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How to Plant Herbs in Tin Containers At Home With P. Allen Smith

Why not take these vintage tins and turn them into containers for some of your favorite herbs If you're into a vintage look in your home, why not use some of these vintage tins for planting some of your favorite herbs For instance, in this one, I have curly leaf parsley. Over here, in an old Folger's coffee can, you can see, I got some thyme. They're very happy in these containers. Now if you wanna plant an herb in one of these, there are a couple of ways to go about it. What I'd like to do is show you the way I've done.

It because both work really well. First, you wanna take a tin, and if you don't mind puncturing some holes in it, you'll need to do that anyway. This one is not exactly vintage, but it's made to look vintage. You can see, on the bottom, it looks very modern. If you're gonna use this to support plant life, you need to make sure that it's plantfriendly. And right now, without any drain holes in the bottom, it's not plantfriendly. So all you need to do is take a nail and drive a few holes in the bottom of it like this. For a container.

This size, all you really need are about three drain holes. The herbs like welldrained soil. So it's critical you give the plant what it wants. Next, you'll wanna add some soil to the container. And you wanna soil that's specifically blended for container gardening. So I'm just gonna add a little bit of this soil here like this. I'm gonna take an allpurpose organic fertilizer and add just a little bit of that into the soil and mix it up, and then the herb itself. In this case, I'm going to plant thyme. Just clip off the plastic wrapper like.

This, and pull off the biodegradable peat pot, at least around the upper edge, and then I'm gonna position the herb in the container. And you can see, it just needs a little bit on the sides to fill in. Here and here. There we go. And now all I have to do is water it in. This'll look great in a window sill or sitting on a table. And if you do set it on a table or a surface, that you wanna make sure it doesn't get stained or messed up.

Just take and place it on a saucer like that because, again, you have the drains holes in there, so it will drip when you water. Now if you don't want to drive holes in the bottom of a vintage tin, there's another way to go about it You just wanna take some gravel and place it in the bottom of the container. About 34 of an inch of gravel is all you need. Then take a plastic freezer bag and plant the herb in it. And then puncture the holes in the bottom of the back and place the bag in here like this. The plastic serves.

Container Gardening Tips Plans Container Garden Design Home Gardening Tips, Ideas Advice

Hi! My name is Scott Reil and on behalf of Expert Village, I would like to talk to you about container gardening. When designing containers, it is good to keep a couple of general principals in mind. One is the principal of contrast and in trying to do my two containers here, I've chosen a taller container which I've even accented the vertical even more by putting a tall plant in it and plants that grow in a more upright shape and I want to contrast that with the horizontal. You can see I've picked a lower container here and.

I want to pick some plants that are going to accent the horizontal more. First of all I am going to put this gerber daisy in the middle. Now you can see the leaves hold on a very horizontal way and the flowers that come up, it holds on a horizontal plane as well. So this is the kind of plant that is going to really accent the container that it is in by being horizontal as well and that's a good way to look at it. Here I've actually wanted to make the taller container vertical and the lower container horizontal but you.

Could switch it around some. To make this container more horizontal all we need to do is put some trailing things and some lower more vertical plants and trail it over to the side it would change the feel entirely. The other thing to think about when you are designing containers, is your color contrast and your color compliments. This one I've chosen to go with a little bit of a red, white and blue theme little bit on the patriotic side but I also again, chosen plants are going to stay low, packed and horizontal so this.

Is never going to be a really tall container. What I have done though is I've chosen some plants that are going to compliment the colors that I've used in this container. For instance, this quartz blue verbena is going to show off a very blue coloration in here soon and it is really going to stand out against that red here, but it is very much going to compliment the blue in the container that I used back here. I've also done much the same thing with the ageratums that I've used. The ageratum, being to the whiter side is going to compliment.

With the white snapdragons up here, but there is just a tinge of pink in here so it will reference back to the daisy's that I've got in the middle. The other nice compliment that I have going here is we have two types of ageratums, so even though the flower colors are different, I get very similar looks in the big tall flower up here and the low flower that I've used down there. By contrasting and complimenting back and forth between different colors, you can get a look in your container that is going to be cohesive with the gardens,.

Container Gardening Ideas

VO CONTAINER GARDENING IS SIMPLE AND FUN YOU JUST GROW PLANTS IN POTS INSTEAD OF IN THE GROUND. VO START WITH A CONTAINER, AND MAKE SURE IT HAS HOLES IN THE BOTTOM FOR PROPER DRAINAGE. IF IT DOESN'T, A LARGE DRILL BIT SHOULD DO THE TRICK. VO NEXT, PUT IN POTTING SOIL. DON'T USE REGULAR SOIL FROM YOUR GARDEN OR YARD AS IT LIKELY WON'T DRAIN WELL AND LACKS THE NUTRIENTS THAT POTTED PLANTS NEED TO THRIVE. VO FOR THIS CONTAINER, WE'RE GOING TO CREATE SOMETHING SHOWY. VO THE KEY TO THIS DESIGN IS A THRILLER, A FILLER, AND A SPILLER.

VO THE THRILLER IS A TALL PLANT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CONTAINER. VO FROM THERE, WORK YOUR WAY DOWN AND AROUND WITH YOUR FILLER WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT CONTRASTS AND FILLS IN THE POT. VO FINALLY, ADD YOUR SPILLER. THAT'S A VINE THAT WILL SPILL OVER THE EDGE OF THE POT, MAKING YOUR CONTAINER LOOK FULL AND ROBUST. VO WHEN SELECTING PLANTS, MAKE SURE TO READ THE TAG, AND NOTE THE LIGHT AND WATER REQUIREMENTS. VO SPACING IS A CONSIDERATION ALSO, BUT TYPICALLY PLANTS ARE SPACED CLOSER TOGETHER IN CONTAINER.

GARDENS. VO PLACE THE CONTAINER IN THAT PERFECT SPOT THAT NEEDS SOMETHING EYECATCHING, AND YOU'RE DONE! IF YOUR CONTAINER IS ON A DECK OR SIMILAR SURFACE, YOU MAY WANT TO USE A SAUCER TO PROTECT THE WOOD BENEATH IT. VO THE JOY OF CONTAINER GARDENING IS DESIGNING SOMETHING THAT WORKS FOR YOUR SPACE AND WITH YOUR PERSONAL STYLE. VO ONE POPULAR DESIGN INVOLVES MIXING MANY COLORS AND STYLES FOR A STUNNING DISPLAY. ANOTHER METHOD IS TO USE GREEN OR WHITE FLOWERS ONLY, GIVING A CLEANER, SUBTLE LOOK. VO FINALLY, WHY NOT GROW SOMETHING YOU CAN EAT HERBS AND MANY VEGETABLES DO WELL IN.

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Make Your Own Postcard Holders At Home With P. Allen Smith

Hey, are you a postcard or greeting card packrat Well, I am. How do you use them And I don't know about you, but I love postcards and greeting cards. But, it's like, how do you display these things I mean, there's only so much wall space. So I'm always looking for fun ways to set these up and rotate them out in the house. And some of the things that I use around the house this is a little napkin rack, made of a couple of, just, teaspoons. It's just stainless steel, but it's a fun way to give a little support to some pictures.

And mementoes. You can see, you can just prop them in there like that and set them on a desk. And the other thing that I like to use is something like this, which is a toast rack. It's great for sitting on a desk, and you can display them and rotate them around. It's just really an inexpensive and clever way to display pictures or postcards. And then, if you want to get even more creative, you can take a wooden box with a handle. It makes a nice decorative element. You can fill the bottom of this with any number of materials.

To help stabilize the cards. So you can use glass beads or marbles. Just look at these Aren't those luxurious. So beautiful. Or rocks of all different colors. Or you could use shells. I just love Muscle's shells. They have a beautiful, sort of, lavender color to them. And I found these on the beach in Maine this past summer, and I just couldn't resist picking them up. And I wondered how I'd use them. So, in half of this, I can take these beautiful shells, and these can be used to support cards. And then, just tucking the.

Cards in like this. Adding a few more. Some really cool colors. And on this side, you can even change out the medium that's gonna support the cards and use some really fun rocks. I just love these polished stones. I just love how smooth and sensual they are. So you can even get thematic, like these George Stubbs pictures of horses. And then look at that one That's grim, isn't it A horse skeleton. I'll even work that one in. Perfect for Halloween. So, as you can see, this can be a fun decorative object in the house that you can rotate and.

Matchmaking Cabinets Day 105 The Garden Home Challenge With P. Allen Smith

Hey, when things don't work out just right, don't worry about itjust get creative. They say an ecofriendly house can't be built in 150 days for $150,000, and I say it can. I'm Allen Smith. Join me as I push the limits with time, budget and creativity with the Garden Home Challenge, exclusively on eHow Home. These kitchen cabinets we picked up at Habitat for Humanity this unit, plus a bit more, which we're not using right now for $65 and this was $85. And you can look right over here, you can see, we got some.

Areas that are gonna need a little tender lovin' care, but that's not problem. Now, the cabinets we're using below are cabinets that were premade. I feel like we got a good price on them. They weren't quite what we wanted to match these. These are called a Shaker style. This is very narrow board that runs across. So what Tony's doing is he's taking the doors and the drawers off, and what he's doing isyou can see here that these are very simple. There's no trim board on them at all. And we've got this trim board.

Here. So what he's done is he's taken a 2 14 inch board that's about 14 inch thick same size as this board and he's applying them to each of the cabinet doors. And he's gonna apply them by using glue. And he'll clip them onthese kinds of clips. And then, once glued, he will take a small finishing nail one about this size here and use that to finish it off. Then it'll get just a little bit of caulk, and and then these all will be sanded. You can see, these need a little caulking too, and of course, some.

Sanding. And then they all be painted the same color. We won't have black, and white down here we're gonna get them all going in the same direction. You know, I'm leaning a little more toward white, but would be interested to know what color you think these ought to be, because, like I said, they've all gotta be the same color. And then on the drawers, I just want to point out the drawers here What we're doing here is we're modifying this drawer the same way where we got a smaller piece of wood here and here and here. And.

What Tony and I decided to do was actually make these boards a little smaller. So rather than being 2 14 inch boards, these are 2 inch boards, which means that space in between, which you can see right here, the space in between here, will be similar. It'll be broader, but I think the results are gonna be spectacular. If you're enjoying following what we're doing with the house, tell a friend about it. And make sure you subscribe to eHow Home. And I wanna know what you think about the color.

How to Make Tin Caddies At Home With P. Allen Smith

How bout going from an empty can of baked beans to this You know, I'm a hopeless reuser of everything. Even tin cans. Just look at that You know, that's a good lookin' tin can. I kinda like it just the way it looks. But, you know, you can decorate these in some fun ways and use them as, well, holders for all kinds of things For paint brushes, for drawing pencils. I love to draw in here, and so I'm always needing ways to organize my tools, if you will. What I like to do is make sure that I get the wrapper completely off.

Of the tin can and wash it thoroughly. Sometimes there's a little bit of glue there, just let it soak in the water over night. And then, what you'll find sometimes is just on the inside, when it's open, you'll have a really sharp edge. So be careful there. What I like to do is take a fine grain sandpaper, and just take the sandpaper and knock the sharp edge off of that inside lining. And some cans, you're not gonna have that. But just be really careful with it, particularly if you get kids involved with this project, which is really.

Easy. So, alright, now there are a lot of ways to cover these. You can see, here some examples of some of the ones I've already made using polkadotted ribbon here. This is using a little gingham ribbon. And this is a solid red ribbon, you can see, holding erasers and charcoal pencils. And then here, I've used craft paper and ribbon. And one of the things I'm working on right now is developing a color scheme for a room. So, sometimes, what you can do is take a fabric This is actually a colorway of rug that's being used.

In a room, which I just love all these colors. So what I've done is chosen some ribbon that will actually work, I think, very nicely with this, because this room will have a desk, and I wanted to have some color echoes going on in the room. So I've got some chartreusecolored ribbon here. A little gingham ribbon there. So why don't I show you how to make one It's really easy. And we'll start with this can that I've already sanded. I love this size, by the way, because you can fit really tall pencils in it. You're gonna wanna have some.

Sort of extrastrong glue. I've got this here. And I'm just gonna take a little bit of glue here, right at the bottom, and score just about the width of the ribbon itself. That first round, okay. Then, what I'm gonna do is take the ribbon. I gonna do a slight fold there, so it doesn't unravel. So, you can see, now that I have the gingham wrapped around the top, it sort of finishes it off. And you can see that the color works really well with this rug. So I got a nice color echo going. Hey, these little tin can caddies are fun.

Ornamental Grasses The Garden Home Challenge With P. Allen Smith

Looking for a plant that doesn't require much care, water, and will come back year after year Let me show you one. You watched us design and build this house in 150 days, but the work is far from over. We're about to jump into my favorite part of the process of bringing all this together. Join me for an exclusive look right here on eHow Home. We're trying to get the landscape planted, and I want to do it as economically as possible. I wanna make sure that we're choosing things that are gonna be easy to care for and play.

Into our whole Green idea here. One of the best things to use, of course, is a native grass, or a native plant even, from your area. Now this is switchgrass, which I just love. It's got an amazing sort of texture to it. And it has these inflorescences in the fall, which I think are just so gorgeous. You don't need to worry about these little seeds because they're sterile. This grass actually clumps from the base. This one is called Dust Devil, and I love its sort of graygreen leaf. These are nice big pots of it. And what we're going.

To do is we're gonna group these together. I like to see grasses planted in a mass like this. If you look at the top of the pot, you can see how this grass clumps, how firm and rigged it is. What I like about that is that this grass will actually stay upright through the winter. It's so beautiful with frost on it and even snow. Now, as I mentioned, this particular cultivar of panicum, or switchgrass, is called Dust Devil. But take a look at this one. This one is called Cheyenne Skies. Again, another switchgrass, a panicum, but what's.

Different about it it's slightly lower, it's a little looser, and look at these red tips, a beautiful sort of burgundy tip on the edge of each blade of the grass. I think it's very ornamental. What's wonderful about these grasses is that they add such texture and movement to the landscape. And they're drought tolerant. During these times when we never know when we're gonna get a rain, and they're are water rationings going on all over the country, you need to think smart and choose plants that don't require a lot.

Homemade Window Cleaner At Home With P. Allen Smith

Why don't you let me show you my homemade recipe for window cleaner It really works. Around here, keeping the windows clean is a fulltime job, and, well, it takes a lot of window cleaner. If you've priced window cleaner lately, you know it can be pretty expensive. Think about this If you have a house with children or pets, they're always putting their hands, or in the case of dogs their nose and so forth, against windows. Well, they constantly need to be taken care of. This is a very simple and ecofriendly.

And very costefficient way to make your own homemade window cleaner. Now this only takes three ingredients. We're gonna start with a 12 a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid a funnel makes this much easier. There we go, we got that. Then it takes 3 tablespoons of white vinegar. And the simplest ingredient of all 2 cups of water. Look at that. Then all you have to do is put on the top, shake it up, and you're ready to clean some windows. This really, really works. Another little tip You know, some folks use newspapers to.

Vegetable Container Gardening

Growing crops in containers can bring beauty and bounty to your deck or patio. Step 1 Pick a spot on your deck or patio that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight each day. Next, fill the planter with all purpose potting soil. Make sure your container has drainage holes. If it doesn't, drill several on the bottom. Step 2 Gently remove a transplant from a nursery pot. If the roots are matted, untangle them with your fingers. Dig a hole with your hands or a trowel and set a plant in at the same depth it was growing in the.

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