All posts by Ryan Benoit

DIY garden tripod

DIY Garden Camera: How to Make a Magnetic Tripod for Your Phone

Lately we’ve been shooting less with our big camera and more with our smartphones. I’ve even recently photographed entire blog posts without breaking out the DSLR — something I wouldn’t have dreamed of even two years ago.…

Mom's garden

Mom’s Garden: From New England to North Carolina (and California) With Love

My mom is an artist, a grandmother, an insurance agent and a gardener. I’ve always appreciated my mom for all her talents and enthusiasms, but it has only been over the past six years (since I’ve taken a more profound interest in plants) that I’ve realized how much plants and gardening have played a role in her life…and in mine.…

Inside the Camellia Belt: A Visit to Airlie Gardens in Wilmington, North Carolina

Sure, we can grow camellias in Southern California, but our camellias will never burst against a tangy orange bald cypress, and you won’t find them lingering beneath the edges of ancient live oaks draped with Spanish moss. …

Star Wars: The Garden Awakens

Star Wars, Episode Plants: The Garden Awakens

A long time ago in a garden far, far away….

The Rebel Alliance was traveling on a Rebel ship through the Sluis sector of Outer Rim Territories.…

Copper pipe trellis DIY - The Horticult

Going Super Vertical: How to Build a Copper Pipe Trellis (Without Soldering)

This year we’ve been going up…up…and UP. For a few reasons: we’ve run out of horizontal space in our small 1,700-square-foot garden, and we needed a tall structure for one of our favorite young plants, Passiflora edulisto climb and bask in the afternoon sun.…

Garden Gadgets: The Solar-Powered Edyn Sensor Is Now Monitoring Our Raised Beds

It’s pretty clear that we enjoy teching out our terrain. Exhibit A: Our screen-filled Super Bowl garden party. Exhibit B, our outdoor robot heater.…

Portable and Practical: A New Way to Build Raised Garden Beds

This spring, we’ve been busy changing up a few things in our garden — and jumping into some fresh new design projects!…

Ammo Can Planters - The Horticult

Herbs, Not Ammo: How to Garden With Ammunition Cans

It’s a powerful thing when an object so often associated with damage and destruction takes on a new, life-giving incarnation. Emphasis on carnation.

Block Party: How to Make Quick and Easy Raised Beds for Your Garden

Earlier this month we decided to redo our flower beds/“stadium garden,” where we normally rotate blooming annuals and perennials. After storing the tuber of our Impatiens flanaganae, which enjoyed a powerful summer bloom, and saying goodbye to our last dahlias, we realized our garden bed could use a good lift — literally and figuratively — for the new fall season.…

Make Your Own: Almost-Invisible Air Plant Cage

It only occurred to us after we received our wholesale order of 50 air plants that we had no place to put them!…