How to Get Rid of Slugs in the Garden
Slugs create plenty of damage to fruits, vegetables, plant leaves and seedlings. What does the damage look like? How to get rid of slugs in the garden?
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.
Foraged some mulberries this weekend. Yum! Now, what to do with them all. First thing I wanted to try was a recipe for mulberry muffins because muffins freeze well. I mixed up a double batch of muffins using a recipe off Flickr.
I had to convert the measurements for US metrics. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
Adirondack Chair Squirrel Feeder
Can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Squirrels are fun little critters to watch in your yard. Add some extra fun by providing this extra cute Adirondack chair squirrel feeder to your yard.
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.
Today I went out and collected mulberries and I can’t wait to get started making a variety of treats, freezing and drying them. You didn’t just ask what are mulberries? Did you?
Fruit Round Salad
A round thick cut of watermelon surrounded by strawberries, mulberries and raspberries. This makes a wonderful dessert on a dinner table or breakfast for two to four people.
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.
Birds Like Safflower Seed Squirrels Dislike
Looking to keep the squirrels off your feeders? Try changing your birdseed. Birds like safflower seed squirrels dislike it. So, if your are looking for a great way to feed the birds and keep the squirrels at bay, look toward the seed.
Different Types of Plants for a Water Garden
Three types of plants for a water garden that are most common in ponds and water gardens. Overview of the different groups.
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.
Red Tailed Hawk
You can find red tailed hawks in every eco-system there is. This raptor will hunt down voles,mice, rabbits, birds, snakes and squirrels. You can find them sitting high in trees and on telephone poles watching for motion on edges of fields. Once the hawk spots its prey it will swoop down and pick it up.
Dried Fruit Medley Bird Food Recipe
Want to feed some picky eaters that normally don’t always come to the feeder? Make up this dried fruit medley bird food recipe. Provide a separate tray of this speciality mix away from your main feeders to tempt some new guests.
Growing Weeks Needed for Fall Crops
Wondering how many growing weeks are needed for a certain fall crop? I’ve made a simple guide to give you a clear idea. You will want to bookmark or save this guide for your mid summer plantings.
Display and Dry Hydrangeas
The hydrangeas are in full bloom and beautiful but you are wondering how to keep the beauty going all year. Simple trick here to dry them and it isn’t anything SPECIAL!
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.
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
The eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), is a species of swallowtail butterfly native to eastern North America. It is one of the most familiar butterflies in the eastern United States, where it is common in many different habitats.
Wax Your Shovels for Winter
Handy tip for the day – Want to keep snow from sticking to your snow shovels?
How to Clean a Birdbath
Is it time to clean your birdbath? You just cringed – I feel your pain. Here is an easy way to clean your birdbath and check out the link on how to clean a birdbath and keep the water fresh and clean.
Every plant can have an aphid issue at some point. Aphids feed on all plants and leaves by piercing stems and leaves and sucking the fluid out of them.
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.
Read the science behind why it works!
Roasting Pan Flower Container
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A roasting pan flower container found from a tag sale makes the most interesting planting choice. The lid placed behind the pan makes the greens pop.
Achillea, or better known as yarrow is one of the flowers that I grow in my flower garden for cutting purposes. There are over 1000 varieties of this beauty. The plants range from small border type plants, to giant, show stopping backdrops.
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.
Pink Garden Phlox
Pink garden phlox is a tall perennial that is planted as the backbone in my flower garden. The Purplish-pink flowers provide crisp, clean color all summer long right into fall and a fragrance that welcomes any garden visitor. Striking blooms when planted en masse.
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.
Attract Mason bees by building homes. A Mason bee pollinates early spring orchards, flowers and berry canes for about a 4 week period. They collect nectar and pollen to line their nests and thus, in doing so; are pollinating all our spring following plants.
Make Your Own Suet Recipe
Make your own suet recipe to feed the birds. There is a slew of items that you can serve suet in to keep your birds happy year round.
Painted Pumpkins for Fall Decor
My favorite season is fall! My so glad I live in a world that has the month of October. I love wearing warm fuzzy oversized sweaters, the fall colors and making painted pumpkins for fall decor.
10 Flowers that Attract Hummingbirds
Want to attract hummingbirds to your yard? Your yard has to have elements that hummingbirds enjoy. Learn 10 flowers that attract hummingbirds.
Feeding and Attracting Butterflies
Want to attract butterflies to your backyard?
Silverware Garden Stakes
Let’s make some recycled silverware garden stakes!
Gather up your mix and match flatware and get ready to stake your garden claim.
Let’s make silverware garden stakes!
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.
Decorating Your Yard for Halloween
Decorating your yard for Halloween ? We all have that neighbor. You know. The one neighbor that when they do something, they go all out. This is the house in our neighborhood! It may spark some ideas for you, too.
Growing Basil Cuttings
Winter is coming. Growing basil cuttings from your outdoor plants will make sure you have fresh basil to use indoors throughout the season.
Easy Stepping Stones for the Garden
Easy stepping stones for the garden. Creating garden stepping stones couldn’t be this easy, could it?
It is so easy that a group of 12-year-old children could make them and give them as gifts.
Planting Horseradish Root
In this article I will go over basic planting horseradish root. I’ll tell you where to obtain horseradish root, when and where to plant, and basic care for your root.
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.
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.
Cucumber Beetles How to Get Rid of Them
This article focuses on cucumber beetles how to get rid of them in your garden. Pictures of two types and how to prevent them from coming back.
Baked Kale Chips
My teenage daughter was the one who said we must try to make kale chips. I held off for many years. One weekend when we had a little extra time, I decided it was time to try. After making them I said that I should have gave in to making them sooner.
Bowling Ball Gazing Ball Garden Projects
Having you seen them yet? Gazing balls are making a comeback. I have my great grandmother’s gazing ball and stand and recently made my own mirror and glass tiled one too. It couldn’t be simpler!
How to Start and Care for a Rhubarb Plant
I received a question via e-mail from a fellow gardener asking general questions about starting Rhubarb plants. I answered his questions back via e-mail and decided to share the information on the site too.
How to Build a Terra Cotta Clay Pot Garden Person
How to Build a Terra Cotta Clay Pot Garden Person. This is a creative way to spruce up your garden and use chipped or repurposed terra cotta pots. There is no “wrong” way to build a terra cotta clay pot garden person.
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.
Preparing Healthy Garden Soil
If you’re getting ready to go on a new garden venture, you need to prepare your soil to ideal conditions for your plants.
Cabbage White Caterpillar and Butterfly
The cabbage white caterpillar and butterfly can wreak havoc on your cabbage and mustard family crops. The butterfly lays the eggs on your plants. The caterpillars eat your leaves and can bore inside.
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.
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