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Keep Ants Out of Hummingbird Feeders

Keep Ants Out of Hummingbird Feeders




Keep Ants Out of Hummingbird Feeders

 

Ants are attracted to sugar and sweetness and since hummingbird feeders are made up of sugar water, they, of course, are going to go straight for the mixture.  Here are 6 ways to keep ants out of your hummingbird feeders.

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Fish Pellets as Fertilizer

Fish Pellets as Fertilizer

Fish Pellets as Fertilizer

Whenever I can I like to use organic fertilizers.  People ask me all the time how I grow such mammoth rhubarb plants and I always grin and I say I’m not sure.  That grin should be a tell all – I do know, I’m just not telling.  Until today. Fish pellets as fertilizer is the secret.



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Test Your Soil For Lead Before Planting Your Garden

Test Your Soil For Lead Before Planting Your Garden




Test Your Soil For Lead Before Planting Your Garden

If your garden is located near or next to a home, barn or additional structure that was built before 1978 test your soil for lead before planting your garden. Otherwise, you might be ingesting lead through your plants or tracking lead based soil into your home.
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Corn Roast & Flavored Butter

Corn Roast & Flavored Butter

Corn Roast & Flavored Butter

Right now fresh ears of corn on the cob are plentiful in the grocery store and along roadside produce stands. The price is right, too. Under 25 cents a serving.  Can’t beat that.  Normally, that means we would be up for hosting a corn roast & flavored butter with drinks at our house.  Due to scheduling this year, that might not happen.
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Eggshells Agitate Ants

Eggshells Agitate Ants





Eggshells Agitate Ants

Here is a fun fact for you and a reason to save your eggshells.  For some reason, eggshells agitate ants enough to relocate them. The process is simple, really and cheap.  For the most part, it works wonderfully to push ant hills out of an area or discourage them from going into an area.

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Keep Birdbaths Fresh and Clean

Keep Birdbaths Fresh and Clean

Keep Birdbaths Fresh and Clean

 

I’m a little embarrassed to say that my birdbath is a mess right now.  Overtime, the summer weather turns hot and I get “busy.”  Too busy to stay on top of cleaning a bird bath.  If I am not out there to change the water every day it isn’t easy to keep birdbaths fresh and clean.

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Care For Houseplants When On Vacation

How To Care For Houseplants When You Go On Vacation

How To Care For Houseplants When You Go On Vacation

How do you care for houseplants when on vacation ? There was a time when I would hire a house and pet sitter for our home. At the time, we had 2 dogs and our children came with us during our travels. Back then, it was easier and less of a headache to just have a house sitter/pet sitter water our plants for us when she was letting out the dogs.

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Selecting Garden Plant Bulbs

Selecting Garden Plant Bulbs

Selecting Garden Plant Bulbs

I’m a person that likes to see and hold my bulbs in my hand when selecting garden plant bulbs. So, ordering my bulbs from an online source is out of the question for me. But, sometimes, it happens that I have to order online.  In that case, I cross my fingers and hope I get good ones.  After they arrive I still go over the 4 simple steps below.  If they fail, the postmaster will get them back.
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Digging up Canna Bulbs for Winter

Digging up Canna Bulbs for Winter

Digging Up Canna Bulbs for Winter

In the Midwest we find ourselves digging up canna bulbs to store for winter.

If we chose not to; we will lose our plant and have to purchase new bulbs the following spring. Some gardeners prefer to purchase yearly.

Others, including myself, will lift our bulbs and reuse them.
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How to Make a Quikrete Walkway or Patio

How to Make a Quikrete Walkway or Patio




How to Make a Quikrete Walkway or Patio

Making a custom concrete walkway or Patio takes some time and effort but the end results look professional. The materials needed are minimal and allow for you to take your time and create a visual appealing outdoor space. You will need a Quikrete walk maker (choices below), QUIKRETE Concrete Mix, Quikrete Liquid Cement Color (optional), wheelbarrow and trowel.
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Raised Garden Bed Out of an Old Dresser

Raised Garden Bed Out of an Old Dresser

 

Raised Garden Bed Out of an Old Dresser

Raised Garden Bed Out of an Old Dresser. Here is taking recycling to extremes one might think.  I think it is a creative way to recycle and make use of something that would just end up in the landfill.  For those of you without a lot of space or love vertical gardening this might just work for you.

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Why Tomatoes Get Blossom Rot or Dark Spots on Bottom

Why Tomatoes Get Blossom Rot or Dark Spots on Bottom




Why Tomatoes Get Blossom Rot or Dark Spots on Bottom

You can’t wait to pick your first red ripe tomatoes of the season. As the tomato grows larger you notice a lesion forming on the bottom. It quickly turns from a water soaked patch to a dark colored  lesion. Some of your tomatoes have a small patch, some larger, what the heck is it? Why tomatoes get blossom rot or dark spots on bottom.
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Strawberry Berry Bliss Topping

Strawberry Berry Bliss Topping

Strawberry Berry Bliss Topping

I was hoping to find a winning combination to replace my chocolate topping addiction – looking for something I could make from whole ingredients and that would give my sweet tooth a kick but wouldn’t interfere with my waistline goals too much. This strawberry berry bliss topping is the perfect sweetness.
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Snowman Seed Ornament

Snowman Seed Ornament

Snowman seed ornament contains peanuts and nyjer seed.

The ornament can attract: American goldfinches, California quail, Common redpolls, Dark-eyed juncos, European goldfinches, Hoary redpolls, House finches, Indigo buntings, Lesser goldfinches, Mourning doves, Pine siskins, Purple finches, Song sparrows, Towhees, Grackles, Crows, Jays, Ravens, Woodpeckers and Northern Cardinals. 

Snowman Birdseed Ornament

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