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Editor's Note: From raising chickens and goats to knitting a masterpiece to pickling and preserving, we present your ultimate guide to mastering the homespun, do-it-yourself life in Indy. So slip on your gardening gloves, and let's get dirty. (See all Indy DIY stories here.)
1. Quench your garden's thirst with Burgon & Ball's watering can. $80. 661 E. 49th St., 317-493-1166, agrarianindy.com2. Get sprouting with Livingston Seed Co. "Grow Organic" seeds. $2.99 each. Habig Garden Shop, 5201 N. College Ave., 317-283-5412, habiggardenshop.weebly.com
3. No need to squat with a custom-made cedar raised bed. $300. Agrarian, 661 E. 49th St., 317-493-1166, agrarianindy.com
4. Dirt under your nails? Not with MidWest Gloves & Gear MAX Performance gloves. $10.99. Meijer, multiple locations, meijer.com
5. Study up with The Gardeners' Book by Diana Craig (Michael O'Mara Books, 2012). $15.95. Anthropologie, The Fashion Mall, 317-574-0803, anthropologie.com
6. Use the Burgon & Ball compost pail to tote your waste. $40. Agrarian, 661 E. 49th St., 317-493-1166, agrarianindy.com
7. Feel free to trounce in the mud with Hunter original tall rain boots. $140. Nordstrom, The Fashion Mall, 317-810-9809, nordstrom.com
8. Make pretty put-ups in Ball Heritage Collection pint jars. $12.99 for six. freshpreservingstore.com
10. The handy Ball Utensil Set for preserving serves as a starter kit for canning. $6.97. $10.99. Meijer, multiple locations, meijer.com
11. Go full steam ahead with this Presto 16-quart pressure canner and cooker. $94.99. Bed Bath & Beyond, multiple locations, bedbathandbeyond.com
12. Gather your eggs in this vintage chicken-shaped egg basket. $23. Agrarian, 661 E. 49th St., 317-493-1166, agrarianindy.com
13. Keep your oats dry in Burgon & Ball's chicken-feed tin. $35. Agrarian, 661 E. 49th St., 317-493-1166, agrarianindy.com
14. Your chickens will look good in a custom-made coop. $1,500. Agrarian, 661 E. 49th St., 317-493-1166, agrarianindy.com
15. These oats from the chicken-feed buffet are just one selection at Agrarian. $1.50 per pound. Agrarian, 661 E. 49th St., 317-493-1166, agrarianindy.com
16. Even chickens need refreshment. Give it to them with Harris Farms' Double-Wall Drinker. $34.99. Tractor Supply, multiple locations, tractorsupply.com
17. Nice threads from the Anna Maria Horner for Anchor pearl cotton collection. $38. Crimson Tate, 845 Massachusetts Ave., 317-426-3300, crimsontate.com
18. All you need to get started can be found in this embroidery kit. $51. Crimson Tate, 845 Massachusetts Ave., 317-426-3300, crimsontate.com
19. Wouldn't this Amy Butler cotton voile look nice in a skirt? $22 per yard. The French Seam, 3909 E. 82nd St., 317-841-1810, thefrenchseam.com
20. You'll make an excuse to sew with these Echino Decoro Japanese fat quarters. $5.95 each. Crimson Tate, 845 Massachusetts Ave., 317-426-3300, crimsontate.com
21. Get knitting with Jenkins Tunisian crochet hooks. $31.50 and $27.30. Knit Stop, 3941 E. 82nd St., 317-595-5648, knit-stop.com
Photos by Tony Valainis
This article appeared in the April 2014 issue.
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