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Tabletop Fire Pit Lights Up the Season
by Kathleen Hennessy - June 2015

Warmer weather means we’ll all be spending more time outdoors. This concrete how-to project brings the allure of a fire pit to your tabletop, with less hassle and mess. And, it could even keep a few mosquitos away.

Start by choosing the bowls you’ll use for your mold. It’s a good idea to choose two bowls that are the same style. Make sure that the larger bowl is at least 2-inches wider than the inner bowl. We used both plastic and metal bowls.

Next, gather all of your supplies, including your two bowls, cooking spray, concrete mix, water, mixing bucket, scoop or shovel and weights. It’s also a good idea to have a few rags. Be sure you have everything you need nearby. The process goes quickly, once you get started.   >> read article

Something is in the Eye of the Beholder
by Mike Nowak - June 2015

You know you’ve made it in the world when you have your own Wikipedia entry. There’s something about the bracketed phrase [attribution needed] in an entry about your own life that just screams, ''This guy is something special!'' But since I do not yet have a Wikipedia entry (feel free to jump in there and fill the void, folks), I could be guessing.

Nonetheless, when I was told that we would be featuring a number of beautiful gardens in the magazine (it must be ''beautiful garden season,'' which does not speak highly for the times of the year that are not ''beautiful garden season''), I immediately did what any reporter worth his or her salt would do with 700 words to write and not a flipping clue as to which 700 words to choose from, and that was to investigate the word ''beauty.''   >> read article

Bales of Fun
by Patrice Peltier - June 2015

And now for something completely different – and this is no Monty Python joke. Longtime veggie gardeners and newbies alike are singing the praises of straw bale gardening which eliminates soil cultivation while reducing weeding, insect and disease issues – and even bending. For vegetable gardeners, straw bale gardening may be the best innovation since sliced bread.   >> read article

Building Garden Art Using Ferro-cement
by Gerald Klingaman - June 2015

Garden art is important in every garden but not everyone has the budget to commission pieces in bronze or marble. And, if you have an artistic vision it is not always easy to find just the right piece. But, if you have minimal artistic skill and a bit of perseverance, you can build your own garden additions using a technique called ferro-cement construction. Ferro-cement projects can be built in any shape or size. All it consists of is a steel frame (called an armature) covered with two or more layers of cement. If you have the urge to try this technique, start small to get the hang of it before launching off on a big project. Accompanying this article are several projects I have done.   >> read article

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