ASK This Old House | Women’s Repair Class, Garden (S18 E6) FULL EPISODE

8April 2021


Tom checks out a women’s only DIY class on building a footstool and discusses some of the unique challenges faced by women learning DIY skills; Jenn helps a homeowner select, place, and install plants for her terraced garden; the team discusses the ways homeowners and contractors should communicate to set appropriate expectations for home improvement projects.

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Build It | Upholstered Footstool Class
Tom met and worked with Women Repair Zone, an organization that hosts DIY classes taught by tradeswomen for women only.

To build the footstool, Belinda used upholstery fabric, spray adhesive, and footstool legs. All of these materials can be found at fabric stores.

How to Design a Terraced Garden
Jenn installed a variety of plants, depending on their location in the garden.

To minimize the fence and add a backdrop to the rest of the garden, Jenn planted maiden grass. To anchor the stairs, Jenn planted two boxwoods and two butterfly bushes. For color, she planted blue hill salvia and orange echinacea. To add texture to the lower planter, Jenn planted hens and chicks and lemon thyme.

Underneath the tree, Jenn planted snake root, Japanese painted ferns, false indigo, and bleeding heart, because they are shade tolerant and will do well under the tree.

All of these plants can be found at nurseries and some of them can be found at home centers.

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