Not For Kids Only!

Not For Kids Only!

Make a special present for a child or child-at-heart – use plastic or metal abandoned toys; trucks, doll carriages, pots or anything that will hold soil.

This truck was found in thrift shop for only $4.00.

Once cleaned up, the truck looked almost real.

Make several drainage holes in the bed of truck or base of the toy where the soil will be held. Do not use rocks or other pot scraps to cover the holes.

Prepare the soil: use potting mix specific for plants or add sand to soil to help with drainage. We are planting succulents – had extras in our garden – so we added sand for good drainage. Any small plants can be used but they should be easy to grow.

Moisten the soil well. Don’t water again until soil feels dry two inches below surface.

If using plants from your garden, remove old leaves but be careful of any white delicate roots. Cut off large roots but leave small plants attached to mother plants.

Place the plants into the soil and firmly tap down.

Carefully wash off the plants in the truck bed and be sure to clean off sides of the bed. We used a sprinkler set on light spray.

Add a favorite plastic action figure or two. I found this one at a garage sale for 10 cents.

The Truck Garden is ready for action. Be sure to stabilize the wheels if they move. We lost one truck when it rolled off a wall in a wind storm.

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Brighten the Dark Days of Winter

  • Download free beautiful and educational catalogs from our favorite on-line nurseries, Plant Delights and Joy Creek. Find rare and unusual plants and all the information needed for successfully growing them in your garden.
  • Disclaimer: is not connected to the following sites. They are listed as our favorites after many years of successful purchases,  reading their delightful and informative catalogs, learning more about our gardens and our desire to share interesting projects for your garden.

Plants Delights Nursery  – specializes in rare and unusual plants, as well as old favorites.
– Many new cultivars have been trialed in their gardens for years to insure that your plants will come true as seen in catalog.
– Catalog is a great read and the love of plants and humor can be found throughout the pages.

Joy Creek Nursery specializes in plants for the Pacific North West, Zone 6 – 9.
– One of the most complete collections of Hydrangeas, Epimediums and woodland plants for on-line purchase.
– Identify all those mystery plants in your garden using this as a free resource and text book.
– Philosophy of Joy Creek Nursery  “OUR PLANTS We grow our plants from seeds, cuttings and divisions. To ensure against soil-borne diseases, all seedlings and cuttings are raised in various soil-less mixtures. All plants are wintered out-of-doors or in cold green houses to make them hardy and ready to grow in your garden.”

Garden Myths is a blog dedicated to unearthing the truth about gardening. It will look at common and not so common myths and debunk them. The blog will go one step further and explain the science around the ‘truth’. Don’t let the word ‘science’ scare you off. The blog is written for the general public with no science background.”

  • Get out your crayons, color pencils, or paints and create beautiful color pages from our free Butterfly Color Book!

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Pullit DIY

 How to make your Pullit

Every body needs help in the garden now and then. Here is an easy to make and use helper for all kinds of chores.  Here are instructions to turn a plastic sled into a device that can be used to easily pull heavy or awkward items across your yard.  We call these a Pullit or Pullits for plural.

We have used it to move everything from bags of soil to heavy boulders. It works, costs just a few dollars and stores easily. The directions are simple to follow and are included below.

We use a disc or toboggan shaped plastic snow sled. They can be bought new or if you are lucky you might find one in a thrift shop or garage sale.

New sleds can be purchased on line at many sites like Amazon, or sport shops.
They come in various colors, styles and prices.

If you find a sled with holes for the pull rope that is a good way to start. If the handles are raised off the sled, then you will not need to drill at all. But, it is easy to drill.

No hard and fast rules for holes – one or two for each rope works just fine. Just make sure the hole is large enough to easily pull the rope through.

If you use plastic rope or cord, melt the end of the rope so it does not unravel.
Be very careful and use gloves. The melted plastic is very hot and will burn your fingers.

The Pullit is easy to make and easy to use. The side tie downs are optional but help to stabilize large loads.

Samples of Pullits

Our Garden Club made these in two hours and had a great time on the project.

It Works!

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Jimi Hendrix Park- A Park Every Body Can Enjoy!

Seattle and the World Celebrate!

Opening Day Poster for Jimi Hendrix Park in Seattle, WA on 6/17/2017

Grand Opening Day poster for Jimi Hendrix Park

June 17, 2017 was the celebration of the opening of the Jimi Hendrix Park in Seattle WA. The park was many years in development and required donations from large organizations as well as thousands of small donations from Jimi fans worldwide.

Jimi Hendrix Park is located in the heart of Seattle’s vibrant Central District (2400 South Massachusetts Street), a thriving multi-cultural community rich in heritage. Nestled adjacent to the Northwest African American Museum and grounds of former Colman School, Jimi Hendrix Park will be a primary focal point for multi-cultural events, gatherings, and activities for the community.

The landscape architects Murase Associates, designers of  the park, specifically included ADA (Americans with  Disabilities Act) compliance standards. Gentle slopes, graceful wide pathways and barrier free access to the garden from the parking lot are all included. The design, inspired by guitars and his music is a testament to his influence to the music world and celebrates the hometown of our own “West coast Seattle Boy”.

Jimi Hendrix Park – Schematic Design

Jimi Hendrix Park – Schematic Design (October 2013)


Jimi Hendrix Park Butterfly Garden

An informative sign describing the Jimi Hendrix butterfly garden and the many benneficial tasks performed by butterflies, bees, and othe polinators.

Jimi Hendrix Butterfly Garden

A photo of a zebra with artistically colored butterflies

Butterflies and Zebras


Butterflies and zebras
And moonbeams and fairy tales
That’s all she ever thinks about
Riding with the wind.

Jimi Hendrix

Butterfly Color Book – click to color your own Butterfly page

Read More ……..
Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation Brochure   – Click to view/download

Opening Day Chalk Art Contest    – Click to view/download

Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation Web Site   – Click to view/download

Note: would like to thank the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation for permission to use their photographs and texts in this post.

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New Butterfly Color Book

New – Butterfly Color Pages

Click here to download Butterfly Color Pages

Need some inspiration for colors to use?
Click here for hundreds of photographs of butterflies.

Coloring using color pens.
Coloring using EZ Paint Program or Word Paint

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