Getting the Garden Ready

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Good morning, Thursday readers!

I know we have a wide array of people who read this blog from all over, and for those of you who don’t know, I live in Canada, near Toronto.  Weather here can be a strange thing, as it’s April and our weather should be warming up (and the Weather Network says that’s happening this week), but we had snow a couple of days ago.  With that said, I’m going to post something that will have you thinking of gardening and springtime! I present, garden stones. DIY style, with special thanks to Garden Therapy’s Tutorial (and their photos).

So for this you will need some supplies:

  • Square plastic containers (old tupperware containers work really well. and you could can do all the same or different sizes/depths. You can do round ones too!)
  • Vegetable oil
  • Foam brush (from any craft store)
  • Repair concrete – this is concrete without large pieces of gravel in it.
  • Wheelbarrow or bucket for mixing concrete
  • Rubber gloves (so you don’t go ahead and become a monster with concrete hands)
  • Trowel
  • Leaves
  • Small rocks (for weightiness)

You will need to go a-hunting for leaves that are interesting shapes with strong veins and well defined edges, and you can mix and match them as you’d like. Use your brush to coat the inside of your container with oil as well as the interesting/veiny/underside of the leaves that you will be using.

Mix the repair concrete while following the instructions on the bag using the wheelbarrow (or bucket), trowel and rubber gloves. Pour your concrete into the moulds and press the leaves – oil and vein side down – onto the concrete. Make sure to press each leaf evenly into the concrete with your whole finger so that the whole shape of the leave will leave an imprint in your concrete.

Use your small rocks to weigh the leaves down and allow them to set for 24 hours. Let the concrete cure, following the instructions on the package, and then unmould them and place them around the garden.

With a little extra creativity, you can even make some stones that are personalized or using different things, as you can see above.

Let’s hope that this post brings with it the springtime I’m so longing for!

Happy crafting!

~ Megan

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