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Planting tips and tricks, DIY inspiration, recipes, floral design, entertaining ideas and more straight from the garden. Follow Carmen Johnston for practical advice and for great ways to incorporate your garden in your day-to-day life and home.

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Planting tips and tricks, DIY inspiration, recipes, floral design, entertaining ideas and more straight from the garden. Follow Carmen Johnston for practical advice and for great ways to incorporate your garden in your day-to-day life and home.

    How to Keep Deer Out of Your Garden

    How to Keep Deer Out of Your Garden

    We are always struggling with deer eating our plants and getting into our beds! I love deer, don’t get me wrong, I love watching them and they are so graceful, but they eat so many of the plants we care for! We struggle with keeping them away all year long! I wanted to share with you a few tips and tricks to keep the deer away. Keeping the deer away is a constant battle and it is not a one-solution fix, we are constantly working to keep them at bay.



    For more information and links to purchase these products, click here: 

    https://www.carmenjohnstongardens.com/garden/how-to-keep-deer-out-of-your-garden/


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    • 7 min
    Hydrangea Railing or Window Box DIY

    Hydrangea Railing or Window Box DIY

    I am always on the hunt for really unique and interesting window boxes, container gardens, and containers! I came across this one that I wanted to share with you. Window boxes hold very special memories for me as I grew up having window boxes and I’ve always loved to be able to incorporate them in some way, shape, or form! The neat thing about this particular window box is that it is built to sit directly on a porch rail! It can fit two different size rails making it incredible versatile. It comes with pre-drilled drain holes and because the bottom of the box is cut out to sit on the rail, you don’t have to use as much soil to fill the box! Most important, the box is lightweight and easy to move around. I created this window box for areas that have a lot of shade so if you have a covered porch or balcony, this DIY will be perfect for you!

    Ingredients have all been linked in my Amazon store here: https://www.amazon.com/shop/carmenjohnstongardens?listId=IBYQGOA9CHG2


    A window box
    Soil
    Hydrangeas
    Rosy maiden hair ferns
    Ruffle ferns
    Lemon button ferns
    Variegated ivy

    For full article click here: https://www.carmenjohnstongardens.com/diy/hydrangea-window-or-railing-box-diy/


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    • 9 min
    Easter Table Scape: Centerpiece Florals and Inspiration

    Easter Table Scape: Centerpiece Florals and Inspiration

    Easter is one of my favorite holidays and I want to share with you a few of my favorite things I love to incorporate in our Easter table scape. Below are some must haves for your tables cape! Now of course you won’t have each of these exact pieces, but these are some inspiration for your creation!

    For links to purchase my specific decorations, I’ve provided links in the DIY step-by-step instructions.


    Tablecloth
    Place setting, charger, dinner plate, and dessert plate
    Cloth napkin
    Napkin treatment, flower, napkin ring, etc.
    Table accents
    Flower vase and flowers

    All of these beautiful products linked here https://www.carmenjohnstongardens.com/diy/easter-table-scape-decor/


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    • 9 min
    Easter Planter DIY

    Easter Planter DIY

    We are so excited Spring is just around the corner and it is time to spice up our containers! For this project, I am using a number of plants from my local garden center and some forsythia branches from my yard! To accessorize I am using hanging hand painted eggs, tiny moss baskets, moss covered stones, ribbon, and moss. This project is so customizable to your space and personal style.

    Ingredients


    Large planter
    Potting soil
    Forsythia Branches
    Hanging painted eggs
    Moss covered stones
    Moss
    Easter accessories
    Lenten Roses
    Cyclamen
    Blue Diamond Delphinium
    Snow Cone Candytuft
    Scissors
    Clippers



    For more info and links to purchase, click here: https://www.carmenjohnstongardens.com/diy/spring-planter-an-easy-easter-diy/


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    • 10 min
    How to Prepare Your Garden for Spring

    How to Prepare Your Garden for Spring

    As you are getting your gardens ready for Spring and Summer you also need to prepare your lawn, trees, and shrubs for a season of growth. If your yard has seen a lot of severe weather over the winter, it will really need this pre-spring pick me up! I’ve narrowed down my yard to-do list to five main things to do to get your lawn, trees, and shrubs ready for spring and summer.

    Lawn prep is essential to make sure you are able to enjoy a bright green and weed free yard for the rest of the year. A yard that is missing out on nutrients will not thrive during the warmer months. Here are three things to do to get your lawn spring and summer ready:


    Get your soil tested. This will tell you how much lime and other nutrients to put down and what type of fertilizer you need to use. The best way to get your soil tested is to send a sample to Cooperative Extension Service (CSREES). CSREES is normally affiliated with a state university.

    For more info, click here: https://www.carmenjohnstongardens.com/garden/get-your-lawn-trees-and-shrubs-ready-for-spring/


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    • 5 min
    Rustic Farmhouse Planter DIY

    Rustic Farmhouse Planter DIY

    If you have been part of the Carmen Johnston family for even a short time, you know I adore what I like to call “personality driven containers”. These are garden containers that embody parts of your personality, whether it’s your taste in design, something special to your family, or an incredible find at your favorite antique place! I got to visit with Noell and Daniel Jett and family of Jett Set Farm House! @jettsetfarmhouse

    Noell and her husband built their dream home and have shared their DIY’s along the way. She has such an eye for interior design, and it was such a great experience to spend time with her and her family!  I just adored her children!

    While at her home in St. Augustine Florida, Noell shared with one of her own personality driven planters. “Two years ago, I was home in Missouri visiting my grandfather and he said, ‘Do you want to come pick my barn with me?’ And I said ‘Absolutely!’ So, we went outside, and he told me stories about everything in the barn and then just let me take whatever I wanted with me! So I overloaded my car and had stuff strapped to the top and drove it back to Florida with me and my four kids!” One of the things Noell brought home with her was an antique wooden tool box that we got to turn into a planter for Noell’s outdoor dining room table!

    You can make this planter along with us with any type of container- just make sure to find the one that fits you and your home! All of the ingredients below can be easily/quickly purchase on my Amazon store here (yes, plants and rustic container included!) Here is what you’ll need:

    Ingredients


    Personality driven container
    Large black trash bag
    Orchids
    4” and 2” tropicals
    Ferns
    Fittonia
    Pink Allison Arrowhead
    Palms
    Ivy
    Rubber plant
    Moss

    For more info, click here: https://www.carmenjohnstongardens.com/diy/repurposed-farmhouse-planter-diy/


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    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

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8 Ratings

miamimom9 ,

Helpful Tips I Can Actually Use

Love Carmen’s energy and warm personality. Her tips and info are practical, easy to try and interesting. Keep the content coming please!

Mhoff78 ,

Simply the best

What a wonderful and informative podcast. Carmen has great tips to make m plants thrive. I enjoy this podcast so much!!

SMLT77 ,

My favorite DIYer!

I’ve been following Carmen for several months and I’m so excited she has a podcast! Carmen makes gardening fun - especially for this newbie. Her quick tips and tricks are practical and easy to understand. Not only is she providing helpful gardening tips, but her cocktail recipes are unique and delicious.

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