DIY projects! We have built Old World Garden Farms on the cheap by practicing the art of recycle -reuse and repurpose.  

Our goal has always been to show that giving new life to old items can be more than just a savings to your pocketbook – it can look good too. Simply click on the picture for a direct link to each DIY story

Our DIY Projects :

The DIY Rustic Wooden Lantern – Made From Pallets!

A wood lantern is a timeless look for almost any setting - and when created from reclaimed barn wood or rough-sawn pallets - it can really add a distinct rustic flair to any room. We have wanted a few over-sized lanterns for the barn and house for…

The One-A-Day / 365 Experiment – Removing Unnecessary Clutter And Simplifying Life!

I never imagined that removing unncessary clutter could be so life-changing - and yet, it has been all of that and more.  My only regret – we didn’t begin sooner! A Little Background… It was late Spring when Mary and I began to talk seriously about beginning the process of building our little dream house…

How To Create Simple Garden Harvest Crates With Pallets Or Scrap Lumber!

Every year, as the spring and summer garden harvest swings into full gear – the robbing of our kitchen equipment begins! We start off using a few of our large colander bowls to pick sugar snap peas and cucumbers  – and before you know it – we have used every pot, pan and container we…

Using Pallets To Build A Farm And A Dream

In a way, it's comical that a simple, common, disposable item such as a pallet could be responsible for creating so much at our little farm. To most, pallets are nothing more than a few pieces of rough-sawn wood, assembled together to provide a stable base for safely shipping items around the world. For us,…

Building A Classic Wine Rack From Pallets And Reclaimed Barn Wood

We have always wanted a vintage-style wine rack for our dining room - and the frigid winter temperatures that swept through Ohio last week gave us the perfect opportunity to finally create it! Our wine rack created for free from old barn and pallet wood. Mary and I have never been fond of the "cabin-fever"…

Making Vintage Signs From Pallets or Barn Wood On The Cheap!

There is something about vintage signs that capture the essence of the good ol' life of days gone…

Creating A Mason Jar Centerpiece From Old Barn Wood Or Pallets

Creating a Mason Jar Centerpiece. With the garden all planted and growing, and a little bit of extra time before the heavy picking and canning season begins…

Creating A Simple And Inexpensive Rain Water Collection System

Visitors to the farm are usually surprised to learn that we water the entire garden and landscape with only the water from our rain water collection system. Our system, which collects and stores rainwater from our barn's metal roof, provides 100% of our annual watering needs. The best part, it was extremely easy to install,…

8 Great Tips For Finding FREE Compost Materials

Compost is a necessity if you want to have great soil and healthy, productive plants.  Along with cover crops, compost is one of the two major components that are critical to our garden's success year after year. However, for many people, finding sources to create that compost can be difficult.  Today's post is all about finding…

How To Build A Rustic Barn Door Headboard

So with the weather still snowy and cold over the weekend, and no ability to work on the chicken coop or recycled greenhouse project - it was time to cure the winter blahs with a building project! And yes, as the garage became a temporary workshop, sadly Mary's vehicle was once again the victim and…

Why You Don’t Need A Rototiller To Have A Great Garden

Most people are completely shocked when they find out we don't own a rototiller...and never will. Tilling is an invitation to weeds The most common misconception about a rototiller is that they save time  - and that you need one in order to have a great garden.  It couldn't be further from the truth. In fact,…

How To Breathe Life This Spring Into Your Tired Garden Soil

No matter how healthy your vegetable plants start off in the spring - no matter how carefully you water - how perfectly it rains, or how much of the sun's rays find their way to your garden  – your plants are only going to turn out as good as the garden soil you plant them…

DIY Pallet Compost Bin – Create Your Own Great Looking Compost Bins!

There are few things that can make your garden more successful than compost. Compost, or “Black Gold” as it is so often called, improves soil vitality and structure – and significantly bolsters your plants health and yields. The best part of all – you can use your own coffee grounds, kitchen scraps, grass clippings, and…

DIY – Building A Floating Ledge Shelf From Pallets

We wanted a small display shelf for between our canning cabinet and buffet hutch in our dining room.  So - staying with the pallet theme used to build those two pieces…