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Who’s on the bus with an armload of free boughs from the Whole Foods’ xmas tree lot? #dc #christmas #wreath #diy #PstWholeFoods

Who’s on the bus with an armload of free boughs from the Whole Foods’ xmas tree lot? #dc #christmas #wreath #diy #PstWholeFoods

  4:58 pm, by thesoiltoil, [ 2 notes ]


Tubs-o-maters (and peppers!) in #Bloomingdale! #gardendc #diy #growiteatit (Taken with Instagram)

Tubs-o-maters (and peppers!) in #Bloomingdale! #gardendc #diy #growiteatit (Taken with Instagram)

  8:09 am, by thesoiltoil, [ 2 notes ]


strawberryjubes:

growandeat:

This is a super fantastic idea! imagine doing it with herbs!!

This is very pretty, not sure how it would work at an allotment but I’d really like to give it a go!

It might be nice with tumbling tomatoes

Superyay!

(Source: putthestarsinoureyesx)

  1:17 am, reblogged  by thesoiltoil, [ 346 notes ]


One of my favorite projects this year: the Bottle and can vase bank. #cutherbs #freshflowers #DIY
John S Lens, Ina’s 1969 Film, No Flash, Taken with Hipstamatic

One of my favorite projects this year: the Bottle and can vase bank. #cutherbs #freshflowers #DIY

John S Lens, Ina’s 1969 Film, No Flash, Taken with Hipstamatic

  12:45 am, by thesoiltoil


Dying #Easter eggs from scratch because I didn’t want to go to Target.
This was HUGE fun.
Trying to color brown eggs is always kind of a joke (as a kid, our chickens laid brown eggs and we steeped them forever in the Paas), but the inky richness of blueberry, old quick-pickled beet jar-juice, even older pickled red cabbage jar-juice, turmeric and green food color dye was so full-on stained-hands wow-it’s-working incredible, I am now converted.
The blueberry die (from perfectly freezer burned berries donated by our awesome neighbor) stole the show. The green food color die worked great. The pickled red cabbage jar-juice also shined.
Whatever you use, two or so tablespoons of white vinegar to one-ish cups of colored liquid is key to colorfastness.
I did this to save money (who can go into Target for just one item?) but will do it from now on because it’s just really fun.
(For more notes on what we did, more pictures and more more, click here.)

Dying #Easter eggs from scratch because I didn’t want to go to Target.

This was HUGE fun.

Trying to color brown eggs is always kind of a joke (as a kid, our chickens laid brown eggs and we steeped them forever in the Paas), but the inky richness of blueberry, old quick-pickled beet jar-juice, even older pickled red cabbage jar-juice, turmeric and green food color dye was so full-on stained-hands wow-it’s-working incredible, I am now converted.

The blueberry die (from perfectly freezer burned berries donated by our awesome neighbor) stole the show. The green food color die worked great. The pickled red cabbage jar-juice also shined.

Whatever you use, two or so tablespoons of white vinegar to one-ish cups of colored liquid is key to colorfastness.

I did this to save money (who can go into Target for just one item?) but will do it from now on because it’s just really fun.

(For more notes on what we did, more pictures and more more, click here.)

  1:38 am, by thesoiltoil, [ 7 notes ]


The Seed Crate Sprouteth!
Right on time, the radishes sprouted 48 hours after planted.

The Seed Crate Sprouteth!

Right on time, the radishes sprouted 48 hours after planted.

  12:32 am, by thesoiltoil, [ 2 notes ]


Woo hoo! Four reclaimed containers for planting! #DIY #drill #gardendc (Taken with instagram)

Woo hoo! Four reclaimed containers for planting! #DIY #drill #gardendc (Taken with instagram)

  11:35 am, by thesoiltoil


Tiny basil sprouts getting extra sun today. (Taken with instagram)

Tiny basil sprouts getting extra sun today. (Taken with instagram)

  2:10 pm, by thesoiltoil, [ 2 notes ]


birchandbeads:

How to prepare a sweet potato for planting!
Supah easy.

birchandbeads:

How to prepare a sweet potato for planting!

Supah easy.

  1:26 am, reblogged  by thesoiltoil, [ 83 notes ]


Zinnias, Thumbelina. (Taken with instagram)

Zinnias, Thumbelina. (Taken with instagram)

  2:46 pm, by thesoiltoil, [ 1 note ]


DIY complete seed-starting tray with egg cartons: cut off the lid, line lid with foil and nest to have a self-contained drip tray. Mist with a spray bottle to avoid over watering.

DIY complete seed-starting tray with egg cartons: cut off the lid, line lid with foil and nest to have a self-contained drip tray. Mist with a spray bottle to avoid over watering.

  9:46 pm, by thesoiltoil, [ 1 note ]


This JUST happened! A Garden Peach tomato sprouted in the two hours since I was out last! (Taken with instagram)

This JUST happened! A Garden Peach tomato sprouted in the two hours since I was out last! (Taken with instagram)

  2:23 pm, by thesoiltoil


A SECOND #tomato sprouted in the cold frame!

A SECOND #tomato sprouted in the cold frame!

  11:36 am, by thesoiltoil


Gathering banana peels and espresso grounds to feed the azaleas. (Taken with instagram)

Gathering banana peels and espresso grounds to feed the azaleas. (Taken with instagram)

  10:01 am, by thesoiltoil


Our alstroemeria wall flowers.

Our alstroemeria wall flowers.

tagged: [DIY] [flowers]
  12:50 am, by thesoiltoil, [ 4 notes ]