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Garden Ideas from Sara Bendrick
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MOSS GRAFFITI
 
Moss graffiti, aka "guerilla gardening," is not only an eco-friendly way to graffiti, but it also makes for beautiful garden art.

Materials Needed:  
  • 3 handfuls of moss
  • 2 cups of buttermilk 
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 tsp. of sugar

  • Directions:
  1. Choose a design and clean an area of an outside wall to grow moss 
graffiti. 

  2. Draw or stencil the design on the wall. 

  3. Collect at least three handfuls of moss and break into small pieces. 
Remove as much of the dirt possible from the moss. 

  4. Place moss into a blender with 2 cups of buttermilk, 2 cups of water, 
and 1 tsp. of sugar. 

  5. Blend for 2-5 minutes until it reaches the consistency of paint. If the 
mixture seems thin, add corn syrup until it is the right consistency. 

  6. Apply mixture to the surface using a paintbrush. 

  7. Mist with water every other day for the first 3 weeks. As moss starts to 
grow, you can add more mixture if you feel necessary. Mixture will keep 
if stored in the fridge. Moss takes up to 4-6 weeks to mature. 

  8. Another way to get the design you desire is by covering an entire surface with the moss mixture. Once 
moss has matured, cut away a design using a dull knife. 


PEBBLE STEP STONES
Add your favorite pebbles to a mortar canvas for a personalized garden walkway. 

Materials Needed: 
  • river rocks and/or glass stones
  • 2 wood or plastic step stone forms
  • type-S mortar
  • sand
  • rebar

Directions:
  1. Collect river rocks and/or glass stones based on design preference. 

  2. Build or buy forms based on the desired shape of the step stones. A wood 
box or plastic bowl can be used. 

  3. Buy two of the desired forms. One will be used as the prep form to design 
the step stone and the other will be used to make the actual step stone. The prep form is important so you can quickly transfer your design to the step stone form before concrete dries. 

  4. Fill the prep form with sand. Arrange stones in a desired pattern in the sand. 

  5. Once the design is chosen, mix type-S mortar ($5-$6 for a 60 lb. bag) and pour 1" into the step stone form. Type-S mortar will hold the design and will not crack once stepped on. 

  6. Cut a piece of rebar using a hacksaw or power tool the length of the step stone. Add cut rebar into the 1" concrete for support. 

  7. Fill the rest of the form with mortar until it reaches ½" from the top. 

  8. Transfer rocks from prep form to the step stone form. Place rocks in 
concrete as upright and deep as possible in efforts to avoid the rocks from breaking off from the 
concrete when stepped on. 

  9. Drying time depends on brand of mortar and thickness of step stone. Read bag for drying details. 


DIY FOUNTAIN 

A babbling fountain is a unique garden accessory, but often is costly and requires professional help. However, this inexpensive DIY fountain can be built and installed in less than an hour.

Materials Needed: 
  • plantainer
  • cooking grate
  • 2-3 pavers
  • fountain pump
  • sealant
  • plastic tubing
  • desired flowerpot
  • fill rocks

Directions: 
  1. Dig a hole the size of the plantainer in desired fountain location. Place plantainer in hole. 

  2. Place fountain pump at the bottom and center of the plantainer. 

  3. Attach tubing to the pump. Place pavers around the pump and fill 
the plantainer with rock to conceal the pump. Make sure to have 
the tubing sticking out of the pavers or rock. 

  4. Add cooking grate on top of the pavers or rocks. Run the tubing up 
through the grate. 

  5. Run tubing through the bottom hole of the flowerpot and sit in the 
middle of the grate. 

  6. Apply sealant around the hole and tubing. 

  7. Add more rocks around fountain to conceal the grate. 

  8. Fill plantainer with water until pump is completely submerged. 

  9. Plug into a GCFI outlet. 


VERTICAL GARDENING

Short on garden space? No worries. You can still get your beautiful garden. Just think vertical! Attach a pallet to a wall for a large container garden perfect for a small space. 

Materials Needed: 
  • pallet
  • wood from another pallet or cedar planks
  • desired flowers, herbs, and plants

Directions:
  1. Cut wood from another pallet or cedar planks to make 1x4" pieces of wood. 

  2. Measure and cut the 1x4" wood pieces the length of the horizontal pallet holes. 

  3. Attach cut wood to the pallet to close up the holes. This creates mini planters to hold your plants. 

  4. Attach pallet vertically to a wall or create legs to support the pallet. 

  5. Fill pallet with desired flowers, herbs, and plants.




For more landscaping tips, check out Sara Bendrick on DIY Network's "I Hate My Yard."




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