Repurposing A Tree Stump

I saw this really cute trump stump, turned into a planter, on Facebook. It made me think about all the ways you could dress up an old tree stump.

Tree Stump Planter

Make A Planter

One of the best ways to repurpose a tree stump is to turn it into a planter. This would be a great option if you have an old tree stump in your yard that you want to get rid of. To do this, you would simply drill a few holes into the top of the stump and fill it with soil. Or, if the tree stump is already rotted out in the center, you can fill it right away, without any drilling. Then, you can plant flowers, herbs, or vegetables in the stump. The Shingled House has some nice instructions on drilling out a tree stump to become a planter.

Carve A Tree Stump

Another option for repurposing a tree stump would be to use it as a piece of garden art. If you have the talent, you could carve the stump into a sculpture or paint it with bright colors. This would be a great way to add personality to your garden and make it truly unique.

Carved Tree Stump

Image from: https://imgur.com/gallery/HCOjTeS

You would need some serious talent and skill to carve something like this owl tree stump. It was carved with a chainsaw!

Owl Carved from Tree Stump

Image from: https://www.shaungilbert.uk/galleries/owls/owls-6d-chainsaw-carved-owl-sculpture/

Make Furniture

If you have a large tree stump, you could also use it as a piece of outdoor furniture. For example, you could even off the top, and add a piece of glass or wood, and turn it into a coffee table or an end table. Or, you could use it as a seat by adding a cushion to the top.

Tree Stump Repurposed Into a Table

Image from: https://agreenhand.com/tree-stump-ideas/

A Tree Stump Fairy Garden

Another option for repurposing a tree stump is to create a fairy garden. This is a great project for kids or adults who want to add a touch of magic to their yard. There are several ways to use your stump for a fairy garden. One is to simply hollow out the center of the stump and fill it with soil. Then, you can plant flowers, herbs, or vegetables inside the stump or around the perimeter of the stump. In the center of the stump, you can place a statue of a fairy or a gnome, or other decorations to create a magical scene.

You could also carve or add a front door and windows to the stump, making it a magical fairy house for your yard. You can find plenty of door and window kits, and other fairy house adornments on Amazon and other gardening websites.

Tree Stump Fairy House

Image from: themagiconions.com

As you can see, there are many different ways that you can repurpose a tree stump. So, if you have an old stump in your yard, don’t be afraid to get creative and turn it into something new.

Gardening Gone Wild

Bird overlooking Wildflowers

What is Rewilding?

Rewilding is a technique that people adopt to restore their garden or lawn to being as close as possible to the way nature would have it. Rewilding entails tending your garden in such a way that it can support both animal and insect life. It may include relinquishing much of the customary gardening management and refraining from harming the soil. This rewilding of your garden can be seen as a way to re-introducing the ecology of an area.

The techniques of rewilding can be used in any garden or lawn, and there are many benefits from rewilding them such as: re-establishing natural ecosystems; providing sustainable landscapes capable of adapting to climate change; supporting native biodiversity; reducing run-off and soil erosion; increasing carbon storage and filtering pollutants out of water.

Rewilding may include re-fertilizing depleted soils, managing for effects such as pest control and erosion reduction, and reforesting areas where trees have been removed.

Rewilding a garden may also improve the aesthetics of your space while also allowing you to feel more connected to the natural world.

A Natural Ecosystem

Rewilding your garden should be seen as re-introducing the ecology of where your garden is situated. You can rewild by planting native flowers and vegetables that are not only attractive to animals but also beneficial for them to eat. By doing this, you will be providing food sources for animals, such as birds and bees, while protecting your plants at the same time.

Wild Flowers

Native plants provide shelter for winged creatures, like butterflies and moths, who fly around fertilizing other flowers along with their host plant; this activity provides nectar for honeybees, which benefits both bee and man alike. Wildflowers and organic vegetables provide food for many different types of birds and insects.

Rewilding The Soil

It is important to rewild your soil in order to rewild your garden. You will want to add organic compost, such as rotted leaves and grass clippings, or animal manure, into the soil. These will add valuable nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium which plants need in order to survive.

Rewilding gardens re-introduces healthy bacteria back into the soil while protecting it from future damage like erosion or runoff (like what happens when you water a garden with fertilizer). It values biodiversity and natural processes. While rewilding gardens re-introduces a healthy community, rewilding the soil re-introduces a healthy ecosystem.

No More Chemicals

In order to rewild one’s garden, you must abandon use of pesticides or chemicals that would eventually poison the soil after extended use. Any fertilizer falls into this category. This is due to the fact that, although insecticides kill pests, they may also kill beneficial insects. It is important to replace these chemicals with other options in order for rewilding to work successfully.

Kitten in Rewilded Garden

Chemical-free gardens are safer for pets

You will also want to avoid using any weed killers and instead let the weeds grow alongside your plants as they would naturally. Many weeds, such as dandelions, are actually beneficial, assisting to protect the soil from erosion while also aiding in the retention of water in the earth.

Natural Control of Pests

While it was historically typical to think of insects in a garden as the kind of nuisance you wanted to get rid of as quickly as possible, research has shown that insects are frequently more useful to plants than they are harmful.

Even so-called pests may be useful to a garden’s natural equilibrium. Some  pests can be kept under control by rewilding without the need for pesticides. Other insects or animals may take advantage of the pest’s presence as a food source. Nature, when left to its own resources, has a tendency to restore it’s own equilibrium.

Another strategy for ensuring success when rewilding a garden is to include insect habitats. As an added benefit of creating an environment for helpful insects, they will automatically take care of the insects that might otherwise destroy your plants. Fallen logs, branches, or a wood stack may be used to provide shelters for these insects, many of which can be beneficial to your garden.

Reintegrating Wildlife

By rewilding your garden, you are re-establishing a healthy community by reintegrating animals back into their environment where they belong. This will allow them to find shelter and food sources, while also giving them a way to better adapt to climate change. Rewilding reintegrates these animals into the area as a part of a healthy ecosystem.

Squirrel Wildlife

In addition to this rewilding benefit, reintegrating wildlife could be useful environmentally since it may help minimize problems caused by invasive species that damage ecosystems by competing with native flora and fauna for resources. In other words, animals that naturally used to occupy an area might prove helpful in rewilding your garden by simply re-establishing the communities that once were there.

The Birds and the Bees

Allowing bumblebees to re-hatch and re-establish the bee population in your garden could be essential to rewilding, as bees are responsible for dispersing seeds and nectar, which helps maintain a healthy diversity of plants. Without these little creatures doing their part, many plant species would die off because they may not have been able to reproduce.

A Bee on a Dandelion

Rewilding also entails keeping an eye out for the food requirements of any birds that could come to visit or create a nest in your garden.

A bird bath filled with fresh water is a great way to attract birds.

Bird in Bird Bath

Bird feeders, which you can fill with bird seed, may be used to care for your feathered friends, but you can also utilize food that you consume yourself to feed them. These include goods such as apples or raisins, among other things. You may use the seeds from pumpkins or squash. Keep in mind, if the food has been produced organically, birds are likely to consume it. Aside from that, the birds will also consume hazardous insects, which may cause damage to a garden.

As rewilding takes place, it starts to re-enact the environmental changes that would have occurred if humans were not around. You may even notice bees or butterflies coming up from areas where they have not been seen in many years because rewilding has helped to bring back their habitat.

Rewilding Takes Time

Rewilding is generally not something that can be done overnight. One has to have the commitment necessary in order to rewild their garden. Rewilding requires hard work and patience because it will take time for plants and animals to fully re-establish themselves into your soil.

The Rewilded Garden

Rewilding your garden includes removing all chemicals, naturalizing plants so they do not require chemicals or fertilizer, creating an environment for insects, wildlife, and birds, and re-introducing native plants. Rewilding re-introduces important genes into the ecosystem, re-introduces natural control processes, re-introduces habitat for animals, re-introduces food sources for animals, and re-enacts the changes that would have occurred if humans were not around.

This rewilding of your garden can come with many benefits that go beyond what you initially expect; rewilding offers an opportunity for people to connect more with nature, reducing stress levels and increasing overall happiness levels, along with many others which are hard to predict.

Rewilding your garden does require some up front effort but gives back so much more than expected in the long run!

Rewilding the Garden

Image source and for more on rewilding, visit GardeningEtc.com

Thanksgiving In The Garden

Absolutely love this! If you live in a warmer climate, such as California or Florida, why not hold your Thanksgiving dinner outside? You could enjoy the cool fall air and the beautiful autumn leaves.

Thanksgiving in the Garden

In this Beer Garden Table Makeover and Alfresco Thanksgiving project, they first refinished an old beer table. Once that was finished, the table was decorated with a vase of autumn leaves, 2 pumpkins, and the rest you see in the picture. This can be great family activity everyone will enjoy. Very Thankgiving-ish looking and a great place for outdoor enthusiasts to dine.

Beautiful Fall Leaves

Leaves get their green color from chlorophyll, contained in cells within the leaves. Chlorophyll is necessary for photosynthesis, it captures sunlight to produce plant sugars. As days grow shorter and temperatures cool in the fall, trees stop producing chlorophyll, some earlier than others. Fall Leaves

Without chlorophyll to capture sunlight, other pigments contained in the cells of leaves become more visible. These other pigments are called accessory pigments, they include carotenoids and anthocyanins.

Carotenoids

Carotenoids absorb blue and violet light and reflect yellow and green wavelengths, which is why they appear yellow to the human eye.

Fall Tree

Anthocyanins

Anthocyanins absorb blue and green light and reflect red wavelengths, which is why they appear red to the human eye. These accessory pigments are present in leaves all year long and some accumulate higher than others in the fall. Fall Trees at the Park

Why Are The Trees More Colorful Some Years?

The amount of sunlight and temperature conditions determine if trees will turn more colorful in the fall. Trees that grow at higher elevations or towards the poles may turn red and yellow earlier than those growing closer to the equator, which is why we see some trees with brilliant colors while others nearby are still green.

Beautiful Fall Leaves

Also, years with abundant rainfall will produce more colorful fall leaves, while dryer, or even drought conditions will cause trees to skip their brilliant color phase in the fall.

Halloween Painted Rocks

Helen Emmence makes her own Halloween painted rocks. You can buy the cement and silicon molds on amazon. These would be so cute for Halloween, or even just for fall, placed along your walks, or in your flower beds. I don’t think I would need this many of them. Even a few would help dress up your yard.

Halloween Rocks

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Painted a bright orange.

Orange Rocks

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Taken out of the molds, before Painting

Rocks Before Painting

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Troll Doll Planters

Troll Dolls are toys that date back to 1959. They were first made in Denmark by a Danish woodcutter, Thomas Dam. The original troll doll was carved as a Christmas gift for Dam’s daughter, Lila. When the kids in town saw the doll, they wanted one. too, and the company “Dam Things” was born. The dolls were made from plastic instead of wood, and were called “Good Luck Trolls”.

Still popular today, the Troll dolls are being used as planters, often for succulents. They are so cute!

Troll Doll Planters

I don’t know for sure how they are made, but my guess is that you would remove the hair, and maybe remove the plastic base of the hair, so there would be more room for the potting soil. Then add your soil, plants and water.

The larger sized troll dolls could hold a larger plant, as in this picture:

Large Troll Doll Planter

Image Source: GardenChick

They’re just so cute!

What is Water Gardening?

Water gardening is the cultivation of water plants in a garden environment. It can also be referred to as aquatic gardening or fish pond gardening. Regardless of what it is called, these water gardens are very popular among gardeners and homeowners. They offer a serene snapshot of nature that can help to beautify a yard or add life to an otherwise bland landscape.

Aquatic Water Garden

An aquatic garden has several design options that will depend on the owner’s wants and needs. Some people prefer natural-looking water gardens, while others like the more artistic looks of a Japanese-styled water garden or an Italian-inspired design. Whether it is for relaxation or recreation, there is something for everyone when it comes to building the perfect water garden.

Water gardens are usually placed near a house or patio where they can be enjoyed and admired on a daily basis by the homeowner. This is not a common garden type, but it offers its own charm and beauty to those who take the time to build one.

Aquatic Plants in Garden Ponds

The main feature of a water garden pond is the plants and adding them can be accomplished by several methods: you can either plant them yourself, have an aquatic nursery plant them for you, or buy “potted” aquatic plants that are ready to put into the water. If you’re going to plant your own, most aquatic plants don’t need soil and will grow fine in the water itself.

Trees are also a good idea if you want shade for fish or just simply want trees in or around your pond. Trees may be either partially or completely underneath the water, although this requires more maintenance since when you have a majority of the tree under water, you’re going to want to clean it frequently since debris and leaves will build up and can cause an oxygen shortage.

If you don’t like the idea of trees in your pond, there’s also aquatic plants that grow on top of the water or don’t necessarily need soil, such as atlantica and lotus flowers. Each type of aquatic plant also has its own maintenance procedure if you want them to grow and multiply, so be sure to do some research before purchasing any plants for your water garden.

The most common variety of plants used in these sorts of gardens are various types of flowers. Water lilies are perhaps the number one choice.

Aquascape.com gives us a list of 10 popular water gardening plants, along with an image of each plant:

  • Creeping Jenny Pond Plants
  • Pickerel Pond Plants
  • Horsetail Pond Plants
  • Taro Pond Plants
  • Cardinal Flower
  • Water Lettuce
  • Mosaic Plant
  • Blue Iris

Of course, there are many other plants suitable for a water garden, but these are some of the more popular ones.

Creating a Water Garden Pond

Pond construction is largely dependent upon the type of pond you’re creating. If you want to create a small garden pond in your front yard or a bigger one, such as what some people prefer for their backyard, it’s all about building up an area where water can sit and be contained.

The materials that are used for constructing this area are designed to be strong enough to both hold water and keep it from escaping, as well as to provide a stable space for aquatic plants. Materials like acrylic, pea stone or coral rock can all serve this purpose.

Where to Put Your Water Garden

Where you put your water garden will also contribute to the look of it, as well as how easy it is to care for. These gardens are best-kept in areas with lots of direct sunlight and room for aquatic plants to grow. Water should be able to freely flow through the pond, but there should be enough depth so that fish (if you are adding them) can swim through.

Ideally, a water garden should be placed in such a way that the main part of it doesn’t get buried by leaves or other debris carried over by wind and rain, so if it’s near a patio or the house, it can reduce maintenance needs greatly.

A Patio Water Garden

If you prefer something on a smaller scale, consider a patio water garden. Adding aquatic plants to your patio or deck can make for great living areas as well as adding aesthetic value. To make a patio water garden, start with a waterproof container. A couple of options would be to purchase a plastic tub meant specifically for water gardens or lining an ordinary whiskey barrel with plastic.

You can grow several water plants in a tub of water on your deck, and you can even add fish or a fountain for decoration. Even in 20 to 30 gallons of water, miniature water lilies, lotuses, and many other aquatic plants thrive. For the best growing conditions, place your container in a location that receives at least five to six hours of direct sunlight each day. If you live in a hot climate, container gardens do better with afternoon shade.

Adding Fish to Your Water Garden

If you plan on including fish in your garden pond, then some specialized knowledge is necessary so that the ecosystem you create is balanced and the fish can live in harmony with each other. Fish such as koi are an example of what you could have in your garden pond, but it’s important to not get too many fish if you’re new to this – you don’t want to end up with a dead fish disaster!

The main thing is just to provide oxygen and food, as well as ensure that there are places to hide and swim in both shallow water and deeper water.

The fish species that would be ideal to have in a garden pond are one of the several popular Koi, such as goldfish or koi. The general rule is you can’t keep more than two or three fish per surface foot of water, so this is something to keep in mind if you want to have fish.

One thing that should also be kept in mind is not all koi can adapt to a backyard pond, so it’s best to do some research before going out and buying any fish. What you take into account when choosing your fish for the pond are:

  • Shape of body – Deep-bodied fish are more likely to not jump out of your pond, while long and skinny fish can jump out easily.
  • Size – It’s easier to care for the fish if they’re small enough to be able to eat food from the bottom of the pond and won’t cause damage. Koi should be at least two inches before introducing them to your pond.
  • Pond temperature – Fish can survive in ponds that range from 40-95 degrees Fahrenheit, but it’s better if the correct temperature is maintained. Temperatures between 60-70 degrees are ideal for koi and goldfish.
  • Intended effect – Aquatic plants often do better with small fish as opposed to large fish, but it all depends on the species.
  • Considerations – It’s best to have a space of at least four feet for your fish, as well as a place where they can hide and escape predators. Also consider whether you want to use your pond more for fishing or aquatic plants, since koi won’t eat floating plants in the pond, but goldfish or other fish may.

Koi Fish Swimming in Water Garden

Implementing a garden pond doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive; just use common sense and there won’t be any problems.

Watering Seeds From The Bottom

This is a great idea for starting seeds as the moisture comes from the bottom, thus eliminating the fungus that kills many seedlings when you water from the top. Easy to make, just cut the top off a two liter bottle, and add water to the lower part. Cut a hole in the lid, and insert a plastic straw. Fill the top portion with potting soil and add your seeds.

Watering Bottle

Here’s another way to use a plastic bottle for watering.

Forcing Tulips in Water

Forcing tulips in water is a fun, easy, and a unique way to present tulips that most people have not seen before.

Tulip Bulbs in Water

I think showing the natural beauty of the bulb is a pure, modern, and minimalist approach to floral design.  Tulips Growing in Water

Give it a try. Tulip Blooms in Water