This is Offbeat Home's archive of Plants & Gardening posts.
These posts cover vegetables, flower gardens, houseplants, and the trails and tribulations associated with them.
With urban living comes many advantages. Jules and I both walk or ride our bikes to work, we are a few minutes walk from a zoo, there countless numbers of cafes, restaurants, bars, playgrounds, etc. within walking distance. But there are also some disadvantages. Real-estate is a valuable commodity where we live and there aren't many lots that would accommodate the size garden we wish we could have so we have to get creative.
If I ever gave anyone one tip of advice it would be this: At some point in your life grow your own food.
In our post about composting pet waste Homie Maria told us how she used dung beetles in her backyard to keep her dog's poop in check. Of course we were all very intrigued, so Maria was kind enough to let us in on the dung beetle details. Including some other brilliant backyard hacks thought up by her gardening genius late husband…
I've always wanted a house near some body of water. Since our current home is in a subdivision and our house is situated in what I think is geographically a canyon, my husband Jared and I had to get creative. So we created what we call The Tuttle Aquatic Gardens. That's just a fancy name for a pond made out of a bathtub.
If you'd like to attempt your own bathtub pond, here's how!