It's time for a guy giveaway. Don't you agree? And ladies, make sure you win this one for your guy! So you can nag him to get the landscaping done. Then take a walk around your neighborhood. What do you see? Lots of cheap plastic molding used to edge the garden beds. It's ugly. Don't use it! And your front lawn is being judged by its appearance. Whether or not your neighbors give you hints about it. Trust me on this one. Because first impressions count. First impressions of the EcoBorder product? Heavy-duty. Quality. Sharp and sleek. The FedEx man certainly got his workout unloading the boxes. Because these are heavy-duty borders for the landscape and garden. We are thrilled to have partnered with EcoBorder 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 enter Like Raise Your Garden on Facebook and share this post. For a second entry, sign up for our newsletter.
Tom here...gardening is supposed to be fun, right? I'm a very competitive person and like to win whether I'm playing a game of cards or sports. So here's the deal. Last year when we partnered with Marle Worm Growers they taught me about how vital worms are. Maybe it's gross but their poop or castings are loaded with some of the best nutrients needed for plants to thrive. When they squirm around the garden they help make the soil more crumbly which improves soil structure and allows air and water to flow more freely. Their movement also creates tunnels which aerate the soil underneath to the benefit of those plant roots. Marle sent us a worm tube/tower to test out which I liked so much that I used it as a model to make more. Since I have the "go big or go home" mentality I decided to make four more identical worm tubes like the one that Marle sells. If you only want one worm tube, it's cheaper to just buy one from them. But if you're looking to have multiples then consider making them as you'll have all the supplies on hand. This is an easy step-by-step guide on how I built four more tubes/towers for our three raised beds.
So many couples we know have met online. And that's exactly how we fell in love with Architec, a company that specializes in gourmet products that are not only eco-friendly, but incredibly fun. They sent us their drying & infusing station by Homegrown Gourmet to test out. And we've been making dressings and drying more herbs ever since. I don't know about you, but I keep telling myself that it's time to make my own salad dressings. Enough already of the store bought kind, all those fake and phony ingredients! Bleh. But I never had an easy and tangible way to do so before. Now I do thanks to Architec. And they're hoping you're the lucky reader who wins your own drying & infusing station valued at $70. To enter, LIKE Raise Your Garden on Facebook and share on Facebook. Let us know in the comment section that you've done this.
Raised beds are what's hot right now in gardening. Who wants to bend over and toil? Elevated garden beds make for easy planting and maintenance for the long haul. And they're fun. We love raised beds for several reasons. First, our clay soil is just not suitable for most plants. With our raised beds, purchased soil supplemented with organic compost is spot-on for our vegetables and plants. Secondly, our three raised beds lend an attractive element to our suburban block. They are unique! So we hope you enjoy this garden raised bed from Denny and Cheri Larimer of Apple Valley, Minnesota. Do you think I can convince Tom to build me yet another raised bed? Mother's Day approaches! Here's how Denny and Cheri built a 4' x 4' raised bed with four separate 2' x 2' planting areas and three varying heights. Just wait to you see the finished project.
Remember that show "I Want That" on HGTV? I have no idea if it's still on but certainly it came to mind when I got an email from Nutshell Stores. I signed up for their newsletter and up popped a unique gift idea. It was their exclusive Nautical Cups Copper Rain Chain. Gorgeous. Certainly beats the shrunken alligator head that Tom got me one year. Looking at it kind of felt like going on vacation without actually leaving the house. And now that your outdoor landscape is rivaling your indoor space; it's time to spruce it up. I'm so excited for you and your chance to win this marvelously designed rain chain from Nutshell Stores! To enter, Like Raise Your Garden and share on Facebook. For an easy second entry, Like Brooklyn Farm Girl, my friend Pam's whimsical yet informative food, garden, and lifestyle blog. Did I mention she loves cats? And keep reading to find out what's so special about Nutshell Stores and this marvelous rain chain.
I'm literally going potty for plants these days. Because I love how orchids look in the bathroom! Place your plant on the counter, shower shelf or even on the back of the toilet to jazz up your space. This is exotic elegance. And let's face it, I have so many plants (hello hibiscus and succulent addiction) that I'm running out of places to put them. Besides, there's actually a few really good reasons why the bathroom in particular is a great spot to grow. And here's a few more tips to help you on your way.
Alice in Wonderland. Like a dream. That was my vision when I opened the boxes from Desert Steel. The gamut of their offerings range from colorful bird feeders to torches in the form of bold flowers and real life cacti. You will swoon over those barrel, saguaro and prickly pear cactus torches, not to mention the palm tree icons. Monumental. I've never seen anything like these before! Unmatched creativity. Pool, patio, porch or garden, their work can be displayed in any outdoor space for instant visual appeal. In the hand, these artisan designs seem so much bigger and vibrant to the eye. Birds love color and will gravitate toward these feeders by Desert Steel. And keep reading to find out what else birds love to attract more of them to your yard. Fortunately, we have two winners this round with a double magnolia and a coneflower bird feeder at stake! Each an $80 value. To enter, LIKE Raise Your Garden on Facebook and share this post on Facebook. Earn another entry by signing up for our newsletter. Let us know in the comment section what you've done to earn entries.
Four years ago marks the day and the memory is just as vivid now as it was then. I thought with the passage of time, the memories would fade but this is not so. Every day it crosses my brain. Almost every hour. Today I celebrate one of the biggest anniversaries of my life. No, it's not my blogging anniversary or even my marriage anniversary, but the anniversary of my baby Esther being ushered home from the hospital 100% healed. This is her story, and although she is too young to tell it, her story still has me marveling at the grace of God; His goodness and His mercy. So I'm taking a break from gardening just this once to share with you this miraculous story of hope as we celebrate another year of Esther's victory over death.
Living plant walls have existed since the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. I guess the modern spin would be the ivy growing up the side of Chipotle? Now urban businesses and colleges are seeing the numerous benefits of installing these green walls in their lobbies and entranceways. From health and wellness reasons to aesthetics; vertical gardens are becoming the norm. Cost, time, expense and space may deter most of us from having a gigantic plant wall in our home, but that doesn't mean we can't mimic the style. How about living green art on a smaller scale? Succulents work quite well for in this type of design and you can still reap the benefits. So we are thrilled to have linked up with Uncommon Goods to give you a chance at winning your own succulent living wall planter kit valued at $110. To enter, LIKE Raise Your Garden on Facebook or sign up for our newsletter using the green bar at the top of the screen. For two entries, do both! Let us know in the comment section what you've done.
The vast majority of women, and many men too, will receive flowers at least once in their lives. Even if no-one buys them for you, you can always treat yourself. Flowers can be used to convey so many emotions including love, empathy and happiness. There can be very few people in this world who do not feel special when they receive a bouquet. What type of flowers do you like to receive?
If there is one technological concept that will undergo huge improvement during the next three years, it is battery power. While there have already been notable innovations in this market over the course of the last 18 months, we will soon see concepts such as wireless and Wi-Fi charging begin to impact the consumer electronics market. We will also see the current proposition of cordless power enjoy a huge improvement between now and 2018, with a growing percentage of the consumer electronics industry embracing lithium-ion battery technology. As this is refined, we will see larger cordless products become increasingly reliable and powerful.
Here's the problem. Numerous spatula's reside in my kitchen drawer but the only one I reach for is my Product of GIR ultimate spatula. I freak out if it's not there! My pep talk doesn't work. "Laura, just use a different spatula." Every fiber in my being revolts against this idea. Please spatula don't be in the dirty dishwasher. It's kind of like chocolate. You munch on a Hersey's bar and it is good. You try a Ghirardelli bar and find it tastes even better. Then you sample a Scharffen Berger bar and your taste buds marvel in delight. It's the same way with Product of GIR. These high-end, luxury kitchen tools will have you drooling because they "get it right". So I'm thrilled for your chance to win a 4-piece spatula, flipper, and scraper set from Product of GIR. Over a $50 value! To enter, LIKE Raise Your Garden on Facebook or follow us on Pinterest. For two entries, do both. Let us know in the comment section what you've done. All readers are welcome to participate including my international friends!!
And I hope you all had a wonderful Easter. He is risen! My girls were just thrilled too that the Easter bunny visits Florida. Filled baskets certainly made the drive from Florida to Buffalo a lot easier. But it was beautiful in the Carolina's and Virgina's yesterday for sure...almost 80 degrees! How was your Easter?
Master gardeners who think they know everything are vexing. That's not me. It's try and test. And then I do what works best. So I've learned a few things over the years and bet you have too. These are my tips for those of you just getting started out on your gardening journey. As you start to dream about summer splendor, try to be realistic so your garden doesn't annoy you come August. I hope it's a spectacular year for you and the harvest is bountiful! Just avoid these ten gardening pitfalls first.
I'm a budding tree enthusiast. I love trees! Not only for the shade they provide, but the park-like vibe they give my yard and landscape. The problem? My white birch tree finally bit the dust and Tom sawed the remnants down. Now I have no clue what to replace it with. Each year, for Mother's Day, I ask for a magnolia tree. For whatever reason, it never happens. Yet those pink trees are gorgeous while the smell is unbeatable. So I stroll down the street and savor one of my neighbors blooming magnolia trees. The fragrance is overwhelming. I'm ecstatic because you can win your own jane magnolia tree courtesy of Nature Hills Nursery. A $110 value! To enter share this post on your Facebook page or sign up for our newsletter using the green bar on the top of the site. Let us know in the comment section if you did one or both.
It's that time of year again. Time to start thinking about which plants you'll start from seed and which you'll just purchase. I love to grow annuals, in particular annual flowers from seed. One pack of seeds can produce hundreds of plants costing so much less than a four-pack from the local nursery. You also have a greater variety and choice since you are not limited to what you can find at the local garden center. And if they don't work out, seeds are inexpensive. Want to save some money by planting a few seeds with me this year? Here's how.
Contemporary. Chic. Sleek. Growing green is trendy. Use containers. Try pots. Consider raised beds. Even grow carts. Small scale gardening for urban dwellers and all alike is the new wave. No longer do you have to be a homeowner with lots of land to garden. You can live in a townhouse, condo, small apartment or mansion from New York City to Guam and still be green. All are welcome to try their hand because all you need is a tiny bit of space and a big imagination. We are so excited to be partnering with Eartheasy again because they are giving away a swoon-worthy Herstera wheeled metal trolley. Salad garden? Guacamole garden? Salsa garden? How about growing onions on your porch, patio, deck or balcony? To enter, LIKE Raise Your Garden on Facebook or follow us on Pinterest. For two entries, do both! Let us know in the comment section what you've done. And we'd love to hear what you'll be planting this year. And Canada, you are welcome to enter too!
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It's a good time to "force" your paperwhites. That is, time to plant these stunning bulbs in an indoor pot. Paperwhites planted in small vases make the best shower or wedding party favors. This project is easy and inexpensive to do. Fragrant paperwhites just need to be potted and watered. That's it! Have an elderly aunt, grandma or even a sick friend? Ever need a hostess gift? Perfect. Tall, elegant, and striking in appearance they will be appreciated. And the fragrance? Mind-blowing. So let's enjoy a few blooms before our outdoor spring flowers blossom.
Pink tire planter? Why not. Once again, we're taking you along on the Buffalo Garden Walk and hope you find some inspiration today. I don't implement everything I see, just like I don't make every recipe I see on a food blog. But I get ideas. And I funnel them away for later. I don't even like everything I see. Some things seem tacky or just don't reflect my style. But tweaking them to suit my yard and my garden goals is fun. At the end of the day, I'm just trying to create a landscape that is a comfortable place to relax. How about you? What are your goals for your yard this year? Anything new planned? Read More
Ever go to Supercuts for a $10 haircut? Then you get home, look in the mirror and deeply regret it. Should have just paid the $50 at a salon. Supercuts hacked at your hair! Your trees and shrubs feel the exact same way when you hack at them; like you took them for that cheap haircut. And let's be honest. Most of us don't bother to prune at all because we have no clue what we're doing. Yet late winter can be the ideal time to cut back your plants because they are dormant. Fruit trees, many roses, broad-leafed evergreens and vines all like to be pruned now. This could be anywhere from mid-February to the end of March. To give you a little motivation to get started, Corona Tools is giving away a pair of ComfortGEL extendable Hedge Shears (10 inch) valued at $50! After all, premium tools matter when getting the job done. To enter, just leave a comment below telling us what winter chores you've been tackling this year.
I eat between 30-35 eggs a week. Then I read in the paper you're only supposed to eat two eggs a week. Hmmmm. So I decided to try a new oatmeal recipe. Manna from heaven. A party in your mouth. It's that good. And it's easy and re-heats well. It's a recipe I adapted from the newspaper. I put my own tweaks on it because there were a lot of ingredients I didn't like in the original recipe and still others I thought needed to be added. The result: amazing. Best of all, I can make it up ahead of time, throw it in the oven in the morning and enjoy 45 minutes later while I sip my tea and get the bacon on. Sheer bliss. Plus, it lasts several days in the fridge. You'll love it too!
My front door is red. Red is wonderful because it takes you from the Christmas season right through Valentine's Day in February. It's festive for months. Red is warm. It enlivens any indoor or outdoor space, but in particular has that sprucing up effect on the front of your home. Stroll through your neighborhood and count how many red doors you see. A ton I'll wager! Paint your door any hue of red. Or if your house is red than how about a white door? When you know you nailed the right door color, well, you just know. So put on your fancy Valentine's Day socks (I'd say underwear but we don't know each other that well...yet) and enjoy the pics. And if the last one doesn't make you giggle, nothing will!
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My sister got me a spiralizer for Christmas and I finally opened the box. What took me so long? I guess I'm not one for kitchen gadgets, but this device has kept me busy. I love it! How about you? Have you hopped on the spiralizer bandwagon? There's almost nothing I'm not willing to stick in this contraption to see how it will come out, with great results. Except my finger which mistakenly got stuck in the blade and is still hurting! Spiralized Brussels sprouts anyone? In the off-gardening season, I like to experiment with food. So when I do have a surplus of zucchini and cucumbers, I give myself as many options as possible of using them up in a economical, yet innovative way. You don't want to eat the same thing every night! And you're probably not even going to believe me when I tell you the best way to use this product at the end of this post.
Little Summer Street is a special place in Buffalo, NY. The words quaint and charming are an understatement. Adorable is more like it. Adorable houses. Adorable gardens. Hey, we can't all live on Little Summer Street but that doesn't mean we can't replicate their splendid sense of style. And you can probably guess by now that I never tire of succulents. This creative display just draws the eye and the homemade pots are fabulous. They are low maintenance but look so good! We were thrilled with Amy Komeneckys garden and her welcoming aura. She let my 3-year-old use her bathroom and gave her some bottled water! Read More
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Thanks to advances in mobile technology, people are using their phones to help with more tasks than ever. Millennials make up 24 percent of the population, and they're driving this trend. Over 80 percent of them sleep with their smartphones. Many are also trying out gardening or farming. After all, anyone can save money by producing nutritious food or growing beautiful flowers to decorate their home. The powerful Apple iPhone 5 with ultrafast wireless capability gives users access to over 700,000 apps and Siri, a computerized, voice-activated assistant. All this help can make learning to cultivate a stunning indoor or outdoor garden much easier.
It's no secret that we use wood to heat our home. It lowers our heating bills dramatically and creates an inviting and cozy atmosphere in our home. When that fire is blazing, I never want to venture outside. Neither do our pets. Where do you get your wood? If you buy it, you loose any savings you get from burning it, but you need a free source. This year we acquired most of our wood from our neighbor whose tree was struck by lightening. Other years, we're blessed to get wood off my in-laws property in the country. But of course you can't move firewood more than 50 miles, which we didn't. How about you? Where do you get your wood from? Do you cut it yourself? Do you pay for it? All these questions had me asking some tough ones of my own! And I have an idea at the end of this post of how you can get free chunked wood that you probably haven't thought of.
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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