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Trend: Amazing Storage Solutions for your Backyard!

Somehow we are already in the month of July and I’m guessing you’ve been spending quite a bit of time in your backyard for the Summer. If it feels messy back there, then this post will help. Today I am sharing 14 amazing storage solutions for your backyard. Enjoy!

1) Hang some labeled plastic tubs on the wall to store kids toys and other backyard items! Found on BHG.

Hang some labeled plastic tubs on the wall to store kids toys and other backyard items! Found on BHG.

2) Set up a little organization center to keep your BBQ tools and supplies, like oil and ground pepper, easily accessible while you cook. Found on BHG.

Set up a little organization center to keep your BBQ tools and supplies, like oil and ground pepper, easily accessible while you cook. Found on BHG.

3) How convenient and cute would this little outdoor storage cabinet be in your garden? Keep all your essential small gardening items in this mini storage spot. Found on the Family Handyman.

How convenient, and cute, would this little outdoor storage cabinet be in your garden? Keep all your essential small gardening items in this mini storage spot. Found on the Family Handyman.

4) Do you have a pool? This clever pool float storage idea will help keep those floats from flying away if the wind picks up. Found on The Merry Thought.

Do you have a pool? This clever pool float storage idea will help keep those floats from flying away if the wind picks up. Found on The Merry Thought.

5) If you’ve been dying to build a backyard storage bench, this is the tutorial for you. The directions are very clear and detailed AND he provides the full supply list to make it. Found on Canadian Home Workshop.

If you've been dying to build a backyard storage bench, this is the tutorial for you. The directions are very clear and details AND he provides the full supply list to make it. Found on Canadian Home Workshop.

6) Instead of storing firewood on the ground, keep it in this cool rolling fireplace storage rack! Add a roof to this DIY and your firewood will stay dry on rainy days. Found on Wood Grain Cottage.

Instead of storing firewood on the ground, keep it in this cool rolling fireplace storage rack! Add a roof to this DIY and your firewood will stay mostly dry on rainy days. Found on Wood Grain Cottage.

7) I’ve shared this awesome DIY in the past and I want to share it with you again. I just love it. An old filing cabinet transformed into a yard tool holder! Found on Trash to Treasure.

I've shared this awesome DIY in the past and I want to share it with you again. I just love it. An old filing cabinet transformed into a yard tool holder! Found on Trash to Treasure.

8) Another great tool storage idea: use a magnetic bar to store small garden tools. Found on BHG.

Another great tool storage idea: use a magnetic bar to store small garden tools. Found on BHG.

9) Sometimes shoes are just too dirty to bring in the house and that’s why this shoe storage bench is a great idea! Sit down, take your shoes off, and store them below. Found on Operation Home Blog.

Sometimes shoes are just too dirty to bring in the house and that's why this shoe storage bench is a great idea! Sit down, take your shoes off, and store them below. Found on Operation Home Blog.

10) I love this idea to hide utility boxes on a house! Just add hinges so they are easily accessible. Found on Remodelaholic.

I love this idea to hide utility boxes on a house! Just add hinges so they are easily accessible. Found on Remodelaholic.

11) After you hide that utility unit, build something to hide your AC! This looks great. Found on House Pet.

After you hide that utility unit, build something to hide your AC! This looks great. Found on House Pet.

12) Store mulch in old bushel baskets! Much better than those big bags that tip all over the place. Found on BHG.

Store mulch in old bushel baskets! Much better than those big bags that tip all over the place. Found on BHG.

13) If your yard is short on space and you need a gardening table, this DIY is for you. This pallet table folds down when you need it, then folds back up when you don’t. Found on Jenna Burger.

If your yard is short on space and you need a gardening table, this DIY is for you. This pallet table folds down when you need it, then folds back up when you don't. Found on Jenna Burger.

14) This post is FULL of tips and ideas to organize your backyard garden shed. Check it out on I Heart Organizing.

This post is FULL of tips and ideas to organize your backyard garden shed. Check it out on I Heart Organizing.

Does your backyard feel organized?

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Spring and Summer are on their way, and warmer weather means time enjoying the great outdoors. If you live in a house with a beautifully landscaped backyard, you are probably all set. But everyone, regardless of the size of their yard–even if you have no yard at all!–can create a beautiful outdoor space thanks to the idea of a patio garden. When my husband and I were first married, we lived in a condo with a tiny balcony off the kitchen. We outfitted it with a small bistro table and a pair of chairs, and lots of outdoor plants in pots. It was a lush and lovely way to enjoy being outside.

A picture-perfect patio garden makes it easy to enjoy the great outdoors no matter how small your backyard is.

Setting up a picture-perfect patio garden is simple. First, you need potted plants. If you have a large patio, try to find large-scale plants and appropriately-sized pots to put them in. Even small trees look great in pots on a pretty patio. If the plants you want are really, really big, make sure they can stay outside year-round, or be ready to lug them in when the weather turns cold. And if your patio is smaller, you can fill it up with fun potted plants that are on the more diminutive side. Next, you need some fun seating and a cute table. A big patio can fit a big table with lots of seating, but a smaller patio still has room for a cozy bistro table big enough for two. After that, you just need some fun finishing touches and your patio garden is ready to go. Pretty lighting like candles on the table, or a string of patio lights, and decorative planters or plant stands add to the warm and inviting atmosphere. Here are some of my favorite elements of a picture-perfect patio garden…

No matter the size of your backyard, you can have a picture-perfect patio garden!

1. GRÄSMARÖ Tool Set
2. SOCKER Watering Can
3. ASKHOLMEN Plant Stand
4. JACKFRUKT Herb Scissors
5. ÄPPLARÖ Drop-Leaf Table and Folding Chairs
6. HIMALAYAMIX Potted Plants
7. KRYDDNEJLIKA Gardening Gloves
8. BITTERGURKA Hanging Planter
9. ÄGGPLANTA Planter
10. ÄPPLARÖ Bench with Panel and Shelves
11. JACKFRUKT Pruning Shears
12. INGEFÄRA Plant Pot with Saucer
13. SUCCULENT Potted Plants

Even if you don

For more inspiration, visit the IKEA Spring brochure.


Potted plants are a staple in many gardens, especially cozier spaces. They also have a funny way of multiplying, taking over every surface, including your ground, patio floor, and garden tables, until your place becomes a sea of clay containers.

As gardeners, plant habitat designers, and co-founders of The Horticult, we, Ryan and Chantal, know this dilemma all too well. In searching for ways to design with clay pots in attractive, space-saving ways, we hit a wall. Well, so to speak. We ended up designing a screen that turns a collection of clay pots into a vertical garden in which the pots seem to be levitating on top of each other. Bubbling over with flowers like nemesias and petunias, it’s also the friendliest kind of privacy screen.

As we share in the “I Did It!” section of the April issue of Better Homes and Gardens, this magical effect comes courtesy of some hardware and a little bit of muscle. We strung our clay pots together using all-thread rods, and turned plastic test plugs (found in the plumbing section of the hardware store) into drainable flanges that, in tandem with nuts and washers, secured the pots in place. Hooks and sleeve anchors allow you to hang your installation.

Another benefit of raising your containers to eye level? The more you see your plants, the more likely you are to take care of them. Keep in mind that hanging plants — especially those in breathable pots — tend to dry out faster than non-hanging plants. You can also adapt this vertical garden to many types of spaces. We’ve hung our floating planters from the eaves of friends’ balconies and attached them to our own rolling arbor.

We also built a custom frame for a super-size installation that’s now wild with glossy tropicals like anthurium and black gold philodendron. Attaching the hanging plants to a frame with casters makes it possible for renters to take their garden with them during a move. Get more gardening tips for renters here!

Want to make your own vertical clay pot garden? Pick up the April issue of Better Homes and Gardens now for the full DIY, or check out our blog for more instructions, photos, and pro tips!


how we planned our front yard landscaping
[from BHG]

I mentioned in my last Style Spotters post that we are getting ready to landscape our front yard. It basically consists of a 7 foot-deep planter bed running the length of our front porch, and gets full sun all day thanks to a southern exposure. So it presents a few landscaping challenges. Last year, we sat down with a landscape architect and talked about the overall plan for our yard in general. Since neither my husband nor I is well-versed in landscape design, we thought it best to consult an expert to avoid ending up with a yard that looks like a hot mess. We have some really beautiful, professional landscaping plans that give us a good idea of where to put terracing, where to have lawn, where to put trees and flower beds, etc. But we only talked generally about the style we want our yard to have, and didn’t get a list of specific plants to put in each and every spot on the drawings. And now we’re at the point where we are going to the nursery to buy plants. Landscaping can be overwhelming, so how did we figure out what to plant and where to put it?

Find some landscaping inspiration.
I’m not very good at making up landscaping as I go, but I’m really good at following a recipe. So our first order of business was to find some landscaping images to inspire us. This was one of those times where we knew what we didn’t want more than we knew what we wanted. We live in the Pacific Northwest, and I love the dark, mossy, forest-y aesthetic. BUT! That’s not what I wanted for the yard. It’s all around me, in every neighborhood, every shopping center, every public park, and I just wanted something different. But I wasn’t sure what. So I started looking at landscaping photos on BHG.com and Pinterest. I pinned everything that really spoke to me, and after a few weeks, when I went back through and looked at the pins, they all had a similar look. I still wasn’t quite sure what that look was until I watched a Woody Allen movie set on the Cote d’Azur, and said, “Oh my gosh, I think I want our yard to look like the south of France!”

BHG.com has dozens of free garden plans that helped us decided what plants to put in our front yard.

Figure out what plants will give you the look you want and that will work in your yard.
Once we had a general aesthetic picked out for the front yard, we went back and looked at our inspiration photos to find a few that we especially loved and that were on a slightly smaller scale. We wrote down the names of all the plants in our favorite photos and decided on a color scheme we liked. That didn’t give us as many plant options as we wanted that would work in our climate. Again, I’m not a plant genius, so we needed another source of plant ideas. And luckily, BHG.com has the most amazing free garden plans. Dozens and dozens of free garden plans, just waiting to inspire you! I downloaded every garden plan that seemed like it might have plants that would work in my front yard–front gardens, full sun gardens, small gardens, all-year color gardens–and wrote down the names of any plants that looked like they would work. And then I researched each plant name I wrote down. I made note of how big each plant would get, if it was evergreen or not, what color its foliage and blooms were, etc. I crossed any plants off my list that would get too big, needed shade, wasn’t right for our gardening zone, or that I just didn’t like that much. And then I went over the list a few more times, whittling it down until we had something manageable.

Draw yourself a plant map, and make a plan.
I’m the kind of person who loves a good map. I always like being the navigator on road trips, and if I’m rearranging furniture in a room, I like to draw a little scale diagram on graph paper. So, I knew it would be a lot easier to wrap my mind around this landscaping plan if I had a physical picture to look at. I drew a very rough, overhead sketch of my front porch and our little planter bed on a piece of paper, and started drawing in the plants. I wanted to make sure I knew how many plants we could fit into the space, how many of each plant to buy, which plants to put in the back, the middle, and the front, and what order everything should go in.

So now, with just a little work, we have a great landscaping plan for our front yard! We’ve started buying the plants on our list as we’ve been able to find them. Our favorite nursery in the area is having a big Spring opening this weekend and should have the rest of the things we’re looking for by then. Then all we have to do is wait for a nice, dry weekend to do a little planting, and we’ll finally have a front yard!

how we planned our front yard landscaping
[from BHG]


Our poor chickens! We bought 6 sweet, day-old chicks earlier this year and kept them in a huge box in our garage until the weather outside warmed up. Now that the chickens are full-grown, fully feathered hens, they’ve been moved to our empty rabbit hutch. It’s quite roomy for a rabbit hutch, but with 6 plump hens living in it, I imagine things are getting a little tense. I think our dear chickies are probably rather tired of each other at this point, and would undoubtedly appreciate some room to roam and spread their wings. Luckily, we have a beautiful, new coop being built for them, and it should be ready any day! My husband is always meeting people who want to trade work and happen to be in the construction business; I feel like our house was largely built on favors and paybacks! And that’s exactly how we’re getting our chicken coop. It is built and painted and ready to go. We just have to figure out how to get it here.

If you’ve ever peeked at my “Someday House” board on Pinterest, you’ve probably noticed lots of darling chicken coops. All of those pictures came in handy when we needed to choose a chicken coop design. Here are some of the super cute chicken coops we used for inspiration. Now we just need a name!

white chicken coop with a green door

Tilly’s Nest is a sweet blog about gardening and keeping chickens, and it won a Better Homes & Gardens Blogger Award last year! You can find lots of details and photos, inside and out, about this cute coop on the blog.

white farmhouse chicken coop

I’ve had my eye on this gorgeous chicken coop from Heather Bullard for years–I first spotted it long before we bought our land or started building The Dream House. It is so lovely. And you can even buy a set of plans to make your own!

williams-sonoma cedar chicken coop with garden box

This adorable (yes, adorable!) cedar coop from Williams-Sonoma features the coop and nesting box on top, an enclosed chicken run below, and a really, really cute attached garden box!

DIY black chicken coop with hanging lanterns

One of the very first things I ever pinned on Pinterest was this lovely black chicken coop from The Art of Doing Stuff. With it’s dark, moody paint and hanging lanterns, it reminds me of La Belle Epoque.

beautiful garden chicken coop

This chicken coop from Better Homes & Gardens makes ME want to pull a chair inside and read for a while under that leafy canopy!

I can’t wait to show you our chicken coop; I can’t wait to see it myself. And I’m sure our chickens can’t wait to get out from under each other and have a little more space and some fresh farm air. Stay tuned!


Every good gardener struggles with it: how to keep the deer from eating their garden before it even gets established! We planted an orchard with 30 young fruit trees at the beginning of the year, and they were totally fine. Until one night, just after they started sprouting leaves, when some deer found them and stripped the sour cherries almost clean of foliage. They’ve bounced back now, thank goodness, because we got a deer fence put up right away. Right now, the fence is a mix of temporary and permanent. We hired professionals to sink pressure-treated 4×6 posts into concrete. Someday, we’ll use those posts as the starting point for a beautiful deer fence. In the meantime, we strung a few rolls of 8′ heavy-duty black plastic field fence from post to post and attached it using a staple gun. It’s by no means beautiful, but it actually looks really good, is barely visible, and best of all, it will keep the deer out of our garden until we can build something lovely and permanent.

We don’t usually think of deer fences as beautiful. But just because they aren’t often nice-looking doesn’t mean they can’t be! I’ve scoured the internet looking for deer fence inspiration, and here are just a few examples of beautiful, functional fences that keep those pesky deer out of the garden while managing to look good!

beautiful deer fence garden inspiration

photo via houzz

 

deer fence inspiration
photo via houzz

Deer fences need to be around 8 feet tall (or shorter and wide) to be effective at keeping deer out of the garden These first two fences use the two layer method: the bottom half of the fence uses metal paneling, while the top half uses tension cables. I love this look because it is pretty without being really dense. It blends in to the landscape decently well and doesn’t obstruct views.

deer fence inspiration
photo via willamettevalleylawncare
deer fence inspiration
photo via perjoy

These next two fences also employ the two-layer method, but instead of tension cables on the top half of the fence, they have a narrow pergola. This look is really pretty and structural (especially in that first photo!), but maybe not practical for a large garden.

deer fence inspiration

photo via houzz

This fence uses two layers of wood-framed metal paneling on top of each other. Not super artistic, but attractive enough, and probably really effective at keeping deer out.

deer fence inspiration
photo via gardenimagedesign

I can’t tell if this fence is tall enough to keep deer out, but I love those tall wooden pillars in the center of the garden. It looks like they have some trellises between them and spots for garden tools to hang up. Genius! And the fence, if a little too short, is really pretty. I love the wood!
deer fence inspiration
photo via valeaston

This deer fence is super smart! Deer can jump high, but they can’t jump high AND wide. This fence is a little shorter than a typical deer fence, but the boulders and landscaping in front add width, so it’s still effective. And the curved iron pieces on top are beautiful, interesting, and unique.

deer fence inspiration
photo via remodelista

Our last beautiful deer fence is truly one-of-a-kind! It’s almost too pretty to be a deer fence; it looks like an art installation. You can’t tell from this photo, but the bottom of the fence has some kind of chicken wire or small metal paneling to keep little garden pests out, and the height is perfect for deterring deer.

Do you have a favorite? If you had to build a beautiful deer fence, which inspiration photo would you use?


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