It's that time of year again. Time to roast your pumpkin seeds. And with Halloween peeking around the corner, now is when you want to roast away. I can think of few snacks more delicious or nutritious than roasted pumpkin seeds. They are the perfect mid-morning snack while running your errands. Or pack in your lunch, the kids lunch, and to give your husband the fiber he needs. Salty, scrumptious and crunchy, who needs potato chips? Best of all?! It's such a cheap and easy mini-project and they'll last for months in airtight containers. Pumpkins are in abundance this season, for sale everywhere. Farmer's are desperate to dump so you'll be able to get a few at a great price, probably for $1 or $2. Here's how and why you should get roasting today!
We finally did it. Yep. Installed our rubber EcoBorder around the perimeter of our landscaping. We could rave about how we think it looks, but you be the judge. Thoughts? When I first posted about EcoBorder in the Spring, we closely inspected the product but hadn't installed it in our yard. Now that we have I can give the full-blown review with that experience under our belts. So we are thrilled to have partnered with EcoBorder again and for your chance to win over $200 in product from them. Keep reading to find out why you'll be motivated to redo your landscaping with EcoBorder right now to spiff up your space. To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know in the comment section of this post what you did to enter! And this is what I really think about EcoBorder now that we've tried and tested it.
If you're anything like us, you're scurrying around doing a gizillion projects before the cold weather hits. Now it's gathering and cooking the last produce, making tomato sauce, hunkering down for winter and harvesting some seeds for next year. I wasn't going to bother harvesting seeds, but while I was picking the remnants of the Roma tomatoes, my 4-year-old started collecting beans pods for seeds. How could I let her down? So I was motivated to dig a bit deeper, learn a little more and find out why we should be harvesting these seeds. And what did I discover? That it's a cinch to do so cross this one off your list today. Here's a few reasons why you should give it a whirl this year and how-to do it. You'll love it. Promise.
Let's face it. You're better off buying durable, higher quality tools than cheaper ones. The reason is simple. Cheap tools are constantly getting replaced and that's frustrating. And you're even likely to spend more money over the long haul because you'll end up buying two of something, the second likely being that expensive brand. Just invest in quality from the get-go. Good thing Gilmour has you covered today because they are giving you a 100 foot hose and nozzle valued at approximately $60 to get you started on the right path. To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know in the comment section of this post what you did to enter. And just to cover your bases, here are seven tools you can't live without.
I love a good investment that gives a solid return. This is partly why I can appreciate garlic so much. Garlic grows from individual cloves broken off from a whole bulb. Each clove multiplies in the ground, forming a whole new bulb with 5-10 cloves. Talk about bang for your buck. But it's nearing the end of the Fall planting season, so you better get a move on. I always tell myself that when I order my Halloween costume off Amazon, it's also time to plant my garlic. And nothing flavors your food better than fresh garlic. Here's a tip to get us started. Don't break up those bulbs any longer than 24 hours before you plant them being very careful not to bruise or damage them. And make sure you follow these other ten tips too!
People have been stalling in front of my house when strolling past and I finally figured it out. They're gawking at my new steel orange and white pumpkin luminaries from Desert Steel. In fact, one lady stopped, paused, ripped out a sheet of paper and made me write down the web address for Desert Steel so she could order. That's the attention they are garnishing. And it's true. They just highlight my curb appeal. During the day, they draw the eye. And during the night all lit up, they stun while glowing. I don't know about you, but I start thinking about decorating with pumpkins in September and leave them up all the way to Thanksgiving. Fall decorating is the best, don't you think? So I'm thrilled for two of you to win two of these beauties from Desert Steel valued at $130. To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know in the comment section of this post what you did to enter!
It never ceases to amaze me that Tom can leave clutter all around the house but if the lawn is less than pristine, he gets all weird about it. I'm not sure how a man who is such a perfectionist about his lawn can carelessly toss socks, lunch containers and papers all over the house, but there it is. And he's perfecting it to a science. He cares that much. Due to a drainage project we had a huge chunk of our lawn torn up to bury a pipe. It was quite an eyesore. Our neighbors wanted to just leave it so the kids could continue to drive their dirt bikes and ATV's on the path. But the mud pit proved too much mess, especially since it's right under my new clothesline. Since early fall is a fantastic time to spread seed, at least where we live, the man was motivated. Here's your essential checklist of what you must do to plant a lush lawn.
Move over Jason Bourne. There's a new assassin in town. And we're still after the bad guys. Except this time, we're dealing with weeds, roots, and branches. It's called the Root Assassin and it's ready to tackle those weeds, dig up deep roots and slash that branch. You'll love this slender, rigid tool with serrated teeth for tons of tasks. I have lots of yard to do this fall and like different tools for various jobs. It all depends. But what makes the Root Assassin completely unique? It's the shovel/saw combo. Never seen the like of it before! It has never occurred to me to use a shovel to saw with. Until now. So I'm thrilled that there are two winners who will get their very own Root Assassin valued at $55. To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know you entered by telling us something fun about yourself in the comment section of this post!
Squash is beautiful. You'll rarely find a group of vegetables more varied-looking and yet consistently pretty. But I'm into squash. I love it! And did you know that there's at least 350 varieties- and that's just those commonly grown in North America. Typically, I seek mine out from roadside stands instead of trying to grow my own. The reason? It takes up lots of room in the garden and would consume a whole raised bed, if not two. As a gardener, I always consider what I can purchase just as cheaply as I can grow. When that's the case, I save the space for other crops. But I wanted to highlight 8 varieties of squash that you do not want to miss this season. Not so long ago on a cold winter's day, I was craving butternut squash. The price at our local grocery store for one tiny squash was $11. I went into shock mode and didn't end up buying at all. And squash can be stored extremely well, so don't hesitate to buy now, eat later. In fact, many squash will last until February. Here's my best squash tips and a few you have to sample!
Wood fires are soothing. Aren't they? Nothing beats nestling up with the family to a comforting, warm fire watching the embers dying away. The smell alone is intoxicating. As fall approaches, the days are getting cooler and a fire pit or bowl is a wonderful way to extend the evenings. Besides, there's something almost magical about the snap, crackle and popping glow of a natural fire. Who doesn't want to indulge in a few more s'mores before winter? So we are absolutely over the moon thrilled about your chance of winning a $600 fire pit from Good Directions! Even better? There are three to choose from. You pick readers! To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know in the comment section of this post what you did to enter!
Going down the do-it-yourself route is often the most popular – not to mention practical – option, experienced green thumbs take. From testing the waters of Craftionary’s simple DIY projects to incorporating the more advanced techniques on Raise Your Garden, these ventures stretch the budget of a typical household, and give people like us the satisfaction of a rewarding experience. However, when it comes to starting this journey, it’s also important for us to consider what tools to use and invest in.
There you are...on-the-go again! Tote bag in hand, you're finally out the door with all that "stuff" you need. Sure, I have several bags and use all of them in turn because they serve different purposes. Consider the traditional reusable grocery store bag. They are flimsy and kind of crappy. And they just don't offer the right kind of support to keep your produce, especially your berries in tact. Squished raspberries? Bleh. Squished eggs? Much, much worse. And insulation? Forget it. Enter Cabaggage! Finally a solution to a major problem. This market bag has it all. Lightweight but sturdy, you'll be hauling produce like never before, in style naturally! Yours for the winning valued at approximately $65! To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know in the comment section of this post what you did to enter.
While my garden is close to a money tree ~ we're not quite there! Since I'm not working outside the home right now, I'm always looking for new ways to save my family money. Did you know it costs between 50 cents and a dollar to run a dryer for approximately an hour? More in the colder months. That adds up quick in a home with four people and two dogs. Some days I find myself doing three or four loads. Besides, I'm looking for an excuse to get outside and enjoy some fresh air and sun myself. But I was floored when Tom told me he wasn't going to build me a line out of wood as I fully expected, but metal. In fact, galvanized steel. I'm sure glad he had that epiphany; it's the best clothesline ever! You hardly notice it in the yard, chic even! Here's how to make your own customizable clothesline.
I affectionately call them my shovelly spades. At least in my head. After all, these hybrid shovels do the job of both - and that's just partly what makes them so spectacular. The other part? The fact that both Tom and I use them every single day. I'm not kidding. There's not a day we don't reach for these tools. Because they're not just for gardening, they are for every day yard tasks and whatever else you're tackling in your landscape right now. Clothesline? Gutter issue? Pool project? Underground pipe? Yep. Whatever you're working on rely on your Spear Head Spades to get the job done quickly. So we are thrilled they are back and this time offering you their short and mini fiberglass hybrid spades as a two-piece set valued at approximately $85! Hurrah. To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know in the comment section of this post what you did to enter.
Fall is peaking around the corner. But that doesn't mean summer flare has to end. Indian summer never ceases to surprise. And neither does Desert Steel, a company famous for their innovative and purposeful yard art that makes your space all the more appealing. We love their eye-popping color and beautiful, bold and bright products that enhance our favorite dwelling space - the great outdoors. So we are enthused for your chance to win either their stunning pink and purple hummingbird feeder or their sunflower torch. To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know in the comment section of this post what you did to enter.
So our dryer broke down and we weren't sure whether to replace it or try to service it. Tough call! What do you do when your 10-year-old dryer was a cheap one to begin with? Do you pay the exorbitant service fee when they may not be able to fix it or do you start fresh and buy a new one? On the fence, Tom decided to get on that laundry line we've been toying with for years now. Nothing like necessity to motivate you! Besides, he loves any excuse to go to Home Depot. Not to mention picking himself up an iced cappuccino on the way. And spring and fall are my two favorite times for drying clothes outside. So fresh, clean and easy, you'll be wondering why you didn't put up one years ago. What took Tom and I so long? Here's 11 reasons why you should make one now.
So Tom was stopped by a cop. In our front yard of all places. And he wasn't in a car or in trouble with the law. He was playing with our new sprinkler from Gilmour. Yup. The cop stopped to admire our new sprinkler. "Where in the world did you get that...I've never seen that before and I like it." So Tom gave him the rundown about how it works and the web address for Gilmour. "I'm going on right now, I need one of those." Another satisfied customer. And you'll be just as happy when you win this prize pack of watering tools from Gilmour including a 50 foot hose, metal sprinkler and solid brass high flow 4-way shut off valve. Yours for the winning valued at approximately $100! To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know in the comment section of this post what you did to enter. By the way, has it been a crazy hot summer where you live? Rain or no rain?
My produce is slowly trickling in. And this year, I've decided to be proactive in finding ways to preserve some of the surplus for the winter months. Not only does this save me some cash, but it allows me to enjoy zero pesticide, organic produce out of season for even more serious savings. Aside from just healthy eating, your garden can and should be used to save you a few bucks. So here are five easy ways to waste less of your excess saving you money, time and effort during the off-season. And shhhh. I have one secret at the very end of this post that I'm willing to bet you've never thought of!! How's your produce coming this year?
I'm not taking the bait. Nope. Just because I'd like to live in my Heartwood Prairie Home Bird House from Fine Garden Products doesn't mean the birds don't deserve it. Because they do. Really. Especially a mahogany bird house. You'll be so pleased with this absolutely adorable bird house too after you install it in your yard. In fact, we were so hyped when we ripped open the box that Tom was already up on a ladder within minutes of its arrival. And if hunter green and red isn't to your taste, they offer five color combinations to choose from ~ you'll love the yellow and teal! Gorgeous. So win this $110 bird house for your feathered friends to give them the house of their dreams. To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know you have entered by telling us about what birds you hope to attract to your yard on the comment section of this post.
Hamburg, New York is the reputed place where the "hamburger" was invented. But a million places all over the U.S. and world make that claim so you'll have no beef with me if you disagree. Anyhow, we went for the garden walk. From the weird to the wonderful, you'll see it here. So many unique ideas that many of us might want to consider trying in our own yards and gardens. It seems like people in Hamburg take their yards and gardens very seriously. Or maybe not and that's why we spotted so much silliness. And as a little DIY commercial, Tom has been working on an outdoor DIY project for fall that I bet you will love. I'm so grateful he got on this one. It's coming up in the next week or so. Keep your eyes peeled!
Did you know the average family uses over 300 gallons of water each day, with about one-third of that water going to hydrate the landscape? So as a mom, I know playing favorites is not okay, but it's hard when it boils down to saving water. Out of all the great products I've received to review, my Good Ideas rain barrels just might be the cream of the crop. They look great and function even better. We know we'll be using them for many years to come. As I see it, they are something you don't even realize that you need until you actually own one. Then you understand why you'd use it everyday with ease. All of you wonderful readers loved our last rain barrel giveaway so I'm thrilled for your chance of winning the Impressions 50 Gallon Nantucket Rain Saver from Good Ideas valued at $160! To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know in the comment section of this post what you did to enter.
I grew up working on a produce farm. At 14-years-old, I picked corn, tomatoes, broccoli, peppers blueberries and strawberries all summer long starting at 7 a.m. I practiced irrigation techniques. I planted crops and drove a tractor. It was fun. But we used a lot of pesticides. Personally, I had a high exposure to pesticides and chemicals. Not good. Then I went to college. Got married. Bought a house. Had a few kids. Now I choose to grow organic produce with zero chemicals in my three humongous raised beds. I've learned a ton over the years and bet you have too. The longer you do anything, the more insights you get. This is what I've learned over the 20 years I've been at it.
"Let it go. Let it go. Don't hold it back anymore." Your ugly, plastic hose reel and those hideous plastic hose accessories. It's time. To go. Curbside. Because they are unattractive if nothing else. Besides, Liberty Garden makes such sleek and stylish products, why not replace the ugly for the innovative? Swell with joy this summer (and not just from the heat!) by replacing or adding a few Liberty Garden Products to your outdoor space. It's time to get organized so your hose isn't sprawling all over the lawn or driveway anymore. To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know you entered by telling us anything about your current hose storage situation in the comment section of this post. And Canada, you are most welcome to enter too!
There's a first time for everything. And this is the first giveaway I've done where I had no clue what the company was sending me to review. Husband did not approve. "What if they send you that nearly naked surfer gnome statue...what then?" Aren't you worried about what the neighbors are going to say." Hmmm..... it's annoying when husband makes a valid point. But then I was thinking a blind giveaway might be kind of fun. Besides, our neighbors aren't offended by naked gnomes. They've never mentioned it. Fortunately, Toscano sent us an adorable statue of "Frances, the Flower Girl" that could be yours for the win. To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know you have entered by telling us about the silliest garden decor you've seen in the comment section of this post! Plus, tell us what you've done to earn extra entries please. And with 25 years experience in the statue and sculpture business, Design Toscano works their magic in the details.
Drip irrigation is a lot like getting out of jail. Not that I've been to jail unless you include playing Monopoly. It's that freeing sensation. I can't tell you how good it feels to be able to pop in and out of town never worrying about plants dying from lack of water. Especially with the drought we are experiencing. They water themselves on time every time with the Drip Irrigation system on a timer. Thank. You. Tom. We bought our first DripWorks irrigation system roughly five years ago. I didn't blog then. It's a product that we use and abuse and continue to love year after year. In fact, not only are all our all our raised beds on DripWorks, but our pots and containers are hooked up as well. So we've partnered with DripWorks today so that you can have a chance to win your own Standard Garden Bed Irrigation Kit...good for watering up to 9 beds (4' x 8'). Perfect for raised beds, flower beds, pots and shrubs. It's with great pleasure that I recommend this product to you! To enter, sign up for our newsletter or follow us on Pinterest. For two entries do both! Let us know what you did in the comment section by telling us how much time you spend watering the garden.
Hi, I'm Laura and hail from Buffalo, NY. I love sharing my home & garden ideas with you. Thanks for stopping by.
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