Gardening is a relaxing way to spend time in the out of doors. It is fun to grow a few flowers, some vegetables, and to keep your outdoor space looking great. I love spending time in the out of doors, and basic gardening is something I enjoy.
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HOW TO DEHYDRATE ZUCCHINI CHIPS OR CRISPS - EXCALIBUR FOOD DEHYDRATOR
How to make zucchini chips or crisps from fresh zucchini? Start with garden fresh zucchini. Most zucchini are ready when they are 6 - 8 inches long. Look for a uniform green color. Zucchini should be firm to the touch.
Twist zucchini to remove from vine, or choose firm zucchini in the produce section or farmer’s market.
Rinse zucchini well.
Cut off both ends, and slice zucchini thinly.
Spread zucchini slices on food dehydrator trays. Leave room for air to circulate around each slice.
Spray with olive oil, sprinkle with garlic salt.
I have an Excalibur food dehydrator and dry my zucchini slices at 140 degrees for 7-8 hours. Dried zucchini chips or crisps can be sealed into clean mason canning jars using a Food Saver vacuum sealer with a jar attachment. Dehydrated Zucchini Chips are low carb, gluten free, and vegan.
HOW TO DEHYDRATE OR FREEZE ZUCCHINI — GREAT USES FOR GIANT ZUCCHINI- EXCALIBUR FOOD DEHYDRATOR
Have you discovered giant zucchini in your garden, and wondered how to use it? Giant zucchini is the perfect candidate for shredded frozen or dehydrated zucchini. While better picked on the small size, don't worry if your zucchini grows too large or giant sized.
To pick a zucchini, twist it from the stem.
Rinse, and cut off both ends.
Cut your zucchini in half lengthwise, and scoop out the pulp and seeds.
Shred your zucchini in a food processor.
Freeze in one cup servings, or dehydrate for zucchini casseroles, soups, stews, breads, muffins, and other recipes.
This easy method to dehydrate zucchini helps it last and is handy for everyday use in recipes as well as emergency long term food storage.
The Excalibur Food Dehydrator is easy to use and a great way to preserve foods from your garden or bought on sale. Dehydrating helps foods last longer. If you enjoy cooking with dried vegetables, there are easy steps to using the Excalibur Food Dehydrator. Making your own dried vegetables is easy.
How To Repair Garden Hose Ends And Broken Hoses
Repair a garden hose fast with a hose end repair kit for male or female hose ends or connector repair for splits, tears, leaks. Water Hose Connector Repair clamps and fittings for your lawn and garden hoses with clamps and fittings will extend the life of your garden water hose, and are ideal hose repair parts to get many more years of use from your water garden hose.
Use a knife to cut the hose neatly, and screwdriver to attach the metal end.
Make sure your hose will have a male and female end before you begin. Hose end repair kits allow you to repair your garden hose quickly, easily, and effectively.
Watch my video for tips tricks and hacks to help install hose repair kits more easily.
Epsom Salt in the Garden - Magnesium Spray Plant Nutrient
Make your own magnesium plant nutrient spray with this easy DIY recipe. Natural, organic, Epsom salt contains magnesium. which helps speed up plant growth, increases plant nutrient uptake, deters pests, increases the output of vegetation and improves overall plant health.
Use Epsom salts in your garden with this easy spray mixture.
Fill a clean spray bottle with the hottest tap water.
Add 2 Tablespoons of Epsom Salts.
Shake to mix.
Spray on your plants, from flowers to edibles. Plants love magnesium. Be patient as different plants respond faster than others to applications.
HOW TO WASH, STORE, PRESERVE FRESH BERRIES
Berry season is only a few short weeks out of the year, frozen berries allow us to enjoy the sweet taste of summer year round. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, wild berries, all are delicious, and bountiful for such a short time. Wash fresh berries in lots of cool water, discard damaged berries, leaves, and garden extras. Lay your excess fresh berries out in a single layer, and freeze.
Freeze the individual berries, place them in a ziplock type plastic bag, and store in the freezer.
Individually frozen strawberries and other berries can be stored berries in the freezer for months. Preserve your strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, wild berries so you can use them a little at a time out of the freezer bags.
Frozen berries make great smoothies. Add berries to yogurt, waffles, quick breads, or eat them all by themselves, delicious!
DOLLAR TREE SEED PACKETS
Dollar Tree has vegetable and flower seeds in stock for this year's planting season. Dollar Tree packets of seeds are 4 for a dollar, only 25 cents each, a phenomenal price. Dollar Tree seed packets included heirloom varieties.
If you are a Prepper, this is a good time to stockpile heirloom seeds that will produce plants with seeds that can be saved and used to plant again. Modern seeds have often been modified so the seeds cannot be saved and planted again.
Compare seed packets from the Dollar Tree to seeds from other stores by the gram or milligram weight. You can compare the price to see if you are indeed getting a great deal on seeds. The back of the seed packet includes all of the basic information on how to plant the seeds for the best success.
Look for vegetable seeds, herb seeds, and flower seeds at the Dollar Tree and get gardening at a discount! The success of a garden lies in the gardener. Plants depend on the care we give them. Learning with cheap seeds is just common sense. Dollar Tree Seeds, are they worth it? YES
HOW TO GET RID OF LAWN MOSS
Lawn Moss is a problem in damp, shady yards. Apply Moss Out with a garden spreader to evenly spread Moss Out granules over the grass and get rid of your moss easily.
Moss in a lawn doesn't kill the grass, but conditions that encourage moss growth can prevent grass from growing properly. Made from ferrous sulfate, Moss Out controls moss by drying out the moss. Follow the application and safety instructions.
Once the Moss Out product has had time to work, rake up the moss.
One application of Moss Out with a garden spreader will get rid of lawn moss, keep your grass green, and help you enjoy your lawn.
GET RID OF WASPS, YELLOW JACKETS, AND HORNETS
Wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets are a stinging pest and nuisance to some of us who like to enjoy our time in the outdoors without being attacked by aggressive insects. Some wasps are extremely aggressive, and sting when threatened. Unlike honey bees, wasps often are capable of stinging multiple times.
This summer wasps and yellow jackets have been particularly bad, including building a wasp nest inside of our camping off grid cabin. Wasps are a nuisance when nesting near homes or high traffic areas. I tried three things to get rid of wasps and their nest. The Rescue Wasp Trap Stick really works! Try the Rescue TrapStik for Wasps if you have a problem with aggressive stinging insects. Stay safe from wasps, yellow jackets, and hornets.
Trap is Odor-free, Pesticide-free, catches insects including queens and workers, from spring through fall. The adhesive holds up in hot weather, wet weather, windy weather. The Rescue TrapStik can be placed near a nest to reduce populations.
PIGEON TRAPS THAT WORK
How to get rid of pigeons? Pigeons are dirty birds, that can carry and spread disease. A single pigeon can produce pounds of poop in a week. I had pigeons all over my roof.
I bought a Scott Pet Products Double Door Pigeon Trap and placed it on my roof to get rid of nasty pigeons and all the pigeon poop. Place the pigeon trap near where they gather.
Leave the pigeon trap in place until pigeons become familiar with it, and then close it up.
Pigeon Traps really works, and you can easily release unharmed birds trapped inside the pigeon trap. This pigeon trap helped get rid of my pesky pigeon problem.
PIGEON TRAP BY SCOTT
I purchased a Double Door Pigeon Trap by Scott and want to show you the features of the pigeon trap right out of the box. The Double Door Pigeon trap comes all assembled and put together, you are ready to place it and try to catch problem pigeons. The Pigeon Trap by Scott is made of heavy mesh wire, has 2 swinging bar doors, a trap door on the top, and side panels to keep other pigeons from escaping.
GET RID OF PIGEONS WITH RAT TRAPS
Wondering how to keep pigeons away, and get rid of them for good? Pigeons cause terrible poop messes, spread diseases such as Histoplasmosis, Cyptococcosis, Psittacosis, and carry mites which can transfer to human hosts.
Get rid of pesky pigeons for good with this simple rat trap system. Know where pigeons are likely to roost, and set these out for them. Even if you don't trap many, the remaining pigeons move on. The Victor Rat Traps are sold as a set of 12 or individually.
Buy rat traps and have them on hand for rats, pigeons, or other varmints that invade your garden.
DOLLAR TREE SNAKES - DO THEY REALLY GROW? WILL THEY SCARE BIRDS?
Grow and Glow Snakes from the Dollar Tree are supposed to grow 600 percent when you put them in water. It takes a week for Grow and Glow snakes by Alley Oop Toys to grow and expand in size. I discovered the Grow and Glow snakes did not glow. The Grow and Glow Snake got 5 inches longer, and much fatter, but did not grow to the size I expected. The Grow and Glow Snakes from Alley Oop Toys at the Dollar Tree did not scare away birds from my fruit trees or pigeons from my yard.
POCKET HOSE AND POCKET HOSE TOP BRASS COMPARE AND REVIEW
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HOW TO USE SUET BIRD FEEDERS
Winter weather doesn't send all birds south until spring. Put out bird feeders to keep your feathered friends well fed and happy. Bird feeders attract birds to your yard.
Easy to use suet feeders hinge open, drop in a suet cake, and hang where birds can easily find it. Refill when needed, and you can even make your own suet cakes if you like.
12 USES FOR PAPER BAGS
We all get a lot of brown paper bags when we shop. Here are 12 ways to reuse paper bags in the garden, kitchen, and for emergency preparedness. Save and organize your paper bags with these tips, and put them to good use around your house and garden. Frugal tips with household items are a great way to save money and make life easier.
HOW TO MAKE HUMMINGBIRD FOOD
Making your own hummingbird food is simple and inexpensive. You don't need to buy expensive little packets. Homemade hummingbird nectar is has only 2 ingredients, sugar and water.
Clean your feeder with soapy water or vinegar and water; never use chemicals on your hummingbird feeder.
Hummingbird nectar doesn't need to be red, you just need red on the feeder to attract hummingbirds. Hang your feeder, and hummingbirds will enjoy living in your yard during warm weather.
Choose a bright red hummingbird feeder as red attracts these inquisitive hummingbirds.
Keep an eye on the reservoir, and refill as soon as it is empty to keep the little hummingbirds coming back to your garden.
Whether you live up north and hummingbirds are around in the summer, or down south and have hummingbirds in your yard all winter, keep a feeder full of nectar to enjoy visits from these swift and beautiful little birds.
USES FOR LEFTOVER COFFEE - FERTILIZER AND BUG REPELLENT
Did you know you can use coffee grounds for fertilizer and as a natural bug repellent? Mix together 1/4 cup cooled coffee grounds with 1 gallon of air temperature water. Pour it over your potted plants and shrubs to add nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and several minerals to the soil as a natural fertilizer. You could dig coffee grounds straight into the soil if you'd like. Coffee smells can confuse ants, and send them away from your house. Sprinkle coffee grounds in your garden to get rid of snails and slugs. Use natural solutions to fertilize your garden and get rid of bugs.
ELECTRICAL SAFETY IN YOUR YARD
When you are doing fall chores in your yard, pay attention to electrical safety. Look up for power lines that are near your roof before you clean gutters or climb with a ladder. Know where electrical lines are before you reach up with metal handled tools or hoses to the roof or gutter. Make certain all outdoor electrical outlets are GFCI or Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter that will shut off instantly around water. Check that outdoor cords are grounded, and replace them at the first sign of wear or damage. Don't take risks around electricity in the out of doors. Accidents can be tragic. Be safe around electricity in your yard.
TIPS FOR CHOOSING OUTDOOR EXTENSION CORDS
When you choose an extension cord for outdoor use, be sure it has a grounded plug, and is rated for outdoor use. Get a cord longer than you think you need so you can safely reach without tugging your cord, or pulling it out of the outlet. Choose a bright color so you can see it on the ground and don't risk running over it with things like lawn mowers. Keep cords out of puddles, wind them up and store them out of the weather when not in use.
HOW TO USE EXCALIBUR FOOD DEHYDRATOR: Product Review
The Excalibur Food Dehydrator is excellent. It outperforms any dehydrator I have owned. The Excalibur is sturdy, easy to load and operate, and produces great quality dried foods for daily recipes, snacks, or long term food storage. You can use the Excalibur to dry fruits, vegetables, make jerky or yogurt, and even use it to keep casseroles warm for parties or potlucks. It is a versatile machine with a timer and thermostat. The Excalibur is quiet and effective.
It is a versatile machine with a timer and thermostat. The Excalibur is quiet and effective.
If you enjoy gardening and growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs, an Excalibur Food Dehydrator may be just what you need to for an easy and economical way to preserve food. It is also great for hunters who like to make jerky, and allows you to make your own Meals in a Jar from dehydrated foods that you dried yourself. The Excalibur has a built in timer that can be set up to 26 hours, and the temperature can be set from 105 to 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
HOW TO DRY APPLES IN THE EXCALIBUR DEHYDRATOR
If you enjoy dried fruits, here are easy steps to using the Excalibur Food Dehydrator to dry apples. Making your own dried apples is easy. Dried apples are a delicious and healthy snack. Store them long term, or grab a handful for a quick snack. Add them to recipes or enjoy the dried apple chips as they are. Learn what temperature to set your Excalibur or other dehydrator, how long to dry apples, how to prepare your fruit for the dehydrator, and how to store fruits dried in the Excalibur
HOW TO DRY CELERY IN THE EXCALIBUR FOOD DEHYDRATOR
The Excalibur Food Dehydrator is easy to use and a great way to preserve foods from your garden or bought on sale. Dehydrating helps foods last longer. If you enjoy cooking with dried vegetables, here are easy steps to using the Excalibur Food Dehydrator to dry celery. Making your own dried celery is easy. Dried celery is a delicious and healthy ingredient to add to soups, stews, casseroles, or meals in a jar. Store them long term, then simply stir them into recipes. Learn what temperature to set your Excalibur or other dehydrator, how long to dry celery, how to prepare your celery for the dehydrator, and how to store vegetables dried in the Excalibur.
HOW TO WINTERIZE YOUR LAWN MOWER
Take a few steps to prepare your lawn mower for winter. Stabilize the fuel with Sta-Bil or run it until it is empty. Change the oil or top it off. Store your lawn mower clean. Spray WD 40 to lubricate and protect your lawn mower. It will be ready to run for you in the spring, with a bit of effort now. Protect your investment in your garden tools by caring for your things.
Whether storing your lawn mower or cans of gas, add Sta-Bil to your fuel to help it last while it is stored. Sta-Bil allows gas to be safely stored for up to 12 months. It eliminates the need to drain fuel from lawn mowers or other machines before you store them. If you put stabilizer in your fuel, you should have no trouble with start ups in the spring.
If you are storing gasoline for emergencies or for long term, fuel stabilizer will help it last. Make certain to use the right amount. Use 1 ounce per 2 1/2 gallons of gas.
HOW TO PROTECT TREE BARK FROM ANIMALS
Do you have problems with deer, squirrels, rabbits, mice, and other rodents chewing and tearing or rubbing the bark from your trees? Tree bark is the skin of a tree, and necessary to protect the living inner layers. The bark helps carry nutrients that keep a tree alive. Tree bark needs protection from animals in winter, whether from gnawing or antler rubbing. Here is a simple way to keep rabbits, squirrels, mice, or other critters from gnawing tree bark in winter. Try this DIY method to protect the bark on your trees from animal damage. Deer rub protection needs to be 4 feet tall.
TIPS FOR RESEEDING YOUR LAWN
If you have bare patches in your lawn, late summer and early fall is a great time to reseed. The weather is cooler, giving grass a chance to get a good start. Determine why you have bare patches, and choose a seed that meets your needs. Rake the soil loose in the bare patches. Mix your seed with sand, and soak it for 24 hours to get it started germinating. Spread the sand seed mix over your bare spots. Cover lightly with mulch or loose soil if needed. Water several times a day to keep the ground moist until the seeds germinate and grow with your lawn. Repeat if any patches still appear after a week or two.
HOW TO MAKE BERRIES LAST LONGER
Berry season means delicious, fresh berries are plentiful. Here are tips to make your fresh berries last longer, and how to prepare and freeze berries. Try these tips for fresh tasting berries much longer whether you enjoy them fresh, or freeze them for later. These tips will keep all types of berries fresh longer. Keep blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries fresher longer with a vinegar wash. Freeze your berries individually for easy enjoyment for recipes or snacks. Try these natural remedies for long lasting berries.
POCKET HOSE ULTRA REVIEW
I have a new favorite hose, the Pocket Hose Ultra. Are you wondering how the Pocket Hose works? The pocket hose is lightweight, flexible, and tiny. Turn on the water, and it expands to 50 feet, and looks like a regular hose. The pocket hose can hold all of the pressure, and still be lightweight enough to drag around easily. When you turn it off, the water needs to completely empty and it shrinks back to small, manageable size. I love this little hose. Carry it up to your deck, stretch it to your backyard, turn it on high or low
When I spend my dollars, I expect to get a quality product that will last. The Pocket Hose Ultra was just such a product. I love how light weight yet sturdy it is. I can easily drag it all over the yard because it is light weight. I am not afraid to carry it through the house to use on my deck because the water drains out of it quickly making the size manageable. When winter comes, I unhook it, allow the water to drain, and stick it away in a small space. It works just like a full sized hose, until you turn it off, when it quickly shrinks back to a small, light weight "pocket sized" hose. Simple to use and put away, I love this hose, and am
HOW TO FERTILIZE WITH MIRACLE GRO
If you love gardening, keeping your plants healthy is easy with Miracle Gro. Plants need water and food, which comes from fertilizers and organic matter.
You can mix Miracle Gro Plant Fertilizer into a watering can, pitcher, or use it in a hose end feeder. Miracle Gro is safe for trees, shrubs, lawns, vegetables, and potted plants. It is safe to use around pets and children. Measure the amount you need, it is water soluble, so mixes easily with water for easy use. Simply pour from a watering can, or fill a hose end sprayer and spray Miracle Gro on the whole yard at once. Spray Miracle Gro on the leaves and soil at start of spring, and you can continue every 2 weeks during the growing season.
Miracle Gro is a fantastic all around garden fertilizer. It is safe to use on lawns, shrubs, trees, vegetables, fruit trees, palms, and house plants. No wonder it is named Miracle. I am not familiar with a product that works so well, is so versatile, yet safe around children and pets.
Mix Miracle Gro with water in a jug or hose end sprayer and pour or spray it around your plants as directed on the easy to understand directions. Get a better looking garden and yard with Miracle Gro.
HOW TO GROW STRAWBERRIES
If you have a strawberry patch in your garden, here are tips to help your beds produce the best and most berries. Maintain your strawberry plants by removing dead plants, trimming dead leaves and berries, and removing runners. Rake and add fresh compost or soil mixture, plant the babies from the runners in existing holes in your patch, and extend your patch with your new plants. Keep it watered well, especially during hot spells. With a bit of work, your strawberries should thrive in your yard.
HOW TO USE HOSE END SPRAYERS
Hose end sprayers are great for helping you maintain your yard. The Chameleon Hose End Sprayer is a great sprayer for spreading liquids in your yard. The Chameleon hose end sprayer, like most of them, has a wheel to adjust the amount of liquid that is sprayed through the sprayer nozzle. The nozzle has three settings to suit the needs of your garden.
This sprayer has a quick release so you can detach it easily. Use different sprayers for fertilizers and poisons so you don't harm your plants with residue. The reach of this hose end sprayer is nice. Be sure to read that the Chameleon hose end sprayer is for liquids, so don't add powder to the container. Read which setting to use with your product, and adjust the dial on the lid to your needs. Hose end sprayers are handy and easy to use.
Hose end sprayers are handy for spreading fertilizer, weed killer, fungicides, insect killer, and more. Attach it to the end of your hose, adjust the dials to the spray pattern and rate of spray. Turn on the hose. The water flows through the bottle handle and mixes ingredients with your water from a tube when you squeeze the handle. These are usually designed to be filled with liquids, but I have used them with Miracle Gro that I mixed with water ahead of time.
WINDOW BOX PLANT CARE
If you have planted flowers in window boxes or containers, realize that they need extra care when the weather turns hot. You can make your flowers in your window boxes look pretty again by trimming them back and watering them well. Learn how to trim the spent blossoms, dead leaves, and stems. Annual flowers should be trimmed to allow them to keep blooming throughout the summer and fall. Water container plants and window boxes frequently when the weather is hot and dry. Fertilize container plants every 2 weeks with Miracle Gro or something similar for best results.
BEST GARDEN SHOES - CROCS OR SLOGGERS
If you are looking for shoes to wear in the garden that are comfortable, easy to slip on and off, rinse and dry easily, you are probably comparing Crocs, Sloggers, and Turf King garden shoes. Here is my comparison of Crocs, Sloggers, and Turf King and how well they perform in the garden. I like both Crocs and Sloggers because they are both comfortable to wear. They are easy to rinse off and dry quickly. The Turf King has a fabric liner that grass clings to and is very hard to clean. The fabric also developed a hole in the fabric near the toe which makes them uncomfortable. The liners come out, and can easily be misplaced when left out to dry. Choose Crocs or Sloggers for your garden shoes. Enjoy your time in the out of doors!
HOW TO PLANT STRAWBERRIES
Are you wondering how to plant new strawberry plants? Starting a garden doesn't have to be complicated. Here are the basics for growing strawberries, and how to plant new strawberry plants. Decide where you want it, dig out any rocks or weeds, and add topsoil or soil amendments to improve your soil if needed. Rake your new garden smooth, and nestle the strawberries into the soil about 4-6 inches apart. Keep them moist, and watch them grow. Before you know it, you will have a wonderful crop of strawberries to enjoy. Your strawberry patch will continue to produce ripe, delicious strawberries with a bit of care each year.
KNEE PROTECTORS FROM PLASTIC BAGS
When you head outside, always keep a few plastic grocery bags on hand. Use them to protect your knees from wet, mud, and more. Tie them around your knees for a cleaner, more comfortable time. Keep your pants cleaner and drier with plastic bag knee protectors. Plastic bags make gardening simpler in many ways, including as knee protectors.
HOW TO CLEAN RUSTY GARDEN TOOLS WITH VINEGAR
Follow these simple steps for the easiest and best way to clean rust from garden tools. Try not to put your tools away dirty or leave them out in the weather, though we all do this on occasion. These easy steps to remove rust will allow your tools to work better and last longer. This is the easiest way to clean rusty garden tools I have ever tried.
Choose well made hand tools for your garden, and put them away clean after use.
Store garden tools in a dry place when not in use, and they should give you years of use while you enjoy your gardening chores.
I like tools with soft grips to make gardening easier on my hands.
HOW TO PICK ORANGES FROM A TREE
If you have an orange tree or a friend with an orange tree in their garden, follow these simple guidelines for picking fresh fruit. Know how to tell if oranges are ripe, the best way to pick oranges, which are the best oranges, and how to store fresh oranges. If you want to pick fresh oranges from a tree and know how best to store and use them, this will show you how.
HOW TO GET RID OF MOSS ON WALKWAYS, DRIVEWAYS, ROOFS, AND FENCES
Do you have moss on walkways, driveways, roofs, or fences? Moss is lovely in the forest, but can make walkways slippery and dangerous. Moss can severely damage and destroy roofs by breaking down the fibers in the shingles, force them apart, or cause leaks. Moss forms threadlike fibers that cause mats that lead to surface decay on walkways. Get rid of it easily with these simple steps. All you need is a garden sprayer and 30 Seconds Spray And Walk Away. This method really works at getting rid of moss problems.
GARDEN SPRAYER HOW TO ASSEMBLE & USE HDX 1 GALLON MULTI PURPOSE SPRAYER
The HDX 1 Gallon Multi Purpose Sprayer is easy to assemble and use around the house and garden. Watch this product review for how to assemble each step, how to fill it up, how to pump up the pressure, how to adjust the nozzle, how to tighten the pressure gauge, how to use the handle lock, and tips on using and caring for your multi purpose sprayer.
If you have a yard, you likely need to apply different chemicals or fertilizers around yours. A 1 gallon pump sprayer ca make your tasks easier.
Fill your bottle, pump up the pressure, and direct a mist of your desired substances with an adjustable wand. If you plan to use poisons and fertilizers, buy 2 sprayers. Use one for the "good" and one for the "bad" liquids. Don't risk killing your plants with weed killer residue when you think you are spraying fertilizer.
Always follow the directions for whatever you are spraying, and rinse your bottle and nozzle after use. These bottles are sturdy and can last for many years.
MAKE SEED STARTERS FROM THE RECYCLE BIN
There are lots of items in your home to reuse in the garden. From seed starters to heirloom seed vaults, repurpose things from the trash and recycle bin for your herb, flower, and vegetable garden. Before you toss things out, imagine how else they can be used.
SQUIRREL REPELLENT FOR GARDENS
Are squirrels a problem in your garden? Mix these few ingredients and spray around your pumpkins or other plants to deter furry critters. This is simple, organic, and effective. The pepper is potent, so be careful not to get in near your eyes
BERRY PICKING TIPS AND TRICKS
Berry picking is a fun and delicious outdoor activity. Wear long sleeves and long pants to protect yourself from thorns and stickers. Grab buckets and other essentials such as sun screen, bug repellent, gloves, and protection if you are in bear country. Have fun in the out of doors while you fill your bucket with deliciousness. Berry picking know how could be handy in an emergency situation!
HOW TO SAVE AND STORE SEEDS
Learning to save heirloom seeds makes all the difference in long term survival if you must grow your own food. Learn how to harvest and store seeds as well as fruits and vegetables to ensure sustainable foods for your family. Saving your own seeds is an economical garden skill to learn.
NATURAL SOLUTIONS TO GET RID OF ANTS
Ants were everywhere in "Granny Camp" and I wanted a solution without poison since this is an area where my young grandchildren come to play. This is on our private property. If you have a problem with ants, try spraying this mixture of salt and water in the infestation area. It seems to do the trick. Try it!
HOW TO MAKE BERRIES LAST LONGER WITH A VINEGAR RINSE
Berries are a delicious treat, and don't keep long after they are picked. Try this natural solution to make berries last longer. Rinse fresh berries in 4 cups of water and 1 cup of vinegar. This kills the mold spores and your berries will last longer. Whether you buy them or grow them yourself, these delicious tidbits need to be enjoyed to the fullest!
VINEGAR TO KILL WEEDS NATURALLY
Weeds are always annoying in the yard, and we all get tired of pulling them. Here is a natural solution to rid your yard of weeds with very little effort. Why spray poisons around your property when you can rid your walkways, garden paths, and gravel drives with vinegar. Funnel vinegar into any old spray bottle, and apply to weedy areas. Be careful not to spray plants you enjoy. Vinegar doesn't know which plants to spare. One day later, your areas are weed free.
HOW TO KEEP SQUIRRELS OUT OF FRUIT TREES
If squirrels are a problem in your fruit trees, cut an aluminum pie pan to fit around your tree trunk. Fasten it with duct tape. This should help slow them down. They can jump 4 feet, so place it as high as possible
HUMMINGBIRD FEEDERS - TIPS FOR CLEANING AND CARE
Do you have hummingbirds in your yard? Whether you have them in the summer in the north, or winter in the south, take good care of your feeder so the hummingbirds that visit your yard will thrive and return. Hang your feeder away from cats, we even had a coyote on its hind legs stealing a drink!
Keep your feeder clean, and watch these magical little birds in flight and at mealtime. You needn't remove the feeder when the weather turns cold, thinking it may delay their migration. Leave it out for straggling migrators to take a quick meal on their journey. Bring it in when the last hummingbird sighting has passed by two weeks, or freezing temperatures may damage your feeder.
SPRING GARDEN PREPS TO GATHER
How to Get Rid of Slugs Naturally
Are you looking for ways to get rid of garden slugs organically, effectively? Remedies for slugs, for little to no cost start with knowing what slugs like, and what attracts them to the garden in the first place.
Slugs eat organic materials, including leaves, lichens, and decaying plant material. Prevent garden slugs, clean your garden of debris in the spring, and leave space between each plant. Avoid using straw and leaves as mulch during the wet times of the year. Slugs love the moist, dark environment of almost every kind of mulch and love to crawl right through it to hide and lay eggs. Space plants away from each other.
GARDEN MARKERS FROM CORKS AND CARDBOARD TUBES
Cut small sections of cardboard tubes to surround your newly planted seeds. This can help you identify which new growth you are looking for. Twist a bamboo skewer onto a cork, label with a sharpie, and know which herbs or plants are which.
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