9 DIY Garden Projects

For the past three days, I’ve been stuck on my couch, feeling feverish and like there is a basket of knives in my throat.  I’ve spent my time alternating between napping and gulping as much water and tea as I can stand. Let’s not even talk about the amount of TV and cheesy movies I’ve watched. 

I’m starting to feel better (three cheers for penicillin!), and the weather is finally springy and gorgeous. So while stuck inside and sipping my tea, I’ve been daydreaming about all the garden projects I want to do this spring.  Here are my top nine.

DIY Garden Projects

1. I’m super excited to plant some lettuce and arugula in our cold frames again!

2. I love this pallet garden idea.  I want to make one for my flowers (nothing edible, if the pallet has been treated!) and lean it up against the garage.

3. These tea-tins-turned-planters are adorable.  If I were to make them, though, I would probably drill some drainage holes in the bottom and keep them on a tray.

4. More fun upcycling: wine boxes into raised beds.

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A Savvy Week: Butternut Squash & Pizza Night

When I made beef pot pie a few weeks ago, Dan took the leftovers to work for lunch.  He came home that afternoon and proclaimed, “If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life, it would be pot pie.”  I had bookmarked a pot pie recipe from the February issue of Bon Appetit, and decided to give it a shot this week.  It seemed a little heavy on the kale, but was otherwise fantastic.

We had half a rotisserie chicken and more than half a butternut squash left after the pot pie. The chicken got tucked into sandwiches, and I turned the squash into a soup.  Much of the rest of the week was spent trying out recipes from some of my favorite food bloggers.

Squash and Pizza MenuPizza photo from How Sweet Eats.

Butternut Squash & Pizza Night

Monday: Skillet chicken pot pie with butternut squash (Bon Appetit) with a side salad.
Tuesday: Butternut squash soup with crusty bread and roasted broccoli (Simply Recipes).
Wednesday: Bean & avocado quesadillas.
Thursday: Saag paneer (Foodess) with rice and naan.
Friday: Cast iron skillet brussels sprouts bacon pizza (How Sweet Eats) with a side salad.

On Sunday:

Peel the butternut squash and cut into 1/2″ dice.  Cover and refrigerate.

Make the naan dough and roll it out.  Freeze the naan in a single layer on cookie sheets.  Once the naan is frozen, wrap the naan in aluminum foil and freeze until Thursday.

Make the pizza dough. Divide the dough into two equal pieces and form them into balls.  Rub the dough with oil and wrap each piece in its own freezer bag. Freeze for up to three months.