Weekend Project: DIY Fire Pit with Grill

Weekend Project: DIY Fire Pit with Grill

Find your summer recipe for backyard fun in these simple plans for a DIY fire pit. You can take this weekend project to an even higher level by installing an optional grill to hone your outdoor cooking skills.

Make Your Own Garden Water Feature

Make Your Own Garden Water Feature

This do-it-yourself outdoor water fountain is an easy garden project made from a simple, recycled pot. Try it out to help make your outdoor space more beautiful and calming with soothing waterfall sounds. 

Simple Sparrow Birdhouse

Simple Sparrow Birdhouse

Find out how this Pennsylvania reader cut down on the pesky insects on his property with a welcoming DIY project.

Build a Copper Trellis

Build a Copper Trellis

Striking and functional, this DIY trellis will add an artistic flair to your garden while supporting your plants that like to climb.

DIY Stone Steps for Your Garden

DIY Stone Steps for Your Garden

These simple, DIY stone steps can be your introduction to masonry and add interest and structure to your garden.

Landscaping Ideas for Your Country Home

Landscaping Ideas for Your Country Home

Improve the landscaping of your home and increase the property value by 20 percent. Follow these tips for do-it-yourself, easy landscaping. Originally titled "Landscape Your Place — Increase the Value 20 Percent" in the March/April 1970 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

DIY Natural Backyard Pond

DIY Natural Backyard Pond

Water, soil, plants and animals live in balance in a natural pond. Learn how to build a backyard pond that stays clean and algae-free without the use of pumps, filters or chemicals.

Invisible Deer Fence

Invisible Deer Fence

Maintain your garden aesthetic by replacing bulky fence posts with a concealed suspension system that's simple to build and will serve as an effective barrier.

DIY Stone Benches

DIY Stone Benches

David Reed details how to build DIY stone benches with nothing but a little help from friends.

DIY Bicycle Wheel Firepit

DIY Bicycle Wheel Firepit

Increase the amount of time you spend outdoors during cold winter months after you make this DIY firepit from a few old bicycle wheels and mesh.

Easy DIY Garden Shed Plans

Easy DIY Garden Shed Plans

Almost all of us need a little place to store outdoor stuff, and building a shed is one of the best ways to create additional storage space. Our garden shed plans are simple and require only basic carpentry skills. These plans will help you build a basic shed, but don’t stop there! To customize your shed, you could create a combination toolshed and greenhouse, put a martin house on top, or use part of the shed for a chicken coop or rabbit hutch.  

DIY Toolbox Barbecue

DIY Toolbox Barbecue

This DIY toolbox barbecue has several drawers to store cooking utensils and carrying handles to easily transport this portable grill from your backyard to the beach.

DIY Mobile Planter Box

DIY Mobile Planter Box

Learn how to turn an old shipping container into a mobile raised planter box!

Go With the Flow: Water Feature Maintenance

Go With the Flow: Water Feature Maintenance

Are you looking for something to add a little more fun, or even sophistication to your backyard? A water feature can do the trick. In this episode of Done-In-A-Weekend backyard projects, landscape designer Doug Scott walks you through the various types of DIY water features and outlines tips for choosing the right one for you.

Scottish Thistle Fire Brazier

Scottish Thistle Fire Brazier

Fire up the forge and light up the night with your handiwork by creating this stunning Scottish-inspired masterpiece.

How to Remove Snow 3 Different Ways

How to Remove Snow 3 Different Ways

Learn how to tackle ice and snow with implements you might already have – a front blade, a rear blade, and a materials bucket.

How to Build an Indoor Grow-Light Table

How to Build an Indoor Grow-Light Table

With some PVC, fluorescent shop lights, some chain, and a handful of other materials, you can create a low-cost grow-light setup for starting seedlings indoors or growing plants all year long.

Managing Your Meadows

Managing Your Meadows

Just like the epic grasslands that dominated the North American plains, proper meadow management on your property will increase soil biodiversity, sequester carbon, and reduce runoff and erosion.





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