DIY Concrete Garden Globes

concrete garden balls

 

Who doesn’t like garden art? Who likes to put it away? Not me.  We live in a harsh climate where sometimes we don’t have anything too interesting to look at for quite a while.  One way for us to fix this, is by putting out garden art.  But, who wants to take it in and out every year. Or, hope the sun, rain, or wind does not damage it too much. I saw these really cool globes at the garden center that were so colorful but made of metal or plastic.  They would add a ton of color and brightness to an otherwise sad yard in the harsh months.  The prices for some these were $35.00-$125.00 depending on how they were made.  No way am I paying that price when I can have 60 mph winds gusting through my valley.  Could you imagine all my pretty globes rolling down the road? Well, there goes that idea.

shiny concrete garden globe

Then when I was de-cluttering my magazine collection,  I noticed there was directions on how to make concrete globes for the yard.  Hmmm, I am pretty sure wind would not blow those away!  I watched the video from BHG.com/GardenBall.  The video directions seemed pretty easy so I wanted to share them with you.  If you would like to watch the video, click the link above.

 

Concrete Garden Globes
 
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Inexpensive and fun idea for your yard or patio. Can be painted or stained for cool color options.
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Ingredients
  • Small bucket
  • Newspaper to line bucket
  • Glass globe for a light fixture
  • Cooking spray
  • Large flexible plastic bucket
  • Rubber gloves
  • 5 pound bag of concrete or mortar mix
  • Water
  • Stir stick
  • Heavy- duty plastic bag for the globe to fit inside
  • Safety glasses
  • Hammer
  • Soft cloth
Instructions
  1. Spray the inside of the globe with cooking spray
  2. Put on gloves and glasses
  3. Place concrete or mortar in large flex bucket
  4. Add water until it is the consistency of a thick milkshake
  5. Pour into the globe(s)
  6. Place in newspaper lined bucket to set up for 48 hours for concrete and 1 week for mortar
  7. Place dried globe in heavy duty plastic bag
  8. Glasses on, hit gently with hammer until the glass is removed from the globe
  9. Remove globe and wipe any remaining glass
  10. Seal with paint, stain, or concrete sealer. Or leave unsealed.
Notes
Start with a half bag of concrete as the glass globe sizes will vary. Using the concrete will produce a matte finish as mortar will result in a shiny finish. Seal if left out all year.

Adapted from BHG.com/gardenball

What Veggies to Plant in April

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What Veggies to Plant in April

My kids have been getting pretty stir crazy with our yo-yo weather so I was trying to think what we could do to get rid of their excess energy.  I came up with vegetable gardening.  It always makes me feel like I have accomplished something and helps me sleep well!  I know, most kids aren’t so keen on planting, but when we go to the store to pick up our veggies, I let them each pick out a veggie to plant.  It makes them feel a little more in control of what they grow and eat.  I can usually get them to do some follow-up care too! lol

Our weather is still pretty cool but I opened my garden journal to view what we could plant and realized I am behind schedule.  Whoops.   I thought I would share the list in case someone else decided that this week was a good time to get the kids out in the yard working, and falling asleep earlier!

We live in the midwest so it’s mild days with cold nights still.  You can start planting cool season plants in your garden anywhere using row covers if necessary.  I started a list so you can tweek it to your situation and area.  This is for outside sowing.

SEEDS

  • Beets
  • Fava beans
  • Brussel sprouts late varieties
  • Autumn cabbages
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Chard
  • Early kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Arugula
  • Spinach
  • Chives
  • Dill
  • Lemon balm
  • Onion (if not too wet)
  • Asters
  • Calendula
  • Cosmos
  • Nigella
  • Sunflowers
  • Sweet William

PLANTS

  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Summer Cabbage
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce
  • Onions, from seed
  • Oriental variety salad greens
  • Second early potatoes – early in the month
  • Maincrop – later in the month
  • Marjoram
  • Thyme
  • Asters
  • Sweet Peas

For The Birds: Peanut Butter PineCone

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Homemade PB Pine Cone Bird Feeder

Make a simple bird feeder in under 30 minutes and watch the birds go crazy! Help keep the birds going because this time of year, most of the seeds and berries are gone.

  • Pinecones
  • Peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • string or yarn
  • Bird seed of your choice

Mix the peanut butter and honey together.  Spread onto the pinecones leaving room at the top.  Roll in the seeds on paper plate. Tie on a piece of string at the top.  Hang from a tree.