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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!
Here are my 5 favorite container veggies for beginning gardeners. They’re all easy to start from seed and will grow happily in containers on your patio, driveway, poolside…wherever you can fit ‘em. Important! Container plants need excellent potting soil and natural fertilizers to grow their best. Click here to see the exact fertilizer I use and recommend.
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!
Many years ago, I found these two outdoor tables at Kohl's for only $2.50 each. I've always been proud of my sweet deal, and knew right away that I didn't have the heart to throw them away when they started looking a bit worse for wear. I knew they needed another chance at being put to work on my patio. I painted them to go with my current patio decor colors and themes of flowers, butterflies and birds, and then went to work on the glass table tops. Because they were to be used outside, I used Outdoor ModPodge (green label). I also had to take into account that since the tables would be 'seen' from the top looking down, that the layers of ephemera would have to be layered from top to bottom. This was a bit harder than it originally seemed. Thankfully, laying it all out and taking a picture BEFORE I set it onto the glass with the ModPodge made the project MUCH easier! The photos really helped me make certain that I'd be able to get all of my prepared embellishments pretty much exactly where I thought they would look the best!
As far as wreaths go, we’ve had quite a few awesome tutorials on Grillo Designs from some very talented crafters. This burlap pumpkin wreath is no exception! Keep reading for Laura’s step by step how to, you are going to love this one! This one was created by Laura from Ohanalee - and its perfect for fall!Materials needed:1- 14″ straw wreath form, alternatively foam wreath could also be used!4- rolls of 5.5 inch by 15 ft orange Burlap ribbon (you can buy burlap by the yard but I find cutting the squares from the ribbon rolls much easier)3- Boxes of Floral Greening PinsRotary cutter and cutting boardScissorsHot glue gun with glue sticksSewing pinsOPTIONAL: Fall Embellishments to decorate1- roll of mossy green chicken wire ribbon1- roll of wired green burlap ribbonNatural Jute burlap leaves and artificial fall leavesjute wrapped floral wireFall Berry floral wireHOW TO MAKE:1. Unroll your burlap ribbon and fold corner over to measure out a square. You will be cutting several 5.5″X 5.5″ squares from these rolls of burlap.
I love Halloween! Not the scary haunted houses or movies, because I'm a big chicken with a huge imagination- which is not a good combo. But the dressing up, fun parties, decorations and of course the candy!! And since we don't want to scare the children around here ;) I stick to more fun decorations at our house for Halloween. So this year I made these cute and easy mummy mason jar guys to decorate our foyer table with. They are adorable, and so easy to make it's scary!!
Where I live now it is springtime! The snow has disappeared from the yard and the lawn is starting to turn green except for a few areas. Unfortunately, every spring we have some areas that our beloved family dog named Duke damaged with his dog urine.
For several years I researched and read all kinds of information about how to prevent urine burned grass from occurring thanks to Duke but have not found anything that was doable and 100% successful. So I shifted my thinking and efforts from prevention to spending some time to repairing the burned areas every spring.
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.
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 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!
I have been a greenhouse grower and a perennials grower for a good chunk of my life. and every year I teach how to make succulent window frames classes.I am often asked where I get all my succulents, echevaria (hens and chicks), platycerium, graptopetalum, crassula, sedum and other succulents for the classes. Well, it is true that I had to buy some at one point to start off and I sometimes still have to when my own are hurt by dry windy winters or going on vacation and having someone water them. All you need is one ( or more, and you can have many.)The truth is I grow most of my own,, its easy and you can too.. Here’s how.
I always have hanging baskets, all over the place! On stands, on my trees anywhere I can find a place that needs some color, and every year have to replace the coconut liners, this year they had gone up to $4 a piece 🙄 You can buy a new basket and liner for $5.00! It was going to cost me a fortune this year, I use to get them at the Dollar Tree for $1.00, but that still adds up when you have a lot of hanging baskets! And then there is the dreaded don't to forget to water them everyday in this Arkansas heat they dry out fast and there is nothing worse than killing a plant right off the top of the season, so I created a heat tolerant , permanent liner and well maybe once in a while I might put a new coconut liner in but that is a big maybe, lol, but not every year anymore! Save $$$ to buy more plants!
Having fallen in love with the many beautiful iris available from private growers on Ebay, I ended up with over 50 rhizomes, and while they arrived well marked with their names on their existing leaves, I knew the winter would destroy the markings and I would not be able to tell them apart come Spring. So, what to do? I was lucky enough to have on hand some wooden fencing from Dollarama (a Canadian dollar store) and decided to use these as my stake. Now the hard part, how to mark them in a way to survive the elements of northern Maine.After much thought I decided to sandwich a photo and description of each plant between self-adhesive laminating sheets. These were available at my local Walmart. I chose the 4 x 6 (roughly) sheets that would hold 4 name tags nicely. Once the labels were laminated, I cut the sheet into 4 strips allowing ample room around each label to assure good adhesion of the lamination. Now for the fun part!! I took apart the fencing and realized I could repurpose the wire that held the individual stakes together and use it to secure my laminated tags to the stakes. I drilled a 1/8-inch hole in each stake and each label (believe me, those laminating sheets are tough!!) and secured with the wire I had left over from disassembling the fencing. Voila!! I now have individual stakes labeled with a photo and description for each of my 50+ irises and will probably continue to label the rest of the plants in my garden. This is a super easy, rainy day project with a long-lasting benefit.
OK, all of you seasoned gardeners, it’s time to look away. This secret to perfect, easy to work with garden soil is probably something that you’ve known for a long time. It’s probably something that seems obvious and like something you assume everyone knows. It’s probably something you were taught at a young age growing up, or figured out on your own just from a lot of time spent out in the garden.
If your sink drain is backing up, try these simple steps to clean out the trap before you shell out money for a plumber (or a liquid plumber).And for more easy home maintenance and DIY tips that anyone can do, be sure to follow me over at Single Girl's DIY.