Homemade Apple Pie Filling and Applesauce

HOMEMADE APPLE PIE FILLING   This is an oldie but goodie – I’ve brought it back since fall is here and it’s time to do some canning…   Apples. Apples. AAAppples!!!! I mentioned in a recent post that I was spending hours cutting up apples a neighbor gave us for applesauce and apple pie filling to put in our freezer. … Read more

DIY Tomato Cages and Gardening Tips {Love My DIY Home}

DIY Tomato Cages – Save the Maters!

It’s TOMATO GROWING TIME!   We made our own tomato cages …because those tomato cages you buy at Menards are so stinkin’ expensive! We started out with the skinny wire ones that were left in the garden by the previous owners. FAIL. Then we graduated on to the heavy duty ones – but only bought two – $8 each is … Read more

Gardening Tip – Mulching the Garden with Straw

We got a very late start in gardening – when we were in Michigan and raising kids, we tried raising a garden. I still remember that photo that we took of the one lone ear of corn. The ground was apparently empty of neutrients because nothing grew – N.O.T.H.I.N.G. Of course, it didn't help that we had no idea what … Read more

Direct Composting {Love My DIY Home}

Direct Composting – Improving Garden Soil

No Bin No Way We considered buying a rotating compost bin for our garden to use scraps from the kitchen to improve our garden soil, but they were all pricey and I didn't like the idea of having to dump our scraps into a stinky bin and having to turn it to keep it aerated.   You may call it … Read more

Keep Your Lettuce Sweet – It’s all in the timing

  Keep It Sweet – Lettuce   Last year's lettuce was fabulous. My mom had told me a couple of years ago that I shouldn't plant my own lettuce because it becomes bitter. Her experience left a bitter taste in her mouth (pun intended) So, as always, I wanted to find out why and did a little research and experimenting. … Read more

Fab Fall Projects & Blog Hop 2015

Welcome to The Autumn Gatherings Fall Blog Hop Six days full of online fall home decor goodness! (Links to other blogs are at the end)   My fab fall front yard & deck project   We bought our house two years ago and it was in a shambles! The yard looked (and still does in some areas) like it was … Read more

Grow lettuce and celery on your windowsill from table scraps {Love My DIY Home}

Celery on Your Windowsill – Lettuce Rejoice!

Do you throw away the bottom part of your lettuce stalk? I used to, but not any more.   Once you learn to scrap, you will never go back.   As a matter of fact I beg for everyone else's table scraps now.     Make yourself a little vegi garden on your windowsill and have reproducing vegis at your … Read more

Balcony Gardens {Love My DIY Home}

Building a Balcony Garden – Guest Post by Dane O’Leary

A Step-By-Step Guide Even the urban dwellers among us should know the joys of gardening. In fact, balconies are a wonderful opportunity for you to unleash your inner botanist while utilizing your outdoor space in a functional, beautiful way. You may not see that limited outdoor space as being capable of sustaining a miniature Garden of Eden of your very … Read more

T'paper roll planter | Love My DIY Home

Are you tired of expensive planting supplies?

Here are two DIY planters you can make with trash. Yep, that's right. Trash Free, easy, and green – literally.     Cut the bottle in half.    Remove the cap. Flip the top half and stuff it into the bottom half.   Grab a coffee filter and place it in the top half.   Fill it with potting soil. … Read more

Canning Tomatoes {Love My DIY Home}

Canning Tomatoes for the First Time – DIY Fun!

I honestly didn’t want to garden. I told my family I would watch with a lemonade in my hand while sitting in a lawn chair as they worked the garden. But I actually enjoyed the planting and working with the flowers and vegis. It was a bit disappointing when the surprise frost took the lives of half of our tomatoes, … Read more