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Mary and I both love to mow. In fact, we have a friendly ongoing competition to see whose “stripes” in the yard look the best. But both of us agree that we never want a great looking lawn at the expense of having to use chemicals.
I have to admit – in my mid twenties, I was one of those “have to have the perfect lawn” people. You quickly fall into those crazy, never-ending fertilizing and weed-killing cycles. Then of course, having to follow up with the recommended bug and insect control applications in between – until at some point – you expect to see your lawn glow from all the chemicals.
If you've seen any of my posts in the past regarding anything outdoors, I'm sure you already know that I'm not much of a gardener; however, I do try. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. What can I say, I'm the Jane of all trades with a brown thumb! I think my problem is that I "set it and forget it" (I know there was once an infomercial where the presenter said that often)--I plant the seed and I forget about watering it, or I overwater it. I'm hoping this little experiment I came across will prove to be a turning point in my gardening skills--at least it's super cute for now--and it's a great way to grow things in a small space!We want to help you DIY, so some of the materials in this post are linked to sellers. Just so you know, Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.
My husband and I used to go camping all the time. But nowadays it just seems like way too much work. But I really do miss the smell of the forest and watching the campfire burn low as the sky gets dark. So, instead of spending too much time in longing, I’ve decided to pay homage to the campfire with these Woodsy Scented Campfire Candles, with real wood wicks.Read the full article and why soy wax and wood wicks are a healthier option. http://www.thehiphomestead.com/how-to-make-enamel-mug-soy-wax-candles/
I recently did a make over of my master bedroom that included updating some outdated furniture (I didn't want to spend a lot of money on buying new stuff). Some of these pieces had been in my house for a very long time and were still functional, but were in bad need of an update.
Im new here to Hometalk but do look at it daily thru e mails and enjoy it and it does give me many ideas to do DIY ! So here is my latest project I decided to post for the first time. It is pretty advanced as you have to have a full workshop with many tools to do this job and muscles or a helper to do this project. If you have any questions please ask !
With the garden in “full summer swing” – now is the time to start thinking about saving some of those seeds from your favorite vegetable plants for next year’s garden.
Saving seeds is not only an economical way to garden – it’s also a very rewarding process. There is something special about completing the entire growing cycle of a vegetable that ends up on your kitchen table: from tiny seed, to seedling, to mature plant with ripe produce – and back to seed again!
There are additional benefits to saving and growing your own seeds as well. Seeds grown, planted and harvested in the same soil often become better suited to the growing conditions with each passing year....
Saving seeds from your garden is not only economical but it allows you to improve upon your own plants and also grow many long lost cultivars. It's easy to do and very self rewarding.
Read http://sensiblegardening.com/the-art-of-seed-saving/ to learn why you should save seeds and also how to save seeds.
One of the most rewarding experiences for a home gardener is growing their own plants from seeds saved from the previous year. Not only is it an economical way to grow – but there’s something magical about seeing a plant take shape from your own seed.
We save heirloom tomato and pepper plants for growing in the garden – but by far our biggest “seed-saving” operation comes from the ornamental peppers we grow.
There is something so exciting about starting plants from your own saved seeds...
Spring will be here soon, and for many that means getting their gardens and lawns back into shape. This seems like a lot of work for some people, but we at Tamate Landscaping have created a great list of gardening tips and tricks for anyone interesting is gardening!
When you look out your window and you notice your daffodils beginning to bloom, it's time to plant your peas! After a long winter, peas are one of my favorite spring crops to grow. There are many types of peas you can harvest from your garden. Snap peas, snow peas and garden peas all have slightly different flavors and different methods of prep. If you are planning on growing peas, a good time to get them started is sometime in March a little before your average last frost date has passed. They can be started earlier in a hoop house or covered garden. You can also start the seeds indoors, and once they sprout, transfer them outside. Last winter, I planted them under a hoop house and was able to enjoy an early crop! Peas are very easy to grow and perfect for someone who is just starting out with growing edibles. If you follow these tips below, you will soon be enjoying a plethora of peas!
A backyard can be a beautiful place, unfortunately, mine has not been. It's been a sort of a jungle with a lot of baby trees from fallen acorns, weeds, and overgrown monkey grass. After working to clear it out, I knew what I wanted to do next was start a container garden!
Aloe Veraplants are a succulent. Like all succulents, Aloe is relatively slow growing. Aloe are a common houseplant, and can be purchased everywhere. They don't need repotting often but when they do, there are some tricks. Aloe can also be planted in warm-weather outside gardens with hardiness zones 10b or above, where temperatures remain above 40 degrees Fahrenheit year round. But outside planting requires dry conditions. They prefer full sun, but can tolerate some shade. Aloe are a plant which has real benefits. Cutting a leaf and rubbing the jell like substance found inside on minor cuts and minor burns can assist with healing. Be sure to check with your doctor first. The leaves that have been removed will not grow back, but the plant will continue to grow new ones. Beyond it’s healing properties, Aloe is said to help clear benzene and formaldehyde from room air. These chemicals are a byproduct of wall to wall carpeting, chemical-based cleaners, paints and more. So having them around helps make a home -healthy!
There are two types of gardeners in the world: clumpers and splitters. I admit it-I am a clumper. I cringe at the idea of cutting my babies up into pieces. I would rather leave them alone so they can get big. Wait, not big-huge. I want huge Hostas. Digging them up and dividing them can set them back and, to be honest, I do not like doing that because it takes some varieties forever to reach a good size. A solution I came up with is minimally invasive, and it does not set my Hosta back like digging up the entire clump does. This is perfect if you want to share a small piece or if you need a few eyes for a project. You can take off more than I have shown, I just prefer to keep it to a minimum. Just a note: I do this in Spring before the Hostas leaf out so I can see what I am doing, but you can do it at any time of year.
I started May 28th planting 4 tomatoes around a garbage can with holes drilled in the bottom rim and a second row up about 10 inches. I buried the can to where the top holes just barely were above the ground, put in two shovels full of compost, then I fill the can up with water ever 2 days and tried not to water the leaves.
These four plants are now 5 ft 4 inches in less that a month and a half and loaded with green tomatoes and about a hundred sets of tomato blossoms.
A few of my favorite things that are trending these days are...pothos , barn wood, & copper. Yep simply click on any of those links and you will lose yourself to the world of pinterest inspiration. I know because just typing in those words was oh so tempting after seeing all the pics pop up!! But with that said it's one thing to pin a pic and another to actually do a project. Today I challenge you to bust out the power tools and get zestin' with me!! Today's project was not only inspired by plants, wood and copper- but also Brooke's zesty project. Remember when she made this awesome air plant holder? Well now it's my turn to put my own spin on it!!