I used to wear men's boxers out in public as shorts. I'm not sure why I gave myself the green light for this practice but have raised my standards significantly in recent years. Now that I'm older and ahem.... more mature, I know full-well this is not advisable. But they were both colorful and comfortable. These days I still like to be comfortable whether working in the garden or out-and- about checking out farmer's markets or the local garden center. So I was thrilled to learn about Thyme to Garden and their super trendy overalls, dresses and aprons designed to keep you stylish while in the garden or on-the-go. I hope ladies you're ready to reap a few compliments wearing these overalls from Thyme to Garden....valued at $109! To enter, leave a comment below telling us what you like to wear in the garden. For a second entry, sign up for our newsletter. If you're looking for extra good luck share this post with your Facebook friends!
Move over Pampers and Hugs because there's a new sheriff in town. Yep. No longer are diapers just for babies and for.... well, you get the drift. Your trees, shrubs and plants now want a diaper of their own please. I won't insult your intelligence describing how traditional diapers work, but imagine translating this same technology to your plants...retaining water for slow release back to the plant roots. Best of all? These mats and diapers are not just for outdoor use but should also be used on all your indoor pots and planters. Just imagine not having to water them every few days. So if you're a tad negligent on watering, you'll jump at the chance to do even less of it. All the while you'll save water, save plants, save the planet, and cut down on weeds with this slow release irrigation system. So it is with much enthusiasm that I am introducing you today to TreeDiaper and GardenMat, a completely innovative product for the water savvy gardener who wants it all. Let me explain how it works so you'll be able to win this $137 prize package from Tree Diaper. To enter, Like Raise Your Garden on Facebook and share this post. For a second entry sign up for our newsletter. Let us know in the comment section if you did one or both! Canadians are welcome to enter!
Best hybrid shovel-spade you'll ever get your hands on. Spear Head Spade. You'll never reach for another after trying one. I could end the post right here and be done with it because what else is there to say? Quick story. Tom's a gym teacher. Occasionally, he works with this guy Wally. Now Wally is retired but for fun works as a substitute gym teacher. (My guess is his wife encourages this practice to get him out of the house). Anyhow this Wally guy has been raving about the Spear Head Spade for years. So when we went to the local garden show, we were sure to check them out. Guess what? Wally was right! And you know, he's one of "those" gardeners. You know...super picky and fussy about the tools he uses. He's only using the best. Wally, you don't read my blog, right? So for obvious reasons, we are thrilled to have teamed up with Spear Head Spade because trust us, you want this tool (model SHLF). Like our page on Facebook and share this post to enter to win your own Spear Head Spade. For a second entry, sign up for our newsletter. Love and high fives to all for sharing with your Facebook friends!
I was stung 9 times on my butt for my 9th anniversary while hiking with my husband last year. As I stepped on a yellow jacket nest they flew up my shorts. You wouldn't believe how swollen my butt was! Okay, maybe you can get the visual. And oh, the pain. Followed by the itching. It was unbearable. No photo's for this one. Anyhow, as I was wallowing on the couch, it got me thinking. "What is the purpose of a yellow jacket?"
I've tried it all. Popsicle sticks. Canned food lids. Straws. Metal markers. Plastic markers. Wood markers. Even paint shims. Both homemade and store bought. I've purchased at Target, True Value and Big Lots. None of them have stood the test of time. None even made it past one year. They failed me! We're talking about plant markers here today folks! Knowing what and where you planted is half the battle. Aren't you frustrated by cheap and flimsy plant markers that just don't get the job done? If so, we think you're ready to meet the Paw Paw Everlast Label Company because they make stupendous plant labels. Strong, smooth, sturdy, sleek and stylish....we think you'll agree. So Like us on Facebook in the hopes of winning one of two prize packages from Paw Paw. One winner will receive 30 Copper A labels with stainless wires and a DecoColor Marker (value $44.00). The other winner will receive 30 Copper E labels with stainless wires and a DecoColor Marker (value $41.25). Share this post on your Facebook page for extra good luck and let us know you did! Love and high fives to you all.
You probably know by now that Tom is a gym teacher. So bigger is better. And this mantra even applies to tomatoes. He wants the biggest on the block. I'm not sure who he thinks he's competing with since very few people actually grow anything in our suburban neighborhood. Certainly not to the extent that we do. But there it is. He's a Pinterest man. And he's coming up with all sorts of ideas to implement. One of which are these dang fish heads. Gross. I know. But it's an organic fertilizer and tomatoes are heavy feeders that need lots of fertilizer. He's been reading about how fish heads (all leftover fish parts actually) paired with aspirin and a few other amendments will grow the most stupendous tomatoes ever. He also used some leftover PVC tubing from a drain project to make these unique watering tubes that feed our tomatoes using compost. Combining these techniques should grow the biggest and best tomatoes possible. We hope you're game and keep your sense of humor while following us!
Have you ever hemmed and hawed over a purchase and then finally gave in after many years of deliberation? That's how I feel about my new rain barrel from Good Ideas. What took me so long! Even my 4-year-old has it down cold. And that speaks a lot about a product. We love Good Ideas for their innovative products that are easy to use, easy to install, and easy on the eyes. It's true, Tom and I have been toying with the idea of a DIY rain barrel for a long time. But it didn't happen. At times, even our best projects get bumped to the back burner. (Not the fish head project...I promise....we're going full-steam ahead on that one). So we pushed the easy button with this swoon-worthy rain barrel. I'm equally thrilled for you and your chance to win this incredible 65 gallon rain barrel and planter from Good Ideas valued at $200. To enter, Like Raise Your Garden on Facebook. For a second entry sign up for our newsletter. Let us know in the comment section if you did one or both! For extra good luck, share this post and tell me something fun about yourself on our Facebook page!
Remember those awesome bird feeders from Desert Steel? Guess what...Desert Steel is back! Better than ever. This time it's their marvelous torches at stake. Gorgeous torches with magnetic appeal that will light up your life and your backyard this summer. Lovely to look at as well as being oh so functional. Beauty marries usability. We are so beyond those Big Lots tiki torches from the 80's. Tom liked them so much he told a co-worker about them who ended up buying a few for his wife for Mother's Day. She was absolutely thrilled. In fact, it went over so well that next year he's getting them for his mother and mother-in-law as well. So we hope you become one of two lucky winners of the blue Himalayan Poppy Torch or the red Poppy Flower Torch from Desert Steel. Each an $80 value. To enter, LIKE Raise Your Garden on Facebook and tag five friends. Earn another entry by signing up for our newsletter. Let us know in the comment section what you've done to earn entries.
Annuals are fair-weather friends. You enjoy them for one season and with a blink of an eye, they're gone! Hence my love for perennials, especially ones that I depend on to fill in my garden beds and landscaping year after year. Buy them at nurseries or even the big box stores and you will go broke. But as with all things in life, there's always a cheaper way. You just have to be resourceful. After all, I can't afford to fill my garden beds with perennials that cost $15-$25 each if purchased from a garden center. Here are 9 ways to easily get cheap perennials without spending much cash.
It started with the mail carrier who was raving about my vertical planter from My Garden Post. "What is that and where did you get it?" She exclaimed..."I've never seen anything like that before." And I bet you too are trying to squish more plants into less area. That's exactly what My Garden Post does for you. It converts almost 24 square feet of horizontal garden into a 4 foot vertical garden for the patio, deck, porch or balcony. Nifty! Five pots attach to the post creating a dramatic effect of cascading flowers and plants. You don't need a yard for this one. So easy and fun...from the assembly process to choosing what to plant. There is very little work involved. No weeding. No bending over. And no watering because it has a drip irrigation system included. I'm estatic that you can win this $180 vertical garden system with drip irrigation from My Garden Post. To enter Like Raise Your Garden on Facebook and for a second entry, sign up for our newsletter. If you're looking for extra luck, share this post!
I bet you eat edible flowers all the time and don't even realize it. Because if you're a fan of broccoli, cauliflower or artichokes, you are consuming the flowering bud of the plant. I'm always late in the game when it comes to picking my broccoli and find it produces these lovely yellowish flowers when overgrown. Although too bitter to eat at this point, I'm tempted to stick my flowered broccoli stems in a vase- if that didn't seem so dorky. So today, I thought we'd take a pictorial edible flower tour. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetizer, drink or dessert; the options are endless and inspiring. Let's eat flowers because they are pretty, useful, tasty, fun, unusual and best of all....just because we can! And it's not like you're making a meal out of a flower, these are edible novelties intended to beautify your food and drink. They have faces....cute flower faces, yes? Some of the most popular flowers and my favorites are pansies, nasturtiums and borage. Here's some inspiration to get you started on the right path.
So we like to live dangerously. That's why we sometimes plant before Memorial Day, our last possible frost date. It's a wild ride. I've had a hard time sleeping at night just thinking about the frost slaying my little seedlings outside. In the past, (and I bet you can sympathize), I've tossed a few mouse eaten blankets on top of my plants just to keep them warm at night. Especially early in the season. I repeat in October so that I can reap my crops before that first bitter frost comes. It's a silly practice. The blankets get soaked, icky and covered in slugs. And it's only so-so effective. That's when I discovered the Grow it Now! company and their fabulous mini greenhouses. Not only do they protect from that early frost, but they help ripen the remaining produce in freezing temperatures. I'm sure you want to save every last tomato too! So Like Raise Your Garden and share this post for a chance to win a whopping 24 plants protectors from Grow It Now! A $115 value. For a second entry, sign up for our newsletter. Let us know in the comment section if you did one or both.
It's time to get serious about growing a few herbs in pots. Sometimes, the huge plotted garden can seem overwhelming. Herbs in pots can be an easy, inexpensive, and cute solution to your garden dilemmas. Also try baskets, barrels, window boxes, or other containers. You don't need to own any land and can grow right on your kitchen windowsill. Better still, there's no weeding or bending over. Limp, store bought herbs are lacking in flavor. So if you're new to the gardening scene, this is how to start. I love using herbs in most recipes and some drinks because they add tons of flavor minus the calories. You can grow from seed or buy plants from the local nursery. Some herbs are actually perennials making container gardening a logical choice as you don't have to remember where you planted them the next year. A few might even survive the winter depending on your climate and if the pot is sheltered or brought indoors. But if not, you can always dry the leftovers. Here's the essential list of herbs you must have right now!
Are you the type of person who can just eat one Hersheys Kiss and be content? I confess, once I pop one in my mouth, I just keep going back for more. And that's exactly how it was with Woolly Pocket. After I hung my first living wall planter, I was addicted. So I reached out to them for this giveaway because I know you'll be just as smitten by their innovative design. These living wall planters can be hung on a fence, rail or wall; indoors or out drawing the eye up. I planted a few pansy plants in mine for now and nasturtium seeds for later to create a continuous edible flower planter for the season. Their sweet pansy faces greet me every time I enter or exit my home. To enter to win the Living Wall Planter 2 - Four Pack valued at $75, Like Raise Your Garden on Facebook and share this post. For a second entry sign up for our newsletter. Let us know in the comment section if you did one or both! And keep reading to learn about 5 spectacular annual vines that I'm confident you will want to grow this year to give your garden that vertical boost.
No wonder Veggie Tales is so popular. Vegetables really are just like people. Some are givers. Others are takers. And you have to deal with both types. Tomatoes...they are just one example of the takers who heavily feed on the soil and deplete it of nutrients. This is a huge problem for Tom and I because we have planted our tomatoes in the same garden spot for the past four years. We spent over $500 for our raised bed topsoil. By planting in the same location; we are depleting this soil. It's time to get serious about crop rotation! But first, we have to learn about which veggies are the givers who rejuvenate the soil and which are the takers, the ones that leach it. Even though I rotate mostly over soil fertility concerns, I also do so to thwart pests, weeds, and disease. Rotating your crops also equals healthier plants and better yield. So raise your hand and take this oath. "I promise not to plant the same veggies in the same spot year every year." Let's get started!
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?
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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