DIY stepping stones January 18, 2013

Weekend warrior

Who cares if it is cold outside? Gardeners are biting at the bit to get to spring. If you’ve got something new planned for that crummy corner over there, perhaps these would help: DIY concrete slabs molded with rubber door mats. Instructions at fam.bjork.se 

(An artist pointed out today that you should check the mat to see if it has a patent or copyright mark on the back; you don’t want to infringe on a protected design.)

And speaking of concrete - this week we give away a 7 pound bag of Hypertufa Mix by Dirt Couture. To win it, just leave a comment about your big plans for the garden this year. You know…in a perfect world, you would get (fill in the blank) done.

And now to the important part: Winners of the three Peaceful Valley illustrated garden calenders, chosen at random, pinkie promise: Debbie Murphy, Ellen and Lisa Udwin. Yay!

Comments

Regina says:

My big plans would be to redo my back yard to include more succulents and make it less water dependent.

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 8:00 am.

Jennifer Thompson says:

In a perfect world, I would garden for me and my chickens…and we would both be happy with the results.

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 8:19 am.

Mark Gelfat says:

In preparation for spring, I am on the hunt for an old,and weathered outdoor stairway. I then am going to prop up my own stairway-to-heaven in the middle of my garden and fill it with potted Donkey Tails so that in time it will look like a
a waterfall.
I saw the use of the umbrella a couple days ago.  I have used a fully opened umbrella, with the base planted, to support 4 string bean plants.  I used different color beans.  It took work to train them, but by early summer we sat at a small table underneath the dangling beans.

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 8:28 am.

Diane Wilkinson says:

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thanks for this giveaway, I have always wanted to learn how to do this !!

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 8:37 am.

Michelle D says:

Big plans for the garden you ask ??? So many plans , so little time.  sigh…...  but I do hope to resurface the back path and fix the front fence which is way beyond looking shabby chic and now is just shabby.

PS - ironically I was on my way to the library to pick up a book on ‘tufa making.  I have a styling job coming up and thought this material might be just perfect .

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 10:19 am.

Your namekathy says:

Your comment I always wanted to learn how to use this in my cottage garden!

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 11:42 am.

Your name JEANNE STREGLES says:

Your comment
MY BIG PLANS ARE TO ADD A PATHWAY IN MY YARD WHERE IT TENDS TO BE MUDDY-HENCE THE REASON I PINNED THE PHOTO OF THE BEAUTIFUL STEPPING STONES FROM YOUR WONDERFUL INFORMATIVE SITE—I ALSO WOULD LOVE TO TRY MY HAND AT MAKING A FEW FLOWER POTS AND MAYBE A SMALL WATER FEATURE..HOPEFULLY I WILL HAVE THIS DONE BY THE END OF 2013!

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 12:16 pm.

Jackie Isler says:

I like the idea of the door mat stones.  We are planning a small patio area….

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 12:56 pm.

MiMiQuinn says:

I have always wanted some picket fence. However, I always wanted old, aged picket fence. Well, lo and behold someone finally called and actually gave me 20, 4x8 sections. I have been just busy right now getting it all ready for Spring. Have had to put it in an area where I have climbing roses, so they of course will climb on it. New herb garden it will become with paths and sculptures. I can see it. Oh, I can, can you?? It’s beautiful !!

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 2:13 pm.

Judy Sundermann says:

I’ve started to replant our front hillside and hope to have it under control in the next few weeks, weather permitting.  I’m removing ivy and adding some color, mostly low water plants.

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 10:20 pm.

Jennifer B says:

In a perfect world the broken concrete around the back border would be hauled away and I could start all over.

Posted on January 19, 2013 at 6:43 am.

Karla R. says:

I would build nice raised beds for an organic vegetable garden. And in a perfect world, they would be snail, squirrel and weed-proof!

Posted on January 19, 2013 at 7:23 pm.

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