DIY Cleaning products

Dish Soap: Adding essential oil to unscented castile soap can help take the drudgery out the ordeal. I like to add 10 drops of lavender oil and 10 drops of tea tree oil to 20 ounces (600 ml) of castile soap and then decant into a simple glass bottle with a pour spout for keeping on countertop.

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DIY Hanging Flower Tins or Cans

Hanging tin – flower or herb cans

hanging flower pots supplies

You will use actual tin coffee cans or vegetable cans

The first step is to punch holes in the bottom for drainage and drill the holes in the back for  hanging. Use the hammer for the drain holes and a drill with a metal bit for the rope holes. Make sure you get it just big enough for the rope to go through, not too big.

Give ’em a few good coats of spray paint. However many you need until it looks good. Let them dry.

Put one of the rope through one of your rope holes and knot it. Then decide on your length and cut the other end accordingly. Knot that end through the other hole.

Voila! A hanging pot!

Make Something

Miniature Garden

They may have outgrown their sandbox, but you can still reap the benefits of its perfect size and shape. Here’s what you’ll need: BPA-free sandbox, pavers (optional), gravel, weed barrier fabric (cut to fit interior of sandbox), potting soil, soil supplements (optional), assorted edible starter plants with shallow root systems, utility knife, drill and 5/8-inch bit, garden trowel, garden gloves, kid-sized garden tools

Prep the Location
Determine the location of your new garden based on sunlight. Make sure it has enough sun or shade for the plants you intend to grow. Partial shade is usually best for many container-friendly edibles. Move the emptied sandbox into place, then layer a few pavers underneath the box to elevate it and ensure optimum drainage.

Ensure Good Drainage
Good drainage keeps plants healthier and staves off root rot. Once you’ve added pavers and adjusted them so the bottom of the sandbox is level, add several drainage holes using a drill and large bit. Make a hole every 6-8 inches in the bottom of the sandbox.

Add Weed Barrier
Cut weed barrier fabric to size and lay down in the sandbox so the bottom and sides are covered. This will help create a barrier and discourage any weeds attempting to make their way into the garden through the drainage holes.

Add Gravel
Spread a 2-inch layer of gravel along the bottom of the sandbox, directly on top of the weed barrier.

Add High-Quality Soil
Premium soil is key to the success of your garden, so make sure it’s suited to your plants and climate. Consider mixing in a supplement or soil additive that’s specifically suited to your plants.
Select your plants

Plant Thoughtfully
Get your kids in on the planting process so they’ll be fully invested. Make sure to plant companion plants together. Strawberries like beans, lettuce, onions and thyme, while lettuce, like arugula, prefers beans and mint. Try to follow along with spacing as dictated on the plants’ tags.

Kid-Sized Everything
Keep aprons, tools and garden stools kid-sized to encourage hours of play that’s fun and parent-friendly, too.

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