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Minnesota Home Improvement: Patio or Veranda Gardens

Updated on June 19, 2016


I was inspired by the Veranda magazine that I discovered last week while going through the magazine exchange at my local library. It was in there with a bunch of Country Living magazines and some carving magazines.

I didn't feel one bit guilty when I decided that I needed the whole stack. I will bring back a pile of magazines from home that I am done with. Probably later on today. Or, tomorrow. We'll see.

My Deck

A few weeks ago, I took the power washer to my deck and powered off the old, junky redwood paint/stain that was peeling off the wood. I suppose it peeled because the wood was not really meant to be coated with anything.

It's green treated lumber. I did, after it was washed, coat it with Thompson's Water seal once again. Thompson's does a good job at keeping the wood from rotting and I have used it a lot in the last thirty years. It's good stuff.

House Plants

I have a variety of houseplants that need to go outside. I have various types. Some include:

  • hibiscus
  • geranium
  • lemon tree
  • orange tree
  • date palm
  • mango tree
  • rubber plant
  • ficus
  • angel wing plant

Deck Grill

We won a deck grill one year at a benefit auction and the cover wants to blow off in this wind.. Operator error, since I didn't have the lid placed on the strips correctly. There are four little flat things that the cover rests on and if you put it on correctly, it seems to buffet the wind better.

About the time I tell you that, it'll pop off again. It's very windy today. Hot, dry and windy. Perhaps it will blow up some rain and I won't have to water the plants later.

Barn Wood

I have some barn wood in my shed that I could fashion some sort of hanging thing for the plants in baskets. There are a few upstairs that I still need to repot and move outside for the summer. Other people seem to have good luck with having their house plants outside and since mine are not growing very well, and I forget to water them upon occasion, having them outside should be much better.

A win/win for both of us.


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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great ideas!

    • SusanDeppner profile image

      Susan Deppner 

      2 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Your deck looks awesome! Amazing what a power wash and a coat of Thompson's can do. I hope your houseplants do well outdoors. Enjoy that grill - it looks really cool!


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