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Inexpensive container gardening with herbs as accent plants to flowers | stowandtellu.com

Inexpensive Container Gardening with Herbs as Accent Plants

I finally got around to adding a few container planters to our yard and this year I decided to go with the idea of using herbs as the accent plants to the flowers. I wanted to tell you about it because I’m super happy with how mine are morphing into some of the prettiest arrangements […]

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Start with a Seed (part 6) Transplanting and Hardening Off Seedlings

Welcome to Start with a Seed part 6. In part 5, I showed you some of the positive and negative results I’d had with my seedling growing project and a tip for keeping cats away from an indoor green house. Negatives aside, I’m happy to say I’ve managed to keep some of these seedling babes […]

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Start with a Seed (part 5): Success and Failures and Keeping Cats Away

Are you growing seeds this season?  How are yours coming along?  My seed growing outcome thus far is both good and bad. While I hope your’s is better than mine, if it isn’t, don’t give up. And I won’t either. Welcome to Start with a Seed part 5. I’ve got a success-and-failure seed growing update […]

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Start with a Seed (part 4): Organizing a Seed Planting Project

It truly amazes me that you can take a tiny seed (that might look like a piece of lint or dirt), lay it in soil, water it, nurture it, and then watch it grow into a beautiful thriving plant. I have sprouting seeds, my friends, and new ones coming up each day. If I can […]

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How to make easy pipe cleaner plant markers | Stowandtellu

Easy Pipe Cleaner Plant Markers

Cheap and easy diy plant markers was the goal with this project. And while there are quite a few super simple ideas, I wanted to use something I had on hand. I was looking through my craft stash for some popcicle sticks, but I ended up finding a few bags of colorful pipe cleaners.   […]

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Start with a Seed Series (part 3): Buying Seeds and Understanding Seed Packets

I think it was just a week or two into the new year when I started seeing plant growing containers on the shelves. I got a little excited… of course anything non-Christmassy is exciting right after the holidays, for me at least. Welcome back to the Start with a Seed series.  This is part 3 […]

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Start with a Seed Series (part 2): Garden Planning Printable

The plan is to grow my own plants from seed this season and you are welcome to join in or just follow along and see if I’ve got something to show come planting season. This is post #2 in the Start with a Seed Plant Growing Series and today I have a 2 page printable […]

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Start with a Seed Plant Growing Series (part 1): Intro

Would you like to join me for a plant growing challenge? You don’t have to be a fantastic gardener or even a blogger to take part.  You just have to want to start or add to a garden you already have by growing plants from seed. This is going to be a personal challenge for […]

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Front Yard Update and Halloween Porch {YardWorkation 5}

We started working on our yard early this summer, and I’m happy to say that our front yard finally passed my sniff test just in time to pull together a thrifty Halloween porch vignette for the trick-or-treaters. I’m probably stretching it by using the word porch, but I’m definitely not exaggerating about the thrifty part. […]

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White Painted Jack O Lantern and Back Porch Update {YardWorkation 4}

White pumpkins are steeling the show these days.  But how about white carved pumpkins or jack o lanterns? While I actually only have one white pumpkin this season  (a gift from my sister from the bonfire night) I didn’t want to carve it. I did however have three thrifted faux jack o lanterns in my […]

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How to Make Fishing Buoys from Bottles

I have been stock piling used bottles because I have been wanting to try making fishing buoys with them for quite some time now.  We have our annual trip to the Warren Dunes and the shores of Lake Michigan this weekend. The thought of sinking my toes in the sand always puts me in the […]

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DIY Upcycled Lantern Solar Lights

Have you been embracing the world of solar lighting? It sure has come a long way with everything from solar string lights to hanging outdoor porch lighting. I keep leaning toward solar because a) there’s no wiring required. That keeps it simple. B) There’s no flame from a candle or oil lamp. That keeps it […]

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Find out why buying cheap gazebo tent is not the way to go - StowandTellU.com

Why You Don’t Want to Go Cheap with a Gazebo Tent

It’s mid July, and I’m sitting under our brand new gazebo tent one afternoon with a cup of coffee and a good book. I hear a pitter-patter because it’s starting to rain. I think, “hey, nice! I can sit right here, keep reading and enjoy the storm. Because I have shelter.” Not!!! Within a few […]

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Vintage Metal Chair with Painted Sign

I have an old vintage shell-back metal chair. When I bought it, it was lime green. I painted it pale yellow, and then I painted it  orange, and then a putty color. But what I really wanted was to try painting a sign on the metal chair. Since it was the vintage shell back style, […]

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7 DIY Faux Punched Tin Lantern Ideas - StowandTellU

7 Faux Punched Tin Lantern Ideas

Every porch or patio needs at least one punched tin lantern!! I read that blurb in one of the design magazines while at the dentist office a few months ago. I have been a little obsessed about it ever since. The real-deal punch tin lamps are a little pricey and harder to come by.  Here […]

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