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25+ Affordable DIY Fence Ideas for Perimeter, Garden or Privacy

 

Have you thought it wise to have a fence around your home? You are not alone in this. There are lots of people who would like to put up fences but making the right choice has been a problem. These tough economic times that we have found ourselves in have even complicated it further.

It does not matter where you plan to have your fence and how you need it done; what matters is the protection that comes with the fence and the need to spend the least amount possible but on the best. Personally, I have been in the same situation and I believe my insights will be of great help to you.

However, there are lots of options I have come across that I believe you can consider as well. They are so economical and most are DIY except just a few ones that need to be purchased. I am just giving some highlight concerning these fences.

It is solely upon you to do some research before settling on what will work best for you. We have no affiliation with any of these companies mentioned in this article.

Things to consider before putting up a fence

You can settle on the best fence in the world; that has possibly everything you need, but without considering some factors, the fence will just be another structure around your yard. Here are some crucial considerations you will have to make:

 

  • Space that needs enclosure

 

The area that you need to enclose is what will determine the amount of fencing materials that you need to buy. At the same time, it enables you to settle on the materials that you can afford at that particular moment.

 

  • Budget

 

Different fencing materials cost varying amounts of money. How much have you set aside for this particular job? The amount you have budgeted for is what will determine the building supplies you can go for.

 

  • Purpose meant for the fence

 

Different fencing materials and designs are meant to serve different purposes. There are fences that are good for territorial marking, privacy, security, keeping away pets among others. Knowing what you need from your fence is therefore very much important even before you think of making a purchase.

 

 

  • Maintenance

 

Have you ever known that fences do require some form of maintenance? If you didn’t then I am now making you aware of this. Different fencing materials require different forms of maintenance; some of which are less demanding while others demand a lot. 

Regular sealing or paintings are some of the maintenance practices. All these will depend on the type of fencing materials you settled on.

Having looked at these very important pieces of information, it is therefore the right time to take a look at some of the most affordable fencing designs. Take a look:

 

  • Chain Link Design

 

This fence features among some of the easiest designs to be figured out. It is something that you can figure out on your own even in the absence of a tutorial. Something that I admire most in this fence is its decorative nature accompanied with the sturdiness. 

The chain link provides the needed protection around the property while the wooden posts provide some décor to the fence.

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  • Goat Proof Fence

 

I keep goats, but they are escape artists. My relationship with my immediate neighbor has not been that well over the past few weeks due to these animals. But I love them; I don’t see myself getting rid of them. A fence will be of great help.

A fence that will confine these animals where I need them is what I need. This fence has been specifically designed to help keep the goats wherever they need to be. Restore the good relationship with your neighbors by simply putting up this fence.

There is a tutorial that offers you the guidance as you put it up.

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Here is another article about building goat fences- 6 Important Tips to Consider to Build the Perfect Goat Fencing

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  • 4-Rail Horse Fence

 

This fence comes with a tutorial that will help you come up with this structure from scratch. All the steps are clear and well elaborated. It is something that you can build on your own. This makes it less expensive.

Additionally, it works best for most livestock besides its pretty look.

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  • Prefab Fence

 

Here are some prefab options that you can consider if you are in need of a perimeter fence but you lack the confidence to build your own. This company has got something that I really loved which was how their Prefab options were taken and thereafter covered in wire.

This makes a good perimeter fence without any space that anything can use to go through. Don’t be worried by their good looks; they are very much affordable.

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  • Veggie Fence

 

This fence is meant for your vegetable garden. It’s very sturdy and at the same time very gorgeous. You can choose to either build it on your own or even have it installed by a reputable company.

This one over here has been installed by a company. Therefore, there is no tutorial accompanying it. Nevertheless, with your creativity, you can create your design from the inspiration you get from this design.

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  • Split Rail Fence together with Mesh

 

Are you in need of a perimeter or dog fence? Look no further as this is another cheaper option that can serve you right. Dogs cannot go through this mesh. At the same time, there is no loophole that will allow predators to get in.

Besides the nice looks, the fence is very functional.

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  • Pallet Fence

 

You can actually build a pallet fence at almost a zero cost. If you are undergoing some sort of financial crisis and you need a fence then consider using pallets to build one. It is very simple, and a tutorial for the same has been provided as well.

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  • DIY Garden Fences

 

A DIY garden fence is creative and appealing. The aesthetics are just as additional offerings you will acquire from a DIY garden fence on top of the protection that they provide around your garden. They will save you a lot of money by the way. They are a good way to keep predators away.

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  • Wood Frame Wire Fence

 

This one looks very good for the backyard. It works so well in confining small livestock and dogs in their areas. It is easy to put up and at the same time strong enough.

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  • Dog Wire Privacy Fence

 

A fence like this one is what you need for purposes of providing privacy around your backyard or property. Any handy person like you can build this fence from zero. There is no tutorial on this, but you can find a way of going about it.

Privacy and how it stands out is what I like about it. 

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  • 12 Pallet Fences

 

If your pallets are your thing, then this is another consideration you can make. There are 12 different designs of using these pallets for making fences. Choose either to have a perimeter or a picket fence from the different designs available.

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  • DIY Decorative Fence

 

If you are familiar with construction, then this type of fence will be so easy to put up. It’s unique and fulfills the purpose it is meant to. It is very decorative.

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  • Chicken Wire Garden Fence

 

You only require some small amount of information to realize how this fence should look like. It is very beautiful while at the same time simple to build. If you are in possession of chicken wire and reclaimed wood, you can use them to protect your garden but in the form of a fence.

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  • Seven Inexpensive Fence Ideas

 

Here seven options for very cheap fencing ideas. No tutorials are attached to them. A building experience is therefore necessary if you have to construct some of these fences. If you need to hire a contractor to do the job for you, then make sure that you provide a visual of the fence and how you need it done.

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  • 9 DIY Fence Options

 

Here is a tutorial of 9 DIY fence options meant for perimeter and backyard. Each option is unique in a way. Some of them are so simple while others are more demanding due to their modern nature.

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  • Rustic Garden Fence

 

Having a sturdy, rustic with a homestead feel is not that easy. But here is a garden fence that offers all these qualities. If you like rustic stuff, then this is a good fence option that you need to consider. It is accompanied by a DIY tutorial.

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  • Cattle Panel Fencing

 

This is an inspiration when it comes to creating your perimeter, backyard and garden fence. It is made of wooden posts with the center being made out of cattle paneling.

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  • Basic Mesh Fence

 

This kind of fencing requires mesh wire and t-posts. This makes it a very inexpensive option. It is quite easy to install and lasts a longer period compared to its construction cost. Keep your dogs in an enclosed area using the least amount of money possible using this fence.

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  • “Unique” DIY Fence

 

The uniqueness comes as a result of its horizontal design which goes against the common vertical designs. It is so beautiful and a good DIY option. Check on its provided tutorial and confirm if you can take this DIY project.

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  • Modern Privacy Fence

 

This decorative perimeter fence serves as a great option if you need some sort of privacy around your backyard. It is a very nice option for those who need privacy alone.

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  • Galvanized Perimeter Fence

 

I have so many galvanized products at home. You could also be having some. If you need to match these with your fence, then a galvanized one is what you will need. These types of fences are known for their great services when it comes to privacy or perimeter fences.

Being that they are free from corrosion, they will surely last.

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  • Slab Perimeter Fence

 

This kind of fence is not good for those who keep livestock. It works best as a means of dividing property. It’s an inexpensive but solid option. 

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  • Pallet Garden Fence

 

Here is a video of how to make inexpensive fences using reclaimed pallets. Watch the video here. One good thing about pallets is that they are readily available and are free. They are very strong as building materials.

If you can find enough of these materials, then make good use of them by turning them into a garden fence.

 

  • Log Fence

 

Are you are on a tight budget but you are really in need of a fence? This is exactly what you have been looking for. Huge wood logs are stacked around areas to be fenced. It is very simple. All you need to do is make sure that it is tall and strong enough never to be knocked down or even jump over.

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  • Five Inexpensive DIY Fence Options

 

These are just ideas on how to construct some cheap fences from affordable materials. The ideas are not backed up with pictures. It’s now upon you to come up with your own design and probably build your own fence.

Any of the materials mentioned will work for any type of fence that you need. Some of these materials are old antique doors and lattice. If you chose to up-cycle, your fence would cost the least amount. 

Build them here

 

  • Modern Wattle Fence

 

This design of wattle fence is more modern. If you love wattle fencing but you do not like the old school types, then this is a great option for you. The size of the yard notwithstanding, it is a great fence.

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  • Wattle fencing

 

This is another good option for those who keep livestock such as goats. Keep them in their pasture by using this kind of a fence. The fact that it has been made using sticks makes it a very inexpensive one.

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If you are not aware of how to construct it, then this tutorial will be very necessary.

Build it here

Summary

Fencing is one good way of having a peaceful coexistence with your neighbors. This plus other advantages such as privacy and security are every person’s desires. This article has some cheap options that you can consider.

Some of them are simple to build or install while others are much demanding. Regardless of the type of fence you chose, what is of utmost importance is the fact that I have provided you with a variety of options to choose from. And above all, you will have saved some money.

 

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Guide to Raising Chickens in Your Backyard

 

Fresh eggs for breakfast, are you up for that great idea? Yeah, I guessed it right; you most likely love the idea. This is more so when the eggs are from your own backyard. It becomes even better when the eggs you get from the stores and supermarkets aren’t good enough for you. 

If you have a backyard, then this dream is just a backyard away. This unutilized space is enough to rear a couple of chickens to supply you with eggs every morning. 

Many people have always asked me how I started my coop that is now beaming with the lovely birds. Actually, it is pretty easy, so long as you have the zeal and the appetite for eggs.

To help you be like me, I have prepared this guide for raising chickens in your backyard. In the end, you will be confident enough to walk this path to chicken rearing. 

Why Chickens?

Lots of my friends asked me this when I was starting out my coop. And I felt like they were asking the wrong question. It should be, why not chickens? I always get them with this question. 

Here are the reasons I give them for raising chickens instead of using my backyard for something else. 

 

  • Fresh eggs

 

This is most likely one of the main reasons why I decided to raise my own chickens. And as most chicken raisers call them, “hen berries” is a joy to collect every morning once the hens start delivering them. 

When you feed your chickens right, these will be more flavorful than the store-bought ones. 

 

  • Free fertilizer

 

Chickens produce an unending supply of nutrient-rich compost all year round. They convert all the stuff you feed them on, (or they collect), into poop, which is a great fertilizer for your garden. 

 

  • Natural pest control

 

When allowed to free range, (like in my case), chickens are meticulous pest terminators. As they roam around looking for food, they eat almost any kind of insect that they spot. At times, these majestic birds even eat some of the weeds that shoot up in your garden.

 

  • Delicious Meat

 

This is not what I would call a reason to rear these lovely birds. This is since I do not always want to part ways with any of them. But once in a while when I need to have an awesome tasting chicken steak, then why not?

 

  • Pets

 

Looks kind of strange, but when you raise a chicken from being a chick until it’s fully grown, you grow fond of them that they would follow you around. They would sit on your lap, eat from your hand and of course poop on you (oops!)

 

  • Easy to maintain and care for

 

Provided that you can spare about 5 minutes a day to check on your birds; then they should be alright. But once you start raising them, you wouldn’t want to be away from the chickens for very long. 

All they would need is enough water, good quality food, vaccination once in a while and the space to forage for food.

Guide on how to raise Chicken

First of all, before you get started, you need to check your local laws to confirm if they permit chicken rearing. This is particularly if you stay in an urban or semi-urban setting. 

The last thing you need is being served with a warrant and your hens being collected by law enforcers. For those of you who stay in the midst of nowhere like me, the law should not be an issue. 

Step 1: Prepare a place where the Chickens will be sleeping in

Your chicken will need a nice place to sleep in. This is where the chicken will be spending most of their night. Chicken normally start to sleep at around dusk until sunrise.

For starters, you will need a coop, either bought or built on your own if you are good with DIY carpentry tools. All in all, here are some ideas worth looking at for a coop

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In whatever coop option you settle on, whether to buy or build one on your own, it has to meet certain conditions. 

 

  • It should be raised

 

One thing you should know about chicken is that they do not like sleeping on the ground. It is their birds’ instinct to sleep on the raised ground. Roosting bars are a good way of providing elevation. 

Do not make any chicken sleep directly above the other. You do not want the birds pooping directly on the other. 

 

  • The floors should be lined with hay, straw, wood shavings or sand

 

This provides a comfortable place to sleep or lay eggs. I always want the eggs to fall on the soft ground and keep my birds as happy as possible (comfort guarantees happiness). 

 

  • The coop should be adequately spacious

 

For the perfect harmony in the flock, everyone should have their own adequate space. It should not be too large, but just enough. There might be bullies in the flock that need to be kept away from the meek ones. 

 

  • Security is paramount

 

Just like any other investment, you need to keep this one away from predators. And there are a lot of them. 

The whole coup should be surrounded by a strong chicken wire and use high-quality latches that even toddlers cannot pick. Additionally, ensure the flooring is reinforced by the wire. This is so that no predator can dig in from below. 

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  • Nesting boxes are a plus

 

Hens are quite choosy when it comes to where they lay their eggs. Provide boxes  that are separated from the sleeping area. Always minimize the number of chickens sharing a nesting box as enmity may set in. 

 

  • Light and more light

 

Your coop will need to be adequately lit and well ventilated as well. This is because hens lay eggs based on the number of daylight hours. When winter comes and the hours of daylight become limited, provide artificial lighting. This theoretically lengthens daylight.  

If you don’t, the eggs will dry out or diminish in supply. 

Step 2: Caring and Feeding Your Chickens

I have this saying that “the way to a chicken’s eggs is through the stomach.” Sounds creepy, but it works for me all the time. A well fed, and well cared for flock will happily continue laying good quality eggs throughout the year. 

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  • Commercial feed

 

A healthy commercial feed for chicken should form their staple diet. These can be bought in a livestock store or even online. 

Once bought, evenly distribute this feed to the chicken using a chicken feeder. This should be monitored daily for any wet or moldy food. 

Always keep the feeder filled, as this always assures the chicken of plenty food and will make them never hold back the eggs.

 

  • Supplement with table/kitchen food

 

What I love about chicken is their free-spirited eating habits. They never say no to anything edible. This allows you to provide them with a wide variety of foods. In this way, they stay very healthy.

Instead of throwing out your kitchen refuse, toss it into the coop for the birds to have a go at it. 

In whatever feeding choice, ensure Calcium is provided in plenty of stronger egg shells, as well as grit to help grind the stuff the chickens eat. 

 

  • Clean water should be availed at all times

 

Keeping your lovely birds hydrated is of utmost importance. After cracking nuts and hard grains, the chickens will need to drink lots of water. Keep a large bowl in or near the coop. 

This bowl should be filled at all times.  And if the water gets dirty (the chickens might take a bath in it), replace it with a fresh one. 

Step 3: Free rangers or to be fed?

This will definitely depend on your location and the ordinances in place. In most urban settings, this decision will already be made for you. Most ordinances do not allow for chicken free ranging. You would have to keep them cooped up. 

But if you are in the countryside, and have plenty of space, then allowing your chicken to free range is a viable option. This gives you a choice of either feeding the chicken, free-ranging them or using both. 

Free ranging is a very good option, and it always yields the best quality and healthiest eggs. Your chicken feeds bills are also kept low and your hens kept happiest. But it comes with its own sets of challenges, like keeping the girls and boys away from predators. 

Alternatively, you can provide a balance between free-ranging and feeding. You can use the penned ranging method. In this way, the chickens can roam in an enclosed wide space (pen), then are shut in a coop at night. 

Your hens and cocks will then be able to enjoy the best of both worlds. This is the method I have employed in my medium sized backyard. They are free to roam in the half-acre enclosed pen. This pen is predator proof as stray dogs are kind of a nuisance up here. 

It kind of also makes it easier to hunt for the eggs they sometimes lay all over the place. Better still, I have restricted the flower gardens. The chickens, therefore, have no way of doing their digging there. 

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Step 4: Selecting the chicken breeds

Now that you have prepared everything that your birds will need, it is now time to select the birds you want to raise. The choice you will make will mostly depend on the purpose you want the hens to serve you. 

It could be layers, broilers or multi-purpose. All in all, you always want to have the best breeds of these in your flock. Here are some viable options that have worked for me. 

You can always get the breeds from an established breeder or buy at your local poultry store.

 

  • The layers

 

These are my favorite type of hens since they keep me filled up every morning and still have plenty to sell. 

 

  • The Golden Comet

 

This is a gentle bird. This is low tempered and generally friendly.  She lays lots of eggs (about 250 to 300 per year). This is one for the beginner. They are also very simple to care for. 

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  • The White Leghorn

 

How does around 280 eggs a year sound to you? Cool, right? This breed will give you that. They are both energetic and docile too. And I love their pure white feathers.

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  • The Rhode Island Red

 

This breed will get you about 260 eggs in a year. All that you have to watch for is their temper, particularly when allowed to roost. They can be dual purpose too.

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Here are the top ten layers

 

  • The Meat Breeds

 

There are those of us who fancy a little chicken meat in our pots once in a while. If you are one of those, these breeds could be worth for a start.

 

  • The Jersey Giant

 

This breed actually deserves the name giant in them. They grow to be massive, with cocks averaging about 13 pounds and hens about 10 pounds. 

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  • The Cornish Cross

 

Here is another fast-growing breed for your meat needs. Hens weigh about 8 pounds, while the cocks weigh about 12 pounds.

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  • The Bresse

 

These are the expensive ones due to their tender meat. When up and about, they will be worth the investment you had on them. At about 16-20 weeks, they should be ready for “harvesting.”

 

  • The multi-purpose breeds

 

These breeds will be ideal to be reared both for egg laying and meat production purposes. They include:

 

  • Speckled Sussex

 

Well known for their tasty meat and prowess in laying eggs, a Sussex is a great addition when you want the best of both worlds. 

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  • The Black Australorp

 

A friendly and good layer, this breed will get you lots of big eggs. For the meat, you should probably wait until they are done laying eggs. They will weigh about 5 – 8 pounds then. 

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The top 10 meat and dual breeds are here

Step 5: Keeping the Chickens Healthy

Fighting off pests and diseases will be one of your noble tasks as a chicken parent. They make the birds very uncomfortable and reduce their egg laying and meat capabilities. Some pests and diseases can even lead to the death of your birds. 

Of these pests, mites provide your biggest challenge. These wear down the immune system of chicken and make them very uncomfortable. 

There is a natural way of dealing with this nuisance that you can employ. This is by using Diatomaceous Earth. Once you notice the presence of these mites, sprinkle this on the chickens and the places they take their dust baths for a month or so. 

DE can also be used to deworm the chickens. To know when to do so, watch out for poop on the eggs. You can then sprinkle the DE on their food.  

Here are some of the common chicken diseases and how to get rid of them

Step 6: Keeping the coop clean

In as much as chicken love pooping, they expect you to ensure that their coop is always clean and fresh for them. 

And it is like they will beg you to. As a reward for their eggs and meat, you need to clean the coop regularly. The wood shavings also need to be replaced regularly, just as the materials in the nesting boxes. 

For me, I normally do the following cleaning job at least once a week. You could do the same as well. 

  • Clean the coop floor
  • Refresh the nesting material
  • Wash the feeders and chicken drinkers
  • Clean roosting bars
  • Clean the run area if there is any

Step 7: Set Up a Brooder

You may have all the layers and broilers, but most definitely, there must be a brooder in the flock. You, therefore, need to be prepared for the eventuality of having chicks in the flock too. 

I love chicks and watching them grow into adult chickens is one of the most fulfilling parts of this hobby. 

To accommodate the chicks, you need to set up a brooder that you will use to separate them from their mother. This is a recreation of all the conditions the mother always provides the chicks: Warmth, water, security, food, and cleanliness. 

I used a cardboard and filled it with corn cob. You can use straw or hey, so long as it provides a comfortable sleeping spot. Then include a feeder, chicken drinker and a source of heat. And the whole set up is complete. 

You can also learn how to make a homemade incubator here. 

 

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DIY Root Cellar Plans & Ideas

 

Just like most of you, I cannot store all the things I need in my refrigerator. There is just too much to fit in there. Vegetables, fruits, salted meat, jams, potatoes, carrots, beets, turnips, and some drinks are just some of the stuff I need to stay fresh for months. 

As an alternative to my refrigeration needs, I went back to the good old days. This was when root cellars were the real deal when it came to keeping supplies fresh. 

You might think I am old fashioned, but these are still in use up to now. Whether it is in your basement or a distance from the house, root cellars are a cheap way of keeping most products fresh. Moreover, they require no energy to run, unlike our refrigerators. 

Are you interested in putting up one to store your summer produce? Or do you want to upgrade your existing one? Well, I have prepared some DIY Root Cellar Plans and Ideas to help you prolong the lifespan of your perishables. 

What exactly is a root cellar and how does it work?

I am not the type to assume that every one of you knows what a root cellar is. Some of you could be hearing about it for the first time and are wondering what it could be. 

It can simply be defined as a storage location that makes use of the earth’s natural properties to insulate, cool and humidify its environment. It must, therefore, be dug or covered with a layer of earth for proper functionality. 

For more effectiveness, certain conditions have to be maintained inside the root cellar itself. The temperature should be between 320 and 400 F while the humidity levels should be between 85 and 95 percent. 

Under such cool temperatures, the rate of ethylene gas production and release is reduced. This inhibits the growth of the microorganisms responsible for decomposition. 

Under such high humidity levels, evaporation of moisture in the stored product is prevented. Consequently, the withering process that accompanies moisture loss is eliminated. 

If you are to locate this outside the house, then ensure that the door faces north. In this manner, the heat from the sun will not be much of a challenge. 

DIY Root Cellar Ideas

After scouring around the web for hours and talking to my friends with root cellars, I have come up with these ideas and plans to help you started on your own.

 

  • Concrete Septic Tank Root Cellar

 

If your storage property happens to be located in a hilly area, and you have access to a concrete septic tank, then this root cellar could match your storage needs. 

All you have to do it is sink the concrete tank into the hillside, install doorway and then the vents. Unused Concrete septic tanks can be bought in different sizes and capacities. 

When done, you will have an adequate storage space that uniquely blends in with your property. 

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  • An Earthbag Root Cellar

 

If you need a multi-purpose earthbag for your storage needs, then this plan is worth your while. This highly versatile structure can be used for your studio needs, as a chicken coop, a root cellar or anything that you may want it for. 

And because it is so small, building permits will not be required from you. The structure is rigid too such that you can use it as a storm shelter in case of a tornado or even a hurricane.

Putting it up employs readily available materials, thereby cutting the costs. The end result is also an attractive structure on your property.

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  • Survival Root Cellars

 

A root cellar does not necessarily have to be fancy to meet your needs. All you need is a storage space that can be covered with earth. One of the cellars is built from cinder block or cement and covered on three sides, leaving one side of the door. 

Alternatively, you can use barrels and steel drums for more simplified root cellars. As long as they can keep your stuff consumable for a while, you are good to go. 

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  • Underground Root Cellar

 

If you are a big fan of a little complexity at times, then here is an idea for cellar needs. What strikes me most about this plan is the gorgeous finish, the ample space inside and there is even a spiral staircase to your way inside. 

All the factors that ensure longer fresh produce are considered too. That includes humidity and proper ventilation. And for the tidy arrangement of materials inside, storage shelves can be mounted into place. 

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  • Hobbit Hole Root Cellar

 

No need for fancy digging, finishes or shelves. Just a hole for your fresh fruits, veggies and potatoes will be needed to make them fresh constantly.

What you need is a shovel for digging, buckets for storage, and the strength to dig. The buckets full of potatoes and veggies are placed in the hole, a wooden door is used to cover the hole, and then the organic matter is used as cover. This provides the necessary insulation. 

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  • Groundfridge Root Cellar

 

This idea gives you a storage capacity of about 3,000 liters and can maintain internal temperatures of about 500 F. Inside; there are shelves, a handrail and even a source of light. 

To access the storage space, a staircase is mounted that leads to the surface, and an insulated door is provided for entry. 

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  • Miniature Earthbag Root Cellar

 

This cellar is almost similar to the one earlier mentioned but is a little smaller in size. Earthbags are used to build the walls instead of cider wood. To save on cost, you can fill bags with sand and use in place of those that are sold commercially. 

The result is an ecologically friendly cellar that keeps all your stuff cool. 

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  • Earthbag Dome

 

There is just a certain thing about earthbags that makes them quite appealing for root cellars. They form a pretty cheap construction material, and sand or any soil can be filled into bags and then stacked together into a desired shape. 

This particular one looks unique and appealing too. Plus, there is lots of space inside for your supplies. 

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  • Dead freezer Root Cellar

 

Instead of letting that old freezer lie idle in the garage, why don’t you use it as a cellar in your backyard? It works great and is capable of holding a lot of potatoes, helping them stay fresh for months. 

Building it requires a lot of work though as you will have to make ventilation and also ensure Freon does not leak into the soil. 

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  • “One of a kind” root cellar

 

When it comes to getting creative with root cellars, here is an absolute favorite of mine. This idea is accompanied by a stepwise illustration of the whole process of building the cellar, making your work easier.

Various options for the body of the cellar are also provided. You will then be able to choose from the one that makes your life a lot easier.

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  • Old School Bus Root Cellar

 

Want a crazy idea? Why don’t you dig up a hole big enough to fit that old school bus lying idle in the scrap yard, fit it in, cover it with some soil, and then seal all the open portions? Crazy, right? 

As a DIY enthusiast, I always want to do something that gets me out of my comfort zone, and this one does just that. What an idea for keeping farm produce fresh!

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  • Robert’s Root Cellar

 

Are you good with masonry tools? If yes, then a beautiful root cellar can be found in your backyard in no time. If you are not, then you could follow the detailed instructions with pictures. 

This idea is sturdy and will last you quite a long while, ensuring that you constantly have fresh vegetables supplied all year round. 

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  • Earth Sheltered Root Cellar

 

This is one of my favorite cellar ideas. This is mainly because of its green roof that ensures a cooler temperature below, while also ensuring a picturesque landscape. 

The functionality too remains just like any other high-end cellar, if not better. In the summer, the produce is kept from withering, kept from freezing in winter and without using electricity in the process. 

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  • Waldenlabs Root Cellar

 

As a farmer like me, I always need an extra place for storing my produce in. In the process, this storage space should also act as a natural refrigerator that does not add to my electricity bill. 

Building such a place may seem such a hard task, but not with this idea. There are seven simple steps that are clearly illustrated for making your dreams become a reality. 

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  • The Garbage Can Root Cellar

 

I can bet that some of you are now saying, what if I have just a small garden and don’t need lots of space for my produce. This idea for a cellar gives you just what you want. 

It uses a garbage can that is buried and then closed with a lid. Before burying it, holes are drilled at the bottom of the can for drainage purposes. Straw mulch is then used to cover the whole set up. 

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  • The Boat Root Cellar

 

Just like the School Bus Root Cellar, this particular idea also makes use of reclaimed old boats that would be otherwise rotting away somewhere. 

If you can get an old boat somewhere, dig a hole and then slot it right it. Then ensure it is well covered, with an entrance back in. 

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  • The Old Water Tank Root Cellar

 

Reusing of certain materials really helps reduce the strain on the environment. Water tanks are one such material. And this is why I love this idea. 

A 1,500-gallon plastic water tank is used, together with other re-used materials such as tires to create a multi-use cellar. The whole structure is then covered with 16-20 inches of soil for thermal and storm protection. Air vents are also included for ventilation.

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  • The Pallet Root Cellar

 

I love pallets; they can be used for a lot of purposes. You remember last time we used them to make some awesome fences around our properties? How about we use them to make root cellars for surviving the tough times of low food supply. 

Here is a very detailed plan on how you can make a root cellar for these needs, at a very affordable cost, if not for free. 

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  • Organic Blanket Root Cellar 

 

Let us imagine you live in a snowy region and are worried that your carrots may be frozen to death by the snow. What do you do? Well, this organic idea is just what you need. 

What you do is trap the earth’s heat by using a fluffy organic blanket to cover your garden. It could be straw, leaves or even sawdust. This keeps the heat trapped, and the soil remains unfrozen for months as your vegetables continue to grow. 

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  • Mini Root Cellar

 

Sometimes you don’t need a huge space for your extra root vegetables, just something to keep a couple of potatoes and carrots fresh. 

This wooden idea should be enough to serve you for a while. 

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  • Deck Root Cellar

 

This idea takes convenience to a whole new level. In fact, I find it very innovative. If you have a back deck, then you can create a cellar in it and snow your summer produce before winter comes. 

You will need to insulate it so that they don’t become too stuffed up. 

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  • Rustic Stone Root Cellar

 

What I love so much about this plan is that it is quite complementing to your property, more so if it is located on a hilly landscape. If you can dig a hole into the hill, and then line the front with rusty looking stones, then you have an absolutely functional root cellar. 

To add to the rusty funny looks, place a door and seal the holes in the stone front. Cover the top with earth so that vegetation can as well grow on top. 

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  • A-Frame Root Cellar

 

Constructing good looking A-frames require a lot of skill, so if you have it, then you can work this out. When done, you will have one pretty looking root cellar.

For insulation, straw is used to line the walls, and a roof is placed over the entire structure. 

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  • Container Root Cellar

 

Shipping containers can be easily found lying idle around in most shipping yards. Do you need a sturdier root cellar? Buy one (or take), then dig a hole into the hill and slot it right it.

It may sound daunting, but if you have the necessary tools or you can instruct the supplier to bring along some, then you have a cellar or storm shelter. Ventilation will be key to the functionality of the whole set up. 

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  • Basement Root Cellar

 

Most of these ideas have been concerning outdoor root cellars. But how about putting up one in your basement and make use of that space lying idle? 

These plans and instructions help you make use of it. 

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Conclusion

These DIY root cellar plans are very effective and will help you in taking good care of your produce. All of the DIY plans have been proved to be effective and are worth being tried out. You have about 25 options that you can choose from. It is now solely upon you to select the plan that you have a soft spot for.  

 

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60 Canning Recipes you can Use to preserve your Meats, Vegetables and Fruits

 

Food canning is one of the best ways we can preserve our farm produce for future use. A lot of foods tend to go into waste after harvesting if not properly kept for future use. It is even much better if you preserve your food on your own.

With that, you are confident on what your family members will be consuming. It even saves you a lot during the tough times like during winter. Even if it is the toughest economic times you are left to grapple with, rest assured that your stomach will never rumble due to lack of what to eat.

With that mentioned and the sense driven home, we can now directly focus on some of these delicious recipes that you can use to preserve your foods for future use. But provided below are other relevant information articles that I think will be of help going forward. You can have a look at them during your free time:

  1. Best food dehydrators
  2. Best pressure canners
  3. Best Mason jars
  4. Canning guide for beginners

 

 

  • Spaghetti Sauce

 

There is a very big difference between store-bought and homemade tomato sauce. This is the time to plant tomatoes if you haven’t done so. There is some level of freshness that comes with tomato products that have been home canned.

This freshness cannot be duplicated. Try this out. 

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  • Butter and bread pickles

 

I am more than 100% sure your kids will love these pickles. Butter and pickles are easy to make and store in cans. They taste so nice which make them a great addition to meals of sandwiches. 

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  • Jalapeno Relish

 

I am a real fan of spicy foods. That makes me love anything that has jalapenos. Having them in hotdogs is very juicy. Relishes are simple to make, and they do add some little flare to the basic dishes.

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  • Fresh canned corn

 

Another great recipe to store some of your summer harvests is here with us. Canning corn takes more time compared to vegetables. You should be aware of that in advance. The canned corn has a lot of areas of use. It can be used either as a side dish or as an addition to soups.

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  • Fresh Blueberries

 

Am sure you will fall for these delicious blueberries. Canning these fruits whole takes less time compared to immediate canning. You can thereafter turn them into anything of your choice. It is much healthier if done this way; which is why you need to have them on your homemade cheesecake.

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  • Apple Juice

 

Apple juice is one thing you should never lack in your home; especially the homemade apple juice which is loved by all in the family. The juice can be used to make apple jelly or better still save it for drinking purposes.

On a hot afternoon, you can try fresh apple juice, and you will like it.

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  • Crushed Tomatoes

 

Crushed tomatoes are loved because of their versatility. Experience the best levels of deliciousness to chili or other soups with the addition of crushed tomatoes. Can some tomatoes if you have some in your garden. 

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  • Cherries

 

Cherries can be used in any type of dessert. The more reason you need to store them in a can. It is even much better if you have some cherry trees in your yard. Instead of watching them go to waste, simply can them for use in the future. You will have saved some cash by doing this.

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  • Fresh Canned Green Beans

 

Green beans are very common with farmers. Raising them is easier and canning them is very much the same. They can be added to vegetable soup and double up as a delicious side dish for the served meat entrée. They are very tasty.

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  • Creamed Style Corn

 

There is little work involved in the preparation of creamed style corn compared to the regularly canned corn. It is however very worthy of it. Why don’t you try this out? You will certainly like it.

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  • Dill Pickles

 

Dill pickles are tasty when used as snacks or on hamburgers and sandwiches. These products have some sour and tangy taste which most people prefer. Cucumbers are easy to grow, and the dill pickles are much easier to can.

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  • Apple Pie Filling

 

Once you know how to make pie crust, canning pie filling becomes so easy to make. You can actually make this amazing apple pie filling on your own.

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  • Rotel Tomatoes

 

I love Rotel tomatoes. Any time you visit me, you will never miss them. The recipe for this is very easy, and you can as well try it at home. Buying these products is however expensive. Why should I spend more after coming across this recipe?

I am going to make my own. You can add them to soups, dips, and pasta.

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  • Peach Pie Filling

 

Here is a recipe to use while making the pie filling. Harvest and go ahead to can some of these for your family members.

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  • Strawberries

 

Canning whole fruits allow you decide on what you can use them for in the future. The same case applies to strawberries. Can them whole so that you can use them to make dessert topping, jelly, pie filling, or jam. Canning strawberries are a perfect way to preserve them for future use.

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  • Shell Peas

 

However much it is hard to grow peas, the end product is always enjoyable. You do not want to struggle with these plants up to the harvesting time only to waste their fruits. Preserve them for future use in stews and soups.  

If you can make creamed peas, then do so as they are very tasty when eaten on their own or together with chicken pie. 

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  • Corn Cob Jelly

 

This is another great way to utilize all your corn without any wastage. You can be a little nervous when trying to make this jelly, but it will turn out to be so nice. This recipe is for those who love honey but do not keep them. Instead, they have corn.

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  • Chow Chow Relish

 

Chow Chow” is another funny one that most people are not yet aware of. It is another easy to prepare product that you can make at home.

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  • Apples

 

It is very easy to can apples. In fact, they just resemble fried apples after that. If you love fried apples, then this is another opportunity that you can’t let go. 

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  • Corn Relish

 

Apart from being tasty, canned corn relish are also beautiful when placed in a jar. It is something that you will take time to love.

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  • Chicken Stock

 

A lot of soup I make at home call for some chicken stock. The chicken stock is something that you can preserve and make on your own at home instead of buying. Apart from the amazing taste, you are poised to save a lot. 

I know you have chicken at home which you often butcher. Make the most out of this by utilizing most if not all the chicken parts.

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  • Apple Sauce

 

Homemade applesauce is unbeatable. It is greatly loved by all my family members. It makes part of a quick snack or sandwiches for your kids’ lunch. You can actually decide on the kind of texture of the applesauce that suits you.

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  • Cherry Pie Filling

 

Pies are some of the tastiest desserts you will likely come across. Their versatility is another plus. You can try making your own pie filling at home. 

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  • Minced Garlic

 

Garlic has a lot of benefits on the human life. There has been an outrageous increase in the purchase of garlic in the stores. It is for this reason that its price keeps on increasing. Avoid the hassle by canning your own garlic

Start by growing your own but again you can buy them in bulk from wholesalers as well.  

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  • Peaches

 

Peaches are easy to store in cans, which is very good for you. They are very healthy and can be transformed into pie jam or peach jam as well.

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  • Vegetable Soup

 

Vegetable soups are easy to prepare and healthy for your family. A canned one is even much easier to use since all that remains is warming it up. You won’t frequent your grocery store if you get this process of making vegetable soup right. Spend less money on things that you can personally make.

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  • Roast Beef

 

Roast beef can be preserved. You can do it in your home. I love canned meet because they are juicy and tender. This is as a result of the pressure involved in the canning process. Preserving your beef is another good alternative to freezing.

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  • Pineapple

 

Grow pineapples from the scraps and enjoy the fruits later on. But after growing too many of them, being that they are simple to maintain, where do you take the rest? Preserve some of the pineapples for future use.

My love for pineapples is immeasurable. They are healthy and delicious. I can’t watch as some go bad.

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  • Breakfast Sausage

 

Sausages can be cooked, canned and then stored for use in the future. The canned breakfast sausages bring a lot of conveniences and are even healthier given that there are fewer preservatives used.

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  • Caramelized Onions

 

Anybody who loves cooking has used caramelized onions most of the times. Spectacular dishes are due to these. You might lack time to cook such meals, but why don’t you “can” the onions so that you find the easy time of just dumping them in the dish? 

The flavor remains the same, and you can’t notice that this is something that was prepared long ago.

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  • Tomato Soup

 

Homemade tomato soup is delicious and inexpensive. If you are a tomato soup guy, then I would recommend that you store some by canning for your use.

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  • Whole Grapes

 

Whole grapes can be canned to be eaten, used as jelly or juice. 

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  • Lemons

 

Are you surprised that lemons can be canned? It was the first time I heard of this. You need to try this out if you like lemons in your tea. If you don’t grow lemons, you can find them at cheaper prices in the market and have them canned for your use.

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  • Okra

 

Canning okra is very much possible; believe me. It is a very healthy way to store the okra for use in the coming days. It is a vegetable that you can grow in your yard. It will provide a variety of meals for your take later on if properly preserved. 

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  • Chicken

 

I love chicken but not to the extent of eating store-bought canned ones. I like it natural. I often have my own chicken canned. You can as well do the same. With this, you eat what you know. I can only wish you well as you enjoy your own canned chicken.

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  • Grape Jelly

 

Homemade jelly, especially grape jelly, is loved by kids. Canning it is very easy, even amateurs in canning can do it. 

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  • Blackberry Jam

 

Blackberry jam is sweet on biscuits and toast. If you have a blackberry farm, you can prepare this recipe right from home.

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  • Dry and Flour Goods

 

Use dry scanning to preserve your dry and flour goods. It makes use of an oven which I definitely know you can’t miss. If canned and stored, the taste is maintained together with an assurance that no bugs will attack them.

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  • Ground beef

 

So many people are not aware that ground beef can be canned. Even if there is a power outage, you still have something to eat. 

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  • Plums

 

Plums are always forgotten fruits, yet they are very tasty. If you grow them in plenty, then you should have some canned. They are very easy to grow and above all effortless to can.

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  • Dry Beans

 

Beans are very rich in proteins. They are the protein source you can always run into whenever you find meat to be expensive. Canned dry beans take a little time to prepare compared to when you want to cook them from the dry state.

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  • Venison

 

If you are a meat lover, you can enjoy canned venison. You can take them with rice.

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  • Chili with Meat

 

There are times that you get home feeling so exhausted that you don’t even feel like getting to the kitchen. It happens to so many people; I included. But as long as I have some preserved chili, I am not worried. 

I just warm the chili and eat it with cornbread or hotdog.

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  • Pumpkin

 

Pumpkins are mainly grown by many as a way of controlling worms in goats and chicken by providing them as meals to these animals. Let me inform you of another great way to use them. Canned pumpkins can be used to bake a wide variety of goods that will keep your family happy.

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  • Chicken Noodle Soup

 

Do not the name confuse you; this is a recipe to make chicken noodle soup but without noodles. You are however free to add some noodles while warming up the soup.

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  • Cowboy Candy

 

One way to preserve jalapenos is through cowboy candy. You can take them with eggs or with hot sandwiches. 

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  • Carrots

 

Canned carrots taste great in soups or when taken as a side dish even though they look strange. Apart from that, you can actually notice the color that they add to your kitchen; very outstanding. 

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  • Jalapeno Pepper Jelly

 

I am that person who likes a lot of spices in my meal. This is the reason I grow jalapenos in my orchard. The recipe for preparing jalapeno pepper jelly is an amazing one that I must try out very soon. Why can’t you join me in trying this out?

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  • Bone Stock

 

Bone stock is another recipe that looks strange from the mention but can be prepared at home. It has a great taste and very good for the body. Above all, the process of making it is very cheap. Make the soup from any kind of bones you come across.

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  • Salsa Verde

 

You can grow tomatillos which you can turn into salsa Verde before preserving for use in the future. Its green color is very much enticing apart from its delicious taste.

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  • Strawberry Jelly

 

Homemade strawberry jelly is so good on biscuits, jelly sandwich and peanut butter. It is a great-tasting one which is even much easier to make. Try it out, and you will surely like it.

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  • Dilly Beans

 

Here is another recipe to help in the preservation of your beans. Let the traditional method of preserving these protein-rich meals end this year.

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  • Beans and Pork

 

Have you ever tried beans and pork with hotdogs or hamburgers? They are perfect alternatives to venison and other meat products. Their preparation is however quite extensive compared to the other recipes but worth the effort.

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  • Squash

 

Canned squash are tasty when sautéed right from the can or from the casserole. They are very delicious that you cannot afford not to try.

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  • Grape Juice

 

You can make grape juice at home if you grow grape vines in your yard. The juice is very necessary on a hot afternoon or even after your meals. You can as well use it to make some jelly which is a much shorter process.

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  • Butter

 

Canning butter is another thing that you can do by yourself at home. You can plant your own butter or even buy them from your local grocery then do the canning. 

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  • Rabbit

 

Rabbits are reared for meat. You should not let their meat go into waste after spending so many resources bringing them up. Canning their meat is a perfect way to preserve them. The meat becomes easy to use and very tender thereafter.

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  • Potatoes

 

Both sweet and white potatoes can be preserved. You can grow both of them in your yard as they are easy to maintain. In fact, I like the great taste when they are canned.

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  • Salsa

 

Have some of your salsa canned when still fresh as they are more delicious compared to the store-bought ones. You can take them with eggs, tortilla chips and burrito among others.

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  • Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Filling

 

Check out what has been said about strawberry rhubarb pie filling. It is something that you can enjoy at home. Mix the rhubarb with some strawberry to make a tasty pie and have them canned for use in the winter.

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Conclusion

No farm produce should ever be left to go to waste; be it meats, vegetables or fruits. There are always better ways to preserve them for your own use in the future. And to make it even enjoyable, you will be eating something that you already know how it was produced.

These 60 recipes in this article will help you on this journey. Let nothing hinder you from exploiting the full potential of your farm.

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70+ Awesome Wooden Pallet Ideas for Your House and Garden Furniture

 

I am a great admirer of household creativity, more so when it is from repurposed wooden pallets. Is it just amazing how this wonderful resource finds lots of uses, even after being disposed of by users? 

People around the globe making highly crafty sofas, coffee tables and other outdoor and indoor furniture from pallets is now the in thing. I find it to be fun, very cheap (you can get the pallets for free) and also effective in reducing the waste in our landfills. 

There are lots of ways that pallets can spruce up your garden and house without feeling the pinch in your pockets. What will be required of you will just be some creativity and the willingness to get messy with your DIY tool.

To help with the creativity, I have prepared a list of awesome DIY Recycled Wooden Pallet Projects and ideas to get your creative mind all cranked up. 

Before I get you started, the lovely guys at FIX have an important info graphic about the things you need to know before you choose any pallet for your use. 

 

  • Free pallet Fence

 

I just had to start here, right? This is one the articles I had earlier done. These projects and ideas consist of eye-catching gates and fences that you can use to foolproof your property. 

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  • Pallet Headboard

 

I love it when elegance meets a rustic unique look in the bedroom. With safe and decently looking pallets, you can make this headboard for your bedroom. 

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  • Pallet Desk

 

When you need a working or a drafting station, simply mount one or two pallets together on stands and you have a great working desk. To sweeten the project, the spaces between the pallets can be used as drawers. How cool is that? 

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  • TV Stand

 

With pallets on a holiday, you can solve one tiny bit of furniture problem in your house. You have just brought home your new TV, or the existing stand got broken. TV stand can be a little expensive if you come to think of it. So why don’t you make a gorgeous one from the pallets?

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  • Dining Table

 

Having friends over? Want to throw a party in a short while? Are you running short of tables to fit your guests? Here is a different fix your problems.  I love the great sturdy look, and it comes very cheap too.

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  • Swing bed

 

I have this type of swing in my garden apparently. Imagine swinging on a comfortable bed on those afternoons when you feel very lazy. It just brings back those fond childhood memories. 

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  • Pallet Barn

 

If you have pallets lying idle somewhere, why don’t you use them to put up a great looking barn on your farm? You could then use it to store anything in there, or provide shelter for your animals. 

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  • Pallet Walkway

 

I once had this muddy place between my house and the garden. I was just too lazy to patch it up. So, when I stumbled upon this idea, I got an ingenious way of sorting out the muddy issue without spending a dime. 

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  • Pallet Bookshelf

 

If you are a book lover like me, you know the struggle we always have when it comes to storing all those books we have read. This pallet bookshelf has helped me get around this problem pretty easily.

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  • Signs post 

 

I know we all love to put up a signpost outside our houses. It could be a welcome sign, a love you sign or anything you may want to put up. Pallets provide you with a great board that you can write on and hang outside. 

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  • Pallet Scarecrow

 

I told you, pallets can make anything. If you can imagine it, pallets can turn into it. This scarecrow can be used for decoration or to scare away pests from your vegetable garden.

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  • Kitchen cabinet

 

Picture your perfect kitchen. Do you have coffee cups hanging in the open for guest to drool over? Yes you do. Do you have open shelves for easy access to utensils? Yes you do. But wait, you do not have the money to buy a fancy cabinet. Not just yet, pallets have you covered here. 

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  • Bike trailer

 

At first sight, this is the coolest idea I have seen in a long while. With your bike and this idea, you can tow along considerable stuff in your pallet trailer. 

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  • Daybed on wheels

 

A daybed is just what you need to get through the boring weekends as you move from the spot, slumbering away. And it looks great too, no matter what room you designate it to.

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  • King sized pallet bed

 

Let us face it, a king sized bed is not one that you will buy on cheaply. But with good, fresh and sturdy pallets, you can make a very decent looking king sized bed. Then you can sleep as the king and/queen you are.

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  • Pallet Sofa

 

If you can make a bed from pallets, why wouldn’t you make a sofa? This is what this project is all about. I like the sturdy and compact look. And to give it one extra DIY touch, the cushions on it are made from burlap bags. How cool do you that is?

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  • Pallet Cooler Stand

 

During summer, a cold drink is always a welcome relief from the extreme heat. The problem is keeping the cooler cool if you want outdoor refreshment. But to ensure that you cool it off the hot ground, you can put up a stand using pallets. 

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  • Pallet Wine Rack

 

For wine fanatics, keeping your precious bottles and wine glasses from harm’s way is all you want. Accidental knocks can ruin your night especially when you were to enjoy that fine wine you earlier reserved. This pallet rack should help keep them safe and sound

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  • Reading Nook

 

Ooh look! Your little buddy is learning how to read but he has no place to read his books. Well, make him a place of his own to horn his skills by making use of pallets. He will appreciate his reading nook. 

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  • Coffee table on casters

 

Here is a brilliant idea, screw two pallets, one on top of the other, and then put casters beneath them for portability. Seems pretty easy, right? Well, that is why pallets exist anyway. 

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  • Room Partition 

 

This is for those who are a little low on room space and want to divide the room for some other purposes. Or you just want some privacy in the next room but you do not want to put up a wall. This removable pallet partition is the way to go. 

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  • A Pallet Map Board

 

A couple of my friends love to decorate their rooms with maps. I think it is a pretty cool idea, more so for those of you who love travelling. If you love the maps, grab a few pieces of pallet wood, and decorate your house. 

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  • Glass Coffee Table

 

Here is another variant of the earlier coffee table I mentioned. To give it a modern touch, a glass top is added so that it blends perfectly with your living room.

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  • Sofas with Storage Spaces

 

Conventional sofas do not come with storage spaces like this one. When you stack up a number of pallets, the spaces in between can then be used to store stuff. There are also very comfortable cushions added on it. 

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  • Raised Planting Beds

 

When you walk into my front yard, you will find a raised bed made from pallets. There was no way I was missing this awesome idea for my flowers. 

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  • Pallet Fruit Basket

 

Keeping fruits fresh while also availing them everywhere is hard to do, especially if you want to do it without incurring so much expense. The era of just pilling them up on the counter is no more. They would rot anyway even if people struggle to eat them. So, keep your fruits fresh with this pallet basket and help keep the doctor away, one apple at a time. 

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  • Pallet Sled

 

Is there snow everywhere around you? If yes, then you know what that means? Its snow time! It’s time to slide down the icy slope of ice on your brand-new pallet sled. Regardless of whether you are a kid or an adult, just let the ice drench you. 

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  • Pallet Accent Wall

 

When you want to break up the wall pattern in your living room, nothing does it quite like pallet wood. The brownish and rustic appearance introduces an instant contrast that you wanted to achieve. Isn’t that why you wanted? The accent wall? Well, take a look at this project

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  • Pallet Adirondack Chair

 

I love vintage stuff. And what I love most is recreating them using very basic resources such as pallets. This amazing Adirondack chair is very comfortable for your evening relaxation as you watch the sunset. 

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  • Storage Chest

 

You can as well call them trunks, just like the good old days. This is a great way of keeping things tucked away from mankind. With this idea, you can actually make one by yourself instead of spending a fortune buying one. 

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  • Pallet Swimming Pool

 

The summer heat is starting to heat down on everyone. During this time, a dip in the water is as treasured as sunshine in winter. But wait, you can’t dig up a swimming pool in this short time. Worry not, pallets have your back. You can build this amazing swimming pool at a low cost and still cool yourself when the heat becomes too much. 

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  • Pallet Play House

 

Every little girl’s dream is to have this nice-looking playhouse. It requires very good carpentry skills to pull it off, so if you are up to it, then make your girl’s dream come true. 

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  • Rocking Chair

 

Front porches always scream for a rocking chair? I think I should also get one and enjoy my evenings as well as that cool breeze in the late afternoon. 

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  • DIY Futon Frame

 

Futons are lifesavers when it comes to multi-tasking. You can use them as beds or couches so long as you have the space to spread them out. If you have access to pallets and you are also good with carpentry work, then this is worth your time on a weekend. 

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  • Laundry Basket Holder

 

Every mom’s nightmare is keeping the too many laundry baskets organized after a day of endless laundry. It is common to find the baskets scattered all over the place. But with this idea, the baskets will be tucked away in a corner, neatly arranged in sorts of shelves. 

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  • Pallet Horse

 

There is nothing kids love than a toy that makes them feel like grown-ups. Take this idea for example; it makes your kid feel great as he/she tags along their “horse” made out of pallets. Do you think you can pull this off? It will be worth every minute. 

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  • Outdoor Pallet Lounge

 

Who said you couldn’t make a lounge from pallets? This creative project is for that fun loving you during spring and summer. At this time, all you do is soak up the mesmerizing sunshine while it lasts. 

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  • Wooden Kitchen Cabinet

 

I believe everybody should have an open kitchen cabinet. You can use it to store some of the foodstuff in an easily retrievable place. And since it is open, all it takes is a glance to know what supplies you are having or running low on. 

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  • Pallet Desk

 

Do you think you can make a complete pallet on top of metallic stands? Even a novice can make that. This project is simple, looks great and is never short of storage spaces. 

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  • Pallet Bar

 

Every man always imagines having a mini bar somewhere in the house. It could be in the basement or any other free space in the house. The good news is that you can use pallets to turn your imaginations into a reality with this idea. 

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  • Outdoor Sectional Sofa

 

This project is perfect for your large front porch lying just idle waiting for something to fill it up. The project consists of sofas and accompanying tables as well. It is like having your living room out on your doorstep. 

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  • Backdoor sofa

 

So, maybe you do not like the rustic look in your front yard but you want a sofa to chill on and catch up with your friends over a beer. Then there is something for you.

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  • Patio Furniture

 

Your patio needs a new set of good looking, cheap and easily customized furniture set. After making the furniture out of pallets, you can then give a finishing touch worthy of your summer guests. 

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  • Pallet Trash Bin

 

A trash can is not exactly what I look forward to having in my kitchen. It just looks outright ugly, and is not even degradable. In its place, I would prefer one made from recycled pallet woods to fix my trash problems.

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  • Picnic Table

 

Here is a table that you can set up in your backyard and use to enjoy a meal or refreshments during the summer. 

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  • Pallet Ramp

 

Getting upstairs can be a tricky affair if you have a disability. That is why ramps are required to be besides any staircase. If you have short stairs and want a ramp to aid in climbing it, then pallets have your backs covered. 

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  • Jewelry Holder

 

For the ladies, finding your jewels when in a hurry is quite an ordeal. This worsens when the jewelry box is small and cramped up. Beat the hassle with this easy to make holder from pallets. It is also very easy to make. 

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  • Pallet Bike Rack

 

If you are a biker, or have kids with bikes, then you know that storing them is often a challenge in the house. So to create more space inside, you can build a rack from pallets and store the bikes somewhere else. 

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  • Utensils Box

 

Although not the sort of utensils holder that would rival your stainless steel holder, this box still succeeds in keeping together your spoons and knives. 

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  • Christmas Tree

 

It is still a long way from Christmas, isn’t it? Well, it means then that you have enough time to make this awesome looking tree for your decorations. Even Santa will appreciate the creativity there. 

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  • Eco Rustic Bookshelves

 

Your numerous books just got a new home with this project. The rustic look of the pallets makes for a great addition to your wall too. 

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  • Pallet Shed

 

Pallets provide you with a whole range of flexibility in your building needs. With this, you do not need to buy a shed in the first place. You simply build your own. 

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  • Pallet Compost Bin

 

For a farmer and gardener like me, I like to make my own compost once in a while. It provides for a cheap source of fertilizer. That is why I need such an awesome bin to make all that organic waste rot away and later apply it on my garden. 

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  • Pallet Utility Table

 

It seems like there are lots of ideas about pallet tables. This one is unique though as it has spaces underneath for keeping newspapers and other stuff. This prevents cluttering of things more so when having coffee. 

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  • Kids Bookshelves

 

Your little readers love to scatter their books around. Here is a way of keeping their books organized in a tidy manner. I have to put this up for my girls this weekend. 

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  • Pallet Herb Garden

 

I have this somewhere near my flower garden. You don’t have to stick herbs into the ground for them to grow. And when you move, you can as well carry it along. How awesome?

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  • Photography Backdrop

 

For photographers, you sometimes need a rustic background for your captions. There is no cheaper way of getting better pictures than using pallets. You can try this out and send me those amazing clicks. 

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  • Pallet Clock

 

I love this clock. It is simple to put up and looks great on your wall too. 

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  • Bar Stools

 

Do you own a bar and want some stools to get your business going? Well, pallets have you covered again. These unique stools have the ability to be colored in any way that you want. 

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  • Porch Swing

 

I have this swing in my front porch and I love it. It makes for a very good way of passing time in the evening with my lovely girls. 

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  • Pallet Dog Bed

 

My canine friend loves his sleep warm and cozy. I think he will love this bed, just as yours definitely will. 

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  • Pallet flooring

 

Wooden floors are the warmest of floors out there but might also be quite expensive to have. With pallets, you have a unique and cheap flooring option. 

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  • Pallet Potting Bench

 

Have you seen any structure so stunning? I haven’t in quite a while. This bench provides for a comfortable flower planting method with the strenuous bending. 

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  • The Hanging Paracord Chair

 

Here is human creativity with pallets gone off charts. I have a crush on this chair; it’s only that I have not got the time to make it. When done, you will have a good quiet spot for relaxing and swinging the day’s hassle away.

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  • Kids Tools Bench

 

My kids always love to imitate whatever mommy does. It makes them feel all grown up and pretend to “have jobs” like mommy or daddy. This tool’s bench will make them even feel better about themselves. And in a way, make them occupied as you get things done around the house. 

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  • Kids Picnic Table

 

Some may call it spoiling our kids, but I think it is making them feel special (because they are, of course). This picnic table with an X shaped base consists of tables and benches, and can be used separately.

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  • Murphy Planting Station

 

As a gardener, working off the ground can be very strenuous on your back. To ease the backache, here is a planting station that unfolds when you are done. When building it, you need to design the working height so that it is comfy for you. 

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  • Bathroom Cabinet

 

I know you have an extra guest bathroom, and there is just not enough storage space in there. This pallet cabinet is an economical means of providing enough space for your guest towels and other essentials. 

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  • Shoe Hanger

 

Are you grappling with too many shoes in the house? Organizing them nicely can be a mountain of work. Here is an easy way out. Use pallets to build a hanger large and wide enough for all the shoes, and ensure everybody puts theirs where they took it. 

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  • Pallet Raft

 

Do you have a lake nearby and would want a way to have fun in it? Then build this raft out of pallet wood and take a couple of your boys (and girls too, although I wouldn’t set a foot on it) to have fun on weekends and holidays. 

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  • Hidden Pallet Ottoman

 

Some of you don’t like the rustic look of pallets, but still love the stuff made from them. This ottoman is made from pallets, but is given a lovely finish that you won’t actually believe it is made from pallets. 

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  • Pallets Serving Tray

 

Breakfast served in bed? Anyone interested? I know you love the idea. The only problem will be that you may not have the tray to do it or serve some else. This will not be a problem anymore with this pallets serving tray.

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Conclusion

There it is my lovely people. I hope these 70+ pallet furniture ideas have been helpful in solving one or two of your problems in a way. Did I leave something out that you feel is worth being mentioned? Just hit me up in the comments section and see what I can do.

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DIY Tree House Plans that can shape your Childhood and Adulthood

 

I have always loved tree houses. I know you probably do the same, but have you ever thought of living in your very own tree house? Yes, you can enjoy playing games throughout the day in a secretly built house above the trees.

And it doesn’t apply to children only; even adults sometimes need some kind of privacy in these houses. This article has plans on how to construct these tree houses. Some are houses that you can actually spend the rest of your life in while others are decks that don’t require much.

All have been included here for you to choose which one best suits you.

What to consider before putting up a tree house

 

  • Entrance

 

The entrance is a very important part of a tree house. It is the only way to get access to this beautifully designed structure. What will form part of this entrance? Will it be a rope bridge or a mechanical pulley?

You have to decide on these based on who plans to use the tree house so often.

 

  • Mounting

 

Most tree houses are supported by trees. An attachment bolt is always drilled through the tree’s trunk. Make sure that there are no damages caused on the tree during the mounting process. You can reduce the stress caused on the tree by beams that are dug into the ground to support the tree house.

Bear loads and staircases are therefore created through this. Another way to mount the tree house is by squeezing the weight of the tree house against the tree’s trunk. A hexagonal pattern built around the tree will ensure this is done.

 

  • Strength of the tree

 

A hardwood tree whose trunk is no less than 12 inches in diameter is capable of supporting any kind of tree house that measures 8 square feet. Check on how old the tree is. A very old tree might dry up and fall hence damaging your recently constructed tree house. A relatively young tree is so ideal.

 

 

  • Need for permits

 

There are some states that have strict laws protecting trees. Please make sure that you make inquiries to ensure that you don’t get on the wrong side of the law. 

 

  • Special Features

 

There are other special features that you might consider enjoining in your tree house. They include and are not limited to cabled roofs, spiral staircase and drawbridges. Having a prior thought on these with a proper plan and budget is very necessary.

Here are the plans:

 

  • Simple Tree House

 

This is a basic house that is ideal for children. Due to its openness, it cannot be used for social gatherings especially those involving adults. Your kids will however like it without a doubt . Just tell them to take extra caution when climbing the ladder.

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  • Open Tree House

 

Here is another easy to build a tree house that is not weatherproof. It is great for purposes like hideaway or even as a personal backyard oasis. Its lattice wall and pergola-like roof make it stand out from the rest. You can use it as your place of catching some sun.

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  • Easy and Classic Tree House

 

This is a simple yet so adorable tree house. It is not built so high above the ground making it reachable by even the kids. You can even think that it doesn’t require any tree. This is the design that suits treehouse lovers that lack large trees in their yards.

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  • Connected Tree House

 

This is an amazing tree house that every kid cannot resist. It is some sort of little oasis on its own. It has a slide that your kids can use to climb the tree house from your house. From the inside, the tree house is a two-story oasis. You can as well use it for your relaxation needs.

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  • Modern Tree House

 

This tree house is not an average rustic type. Its angled-design makes it appear very modern. This plan is a bit costly but worth the money.

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  • Exercise Tree House

 

The only way to keep your children away from being lazy and lethargic is by ensuring that they do a lot of exercises. This tree house has a climbing place that will be great for exercise. Just build the kids this tree house and they will no longer be all over the house fighting for electronics to use as toys.

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  • Matching Tree House

 

This tree house is so adorable and adds some charm to your home. I really love its design, and I will definitely have one like this by mid this year. There is a slide attached to this tree house, and your children will surely like it.

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  • Child Oasis

 

What a stunning tree house this is? It is meant for children. A slide has been designed on the side. Gift one to your kids.

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  • Very Unique Tree House

 

This is made high off the ground and is meant for adults and not children. It is uniquely designed to minimize on awkward climbing. There is a walkway that enters into the tree house directly. The good part of it is the charm that it brings to your residence. 

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  • Little Blue Tree House

 

Its color is a really nice feature that is adored by many. Even in the midst of wooden areas, it will still stand out. Whether you plan to use it as a hangout or a play area for your child, it will serve both with impartiality.

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  • Simple Tree House

 

Here is a simple design that is relatively durable. Your kids will surely enjoy it for a longer period of time. Remember that it is suitable for kids of all ages.

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  • Wood Sided Tree House

 

This is a traditional style tree house that is basically a small building in some tree. It has some windows and four walls. The wood siding makes it have a finished look. The fact that it is covered makes it possible for your son to leave some of his toys here without the fear of damage or loss.

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  • A-Frame Tree House

 

It is another traditional tree house style. Do you remember the olden TV shows with children playing in tree houses? Take your children back to these times by gifting them this tree house. 

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  • Detailed Tree House Plans

 

Here are great plans with detailed descriptions of how to construct them. Besides, the pictures are also so detailed. A visual learner like me hasn’t been left behind here.

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  • Uncovered Tree House

 

This is a tree deck; it lacks a roof. Its small design makes it ideal for children. It is very less demanding in terms of construction. I am pretty sure it is something you can build on your own.

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  • Tree House with a Deck

 

Do you intend to have a place for social gatherings for all kinds of people? This tree house will serve you best for this plus your children. Its interior is however not that big. The large deck that surrounds it covers for the small interior.

Transfer those summer gatherings to this place.

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  • Medium Size Tree House

 

This one over here is a small tree house that isn’t a deck either. It is a good outdoor playground for children. It is made of wood.

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  • Cabin Style Tree House

 

It resembles a rustic cabin. Its windows give a lot of sunlight to the tree house. This is the perfect place to have your kids play during the day. It also blends so well into most designs of homes.

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  • Pirate Tree House

 

Are you a fan of pirates? If you are, then this one is specifically made for you. The house is so roomy and allows you to move around with a lot of ease. Its outer side is well decorated to imitate that of a pirate ship.

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  • Easy Outdoor Tree House

 

Do you have plans to camp in the woods? This tree house is all you need if you have to engage your family in some high-quality outdoor oasis. Your entire family will automatically fall in love with this tree house.

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  • Tree Deck

 

This is a beautifully designed tree deck with a rope as a means to get into it. It has no top so leaving some of your valuables here is so risky. Away from the risk of losing your items, it is a really good place to relax, have fun or even as a place for social gatherings.

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  • Picket Tree Fort

 

It has a fence meant to provide privacy surrounding its sides. It has no covering making it look like a deck. It is a great place to have a parents’ getaway while at the same time a good place for children.

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  • Off-Grid Tree House

 

This gorgeous tree house is a perfect place to have your children play. It is an ideal place for children living away from the grid. Apart from the play space, this tree house adds a lot of charm to your home.

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  • Tree House Plans

 

These are detailed plans with visuals that give you a perfect idea of what your tree house is likely to look like upon completion. They can be constructed by experienced carpenters.

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  • Lean-To Tree House

 

Designed with a slanted roof and four walls, this lean-to tree house is another plan that you can consider. For purposes of ventilation, there is a gap between its walls. It is basically designed for children. Make them happy by building this treehouse for them.

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  • DIY Tree Deck

 

This is another great tree deck that you can build on your own. It can serve both adults and children. Have this in your yard and enjoy moments of relaxation with your with your family.

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  • Tree-Pod

 

This little green tree pod is unique. You can sleep in it or even play if you are in a small setup. It calls for some calmness which makes it a great place for adults and if kids are to be there then they need to be extremely calm.

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  • Tree Fort

 

Meant for children of different ages, this tiny tree fort is so beautifully made. This is a great way to encourage outdoor play among your kids. You can even add a simple pulley system to help your children reach out to toys and other tools of play with a lot of ease.

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  • Simple Tree House Plans

 

These are very easy read and follow plans. The simple tree houses have decks surrounding them. The only problem with these plans is their lack of great visuals. If you are great with visual learning, then these plans are not yours.

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  • Tree House Drawing

 

Another great and easy design that is accompanied with a simple visual is here. The visual isn’t rich in details but gives a clear picture of what the end result should be like. It is a great play area for kids.

If you want to minimize your children’s indoor playtime, just build them this tree house.

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Summary

I have given you 30 plans that you can consider if you want some charm and joy in your home. Choose an idea that will meet most of your needs but without spending so much. In fact, you and your children are well covered.

Which one of the plans has captured your imaginations? Have you ever had a tree house in the past? I hope you won’t mind sharing your experience with us.

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The Best Herbs To Plant In Early Spring

 

With spring on the way, you can consider growing your own herbs in the backyard or garden of your home. As herbs don’t need much space to grow, you can choose to grow them in containers or outdoors. They don’t need much looking after and all that you need to do is to provide good soil and sunshine. 

In early spring, the weather can be fickle, with one-day hot and the other frost cold. Tender herbs can find it difficult to survive in such fluctuating temperatures. You don’t have to worry as there are still many herbs that can survive such temperatures and still grow in a fine manner. 

 

  • Basil 

 

 

This herb is often referred to as the king of herbs and are a popular choice of homeowners to grow in their garden. Basil does really well if you plant the seeds indoors in containers and then transfer them outdoors when the weather permits. 

 

It can grow extremely well indoors and you do need to remember that it is very sensitive to cold. Even a light frost can kill it and it is advisable to plant it indoors until the danger of frost has completely passed. 

 

The trick to growing basil fast and abundant is to harvest them often. The more you harvest the more the plant will grow. Taking care of this herb is easy and knowing how to grow it can easily provide you large quantities of this tasty herb. 

 

 

  • Dill 

 

 

Dill is a popular herb that can be used to flavour everything from fish to pickles. The best way to have this popular herb is to grow it in your own garden. It grows really fast in the cool early spring soil. 

 

The best way to grow this herb is to seed and reseed it at weekly intervals so that you can have plenty of this tasty herb. These plants grow well in good sun. It is easy to care for this plant as it can grow in both rich and poor soil conditions. 

 

Harvest the herb by regularly trimming off the desired quantity of leaves that you need to add flavour to your cooking. If you want to harvest the seeds, allow the plant to grow until it goes into bloom. 

 

 

  • Parsley 

 

Parsley herb has a distinctive flavour. It is usually added to many dishes for its unique flavour and also used as a decorative garnish. The herb can be grown in containers or directly in the garden. 

The seeds can be sown directly in the soil indoors for about six weeks. As the seeds are quite small you don’t need to cover them with soil. All that you need to do is to sprinkle the seeds on the soil and mist them with water. 

Early spring is the ideal time to plant these seeds. After the seeds have sprouted you can choose to keep one or two plants per pot. You can harvest this herb all through the year. 

 

  • Thyme 

 

The thyme herb is frequently added to many dishes and is also used for decorative purposes. It is quite easy to grow this herb in your garden. The thyme plant can be grown from seed and it is best to sow them in early spring. You do need to remember that these seeds take a long time to sprout. 

The herb can grow well even in poor soil and little water. This makes it a preferred choice in low water landscapes. Harvesting the herb is easy and all that you need to do is to snip off as much as you want for your favorite recipe. 

 

  • Lemon Balm 

 

 

This herb is part of the mint family. It is strong enough to tolerate the crazy early spring weather. Growing this herb is very easy. They can grow well in any kind of soil and flourish best in full sun. 

 

It is advisable to plant it in a container and then sunk the container in your garden. If you plant lemon balm directly in the garden, it can quickly become invasive and grow all over. The sweet-smelling leaves can be used in cooking, making tea and potpourris and in making essential oil. 

One of the biggest benefits of growing these herbs in your own garden is that you can access them whenever you want to add a distinctive flavour to all your dishes. 

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Easiest Vegetables to Grow in Your Garden

How Does Your Garden Grow?

 

One of my fondest childhood memories growing up with my grandmother on her small farm in the tropics is seeing rows of carrots, lettuce, beans, corn, melons, sorrel, peppers, sweet potatoes, and fresh green herbs. 

 

I remember evenings sitting around shelling peas and beans and listening to stories; and the pride of tending my very own tomato patch and watching them grow and ripen before my eyes.

 

Whether you are a budding garden enthusiast or a “newbie”, growing your own vegetables reaps many rewards:

  • Reduce/supplement your grocery bill
  • A sense of accomplishment
  • Stock up your pantry with fresh preserves  
  • Go organic: eat what you grow, grow what you eat.

 

The secret to good gardening and a great harvest is knowing when to plant,  what to plant and where to plant: Here is a basic guide:

 

Cooler Climate (Spring through Fall)

  • Lettuce
  • Cabbage
  • Spinach
  • Beans
  • Collard Greens, etc.

 

Warmer Climate: (Summer)

  • Cucumbers
  • Summer Squash/Zucchini
  • Peppers
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplants, etc.

 

Space Savers: If you have a small backyard or limited space around the house, don’t be discouraged, there are lots of ideas you can consider to get the most out of your garden.

 

  • Utilize fences and trellises for vine plants such as spinach, cucumbers, beans, etc. 
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle unused containers such as cans, drums, shelves, baskets, bottles, tires, etc.
  • Vacant balconies, rooftops and window sills make great garden spaces.

 

So let’s get started on some of our favorite vegetables!

 

  1. Tantalizing Tomatoes: Think Soup, Salad, Salsa, Fiesta!

 

Tomatoes are a lovely addition to any garden, they come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. From plum, cherry, grape, heirloom, the possibilities are endless for a bountiful harvest. 

 

 Tips:

  • Tomato plants are very tender and need extra support to help keep them erect. Stakes, trellises or cages are ideal for added sturdiness. 
  • Growing them in pots or baskets keep the fruit away from soil and keep them clean.
  • For a greater yield, trim/pinch extra tiny tomato shoots away from the branches, as they tend to zap energy and nutrients away from growing fruit.
  • Be careful not to over saturate the soil.

 

  1. Cool Cucumbers: (Pickling or Slicing)

 

Cucumbers are super easy to grow. You can literally water them and leave them!  They can grow in soil or, better yet, on trellises to save space in tiny gardens.

 

  • For growing in beds, they will need lots of space, as the vines spread rather rapidly. 
  • If you grow them on a trellis, train the vines from early to form around the trellis and just let them blossom.
  •  Container cucumbers will need extra water as the soil tends to dry out quicker.

 

  1. Looking at Lettuce

With a little care and attention, you can have lettuce on your table in as little as 4 weeks! From curly to straight, to green to purple, they are the perfect complement to any salad:  

  • Plant them in cans, tires, ½ drums, etc.
  • They tend to attract weeds and pests, so it may be better to keep them in a shaded area and water them often.

 

  1. Bountiful Beans

Butter beans, runner beans, yard long beans, string beans, are just a few that can easily grow with little effort in your garden.

Beans can grow on trellises, stalks or on bushes. 

  • Water them occasionally to keep the soil moist
  • The more you harvest, the more they will continue to bear fruit!
  • To keep pests at bay, weed areas around the beans often
  • Shell the mature beans and use either fresh or dried 

 

  1. Pickle your Peppers and spice it Up

Brighten up your garden with an array of peppers: oranges, greens, yellow, reds, mild, spicy, or spitfire hot; show your green thumbs what you’ve got!

  • Young trees need extra support to stay upright
  • They thrive in sunny areas and moist soil
  • They can grow in soil or in containers

Tips:

Since there are so many varieties and sizes of peppers, their ripening period will vary depending on the conditions in which they grow. Bell/sweet pepper varieties can take longer to grow, especially in hotter climates. However, the fruit tends to ripen quickly during the cooler evening/night period.  

 

  1. Pleased as Pumpkins

Can you imagine a garden without pumpkins? Pumpkins are another easy crop to grow, especially for new gardeners. They thrive in moist conditions and need lots of the sunshine and good soil.

 

  • Pumpkin vines grow rather quickly, so control the vines early by training them to grow on the periphery of the garden so that they do not overtake the whole garden space.

 

  • They need lots of water or the leaves will droop in hot weather. Water the plants in the cooler part of the morning before the sun gets too hot. 

 

  1. Courting Carrots

Carrots thrive in the shade as well as in direct sunlight. Because of their root system, they need deep soil in order to grow well. You can plant them in soil or in containers. 

Tips:

  • Weed around plants often 
  • Keep the soil loose and remove all stones so that roots can expand 
  • Mulching is a great way to help retain moisture around plants
  • Water at least once per week or if the soil dries out.

 

  1. Crunch that Corn

Corn is a good addition to the garden as well as your table. For beginners, it may be best to start small, and gradually increase your crop size with experience or confidence. In spite of this, corn is relatively easy to grow and sustain.

Tips:

  • Corn needs lots of space to expand
  • Water is essential, especially in dry weather

 

Conclusion:

With a little imagination, lots of enthusiasm and effort, you can enjoy the bountiful harvest of homegrown produce straight from your own garden.

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13 Natural Pest Control Tips Getting Rid of Ants

Ants are a major pest and can be rather annoying to get rid of. One or two isn’t so much of a problem but when you start finding a lot within your home or ant hills in your garden, roaming around pet foods or even as far as in sterile areas such as your kitchen. Pest control can be rather expensive and time-consuming, however, the good news is, in this article, we have 13 natural pest control tips to get rid of ants. 

Why Do Ants Bother Us? 

 

Ants, in general, aren’t a problem until they enter our homes or when they begin to create nests within our garden. The question is, why do ants enter our homes and gardens? Ants tend to enter into homes and gardens in the search of food and water when their original location has become low on resources.

 

With many species of ants, once one has entered your home or garden and found food and water they will go back to the colony and gather their nest mates to go directly to the source. Ants can be attracted to a whole range of foods, particularly sugary foods and can be a nightmare to get rid of. 

 

The reason ants can be such a problem is, they tend to build their nests within walls or cracks in the foundations. They also favour indoor potted plants and take advantage of any small crevices that they can. In garden situations, they can make a rather significant mess by transporting soils from different pots, garden beds and general debris from outside. 

 

Due to them transporting soils and debris around the garden it can result in gardens becoming soft and uneven, interfering with drainage systems and they can even take the seeds directly from your garden. 

How To Get Rid of Ants Naturally 

 

  1. Cornmeal As A Deterrent

 

Believe it or not, something as simple as cornmeal can deter ants. If you have places where they tend to climb then sprinkle a little oatmeal at the base of the location and just simply reapply as needed.

 

  1. Temperature Control

 

Boiling water can be used as a weed killer and can also kill your grass so it’s best to avoid pouring it onto grassy areas. However, to quickly eliminate an entire ant colony, carefully pour boiling water directly into the ant’s nest. 

  1. Baking Soda 

 

Another remedy to completely eliminate an ant colony is by using baking soda. Dust the ant hill with baking soda and then spray it with white vinegar, this should do the trick. 

 

  1. Keep Trees In Check 

 

Don’t plant any trees near your home or if you already have done so, ensure to keep them trimmed and remove any branches that are close to your home. This will prevent the ants being able to climb the trees and reach your home, certain types of ants can cause serious structural damage so preventing them reaching your home should be a priority. 

 

  1. Citrus Sprays

 

Ants absolutely hate the smell of citrus, so making a citrus spray and spraying the most common entry points should effectively deter them. Also, save any peelings you have from oranges and other citrus fruits and place them around the entry points also. 

 

  1. Homemade Ant Spray 

 

You can easily make your own ant repellent at home by mixing 2 tablespoons of vodka, 15 drops of peppermint oil, 5 drops of cinnamon oil and 4oz of water. Place this in a spray bottle and spray where needed! It’s great for indoors and outdoors and will leave your home smelling fresh. 

 

  1. Borax Poisoning 

 

Combine equal parts of powdered sugar and borax, place in a shallow dish and set it out where you most commonly find the ants. The sugar within this mixture will attract the ants as they will see it as a food source which will encourage them to take it back to the colony. 

 

Borax is lethal to ants and with ingesting the mixture, it will kill them. If you don’t have borax you can make the same mixture with baking soda instead, just be sure to keep both versions of the mixture away from pets and small children. 

 

  1. Keep Ants Away From Your Plants 

 

If ants are making a home within your plants, to deter them from returning you can place water in shallow trays and create somewhat of a barrier around your plants. The ants won’t swim across the water and this same method can be used around pet bowls and food. 

 

You can also sprinkle cinnamon around the plant to create a barrier or plant a cinnamon stick directly into the soil. This should keep the ants away and keep your plants happy. 

  1. Mint Oils 

 

If you find you have a severe problem with ants in your kitchen or bathroom, you can place a few drops of peppermint oils around the most common spots you have seen the ants. Also, place it on counter tops and saturate cotton balls with them to place around the room.

 

Try placing some in cupboards, the pantry, near garbage bins or near any products that can attract ants. This should keep them away and stop them from entering unwanted areas. 

 

  1. Cinnamon Is Key 

 

A lot of these remedies require cinnamon and that’s because a lot of the time it has been proven to work! Place cinnamon sticks on window sills, door ways etc to stop the ants from wanting to enter your home. If the cinnamon sticks alone don’t work, you can also add cinnamon oil to them to add more fragrance. 

 

  1. Pretty Yellow Flowers Stop The Ants

 

Have you heard of the flower Tansy? Well, ants hate this plant and growing it in your garden near other plants can stop the ants in their tracks. You can also place dried Tansy around your home as a repellant. 

 

  1. A Spicy Remedy 

 

Many people love cayenne pepper in their food, especially curries but did you know it helps to repel ants? Sprinkle it around the entry points and just wait, you should see the ant population within your home dwindle. 

 

If you don’t happen to have cayenne pepper at home, you can use coffee grounds to do the exact same thing. 

 

  1. Just Be Thorough and Clean! 

 

One of the most effective ways to keep ants out of your home is to thoroughly clean. Thoroughly cleaning your home especially with citrus based cleaners will keep ants at bay. Also ensure to keep any types of foods covered, take out garbage regularly and keep pet foods covered unless the animal is eating. 

Conclusion 

 

Using natural remedies rather than commercial solutions is great all round as it is relatively safe whereas commercial remedies contain a lot of chemicals that can be unsafe and cause harm. You just have to be thorough in your efforts and ensure you take any preventive measures you can to stop the ants from entering your home or garden.  

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How to Grow Catmint

 

 

Introduction

 

Catmint, also known by its scientific name Nepeta, is a plant under the mint family Lamiaceae. Its relatives include the likes of rosemary, lavender, and thyme. Mainly planted as an ornamental, it is also equally popular because of the distinct scent of its leaves. It is one of the easier ornamental plants to grow, requiring little maintenance and known to grow well in virtually all seasons. Catmint is even used as natural ground cover, as an edger, or as plants that can complement rock gardens and herb gardens. This article will serve as your guide in growing catmint.

 

Basic Information and Needs of Catmint

 

There are many things that make Nepeta a great addition to gardens. Of course, it is remarkably attractive. It mainly grows flowers, which are purplish blue in color, in the early months of summer. From there, it stays vibrant and colorful well until the final months of autumn. As a perennial plant, catmint doesn’t die in the winter. Its grayish foliage still provides a unique look to your garden even during the cold weather. It is also known to grow well with other plants. In fact, it blends well with plants such as roses and lavender.

 

The catmint plant only needs minimal supervision and nutrients for it to thrive. As it is a plant that has a tendency to grow wide rather than grow tall, provide a lot of space for it. Also, it is a plant that prefers full sunlight, but it also grows well in afternoon shade. Contrary to other plants, you actually don’t need to fertilize your soil before planting. Catmint best thrives in soil that is well-drained and not too rich. Though shearing is not required, it is recommended that you shear it after the first flush of bloom so that the plant will stay neat during its second flush. 

Growing Catmint Seeds

 

The best way to grow catmint seeds is by placing them in soil, whether it be on a pot, a seedbed, or on garden soil. You should see to it that the soil should have good drainage. Press the seeds into the ground, but do not place them too deep, as covering them prevents the seeds from getting enough sunlight. Depending on the seed breed, the seeds are best grown in either full sunlight or in partial shade. If you are not sure, either approach can work, as catmint love its daily dose of sunshine. Lastly, keep the seeds moist (but not to the point of being submerged in water) until they germinate.

 

Growing Catmint Cuttings (in soil)

 

Growing Nepeta using cuttings is another popular growing approach. The best way to grow cuttings in soil is to use a pot. Putting holes at the bottom of the pot is crucial because it allows for sufficient water drainage. Soil is best kept damp but never too wet or flooded. Place holes in the soil; these holes is where you would place the cuttings. Cut a portion of the stem using a sterile blade, ideally cutting just below a leaf bump (these bumps are where the roots of the stem graft will grow). Once they start growing into a good size, you can either transfer your catmint to a larger pot or outdoors. 

 

Growing Catmint Cuttings (in water)

 

An alternative approach for growing Nepeta is to place the cuttings in water. You can use this if you have little or no free soil available. Selecting a stem graft for this technique is the same as when you choose growing cuttings in soil: go for leaf node-rich areas and get a portion that is neither too young nor too old. Fill up your container of choice with fresh, clean water. Ideally, the water should be deep enough to submerge leaf nodes. However, you should keep the leaves above water, as they would rot when submerged. Water should be changed daily to prevent it from getting stale. When the cutting is large enough, you can transfer it to soil, either on a pot or outdoors. 

 

Once the Seeds and/or Cuttings Grow…

 

As mentioned earlier, you have the choice of either planting them in a plant bed or open soil. Regardless of what approach you would use, it is important that you give the plant enough space to grow. Remember that this is the type of plant that grows wide rather than tall. While this is a plant that is fairly resistant to drought, ensuring that it has enough access to water is critical for its successful growth. Water once daily, twice if the weather is hot and dry, just enough to keep the soil moist. When it’s raining, you don’t have to water them. 

 

As Nepeta reaches maturity, the requirements needed to care for it changes. If you want it to grow bushy, you should pinch off the growing tips. Also, proper trimming is essential to get the most out of this plant. Trimming it after the first bloom increases the chance of a second bloom during the season, plus it keeps it looking fresh and tidy. It must be noted that these plants grow quickly and can be quite aggressive. There will be situations where you got to cut more often than usual. Also, to prevent encroaching, you should place borders made of materials such as wood, rock, or plastic. 

 

Some Tips and Precautions

 

A quick inspection will help you determine the best portion of stem to use for cuttings. Go for stem portions with little to no flowers and a high proportion of leaf nodes. Also, make sure to plant stems that are neither too young nor too old. As a rule, a stem of the right age should be easy to bend and snap. Also, while catmint is known to grow in unfertilized soil, using fertilizer about 1-2 times every growing season will prove beneficial. When transferring grown seedlings or cuttings outdoors, it is crucial that you place each seedling/cutting at least 12 inches apart from each other as they tend to grow laterally. Last but not least, catmints can attract animals such as cats and bees, so use precautionary measures (ex.: covering) when necessary.