Take a hardshell gourd. With a sharp knife, cut out the eyes and mouth for the jack-o-lantern. Cut out the entrance for the birdhouse. Leave the gourd to dry. When it is hard and dry, clean the inside. Apply Brown varnish on the outside. Finish it with a coat of polyurethane. This will make your bird house long lasting.
Hypertufa is a synthetic substitute for tufa rock - a spongy cellular rock
found in limestone country. It is hollowed out to make planters and tubs.
because of its versatile nature, its much favourded in the garden to make
birdbath, steps , benches, paving stones etc.
Hyper tufa is made of cement, sand and peat moss.
The process is very simple and containers can be made easily and cheaply.
they are an attractive , natural alternative for expensive tubs and pots.
Hypertufa is porous, so are preferrable to plastic or terracotta containers.
The walls of the container acts as a reservoir for water and allows the roots
So switch your bulky stone trough for the light and versatile hypertufa.
Decorating for the Halloween and fall season can include many different items. Plants and shrubs can be fun ways to use color with any display. Glass and metal Halloween ornaments can also be a fun way to spruce up the inside and outside of your home and garden. Pumpkins are obviously another way to make a simple yet beautiful natural statement inside or out. Ideas like placing a pumpking on each stair of an outside staircase or atop the eve of a roof, or even along the tops of fenceposts can easily and inexpensively decorate your Halloween yard.
Oftentimes, people discount the use of plants when designing their Halloween yard. When using plants to enhance your Halloween ornaments, think about plants and flowers that thrive in the fall temperatures and weather. Colorful perennials and annuals can provide an attractive splash of color to go along with your scarecrows or goblins. Marigolds can provide a beautiful array of golds, oranges and yellows for your Halloween display. Chrysanthemums, ornamental kales, flowering cabbages and dusty miller may also provide that extra color for decorating your Halloween yard.
Seasonal decorating can be a fun pasttime for young and old alike. There are many things one can do to decorate home and lawn for Halloween, for example. Glass Halloween ornaments can be a fun way to spruce up an early Christmas tree even. There are many variations of Halloween ornaments, whether your look is "horror" or whether you're going for the cute and cuddly "Casper" look. Local shops can provide an array of Halloween ornaments. There are also online sources that can ease your decoration shopping. When purchasing ornaments, be sure to have a plan for storage so that you can reuse them year after year.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|