Find Some Awesome Pieces for Your Sitting Area
Choose a theme and have fun with it—Moroccan chic, Miami Beach modern, rustic retreat, or whatever. Just a few key pieces can transform an afterthought into something amazing. Get inspired by these fabulous outdoor entertaining finds.
Set Up a Tic-Tac-Toe Board
Take your next game outside to the lawn. Get the how-to at Northwest Edible Life.
Make a Bird Feeder
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Order bulbs now so you’re ready to plant from mid-August (for cool climates) to mid-September (for more temperate regions). Plant some basil too, and you’ll be halfway to a killer pesto in no time.
Make a Shoe Tray
Keep mud outside by putting shoes in a plastic tray filled with pebbles. Get the how-to at My Frugal Adventures.
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This gorgeous bloom is highly attractive to bees, butterflies and other bugs you need to make edible gardens flourish.
Make Your Own Garden Markers
Skip pricey store-bought markers, and fashion a DIY aluminum version instead. Get the how-to at Aunt Peaches.
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A bit of crazy cat lady, are you? Treat your kitty to this easy-to-grow perennial herb and see what crazy really looks like. This can get stinky though, so plant on the far side of your garden.
Carve Out a “Kids Only” Space
Ask your kids to take care of their own garden plot. It’s guaranteed to turn their thumbs green. Get the how-to at Spoonful.
Learn to Preserve
Enjoy garden and green market bounty long into the winter by learning how to can and pickle the fruits and veggies you grow.