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DIY Industrial Herb Garden

There’s something so rewarding about harvesting your own vegetables and herbs from the garden. Tending to your garden and seeing it through the whole process from seed to mature plant is extra fun,  so why not bring the goodness of your garden indoors with this industrial herb garden? Added bonus: you wont have to fight off those pesky garden critters!
kingsSeen here on the show, we love using antique items in unexpected ways. For example, this vintage chicken feeder turned into a herb garden – as seen on episode 11- season 2.herbs3We realize that not everyone will have access to a vintage chicken feeder, so we thought it would be a fun idea to show how to ‘get the look’ with items available at your local hardware store.

What you’ll need:
5″ x 30″ gauge galvanized duct pipe
Tin snippers
Drill
Aluminum baking pan
Toilet cleaner (to age pipe – we found Zep Acid Toilet Bowl Cleaner to worked well)
Steel wool
Soil
Herbs of choice
Optional:
Orange, brown and black paint
Stencil
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– Cut pipe to desired height (this one measures approx. 14″)
(important: please be sure to use protective gear to cut through the tin as the edges become extremely sharp.)
– In a well ventilated area, place pipe in bucket or tray and generously pour toilet bowl cleaner solution all over pipe.
– Wearing rubber gloves, scrub pipe with steel wool and allow to sit for 30 minutes (you should see it begin to corrode.)
– Once you are happy with the patina, rinse thoroughly and allow to dry (you may need to repeat the process if not completely corroded.)
– Mix orange and brown paint at a 1:3 ratio and apply to give the illusion of rust. (optional)
– Stencil numbers or letters with acrylic paint. (optional)
– Drill four small holes in the bottom of the baking pan. (this is optional, but it allows for improved drainage)
– Fill baking pan with soil. If using a bundt or tube baking pan, place a piece of plastic over the opening to seal its hole.
– Place pipe in the center and fill with soil.
– Plant desired herbs around baking pan and then on top of pipe.herbs5Make these part of your home by stenciling a number that has meaning to you, be it your house number or a date, etcetera. You could also write words related to cooking such as ‘kitchen,’ ‘cook,’ ‘herbs,” etcetera. Whatever speaks to you! Also, remember to research the herbs you choose to plant. Sun-loving herbs may require a few extra hours of sunlight, whereas others may not. Enjoy!

 

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Simple Spring Quinoa Salad

There’s nothing quite like a cozy blanket and yummy comfort food to keep you warm through the winter, but as the days grow warmer, a light and refreshing salad and a cool glass of lemonade just seems to hit the spot. This particular salad is not only packed with healthy superfoods, but is also super simple to whip up!
You’ve probably heard of the many benefits of quinoa, and it’s no wonder it’s considered the world’s most popular superfood. With its high protein, fiber and mineral content, quinoa has become a healthy alternative to rice and is readily available at most local grocery stores.

Spring Quinoa Salad with Edamame and Peas
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 cup of uncooked quinoa
1 cup of green peas
1 cup of  shelled edamame
1 green onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoon of fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon of salt
Optional: 1/4 cup thinly sliced fennel

Directions
- Cook quinoa according to package directions
– Briefly boil peas and edamame; allow to cool
– In a small bowl, whisk together oil, lemon and lime juice, salt and pepper
– Mix quinoa, diced onion, edamame , peas and fennel together
– Drizzle dressing over salad and toss until thoroughly mixed
  And enjoy!
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Here is a fun little tip: mix some of the foliage from the fennel as part of this easy centerpiece. You can use rosemary, mint or any other herb as well. It’s easy and unexpected, which makes it fun for your guests.
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This salad is not only nutritious and filling, but the edamame and peas make it pretty and colorful! Be sure and present it in some unexpected dishes as well, like this oversized mug, for some extra fun!
We hope you love this simple, filling little springtime salad and take the time to enjoy it with friends and family!
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DIY Setting a Springtime Table

There is something extra special about gathering around the table for a meal with family, isn’t there? It’s so nice to pause from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, have a seat, and catch up after a long day at work or school with the family. Though it’s true that this is definitely not something you’ll always have time to do, every now and then it makes an ordinary lunch feel extra special by setting a pretty table.

Today we’re going to demonstrate how easy it can be to set a pretty spring table without breaking the bank (or your back.)

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This particular table setting would be beautiful for Easter or anytime during Spring. We used flowers and produce from the grocery store combined with artificial greenery. Not only does faux greenery cut down on costs, but you’re able to keep enjoying it even after the flowers have wilted.
There are many ways to arrange a centerpiece and it really is all your own preference. You might like very symmetrical and simple arrangements, while others prefer something a little more organic and loose.
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- Choose an interesting vessel to hold your arrangement, we chose this wooden crate.
– Line the bottom of the crate with plastic – we used a black trash bag.
TIP: Check your local florist for wooden floral boxes, which already include a plastic liner.
– Measure and cut foam oasis to size of container (you can find these at the florist or craft store.)
– Soak oasis in water until it no longer floats and place in your container.
– We started with the larger flowers first. (the Hydrangeas)
TIP: Dip the freshly cut stem of the Hydrangea in alum (available in the spice section of your grocery store) as this will ensure the hydrangeas last longer after they’re put in your foam oasis.
– We then insered the tulips, making sure we cut them in varying heights for interest and balance.
– Insert some taller greenery.
– For the apples, we used a floral skewer and inserted it at the bottom of the apple.
– Place apples in container, hiding some of the floral oasis and filling in any gaps.
– Similarly, take additional greenery and place around the container, making sure all sides look balanced.
– We chose to add a couple of pink tulips for a fun pop of color.
– Lastly, we placed moss in between the slats of the crate to conceal the foam.
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To make the table feel cohesive, we placed a pink tulip on each setting and tied them with simple twine. We also scattered some of the green apples throughout the table to tie in the centerpiece even more.
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These glass votives surrounded by moss were easy to make and add an extra touch of green to the table.
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Simply place some double sided tape around a glass votive, glue some moss to the tape and secure with green thread by tying it around the votive a couple of times.
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Family time is meant to be stress free and enjoyable, so have fun with it. Use unexpected items, shop around your home before you head to the store, and most importantly, remember to do it with love! It’s not the fancy china or the elaborate meals that makes this table special, but rather who you’re sharing it with!