Gardening Genesis

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A white picket fence.

I had one once.

The only one on my block, until “the city” (I’m not going to say which city) decided I had to take it down so they could put in street lights.

My husband and I were furious, but eventually we got over it…or at least we stopped shaking our heads in horror every time we came home to re-discover our fence no longer existed.

As the weather gets warmer, I’ve begun thinking about the landscaping I can do to help our yard look better without our picket fence. I have a lot of grand gardening ideas though I’ll admit I’m not particularly versed in the art of gardening.

None-the-less, my “d.i.y. yard renewal” is a project I will be embarking on this summer and I hope you’ll come along for the ride as I document it in d.i.y. crea|tivi|ty.

The first step in the process for me will be to start growing a few planted flowers in my kitchen until I find a suitable spot for them outdoors. (Note: At this point in the season, you can easily buy fully bloomed plants, but for the purposes of this blog, I’ll be started from scratch)

While shopping for items for my home garden, I had the idea of beginning an office garden, to help me nurture my green thumb while at work and provide a little more beauty around this place. This technique can be used for making small decorative planters for different rooms in your home.

I’ve never tried this before so this will be a learning experience for all of us.


-Empty tissue box.
-Zip lock bag
-potting soil
– packing tape

Step 1:
-Start out with an empty tissue box. I always save these just in case a d.i.y. project hits me and I need one. Remove the plastic liner from the top, or if you want a wider opening, cut off the top completely.

Step 2:
-Because cardboard and water don’t mix so well, I decided to line my tissue boxes with a waterproof ziplock bag by insert the bag into the box, top hanging out, removing the locking top and taping the top around the outside of the box, creating a water-proof interior. Yes, it’s a lot easier to just buy a pot, but I estimate the cost of this pot to be about $1.50- plus, this can easily be made into a fun family arts and crafts project.

Step 3:
-Make it pretty. I used two-sided tape, wrapping paper, etc. to decorate mine. Use anything you like.

Step 4:
-Add potting soil and your seeds and watch things grow.

Happy growing!


Tivi Jones d.i.y. creativity— Written by Tivi Jones, Marketing Coordinator for Carolina Parent, writer, author and founder of d.i.y. crea|tivi|ty, a new blog that offers Triangle residents information and how-to’s on the coolest d.i.y. trends.



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