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Kelly McCombs - Saturday, August 05, 2017

With summer in full swing and the gorgeous warm weather fully upon us, now is the perfect time to get outside and create some fun DIY garden projects out of some things you might have laying around the house! A few of these can even be made with some help from your kiddos!



First up is a great way to upcycle an empty wine bottle that you were just going to throw away. This DIY Bird Feeder can even be made with an empty Saratoga Water bottle! That would be a fun way to add a gorgeous pop of blue to your garden! This project is a little more on the complicated side, since you’ll be needing to measure and cut some different sized wood pieces, but we still think it’s a fun way to add some pizzazz to your outside space, all while attracting a bunch of different bird varieties!

(Photo from elizabethjoandesigns.com)



Another way to add some extra oomph to your outdoor space is to switch from your typical incandescent lighting to solar lights. Not only is this much more energy efficient, but there are some fun DIY lighting ideas that you can incorporate, many of them incredibly easy. This article, written by Jackie Edwards, lists a bunch of different ideas including DIY mason jar solar lights, and even a tin can solar light which you can make with a regular old can from inside your house. Saving money, helping the environment, and adding some fun elements to your backyard? Sounds pretty perfect to us!



Now on to the easiest DIY project you will probably ever see. This Pallet Planter is a fun way to jazz up your front porch or anywhere you want to add a more finished look. It’s easy because there is really only one step; spray paint! You can find pallets many places, including your local garden store. They will often have a bunch sitting in the back that they will give away for free! Doesn’t get much better than that!



Have an unsightly, old tree stump in your yard? Sometimes, these can be expensive and a hassle to remove. Why not make it a beautiful planter instead? All you’ll need to do is take a chisel and a hammer to gently carve out the center of the stump, add topsoil and then whatever flowers you’d like. Easy as that! 


(Photo from balconygardenweb.com)

One of my favorite things to do as a child when I was visiting at my Grandma's house, was to paint rocks for the garden. This is a great crafty way to get the kids involved in decorating the outside space. Super simple, all you need is a rock of your choosing and a few colors of Patio Paint from your local craft store. This paint is meant to be used outside and will make the artwork stand up to the elements. You can have the kids paint the rocks to use just as decoration, or you can have them paint them to be used to mark specific plants, such as different types of herbs. 

(Photo from craftsbyamanda.com)

We hope some of our ideas have given you inspiration to create something beautiful for your own garden! We would love to see what you come up with Don't forget to tag us on Instagram and Facebook!

Happy Earth Day!

Saratoga Water - Thursday, April 21, 2016


Happy Earth Day!

Did you know the water inside our blue bottles has added benefits for your plants over regular tap water. The minerals and nutrients contained in sparkling water and club soda help with plant growth and root development. 

But, if you do decide to give your plants sparkling water, make sure it’s flat, because the carbonation can actually stunt the plant’s growth. Trust us, your plants will thank you for it.

Here are a few more water and gardening tips to keep in mind:

  1. 1. Be careful of overwatering your plants. It’s much easier to bring a dry plant back to life than to dry out overwatered roots. 
  2. 2. Start your day in the garden. Water your plants early in the morning to conserve moisture loss and to prevent mildew or diseases in high humid climates.
  3. 3. Add color! Adding a few drops of food coloring to your rain gauge makes it easier to read. Try to do it before your next spring shower. 
  4. 4. No waste. The next time you’re in the kitchen and steaming or boiling vegetables, don’t toss the water, save it for your garden! The used water contains nutrients that the plants respond well to. 
  5. 5. Garden vegetables are great and even better when picked at the right time. Make sure to remove them as soon as they are ripe. They have a tendency to over ripen rather quickly and this can attract unwanted pests. 

For more gardening tips, visit HGTV. Enjoy the sunshine and your garden!

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