Here at McLendon, we’re always talking shop. We're an eclectic bunch and someone always has a project going on. That’s what’s fun about DIY. Doing something for yourself feels good, even when it goes spectacularly wrong. We got this blog going to help you build on what you already know, and maybe learn something your grandma hasn’t yet taught you.Read More
Nine-InGREENdient spring cleaning: THE LAUNDRY EDITION
This week, our green-cleaning recipes are tackling the laundry pile! Spring cleaning can be overwhelming, taking a toll on mind, body and wallet. With Earth Day approaching, here’s a project that’s just good, clean fun: DIY cleaning recipes made from nine gentle, nature-based ingredients. In this three-part series, you’ll learn room-by-room recipes that really clean, sans chemicals.
Nine-InGREENdient spring cleaning: THE KITCHEN EDITION
Tackling spring cleaning can be overwhelming, taking a toll on mind, body and wallet. With Earth Day approaching, here’s a project that’s just good, clean fun: DIY cleaning recipes made from nine gentle, nature-based ingredients. In this three-part series, you’ll learn room-by-room recipes that really clean, sans chemicals.
Simple steps to planting summer bulbs in the northwest
Are you suffering from daffodil envy? Do you dread the end of tulip season? Dry those tears and grab your gloves. It’s not too late to plant bulbs! Here’s everything you need to know to give your garden petal power this summer.
Growing up, I admired my mom’s MacGyver-esque ability to independently repair anything around the house. If something went sideways, she’d grab her toolbox and put it to rights.
When I moved out and left for college, her parting gift to me was a rite of passage: A stocked toolbox.
The Best Indoor Plant for You (And How to Take Care of It): Part 4
You’ve seen them in stores, in homes, in Victorian-era period pieces; they’re ubiquitous and for good reason.
Classic houseplants are easy to care for and tolerate questionable conditions with few issues. Artificial light, low light, cold drafts? These five plants aren’t phased.
When insect pests attack prized plants, pesticide-pulling trigger fingers can gobsmack even the most granola among us.
In her 42 years of gardening, Sharon Collman says she hasn’t had to use a pesticide. How does she encourage a naturally balanced, eco-friendly garden?
If your garden soil is more dusty dirt or sticky clay than Fertile Crescent, you’re not out of luck. Adding to, or amending, soil can quickly create a more perfect planting medium in any garden.
Three simple ingredients can increase nutrients in your soil, improve drainage and help retain water when it matters most.
Winter is loosening its uncomfortable, damp grip on the Pacific Northwest, and that means it’s time to show your lawn some love. Prep your yard by giving moss and invasive grasses the smack down before spring has sprung. And if you play your prep right, you can keep your lawn mower mothballed for a few weeks.
The Best Indoor Plant for You (And How to Take Care of It): Part 3
Clean the air you breathe with the help of a houseplant! In the third of our five-part series, learn about NASA-approved plants that are chlorophyll-caped superheroes disguised as little ol' potted plants.