh, homegrown herbs!

Our Favorite Herbs:
Here's a list of our favorite herbs for a basic kitchen garden. This is just a start, as there are many other herbs to experiment with in your garden that will add bold flavor. Cooking with herbs can be fun and you can’t make a mistake - so be creative and savor the flavor.

Basil - With lots of varieties to choose from, this king of the herbs offers something for every palette. While the taste of sweet basil is bright and pungent, other varieties also offer unique tastes that are true to their name like: lemon basil, anise basil and cinnamon basil.

Parsley - Use this herb for the mild flavor it adds to a savory dish and for the coloring it adds as a garnish.

Sage - This is a must-have herb for seasoning any poultry dish. It has a slight peppery flavor and is best used on meats in a marinade but is also good in stuffing and sauces. We also love Pineapple Sage which is great in pitchers of water to offer flavor.

Rosemary - Rosemary is best used to season fish and seafood products, but it is also a great seasoning for grilled meats, lamb and potatoes. Try Barbeque Rosemary to use as skewers on the grill.... a real crowd pleaser!

Thyme - This is the basic herb used in dishes from all over the world including French, Italian, Indian, Greek and Spanish cuisines. Use thyme on lamb, meats, poultry, soups and stews.

Oregano - This classic culinary herb is one of the most commonly used herbs worldwide. Use in Italian, Greek and Mexican cooking. The flavor is strong enough to stand up to bold flavors like tomatoes, onion, garlic, and beef. We love the Hot & Spicy Oregano in pasta sauces.

Dill - This easy to grow herb is a member of the parsley family. Cut often to keep producing. Dill pairs well with fish and is used for pickling, to flavor salads and in soups.

Mint - Is a beautiful herb that has one of the most recognizable aromas. Spearmint and peppermint are the most popular types of mint, but more unusual varieties like Mint Chocolate are available. Use in drinks, or simply gather a small bunch to offer aroma for a room.

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DO-IT-YOURSELF "UNDER THE SEA" TERRARIUM BOWL

Grab your kiddos and create a magical underwater world they'll love. With just a few materials, they'll have a fish eye view of life under the sea. Best of all, no up keep required.

Here's what you need:

  • 8-inch glass bubble bowl
  • 2 to 3 Tillandsia plants
  • Paper to form cone for filling bowl with layers of sand
  • Colored Sand
  • Scissors and Tape
  • Under-the-sea Cut Out Sheet FREE PRINTABLE >>
  • Toothpicks

Instructions:

  1. Begin by laying the sea floor. Fill the bottom of the bowl with approximately an inch or two inches of sand.
  2. Form a cone with a piece of paper and begin layering the colored sand and alternating colors.
  3. Cut out your favorite under-the-sea creatures and tape them to the large toothpick. Click here for FREE PRINTABLE >>
  4. Add 2-3 Tillandsia plants, shells and sea creatures to complete and underwater world.
  5. Water Tillandsia by misting it 2-4 times a week with a water bottle. Never leave them in standing water.

A little about Tillandsia plants: There are about 500 different species of tillandsia and the best known is the Spanish moss that gracefully hangs from oak trees throughout the South. Tillandsia is part of the bromeliad family and is sometimes divided into grey-leaved air plants and green-leaved terrestrial plants. All tillandsia are naturally epiphytic air plants that grow by clinging to trees and extracting excess moisture from the air. Tillandsias prefer to be mounted or placed on a solid surface that does not retain water. Try glueing it or using chicken wire to put into place. Don't cover the base of the plant with moss or dirt as it may rot. Tillandsia can be grown on almost any imaginable decorative mount, including shells, rocks, slate, driftwood, etc. We like placing them in glass orbs and hanging them in windows for a green element in the house. To water, simply mist 2-4 times a week with a water bottle. Never leave them standing in water.

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