Don't underestimate the butterfly – it's more than just a pretty garden addition! There are 561 known butterfly species in the United States and Canada, all of which pollinate your
flowers. Encourage butterflies to visit your yard and pollinate your plants by making a butterfly feeder. It's easy!
Full tutorial: https://brightnest.com/posts/attract-butterf...
Note: Some evidence suggests dyes may have negative health effects on humming birds. If you have humming birds in your region, we suggest making this sugar solon without dyes and making your jar extra colorful, instead!
It's funny sometimes how something so simple can make such a big difference. These homemade garden screens are now a favourite accessory in my garden.
I first start using them to keep the squirrels and birds from dining in my veggie beds. Not only did they work but the fine mesh screen kept the moths out too! From there I realized I could also use them as vine supports, and to support winter covers over my raised beds (I grow veggies throughout the year). Lots of uses from one item!
Many crops are self-pollinating and can remain covered (lettuces, legumes, spinach...) but for those that benefit from insect pollination, just remove the covers once the plants are well-established.
There's a complete material list and instructions on my blog. You can make them without any power tools and it's simple to do. And better yet, the squirrels won't thank you! http://www.empressofdirt.net/most-useful-gar...
Commented 7 days ago
Who told me that Vicks Vapor rub would keep ants away from my hummer feeder? NOT WORKING!
Homemade laundry detergent is all the rage these days but do you ever wonder if it really works? I love the idea of homemade laundry detergent, that costs a fraction of the price but I
want to know that my clothes are actually getting clean, before I jump on the bandwagon!
The 4 basic ingredients of homemade laundry detergent are Borax, Arm & Hammer Washing Soda, Arm & Hammer Baking Soda and Fels-Naptha bar soap. I also added Oxi Clean and doTERRA Wild Orange essential oil, to give it a little extra cleaning power, and a delicious citrus scent. Check out my full post to see how/why each of the ingredients work to create the best, most effective laundry detergent. Click here: http://askannamoseley.com/2013/05/the-best-h...
Edit: This detergent can be used in a front loading washing machine, there are instructions if you click on the link above. It is also safe to use if you have a septic system, I researched all of the individual ingredients and they are all safe to use. My sister has been using this for years on her septic system and she has never had any problems.
The worst thing in the world for both you and your pet is getting sprayed by a skunk. The smell makes you gag, it lingers FOREVER and the poor animal is banished from your presence. This recipe works, I've used it and it takes that awful smell right away. For large pets you might want to double this recipe. This recipe can be used on humans too.
16 oz 3% hydrogen peroxide (make sure it's fresh!)
Mix ingredients in an open container and use immediately. Don't wet the fur with water first and do NOT get this mixture in the eyes. A rag should be used to apply the solution around the pet's face. Be sure to saturate the areas that got direct hits (you'll know by how strong it smells). Leave it on for five minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. Then repeat the process. By the end of the second shampoo, the smell should be gone. If not, repeat again.
As long as you wash with this within 4 hours of being sprayed, it will work. Longer than 4 hours and you're hooped! The oils in skunk spray will have absorbed and you're stuck with that smell.
Do not ever store this recipe, the chemicals will react and cause the closed container to explode.
Good luck and I hope you never need this recipe!
ps Jeanine made some very good points in the comments on this post - be sure to use a conditioner after using this process, do NOT leave the solution on for more than 5 minutes at a time!! please skip down to her comments for the rest.
After two years of struggling with storage space in our existing pantry, we moved the pantry renovation to the top of our "Never ending honey-do-list". We started out with a common
looking pantry with utility wire shelving hidden behind a set of bi-fold doors. But after a little "sweat equity" we transformed the pantry into a custom built-in with adjustable wooden shelves, drawer sliders, and the best part of all, all of the storage that we could ask for! (We're also working on a series of tutorials where we share the plans of how we built the cabinet. Here's the first set of plans: http://www.thediyvillage.com/2013/05/build-a...) #BeforeandAfter#DIY#kitchenpantry
Commented on May 05, 2013
It will take 2 years to get my hubby to do this and I sure wish I could have it.