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These recycled (or rather upcycled) tire pots I spotted on a blog dedicated to repurposed goods caught my eye. I love the different tread patterns and the way succulents look in them. When empty, they make light weight, durable storage containers. (And cute hats!)

Pots Made From Recyled Tires by UBeauty, HGTV design blog
Sold by UBeauty, the pots are made in Pakistan from 100% recycled tires in accordance with the “Certified for Compliance of Ethical Trading Initiative.” The small workshop where they are manufactured used to be a leather-crafting shop but had gone out of business. Using traditional methods, the craftsmen now make a living producing these vessels and containers.

How would you use them? For storage? Or for indoor or outdoor container gardens?

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What kid (or adult) doesn’t love pizza? Whether you’re a vegetarian like me or a hearty meat-eater, there’s an endless variety of mouth-watering toppings to be enjoyed. So this summer, why not get your children involved in making dinner on a whole new level. Plant the pizza right in your backyard (yes, I’m serious) with this month’s HGTV Family Gardening Club project. For June, we’re making family pizza nights extra fun and extra scrumptious by growing a delectable pizza garden full of tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, basil, oregano and more. With fresh-from-the-garden herbs and vegetables, kids will love planting, handpicking their toppings and building their pizzas from scratch (with the help of Mom and Dad, of course.)


Don’t forget to upload pictures of your kids planting their very own pizza garden. We’d love to see their delectable pizza creations, too! And if you’re interested in receiving a new kid-friendly activity every month, join the HGTV Family Gardening Club newsletter.

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I remember gardening with my mom as a kid and marking the seedlings with the plastic stakes that came with the plants or simply sticking the packages in the dirt so we remembered what we planted.

silver spoon garden stakes

Plastic stakes make me nostalgic, but they pale in comparison to these striking handcrafted ones by Hammermann. The garden markers are made by hammering antique silver spoons and are hand stamped with the names of your favorite homegrown greens.

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Give your garden a thrilling dose of patriotism this coming Memorial Day weekend by planting flowers that bloom in red, white and blue. (Cue the John Philip Sousa.)

Memorial-Day-Red-White-Blue-Flowers-Gardening-HGTV-DesignHappensPhotos: Bloomers Blog; Lowes; Sonja Smith

If you don’t think you’ll have time for planting, grab a hanging basket filled with red, white and blue petunias from your local gardening center. For you more adventurous green-thumb types, here are a few of my favorite flowers to get you started creating your own patriotic combinations.


Potentilla 'Gibson's Scarlet', Clematis, Grape Hyacinth

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Keep your garden gorgeous all summer long with’s expert gardening tips.

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If convincing your kids to eat their vegetables is a nightly battle, this month’s HGTV Family Gardening Club project just might bring peace to the dinner table. For May, we’re growing lettuce, carrots and radishes in a low-cost window box farm. You can plant these annual seeds anytime from mid-spring to early summer. Kids will love monitoring their carefully planted seeds as they sprout into edible plants and turn into a delicious salad. And what child doesn’t love to play in the dirt?

HGTV Gardening Club Mini Window Box Farm Project

If you missed April’s gardening project, no worries. Gather the family to make a vermicomposting bin full of mess-free pets (red worms) that will turn kitchen scraps into plant food. These wiggly creatures take up little space and help create compost your plants will love.

Don’t forget to upload pictures of you and your little ones creating your mini farm. And be sure to join the HGTV Family Gardening Club newsletter to get a new kid-friendly activity every month.

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I agree with my grandfather, there’s nothing more satisfying than picking and eating tomatoes and strawberries fresh from the garden after a couple months of love and care. If you’re expecting warm weather this weekend, why not plant a fruit or vegetable garden of your own? If you’re tight on space, many of these edible plants can thrive in containers.

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For more edible gardening tips, check out these helpful how-to videos from Garden Girl TV’s Pattie Moreno who shows how to plant everything from corn and beans to grapes and potatoes. Happy gardening!

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I’m hoping that the rest of the country is having much warmer weather for the first weekend of spring than we’re having here in New York.

seed bombs

While daydreaming about getting to play around in the dirt, I ran across these gorgeous bags of wildflower seed bombs from Uncommon Goods. They would make great gifts or could be a real savior for those of us with slightly less-than-green thumbs.

Want to introduce your little ones to the joys of growing flowers and veggies? Round up your kids for HGTV’s Family Gardening Club‘s fun March project. Plus, Pattie Moreno demonstrates everything you need to know about growing tomatoes. Yum.

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Happy spring everyone! This is the time of year when hardcore gardeners salivate over seed catalogs. While I don’t have much of a green thumb, one of my fondest childhood memories is “helping” my grandfather in the garden. I loved getting my hands dirty, discovering giant earthworms and helping him carry all the delicious homegrown fruits and vegetables to the house. (Grandfather grew the biggest tomatoes I’ve ever seen!) Interested in planting your own vegetable garden? Want to learn how to grow potatoes? Or are you all about herbs?

Patti Moreno First Day of Spring Gardening

Now’s the time to start planning, whether it’s a container garden on an apartment balcony or patio like mine or raised beds that take up half your backyard. Tomatoes work in both settings, by the way. Choose the best variety for your garden with HGTV’s tomato selection guide. (Imagine how amazing that fresh BLT or tomato sandwich is going to taste. Yum!)  We’ve got all the edible garden tips you need with tons of photos, plus cool videos featuring Garden Girl TV’s Patti Moreno.

Gardening Flowers Spring

Then there’s flowers. If you’re like me, you want to sow in early spring in order to see an array of colorful blooms by mid-summer. There are plenty of perennials that bloom the first year; you just have to find that one that suits your soil and sunlight. My two favorites are the Maltese cross (left) and tickseed coreopsis (right).

How about getting the whole family outside playing in the dirt? Join HGTV’s Family Gardening Club for fun projects. This month we’re making and planting seed tape, perfect for hard-to-handle small seeds and tiny hands.

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This week’s freebie is a gardener’s bonanza that comes just in time for spring, sunshine and a sizable outdoor to-do list! I don’t know about you, but I’m jonesing to play in the dirt. I can’t wait to build a couple of raised beds for salad greens, squash, tomatoes and cucumbers. I’m also going to hang some baskets of nasturtiums and strawberries from the front porch. Oh, and I can’t forget my herb and cut flower garden.
Seeds of Change - Giant Garden Giveaway: Seeds, Totes and More
We’ve partnered with the organic seed company Seeds of Change, a staff favorite, to hook-up a winner with all of the trappings of a multi-family or community garden. Seeds of Change is giving away 250 of the highest-quality organic seed packets (a mix of veggies, herbs and flowers), five bags to tote your seeds and other gardening essentials, as well as five custom bowls to display your hard work come harvest time. This is enough loot for your and four green-thumb friends to create joint gardens and share in the spoils. Answer this week’s question before 12/11c Monday, March 21, to be entered for a chance to win.

This week’s question: There’s nothing like enjoying the fruits of your labor. What’s your favorite veggie or fruit to eat fresh from the garden? Heirloom tomatoes? Juicy strawberries? Or are you all about fresh cut flowers?

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Learn more about organic seeds and gardening at and And join HGTV’s Family Gardening Club and dig in the dirt with your kids!

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Happy President’s Day. As someone who has had the pleasure of eating tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelon and lettuce harvested from my own backyard garden, I’ve discovered that while some might label me “granola”, it would be more accurate to call me “patriotic.” Why? Well, I learned from my interview with Sam Watters and Ulysses Grant Dietz about their book Dream House: The White House as an American Home that from the early days of the White House, the gardens and grand landscapes were regarded as “proper appendages to the House of the People.” And like the Obamas now, many early administrations enjoyed nourishment from a White House kitchen garden.

Founding Gardeners - BookCome March, I’m looking forward to reading Andrea Wulf’s new book, Founding Gardeners. The Revolutionary Generation, Nature and the Shaping of the American Nation, and learning more about our founding fathers through the lens of their lives as gardeners, plantsmen and farmers.

“Andrea Wulf describes how, even as British ships gathered off Staten Island, George Washington wrote his estate manager about the garden at Mount Vernon; how a tour of English gardens renewed Thomas Jefferson’s and John Adams’s faith in their fledgling nation; how a trip to the great botanist John Bartram’s garden helped the delegates of the Constitutional Congress break their deadlock; and why James Madison is the forgotten father of American environmentalism. These and other stories reveal a guiding but previously overlooked ideology of the American Revolution.”

So in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States, go play in your garden! Here’s some tips for growing late winter vegetables and early spring flowers.

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Eartheasy, a family-owned and operated business in Parksville, British Columbia, strives to improve the lives of their customers by offering products that promote a simpler life through sustainable living.  Eartheasy’s Ceramic Compost Keeper is an elegant reminder to return uneaten organic matter back to the earth. The compost keeper is an attractive and effective place to stash kitchen scraps until you’re ready to put them into your garden composter.


One reader will receive the Ceramic Compost Keeper along with two filters. For a chance to win, answer this week’s question before 12/11c, Monday, July 12.

This week’s question: What’s your favorite part about gardening?

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Water features usually take a lot of planning and, depending how large and complex they are, a fair degree of digging and assembly time. In fact, my husband and I have talked endlessly about creating a waterfall and pond and have yet to dig out more than a 20th of it.

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Magellan Coral Zinnia

If you gave into springtime cravings to grow a lush and beautiful garden — whether veggie or ornamental or both — you’re now in the summertime slog. It’s one thing to spend a few hours working in the garden when the temperature’s a cool 60 degrees and the most rampant weeds of your area have yet to take hold. It’s quite another to do battle with aggressive weeds, bad bugs and too much or too little water – all while heat and/or humidity make 30 minutes of hoeing akin to an athletic event.

To spend your gardening time smartly, check out the best ways to have a beautiful garden with the least amount of pain.

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Hey, Rate My Space fans! I’m referring specifically to the online forum that features nearly 500,000 photos and videos from all over the world. Talk about a design mecca with a true sense of commuity.

Rooms and exteriors from Rate My Space continue to catch the eyes of editors, and we want to make sure you know that we are featuring more and more of your work in photo galleries, articles and blog posts on the site. So, keep uploading those great spaces, and you may see your photo featured on We especially love seeing before-and-afters and reading all the juicy design details behind the space. And please include an idea of how much your space cost, especially if you managed to create a masterpiece on a tight budget.

Colorful RMS Loft

This colorful loft by RMS user Matt 99 is featured in Excellent Examples of Color From Rate My Space.

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Don’t have the time or space to grow veggies? A blog post on Gardener’s Journal tells the story of an employee who doesn’t have a good spot for growing vegetables at home. She takes a pepper plant to work with her every day and, after parking, places it on the pavement behind her car, where the heat-loving plant takes a sunbath all day.

That’s dedication.

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What’s the best thing about fall? The leaves! What’s the worst? The leaves. Gardening editor Marie Hofer suggests asking yourself some questions when deciding when – and even if – to rake. First, do you care about your grass? “I wouldn’t suggest not raking if the grass is completely covered for a long time and you want to keep it healthy and vigorous. Leaves block light,” she says. “If you want a woodland setting beneath the trees and you don’t care whether you have grass, obviously don’t rake.” Second, what kind of trees do you have in your yard? “Some leaves such as silver maple and locust curl up and break down rapidly and you don’t have to worry about those as much. Other leaves like oak are more leathery and will stay around for a while.” Deciding whether to rake in phases or one time once all the leaves have fallen is up to you, but in general, removing the leaves from a lawn you wish to keep green is wise fall yard maintenance. Turn your hard work into rich fertilizer by reusing those leaves to help feed future plants by composting.

I actually enjoy raking. Some friends would say that’s because I’m a brand new homeowner, and I’ve had less than a year to experience the (potentially) back-breaking job of removing those once glorious leaves from the yard. But, alas, they do not know how much fun I had helping with outdoor fall chores as a child. Mostly I remember jumping in leaf piles. What a treat that was! My sister and I often had yard duties, but it didn’t seem like work because my parents made it fun. The responsibility of raking a large, tree-filled yard was more manageable because the whole family pitched in. The substantial job became an exciting outdoor event rather than a chore.

I must have channeled some of those childhood memories on Halloween this year. I arrived home from work just before dusk, eager to light the jack-o-lanterns and dish up the candy. My husband was working late, so it was up to me to prepare for our first trick-or-treaters as a married couple. As I pulled into the driveway I noticed the blanket of gold, orange, red and brown leaves covering the front yard. “How beautiful,” I thought. I was energized. Surely I had a few minutes before the little goblins began arriving.

In a flash I was raking, breathing the crisp air – thankful for the two majestic maples in the front yard. I raked the leaves toward the curb in one long line and, after a few minutes, looked down the row of leaves and noticed a few slight curves. It resembled a snake. As I worked, I accentuated the curves, making some sections fatter than others. This hungry snake needed a head, so I quickly gathered materials from the yard. Before I knew it, the leaf serpent had come to life. There were a lot more leaves in the yard than I first thought, so I raked up three more piles by the front door. Those became leaf monsters with their own facial expressions created by sticks, rocks and a few late- blooming marigolds. The whole process was therapeutic. I was even inspired to pull up the dead plants I had grieved over and integrated them as well – making my spontaneous yard sculpture more lifelike, which to my delight, amused trick-or-treaters young and old.
I’m looking forward to when I’ll need to rake the last leaves that cling to the trees in our yard, leaving behind green grass and barren trees – beautiful in their own right.

For more tips on maintaining your yard every season of the year, check out’s Gardening section.

Do you have any tips for tackling seasonal yard chores, for getting the entire family involved?
What are your favorite fall memories?

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Here in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the first freeze of the season is just hours away. Time to protect those sensitive outdoor plants! For me, often that means bringing plants indoors. Plants are a delightful way to add life, color, texture, interest — and even stress relief — to any space. Plus, if you’d like to be more environmentally-friendly, decorating with houseplants is an easy way to “go green” — literally. They can help you and your family breath easier especially in the winter if you spend most of your time indoors. Plants produce oxygen, absorb carbon dioxide and actually clean and purify the air of toxic VOCs — or Volatile Organic Compounds found in cleaning products, pesticides, paints, perfumes, laminates, carpets and tobacco smoke.

Take your houseplants to the next green level by planting them in recycled or reused containers. Almost any vessel that will hold soil and water can be considered a planter. Below are some of my houseplants potted in containers that once had previous uses. My husband and I feel good about giving these containers new life while they provide the home for life-giving plants that we love to have indoors. It really is good to be green — all around.

My husband re-potted this growing Norfolk pine in an old, heavy crock pot insert he found at a thrift store for $4.

This hammered metal bowl once held hair accessories. Now, it’s the perfect complement to this Stonecrop plant.

This unique wedding present was intended to be a serving dish. It came with serving spoons shaped like a shovel and a pitchfork. We decided to keep the serving spoons in the kitchen and utilize the wheelbarrow to house a container garden.

What are your favorite houseplants? What containers have you re-used in an inventive or unusual way? For more information about living green including a list of the best houseplants for cleaning the air, visit

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Who said gardening gear had to be frumpy? Red Envelope offers the gift of glam this season to gardeners everywhere with these gorgeous monogrammed gloves. Here’s the official description:

Tailored of soft beige suede, they’re comfortable and supple yet durable enough for regular use. Extra-long cotton cuffs help keep leaves and dirt from sneaking in, and the slim straps snap shut. Reinforced thumbs. $26, add $5 for monogram.

Ok, so if you do add the embroidered initials this gift will run you $31, which puts it slightly out of the “Under $30″ category, but it’s worth it! And we’re just in the nick of time for monogramming. Order by tomorrow and the gloves are still guaranteed to be delivered by Christmas. Stay tuned for another affordable gardening gift idea tomorrow!

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